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Since I've lived and worked in San Francisco for over 20 years and spent a lot of that time working in downtown SF, I've gotten very used to seeing them together over the years in their amazing matching outfits. So when I saw this in the Chronicle this AM, I was like, OH! That's why I haven't seen them lately, followed by, OH NO! Sigh! Time marches on.

Trigger warning for alzheimers/health issues etc.

SF's iconic Brown twins face life apart.


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Aug. 16th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
It's sad, of course, but what makes me angry is how much it is an issue of money. It would anyway be heartbreaking to have Alzheimer happen, but not to be able to visit because she can't afford the taxi...(shivers in horror).
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
That's the USA for ya. *bitter*
Aug. 16th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is so sad. I always loved seeing the Brown twins walking around SF. And it's also sad that they are left with no money after everything they've done.
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
I KNOW! Coming the week after Sister Boom Boom's passing, it's really reminding me that even though I'm a relative newcomer (20 years) to San Francisco, a lot of "my" San Francisco is changing/dying etc. The memorial for Boom Boom was so much smaller than I would have imagined. Part of it was the number of people in the gay community that aren't with us anymore, but there's also a whole younger generation who have no idea who she was and were just out partying in the bars in the Castro that night not giving Jack a second (or first) thought.

There's so many Icons who've passed or moved on in various ways...I think it really started for me when Herb Caen died.
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Herb Caen...I remember how wildly excited I was when I made his column! He was such an integral part of SF life. Yes, it seems like you get to a point in life when the touchstones of your earlier culture are dying or being torn down.
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
You made Herb Caen's column?

*bows down* WE ARE NOT WORTHY!
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Yes...I think in those days we mailed jokes...? Or something. You are worthy. Get up before you soil the knees of your pantyhose.
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
I gave up on panty-hose around the same time Willie Brown was first elected mayor.

We used to have such great columnists in the Chron. Back when the Chron was an actual paper. Herb Caen, Art Hoppe, Adair Lara, Jon Carroll, Leah Garchick.

Oh yeah. I am feeling old today.
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
so sad. they were SF icons. (next time we see eachother IRL, remind me and I'll tell you a funny story that happened to me involving them).
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
does the heart good to know there are people like that willing to help.
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