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Salm, a familiar voice at the San Diego Union-Tribune until resigning in April 2008, lamented, “When the doors slammed shut last summer, it was surprising (there was no warning) and odd (there was no going-out-of-business sale.) Then, suddenly, fliers announced a can’t pass up liquidation sale: all books $1. Friday [January 29] was the first day of the sale. At 9:55 a.m., about three dozen people were waiting in line outside 726 Broadway.” Recounting his own fondness for the place, its peccadilloes and its denizens, Salm misses the quirkiness of the proprietors, whom he characterized as “knowledgeable-to-the point-where-it-got-weird Wahrenbrock’s folk.”

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