Stories for September 2000

Thursday, September 28

Happiness on a Plate

San Diego is an ocean of pleasures, a paradise to live in or see. Only lately, though, has it started to be a great place to eat. My assignment, should I choose to accept it, ...

We Are the Border

'Look at this," Edgardo Moctezuma said with disgust. Then he rose from the table and went to the rear of the tall book-lined wall and brought back a stack of books. "This is what, as ...

What Is that Sucking Sound?

Despite the fact that we live in an area that receives very little rainfall, most of us never worry about water. We may not know where the droplets issuing from the shower first fell as ...

Movin' on Up

Although their team may be scrambling for stadium money, Padres honchos Larry Lucchino and Charles Steinberg have put together enough cash to buy a luxurious La Jolla Shores condo together. According to a deed filed ...

Why do so many of our superheroes, such as Batman and Superman, wear capes?

Dear Mr. Alice: I was wondering, why do so many of our superheroes, such as Batman and Superman, wear capes? With the type of work these men do, I would think that the capes would ...

William Heise County Park, a fine spot for camping and hiking near Julian, features bright autumn colors in October and November.

For the purposes of camping, picnicking, and day-hiking in a superb mountain setting, William Heise County Park near Julian is surely the crown jewel of the San Diego County Parks system. About one-tenth of the ...

Thursday, September 21

When Dick Nixon Came to Town: Behind the Sce

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The Bookseller Who Came in From the Cold

I asked Dennis Wills, proprietor of D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla, how he came to be a bookseller. “That’s a very long story,” he said. “It involves espionage, intrigue, years working for the National ...

A Complicated Life

Shannon Stewart is a typical Southern California beach girl. At 28, she is blond and tanned. She speaks in "Valley Girl" tones. She smiles a lot and when she does, her brown eyes sparkle. She ...

When There's Trouble in the World

'In late 1985, we fled Kabul and crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan in the dead of winter. We walked ten days and nine nights. There were about 60 people in all. Friends, neighbors. Eight members ...

Death, taxes, and the Union-Tribune

How trustworthy are the editorials of the San Diego Union-Tribune? In at least one case, according to the Columbia Journalism Review, not very. A lengthy expos� headlined "Media Money" in this month's edition of the ...

Complicated Life

Shannon Stewart is a typical Southern California beach girl. At 28, she is blond and tanned. She speaks in “Valley Girl” tones. She smiles a lot, and when she does, her brown eyes sparkle. She ...

Can you explain the stamp of the baseball player in the "Celebrate the Century" series?

Dear Matthew Alice: In a set of postage stamps in the "Celebrate the Century" series, there's a stamp bearing an illustration of a baseball player representing the first World Series in 1903. He appears to ...

What does the # 4011 stand for on banana stickers?

Matt: So I eat bananas pretty frequently, and for some reason I kept a couple of those little round stickers they put on bananas in every bunch. They are from separate banana purchases, from separate ...

Enjoy a telescopic panorama from the 11,000-foot summit of Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park.

Telescope Peak, the highest peak on the Panamint Range overlooking Death Valley from the west, was christened in the late 18th Century by an explorer who thought the view from the top was so far-reaching ...

Thursday, September 14

Making News

Day-of-Air Today at the East County Community Health Services clinic in El Cajon, Supervisor Dianne Jacob is holding a “newser,” an announcement directed at the media. Because Scripps East Hospital in El Cajon has recently ...

Fraternal Spiritualist

Denomination: Fraternal Spiritualist Address: 4720 Kensington Drive, Kensington; 619-281-4557 Year founded locally: 1932 Senior pastors: Millie Landis, Chris Christensen Congregation size: 83 members Staff: all volunteer Church school enrollment: no Sunday School Annual budget: $99,000 ...

Such Good Friends

It was the beginning of 1998, and John Moores, owner of the Padres, was ramping up his bid for a new baseball-only stadium downtown, to be paid for by San Diego taxpayers. His plan called ...

The Hootchie Look

A steady hum and bustle flowed in and out of Star Shots Photography Studio in Mission Valley Center. Teenage girls strolled in and out in twos and threes, sometimes chatting, other times giggling with arms ...

Customs trouble

Last week's admission by ex-U.S. Customs officer Mike Horner that he had forged an internal memo cited by 60 Minutes in an April 1997 expos� of alleged corruption among high-ranking customs officials here may not ...

Why was Elmira, New York the burial place for Mark Twain? Why was Charles Lindbergh buried in Hana, Maui?

Matt: I was driving through New York State on vacation recently and passing Elmira, New York. I learned that it was the burial place of Mark Twain. Do you know why? Of all the places ...

Is the bacon that we get from Original Pancake House and Mission Cafe available to purchase?

Dear Matthew Alice: My husband and I really enjoy the savory, thick bacon that we get with breakfast at the Original Pancake House and at Mission Café. Is it available to "ordinary" folks? -- Mrs. ...

August rains bring September and October flowers to Coachwhip Canyon and other sites in the Anza-Borrego Desert

Dark thunderclouds moved into Borrego Valley on the afternoon of August 29, terrorizing residents of Borrego Springs with 70 mph gusts of wind and a downpour of one and one-half inches of rain in less ...

Thursday, September 7

Confetti for Gino

Gino DeMarino nervously jerked his gray-visored fishing cap over his eyes, rubbed his hard palms over faded navy dungarees, and for the tenth time slapped the spokes of the wheel he had taken over at ...

It's Not Like What People Think

Tuesday, August 1, is a busy evening at Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee. People of all races begin filling the lobby at 7:00 to get a window assignment for visitation. Unlike the downtown jail, ...

Never Went to Padres Games

A client once remarked to Margarita Alvarez that all of San Diego's fruit and vegetable vendors would eventually move to the edge of downtown. That prediction, made in the 1970s, surprised Alvarez, the assistant board ...

Moores's mayor's money

New Yorker Jay Emmett, the Padres boardmember who pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his alleged role as bagman in the Westchester Theatre Mafia scandal, is listed as giving $250 to the San Diego ...

CD review: Alan Lechusza/Christopher Adler Duo, Pleistocene

There’s nothing wrong with this — it’s great. Oh, okay — so what izzit? Two guys playing, well, one of ’em’s on saxophone, two saxes actually — soprano and baritone — and the other on ...

What kind of health danger could a person experience from eating hot sauce?

Hey, Matt: A friend of mine told me a story about her boss, who was on a business trip to Chicago. One night he was in a restaurant that had on the menu something called ...

What happened to the wooden black horse statue that was outside Mimmo's Italian Village on India Street?

Heymatt: What happened to the wooden black horse statue that was outside Mimmo's Italian Village (next to Filippi's) on India Street? Please reply soon. Our four-year-old daughter is quite distraught over its disappearance. -- Jill ...

Guide to Local Music Sites —BandConnexion

“We didn’t like any websites about San Diego music,” says Kevin Hoffrichter, cofounder of bandconnexion.com. “So we built ours as guys who actually hang out in the clubs… It’s updated daily and not at all ...

Skateboard Grinds

Drive down 16th, cross the trolley tracks at Commercial, and turn left at the base of Chicano Park, then pull into what used to be a gas station. Five neighborhood kids doing skateboard grinds off ...

Punk Rock Thursday

It’s punk rock Thursday. “I’m hating life,” sniffed Brian, 28, a North Park local and regular at the Turquoise room at the Aztec Bowl. “Punk is adolescent, abusive, aberrant behavior.” Nevertheless, there are a hundred ...

Guitar Trader Burnouts

“The first guy was, like, this 14-year-old kid from Irvine,” says Chris Greenslate about auditions for his punk band, the Cause. “He said all he listened to was Marilyn Manson. He sent us tapes [of ...

Lessons in Buying a Bar

“When you buy your first bar nobody ever tells you about ASCAP or BMI. If you listen to them, you need their license to open your doors,” said Tom Goettle. Goettle and wife Flo Mowery ...

Eminem's Dad

Eminem’s dad, Marshall Mathers Sr., a 48-year-old Chula Vista factory worker, thinks his story is worth money. A recent issue of Star divulged that he wanted to reconnect with his multiplatinum-selling son. The two hadn’t ...

A Sad Punk Rock Parade

“A sad punk rock parade” is how Justin Fairweather, a local DJ and promoter, 23, described a recent Green Day music video shoot in San Diego. “The director was telling us we were supposed to ...

Journey to Baja's Sierra de San Francisco, where larger-than-life, centuries-old pictographs decorate canyon walls.

Frozen on stone for centuries, the larger-than-life cave paintings of humans and animals in Baja's Sierra de San Francisco hover over the thousand or more awe-struck visitors who come to see them in a typical ...