The neighborhood’s most mysterious man was ready for me.
In last month’s cover story, we published photos of his overgrown property in Lake Oswego, described stacks of newspapers filling his homes and created the impression that he was less than competent.
The characterization helped build the case against Jean Rychlik, the Northwest Portland real estate agent who bought his derelict 1892 house at 2343 NW Irving St. for $250,000, by all sources far less than its market value.
Robert Hoyt agreed to meet me before release of the story and saw no need to cancel the appointment after reading it. He showed up for the sit-down in the Montgomery Park atrium early and neatly dressed, looking both alert and youthful for his 80 years. ▶