Sad news in today's Seattle Times. Greg Palmer, the local writer and Emmy Award-winning TV broadcaster, died on Friday. He was 61, married, and the father of two sons. During a career that began straight out of the UW in the '60s, he wrote for every paper in town, including SW. (Read his account of growing up in a Boeing dominated region.) Just recently, he wrote a nice little memoir of graduating high school on Mercer Island before it was such a gilded enclave: Cheese Deluxe. Four years ago, he authored Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome, which prompted our Nina Shapiro to write, "If there is a more affecting book about the fierce love of a parent, I haven't read it."