Herb Caen was a Bay Area institution. His daily column was as much of a part of
San Francisco as cable cars or sourdough bread. For sixty years, Caen pounded the
keys of his Loyal Royal in celebration of his City, which he dubbed "Baghdad-by-the-Bay."
He was credited with coining the word "beatnik" back in 1958, and almost single-handedly
abolished the term "Frisco." The morning paper hasn't been the same since his death
Caen also was the author of several best-selling books. He would gladly autograph
a copy when asked, and usually found something appropriate to personalize the inscription.