Phyllis Orrick

Orrick, one of founding members of the Baltimore City Paper, visited San Diego in the latter 1990s to write feature stories.

Articles by Phyllis Orrick

Best Reader stories from 1996

San Diego mafia, Fotomat, Afghans, freeway driving, Korean War, Black's Beach, dolphins kill tuna fishing, Olaf Wieghorst, pigeon racing, diary of orange grove

Mafia in San Diego before World War II (first in series of six stories) “The raids, all made with search warrants, started soon after noon and were not completed until early evening. All of the ...

Best Reader stories from 1995

Prince of Peace Abbey, Perry Mason, Crawdaddy's daddy, Pat Welsh, Asian gangs, Eckankar, SEALS spy for Koch, Kate Sessions, Carlsbad flower fields

I've got Perry Mason on board! In early 1960, the man who created Perry Mason was introduced to an Imperial Beach resident named Francisco Muñoz. Erle Stanley Gardner had many friends, and he particularly liked ...

Phyllis Orrick and the Reader

U.S.Grant, Jr., Marguerite Henry, James Meredith, nuclear Coronado,

Orrick, one of founding members of the Baltimore City Paper, visited San Diego in the latter 1990s to write feature stories. Excerpts from stories Orrick wrote for the Reader: San Diego's least-remembered great man – ...

San Diego's least-remembered great man – U.S. Grant Jr.

Second son and namesake of the warrior president U. S. Grant.

Buck Grant was a man of substantial means in 1893 (thanks, in large part, to that $1 million dowry from his senator father-in-law). He bought a 25-room mansion at Eighth Avenue and Ash Street.

Jeff's docs at Camp Pendleton find he's better without his epilepsy meds

After his fall, Jeff's brain showed to be normal

'September 12 of 1993, when I collapsed at the bowling alley, the Vista Entertainment Center, that was the starting point," Jeff Olsen says. What started on that day was a new life for Olsen, who ...

North Island key element in the Navy's nuclear fleet

That special glow

The Navy's massive nuclear homeport project on North Island has come down to two state hazardous-waste permits that are pending before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. One permit was set to go into ...

Misty of Chincoteague author ends up in Rancho Santa Fe

Not a full interview

When Marguerite Henry died last month at the age of 95, a relationship that began for me more than 35 years ago came to a premature end. Henry and I met for the first and ...

James Meredith's Black Boys' and Men's Library School lands in San Diego

Enrollees "from ages 1 to 100" are welcome

Rosalie Martin knows the vicissitudes of raising black boys, having seen two sons through college and graduate school and into corporate careers and now with a grandson in her care. So when her old friend ...

La Jolla's Diversa gets to mine Yellowstone

Germ rush

When Diversa Corporation, a biotech company based in La Jolla, signed the first commercial prospecting agreement in a national park four months ago, Vice President Al Gore applauded it as a landmark alliance between the ...

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