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Editor's picks from the San Diego Reader, 1993-94

San Diego lost roads, motorcycle lovers, Silberman-Jerry Brown wiretaps, hitchhiker danger, 10K feet of baseboards, stucco everywhere

Lost Roads of San Diego: California St., Douglas St., Sorrento Rd., Camp Callan Ave. In case you didn’t notice, we lost a historic downtown street just recently. Toward the end of 1992, most of the ...

Ian Anderson and the Reader

A thousand bylines later

How Ian Anderson came to the Reader: While visiting the Reader web site a few years back, I noticed it was accepting public submissions of concert reviews. I can't remember what they paid, but it ...

Mike Madriaga and the Reader

Degree in digital journalism at City College

How Madriaga came to the Reader: On April 19, 2014, my wife suggested that I email the Reader our photos taken earlier in the day at Chicano Park Day. Rob Mizrachi, the former-editor of the ...

Sue Greenberg and the Reader

Fifth and Laurel, Judith Moore as editor, sister, father

How Greenberg came to the Reader: I was already working for another San Diego publication when I took the 10-hour-a-week typesetting gig in the Reader’s ad department on Saturdays. When anyone asked about my day ...

Dave Rice and the Reader

San Onofre, the Waterman, Tuna Harbor, last ocean-front lots, a disastrous O.B. fix-and-flip

How Rice came to work at the Reader: Growing up around San Diego I'd always been aware of the Reader, and picked up copies semi-regularly beginning in high school in the mid-nineties, delighting in features ...

Duncan Shepherd and the Reader

Came from UCSD, stayed almost 40 years

Duncan Shepherd was the Reader's sole movie critic for nearly 40 years. When he came to the Reader, Shepherd was a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Visual Arts department of UCSD, under critic ...

Ken Kuhlken and the Reader

From fiction to non-fiction

How Ken Kuhlken came to the Reader: Not long after my second novel came out, Reader editor Judith Moore phoned me. I didn’t know Judith but was quite familiar with the Reader, because I found ...

Jonathan Saville and the Reader

Whoopi Goldberg, Yosemite's Glacier Point, For Colored Girls, Godspell, the new Wild Animal Park

How Saville came to work at the Reader: In 1972, I was an associate professor in the Literature Department at UCSD. I had an office on the Muir Campus, with my door usually left open ...

Jeannette DeWyze and the Reader

Hare Krishnas, Bishop Maher, Chino's, Betty Broderick, Marshall South, Eleanor Widmer

How DeWyze came to the Reader: In the early ‘70s, my best friend at Northwestern University, Randy Barnett, got a job selling ads for the fledgling Chicago Reader. I was involved in campus life (including ...

Don Bauder and the Reader

Excerpts from his favorite stories

How Bauder came to write for the Reader: My wife and I had bought Colorado land in 1999, and hired a builder who constructed our home on 36 acres. It was ready in early 2003. ...

Check casher, Turkish rug dealer, comedian, police dog handler, private investigator, bullfight surgeon

A day's work

The Laurence Olivier of Market Street “What’s the meaning of this outrage?’’ The mink lady’s indignant question was straight out of a Marx Brothers movie. Margaret Dumont couldn't have done it better. "Get your hands ...

Zane Parzen, Lee Grissom, Bill Mitchell, Dennis Connor, Dick Farson, Sam Fuller

Big names in a little town

The final analysis Shepherd suggested to the Walkers three names, including that of Parzen, from whom Shepherd had taken an advanced psychiatry class at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. Not only did Parzen possess a ...

Pot smuggler's accident, Belmont Park, Willie Shoemaker, prostitution after Stingaree, truth serum, a family's letters

Stories hidden in the back pages of the Reader

The Zipper – near death at the Del Mar Fair The Zipper was a new wrinkle on the midway: this big, gleaming apparatus that looked like a gigantic fan belt, with body-hugging cages attached along ...

San Diego's old trolleys, off season Mission Beach, lost colony of Mission hills, an abused dog, Surfer Motel attacked, Baseball card obsession

Stories hidden in the back pages of the Reader

The glories of San Diego's trolley system Buses are rough; the passengers fall down easier. With the streetcars, you knew where they were—smooth starts and stops. They weren’t swaying back and forth—therefore, less accidents. And ...

Stories hidden inside the San Diego Reader, part 2

San Diego's explosives man, Baja tragedy, rock art southwest of Jacumba, Chinese in San Diego

Editor: The following feature stories appeared in the interior pages of the Reader in the 1970s and 1980s and have just been converted to digital form. My Triumph, my defeat Five years later I still ...

Stories hidden inside the San Diego Reader

Ventura Place, rock art, Brenda Starr, Vietnamese poets

Editor: The following feature stories appeared in the interior pages of the Reader in the 1970s and 1980s and have just been converted to digital form. Meditations while riding San Diego Transit “Yes, these people ...

Baja a few decades ago

Glass blowers in Revolucion, Chula Vista dowager in prison, man marries Tijuana prostitute, and the complete history of Caliente racetrack

A touch of glass The red hot material hardens almost instantly. His apprentice grabs the cana and quickly puts everything in the kiln for a few moments, and the intense heat soon brings it back ...

Hot 41 years ago

San Diego Reader's fifth annual guide to San Diego

Happy hours Aspen Mine Co., Coo-coo Club, Victoria Station, Bratskeller, Reuben's, Frenchy Marseilles', Sunshine Co. Best walks Coronado, University Heights, Hillcrest's footbridges, La Mesa's hidden steps, Del Mar, Bird Rock, downtown San Diego Free tours ...

Hot 42 years ago

Reader's fourth annual guide to San DIego

1976 San Diego guide to where to park Downtown, State College area, beaches, La Jolla 1976 San Diego guide to Navy slang Bulkhead, cum shaw, head, jarhead, u-trou, Z-gram 1976 San Diego guide to surfer ...

Hot 43 years ago

Reader's third annual guide to San Diego

1975 San Diego guide to greasy spoons Moon Cafe, Sun Cafe , Lucky's Lees – compared to U.S. Grant and Denny's 1975 San Diego guide to everything posh Westgate, Hotel Del, Scripps Clinic, Del Cerro ...

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