Stories for April 1985

Thursday, April 25

An Even Break

The pilot has changed course to avoid the thunderstorm in the west and passengers on that side are crowding the windows. The black bank of clouds is randomly lit from within by strokes of lightning ...

Thursday, April 18

Standing in Dead Men's Shoes

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A Visit to San Diego

Camptown grubbin’ with migrant workers.

In August they begin work early in the morning while the day is still cool. Their songs and conversation, in rapid Spanish, drift through the orange grove, muted only by the rhythmic slam of the ...

Thursday, April 11

Their Kind of Town

It's only about an hour's drive from downtown San Diego to Dogpatch, U.S.A. But once there, you're about a hundred years from anywhere.

“It became Dogpatch in 1956 or 1957. The owner at that time had about 400 poodles out in the back. It looked like a patch of dogs, so she changed the name from Canyon City Cafe to Dogpatch.”

Pop the Hood and Open Your Wallet

North County car repair horror stories - from a mechanic himself

Smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee, auto mechanic Alec Smith sits at a booth inside a surfers' dive on First Street, Encinitas. Five months earlier, he had quit a North County service station, where he’d worked ...

Thursday, April 4

And on This Farm They Had Some Fish

Talapia and catfish boom in the Imperial Valley

Shortly after dawn on a chilly desert morning, Bill Engler, 44-old fish farmer-entrepreneur, and Victor Wade, his 45-year-old French-Canadian partner, are standing in their pole-barn fish hatchery trying to figure out how to measure a ...

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