Underground Press and High Times Editor
Organized by: Aspen Green
Bob Lemmo passed away in hospice. He deteriorated quickly once his body was unable to withstand any more dialysis to treat the diabetes he had since he was 5 years old. After valiantly battling diabetes for nearly 60 years, he had no more fight left. Bob was a good man, a good friend and a loving husband.
We need to make sure this debilitating disease does not cause Bob’s beloved wife Penny to become homeless. That would be too cruel of an outcome. With her own health failing, she has been unable to work. She sacrificed her own retirement funds to help Bob through this time. Your greatly appreciated donation will be in honor of Bob and the wonderful memories of his life, and to help Penny dig out of the financial ruin which is left in the wake of Bob’s passing.
Underground Press veteran Bob Lemmo came of age during the Counter Culture and the Vietnam War. After graduating from Syracuse University, he went on to launch two underground newspapers. In the early 70’s the country was reeling from anti-war protests and Watergate. It was newspapers such as Bob founded that enabled the cultural revolution to succeed.
Shortly after the ground-breaking and controversial magazine High Times was launched in 1974, Bob was hired as the first News Editor. His sense of humor, a cross between ironic and zany, helped set the tone for the magazine’s success. For years after, Bob pursued a career as a freelance journalist. In too short a time, Diabetes derailed him. Bob was told he would not live past 40; but this diabolical disease had other plans. He began suffering through treatment regiments and medication which made him weak.
SAVE PENNY FROM LOSING HER HOME
Penny Sherwin Lemmo stood by Bob’s side 40 years. She, too, worked at High Times where she met Bob. She continued to work for decades after that, enabling them both to have health insurance until Penny’s own health issues eventually made her unable to work. Bob passed away a few months shy of turning 65, so never had the advantage of Medicare.
Penny survived colon cancer and discovered she has Hepatitis C, for which she has put off treatment in order to afford the medications Bob needed. Penny developed Lupus. She had an unrelated operation with anesthesia complications that diminished her cognitive capacity.
To take care of her husband, Penny cashed in her 401-Ks. Health ended Bob’s career years ago. Many small strokes during the past years left their toll. His greatest lament was, “I keep getting stupider.” He could not concentrate and hold thoughts for long. He felt lost. The couple’s everyday life was devastated. There were many grilled cheese dinners these past few years. Fortunately rent control has kept them from losing their New York City apartment years ago. But Penny has fallen behind on rent and utilities during this epic health crisis.
Please help Penny keep her apartment and back on her feet. Bob’s wish is to be cremated and he deserves at least a modest memorial service. Your generous donation will allow her to settle outstanding medical bills and will provide the financial help to get her old NYC apartment in good enough shape so she can get a roommate to share expenses.