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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

Meet a giant pink poodle named after Stevie Nicks

“Are the DT’s finally setting in?” I mumble to my friend Carlos, “or did you see what I saw?” It’s this giant…pink…poodle, walking along the avenue. We’re frozen, mid-mug, unable to continue with our morning ...

September 29, 2022
Handfasting: a unique, ancient, Celtic ceremony on the rise

“Handfasting,” says Donna Lynn, “is an ancient way to get married.” My novia Diane and I are interested. We are engaged. We want to know if we can get married this way. “It is going ...

September 28, 2022
Mysterious Spanish Village stabbing

Idyllic Spanish Village shaken by mystery stabbing “Then I heard male voices outside on the patio. I didn’t look up because I didn’t want to be noticed. The voices moved left to right. I never ...

September 5, 2022
The Gentlemen’s Tux Club: tux redux

“All my tuxes are in Texas,” says this gent. He laughs a Texas-size laugh. I’m looking to rent a tux for myself. It’s not something I’ve done a lot. But there’s a lot to it. ...

Bohdan Zukewycz looks back on Ukraine

Ukraine? Bohdan Zukewycz has seen it all before. “My parents were slaves of the Nazi regime. What happened was, Hitler started cattle-car [transporting] people to work in his factories, so young German people could go ...

August 31, 2022
San Diego's hospice users

Grief is like carbon monoxide At this point, this article is going to seem to go seriously astray, so I might as well come clean. My aim is not simply to write about hospice, though ...

August 28, 2022
A cold eye on San Diego architects 20 years ago

Orchids and Onions — 20 years later The ’95 jury opened by dubbing 1976 Orchid-winner Rancho Bernardo “the ultimate suburb.” Nicoloff and Collins concurred, calling it “one of the few really successful and well-planned new ...

August 27, 2022
World War II Tijuana

The Loud Adios I wrote a story about her, called it ‘The Blue Fox.” and decided not to give it to the singles’ magazine. The publisher probably would’ve turned it down. It wasn’t dirty enough ...

August 20, 2022
Going full grammar-guy on public radio

Is it just me? Harken to KPBS: “Thank you for listening and supporting KPBS…” This is KPBS, member-supported radio, with assets of, what, $75 million? You do a double take. Say what? “Thank you for ...

August 3, 2022
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