Sue Garson

Sue Garson

In Sue Garson's early life in NYC she was surrounded by walls of books, art, and the fiery sounds of heated political dialogue. With those influences as muse, she won essay contests, joined the staff of her high school newspaper, and had letters published in The Village Voice.

Along with her young family, she migrated to San Diego in 1972. Within a few years she was writing features and reviews on a steady basis for various local publications. Included were the Reader, La Jolla Light, Union-Tribune, and the Los Angles Times, as well as nationally in The Humanist and Present Tense. Some of her work was reprinted.

Her adventuresome spirit led her to explore six continents where she stumbled upon stories in the former USSR during the Chernobyl explosion. She was an accidental tourist in Tunis during the first Arab League Conference, and she marched along with the Madres in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. She interviewed such notables as author Elie Wiesel, philosopher/comic Mort Sahl, film director Paul Mazursky, and Argentina's foreign minister, Hector Timerman.

She currently harvests organic fruit and vegetables in her San Diego garden, cooks spicy curries, and is the nontraditional matriarch of a four-generation family.

Articles by Sue Garson

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.

Tunaville Times

The Portuguese fishing families of Point Loma

San Diego’s tuna fleet then numbered 200 and accounted for eighty percent of the world’s catch. Nearly half the vessels were owned by Portuguese dynasties that had been living in Point Loma for several generations.

Life is a Trial

With the courtroom crowd watching the Cara Knott murder case

By the time the defense rested its case on February 8, the mood in the hallway had become more intimate. People exchanged business cards and passed out breath mints, and raffle tickets were sold for the Cara Knott Foundation

Truck stop story

The parking lot at Rosecrans, Taylor, and Pacific Highway - a conversation with long-haul drivers

Hey, Foxy Jaws, where’s a flop stop? We be makin’ three tracks in the sand an' we gotta get offa the licorice stick.” When a dozen CBers tell Daddy Longlegs where to park, No Show’s ...

The Big Kitchen Crowd

There's more than meals on Judy Forman's menu

Among the famous and the celebrated who have turned up there are Pete Seeger. Quentin Crisp, Holly Near, David Ogden Stiers, and locals Russ T. Nailz and Larry Himmel.

Just Smile and Say Cat Food

Think you're ready for the big bucks and bright lights of TV commercials? Go see J.P.

When Janice Patterson cruises San Diego boulevards dressed in her blue fox jacket, she notices faces. If she sees a face she likes, her bejeweled fingers signal the other driver to roll down a window. ...

The Ultimate Fun Hog Has Bailed

On the passing of Seth Johnson

This year there have been half a dozen wakes at Windansea, locals say, for guys who bailed before the big four-oh. More than a hundred mourners gathered at the one for Seth Johnson, on a ...

Their Kind of Town

It's only about an hour's drive from downtown San Diego to Dogpatch, U.S.A. But once there, you're about a hundred years from anywhere.

“It became Dogpatch in 1956 or 1957. The owner at that time had about 400 poodles out in the back. It looked like a patch of dogs, so she changed the name from Canyon City Cafe to Dogpatch.”

By Bingo Possessed

Sycuan Indians invite you to Harbison Canyon

There’s a tension in the bus as it draws nearer to California Gold. Linda takes the bus microphone and further stimulates the crowd. “Is everyone feelin’ lucky tonight?” she yells. “Yes!” they yell back.

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