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Best of Anne Albright's Kid Stuff columns

Intimate writing about life as a mom

The case for motherhood Unlike a lot of my classmates, I don’t practice law anymore. I stay at home with my kids. On a good day, I’m happy about my decisions. I wouldn’t trade Johnny’s ...

Musical San Diego: the 1990s

Local goths, S.D guitarists, Moby Grape, Stone Temple Pilots, flamenco, Deadheads, Elvis in San Diego, Beat Farmers, Richard Meltzer's records, Crawdaddy

Set a needle on my heart and play those songs of love and pain My record collection is a minefield of potential pain: stacks of Ray Charles, Robert Johnson, Otis Redding, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, ...

World War II — San Diego eyewitnesses

San Diego with lights off, a Hiroshima bomber, I shot down Yamamoto, POWs suffer under and evade Japanese, Vietnam vet visits Iwo Jima, sunken subs off Imperial Beach

War! “Automobile headlights were painted out except for tiny slits. You could see cars oncoming, but the driver couldn’t see. Panic would occur when people thought attack was under way. Then if a light was ...

Betty Broderick killed Dan Broderick and his wife 28 years ago today

The marriage, the murder, the trial

Broderick vs. Broderick But when Judge Howatt’s decision to bar the press and public was challenged by the Reader's attorney at a January 5 hearing, Betty Broderick reversed herself and told the judge that the ...

Matthew Alice's weird food facts

Rice Krispies, Heinz 57 varieties, Whitman's vs See's, M&Ms, butter packaging

The noise produced by Rice Krispies When the wet parts of the Krispie finally pull hard enough, the dry parts snap open and make a noise loud enough for you to hear. Have you ever ...

San Diego in the 1940s

Local Japanese sent to camps, tuna boats join the Navy, Midway-Rosecrans military housing, gas station struggles in Ocean Beach

It’s a Gas During the war, Bob recalls, "A-card owners got four gallons of gas a week. We had tires ordered when the business opened, but when the war came, they put them all in ...

So, you think your life is hard

Try steelwork, arson, rape, cystic fibrosis, drugs, bike accident, losing shrink, mental problems, shipwreck, AIDS, being short, blind, fat

Shipyard blues "With all the stuff you say these guys have to endure at NASSCO, anyone would believe the place is hell. But I don't understand what all these queers thought they were getting into. ...

Animal secrets: dog tail-wagging, sick flies, fish eyelids, cat whiskers, and the loss of songbirds

Matthew Alice even ponders animals' morning sickness

The indestructability of cats' whiskers When he’s prowling around in dark places, his whiskers help him determine whether a space is wide enough to crawl through. They’re like curb feelers on Dad’s Olds, but sensitive ...

Southern neighbors — daily life in Tijuana

Cops, dump, Revolucion, rain, taxis, upholsterers, flower sellers, abandoned cars, stealing electricity

The whole area was the city dump They chose St. Martin as their patron saint, the señora explains, because he was a friend of to the poor — because he was black and they too ...

All you need to know about celebrities

Matthew Alice on Bob Dylan sunglasses, Rose Kennedy bathing suit, Pancho Villa's head, Bogart as Gerber baby, OJ Simpson evidence, presidents who smoked

Robert White owns Rose Kennedy bathing suit but not JFK assassination suit The man driving the 1961 custom X-100 Lincoln Continental convertible was William Greer. According to a 1983 Associated Press interview, Greer joined the ...

Southern neighbors — Tijuana, the dark side of the law

Smuggling, the Zeta killing, the 1999 crime wave

Coyote — king of the smugglers You can catch a bus on Beyer Street or the trolley at the Iris Street station, avoiding the “Migra” around the congested central San Ysidro area. Stay out of ...

Brizzolara, from the best to the last

A retrospective, on the first anniversary of his death

John Brizzolara wrote for the Reader from 1989 to 2013, including a weekly column, TGIF. John died in his sleep at Father Joe’s Villages on October 11, 2016. He was 65. A Fear of Cold ...

History of San Diego, 1930s

Local WPA and CCC workers, the famous diva Schumann-Heinck, letters from a Depression housewife, a wilder San Diego, what women wore

Was the WPA a Boondoggle or Saving Grace? It's hard to look around San Diego and not see evidence of the WPA: the city library, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the dredging of Mission Bay (and ...

The fall of the Union-Tribune’s Copleys

Sex discrimination at the Tribune, death of the Tribune, David’s new house, Nixon-Copley letters, Morgan’s embarrassing book on Dr. Seuss, David’s DUIs

Copley, Morgan Depositions Show Loose Reins at Tribune Copley maintained she makes it a policy not to attend any board meetings. When an attorney asked, "Under what circumstances would [Morgan] discuss with you matters that ...

San Diego's serious music

Harry Partch, Gustavo Romero, Diamanda Galas, Pacific Strings, inside the opera, best organs, best pianos, the composer, the concertmaster, the piano tuner, the tenor, the symphony player’s wife

The Partch Reverberations The instruments are in varying states of sickness and health. While some can be replaced – improved even, as is the case with the New Boo built by local composer Cris Forster ...

The business of surfing

Early surfboard shapers, very early boards, the man behind Boogie Boards, early surf movies, first surf professionals, how Rusty board maker became clothes guy

Surfboard Shapers Eaton didn't invent the Bonzer, but is responsible for its refinement. It is a strangely old-fashioned board (in the sense that Chuck Berry is old-fashioned), yet as different from conventional surfboards as the ...

UC San Diego med school grad tackles the world

Dr. Jim Eichel on childbirth, suicide, neurotic patients, code blue, managed care frustrations, schizophrenia, overeating, sweet people at life's end, and med school itself

Show Me Your Saphenous Vein, James! I wish I could say I reveled in having brought a fresh new life into the world, but a new baby is slippery, and I was scared she would ...

History of San Diego before 1900

The Tub of Blood, Madame Tingley from one who knew her, Civil War vets camp in Coronado, murder in rural Mission Valley, and an amazing clock in Pt. Loma

The Little World That Almost Was “I was dressed in my ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ suit, and playing with K.T.’s dog (Theosophists are fond of using their leader’s initials). Suddenly, I looked up and said ‘I ...

San Diego odd jobs

Balboa Park art restorers, manicurist with brains, SDSU earthquake expert, the danger at 7-Eleven, why leather shoes, Broadway shoe shiner, lawyer clothes

Preserving the Masters One day when he was on the top of the scaffolding in one comer of the hall, he came upon an inscription on a battle flag. It read, cerca trova — he ...

Judith Moore on her past

Washington State small town, Arkansas farm, the dad who read Babar, the gay uncle

A Memory of Summer We circled idly, swayed around the campfire. I had one hand around Don’s waist, up under his jacket, and the other on Arlene’s shoulder. Sparks flew up from the wet wood. ...

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