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Finding aid to the Warren Hinckle Papers
BANC MSS 2017/190  
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Warren Hinckle was a journalist, editor, publisher, and iconoclast. He championed Hunter S. Thompson, helping to popularize the style of reporting known as gonzo journalism. Warren James Hinckle III was born in San Francisco in 1938 and raised in the city's Sunset District, in an Irish Catholic community. He lost an eye in a car accident and, subsequently, wore a large eyepatch, which came to symbolize his swashbuckling image. Hinckle earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco in 1961. While there, he edited the college newspaper, The San Francisco Foghorn. After graduating, Hinckle started a public relations firm, and was a city reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. He was editor of Ramparts magazine from 1964-1969 and, after leaving, he and Sidney Zion founded the short-lived journal, Scanlan's Monthly. In the 1980s and 1990s, Hinckle wrote columns about the city's politics and culture for The Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner and The San Francisco Independent. In 1993, Hinckle revived The Argonaut, a 19th-century magazine that he described as muckraking, leftist politics. He died in San Francisco in 2016.
9 linear feet (4 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes)
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