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Joe Deegan

Joe Deegan
Joe Deegan started writing for the Reader in 1998 and enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Feel free to contact him directly.

Articles by Joe Deegan

El Cajon Olaf Weighorst forgeries, Reader author's parents killed

Bushwhacked We look at a Wieghorst painting called Spring Rain, a dark, impressionistic work, one of about a dozen Wieghorsts on the walls. Thackeray can remember when Wieghorst painted it. “It was raining cats and ...

January 22, 2022
Santa Ysabel dairy land ebbs away, Jamul casino dreams

Moo Twilight Feed he buys directly from farmers in the Imperial Valley. Because he trucks it himself, it costs around $80 per ton for sudan grass, $100 for alfalfa. But with a herd of 200 ...

January 16, 2022
San Diego actors' worst stories, he guards Volcan Mountain, community college adjunct

Break a Leg In 1993, Hal Holbrook was performing King Lear in the title role. Tom Hall, a San Diego actor, likes to tell the story. Hal came on too soon and started a completely ...

October 24, 2021
Carlsbad flower fields, Mission Bay, Coronado bridge

God’s Dirt “It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s pretty high-risk because they’re very, very, very, very perishable. When the flowers are bloomed, you have to pick ’em. And you have to sell ’em. Otherwise you ...

August 1, 2021
Sherley Anne Williams' coolness toward outsiders, James Hubbell sees San Diego as forgotten city

Raised Not to Hope Too Hard Sherley Anne Williams built her career celebrating the ways black folks talked and acted. School-wise, street-smart, and quick-tongued, she reserved her deepest antipathy for those outside the African-American experience ...

July 10, 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
San Diego County lakes and their fish, Descanso neighbors feud, Cameron Corners for sale

Electric Water, Shocked Fish The gate below the dam at San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside is closed when I arrive just before 10:00 o'clock on a late-April morning. The lake is closed to recreational fishing ...

November 29, 2020
San Diego's gay bathhouses, wild life of our foreign cabbies, best light in the city

Bathhouse Quagmire "I was in those San Francisco bathhouses in the late 1970s," says James Hartline, an HIV-positive Hillcrest man who is campaigning to get San Diego's three bathhouses shut down. "Those bathhouses were a ...

November 23, 2020
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