The Union columnist George Boardman never graduated past the podunk San Mateo Times, so it’s hard for him to appreciate the talents of beloved and award-winning columnists at big-league newspapers such as The San Francisco Chronicle.
Although Amphlett’s San Mateo Times has all but vanished, Northern California’s largest newspaper, The Chronicle, earlier this month was named the state’s best large newspaper for the fourth year in a row by the California News Publishers Association. Woo-hoo!
The volume of Boardman’s corrections alone would disqualify him from being called a talent. He might as well just sign his name “CORRECTION:”
Let’s face it: George is no Herb Caen, Art Hoppe, Jon Carroll, Carl Nolte, Bruce Jenkins, Matier & Ross and so on. I know it also has irked George to no end that Herb was a friend, longtime former colleague and neighbor of “Jeffy” on Nob Hill.
Transport yourself from the late Pulitzer-winning columnist’s home on Nob Hill to George Boardman’s haunt in “Lake of the Pines” (one of western Nevada County’s two “gated” communities) and bear witness to The Union columnist sitting in his BarcaLounger and fuming about the content in Lorraine Jewett’s new column, “Lorraine’s Lowdown.” (Where’s the R.L. Crabb cartoon?)
On his “blog,” George is gnashing his teeth because Lorraine had the audacity to run this in her column: “. . . the classy magazine published by Jeff and Shannon Pelline.” And it even got past the editors!
Boardman goes on to lecture us like a schoolmarm: “The word (‘classy’) was used by Lorraine Jewett in her column, ‘Lorraine’s Lowdown,’ where never is found a discouraging word. Lorraine speaks for herself, not The Union.”
“Never is found a discouraging word”? Meow George! As if George’s column is “investigative journalism.”
For the record — and George is too out of touch to know this — but The Union publisher has also complimented our magazine, as well as the annual art gallery guide that we publish for the Nevada County Arts Council. And so has the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Yup, George also got it wrong with his churlish remark: “You have to wonder what (Chamber Executive Director Robin Galvan-Davis) thought when Jeffy’s membership application showed up in the mail.”
If Georgie had bothered to get out of his arm chair and do some reporting (a recurring complaint about his work around town), our not-so-curious George would have learned that “Jeffy’s membership application didn’t show up in the mail,” as mischaracterized in his “reporting.”
To the contrary, Robin and Chamber President Joy Porter reached out to us to join. Joy came to our home, made a pitch, we had a good (and frank) discussion —and we decided to join. We also belong to the Nevada City and Truckee chambers.
Robin invited us to distribute our magazine at the Grass Valley Chamber ‘s Visitor Center, and the digital version of our magazine was promoted in the latest Chamber newsletter, along with a link to digital.sierraculture.com. George can pick up his own version there — for free.
“Bored” Georgeman’s column has become stale and boring, and I keep waiting for The Union to drop it. To his credit, George does top all The Union’s regular columnists in one category, however: corrections.
12 thoughts on ““Lorraine’s Lowdown” gets Boardman’s briefs in a bunch at The Union”
I lived in San Mateo County for 15 years and loved the Chronicle. I love this area but really miss the Bay Area and its politics. Have you read “Season of the Witch”? It covers 1967-1984, the years I lived there. Well worth reading…
Audrey Ohlson Smith
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Hi Audrey, Yes, I bought a copy after you mentioned it. I’m halfway through. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/books/review/season-of-the-witch-by-david-talbot.html No mention of George Boardman. Thanks. BTW, I posted this on Facebook and it’s getting some laughs and “likes” (Joy Porter, among them).
Loved Season of the Witch. Have either of you read Imperial San Francisco by Gray Brechin?
Yes! It’s excellent. I read it and even mentioned it in an article about SYRCL/Wild & Scenic river in our magazine (second to last paragraph): http://www.sierraculture.com/art/syrcl-a-voice-for-the-yuba/#.XOFt_mRKhjQ
I am a big fan of Gray Brechin’s brand of history, historical geography, most popularized recently by William Cronin at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. This idea that people, landscape, culture, ecology, and changing human behavior and experience over time, are intrinsic is fascinating to me.
Well said. When I was an undergrad at Cal I took a course in cultural geography from Bernard Nietschmann. He has since passed, but he left a big impresson on his students, including me. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-jan-28-mn-58626-story.html https://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2000/02/02/bernard.html
Lorraine is a smart and savvy reporter. George is out of his element…
You mean there’s not a place for him at your publication either? We passed too. LOL.
Tom, You’re famous! George even mentioned you on his blog: “Maybe he should follow Tom Dalldorf’s example and kill the print edition–think of all the trees he could save!” Now George is an environmentalist! Maybe he could open a “green” restaurant. Nope. Been there. Done that. ROFLOL.
On on Facebook these folks are among the first to get a hoot about of this writeup with their comments/likes:
On Facebook, a reader summed it up well: ” I love it Jeff; way to go!🥰😅😅👍” Sorry about that old bean. ROFLOL.
The only comment Bored Georgeman landed was one from “fish.” Can you spell Iamirrelevant.com ROFLOL.