“I remember Maureen sitting in that campaign office in tears. She’d say, ‘How can they say that about me? I’m a nice person!’ ”
  • “I remember Maureen sitting in that campaign office in tears. She’d say, ‘How can they say that about me? I’m a nice person!’ ”
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  • Park there, pay here

  • On the afternoon of the All-Star baseball game in July, Evan Jones was standing on top of one of those pedestrian towers that corkscrew up the side of San Diego Stadium. Jones is the owner and president of Ace Auto Parks and a couple of other companies that control the stadium’s lot, and most of the rest of San Diego’s publicly owned parking.
  • By Joe Applegate, Nov. 22, 1979

Evan Jones resembles the Don Quixote described in Richard Wilbur’s witty poem — a man with a view of success in every direction.

Evan Jones resembles the Don Quixote described in Richard Wilbur’s witty poem — a man with a view of success in every direction.

  • San Diego Zoo's Kurt Benirschke – anti-human

  • He talks about his commitment to animal reproduction in personal terms. “We have too many people, and we’re killing the wildlife,’’ he says flatly. “I feel very strongly that the reason why we have so many people is because we understand human reproductive physiology. . . . I feel it’s time we translate this to the other species that we ’re in the process of rubbing out.”
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, Nov. 15, 1979

Kurt Benirschke:  “The answer depends very much upon the balance to be struck between the Catholic Church and the people.... you can’t just proliferate forever."

Kurt Benirschke: “The answer depends very much upon the balance to be struck between the Catholic Church and the people.... you can’t just proliferate forever."

  • OMBAC: For Big Kids Only

  • Chuck Millenbah, bottle of Bud in hand, calls the OMBAC board meeting to order. Scattered around a small back room in the Pennant Bar in South Mission Beach, the board of directors — seven men ranging in age from their late twenties to midforties, all clutching a Bud, Lite, or rum and Coke — tone down their jabbering long enough for Millenbah, president of the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, to call for the treasurer’s report.
  • By Neal Matthews, Nov. 1, 1979

One of the owners of the Beachcomber Bar, next door to the Pennant, is a member of OMBAC, so the club has annexed the bar as its unofficial clubhouse.

One of the owners of the Beachcomber Bar, next door to the Pennant, is a member of OMBAC, so the club has annexed the bar as its unofficial clubhouse.

  • Tales of old Burlingame

  • There was nothing out there then but sage brush and the few unpaved streets that would eventually lace together the 208 houses, give or take a couple, that exist there now — streets such as Pamo and Maple. Laurel, Kalmia. and Burlingame Drive. The district was bounded by Thirtieth and Thirty-second streets running north and south, and San Marcos and Kalmia streets running roughly cast and west. But just in case anyone should forget these boundaries, the planners of the neighborhood demarcated it with rose-colored sidewalks.
  • By Neal Matthews, Oct. 4, 1979

The castle house.  Each Burlingame house is different; many are unique.

The castle house. Each Burlingame house is different; many are unique.

  • Encounters With Carl Rogers

  • Not long after Rogers accepted an invitation to join the staff of La Jolla’s Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in 1964, San Diego buzzed with talk of T-groups (training groups), sensitivity training, encounter-group workshops. In time, the entire state and beyond seemed tuned to the vibrations emanating from the Silverado Street buildings. It was surely an improvement to say “I feel” rather than “I think,” and “I can relate” rather than “I believe. ”
  • By Eleanor Widmer, Aug. 9, 1979

Benjamin De Mott accuses Rogers of “nothing other than the professionalism of compassion: flower people cosseting others for fees."

Benjamin De Mott accuses Rogers of “nothing other than the professionalism of compassion: flower people cosseting others for fees."

  • Krishna, Krishna

  • The big, drunk Chicano in Horton Plaza who tried to rip off my Hare Krishna gown got to me so quickly I never even saw him coming. By the time I realized what was happening, he had unwrapped the orange and maroon sari from my head. As he tore at it, his glazed, bloodshot eyes mocked me.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, July 12, 1979

I could run into Third Avenue, pull off the sari, and  scream, Help, help!

I could run into Third Avenue, pull off the sari, and scream, Help, help!

At some time, very late at night, somebody plays an old tape of Jim Morrison and the Doors. They turn it up so loud that it drowns everything else out.

At some time, very late at night, somebody plays an old tape of Jim Morrison and the Doors. They turn it up so loud that it drowns everything else out.

  • Pilgrims by the shore

  • Easter at the Colorado River is like a holy pilgrimage for those who believe. They pour out of the hot cities of Southern California in endless caravans, crossing the mountains and deserts, enduring the merciless heat, suffering robbery at the hands of the Bedouin gas merchants, forging onward through the savage regions of Brawley, Indio, and Blythe. They come in hordes, following an internal clockwork which tells them it‘s time to gather on the cool banks of the sacred Colorado.
  • By Steve Sorensen, May 3, 1979
  • The effect of DDT on the Coronados Islands pelicans

  • I’m not sure why the birds on the north island of the Coronados are making such a racket. They're screaming so loudly it seems like the noise should carry to Point Loma, fifteen miles away; the cacophony sounds like the bawling of a hundred angry human infants. From a boat, even just a few hundred feet offshore, the birds blend into the mottled cliff side of the island, a forbidding lump of rock that rises precipitously from the sea.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, April 19, 1979

Joe Jehl still remembers the day in the spring of 1969 when he announced his findings at a press conference at the Natural History Museum.

Joe Jehl still remembers the day in the spring of 1969 when he announced his findings at a press conference at the Natural History Museum.

The fresh water which flows, quite by accident, into the Salton Sea instead of the Gulf of California, stubbornly turns to salt anyway.

The fresh water which flows, quite by accident, into the Salton Sea instead of the Gulf of California, stubbornly turns to salt anyway.

  • The catastrophe that is the Salton Sea

  • From the top of Mount Laguna you can sometimes catch a glimpse of the Salton Sea, glistening off in the east like a desert mirage. It doesn’t seem to belong there; it somehow doesn’t seem real. If you take the fifty-mile drive down the Banning Grade from the crest of the Lagunas to the shore of the Salton Sea, you’ll see the land around you change faster than a rock slide.
  • By Steve Sorensen, April 12, 1979
  • Gulf Atomic pursues fusion at Torrey Pines

  • Ohkawa's specialty is magnetic bottles, containers whose “walls” are magnetic fields. As the head of General Atomic’s controlled fusion research program, he has been working for the last twenty years to solve one of the most elusive riddles of modem physics; the controlled conversion of hydrogen into helium, a process which heretofore has taken place only in the middles of stars.
  • By Gordon Smith, March 22, 1979

Tihiro Ohkawa. “Ohkawa has had a lot of the fundamental ideas that have come out in fusion in the last ten years. In fact, most of them.“

Tihiro Ohkawa. “Ohkawa has had a lot of the fundamental ideas that have come out in fusion in the last ten years. In fact, most of them.“

  • The Cinderella story of Mayor Maureen O'Connor

  • Once upon a time there was a freckle-faced little girl named Maureen who lived in Mission Hills. She had twelve brothers and sisters, and though her parents didn’t have much money, they boasted that instead they all had plenty of love. Maureen had a happy childhood, and she decided to spend her life helping other people. She wanted to become a teacher when she grew up, and she become one.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, March 8, 1979

Jerome dreamed up the idea of taking the Swimming O’Connor Sisters on a nationwide tour. (Maureen third from left).

Jerome dreamed up the idea of taking the Swimming O’Connor Sisters on a nationwide tour. (Maureen third from left).

  • A pitch for southern exposure

  • Down in the dressing room, members of Tijuana's home team, Los Potros (“Colts”), begin to arrive in twos and threes. They are relaxed and smiling—with seven games left in the season they have already clinched first place in their division. Shouts and jibes in Spanish fill the room, for most of the players are Mexican natives. But here and there a few Americans can be seen.
  • By Gordon Smith, Jan. 25, 1979

Juandedidos Chavez. “He feels he’s a pretty sound ballplayer defensively, and if he can hit .300 he can attract the attention of U.S. teams.”

Juandedidos Chavez. “He feels he’s a pretty sound ballplayer defensively, and if he can hit .300 he can attract the attention of U.S. teams.”

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