Nolte is a journalism grad in the sense he's a grad who became a journalist, and that's good enough for us now and forever. He's done everything it sometimes seems, including covering the first Iraq war and winning prizes for that coverage, then was an embedded reporter during the second one in spite of being older than some of the oil in the ground. (Actually, he was 69.)
He once told me how to behave if a gang of thugs decided to stomp me. I believe he got stomped himself once or twice.
He is truly a fine journalist, a fine writer as well as a fine reporter and a mentor to many Bay Area journalists and would be to more USF students if they went to the trouble to ask. We really should raise some money and name an award after him.
But this is why I write about him today.
Veteran Chronicle staff writer Carl Nolte has won the 2007 Oscar Lewis Award for his contributions to western history, an award bestowed by the Book Club of California.
He is the author of three books including "The San Francisco Century," which spanned the period from the 1906 earthquake to 2006. He also wrote about the restoration of the World War II liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien and documented its commemorative voyage from San Francisco to France for D-Day for The Chronicle in 1994.
He is the first Chronicle reporter to receive the award. The book club, founded in 1912, is a nonprofit formed for readers and collectors with an interest in Pacific Coast history, literature and fine printing.
The Oscar Lewis Award was created in 1994 to honor the San Francisco writer and historian who was secretary of the club for 25 years. The award will be bestowed at a ceremony at the club's headquarters at 310 Sutter St. on Monday.