Stories for June 1989

Thursday, June 29

Fighting Words: The Vietnam Books

The war had a vocabulary so different from the rest of the world that it was almost a language apart.

Veteran Readers The first three Vietnam Vets whom I asked, "What novels about the Vietnam War have you read?" hadn't read many. All three served in the Marine Corps, all were in boot camp in ...

Thursday, June 22

A Geography of San Diego Murders

Mob Jobs Tamara Rand, 54Bandini Street, Mission HillsNovember 10, 1975 The victim, a real-estate broker and the wife of a wealthy physician, was found sprawled on the floor of her kitchen, a cup of tea ...

What are inactive ingredients?

Dear Matthew Alice: While taking my daily vitamin, I paused to study the back of the container. the elements that have me puzzled are the "inactive" ingredients. What do they do or not do? D.S. ...

What is the point of gnats?

Why syrphids hover is an elusive question.

Dear Matthew Alice: In the hallway in my condo complex. there is one shady section in which the air is thick with hovering little gnats. They are very annoying. But they never seem to bite ...

Thursday, June 15

Taken by a Shark

Blood flows in La Jolla Cove: The mysterious tale of Robert Pamperin

"On that Sunday of the attack, we had gone to the Bird Rock area to dive for abalone. But the surf was too rough. We decided to go to the cove to see if conditions were any better."

Thursday, June 8

You Eat in the World

Jeff Weinstein, Village Voice restaurant critic

He thinks about San Diego “all the time. Whenever I eat an avocado, every time I buy an Hawaiian shirt, when I feel physically comfortable — because I often felt comfortable in San Diego." 

Thursday, June 1


Big on both sides of the border

"Seventy percent of the people who are in Tijuana aren’t from the large cities in the interior but from the small towns," he continues, as a bolero spins on the turntable. “Norteño is their music.”

The Egg Women

Mayor O'Connor, Joan Kroc, Helen Copley, and the Faberge eggs

It's ten minutes before one o'clock, Thursday afternoon. The crew of the Today show is in Seaport Village about to begin taping a two-hour program on which the hosts will pretend that it is actually ...

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