Pete Carey, Pulitzer Prize winner and a former colleague still slaving away at the San Jose Mercury News, penned a recent news story that stunned me. Even though I have been following the plight of daily newspapers for years now, I was shocked to hear that The San Francisco Chronicle, sometimes known as the heart of the city, was about to go belly-up to the bankruptcy bar.One would think I’d be pleased since one of my last jobs while I worked at the Mercury News was to put the Chronicle out of business. That was back in the early 80s. I guess someone might credit me for the downfall, but I don’t think my work even chipped the cornerstone.I love newspapers, the look, feel and even the smell. With that in mind, I am using the newspaper industry “fall from grace” as the sub plot for my next book. Some of the characters in The Offsite will make return appearances and a few new “amalgams” will take center stage. However, that’s another story for another day.Although internal politics kept me from the editorial side of the business at the Merc, I loved hanging with the news “guys” at lunch, especially… Read full this story
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