Zodiac, Zebra, SLA, Hearst

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from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. Patty Hearst at the Hibernia Bank, 1974 Beginning in October 1973, a group of extremist Black Muslims carried out a six-month series of random attacks of mostly white...

November 1978

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from Reporter's Note Book by Duffy Jennings. When November arrived in San Francisco in 1978, balmy fall weather lingered at first, teasing an extended Indian summer even as snow blanketed the High Sierra. It reached...

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...