Arcata’s former ‘Ragman’ enjoys alligator lunches and grape juice wine The place that Ragman Pete calls home is now called Secora Healthcare, in Portland, Ore. I started working at Secora the beginning of September. Walking past Pete, I felt the pull, I knew he was familiar. I knew his, recalled his face, his laugh, but…
Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union PORTLAND, ORE. – Pete Villarreal still wears a blanket, but he no longer wanders the streets of Arcata, or anywhere else. These days, Pete uses a wheelchair to navigate the hallways of the Trinity Mission Health and Rehab Center in Portland. There, in Room 39, Arcata’s beloved former Ragman…
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“It was under my lemon tree for probably a month before he gave it to me,” Sanborn said. Somehow, the audio on the tape survived its time exposed to the elements.
“He’s Pete,” Alma observed.
Orlovsky was unable to suppress a chuckle reminiscing about his decade-plus undercover in Arcata. “They think I am common, how you say – Drunkard, yes?” Orlovsky said in a thick Eastern European accent. “Now, joke is on them!”
Perhaps it’s the time of year, but recent callers and visitors to the Arcata Eye have wondered about the whereabouts and well-being of the beloved Ragman. And he hasn’t forgotten about them, either.