Television: Community Chest

In a bleak, barnlike TV studio on the fringes of San Francisco's Skid Row, District Attorney Tom Lynch asked for bids on a rattan duck rising from dried grasses, Columnist Herb ("Mr. San Francisco") Caen tried to peddle the services of a private eye. For five days last week, from midafternoon to midnight, these and a hundred other prominent San Franciscans acted as volunteer auctioneers for some 5,000 items donated by San Francisco merchants or individuals. Occasion: the fourth annual fund-raising auction for San Francisco's KQED-TV, the community-owned educational television station.

Exotic Sale. A poodle went for $175; a pony given by...

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