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Herb Caen, often referred to as "Mr. San Francisco" was a beloved author and daily columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost 60 years until his death in 1997. His columns combined news, gossip, word play, and love for the city of San Francisco, making him a household name in the Bay Area. In 1996, Caen won a special Pulitzer prize for his ''continuing contribution as a voice and a conscience of his city.” Herb Caen never ran for president.

The San Francisco Chronicle issued this joke promotional button for the Democratic Convention that was held in San Francisco in 1984. Even though Caen never ran, his influence is still eminent as the Chronicle still periodically reprints his columns.


Herb Caen Mr. San Francisco for Pres. '84 Pinback. (n.d.). Retrieved from

The 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winners in Special Awards and Citations: Herb Caen of The San Francisco Chronicle. (n.d.). Retrieved from


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