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How fitting that we allow my father to indulge in one of his favorite activities on Father's Day? This conceivably might even be the day itself in 1973, but no guarantees. I'm pretty sure that's the Sunday paper he's reading. This was the period during which San Francisco's two remaining dailies had a joint operating agreement: weekdays the Chronicle had the AM, the Examiner the PM. Sundays were a combo effort: the hard news section and a roto magazine were from the Examiner, and all the features, including the Datebook (aka pink section), This World, their roster of columnists - in other words, all the interesting stuff - came from the Chronicle. This edition was often referred to as "The Exonicle" or "The Cronaminer."
This was taken in the ever-popular Salmon Kitchen, and I can spot three holdovers from the 1950s: Mother's 1955 O'Keefe & Merritt range, mostly behind the paper, the pink enamel and chrome rolling cart, and atop it our bright shiny chrome toaster. The rest of the cart housed mainly individual newspaper sections, magazines, dictionaries and World Almanacs my mother used for crossword puzzle references, and on the bottom shelf, a weighty accumulation of Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney catalogs.
My father was 71 when I, a mere stripling of 27, shot this Kodachrome slide.