Thursday, August 25, 2016

Warren Hinckle

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Sorry to learn that Warren Hinckle is dead. As editor of Scanlan's and then Ramparts magazines, he was an important influence in the early anti-war movement during the US attack on Vietnam. Ramparts also did good, skeptical work on the assassination of President Kennedy (see this and this).

I was surprised to be reminded that Hunter Thompson's 1970 story on the Kentucky Derby was published by Hinckle in Scanlan's, not Ramparts or Rolling Stone.

Randy Shaw writes about how Hinckle was helpful to SRO residents.

A typical Hinckle story in the SF Chronicle: Porn Kings and a lot more...

Published by Ramparts in 1967

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At 11:24 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

Hinckle learned early on to live off the credit card of whatever magazine he was editor of, thus the best hotels, first class travel, all meals charged, etc. When the magazine went belly he wasn't responsible for the unpaid bills.

In the 70s after Hinckle's brief stint at running City magazine his boss Francis Coppola summed it up: "I gave him an unlimited budget and he exceeded it."

(As an aside here's a little AVA story.)


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