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January 23, 2012



John Horgan bookended his 50th year with this piece in his column today:


As 2013 comes to a close, a personal note is in order: It's been a full 50 years since your humble servant began his writing career at Peninsula newspapers.

My stumbling debut in print was made in early November 1963 at the now-defunct Burlingame Advance-Star, part of a little chain that included lively sheets in Redwood City and Palo Alto.

At that time, President John F. Kennedy was still alive. He would be slain just a few weeks later in Texas. San Mateo County had two thriving horse racing tracks, work on Interstate 280 was just commencing, the Benjamin Franklin Hotel was still a San Mateo hot spot and a gallon of leaded regular gas was all of 35 cents. There was no Genentech, Oracle, Facebook or Virgin America.

A long stint at the San Mateo Times, then the San Mateo County Times, began in the summer of 1964; it lasted on a full-time basis from 1965 to 2008.

I've been a correspondent there, and a freelance writer elsewhere, since then. And the beat goes on.

Congrats again, John. May the beat indeed go on......


It's nice to see that John Horgan has landed a spot at the Daily Journal. Yesterday's edition was the first time I have seen him in the DJ. Four items made up the column: government agency doublespeak, Searsville Lake (closed to the public since 1975), Manheimer's challenges in Oakland and Brisbane finally waking up to what the High-cost rail maintenance yard would do to their other development plans. Not sure where the Brisbaners have been all these years?

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