Gordon Smith

Smith wrote longer features for the Reader in the late 1970s and the 1980s.

Articles by Gordon Smith

San Diego's old trolleys, off season Mission Beach, lost colony of Mission hills, an abused dog, Surfer Motel attacked, Baseball card obsession

Stories hidden in the back pages of the Reader

The glories of San Diego's trolley system Buses are rough; the passengers fall down easier. With the streetcars, you knew where they were—smooth starts and stops. They weren’t swaying back and forth—therefore, less accidents. And ...

Stories hidden inside the San Diego Reader, part 2

San Diego's explosives man, Baja tragedy, rock art southwest of Jacumba, Chinese in San Diego

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 ...

We offered $120K for a small, two-bedroom house on a quiet street in El Cerrito

We wanted an older area – North Park, Normal Heights, Golden Hill, University Heights, Hillcrest, and Bancroft

We finally offered to buy a two-bedroom house in Kensington for $133,000, only to be outbid at the last moment by an anonymous real-estate agent (who, we were told, considered the property a bargain).

Inside the Padres' lockers

Tony Gwynn's, Tim Flannery's, John Kruk's, Eric Nolte's, Marvell Wynne's, Goose Gossage's

Tony Gwynn sat in a canvas-backed chair and peered into the wooden cubicle in front of him. “What’s in my locker?” he asked, repeating the question that had been posed to him. “Well, here’s a ...

Intense work at Jilly's in Hillcrest, Gustav Anders in Pacific Beach

How San Diegans live serving gourmet

The coils of angel-hair pasta are arranged neatly on beds of red lettuce and adorned with gleaming shrimp. Baskets of thickly cut potatoes bubble in the fryer. A plastic container full of fresh jambalaya sits ...

The recent successes of David Brin, Ray Feist, and Greg Bear

Science fiction is a fact

The two young men were dressed in Gestapo-like uniforms, complete with military hats, boots, and black-leather pistol holsters. They introduced a resolution that favored Die Weltbund — their home planet. The representative from the Legion ...

Hot cars next to Ream Field

Get a great deal at an out-of-the-way auto auction

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Frances Ryan has planted 1,000 Engelmann oak trees in North San Diego County.

The oak lady

"It is an Engelmann oak, a species found in the inland valleys of San Diego County. There are stands of the oaks in Riverside County and a few in Los Angeles but none exist farther north.”

Wyatt Earp lived on Third Street, downtown San Diego

Came here after the O.K. Corral when he was 39

One night Earp returned to the house on Third Avenue and told Sadie that a man “had sort of donated” a racehorse to him in a poker game. Earp raced it at the old Pacific Beach Racetrack.

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