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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

The three loud mockingbirds of Charles Darwin

Sunday morning. Trying to sleep in. No chance. Not one, not two, but three mockingbirds flit around and land in the tree right outside, going “Chuck! Chuck! Chuck!” Aggressively, non-stop. “They’re mockingbirds alright,” says Jen ...

April 28, 2021
Esperanto is alive and well in San Diego

“Saluton! Kiel vi fartas?” This is my friend John Drehner. A regular in this column and a regular sage. “Come again?” I say. “I said ‘Greetings! How are you?’” “In what language?” “In the language ...

April 28, 2021
The man behind the Mills Act

(To the tune of ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’). Bulldoze, through the redwoods Through the big trees, And the old folks’ home, Come rampage through the redwoods with me On my new Caterpillar tractor... This was ...

April 14, 2021
That’s called Sonification

This started off as I was in the Barrio, listening to some live jazz. Overheard this guy talking with a friend about how planets sing? I had to go and respectfully bust in. Victor Minces, ...

March 31, 2021
The functional surfboard art of Tim Bessell

My buddy Erik and I do a double take. “Did you see that?” Erik asks? “The Queen of England, on a surfboard?” I turn around. There she is sure enough, and wow! She has her ...

March 31, 2021
Honest stories from a Chula Vista OR nurse, riding in Central San Diego with paramedics

Nurse’s Log Eugene Johnson — by far the sickest person on this shift. We check his I.V., which has again infiltrated. Since even 11:00, his condition has deteriorated. He is barely breathing, and his blood ...

March 28, 2021
Mr. Kim’s Korean archery

“Chinese used the spear, Japanese used the sword,” says Mr. Kim. “We Koreans used the bow. Have for 5000 years.” A badge on his tunic reads “World Kuk Gung Federation” above a sewn picture of ...

March 17, 2021
Claudio Martin: musician to the stars

You have to wonder: this past year, how did we all not go stir crazy with the Covid restrictions? Claudio Martin did it by going as far away as he could. “I travel billions of ...

March 17, 2021
Inside gay killer Andrew Cunanan: Bishop's School, older friends, Gay Pride parade

Schoolboy charm A 1988 graduate thought she recalled Cunanan going up to one of her male friends, grabbing one of his pectorals, and saying something like, "Oooh, very nice. You've been working out. Give me ...

March 13, 2021
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