Content for Thursday, April 25, 1996

News & Stories

Lemon Grove to Casa Grande — the Kentucky Derby of bird racing

If God didn't love pigeons, He wouldn't have given them wings

If you meet a swordsman in the road, show him your sword. But if you meet a man who is not a pigeon racer, do not show him your pigeon. — old Zen saying Okay, ...

Union-Tribune's Self-ish History

San Diego Magazine publisher unrelenting on Copleys

The San Diego Union-Tribune harbors “unprofessional, childlike, head-in-the-sand attitudes toward events and ideas." The paper has "bad journalistic habits, plus [a] tendency to sound the bugle call to action whenever it feels its ideological tenets ...

The top and bottom of eggs

Store them on the narrow end

Dear Matthew Alice: My girlfriend and I got into an argument about eggs. I said that the narrow part of the egg is the bottom. She thinks that the fatter part of the egg is ...

President Clinton says he reads about 250 books a year

George Mitrovich's friends on reading — Gary Hart, Ben Bradlee, Richard Reeves, Gloria Steinem, George Plimpton

My library, which is more than a couple of thousand volumes, has been accumulated over a 35-year period. It’s the most diverse personal library that I’ve ever seen, and that includes the libraries of friends ...

Polarized sunglasses are like dropping acid

Try tilting your head far to one side

Matt: Okay, so I’m driving along. It could be Anytown USA. Sun is out. Gotta have the sun out. I’m wearing my shades. I notice that a lot of cars around me have these weird ...

Why the Pope picks the saints

First official declaration was 933 AD

Dear Matthew Alice: Are there any saints in the Bible? I don’t recall reading about Saint Abraham or Saint Lot. A Catholic friend said that Peter was the first pope and thus the first person ...