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Ernie Grimm

Ernie Grimm and writer Matthew Lickona were recruited by editor Judith Moore as recent graduates from Thomas Aquinas College in 1995. Moore felt that they "would have learned humility" from reading the great books.

After Moore died in 2006, Grimm took over the job of editing news and feature stories.

Read Grimm's stories on his father and on his mentor Judith Moore.

Articles by Ernie Grimm

SEALs talk war atrocities, Rolling Stone embeds at Camp Pendleton

A Soldier's Pay Bradley is an animated woman of 36, whose tousled long black hair and French accent give her an exotic cast. When I acknowledge her accent, she replies, “Yes, I’m sorry, I’m from ...

February 27, 2021
San Diego's tugboat and truck drivers, El Cajon shopping cart retrievers, gutsy stuntmen

Push Comes to Shove: Life on San Diego's Few and Mighty Tugboats “We’d come out here at low tide, bring the working hands out to the job, they’d work off the boat. We moved the ...

February 21, 2021
Beautiful Saint Malo, Hillel vs. La Jolla, University City astir, the Children's Pool rift

Halfway between Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo I waded through the ankle-deep water toward Saint Malo. Waves tumbled against the shore, the wind was merciless, but I held my Lancome bag high and waded ...

February 20, 2021
Fires in Alpine, San Felipe Valley, Julian

Rustic Firetraps Imagine a wildfire driven by winds gusting at 80 miles per hour is racing toward your house east of Alpine. In the predawn darkness, you can see the red-orange glow of the inferno ...

February 7, 2021
Apple Tree's produce man talks, writer joins Gulf Coast Grill cooks, donut immersion

Banana Man Across the aisle, is another table like yours neatly stacked with oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, papayas, and other fruits. That table, as well as the rack against the wall, are refrigerated. Your table is ...

January 31, 2021
What chefs themselves eat, San Diego homeless remember their moms, roadside graves, will we be together forever?

Sweat Cuisine "Let's say you have a banquet. Chicken Kiev and vegetables and potatoes, 600 people. An hour before the banquet starts, you find out it's down to 500. You've got 100 leftover half-cooked chickens, ...

January 10, 2021
San Diego fires: Campo Creek, Volcan Mountain, Hauser Canyon

It Would Turn You To Toast Pete Scully, a battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry's fire protection agency, stands next to his camper-shelled pickup truck at a Highway 94 turnoff east of where ...

January 2, 2021
Tijuana's wax museum, cheap Chinese motorcycles, Luis Urrea on both sides of border

Lifelike Tijuana "This is Tia Juana," Parra says, "the founder of the city. The historical society of Baja doesn't want to certify it. They say she was a legend." The other legendary figure is Juan ...

December 14, 2020
Bear Valley ostriches, Balboa Park squirrels, edible food of San Diego canyons

In Lakeside, Chickens Make Good Neighbors You can't use your nose to find the ranch because the sharp ammonia odor you may associate with chicken farms is absent. Harold Hilliker, second-generation owner of Hilliker's Egg ...

December 7, 2020
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