In today's Los Angeles Times, there is an article
about the San Francisco Chronicle's decline in
terms of circulation and advertising revenue.
The circulation of the Chronicle has decreased
sixteen percent during a six-month period
ending last September and from 566,000
to 419,400 during a period from 1990 to
last September. It is thought that the
internet has been the major reason for
the decline. Another cited reason for the
decline was the death of the famed columnist,
Herb Caen, in 1997. Required reading in
the San Francisco Bay Area for many decades,
Caen's daily columns was packed with
observations of what was happening in
San Francisco for many decades.
Jack Fiske, the famed boxing beat writer,
wrote very informative columns for the
San Francisco Chronicle for over forty
years before he was put out to pasture
during the early 1990s. Of course,
the fight game was almost dead in the
Bay Area by the time Fiske was let go.
But Fiske's column was widely read in
the boxing community in the United
States in the days before the internet.
After all, the column contained boxing
scoops not found in any other source.
- Chuck Johnston