Having driven cross-country in the path of the Donner Party, Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik and her husband, Jerry, arrived in California whole, but with hayseeds from their native Brooklyn still in their hair. A year later, in 1972, she washed up on the shores of The Chronicle at Fifth and Mission. Over the years she has served as writer, reviewer, editor, and columnist. She is the author of two books, San Francisco: Its Sights and Secrets, and Real Life Romance. She is an avid knitter, a terrible accordion-player, a sporadic Tweeter, and a pretty good speller. After 47 years at The Chronicle, she abandoned Fifth and Mission in 2019, in order to frolic elsewhere.