Reporter's Note Book

A Chronicle 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.

In this powerful narrative, Duffy paints a dramatic portrait of a time and place that is by turns exceptionally dramatic and poignant, all bolstered by his uncanny memory and tender wit.

Among Duffy’s assignments: political assassinations, serial murders, major fires, gangland crime, labor union strife, city government news and more.

Duffy’s front page coverage included the 1978 city hall killings, the shocking trial of Dan White, the Zebra murders, the Patty Hearst kidnap, taunting letters from the Zodiac killer, and life as an embedded reporter with fire fighters and homicide detectives.

UPCOMING

Duffy at
The Commonwealth Club
San Francisco

Monday, August 5, 2019
6pm

Reporter's Note Book

A Chronicle of the Shocking Seventies

From a sixty-two-dollar-a-week copyboy to reporting on the most shocking stories of the time, Duffy Jennings takes us into the maelstrom of the Bay Area in upheaval in the 1970s. Here are previews of Reporter’s Note Book:

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...