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Stories by Bob Dorn

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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