Walter Mencken 10 a.m., Oct. 9
Unforgettable: Long Ago San Diego
Adventures of San Diego tuna boats in WWII’s Pacific theater.
Tuna fishermen in San Diego were recruited along with their boats to function as supply vessels and mine-sweepers.
Sun Beauty crew members were saved after using an asparagus can to signal they needed rescuing.
Tuna for days
Every sport or occupation has a dream scenario: score the winning goal; close the impossible sale. For old-time tuna “bait boats,” it was the Big Catch, a mammoth haul with bamboo poles and lines. In ...
The tuna spotters sought jumpers, foamers, and boilers on the water’s surface, an indication of schools below and potential future profits.
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.