Content for Thursday, August 13, 1998

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The Man and the Kangaroo: George Nisson, Trampoline Dad

Imagine that the year is 1930, and you feel like jumping. Your options are limited. You can launch yourself upward a foot or two for a microsecond before gravity pulls you back to the unyielding ...

The Seedy Side of Shangri-La

San Diego homicide rates continue to fall, but so do victims. Here are three more recent San Diego cases that remain unsolved, as described by reports from the office of the San Diego County Medical ...

Body Found, Killers Wanted

What really happened to the late Bill Wiggins on that Friday, July 18, 1997? This much is known by Coronado police: "We discovered the body about 1:35 in the afternoon. And by the time we ...

Kiss off

A newspaper from that mammon-by-the-bay, a.k.a. San Francisco, couldn't help chastising San Diego's Union-Tribune last week over an ad for a gay-themed movie called Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. In a story headlined "Gay near-kiss ad ...

Why doesn't the Reader use staples?

Straight to the Lip: Two questions concerning your fine publication. 1) Why are there no staples in your paper? Seems like the Reader always wants to fall apart. Staples are cheap. They would make your ...

Mount Laguna's Kwaaymii Interpretive Trail visits Native American pre-history

"Elevation 6000 feet," says the roadside sign posted on Sunrise Highway in the community of Mount Laguna, but a close inspection of a topographic map of the area reveals the road's true height of just ...

Why aren't Dreyer's and Breyer's suing each other?

Just Wondering...: What's the deal with Dreyer's and Breyers? Shouldn't somebody be suing somebody else? -- Bob Chambers, Rancho Bernardo A big food fight in court would be a nice change. Flying butter pecan. Cherry-vanilla ...

Why are street signs written in broken English?

Dear Matt: Why many street sign in broken English? I can understand trying to put as few words as possible so speeding motorists can quickly get the message. But "End Construction" & "End Landscaping"? These ...

How does scratching temporarily stop itching?

Dear Matt: How does scratching temporarily stop itching? -- Milt Elliott, Oceanside The same way smashing your finger with a mallet temporarily stops the pain of a splinter. Distraction. Ergo, itching can also be stopped ...

The IWW in California, 1905-1931

Socialism in San Diego

On January 8, the San Diego Common Council passed an ordinance forbidding street-corner gatherings within 49 blocks of the city center. A month later, police arrested 41 men for violating the ordinance.

Moving Out

Mom wants short skirts and a divorce.

It was somewhere around then that I started to cry. I don’t mean a few tears now and then (I’d been crying all along, of course). I don’t mean that I cried when I was sad or upset. I mean that I began to weep almost every day.

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