Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The San Francisco Chronicle may close? Is anyone crying? Is it sad that the family name behind it is no longer mythic, no longer a symbol that would inspire wacko domestic terrorists to resort to bank robberies and kidnapping?

The fact that it may soon follow the Dodos, Studebaker Avanti, Circuit City and Montgomery Ward isn't something to make many get misty eyed, is it? At least the parakeet cages will still have the San Francisco Examiner to make them squawk.

UPDATE: And now the Tonga Room. What next? The Golden Gate Bridge? (No they'll just jack tolls up to $25.)

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At 11:27 PM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

That picture of Patty isn't very flattering. I bet she's not crying any tears over the Comical closing.

At 2:07 AM, Blogger WAT said...


At 6:46 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Angry - I thought the shot represented a Hearst the repose at this juncture. No, I doubt she's crying, perhaps talking to John Waters about her next screen role.


At 5:53 PM, Blogger Gary said...

And today was the last time (in 33 years!) that Liz Smith will not be published in a New York newspaper. The NY Post did not renew her contract due to budget issues. Now I'll just have to find her online.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gary - And the Times itself is in trouble. Guess I'll just have to get my tickets for Baghdad and Kabul to cover the wars on this blog. Or Hollywood to cover the glitterati.

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kind of like that picture of Patty; she's not a raving beauty, but here she looks kind of like a '30s movie star.

But more importantly - how can they get rid of the Tonga Room? I hope the Tiki gods put a curse on the condos if this happens.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Fancy - I agree. That photo sort looks like Patty might be cast in a Frank Capra comedy about an heiress...who robs banks.

Closing the Tonga Room would be criminal!


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