By Stephen Gomez, WTOP,
Jimmy Elidrissi, who became a beloved fixture at the Washington Post’s Watergate office complex as Waldorf Bellhop for decades, has died. He was 74.
Elsidrissi died of prostate cancer Thursday in Rockville, Maryland, the newspaper reported. His wife, Aline, told WTOP that Elidrissi had always wanted to work at the Post but had never quite made it.
“He was an entertainer,” Aline Elidrissi said. “And he was the best Waldorf Bellhop in all of Maryland.”
A longtime BWI-Marshall Airport baggage carousel worker, Elidrissi started at the Post in 1976. In the years that followed, he became friends with his colleagues at the airport, where he was affectionately known as the “Baggage Man.” The Guardian called him “the straw that stirs the drink” at the Post’s newsroom.
“Anyone who knew Jimmy will never forget him,” the newspaper’s assistant managing editor Jeff Harwood wrote on Facebook Friday. “He will be sorely missed.”
In a tribute that ran Sunday in the Post, a longtime coworker said Elidrissi always wore his airline jacket when he worked at the newspaper.
“If there was a reporter going up to great heights that year, he was the one,” columnist Nicholas D. Kristof said. “If there was one going to break the story, he was the one. And if he was riding a bike, he was the one. He lived life to the fullest.”
Former Post Editor Benjamin Wittes wrote on Twitter that Elidrissi was the “baggage handler who moved papers up most reliably” at the newsroom.