From Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle:
Louis Earl “Lou” Hartman, the voice of the 1950s KCBS radio show “This Is San Francisco” who later became a Zen monk, died Jan. 20 at Zen Hospice Guest House. He was 95.
Though he began his radio career in Chicago in the 1930s writing comedy sketches for NBC Blue Network, Mr. Hartman was best known as the radio personality Jim Grady on “This Is San Francisco,” which he hosted from 1950-57. As part of the show, Mr. Hartman would compose narratives and walk around San Francisco, interviewing people about their lives or drawing attention to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, unique parks or lesser-known lookout spots.
Active in the civil rights and labor movements, Mr. Hartman was subpoenaed and brought before the House Committee on Un-American Activities during its San Francisco hearings in June 1957. . . .