Herb Caen

American newspaper columnist

Herbert Eugene Caen (April 3, 1916February 1, 1997) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist working in San Francisco.


  • If I do go to heaven, I'm going to do what every San Franciscan does who goes to heaven. He looks around and says, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco.'
  • The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever, but what's wrong with that, really?
    • Caen, Herb. Herb Caen's San Francisco, 1976-1991, page 159. Chronicle Books, 1992. ISBN
  • A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 a.m. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.

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