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Rick Geist

Articles by Rick Geist

Rick Geist and the Reader

Geist wrote for the Reader in the late 1980s and returned to write a feature story in 2016. Editor's picks of stories Geist wrote for the Reader: The San Diego-San Ysidro trolley, late at night ...

September 14, 2019
Ode to O.B.'s Jim “Mouse” Robb

Early on a foggy morning in the mid 1950s, Jim “Mouse” Robb stopped by the Ocean Beach lifeguard station. The men on duty were his friends. Until the year before, he had worked beside them ...

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.

Sea urchin blackouts are gone at Point Loma, but now Japanese want them

Each urchin is worth about 75 cents to the divers, and by the time it reaches a sushi bar in San Diego, the five pads of sex organ from a single urchin are worth 15 to 20 dollars.

March 9, 1989
Frost Hardwood does its lumber number

Al Frost was a shrewd businessman. By specializing in hardwoods with their myriad uses, the company has avoided the up and down cycles of the construction and softwood lumber businesses.

November 17, 1988
Firemen on Southeast San Diego's Engine 12

Firefighters in this city have a 100% injury rate. That means everyone gets hurt sometime. Their profession is more dangerous than coal mining, which is more dangerous than being a cop. Maybe this is part of the appeal.

October 22, 1987
The San Diego-San Ysidro trolley, late at night

On the San Diego Trolley, the decision to buy a ticket or not is up to you. It's called the honor system. When I first heard about the trolley in 1981, the implications of honor ...

June 25, 1987
San Diego's New Hopewent down with all hands. Except one.

For an instant, Benny heard them again, those last shouts. He saw the sea leaping. He’d survived. Benny sat on the straight-backed chair under the single light at his desk. The shotgun stared at him, ...

March 19, 1987
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