David Helvarg

Helvarg is a journalist and environmental activist. He is the founder and president of the marine conservation lobbying organization Blue Frontier Campaign.

He wrote stories for the Reader off and on from the late 1970s through 2000

Articles by David Helvarg

Freaks, Uppity Women, and Politicos: An Ocean Beach Reunion

Hippies grow up - or at least older

We walk past 5155 Muir, which is about to be torn down. The house still has one of the 9 millimeter bullet holes from a January 6,1972, attack by the right-wing Secret Army Organization.

The Birds of War

Convair's making of Tomahawk cruise missiles

The sea-launched cruise missile is designed to be fired from submarine torpedo tubes or from armored box launchers on surface ships such as the soon-to-be recommissioned battleship New Jersey.

If They Want to Have a War the Marines Want to Fight It

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1979: 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 ...

War Stories

"There’s still some. People I went to school with in Coronado before the war, I see them at work; they still don’t speak to me. It’s like the fact that we were evacuated proved we were guilty."


The Barona, Campo, Pala Indians of San Diego County

She stops at the grave of Yellow Sky, something of a legend among the Indians of Barona. He used to walk the desert between Yuma and San Diego wearing only a breach cloth, trading firewood for a meal.

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