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Movies, 40 years ago

Duncan Shepherd's stars and black spots

The New Hollywood The central problem seems to be, How can they avoid giving it to Bogdanovich? or to Coppola? or to Nicholson? or to Hoffman? (It should probably be kept in mind that this ...

A look back at major league sports in San Diego

Stan Humphries' brain, Chargers vets, Nick Canepa’s “Sez Me” column

Why I Hate Football Working bars in New York, I had to keep the nightstick ready during Giants' games. I pried sports fans apart, called cops and ambulances. In Coronado years later, tending bar, a ...

The food chain, from termites to cattle

On this planet, we eat each other

And on This Farm They Had Some Fish It can get wet out there in the desert, especially when you're raising tons of fish. Like most people involved in aquaculture, Engler’s interest in the biological ...

Famous San Diego characters: C. Arnholt Smith

The man known as Mr. San Diego

In Miller Obit, U-T Misses Historic Sleaze Story [C. Arnholt] Smith was very close to Richard Nixon. When Nixon won the presidency, he replaced Miller with one of Smith's cronies. Miller later ran for D.A. ...

San Diego, war town

"All he wanted to do was kill Iraqis."

More Treacherous Than Vietnam "Several weeks ago, there was a story about a SEAL that supposedly fell out of a helicopter. His name was Neil Roberts. The helicopter took a few hits. He flipped out ...

San Clemente Island, Filipinos on the IB Pier, dolphins as villain, Coronado lifeguards

Beach life: 1991-1996

Pier Group "They set seven to eight tiny hooks on a very fine line, put a small weight at the end, and tie tiny feathers to each hook. No bait. You drop the line in ...

Brawley cattle, La Jolla lobsters, San Diego tugs

Manual labor: I get dirty when I work

Sweet, Wet, Ugly, and Tough Culbertson fished out of La Jolla for years. “I was born in La Jolla; that was my home. I rented a two-bedroom house there for $75 a month. I fished ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

Martin Amis, Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, Calvin Trillin, John Updike, and more

Best of Reading interviews 1995-96

Martin Amis In 1993 when Amis left Antonia Phillips for the younger American heiress Isabel Fonseca, London headlines offered: “MARTIN AMIS WRITES OFF HIS MARRIAGE” and “BRAINY, DARK AND STUNNING: THE WOMAN MARTIN AMIS HAS ...

Best of Crasher, 2005

Pee Wee and Me "Julia" was always one of my favorite Beatles ballads. Now it would be one of my favorite party people. She called to invite me to her Pee Wee Herman party. I ...

Hike from the San Diego River source, La Paz with Dad, lost at sea off Mission Bay, Pacific Crest Trail, El Camino Real

Voyages, 1975-1986

Surrender at Milepost 45 I didn't think lack of companionship would be a problem. But within one and a half-days. I found myself talking to every moving thing I saw. I had a chat with ...

The Few. The Proud. All over San Diego.

Our coverage of Marines

The Boot For 30 minutes he puts me through the old tortures — Chinese Thinking Position, Elbows and Toes, The Chair — and ones of his own invention. Hanging from the top of a bunk-frame ...

Ring of fire

That which grows here burns.

Who gets burned? Although accidentally starting a fire is a misdemeanor violation of the state health and safety code (section 13001 — "causing a fire" — maximum penalty $500 and one year in jail), no ...

How I live my life

San Diego lives

Houses and Homes He was on the verge of asking her to marry him, because she loved him more than anyone. He'd admitted that he was hooked on her loving, and then had extended the ...

San Diego's drug past

Meth, sherm, crack, heroin, ecstasy, glue, paint ... you name it

Your Mind Might Think It's Flyin' Stories from the Meth Capital “Most of the time when I was doing meth, we were always eating fast food, because you don’t want to cook. Your kitchen’s always ...

San Diego food chronicles

Karen Krasne's desserts, Mira Mesa's Donut Touch, and life of a banana at Apple Tree Market

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Donuts Crullers require very hot water in the mixing, 120 degrees. The mix is sensitive, and many shops do not carry these miniature snow tires. But Ben prides ...

Music of the 1970s

Tom Shaw, Tom Waits, San Diego reggae and disco, the Penetrators

What do Leroy Smart, Haile Selassie and Dave Allard Have In Common? Allard moved to Rainer's, on Broadway in downtown San Diego, and before long he created a store within the store. Mr. Ratncr had ...

San Diego gangs: Lomas, Red Steps, Crips, Oriental Killer Boys

Homeboys of yesteryear

Speedy Claims Lomas, the Law Claims Speedy “Me and my homeboys were hanging around the hood [neighborhood] when some of my homegirls came up and told us they wanted to jump out [the gang ritual ...

All about El Cajon's Lester Bangs

"America's Greatest Rock Critic"

My high school days with Lester Bangs Lest anyone think that I have a few bones to pick myself, let me make clear that I wish neither to trash Lester’s personal or literary reputation nor ...

A history of San Diego institutions: theaters and museums

The Rep, the Timken, MoPA, OMA, the Historical Society, Lamb's Players, and the Balboa Theatre

The Archive “During the war, film was rationed and there were many prohibitions placed on photographers for security reasons, so a general lack of photographic material from that time is to be expected. That’s when ...

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