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Thirty Years Ago I was supposed to stay overnight at the City Rescue Mission on Saturday. But when I got there at 7:30, the doors were closed. "Sorry, Full House Tonight." So I decided to try the one down the street, the Full Gospel Rescue Mission, at 441 Fifth Avenue. They have an evening service, too. A lady who had been playing the piano got up during the testimony and blasted "bored" members of the audience. She said a few years ago she couldn't have cared less whether the "bored ones" went to Heaven or Hell. Now she does care and she hopes they realize it.

At 9:30 the guys in the bunks around me and I talked about selling plasma and selling blood. The black guy on the bed across from me said you get $7.50 for blood and $7 for plasma. But you could give plasma every day if you kept your iron up.

-- "RESCUE MISSION," Carlos Bey, January 23, 1975

Twenty-Five Years Ago The first one, you're probably getting a lot of these, is the Ayatollah Khomeini. I guess I have this Americanism, patriotism or whatever, and the idea that their religion and God is that important, and then they threaten to hang the hostages as spies.... It must be a strange type of God.

-- OFF THE CUFF: "WHAT FAMOUS PEOPLE ARE YOU GETTING TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT?" Doug Miller, January 24, 1980

Twenty Years Ago Also moving into the San Diego area in the coming months will be the San Francisco Chronicle.... Other out-of-town dailies already in San Diego are not sitting still, however. The New York Times has in the last two years doubled the number of its coin boxes to 175, distributor Wilhelm says, and now sells an average of 800 copies a day. And The Wall Street Journal, which arrived in San Diego via 75 coin boxes in 1972, had 250 on the streets six months ago and has since doubled that total to 500.

-- CITY LIGHTS:"LOOKING INTO OUTSIDERS," Thomas K. Arnold, January 24, 1985

Fifteen Years Ago Whatever other legacy she leaves, Mayor Maureen O'Connor can claim a record for creative semantics. Take the mayor's recent state of the city message, in which she announced that the Soviet Arts Festival was a "financial success." When the books are closed sometime next month, the famous event may post as much as a $1.5 million loss for taxpayers. The most optimistic estimate now has the city $500,000 in the red, according to festival director Bruce Herring.

-- CITY LIGHTS: "MAYBE SHE MEANT RUBIES,"

Matt Potter, January 25, 1990

Ten Years Ago

There have been many big mouths. William Randolph Hearst. Mick Jagger. Desi Arnaz. Wallace Beery. Nat "King" Cole. MacDonald Carey. Fifties singer Guy Mitchell. Probably no one has a bigger mouth than Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, though at least the shape isn't grotesque. Springsteen's isn't really big, it's a large gnathic boulder, most of it, like George Gershwin's and comedian Joe E. Brown. (In the film Show Boat it looks like he's wearing two collars!) Andy Griffith has a big, peasant, earth-scoop of a mouth. And Arnold Schwarzenegger's is like a massive portcullis, with the widely spaced, peglike teeth of a moronic Hun.

-- "HOW TO READ A MUG," Alexander Theroux,

January 19, 1995

Five Years Ago

San Diego's NFL season is over, but the stench lingers. We have endured another 8--8 season and, looking forward, there is not one reason to believe that the Bolts will do better next year. The time has come to agree on what needs to be done and then boycott the team if they will not do it.

The one move that will help the Chargers more than any other is to obtain a starting quarterback. My freeloading, unemployed dog knows that. Bobby Beathard doesn't. San Diego's quarterback lineup is enough to make you take up gemstone polishing. Erik Kramer is 35 years old. Jim Harbaugh is 36 years old. I have no problem with their ages. The problem is, they weren't good quarterbacks when they were 25 years old. They're not any better now.

-- SPORTING BOX: "WE NEED TO TALK," Patrick Daugherty, January 20, 2000

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