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  • Herbert Eugene "Herb" Caen was a San Francisco journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns and offbeat anecdotes—​"a continuous love letter to San Francisco" —​appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years and made him a household name throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The secret of Caen's success [was] his outstanding ability to take a wisp of fog, a chance phrase overheard in an elevator, a happy child on a cable car, a deb in a tizzy over a social reversal, a family in distress and give each circumstance the magic touch that makes a reader an understanding eyewitness of the day's happenings. A special Pulitzer Prize called him the "voice and conscience" of San Francisco." Wikipedia

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  • For his columns about life in San Francisco and beyond.
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  • "of the San Francisco Chronicle"
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  • For his extraordinary and continuing contribution as a voice and conscience of his city.

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