David Preston Bond and Wikipedia

Note from R.R.:  Shortly after his death I began pulling together a draft Wikipedia page for David.  Others — including David’s brother, Marc, his widow, Kazia, and Shauna Hillman — pitched in with valuable help.  But the draft page that emerged was rejected by Wikipedia on May 28, 2020.  Since then, for a number of reasons, the page has been stuck in limbo and its fate is uncertain.  Not wishing to see the effort go completely to waste, I decided to post the draft page here — as an interim measure, it is hoped.

Bond in front of mine

David Preston Bond (April 11, 1951 – February 16, 2020) was a newspaper reporter, columnist, and editor based in the American Northwest. He chronicled and supported North Idaho’s mining industry over much of his career. “Bond considered himself a defender of the blue-collar man,” one tribute added, “who didn’t hesitate to take on big government and those he considered a threat to their livelihood.”[1]

Early life and education
Bond was born in Santa Rosa, California. His adoptive parents, Richard and Patty (née Hendrickson) Bond, of Spokane, Washington, were both graduates of the University of California, Berkeley, where, in their senior years, Richard was student body president and Patty, vice president. Richard “Dick” Bond was a natural gas company executive and a Washington State legislator from 1975 to 1987. The family relocated from Spokane to Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island, in 1957 and returned to Spokane in 1965, where David attended Ferris High School.[2] He served as a page in the state’s legislature in his junior year.[3] After high school, in June, 1969, he enrolled at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he studied English and political science. David left Willamette a few credits short of graduation.

Journalism career
Bond’s professional journalism career started at the Capital Journal in Salem in the summer of 1973 while still a Willamette undergraduate. His bylined column reviewed newly released popular and folk music albums, giving free rein to 22-year-old Bond’s aesthetic judgments and literary gifts.[4]
In the latter half of the 1970s he held posts with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Coeur d’Alene Press (city editor), and the North Idaho Press and Wallace Miner (managing editor of both; both owned by Harry F. Magnuson). Bond freelanced and served as a spokesman for North Idaho’s Sunshine Mine in the early 1980s. In 1984 he was hired by the Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle in Spokane, soon after the two newspapers combined their news staffs. In the summer of 1988 he commenced writing a biweekly column for the Spokesman-Review datelined from a fictional “Patmos, Idaho.”
In 1990, Bond left journalism briefly and lived on his sloop in Puget Sound.[5] In July, 1991 he returned to journalism, now once again at the Coeur d’Alene Press. Businessman and publisher Duane Hagadone, hired Bond initially there to address the controversial issue of summertime field burning by local farmers. Bond remained at the Press through 1997. From 1998 onward Bond defined his status as an “independent writer,” largely focusing on mining, the EPA, and North Idaho’s current affairs. He contributed to the local Shoshone News-Press as a freelancer and columnist. From 2003 to 2010 Bond, with partner Shauna Hillman, orchestrated Silver Summit, Inc. investment conferences, annual gatherings devoted to the promotion of silver and the silver market and convened in a succession of cities, including Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Wallace. Bond also launched two publications in this period, the Wallace Street Journal and the Silver Valley Mining Journal. His book, The Silver Pennies: An Investor’s Guide to U.S. Silver Stocks came out in 2005. Also in 2005, Bond played a key role in Mayor Ron Garitone’s proclamation, on September 25th, that the City of Wallace, Idaho lay at “The Center of the Universe.” Bond supplied the philosophical justification for this claim – it, a spoof highlighting his contention that the EPA relied on unfalsifiable science. Bond traveled extensively on behalf of mining pursuits. From 2006-2014 Bond reported on the mining industry for Platts Metals Weekly, a McGraw-Hill publication, and was a featured contributor to The Free-Market News. More recently, his posts on Facebook gained a wide following.

The Paradis case
In December of 1981, Donald Manuel Paradis, of the Gypsy Jokers motorcycle gang, was convicted of the June 21, 1980 murder of Kimberly Anne Palmer, 19. Paradis was sentenced to death by the Kootenai County district court in Coeur d’Alene. A long series of appeals ensued. Both the Idaho court’s jurisdiction and Paradis’s responsibility for the murder were contested. In the mid-1990s, with legal channels exhausted, Paradis’s defense turned to the court of public opinion. National attention for the case was gained via CBS’s Sixty Minutes TV newsmagazine, The New Yorker, and numerous other media outlets. Locally, David Bond stood alone among journalists in his advocacy for Paradis.[6] When Paradis finally won release from prison in April, 2001, Bond was widely credited. “Dave Bond believed in me,” Paradis noted. “And he got a whole bunch of people to believe in me.”[7]

Silver Valley Mining and the EPA
After 2000, and in response to EPA’s plan to expand its Superfund site at Kellogg to the entire Coeur d’Alene River Basin, Bond became sharply critical of the agency. One commentary, written in July, 2001, satirically suggested locals should arm themselves against incursions onto their properties by EPA personnel. EPA responded by increasing the police presence at a subsequent community meeting.

Personal life
Bond married four times, to Christy Lynn Rogers (9 September 1972 – 1 January 1980), Barbara A. Truitt (divorced, 4 October 1985), Rowene C. Carle (12 December 1985 – 9 November 1989), and Andrea “Kazia” Tessler (14 February 2018 – 16 February 2020, upon his death). His third wife, Rowene Bond, bore him two daughters. Bond and Shauna Hillman, of Wallace, Idaho, shared a long relationship between his third and fourth marriages. Beyond journalism, Bond was a ham radio operator licensed in Morse code (in teen years), a general aviation pilot, a skilled sailor, an aficionado of vacuum tube electronics and vinyl records, a lover of the authentic and the interesting, and a polymath. He valued an especially close friendship and work relationship with Kellogg, Idaho mine owner Robert Hopper until Hopper’s death in 2011.[8] Bond maintained an enduring distrust and distaste for the wholly abstemious life. His first-person account of alcohol rehab, published in 1989, won a Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Award.[9][10]

Bond died of natural causes at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on February 16, 2020.

[1] Bill Buley, “A Remarkable Character,” Coeur d’Alene Press, 18 February 2020, online at: https://cdapress.com/news/2020/feb/18/a-remarkable-character/.
[2] On his experience of high school, see: David Bond, “Time hasn’t healed graduate’s anger at Ferris High,” The Spokesman-Review, 30 October 1988, p. 10.
[3] “House Pages, Legislators Change Places for a Day,” The Spokesman-Review, 18 March 1967, p. 10.
[4] See, e.g., David Bond, “Beginning, and an end redundant,” Capital Journal, 28 July 1973, p. 45.
[5] “Bond leaves newspaper,” The Spokesman-Review, 9 September 1990, p. 13.
[6] See Edwin Matthews, Jr., “What Justice Takes,” University of Toledo Law Review, 35:625-640, (Spring) 2004.
[7] Thomas Clouse and Angie Gaddy, “Paradis to ‘begin life again”, The Spokesman-Review, 11 April 2001, pp. 1 & 9, p. 9.
[8] See, e.g., Robert Hopper and David Bond, “From smelting to irony, from self-sufficiency to dependency,” The Spokesman-Review, 14 February 2001, p. 9.
[9] David Bond, “Living Sober,” The Spokesman-Review, 10 September 1989, pp. 83, 86-87.
[10] “Winners in 1989 NW journalism contest”, The Spokesman-Review, 13 May 1990, p. B5.

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1 Response to David Preston Bond and Wikipedia

  1. P.B says:

    RIP my friend!
    Thanks for everything you did for us!

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