Stories for October 1972

Thursday, October 26

The Incredible String Band

It was way back in the Sgt. Pepper days of 1967 when the Incredible String Band first appeared. It was formed by Robin Williamson and Mike Heron, both of whom were steeped in the ways ...

Mr. Fixit: Hanging things on the wall

The art and science of hanging pictures has been much neglected. Everybody knows how to hang pictures, so there can't be anything to it, runs the popular wisdom. Many a real estate agent, stuck with ...

Stomping Savoy and Heaping Uriah

This was a basic, staple American rock and roll show. Two English groups. An audience, uniformaly prepared to he blitzed, socializing happily while enduring several long waits. The nonatmosphere of the Sports Arena on a ...

Thursday, October 19

Rock in San Diego

Jim Pagni was once described to me as “some old guy who puts on all the rock concerts, cheats the people and grins all the way to the bank.” In my mind, I pictured him ...

The Greenery

The building on the southwest corner of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach has seen a lot of changes. First there was Oscar's and then the short-lived dance joint The Bushwacker. This summer ...

Vietnamese, Living Here

I got these orders to Vietnam, you see. They said to report to "Coronado, San Diego" for training. I was afraid, and full of doubts (am I really going to kill innocent peasants?) But I ...

Mr. Fixit: Faucets and locks and things that go bump in the night

Chances are, 9 out of 10 people who read this sentence do so despite a feeling of guilt. The tenth person lives at home with his parents. The sense of guilt is induced by that ...

Thursday, October 5

The First Issue of the Reader

The first issue of the San Diego Reader came out on October 5, 1972. The 12-page black-and-white tabloid was laid out on the dining room table of a one-bedroom apartment on Mission Boulevard in Mission ...

South of Broadway: The Pigeons in Horton Plaza

Now there's an Issue the City Council Could Agree on

The street-level scene is familiar to any visiting sailor. The sleazy, slow-motion excitement of the card rooms. Hole-in-the-wall cafes with Jose Alfredo Jimenez on the juke box. Fundamentalists giving away checks from “The Bank of Eternal Life."

The Blue Man: The Poor Man's Auberge

A pocket of French resistance in Lemon Grove

My friends constantly complain that in San Diego there are no good, inexpensive, hole-in-the-wall restaurants like those of New York or San Francisco. True, they are difficult to ferret from the morass of eating places ...

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