Eric Johnson 
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Updated on September 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM



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I led the team that founded the Independent. I've done alt-weekly journalism and web stuff ever since, here on the Central Coast and in Silicon… More »

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Re: “Twilly

Nice piece Alex. Somewhere in the Independent's pre-web archives there's a great cover story about Twilly written by Kate Freedlander. As I recall we did not do an awesome job of cataloging said archive so it might not be easy to find. It'd be worth it if you have an intrepid intern.

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Posted by Eric Johnson on 04/08/2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Long nights and long odds

Whew. I'm not sure if this is a hagiography or a character assassination -- whatever -- it's a damn good read, and a not-inaccurate portrayal of the heroic efforts and fuckups that helped bring us to this anniversary, as far as I can tell. But from my POV, the big game we played at the Independent was much more of a team sport.

For the record, the Independent was co-created by everyone quoted and named in this article -- especially my former business partners Erik Cushman and Charley Lyman -- and many others not named, all of whom put big chunks of their hearts into it: John Webb, Kristin Lorenz, Kari Lerud, Heather Crandall, Victor Mingovitz, Carmen Hoover, Jen Gapay, Chris Clark, Steve Wells, Joel Reese, Dan Nailen, Kate Freedlander, Marc Herman, Michael Reagan, Gabrielle Tolliver, Greg Jones, Kent Curtis, Jim McGrath, Glen Hirschberg, Shannan Sproul, Becky Goodrich, Jeffrey J. Smith … I'm afraid I'm forgetting a bunch of people. And I want to invoke the name of our onetime mentor, the profane saint McCarthy Coyle. I feel humbled and grateful. I miss all y'all.

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Posted by Eric Johnson on 09/21/2012 at 5:59 PM

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