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Thomas K. Arnold

Arnold wrote news and features for the Reader in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some of his early writing:

Nov. 17, 1983 Doors Opened in Past for Mayor (Hedgecock history as concert promoter)

Apr. 26, 1990 A Town Called Bob

Jan. 7, 1993 What They Didn't Tell You About Mr. San Diego

Articles by Thomas K. Arnold

Bird Rock, city by the sea

Bird Rock is the Jan Brady of coastal San Diego. To the south capers playful, silly Pacific Beach. To the north stands La Jolla, elegant and proper. And though Bird Rock is officially one of ...

San Diego's illegal marketplaces

The A Mart convenience store is located at the El Cajon Transit Center, a bustling terminal for trains and buses located at 250 South Marshall Avenue on the west side of El Cajon Valley, where ...

February 19, 2020
Kearny Mesa – beyond car dealers and Korean food

If Clairemont is San Diego’s first bedroom community, then Kearny Mesa, all 4400 acres of it, could be described as its utility room. Bounded by Interstate 805 to the west, Interstate 15 to the east, ...

January 1, 2020
San Diegans who entered death row in the last 16 years, part 2

Continued from last week’s issue… Michael Flinner — condemned to die on March 29, 2004. Flinner, a landscaper from Alpine, was sentenced to death for killing his 18-year-old fiancée in 2000 to collect insurance money. ...

December 11, 2019
San Diegans who entered death row in the last 16 years

When the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of convicted double murderer Jeffrey Young last July, the number of San Diegans on death row went down by one, to 37. Young, 44, had been ...

December 4, 2019
Best Reader stories from 1981

Postcards From Western Civilization Some years ago at Christmastime, when I was a teller at a bank downtown, I came to know Wayne Boyer, who was then an apprentice bum. I met him in the ...

November 23, 2019
Reader writers tell funny stories about dead colleague, Steve Esmedina

Esmo’s phone manner was so hugger-mugger that I could be sitting four feet away and could not make out a single word. For all I could tell, he might have been laying fifty on a pony.

September 20, 2001
Drunk on 163

Blubbo, oh Blubbo, where do I begin? You’re dead, gone, laid out rotting in a casket somewhere in the ground; and if that’s just your body, your corpse, your shell, God, I hope so, because, ...

September 20, 2001
Has Jacor,, the megamillion-dollar radio holding company, broken antitrust laws?

Has Jacor, the megamillion-dollar radio holding company that owns or controls ten San Diego stations, including KSDO, KGB, and KOGO, broken antitrust laws in its haste to gobble up the local radio market? Jacor confirms ...

May 1, 1997
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