Re: A Milestone04/05/16
posted by Holt Macon
The press, reporters and editors in those older days used to smoke like pigs. There would be fumes of smoke coming out of the press offices that looked almost like the place was on fire. It was as though those people could not write, edit or think unless they smoked.
Now as I recall reading, Herb Caen may have smoked some in his early days but he did give it up. However, he couldn't give up the second-hand smoke that he would be bombarded with day after day all day long for 50 years until they put up rules of no smoking in offices sometime around the mid 1980s.
It is very likely that those people who worked in press offices in those days and lived healthy lives still had their lives shortened by second-hand smoke otherwise Herb Caen, Art Hoppe, Abe Melenkoff, Art Rosenbaum and others who had the misfortune of being around the neurotic tar lung puffers might still be alive today.