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Stories by Bob Dorn

Best Reader stories from 1982

What on earth am I settling for “Goddamnit,” said Jane one evening about six months ago when I answered the door of our apartment in Golden Hill and found her on the stoop, Jeanne sliding ...

November 24, 2019
Best Reader stories from 1981

Postcards From Western Civilization Some years ago at Christmastime, when I was a teller at a bank downtown, I came to know Wayne Boyer, who was then an apprentice bum. I met him in the ...

November 23, 2019
Stories hidden inside the San Diego Reader, part 2

Editor: The following feature stories appeared in the interior pages of the Reader in the 1970s and 1980s and have just been converted to digital form. My Triumph, my defeat Five years later I still ...

January 27, 2019
Stories hidden inside the San Diego Reader

Editor: The following feature stories appeared in the interior pages of the Reader in the 1970s and 1980s and have just been converted to digital form. Meditations while riding San Diego Transit “Yes, these people ...

January 26, 2019
San Diego characters you should have known

Bad blood in Barrio Logan Ducheny is most unpopular with those who run the government-funded agencies, people such as Rachel Ortiz, who directs the Barrio Station youth program; Jess Haro, chairman of the Chicano Federation; ...

July 21, 2018
Union-Tribune hires cartoonist from Dartmouth Review

Twenty-seven-year-old Steve Kelley became chief editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union in June of 1981. Since then Kelley has been named Headliner of the Year by the San Diego Press Club, has won honors ...

February 27, 1986
Mike Aguirre on John Alessio, J. David, Jim Bates, Roger Hedgecock, and the Penthouse suit

Anderson named Van Deerlin, along with Teddy Kennedy, as two of a number of Capitol Hill figures who purchased drugs from a small network of pages and doorwatchers on the Hill. Van Deerlin denied the story.

From Poland to San Diego before Solidarity won

The violin wasn't much to look at. It sat in an old case Mirek had thrown almost casually onto a corner of the couch in John Ratajkowski's Carmel Valley home. A family heirloom, to be ...

February 9, 1984
San Diego restaurants chafe under tyranny of ABC

A lot of people are whispering about Pete Case. A successful downtown restaurateur who is also active in politics predicts Case won’t last another year in his position as district administrator of the state’s Alcoholic ...

September 22, 1983
I transformed my $1400 Triumph into a $4000 Triumph

If you were snowshoeing one crisp day late in November, 1980, through peaks 8000 to 9000 feet in the air just south of Lake Tahoe and heard a single car ruining the silence of that ...

August 11, 1983
Jobs for Peace tries to picket Convair

You say you used to march for peace? Used to stand up for justice. Sit down in protest. Bet that was a long time ago, wasn’t it? “Who do you think you are, Communism?” The ...

June 2, 1983
The sound of Diamanda Galás

With the lights out, what you first hear is a deep intake of breath amplified, a whooshing intake of air that is stored in silence for a second, maybe more, as if warning is being ...

Navy investigators' tough on Coronado base drug busts

The pictures are faintly voyeuristic, and cinematic. They damn with their intimacy those caught in the 35mm frame, paint them in flat blacks and whites made all the flatter by the foreshortening of the long ...

February 3, 1983
Toyota rolls in Baja 300 miles south of San Diego; we scramble to find a plane

“Word spread among the Americans [around the Pemex station] that there was an emergency and some fellow who identified himself as an orthopedic surgeon peered in the back of the van and attempted to assess Eddie’s condition.”

September 16, 1982
How San Diego lost its pueblo land

Out in the sprawling north of this city is a mesa that rises just south of La Jolla Village Drive, a mile or so west of Interstate 805. To get there you have to walk ...

July 22, 1982
San Diego journalists slip right into PR

There used to be a time when public relations pretty much consisted of writing press releases and introducing newspaper reporters to people with fancy names. Old-time public relations people were flaks, you knew their editorial ...

May 20, 1982
Mean Business: Sol Price and the FedMart story

Later that same year, having lost his fear of flying. Price crossed the Atlantic and landed in Karlsruhe, Germany, to discuss with Hugo Mann, retail marketing baron, one such way of going private.

The pawnbroker's life in San Diego

Every five or six minutes someone walks through Bob Smith's door on Fifth Avenue. Whether they're entering or exiting, they are most likely carrying gold, most likely a very small amount of it as they ...

January 14, 1982
Jaquie Littlefield – Spreckels Building owner who fought the big boys

“You 'll never fit all this in. There’s just too much, isn’t there? It’s really a book •that would be timely, for women. And it’s going to be done. You know its title? A Town ...

November 19, 1981
Harold Gee and the Party Paper

You have to wonder if Harold Gee isn’t spreading himself a bit thin trying to put out an occasional journal called the Party Paper on no capital with precious little publishing experience and no staff, ...

October 8, 1981
“Rapper’s Delight” was considered “too black” by KGB Radio

Talking fast isn’t a matter of choice for AM jocks; it isn’t rock and roll chic in the way working at Tower Records while you’re wearing your Grateful Dead roadie shirt and acting bored is chic.

April 10, 1980
1979: San Diego's year in review

Rape of the Earth Medal of Dishonor The year's most infamous award goes to the voters of San Diego, a majority of whom agreed to exchange 39 acres of prime canyonland in Balboa Park for ...

December 20, 1979
San Diego Evening Tribune writer Bob Dorn calls it quits.

When C. Arnholt Smith fell under federal indictment and lost his U.S. National Bank, the Union ran the story on its second-section page under a headline that merely said the bank was being sold.

September 27, 1979
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