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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Herb Caen's Posthumous Ode to San Francisco

"Herb Caen, Pulitzer-winning lead columnist of the San Francisco Chronicle, was the most beloved and powerful man in San Francisco for almost sixty years.

At his funeral (2/7/97), 2,500 mourners packed Grace Cathedral. The service was carried live on channels 4, 5 and 7, and shown on several giant screens around the city. The eulogies were delivered by Robin Williams, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and a Mystery Gentleman wearing a pillowcase over his head."

Caen also willed to his beloved city of San Francisco a fireworks display.

It happened above Aquatic Park near Fort Mason a few days after his funeral.

I lived on Russian Hill at the time and was lucky to attended.

There was no fog ;-)


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