Author Archives: Lee Richmond

Acid! (part 2)

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It came along slowly. The first thing I noticed was that colors were brighter … but then, colors were brighter after I smoked pot, too. However, this time they kept getting brighter! and brighter!! until I realized that I had never actually seen blue before. It was absolutely an amazing color!   For that matter, I had [...]

Acid! (part 1)

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On a March evening, we were sitting around the Apartment (Bill, Clif & Marty’s place) smoking pot and listening to Miles Davis.   ”I’m about ready for another acid trip.”   ”Yeah, me too. What about Lee? Should we bring Lee along?”   ”Yeah, Lee’s cool.”   It was a great honor to be ‘cool’ in this group. Deep [...]

The Haight

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As a Chronicle copyboy, my wages were better, and I moved to a one-room apartment in the Haight-Ashbury District. This would turn out to be an historic move, though at the time it just seemed like a welcome relief from the Tenderloin wino hotel.    Gary already lived in “the Haight,” as it was known, [...]

Pot!

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“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

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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 [...]

Abe Mellinkoff

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After two months in the warehouse, I was desperate to get out. One rainy morning reading the newspaper over eggs and toast, it occurred to me that the Chronicle itself might be my escape hatch. I was a writer, wasn’t I?    I had recently read a biography of some famous English author (I forget which [...]

San Francisco Rain

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During my second week in San Francisco, the winter rains began. I guess I thought that California didn’t really have winter; it certainly hadn’t occurred to me that winter would be day after day of rain. And what rain! San Francisco rain was hard and cold and constant. It came down in sheets — and [...]

The first time …

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The first time I went to California, I was not hitchhiking. I rode the Greyhound bus. I had just been kicked out of college at the beginning of my senior year, my old car had only taken me as far as Albany before breaking down, and I was not a happy traveler.The trip took three [...]