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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Hartlaub’

Chronicle Pair Offer Visiting Journalists a Ten-Step Article Template

New York magazine recently wondered – “Is San Francisco New York?” From that west coast city, San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub and staff writer Joe Garofoli today offer up the cheekiest of commentary-responses in the form of a ten-step Cut-and-Paste San Francisco Trend Story template.


Each and every suggested feature article touchstone is hilarious, including:

Step 3: Find the outrage. Now that you’re sufficiently fired up about evictions, it’s time to write about the tenant-landlord rift without actually speaking to a greedy landlord or aggrieved tenant. The San Francisco Tenants Union, Tenderloin Housing Clinic or any past/present editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian will gladly confirm that San Francisco is on the verge of doom (just as the naysayers said in 1998 during the first dot-com boom).

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Times, Chronicle Celebrate Rise of Vietnamese Immigrant News Anchor

Over the weekend, Bay Area TV news anchor Thuy Vu had both U.S. coasts media-covered. Deservedly. Not only is she a journalist who recently took over on KQED for a local PBS legend (Belva Davis), but the story of how her family sacrificed in order to provide Vu and her siblings with a better life is replete with American Dream detail.


For example, to help make ends meet, Vu as a teenager passed on to her family all monies earned from a summer job soldering components onto motherboards at a San Jose computer company. From this weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle feature-interview by Peter Hartlaub:

Vu’s family fled Vietnam when Saigon fell to the communists in 1975. She was elementary-school-age and the second-youngest of eight children. The family was so large they couldn’t leave together, so some left by plane and others by cargo ship. Their only money was some gold sewn into the lining of her mother’s skirt. Nobody spoke English.

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Colleague Praises Bay Area TV News ‘Iron Man’ Lloyd LaCuesta

Tributes are pouring in after it was announced this week that Lloyd LaCuesta, South Bay bureau chief for San Francisco’s KTVU Channel 2 (pictured), will be retiring after 36 years on the local beat. Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, marvels at the reporter’s stamina in the face of gruesome homicides and record-setting weather disturbances:

I’ve briefly worked one of those general assignment crime-mayhem-apocalyptic weather beats, and they’re like dog years. Really, the press releases should say Lloyd is retiring after 252 years on the job. So all hail Lloyd LaCuesta, breaking news juggernaut of the Bay Area.

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Chronicle Critic Tips His Hat to Red Vic Movie House

For San Francisco cinephiles, this week brought the sad marquee news that the Red Vic Movie House, California’s only worker owned such establishment, will be closing July 25th. The 30-year-old institution is the latest in a long line of screening facilities to shutter in the Bay Area.

Remembrances are coming down the pike fast and furiously, in a way that has nothing to do with anything starring Vin Diesel. Among today’s repertory house tributes is a heartfelt blog entry from San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub:

I spent most of my adult life, starting in college, choosing housing based on its proximity to an awesome movie house… It was initally disappointing that the only theater within walking distance of my apartment [in the Haight district] was in a featureless building that looked better-equipped to sell futons. I vaguely recall that the feature playing on the night of my move was a documentary about a girl who had participated in the world’s largest porno gang-bang. “What the hell is this hippie @#$%,” I thought…

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Chronicle Reporter Apologizes to Readers for Saturday Snow Job

San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub has posted a tongue-in-cheek apology for the part he played in helping feed local hysteria over the possibility of a weekend Bay Area snowstorm that failed to materialize.

Hartlaub points to his February 17th and February 23rd historical photo galleries shared on the site as culprits #1 and #2, and his Twitter feed as culprit #3. Admirably, he says thought it would be easy to do so, he is not interested in shirking responsibility:

It’s easy to pretend like the snow hype never happened with things like Charlie Sheen‘s meltdown and the James Franco‘s Academy Awards hosting disaster (my theory: instead of being too stoned, his poor performance was a product of not being stoned enough) causing new distractions. But I know sins of overhype were committed in the past two weeks, and this time I’m not going to let it pass.

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