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Thirty Years Ago Hillcrest to the airport. "This is one not too many people know about. You go to the far west end of Robinson and turn left on Curlew; it goes down to Reynard which goes right into Laurel, then to Harbor. We take a lot down to the Barbary Coast from the Brass Rail that way. Gays." Parkway Bowl to downtown. "Let's say you're going to the El Cortez Hotel. Which is the shortest way?... It's taking Johnson Street to Highway 8 and 8 to 163. Going by 94 is shorter distance-wise, but it takes a longer time -- you lose when you get to downtown."

Getting across downtown east and west. "C, B, A and Ash Streets are pretty good most times of the day. But during the rush hours, that traffic control computer screws things up and the lights get all out of sequence. Then you're best to take F Street west and G Street east. The lights on F Street are almost never goofed up by the computer." -- "SHORTCUTS: CONVERSATIONS WITH A CABBIE," Ray Lilly, October 9, 1975

Twenty-Five Years Ago Isabel doesn't remember exactly when she began to sell flowers. She says she believes she has been doing it for about six or seven years, which means she's been working almost all her life; she is eight. The experience has produced a sharp, fast-working girl. She has an eye for clients, and while she collects the money from one, she already knows who to approach next. -- "FROM 5 TO 9," Maria Schnabel, October 9, 1980

Twenty Years Ago Tony Hawk was preparing for the September 28 Little Rock Pro-Am Challenge, one of the nation's most prestigious skateboarding contests, when the Del Mar Skateboard Ranch shut down. With no local skateboard course which to practice, the 17-year-old Hawk saw his chances for glory at Little Rock slipping away. Rex Kay, ten-year-old heir to the Kaypro computer business, is one of San Diego's rising skateboard stars. Rex's mother, Nancy, says she's working with Kaypro attorneys to set aside a plot of land at the company's Solana Beach property for use as a skateboard park.

The park would be administered by Tony Hawk's father, Frank, who plans to charter a Boy Scout Explorer Post that specializes in skateboarding. -- CITY LIGHTS: "YOU CAN'T HEAR THE WHEELS TURNING," Paul Krueger, October 10, 1985

Fifteen Years Ago Who knows when the '60s ended? Maybe it was a few months ago when Timothy Leary's drug-addicted daughter hanged herself in a jail cell. Or Altamont. Or 1985 in a UCSD library elevator, where two lithesome coeds groaned about having to finish a term paper on Allen Ginsberg before going to a sorority party. -- "SIXTIES FLICK," Colin Flaherty, October 11, 1990

Ten Years Ago The Simpson trial, chromatically speaking, was a joke. It became a game, Dr. Seuss-ish and, chess-wise, oversimplifiedly moronic. A double murder was committed on June 12, 1994, about 10:10 p.m., a heinous crime, and an $8 million trial has ensued that, while complex in terms of DNA tests and blood samples, has been reduced simply to the matter of race. Who murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman seems to be irrelevant. A practical joke, the black and white issue, has replaced it, and we've fallen for it. -- CITY LIGHTS: "O.J.'S POST MORTEM," Alexander Theroux, October 5, 1995

Five Years Ago Packer suggested that it was Adlai Stevenson more than Alger Hiss who, for his parents, was the "one who was martyred" by the rise of the conservative movement. "And Nixon," he said, "because of what he did to Stevenson and others, was my father's most hated enemy. My generation hated Reagan, but not with the same intensity that my parents' generation hated Nixon." -- READING: "BLOOD OF THE LIBERALS," Judith Moore, October 5, 2000

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