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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

From the Last Print Edition of the Seattle P-I: 'Ankle-Biter Size Dinosaur Discovered'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 8:30 AM

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You've got to hand it to Hearst, the ruthless media empire with a sense of humor and a heart: It shuttered the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's print edition today, St. Patrick's Day, giving heavy-hearted staffers ample ample cover to drown their sorrows on the town.

Glancing at the calendar, it's not so likely the hundreds of San Francisco Chronicle scribes almost certainly soon to be shown the door per the union agreement reached this weekend will be afforded such an opportunity. There's Passover, Good Friday, and Easter on the horizon. None seems a particularly apropos day to be caught, say, urinating surreptitiously on a newspaper box.

While Hearst would owe "indemnities" on a $1 billion printing contract should it ever opt to turn the Chron into a Web-only affair, the spectacle of a proud, Civil War-era daily in a major Western city still jolts with the pain of recognition. San Franciscans are now even more aware that, tomorrow, the bell may toll for thee.

And yet, amid the fanfare and retrospectives marking the paper's closing, the P-I's Web site soon settles back into the hum of day-to-day stories typical of a daily paper:
Sadly, a slightly larger dinosaur met its demise today. Good luck with the slings and arrows of Online journalism. If you find a way to make this thing work -- let us know.

Photo   |   M.V. Jantzen

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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