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Thirty Years Ago Approximately 10,000 Indians reside in San Diego County, with roughly 7,500 living in an urban setting and 2,500 on or around the 17 reservations. There are four tribal clans native to the area. The Diegueños, located primarily in the southern part of the county, and named by the Spanish after the mission (San Diego), are identified with the Yuman language group, which is widespread throughout Mexico and along the border. — "SURVIVORS," David Helvarg, April 21, 1977

Twenty-Five Years Ago On the night of February 25, two San Diego policemen stumbled across a gang war on Sixth Avenue, between Market and Island streets. Bottles were thrown, knives and clubs brandished. The rival groups were transsexuals. They look for business in the blocks roughly bounded by Fourth and Tenth avenues to the west and east, Broadway to the north, and Market Street to the south. It was competition for the best street corners, coupled with an influx of transsexuals from other cities, that led to February's confrontation. -- CITY LIGHTS: "THE BATTLE OF QUEENS' CORNERS," Paul Krueger, April 22, 1982

Twenty Years Ago Avenida Revolución, where two civilizations collide, has made business geniuses out of men like Héctor Santillán. Starting as a shoeshine boy in the 1940s, then working his way up from curio salesman to curio shop owner to landlord, Santillán has succeeded because he figured out why Americans need an Avenida Revolución. "If a 15-year-old is caught pissing on the street and a policeman grabs him, he tries to pay three dollars to get off. Because that's an adventure."

— "GRINGO STREET," Neal Matthews, April 23, 1987

Fifteen Years Ago Someone said General King has surrendered and everybody is to surrender to the Japs. We were supposed to destroy our weapons and the forest around Baguio and Mariveles. We were quite dejected at that point, starved to death, sick. We'd been on starvation rations for days.

There were 12 to 15 of us together from antitank. We had malaria, dysentery, dengue fever. There are gaps in my memory of the 13 days as a POW on the Death March.

The first thing they did was take us out in a bare field, line us up, and have us put all our personal effects on the ground and strip down to our shorts. Then they took everything they wanted from us. They took our used toothbrushes. And if they caught you with Japanese money on you, that was your death warrant. -- "DIE FREE: ESCAPE OF A BATAAN BATTLER," Leon Beck with Neal Matthews, April 23, 1992

Ten Years Ago It's just wrong to assert that Jacor "had Roger to lunch." I'm on the air during the lunch hour. I never met with any Jacor person at any time on this issue. I read their memo on supporting the stadium and filed it.

Moreover, I never "berated" Richard Rider. I did denounce Bruce Henderson, who promised me he'd meet privately with Susan Golding to try and settle the lawsuit but then showed up with the media. Bruce lied to me and I didn't appreciate it. But even then I continued to support the referendum.

Roger Hedgecock

-- LETTERS, April 17, 1997

Five Years Ago According to the Travelocity website, Lindbergh Field ranks number four on the list of major airports "having overall waits of 60 minutes or longer due to increased security measures."... At least two lucky San Diego city councilmembers have much less of an airport wait. After last week's item here about San Diego city councilman Jim Madaffer being the only one to report getting a free parking space at Lindbergh from the port district, a staffer from the office of Madaffer's fellow councilmember Toni Atkins called to note that Atkins, too, had claimed the coveted freebie.

— CITY LIGHTS: "UNLUCKY LINDY," Matt Potter, April 18, 2002

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