Monthly Archives: March 2013


Posted on by Lee Richmond

“You don’t have to go to those bars,” said Gary.  ”You should be smoking pot.”    “You think so?”    It was a moment of calm in the City Room — the second edition had gone to bed, and we were waiting to paste it up once it came off the presses. Gary was a [...]

The City Room

Posted on by Lee Richmond

The City Room was one wide room on the second floor of the Chronicle building, reachable by stairwell. Reporters in front of big standard upright office typewriters sat in ranks facing the riveting gaze of Abe Mellinkoff, City Editor. When one of them finished a draft, he (sic) would yank the paper out of  the typewriter roller [...]