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Stories by Barbara Palmer

Mission Valley – garden-land gave way to shopping centers

The never-ending fix to Hazard Center Drive Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley East is probably the shortest road incurring the longest completion of any in San Diego. It is approximately three blocks long and ...

San Diego history you never knew

90 Years of Curl Elwell says Kahanamoku surfed the OB Pier, and when he did, he asked a teenaged lifeguard named Charlie Wright if he could store his board in Wright's beach shack. By Jeannette ...

April 19, 2020
Best Reader stories from 2001

How San Diegans reacted to 9-11 “Where were you when the World Trade Center was hit?” “At home.” “And you happened to have the TV on?” “No, my little sister called. She woke me up ...

February 1, 2020
Everything Is Pop

'I loved his art, I loved his image," says Cristina Favretto, director of Special Collections at San Diego State University. "And I loved that he would go places and people would speak for him and ...

August 3, 2006
Dad’s Got History

Born in San Diego in 1950, Michael Page was playing bass in local bands when a friend from New York City told him about Greenwich Village and the Bowery. The New York Dolls played at ...

Ziggy and Iggy

Chuck Berry turned out to be an asshole to a lot of people, but I got along with him really well. I’ve got a cool picture of him signing a contract and using my back to do it.

The Best and Worst Band of the Year

KISS was one of the bands that would come to watch the Dolls play. They would take notes and sit right up in front. Sylvain used to say that the Dolls taught KISS how to light their cigarettes.

You're Just My Girlfriend

When I went to the bathroom for a second, in the time that I was gone, my girlfriend gave Iggy Pop her phone number. She told him to come and visit her.

Sandals, Bell Bottoms, and a Nehru Thing

We had a place in Pacific Beach at Olney and Garnet that was an old Victorian house. And we were a real happening band in San Diego. The King Biscuit Blues Band. We were playing the love-ins.

Life Along the San Diego River

“There were two different swimming holes. The girls would have one and the boys would sneak up there, and the girls would be swimming nude and we would try to swipe their clothes.

July 25, 2002
Angel in Black

Besides poverty and the bigoted citizenry, Mother Michael and her nuns suffered the opposition of the most influential Catholic in the town. Father Ubach himself. He attempted to circumvent the incorporation of the hospital.

September 27, 2001
Black settlement in San Diego, part 2

“It was at the corner at the Episcopal Church, Ninth and C. She was crossing the street to go to the store, to get food for my cat. The neighbors heard her scream. She was thrown 15 feet.”

August 9, 2001
Black settlement San Diego, part 1

‘There was never a suspicion in our home,’ said Col. Kastle to a reporter, ‘that Mrs. Monroe was anything else than a white woman. She had none of the characteristics of a colored person.’

August 2, 2001
Union Blue and Dixie Grey

While the revolver was in my grasp, the weapon was discharged, blowing out the end of the scabbard. Before I looked up, General Coon, sitting beside me, gasped, “You have killed me, Grovesteen; I am done for!”

April 26, 2001
How to Do Genealogical Research in San Diego

In Early San Diego and California Families are pedigree charts for the following families: Altamirano, Alvarado, Ames, Arguello, Connors, Cota, Couts, Dominguez, Estudillo, Horton, Lopez, Machado, Pico, Pio Pico, and Serrano.

March 15, 2001
Murder in Mission Valley

A man told sheriff’s deputies that Juan Jose Hillario, an Indian living in Balboa Park, had suggested to him on an earlier occasion that they kill Mrs. Sandrock and rob the store.

January 25, 2001
Out of this world at San Diego's Mt. Hope Cemetery

A cemetery would be started above Old Town the following year, but it was too far away for people in New Town. Old Town was a Catholic community, and Protestants were streaming into New Town and forming churches.

October 26, 2000
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