"I tried." While in Muskegon, Jenny Grogan did a "remarkable piece of journalism," said John Stephenson, who is The Chronicle's metropolitan editor.Even though she was 24 at the time and a graduate of Michigan State University, she undertook an "undercover" assignment as a high school student."As far back as I can remember, she was gone on weekends.Everything was Grogan," said Greg Dorsett, The Chronicle's photo editor and owner of cats and dogs. "Yes, she and John were very much in love, and trying to make their relationship work, even though they were in different towns," said Kim Clarke, who was hired at The Chronicle a few weeks before Jenny Grogan in 1984.The book has been made into a movie starring Owen Wilson as John Grogan and Jennifer Aniston as Jenny Grogan, which opened Thursday. The one that landed on the New York Time's bestseller list in 2005 and stayed there for 18 months? The one starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as John and Jenny Grogan, not to mention a Hollywood dog named Jack playing the part of Marley?
One of the reasons is the "great writing," she said. "There are a lot of dog books out now, but three years ago, Marley was the first to touch on a relationship between a human being and a pet," she said.Last week, she "respectfully declined" The Chronicle's request to talk about what it's been like in the Grogan household since "Marley" was written."I'm sorry," reported Ben Bruton, the Grogan family's publicist at Harper Collins Publishers.One thing everyone remembers is the full-blown courtship going on between the former Jenny Vogt and John Grogan, who was a Kalamazoo Gazette reporter when she was at The Chronicle.He soon left for a fellowship at Ohio State University.