IT has never been hard to keep track of Daily Mail Business Editor George Hohmann.
His tiny office in a far corner of the newsroom is about as far from me and other editors as a writer can get.
Only three staff members - Managing Editor Brad McElhinny, George and I - have offices. The rest of the staff inhabits a classic cubicle farm.
George also used to work from a cubicle. Actually, he occupied two. He needed the adjacent one for his business beat clutter - neat stacks of glossy corporate folders and other materials he couldn't part with.
So when the little office opened up after someone's departure, he was invited to move in.
With his title and defining presence in our newspaper, he deserved his own office. And maybe the rest of us wouldn't hear every word of every interview he conducted in his booming voice.
George is aware of that voice, and he's quick to apologize if he senses he has bothered someone.
If I could choose, I would hear that voice for many years to come. But I cannot.
George has made his own choice, and that is to retire.
He told me months ago, and I entered a period of denial. He had reached the age where this was possible, but I thought surely he would change his mind. I just couldn't imagine him not working, and I didn't want to contemplate the loss of his excellent coverage.
Of the many great characters I have known in the news business, George stands out.
To some extent, he cultivated a persona that would cause people to remember him - and return his calls. His flattop haircut, for example, set him apart.
Other traits did, too.
After we recruited him from the Fairmont Times West Virginian in 1998, I was amazed by the endless string of compliments I received from the business community simply for hiring him.
Was he asking people to call me so I wouldn't regret my decision? No, he was just methodically and thoroughly developing his sources with an old-fashioned formality that left deep impressions.
His other strategies, developed between his graduation from the West Virginia University School of Journalism in 1970 and the time he joined us, slowly revealed themselves. His work in Fairmont had been preceded by stints with several other news organizations.
Unfailingly, he would return phone calls and emails, responding to story suggestions and comments even if just to say thanks. He collected phone numbers for a vast array of sources as if they were the coins he stocked in the little shop he used to run as a side business in Fairmont.