We pay tribute to our dear friend and fellow journalist from Roanoke, Forrest “Frosty” Landon, who died Monday at age 87. Mr. Landon’s impressive 40-year career spanned radio, television and newspapers. He was the highly respected executive editor of The Roanoke Times, then known as the Roanoke Times & World-News when he assumed the position in 1982. Even after he retired in 1995, he remained active in journalism. He co-founded the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and served as its first director. The group, founded in 1996, works to make citizens aware of government transparency and laws on open records, as well as strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. Along with the late Chip Woodrum, a longtime member of the House of Delegates from Roanoke, Mr. Landon pushed the General Assembly to create the Freedom of Information Advisory Council in 2000 to oversee the application of the state’s laws on open records and meetings. Gracious, kind and bestowed with a keen intellect, Mr. Landon left an indelible imprint on Virginia journalism. As his daughter, Tracy, told The Roanoke Times, “He was a significant mentor and father to others, and not just his family.” We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.