Lori Blumenfeld

Lari was our first female member of the Examiner. Her maiden name was Larene (not Lorraine) carey. She married Sam Blumenfeld, who was assistant City Editor of the Examiner years ago. Sometime after his death she moved to Placerville until she died. Lari spend 15 years as a combo photographer-writer for the defunct Berkeley Gazette. Among her stories-photo of import: Madame Nhu of Vietnam, the Berkeley/UC riots that followed Nhu's speech at UC. The last prisoner to leave Alcatraz in the early 60s, the UC Davis riots, the American Indians retaking Alcatraz. From Editor and Publisher Magazine in 1944: Only surviving newspaper "camera girl" now at work on a San Francisco is Lorraince Carey, San Francisco Examiner. She first handled a flash bulb years ago in a Reno night club. Hers is the Emergency Hospital beat and the hours are 11pm to 8am - one hour is off for lunch. That may sound rough for a young lady just five years removed from high school, but Lorraince likes the work and the hours. "There are no bosses. There is action. And you don't have to develop your plates unless something unusual happen." Besides the beat is motorized, Miss Carey likes to ride in the ambulance which under the San Francisco's system answers downtown accidents calls from its Civic Center station. No, it's not too rugged, she said. Beside there are always stewards, a fellow cameraman ore reporters about. Lorraince is not the scary type anhow. One exception mush be made. The girl who covers night accidents, the mishaps of drunks and the whanot of the city life did wince at the thoughts of holds a big fish in her hands. The fish had been brount into the city room by the sports department for a "this one was that big" picture. In 1942, she became the second copy girl to work on the Examiner. She missed being first by just a week or so, she said regretfully. The folowing year the copy girl took leave to learn flying at Reno as Coast flying was barred in wartime. Miss Carey turned to night club photography to meet expenses and because it was good pay. "Have you ever watched a night club camera girl? Everything is shot at 20 feet. F/11 at 200th speed" Miss Carey explained. Miss Carey returnned to the Examiner with her wings and the ability to hold a camera. Word of this former avocation got around and by the end of 1945 she was given a few weeks camera instruction. Then came action. "My first day's pictures were a fire, a church event and a baseball game. Mistakes, the first time I loadeda camera, I got the plates backwards. ake I missed a fire picture because I did not use a tripod and that taught me to use one." Nightly equpment carried by the young lady consisted of a Speed Graflex 4x5, a dozen plates, bag and a tripod. Lorraince wears dark slacks, dark coat over a bight blouse or shirt. and shuns a hat. At one time San Francisco boasted four newspaper cameragirls. The Call-Bulletin had two, the Chronicle and Examiner one each. Miss Carey competes on even terms with 15 men for the paper's montly prize awrds.

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