why do they call san francisco "bagdad by the bay?"

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why do they occasionally refer to SF as "bagdad by the bay?"

-- rob howard (rhoward@inotherwords.com), April 07, 1999


This name was given to the City by Herb Caen, famous columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle (who passed away recently) because he loved San Francisco with a passion. He wrote for the newspaper for decades, and it is likely that the comparison was made long ago...before the Gulf War. As to the precise reason, I'm not sure, but I think it has to do with the beauty of the two cities, and the cultures. If anyone knows more, please contribute. I'd like to know myself. I will look into it, because it's a good question.

-- Robert W. Summers (summerstime@yahoo.com), April 15, 1999.

Dunno why but I think I remember hearing that it had something to do with the 39 World's Fair at TI...think Caen referred to the fair in those terms and the name stuck to the City.

-- Kathy Gori (webdog@webtv.net), November 13, 2000.

To amplify on an earlier post, Herb Caen definitely dubbed San Francisco "Baghdad by the bay" long before the gulf war. I don't know if he actually coined the term 'way back in the thirties... but I read a column he wrote in 1968 that refers to San Francisco as 'Baghdad by the bay.'

-- Bruno Tim (brunotim@pacbell.net), February 19, 2002.

Herb Cain wrote a book called Bagdad by the bay back in the thirties I beleive. I have a copy here somewhere if anyone needs more info

-- bill lake (billlake50@yahoo.com), April 06, 2002.

If you want to know why it is call B by the B read Herb's own words on http://research.compaq.com/SRC/personal/heydon/caen-SF.html

-- louise dyer (dyer@hotmail.com), May 05, 2002.

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-- Your Full Name (Your Email Addressrob howard (rhoward@inotherwords.com)), September 06, 2003.

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