A note to the publisher of the Chronicle. Dear Steve, now that the rainy weather has begun, your carriers have begun wrapping the paper in a plastic bag before tossing it on my doorstep. Many thanks. But would you please have the words “DO NOT STEAL THIS NEWSPAPER!” printed on the plastic bags? Now that you have also doubled the cost of a paper at the coinbox to 50 cents, my yupster neighbors, too cheap to subscribe, have resorted to thieving. They are stealing subscribers’ copies. Those of us who keep late hours are especially prone to this larceny, as the yupsters, in the tortured logic of their neo-Puritan ethic, seem to think that if a subscriber has not picked up his paper by nine a.m, he or she, by failing to keep bourgeois hours, has forfeited the right to keep up with the world. ... They are rife with twisted entitlement. ... However, in my experience, such passive-aggressive types skitter from confrontation. So the words, “DO NOT STEAL THIS NEWSPAPER!” printed in 72 pt. Bodoni Bold All Caps on the plastic baggie should do the trick. … As it now stands, the newly raised newsstand price is resulting in a surprisingly large loss of revenue to you. The yups are no longer buying, and I won’t pay the Chronicle for a second copy. ... But 'grats and thanks for the return of an old friend, The Pink. The Sunday Chron, with that plunk of pink pages newly restored to the weekly pile of newsprint, is once again starting to look like that old familiar San Francisco landmark we knew and loved. ...
In Governor Arnold, we are dealing with consummate media master. His office's hand-out to the press corps covering the Inauguration this morning ran to four pages, and reads like a shooting script. Here’s the advisory for the 11:00 A.M. segment of the Inauguration:
11:00 a.m. "SHOW OPEN"
Off-stage announcement of legislative leaders, former governors, chief justice of state Supreme Court, family members. Master of Ceremonies Stan Atkinson welcomes former first ladies, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and Transition Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. David Dreier.
Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver participate in Swearing-In Ceremony of 38th Governor of California:
FIVE-CAMERA SWITCH-FEED TELEVISION PRODUCTION:
*HEAD ON, 45-DEGREES RIGHT AND LEFT, REAR DAIS, HALLWAY
* CUTAWAY POOL VIDEO / NAT. SOUND LIVE AVAILABLE VIA MULT. BOX
LOCATED OUTSIDE PACSAT TRUCK BEHIND MEDIA RISER
RAISED FIVE-TIER CAMERA PLATFORM
HEAD ON CAMERA THROW 250 FEET
TELEVISION LIGHTING PROVIDED ON STAGE DURING PROGRAM
AUDIO-MULT. FEED PROVIDED
EMERGENCY BACK-UP GENERATOR ONSITE FOR UPLINK TRUCKS
POWER STRIPS ON MEDIA RISER PROVIDED.