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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

Coffee Shop: Algae Guy

John Bucur is a barista in a San Diego coffee bar, but he’s got another life. A life filled with…algae. “Here’s the thing about algae,” he says. “You can grow it anywhere. On parking building ...

May 11, 2022
Li’l Dwayne drops in

Caw! Caw! Talk about a dawn chorus! Six in the am. Half a dozen crows swoop and holler above the little patio in back. They keep it up for half an hour before I finally ...

April 27, 2022
The witch’s stick

Tyler Barry points his two metal rods towards the earth in front of him. He’s not exactly looking at what he’s doing: his eyes are closed, as though he’s listening for something. Then he starts ...

April 27, 2022
Carving Coronado’s Isabella Avenue

My buddy Kevin and I see her just about every time we head for what until recently we called our polar bear ocean swims. Because every day, she’d come swooping around the wide curves of ...

April 13, 2022
Teresa Gunn teaches spoken word to young mothers on the margins

“I’m really just a rock and roll girl,” says Teresa Gunn. “But this has made me a poet of the streets.” “This” is Gunn’s program of arts for young mothers at the margins of San ...

April 13, 2022
The triumph of Teo two-legs

I wasn’t paying much attention to anything except this dog, Teo. Milton Cadiz, his owner, was explaining to me what had happened. I knew it was something bad, because the little guy had only two ...

March 30, 2022
The arty, retro, sometimes eccentric world of Cow Records in Ocean Beach

“Crackles and pops?” says Greg Hildebrand. “They’re the most valuable part of vinyl recordings. They give them individuality.” Hildebrand owns one of the better-known havens of hard-to-find LPs in the county, Cow Records in OB, ...

March 30, 2022
Gringos drive south to Colegio Ingles

The sun is hot. The sun is yellow. The sun is in the sky. It’s been a long day for Jovanna Venegas, starting out as she did so early in her room in the house ...

March 28, 2022
Captain Travis Jackson knows when something smells fishy

Travis Jackson has been here before. Good times and bad. And he still has faith in the sport fishing business. Proof? He’s refitting a 62-foot boat, Patriot, to take passengers down to places like Cabo ...

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