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Reporter’s Note Book

A San Francisco Chronicle
Journalist’s Diary of the
Shocking Seventies

In Reporter’s Note Book, Duffy Jennings weaves the political, criminal, public, and personal events of the 1970s into a masterful reflection on the heart of a turbulent Bay Area.

Duffy Jennings wrote more than 500 stories for the San Francisco Chronicle, but he may have saved the best one — his own — for last. Written with admirable skill and moral clarity, his memoir reveals what it was like to cover a city gripped by the Zodiac and Zebra killings, Jonestown, the Moscone-Milk assassinations, and the Dan White trial. But this isn’t only a sharp, vivid snapshot of a city in crisis. It’s also a family saga that defies stereotypes at every turn.”

⏤ Peter Richardson, Lecturer & Author

San Francisco

Homicide Inspector


The inside story of the night stalker case, city hall murders, zebra killings, chinatown gang wars, and a city under siege.

As a former writer and editor at Rolling Stone, and a former colleague of Duffy Jennings at the SF Chronicle, I write to praise 5-Henry-7, the story of the fabled Frank Falzon. We are fortunate to have had him in the police department — and in the city — during those tumultuous times. Duffy Jennings as his co-writer did a great job reflecting Frank’s personality, his voice, his humility, his character, and his passions.”

⏤ Ben Fong-Torres, Journalist

The End of the Golden Gate

Writers on Loving and
(Sometimes) Leaving San Francisco

Very proud to be a contributing writer for The End of the Golden Gate, a beautiful collection of essays about loving and (sometimes) leaving San Francisco. A portion of the profits will go to support homeless families in the Bay Area.

The End of the Golden Gate’s 25 essays are filled with emotional, sincere thoughts on San Francisco. The collection’s depictions of the city and its people often are beautiful, and its anecdotes illuminating.”

⏤ SF Weekly Newspaper

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A Legacy of Tugboats

How three San Francisco bar pilots, master mariners, broke tradition leaving secure, lifetime positions to buy a tugboat company.