James Steven Reinhold, a 1976 Humboldt State University Journalism Department graduate, has left this world. His IBM Selectric keys, quick and acerbic witty one-liners and comebacks have forever been silenced.
James will be remembered by many as deeply involved in local volunteering and grassroots political organizing in 1970s Arcata and Humboldt County campaigns. He himself ran his own “Gonzo” campaign for Humboldt County Sheriff in about 1978.
James was an active player and team captain on local softball fields, and frequently held court for discussions of current events at several favorite taverns from Orick to Garberville. He moved to the Missouri Ozarks in 1982, but Humboldt, and especially Arcata, were never far from his thoughts.
James is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Jesse Reinhold-Galve (Miguel); granddaughter Alli Galve; daughter Agatha Reinhold (Travis Amato); mother, Helyn Reinhold; two sisters, Joan England and Ann O'Rourke; and two brothers, Thomas Reinhold and John Reinhold. James is also survived by his many acquaintances and lifelong friends, several who reside in Humboldt County, who miss him and even miss his random, rambling late night phone calls, every day.
His consistent farewell was the single phrase, “Keep Smiling.” So, to you, James, we tip our hats and say, wherever you are, “Keep Smiling!”
A local celebration of James’ life is being planned later this spring. For more information, contact Phylis Geller at (707) 822-6145.