This is a hoot! Journalists at The San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner used to hang out at the M&M tavern down the street from the newsrooms at Fifth and Mission streets, as I’ve written before. It was one of S.F.’s last great newspaper bars. Some background is here, here and here. Former Nevada City Mayor Steve Cottrell was a bartender at the M&M during its heyday. The tavern been renamed The Chieftain, and U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently paid a visit. “I would have offered him my bar stool,” one alum wrote on the S.F. Chronicle Alumni & Memories Facebook page, where the photo showed up. Added another: “He would have liked it better when it was a real working class bar.”
Later, when I worked at CNET, our offices were at Levi’s Plaza and we used to walk across the street to Pier 23 for lunch. One afternoon in the late ’90s, Bill Clinton showed up for lunch as well. He agreed to pose with one of our editors and photographers for a “photo opportunity.” Bill put his arms around the shoulders of the female photographer and he was beaming. We all joked at that.