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Bill Manson

Bill Manson writes cover stories and features for the San Diego Reader.

Some samples of his early writing:

July 25, 1996:Song for the Uprooted (mariachi music in TJ's Zona Norte)

March 19, 1998: Larry's Best Gal (interview with Larry Lawrence aide Norma Nicolls)

March 16, 1995: Coyote, Tarantula, Silence, Sea (the four corners of San Diego County)

Sept. 24, 1998: Cunanan's Last Laugh (computer game based on gay serial killer)

March 25, 1999: Kidnapped! (Georgina Crespo's abduction from Coronado Cays)

Articles by Bill Manson

Inside the California Current, what killed San Diego's tuna, Coronado lifeguarding is like chess

Rich Sea Stew: Sampling the California Current One fisherman was doing quite well. His name was Pedro, and he worked as a crew member. Pedro had a rod holster and used shrimp flies, and he ...

February 22, 2021
Battle fishing between Alaska and the Aleutians

“This night, we were stuck on a sand bar,” says Justin. “There’s weather out there, and strong current. There’s the potential for the boat to just get knocked over. The tide comes in very fast. ...

February 17, 2021
BlueNalu takes the sea out of seafood

Q: What do Lou Cooperhouse and Winston Churchill have in common? A: They both believe in growing only the part of the chicken or fish or beef you actually want to eat. Amazingly, Churchill had ...

February 3, 2021
Take a peek inside Zoro Gardens

“See you at the Nudist Colony,” says John. This rainy Saturday afternoon happened in the last days of the lockdown. Still no gatherings allowed. John Drehner and I were so bored, we came up with ...

February 3, 2021
Angel dust on its way to San Diego, meth heads talk, Tijuana glue sniffers

Embalmed Angel Teer says that he started smoking sherm when he was 16. "I used it a lot. I used a lot of drugs, but the older you get, the less fun it gets. Smoking ...

February 1, 2021
Capitol storm photo call

My friend said he thought he recognized a face, a face from that Wednesday night video in DC, when wannabe revolutionaries stormed the Capitol and performed for the camera while they were there. Five people ...

January 20, 2021
Simone Says

From Calabria, about this time of day, sunset, you can see the island of Sicily winking on the horizon. But you don’t confuse Sicilian ways with yours, “not if you’re a Calabrese,” says Simone. Simone ...

January 20, 2021
Little Saigon’s Paris Bakery, 45 years later

Covid has hit people different ways. For Khanh and her mother Hong, it spiked something they had been waiting to do for a lifetime. “We were going to take my two daughters back to see ...

January 6, 2021
Gruesome Newsom

She’s standing on the street corner at Isabella and Orange in downtown Coronado. It’s a sunny morning. Helen Locker’s dressed in red, white, and blue — flag cap, flag top, red sweater, and she’s holding ...

January 6, 2021
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