Steve Perry leaving City Pages, begs for end to 20-plus years of worse-than-lame Journey jokes

class=img_thumbleft>Yesterday I mailed this note to my colleagues at the paper. I should add a thank-you to all the readers I've spoken to and corresponded with through the years.

My last day will be February 16.

The image, by the way, is of ex-Journeyman Steve Perry as Robocop, and it's from one of the many tributes and fan letters intended for him that I've received at City Pages over the years. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I want to let you know that I'm going to be leaving City Pages next month. It's no secret that I've had the sorts of philosophical and practical differences with management that regularly arise when the ownership of a newspaper changes hands, and I appreciate the candor and ease with which I've been able to discuss those matters with people from VVM over the past year. But now I think it's best for me and everyone else that I move on. The 13 years I've spent here in two separate terms as editor have been more rewarding and more fun than I can say, and I'm very proud of my colleagues and the work they've done week in and week out. I'm also grateful to Mark Bartel for his leadership and for giving me the chance to come back to a wonderful job four years ago.

But the ground is moving under the feet of editors and reporters everywhere, and at this point my own interests lie mainly in the area of figuring out how to do journalism online. That's what I want to work on now, and I'm lucky to live in a city with one of the best, most vibrant online cultures anywhere in the country. I wish everyone here the best, and I look forward to working with you toward a smooth transition over the next month.