Back When

Excerpts from Reader issues past.

Staff-written issues

Blubbo's World Reader writers and other friends remember Steve Esmedina. "Blubbo, oh Blubbo, where do I begin? You’re dead, gone, laid out rotting in a casket somewhere in the ground; and if that’s just your ...

Neighborhoods

Block Party In 8 years, home prices went from $320,000 to $750,000 and back. How to build an old-fashioned neighborhood. By Matthew Lickona, Nov. 10, 2010 | Read full article North Park vs South Park ...

Nature

The World Is a Cactus The dramatic evolution of evolution. “A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.” By Geoff ...

Religion

There Is One God We’re not Arabs or Hindus or Muslims, we’re Sikhs. "The equality of all people and all religions is central to our faith. We didn't want to seem as though we were ...

Our bodies, our clothes

More Than Support Breasts and bras. “I first started to notice breasts when I was ten years old. Not my own, because I didn’t have any yet, but my mother’s. I had seen my mother ...

The Reader's funniest stories

The Smell of the Crowd Who goes to theater and classical music concerts, broken into types. "Her pierced earlobes hold up elaborate, finely wrought mobile sculptures with the most cunning miniature Japanese temple bells in ...

San Diego history

American Primitive A Julian shoot-out Memorial Day is the anniversary of a gold fields shootout [in 1989] known in the Julian back country as "The Chariot Canyon Massacre." Five men opened fire with assault rifle, ...

Editor's picks

Follow Me What’s going on in City Heights’ Waldorf School? On a hilltop playground in City Heights, a woman in a pink wraparound apron and straw hat is walking. She looks like an American mother ...

Stories from San Diego neighborhoods

Nowhere Zone The rise, fall, and rise of Normal Heights “I’d been renting an apartment over on Georgia Street, the sort of border area between North Park and Hillcrest. From one month to the next, ...

Mother Nature

Marathoners of the Sky Hormones speed pigeons. Today, Hamilton and his “grandson,” John Timmerman, have about 750 pigeons in Jamul, the largest collection in San Diego County. As we sat on the deck of their ...

Investigations

From the Archives is the Reader's new series spotlighting articles from over 40 years of the Reader's journalistic history. This week's theme is investigative reporting. Masters of Deceit Padres' bribes of councilwoman Valerie Stallings “On ...

Brush with fame

From the Archives is the Reader's new series spotlighting articles from over 40 years of the Reader's journalistic history. "Brush with Frame" is our opening week theme. Janet, My Mother, and Me A story about ...

Imperial Beach, Our Coastal Orphan

Thirty-Five Years Ago [A] local symbol has almost gone up in flames. The hut at the base of Bonair and Neptune Place was damaged in a fire last week. Refurbished with new palm fronds each ...

Back When People Had a Hard Time Avoiding Britney Spears

Thirty-Five Years Ago A moist night wind whipped the crowd that waited patiently at the Southwestern College gymnasium. Some had been waiting since 1:00 p.m. Some had come from as far way as San Francisco. ...

Back When: A Revolution in Mexico?

Thirty-Five Years Ago “It’s gotten really bad in the last three years,” says Bob Moore, one of 45 Border Patrol agents patrolling the Chula Vista Sector. “Well, this is just hearsay, you understand, but I ...

Back When It Was Legal to Make PCP

Thirty-Five Years Ago When the new penal statutes take effect January 1, we won’t be able to do what we didn’t know, until now, that we could do. New crimes will include: the possession with ...

1991: You’re Gay, You Drive, You get Special Handling

Thirty-Five Years Ago Since WWII, the emergent “East Coast” style has tended toward a simplified, even primitive, form and a more cerebral content.... The New Yorker always was, and still remains, a great testing ground ...

Some Peeves Never Change

Thirty Years Ago Tribune editor Neil Morgan will put an end to a “very strange and uncomfortable” situation next week when he turns loose his protégé Tom Blair to write a column of his own. ...

The Hip List

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>On the night of Tuesday, September 28, in a boxing ring constructed inside New York City’s newly renovated Yankee Stadium, a heavyweight championship bout will be held between the aging, invincible Muhammad Ali, ...

A 91X Rant

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Studio structures have been bemoaned for so long that it is almost an automatic reflex to greet the recent breakdown with cries of “Up the rebels.” But the upshot of independence is that ...

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