Warren Hinckle

Hinckle CrumbWord has it that Warren Hinckle has gone to that Big Newsroom In The Sky. The only surprising thing is that he managed to live to the over-ripe age of 77, given his fondness for strong drink and his proclivity for irritating the rich and powerful.

I worked on several of his ill-fated crusades, including the campaign against Mayor Dianne Feinstein’s efforts to close the Mitchell Brother’s O’Farrell Theater in the eighties and the contest to win control of the San Francisco Examiner after the Hearst family put it on the market.

He had a natural talent for extorting money from newspapers and publishers and then failing to meet deadlines, but who’s perfect? He always made sure my check was in the mail.

Warren was part of the dying breed of San Franciscans who made The City unique, before it was bought out by the soulless tech giants that have leveled so many landmarks and driven out the minorities, poets and artists.

hinckle_warren_and_bentleyFrom ’64 to ’69, Hinckle was the executive editor of Ramparts and after that Scanlan’s Monthly. He headed Francis Ford Coppola’s City and wrote for both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Examiner. He ran for mayor and derided the effort to make Tony Bennett’s I Left My Heart In San Francisco the official city song, saying it was too wimpy. He wrote several books, including an autobiography titled When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade. At the time of his departure, he was still tinkering with his last tome, Who Killed Hunter Thompson, which is scheduled for publication next year.

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General Quarters

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The Penny Ante Republican by Dan O’Neill

Occasionally, people will ask me if cartoonist Dan O’Neill is still alive and doing comics. The answer is yes, if there is a war to be fought, and Nevada County’s cannabis conflict has inspired Dan to emerge from his bunker on Prospect Hill to address the troops. It helps that he is related (by marriage) to Supervisor Dan Miller, whom he attacks with enthusiastic viciousness. Note that O’Neill credits Nevada City with making him “the most obnoxious cartoonist of all time.”

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Planet Of The Bears

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Twit On The Run!!!

NUN eight sixtn703I’m gonna get serious now and talk policy and stuff and you should just forget all that crazy shit I said before. It never happened…well, except for Ted Cruz’s dad and Lee Oswald. (Wink Wink!)

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KVMR082Heads up to those who are interested. I’ll be the interviewee on Joyce Miller’s “Sages Among Us” show on KVMR this Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30pm to 7.

We’ll be talking about my years as an editorial cartoonist in Nevada County, or whatever comes up.

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New Employment Opportunity

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BUSTED! (Updated 8/15)

RL Crabb bust June 2016If you happen to be around downtown Nevada City tomorrow, stop by and check out this bust of yers truly by artist extraordinaire Miriam Morris. She’ll be unveiling this sculpture around 9am at Calanan Park and I’ll be there around the same time. This is another piece in Miriam’s series of Nevada City “characters.”

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UPDATE: Here I am beside myself and sculptress Miriam Morris.





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Garden of Eatin’

Garden cactus legIt was a weird year for gardening here at Crabb Hollow. With Mary Ann in the hospital for most of May and June and me commuting to Carmichael every other day, there wasn’t much time for tending the veggies. Even so, I bought a few tomatoes, stuck them in the ground, covered them in chicken shit, and tried to remember to water them at least twice a week. All in all, it turned out pretty good.Garden squash

Garden MAToday was Mary Ann’s first venture into the jungle that is our backyard since her surgery. These Morning Glories are volunteers from last year’s crop. Same with the Acorn Squash…



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Your Name Is Mud

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