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Thirty Years Ago
Mao Tse-tung, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, will be dead exactly two years September 9.

The only major confrontation the Mao Memorial Committee has had was with another communist group — the Communist Party Marxist-Leninists (CPML).

According to Doug Sollosy, chief organizer of the memorial committee, a skirmish with CPML members broke out two weeks ago in Mission Hills. Sollosy and another committee member were putting up posters on telephone poles outside the First Congregational Church in which a meeting of the U.S./China People’s Friendship Association was being held. Sollosy says a man who is in the CPML tore down one of his posters and a slug-swap ensued.
CITY LIGHTS: “IT’S MY PARTY,” Neal Matthews, August 31, 1978

Twenty-Five Years Ago
Imperial Beach mayor Brian Bilbray, whose ambitions for higher office are no secret, has had enough problems on his hands in the recent past, with his city’s treasury nearly empty and with his beaches closed for the summer due to sewage from Mexico. So the last thing he needed was a phone call several weeks ago from a Chula Vista Star-News reporter inquiring about an incident the previous Friday night in which Bilbray allegedly called a superior court judge and asked him to free a friend of his.
CITY LIGHTS: “FIRST IMPRESSIONS,” Thomas K. Arnold, September 1, 1983

Twenty Years Ago
Aurore and Ethel Lee await their turn in the shuffleboard tourney. In the winter of life, they sit, legs crossed at ankles, on folding chairs at a card table. The skin on the tops of their hands is shiny, and speckled as trout.

“I think people our age, older people, they mostly believe,” says Aurore. “They hope to go to heaven.”

“In rest homes,” agrees Ethel Lee, “they talk about it a lot, yes.” Hell? Who will go there? “Rapists, murderers. Hitler,” offers Aurore.
“IN SIGHT OF HEAVEN," Judith Moore, September 1, 1988

Fifteen Years Ago
After liftoff, I established an en route climb speed of 140 knots and turned to the southeast. We were passing through 4000 feet. Ahead in the near distance, the Salton Sea came into view, off to the right Mt. Laguna and the Mt. Laguna RADAR! Alan asked, “Should we be concerned about being seen on their screen?”

“We’re on their radar screen, count on it, and all they can do is watch us disappear down into Mexico.”
“DON’T LOAD THE NOSE: A POT PILOT’S CONFESSION,” Michael Jon Thorne, September 2, 1993

Ten Years Ago
On one side are two multimillionaires; five national cable-and-broadcast conglomerates; a well-entrenched, monopoly daily newspaper and its army of compliant reporters; the mayor and city council and their taxpayer-paid staff; political consultants expected to spend as much as it takes — maybe more than $2 million — to make sure voters approve a new $400-million-plus baseball stadium for San Diego.

“It’s good for all of us” is their motto, and political consultant Tom Shepard, who once pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering in the political corruption case of his old mentor Roger Hedgecock, is now leading the charge for taxpayer funding of a downtown pleasure palace, replete with luxury suites and an artificial beach.

Five Years Ago
The Naugahyde must go. That’s what deputy fire marshal Terry Baird told Casbah co-owner Tim Mays August 20 about the trademark black padding mounted behind the stage.

The world-famous backdrop, which has appeared in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, was originally used for booths at a Farrell’s ice cream parlor. It has been part of the club since it opened at its Kettner and Laurel location nine years ago.
BLURT: “THE NAUGAHYDE MUST GO,” Ken Leighton, August 28, 2003

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