It was 1976, and I was 25 years old and just four years out of journalism school. My boss at the San Diego Union told me to high-tail it out to the San Joaquin Valley to cover the story unfolding in the farm town of Chowchilla.
You’ve heard of biofuels, but how about a newspaper that runs on tofu? That’s the groundbreaking experiment being conducted by the Nichi Bei Weekly, a modest, yet historically significant newspaper that serves the Japanese American community in Northern California.
“NSS” – Newspapers are Sick Syndrome – can sure lead to some strange and ironic survival plans. The latest is the San Francisco Examiner’s plan to take over the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Given their histories, who would have predicted this “Odd Couple” marriage?