From the Archives: Features

Beyond the deadline urgency of breaking news, Duffy Jennings also thrives on feature stories. He enjoys writing about celebrities, athletes and other compelling personalities, social trends, small town controversies and historical events. People and topics he’s written about include Motown star Smokey Robinson, actor Adam Goldberg, NBC golf announcer Roger Maltbie, disco fever, singles bars, a gay wedding in 1971 and a retrospective on the fortunes and failures of his high school classmates.

Smokey Robinson

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Smokey Robinson: autograph for Duffy Jennings, 1970
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Me and Smokey, 2016 Like many others around the country in 1970, I was a huge Motown fan, and the Miracles were performing in town, so I cajoled Daily Datebook editor John Stanley into letting me...

NARC

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Duffy's Profile of Patrick Wolfe
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The Dozen Dangerous Lives of Pat Wolfe The city editor said, “Bob Popp at the police beat says there’s a cop named Patrick Wolfe who’s been an undercover narc for the past three years and...

Lowell Class of ‘65: A Look Back

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In 1976, Michael Medved and David Wallechinsky wrote about a book about what had become of their classmates from Palisades High School in suburban Los Angeles ten years earlier titled, “What Really Happened to...

A Glittering Gay Wedding

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a gay wedding in san francisco
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Monday, August 17, 1971. The city editor said: “Two guys are getting married and they want the world to know about it.” Photographer Vince Maggiora and I went to the ceremony at Glide Memorial...

Draft Lottery

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lottery balls for the selective service draft
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Lottery balls used for the draft. After more than a year of waiting and writing freelance articles for the Datebook, city editor Abe Mellinkoff finally relented and gave me a tryout as a reporter in...

The Course Whisperer

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Roger Maltbie at home on the golf course
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As the co-founder and editor of Los Gatos Magazine in 2013 and 2014, I interviewed a number of local residents who were known outside the community as well. One of them was NBC Sports...