Helen Preiss was a personage in our community. Not just a personality with unique flourishes and foibles, although she had plenty of those, but she was a luminary, a celebrity, a household name.
For more than 10 years, she was probably the most famous person in Pacific — no disrespect to elected officials or old families. Everybody knew who she was. Like a famous entertainer, she was known by only one name; when anyone referred to Helen, it was clear which Helen they meant.
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