The self-styled government watchdog concedes that Mayor Jim Kalb is a favorite target, but he never expected the rant that landed in his in-box at 1:47 a.m. Sunday.
The e-mail was from Kalb, who informed Forrey that he could drop by the mayor's office in the Ohio River city to pick up a public record he had requested.
The mayor went on to write, asterisks and all: "I think that you're a worthless piece of s**t and I wouldn't p**s on you if you were on fire You're a poor, lonely, jealous old man with aspirations of being a writer.
"You write your lies and uneducated opinions on people and issues from behind the safety of your slobber stained keyboard," Kalb wrote, going on to describe Forrey as a "pitiful, broke-down, lizard-looking thing."
The mayor closed: "Get a life old man. On second thought, don't bother With little respect for you, Mayor James D. Kalb.
"Now that's freedom of speech at its best in my opinion."
Forrey's reaction: Wow.
The 76-year-old retired English professor, who taught at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, wasn't particularly offended. First Amendment. Free speech. Protected opinion. It's all good, he figured.