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Stories by Paul Krueger

Best Reader stories from 1977

A separate peace What was I (a Jew — and a nonobservant one at that) doing with such a piece? I’d never spoken to a nun in my life. All I remembered of them from ...

November 9, 2019
Best Reader stories from 1975

I tell them my name is Ernie Klein, I'm 42 years old, and I'm unemployed It's the day after Thanksgiving and I'm standing in line at the unemployment office. I'm near the end of my ...

November 2, 2019
Paul Krueger and the Reader

How Krueger came to the Reader: I had just graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1975 with a bachelor's in U.S. history. I hadn’t taken any journalism classes in college but always liked to write, ...

April 21, 2019
Stories hidden inside the San Diego Reader

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. Meditations while riding San Diego Transit “Yes, these people ...

January 26, 2019
The most dangerous part of San Diego

One hundred thirty-five San Diegans were murdered in 1990. More than 100 of those deaths occurred south of Interstate 8 and were concentrated in the neighborhoods such as Barrio Logan, Southeast San Diego, City Heights, ...

May 2, 1991
Peter Bohmer, Franz Schnaubelt, Mac Heald, Tiffany Chin, Dorothy Morefield, Brian Batey, Alex Drehsler, Robert Cox, Louis Wenzell, Clifford Graham, Dr. David Reuben

Heald’s surrender to Los Angeles police was delayed until he recovered from self-inflicted wrist slashes. Jim Holtzman told staffers if Heald was given probation instead of jail time, he would have the job of executive producer of the Channel 8 news.

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood showed me how good journalism can get

Newspapers - five of them each day — have consumed my reading hours for the past decade. That leaves little time for books, which often sit in stacks on my bedroom dresser, unopened, until they're ...

December 20, 1990
Fight over Camp Pendleton's 28-mile Foothill Corridor

Camp Pendleton is Southern California's biggest and most valuable piece of undeveloped land - a 19,000-square-mile island of open space where bison and bobcats coexist with bazooka-carrying Marine Infantrymen. If the peace juggernaut ever pushes ...

February 15, 1990
Mullet gone in Chula Vista

Its 39 acres of parks, 900 boat slips, excursion dock, and restaurants have made Chula Vista’s new J Street marina a bayfront paradise. But Mike Irey and Luigi Sanfilippo say the multimillion-dollar tidelands project has ...

December 7, 1989
Reader writers: the story I wanted to write... but didn't

Sandy and a girlfriend had gone into a liquor store, robbed the clerk, They locked the clerk in a walk-in cooler. Sandy started feeling bad about the guy. She went back and let him out.

Broderick vs. Broderick – the divorce trial before the murder

The stakes in last week’s divorce trial were much higher. Betty Broderick is seeking more than $250,000 in annual alimony/child support payments from her husband, whom she has said earns upward of $1 million a year.

January 12, 1989
Hotel Del Coronado owner Leonard Friedman gives boats to Sail America

A decade of hustle and a $10 million investment may soon pay off for the local promoters of a seasick-proof ship. News stories about the “Small Waterplane, Twin Hilled” boats—Swath for short—are appearing more frequently, ...

June 30, 1988
La Playa/Kellogg. piers ordered torn down

On the bayside shore of Point Loma, directly across from Shelter Island, is a secluded and very pretty beach named La Playa/Kellogg. The beach has four private piers owned by residents whose backyards extend almost ...

Transvestite political figure Nicole Murray

When a February 4 Reader story revealed Nicole Murray's past arrests for male prostitution and told how he was advertising his services as a "transvestite counselor," Murray's 15-year reign as one of San Diego's most ...

May 19, 1988
Artist paints mural for Hotel del Coronado; it disappears

Monette Kuplec and the Hotel del Coronado bring you, “The Case of the Covered-up Coverup.” In 1973 Keplec, a La Jolla artist, donated her services to a local charity auction. The successful bidder was the ...

April 21, 1988
Robert Miles Parker, founder of SOHO, is pessimistic

Last month Robert Miles Parker learned that his pen-and-ink drawing of Belmont Park’s rickty roller coaster was the centerpiece of a slick publicity sheet promoting the controversial Belmont Park in Mission Beach. Parker, artist, writer, ...

April 9, 1987
Lux Bookstore takes doors back off its peep shows

Rick Ford has seen the future of adult peepshows, and it's a box-office disaster. While Ford's competitors in the adult bookstore business were fighting a city ordinance that requires the removal of doors from peepshow ...

April 2, 1987
Jack Orr, bad boy of San Diego politics

Jack Orr is San Diego’s most candid and outspoken political campaign consultant. The chain-smoking, coffee-gulping Orr doesn't win more elections than other local consultants, though he has had his share of successes. But his campaigns ...

August 8, 1985
Tribune reporter Robert Blair Kaiser helps Joan Kroc make news

Newspaper reporter strive for intimacy with their sources; knowing people who make the news means you might be there to cover the story when it happens. Tribune reporter Robert Blair Kaiser has managed that, and ...

June 20, 1985
On the L.A. Times San Diego County Edition

The Los Angeles Times has paid dearly to crack the San Diego newspaper market. Millions have been lavished on radio and billboard promotions of the paper's six-year-old "San Diego County Edition" and millions more spent ...

December 13, 1984
Maureen O’Connor removed from Port Commission

Proponents of downtown’s budget breaking new convention center get a big boast January 1 when Maureen O’Connor is removed from the port commission at the expiration of her four-year term. O’Connor was unfailingly skeptical of ...

December 6, 1984
Frazier Farms, Windmill Farms lose grip on specialty produce

Two years ago Frazier Farms and Windmill Farms had a tight grip on produce and natural food retailing in San Diego County. The two companies sold fresh fruits, vegetables, bulk grains, breads, vitamins and supplements, ...

December 6, 1984
Not so subtle ways of keeping blacks out of nightclubs

Players of San Diego, the Mission Valley restaurant and discotheque, opened on May 30 to much fanfare and long lines of young people eager to gain entrance. In those first hectic days, the club gained ...

July 26, 1984
Dunham Reilly wants eight-acre park for Coronado ferry landing

Dunham Reilly has little chance of saving one of Coronado’s last stretches of unobstructed bay shoreline and its view of downtown San Diego, A four-story, 198-unit condominium project is already under construction on this eleven-acre ...

July 19, 1984
University City took prefixes 450. 457, and 458 from La Jolla

La Jollans sulked twenty years ago when Pacific Telephone altered their GLencourt 4 prefixes. To satisfy the Pac Tel computer’s appetite for numbers, GLencourt 4 — the symbol of residential affluence — became the sterile ...

June 28, 1984
Chacon and Peace Supoort SD-LA "Bullet Train"

Their decision last week to endorse the controversial San Diego-to-Los Angeles “bullet train” should have been a difficult one for state Assemblymen Pete Chacon and Steve Peace. All their local legislative colleagues — Republicans and ...

May 3, 1984
I.B. Mayor Brian Billbray Distances Himself from Log Cabin Club

When Imperial Beach Mayor Brian Bilbray ran for state assembly two years ago, he received an endorsement from the twenty-five member San Diego Log Cabin Club. This group of gay Republicans found Bilbray to be ...

What to do when the Coronado bridge is paid off

The $44 million bond debt on the 14-year-old Coronado Bridge should be paid in full by late 1986. With the construction bonds retired, the 14 million drivers who annually cross the span should, in theory, ...

January 12, 1984
OB's Strand stops X-rated fare

The city council, city attorney, state courts, and a group of dedicated residents keep trying to make it impossible for Vince Miranda to show X-rated films at his Strand theater in Ocean Beach, but Miranda ...

November 10, 1983
Mission Bay overnight camping penalties upped

Vacationers and the homeless have long been spending their nights inside campers or recreational vehicles parked along Mission Bay’s shores. In doing so these civic freeloaders have been ignoring the well-placed signs that warn of ...

August 18, 1983
Joe Nicholson: Seaport Village a Walt-Disney solution

Joe Nicholson is a designer who criticizes architects and their work. “Talking about architecture and not being an architect means I won’t lose any jobs,” he jokes. The forty-three-year-old Nicholson works from a cubbyhole office ...

August 4, 1983
Mayor Callahan refuses to pay Hotel Del Coronado bill

They drive some very hard bargains in Coronado. Last year Coronado city officials and the management of the landmark Hotel de Coronado hit on a way to make money together. The hotel has wanted to ...

March 3, 1983
Winter storms affect Sail Bay

Jane Walton admits that the problem of abandoned catamarans doesn’t rank high on San Diego’s list of major concerns. It’s really not a problem, as much as it is a bother and a mystery: why ...

February 3, 1983
Adams Avenue Post, debuts

Another neighborhood newspaper has been launched, but this one won't live or die by the vagaries of the free market. The Adams Avenue Post, as the new publishing entry is called, has no competition in ...

Helicopters court danger under Coronado bridge

It’s not illegal to fly a helicopter under the Coronado Bay Bridge, but the people at Caltrans, the state transportation department, may make it so. Bob Petree and JoeReynolds fly news helicopters for channel 39 ...

October 28, 1982
O.B. coffeeshop wars between the Little Chef and Old Townhouse

Looking west from the corner of Newport Avenue and Cable Street in Ocean Beach, the hard angular marquee of the Strand Theater is the dominant landmark. The Strand has also been pilloried of late – ...

August 26, 1982
William Kellogg defends his property in front of La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

William C. Kellogg doesn’t tolerate uninvited guests at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. As managing trustee of the Kellogg family estate, Kellogg oversees the 20-acre, oceanfront resort with ninety-seven rooms, a par-three golf ...

August 12, 1982
Mission Beach's legendary Beachcomber shut

The Fox and the Weasel sipped beer on the patio of the Pennant bar last week and talked about the old days at the Beachcomber next door. They were reaching way back – to 1961, ...

April 29, 1982
Transexuals war in downtown San Diego

On the night of February 25, two San Diego policemen stumbled across what looked like a gang war being fought on downtown's lower Sixth Avenue, between Market and Island streets. Bottles were thrown, knives and ...

April 22, 1982
Don Zub wants to destroy Coronado bridge

It was the countdown to Tuesday’s Coronado city council election and candidate Don Zub wasn’t blasting his opponents — he was bitching about his supporters. “They’ll wear my buttons, come to my parties, drink my ...

November 5, 1981
But who in OB would eat KFC stuff?

Representatives of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation recently talked with Ocean Beach activist Jackie Sanders about how that community would greet proposals for a KFC drive-thru. “I hope people like their chicken well done,” Sanders ...

August 27, 1981
Jack Ford finds space in San Diego

Jack Ford, son of the former president, will soon make his home in San Diego. The 26-year-old Ford, who first visited San Diego during vacation breaks from Utah State University, where majored in forestry, says ...

May 4, 1978
Prop 13 skirmishes on eve of its passing

County assessor E.C. Williams faces two challenges on June 6: the Jarvis-Gann ballot measure (Proposition 13) and his own re-election. The odds that Williams will lose his own primary race are slim; at worst one ...

May 4, 1978
800 out of 3400 Coronado bridge crossers had passengers

Last January the state transportation department (CAL-TRANS) added the Coronado Bridge to its list of eight toll roads that give carpools a discount on crossing fees. Since then, drivers carrying two or more passengers during ...

December 1, 1977
Hare Krishnas move to Pacific Beach

Golden Arches would seem to fit in better than Hindu arches next to the driving shops on lower Grand Avenue, and Hare Krishna devotees in white and saffron robes somehow look misplaced strolling along the ...

December 1, 1977
Elite owners want to kill bike path for Sail Bay

Crescent Beach, the stretch of sand along the northwest shore of Mission Bay, doesn’t look much like a beach. Indeed, events there have instead called to mind one of those trick birthday candles, those which ...

October 27, 1977
1977 San Diego guide to hamburgers

Hamburger lovers are a narrow-minded lot. Saddled with an insatiable appetite for a daily ration of ground beef, they predictably turn to the nearest drive-thru to quiet their rumbling tummies. No matter what the time ...

October 6, 1977
Pete Wilson's aides - Otto Bos, Bob White, Larry Thomas, and others

"If Jimmy Carter had set out in 1973 not to run for president but to wage a proxy fight for control of the Anaconda Corporation, he'd have had the same people with him. Hamilton Jordan, ...

July 14, 1977
1976 San Diego guide to where to park

DOWNTOWN Free parking is available at the three extremes of the downtown area. The most accessible and most popular spaces are located on what some old hands have nicknamed “Tightwad Hill.” This area, loaded with ...

October 7, 1976
1976 San Diego guide to sailing

The local sailboat business is a study in extremes. Lessons for beginning skippers vary from $15 for 21 hours of instruction at the City’s Park and Recreation Department to $90 for six hours at Jack ...

October 7, 1976

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