The Munjoy Hill Observer was born early in 1980, about a year after the MHNO was formed. There were four principal editors, three of whom had edited their high school newspapers and thought this would be an interesting project for the neighborhood. Barbara Vestal and Ned Chester had just opened their law office at the corner of North and Congress Street and had time on their hands because they didn’t have any clients. Mary Ellen Deschenes was the Director of Public Health for the City of Portland and lived on Fore Street. David Talbott lived on Fore Street (with Mary Ellen) and was a technical writer and was writing the great American novel.