Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Unforgettable: Long Ago San Diego
Navy salts are clock-punchers compared to the tuna men.
Presidio Hill, the “Plymouth Rock of the West” is also the “cradle of golf in San Diego.”
At midnight, Rufus Porter heard footsteps on the porch, then a knock on his bedroom door. Frightened faces told all.
Letters from Tetsuzo “Tets” Hirasaki, an interned Japanese-American at Poston, Arizona, during WWII.
The letters of Testuzo Hirasaki, a Japanese American interned at the Santa Anita racetrack (dubbed “Santa Japanita”) following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Three years after San Diego’s free-speech fight began, vigilantes stood at the ready.
The Red Queen and Hobo King come to town. Ugliness follows them.
San Diego vigilantes against free speech were an expression of the city’s character.
Violence against free-speech activists.
San Diego’s chief of police denied mistreating free-speech activists. A state commission determined otherwise.
City Leaders Cracked Heads at the County Line
Prominent San Diegans in 1912 formed vigilance committees that escorted free-speech advocates to the county line. That wasn’t the worst of their enforcement efforts.
Free-speech protesters got the fire hose.
San Diego city officials turned the fire hose on free-speech protesters — not last year, but 100 years ago.
Way before Occupy San Diego, free speech activists got carted off to jail in 1912.
Joe Hill called them the “Starvation Army."
At the Free Speech Fight of 1912, soapboxes were kicked out from under speakers.
Unforgettable: Long-Ago In San Diego
About a hundred years ago, the Wobblies labor movement boiled over in San Diego.
Long-Ago In San Diego
On August 12, 1971, the San Diego Union printed an obituary: “Dr. Royal R. Rife, 83, an optics engineer who invented a high-power microscope, was buried yesterday at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Rife had worked on ...