Comments on: Milestone: On Crime and Calendars it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jim Rees Jim Rees Fri, 06 Jul 2012 01:53:57 +0000 No comments from the regular band of Chronicle critics? Are they politely waiting for me to get in the first word? Or simply worn out from last month’s marathon?

Bill Treml was, to me, bigger than life. I always turned to the crime page first, from the time I started reading the News regularly in eighth grade. His stories were peppered with words like “loot,” “culprits,” and “heist.” I pictured him sitting at his Underwood, pint of Jim Beam in the bottom drawer, typing up the day’s adventures late into the night for the morning deadline. Or downing a meal after work at the Round Table where I’m sure he was on a first name basis with the Chief of Police. I remember more than one story told from the vantage point of a squad car, where he often rode along.

I don’t think an RSS feed from the virtual blotter can replace him.