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

Meet Beetlejuice, Thor, Optimus Prime, and “Welcome to Good Burger” Ed

The glorious amateurs of Comic-Con

Where was the heart of Comic-Con 2019? Out on Fifth Avenue, where the glorious amateurs play. “I am Colonel Richard Ferrel of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards at your service, suh!” says this guy dressed in ...

Comanche San Diegan Gene Miller searches for his identity

“I feel like that saying: red on the outside, white on the inside.”

“I don’t know who I am,” says Gene Miller. “I feel like that saying: red on the outside, white on the inside.” Right now, it’s 100 degrees on the outside. We have just come from ...

Sleepy Descanso

Roberts Ranch, Duncan McFetridge, drought, movie shooting, Border Fire, Blue Ribbon Loop

Roberts Ranch Opens its Gates to Hikers Thanks to the crusading efforts of Descanso cabinet-maker Duncan McFetridge, affectionately known by some as the "Robin Hood of Cleveland Forest," two inholdings (islands of private property inside ...

James Rowles job looking after the Charles Manson murder house

Author not related to Charles Manson

“I was there,” says James Rowles. He’s just seen the teaser for this week’s movie release, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, called “Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to 1960s LA.” “It shows the address, the ...

Conversation with Friar Donaldo at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

This place has been in action since 1798

Friar Donaldo Rosete Garcia stands by the old brick arch that frames California’s first pepper tree. “I shall miss this place,” he says, “I came here to learn English. Now I must return to Jalisco.” ...

Aileen Oya on State Senate Bill 329

Okay, I was eavesdropping. I could hear this prominent realtor, Aileen Oya, complaining to a friend about State Senate Bill 329, which would stop landlords rejecting prospective tenants solely because they are Section 8 or ...

Father of Naval Aviation Glenn Curtiss 1911 flight detailed in Joe Ditler’s Coronado Confidential

“He spilled gas all over our apple pie. I was never so mad in all my days.”

“‘It was a Thursday morning in January of 1911, I was 13 at the time, and that particular morning I was floating around in my rowboat looking for ghost shrimp in the Spanish Bight.’” This ...

Chief Kristin Beck banned from SEAL friend Mike Martin’s funeral

For the sake of peace at Miramar, I never got to say goodbye to my friend

Kristin Beck saw them coming. Twenty of them. “Navy SEALs. Leather jackets. Motorcycles. I knew what this was going to be about. ‘If you don’t leave, we’re going to beat the shit out of you.’” ...

Azam Ahmed travels the entire US-Mexico border to discuss “magical thinking” of immigration

How does San Diego measure up against other border towns?

Azam Ahmed, the New York Times bureau chief for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, was in town recently, after traveling the entire US-Mexico border, from Brownsville/Matamoros to San Diego/Tijuana. He talked about how it ...

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