Don Bauder 9:30 a.m., Sept. 23
Stories for September 1994
Thursday, September 29
Six-year-old Michael Nava is as bald and brown as an almond. He is covered from head to foot in sunscreen lotion. A towel is draped around his shoulders, his swim trunks are comically baggy and ...
San Diego was a smaller town then, and the Road Ramblers used it as a racecourse.
"A lot of us guys had an interest in hopping up cars, and I finally said, 'Let’s get a little organization together.’ So we met in one of the guys’ garage. Armistice Day, the 11th ...
And the miracles he worked for the kings of Spain
Dear Matthew Alice: I've read in James Michener’s book Iberia that the real source of our fine city’s name comes from a dead friar who wouldn’t decompose and who was granted sainthood. I’ve been to ...
Thursday, September 22
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Thursday, September 15
The spans of San Diego County
Pine Valley is famous among bridge engineers. The first prestressed concrete bridge in the U.S., built using a particular kind of cantilever technology, it appeared to defy gravity during construction. It is located near two earthquake faults.
Not yet approved by the EPA
You recently mentioned a cockroach insecticide called “Chinese chalk.” However, you didn’t mention what was in it that makes it so toxic that it was banned. I have used this stuff and it works great. ...
A hasty kiss in Pacific Beach.
We later drove up Mount Helix and paced around the cross in the mountaintop park, staring all around, and every few minutes one of us would offer a reason why Eric couldn’t possibly die.
UCSD-Scripps: "It’s air bubbles, you groveling squids”
Dear Matthew Alice: This has been bugging me ever since I started stirring hot beverages with a spoon, especially coffee. When I add sugar to my hot coffee and begin stirring it, my spoon taps ...
Thursday, September 8
An unpublished novel about the Mexican border
The assassins spotted Dalton Lee in the Miami airport. Later after it was all over, he'd remember that moment when they locked eyes and he smiled like he smiled at everyone. Often he would doubt ...
A Northwest Passage boaster
Dear Mr. Alice: I’ve sailed the Straits often enough to know most of the snags and shallows. I also spent some time in La Casa de Contratacion de Sevilla poring through Columbus reliquiae to gain ...
San Diegans' first cars: Susan Golding, Nick Reynolds, Sandy Dijkstra, Bob Dale, and others
For me, first car was my parents’ car, a 1958 Hilman Lynx. This thing was a squat, 35-horsepower English import the size of a VW bug, except square. It had the aerodynamics of a grocery ...
The name explanations are so simple you won't be happy
Dear Matthew Alice: A question and a puzzlement: What does the D in D-Day stand for? Why is the eggplant called an eggplant when it has neither the shape nor the color of any egg ...
Everything you always dreaded to know about nursing
The father who abandoned Rashaad and his mother when Rashaad was three months old was watching that channel in a neighborhood bar. Hours later, Melvin Green showed up in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Thursday, September 1
Hunters remember a wilder, bloodier San Diego
"Most of our hunting was in Mission Valley, where Fashion Valley is; there was the best damn duck shootin' you ever heard of. Along that river bottom there were a lot of potholes, just full of ducks."
Foreign object debris
Hey, Matt: Recently I landed at Lindbergh Field and noticed a sign on some building near the runway that read, “It must be FODfree." Huh? What’s FOD? What’s “it”? — Jim, downtown Sugar free. Salt ...