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1997 Stories by Phyllis Orrick

Archives: 1997 | 1996 | 1995
  • Unspun

    published October 1, 1997

    Checchi Meets the Press A year ago, the vast majority of California voters had never heard of Al Checchi. The same held true for the... More >>

  • Unspun

    published September 24, 1997

    Merger in the Dark San Francisco state Sen. John Burton has just completed an amazingly cynical bait-and-switch performance with the... More >>

  • Unspun

    published September 17, 1997

    Half a Century of Chasing the News Election season for California political writers is well under way; last Friday's San Francisco... More >>

  • Unspun

    published September 10, 1997

    Fall of the House of Love Reality is catching up with decent but financially hapless Summer of Love promoter Chet Helms so quickly that... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published September 3, 1997

    Tanking the Memories When city crews started preparing to take out the venerable reflecting pool in Civic Center Plaza earlier this summer,... More >>

  • The Sky's the Limit

    published September 3, 1997

    In the third week of July, the Pacific Exchange held a commodity auction, both here and in Los Angeles, like no other in the world. Four million... More >>

  • Unspun

    published August 27, 1997

    From a public relations standpoint, it's hard to imagine going wrong with either of these two causes: an expose of beagle-beating drug... More >>

  • Unspun

    published August 20, 1997

    Union Hits at KGO Recently, Channel 7's newscast has had something worth watching: genuine, unscripted, spontaneous moments. This was not,... More >>

  • Unspun

    published August 13, 1997

    The Fettered Web The next battle in the war over free speech on the Internet is going to be fought in our public libraries. That... More >>

  • China's Lost Jews

    published August 6, 1997

    In an obscure corner of China, in a city that was once the country's capital but has long since sunk to the level of a backwater, a settlement of... More >>

  • Unspun

    published August 6, 1997

    Stand Corrected B ack in June, a billboard near Unspun's office was altered overnight from an ad touting Lucky supermarkets ("Freshness... More >>

  • Unspun

    published July 30, 1997

    Mickey Mouse at Channel 7 Channel 7 (KGO-TV) News scored a real coup recently. Evening anchor Terilyn Joe broke into regular... More >>

  • Unspun

    published July 23, 1997

    A Peep Behind the Executioner's Shroud Convicted murderer Thomas Thompson's appeals for a stay of his Aug. 5 execution made the front page... More >>

  • Unspun

    published July 9, 1997

    Chron to East Bay: Take John King, Please Finally, the San Francisco Chronicle has fired its answering volley in the war over the East Bay... More >>

  • Unspun

    published July 2, 1997

    More Howard Stern The San Francisco radio market is the most volatile it's been in years. Stations are changing owners and formats at such... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published June 18, 1997

    Dis-Tress Signal A nasty rumor recently sent a collective shriek pealing through the city's stronghold of haircutting, the Castro. ... More >>

  • Unspun

    published June 11, 1997

    Anatomy of a Letter to the Editor Writing letters to editors is an art. The best such letters are often disagreeable, but they are always... More >>

  • Unspun

    published June 4, 1997

    Lightning in a Tube Neon signs have been around for 100 years, but they're still a rogue advertising medium. Just ask Gerry O'Birne,... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published May 28, 1997

    Stamp Out Crime Where should an aspiring Perry Mason troll for clients? Where the criminals are, of course. At least that's... More >>

  • Unspun

    published May 28, 1997

    Anatomy of a Press Kit Usually, when Mayor Willie Brown attends a public relations event that hawks a product, the selling is subtle; the... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published May 21, 1997

    Shameless Self-Promoting Swagger SF Weekly writers Chuck Finnie and Lisa Davis have won writing awards in the state's largest journalism... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published May 14, 1997

    Silence of the Lambs Out at the S.F. Zoo, the cops are on a stakeout and the sheep are nervous. It all started Jan. 26, when a keeper found... More >>

  • Unspun

    published May 14, 1997

    Disappearing Minds Minds Over Matter, the deliberately nonpolitical Sunday night quiz show that Dana Rodriguez hosted on the nearly always... More >>

  • Unspun

    published May 7, 1997

    Merc Stages Shootout in Gulch A little more than a year ago, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the San Francisco Examiner was about... More >>

  • Under His Skin

    published April 30, 1997

    Edward Miller, a retired San Rafael surgeon in his 70s who cheerfully terms himself an "unpaid free-lancer," churns out unsolicited opinion... More >>

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