The world will sorely miss the wit and wisdom of David Perlman, long admired as the senior statesman of American science writing, who passed away on June 19, 2020, at age 101. Basic, even humble, questions equal great science writing for the general public. Dave spawned many science writers, as well as mentors of future science writers. Dave also did service to science writing as president of the National Association of Science Writers (1970–1971) and, later, of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, or CASW (1976–1980). There has never been a newspaper science reporter as in love with his craft—or as good at it—as Dave Perlman.