This is the Zodiac Speaking

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from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. Return address: a circle with a cross inside. On Saturday night, October 11, a man hailed a Yellow Cab at Geary and Mason Streets and told the driver,...

Shirt-Sleevers

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from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. In Shirt Sleeves ... Working In those days, drinking at lunch was customary throughout the business world, and the so-called “three-martini lunch” was a common practice. Even President...

The Feinstein Announcement

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from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. Dianne Feinstein's Announcement I duck back into the Chronicle bureau office just across the hall from the supervisors' offices. I call the city desk to check in. "Word is Moscone and...

Horror at City Hall

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Chronicle Front Page: 11/29/78 from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. November 27, 1978 ⏤ It’s 11 a.m. I’ve been sitting at my desk for more than an hour, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, reading the late...

The Dan White Trial

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My courthouse pat-down from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. One February morning in 1979 city editor Dave Perlman called me up to his desk. “Bill German (the managing editor) and I want you to cover...

Fire! Fire! Fire!

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Duffy with Engine Co. 21 from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. I took a three-day crash course at the San Francisco Fire Department’s Fire College to learn enough of the basics to keep from getting...

I Am Not Avery

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Zodiac: Threats & Grim Humor from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. Two months after the Marin shootout, on October 28, 1970, Zodiac threatened Chronicle reporter Paul Avery directly in a Halloween card, the first time...

The Chronicle

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from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. Walking into the Chronicle city room to meet Abe Mellinkoff was as much a sensory experience for me as seeing that perfect, green Yankee Stadium grass for the...