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April 7th is the birthday of Francis Ford Coppola and Jerry Brown.
It’s also, this year, the date of a 40th anniversary party for another
northern California fixture, theBay Area Reporter (a.k.a. B.A.R.).

StarkInsider.com reporter Chris Wright takes a fond look at the country’s
oldest continuously publishing newspaper serving the gay community.
The publication has come a long way since the day co-founder Bob Ross
delivered the first issue by means of a 1969 Ford Mustang:

“The Bay Area Reporter has seen amazing changes in its 40 years of publication,”
said current publisher Thomas E. Horn. “Beginning little more than a ‘bar rag,’
the B.A.R. has become the most respected and longest, continuously published
GLBT newspaper in America.”

Harvey Milk was a one-time columnist for B.A.R., as was former DA
investigator Wayne Friday, whose man-about-town boldface chronicle
became a must read. As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, a
special B.A.R. retrospective will be featured April 8th-13th at the
newly opened GLBT History Museum.

Category:Aliya Leigh Live - Podcast -- posted at: 11:13am EST

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