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San Diego voyages, 1987-1994

Deep hike with Jerry Schad, San Dieguito River, road trips from San Diego, El Cajon Mountain ruins friendship

Read more voyages in the Reader: bike ride to Milwaukee aborted, hitching with CBers, quest for San Diego River source, Dad and I in La Paz, who rides the Greyhound, scary sail from Newport Beach, ...

A look back at major league sports in San Diego

Stan Humphries' brain, Chargers vets, Nick Canepa’s “Sez Me” column

Why I Hate Football Working bars in New York, I had to keep the nightstick ready during Giants' games. I pried sports fans apart, called cops and ambulances. In Coronado years later, tending bar, a ...

The food chain

Fish farms, San Diego perfect for termites, feeding grease to cows, ostriches north of Escondido, duck hunt near Chocolate Mountains

And on This Farm They Had Some Fish It can get wet out there in the desert, especially when you're raising tons of fish. Like most people involved in aquaculture, Engler’s interest in the biological ...

C. Arnholt Smith, Mr. San Diego

He co-writes two cover stories for Reader, plus stories on Joe Brennan, San Diego's harbormaster and San Luis Rey Downs; Don Bauder explains the scams

Mr. San Diego: Born with the Century And Solar Aircraft — there’s another institution that we made. And that damn Herb Kunzel. He was president of Solar at the end, and he would eventually be ...

San Diego, war town

SEALS in Afghanistan, debate over M-16, SEALS in Iraq, Bob Kerrey and Ka-Bars, Rolling Stone

More Treacherous Than Vietnam "Several weeks ago, there was a story about a SEAL that supposedly fell out of a helicopter. His name was Neil Roberts. The helicopter took a few hits. He flipped out ...

Beach life: 1991-1996

San Clemente Island, Filipinos on the IB Pier, Chinese junk rescued from Glorietta Bay, dolphins as villains, Coronado lifeguards

Pier Group "They set seven to eight tiny hooks on a very fine line, put a small weight at the end, and tie tiny feathers to each hook. No bait. You drop the line in ...

Manual labor

Brawley cattle, La Jolla lobsters, San Diego tugs, circus workers, sea urchin divers, downtown highrise construction, shopping cart retrieval, truck driving

Sweet, Wet, Ugly, and Tough Culbertson fished out of La Jolla for years. “I was born in La Jolla; that was my home. I rented a two-bedroom house there for $75 a month. I fished ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

Hike from the San Diego River source, La Paz with Dad, lost at sea off Mission Bay, Pacific Crest Trail, El Camino Real

Voyages, 1975-1986

Read more voyages in the Reader: trek with trail wizard Jerry Schad, San Dieguito River hike from Volcan Mountain to Del Mar, bike ride from San Diego to Minnesota, Amtrak from Oakland to New Orleans, ...

The Few. The Proud. All over San Diego.

Marine boot camp then and now, Chocolate Mountains ordinance, Camp Pendleton, Iraq War leftovers, Marines' Cobra Whiskey, Pendleton buffalos

The Boot For 30 minutes he puts me through the old tortures — Chinese Thinking Position, Elbows and Toes, The Chair — and ones of his own invention. Hanging from the top of a bunk-frame ...

Ring of fire

The cost of accidental fire, Bowles fire, Tecate fire, El Cajon Blvd. arson, firebug detectives, Cedar Fire holdouts and cost of choppers, post-fire wildflowers

Who gets burned? Although accidentally starting a fire is a misdemeanor violation of the state health and safety code (section 13001 — "causing a fire" — maximum penalty $500 and one year in jail), no ...

How I live my life

Life on San Diego bungalow court, do we really want to buy a house, I'm fat, so what, those returning gifts at Horton Plaza after Christmas, the orphans of San Diego shopping malls

Houses and Homes He was on the verge of asking her to marry him, because she loved him more than anyone. He'd admitted that he was hooked on her loving, and then had extended the ...

San Diego's drug past

Meth, sherm, crack, heroin, ecstasy, glue, paint ... you name it

Your Mind Might Think It's Flyin' Stories from the Meth Capital “Most of the time when I was doing meth, we were always eating fast food, because you don’t want to cook. Your kitchen’s always ...

San Diego food chronicles

Karen Krasne's desserts, Mira Mesa's Donut Touch, and life of a banana at Apple Tree Market

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Donuts Crullers require very hot water in the mixing, 120 degrees. The mix is sensitive, and many shops do not carry these miniature snow tires. But Ben prides ...

Music of the 1970s

Tom Shaw, Tom Waits, San Diego reggae and disco, the Penetrators

What do Leroy Smart, Haile Selassie and Dave Allard Have In Common? Allard moved to Rainer's, on Broadway in downtown San Diego, and before long he created a store within the store. Mr. Ratncr had ...

San Diego gangs: Lomas, Red Steps, Crips, Oriental Killer Boys

Plus Danny Dean Wilson of North County, Vicente, Huero, and a meditation at Holy Cross Cemetery by Junior Garcia

Speedy Claims Lomas, the Law Claims Speedy “Me and my homeboys were hanging around the hood [neighborhood] when some of my homegirls came up and told us they wanted to jump out [the gang ritual ...

All about El Cajon's Lester Bangs

El Cajon classmates Robert Houghton, Roger Anderson, Andrew Hamlin on Lester; rock writer Richard Meltzer and fellow Creem writer on Lester; Altamont with Lester

My high school days with Lester Bangs Lest anyone think that I have a few bones to pick myself, let me make clear that I wish neither to trash Lester’s personal or literary reputation nor ...

A history of San Diego institutions: theaters and museums

The Rep, the Timken, MoPA, OMA, the Historical Society, Lamb's Players, and the Balboa Theatre

The Archive “During the war, film was rationed and there were many prohibitions placed on photographers for security reasons, so a general lack of photographic material from that time is to be expected. That’s when ...

Black in San Diego

Blacks imagine they are white, growing up Negro in San Diego, San Diego black barbers, 19th century San Diego for blacks, Black Power in San Diego

A Whole Different Story If I'd Been White "When I first lived on Logan, it was nice and then it turned bad. I lived right on the corner, and the cars would zoom on by, ...

Memorializing the Vietnam War

Refugees arrive at Pendleton, San Diegan deserts to Stockholm, Agent Orange victim, Brute Krulak on early war, Hilltop High grad meets classmate in war, Marine starts at MCRD, gets wounded in war

Camp without Joy Vietnamese have been brought to Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton that sent Marines to Danang in the first place, just 10 years ago. With little imagination, you could think it's sort of ...

Original ideas

Houses next to San Diego freeways, how homeless keep warm at night, Reader writer goes to Coronado prom, alien workers at Encinitas Home Depot, homeless talk about Mom, roadside memorials

Grrrrrrrr Ennis says she enjoys where she lives and doesn't think about the freeway raging 50 yards from her front door. "My general thought about this neighborhood is I really like it because we do ...

Sports celebs

San Diego's own: Florence Chadwick, Ted Williams, Archie Moore, Maureen Connolly, Bobby Riggs,Pancho Segura, SEALS spy for Koch, and a peek inside Padres' lockers

For more celebrities, click here. For author celebrities, click here. For thinker and artist celebrities, click here. For public figure and fraud celebrities, click here. Against the current Florence Chadwick in and out of the ...

San Diego scandals are nothing new

J. David, Dick Silberman, Larry Luchino, John Moores, David Malcolm

Assault on Montserrat In hot pursuit of the J. David Dominelli story, San Diego reporters ran into crafty cabdrivers, ferocious dogs, paper-thin walls, and — worst of all — each other. By Thomas K. Arnold, ...

So Seventies

Pt. Loma's Body Shop. Strawberry Alarm Clock, encounter groups, ride-sharing, communes on 55th and in Spring Valley

Body Shop Nude dancers in Loma Portal. The place was crowded and smoky. As Heidi started to dance, wearing only a belt of gold coins low on her hips, some of the men at the ...

Poised to burst into flame

1970 Palomar fire, firefighters who commit arson, 2002 Pines fire, 2003 Cedar Fire, 2004 Campo fire, deadly Hauser Canyon fire

Red Sky The 1970 Palomar Mountain Fire. In the chaparral-covered hills east of San Diego, Saturday, September 26, dawned a burnt orange. At 6:15 that morning, the first day of deer-hunting season, two hunters reported ...

What it's like to come to America

Guatemalan gardeners, San Diego's French ex-pats, Sudanese Lost Boys in Coronado, African entrepreneurs in central San Diego,

Guatemalan Dreams of American Green Every day at 7:00 a.m., Mateo (names in this article have been changed to protect the immigrants) wakes up next to Maria, his longtime girlfriend. Most mornings, he hops out ...

Tacos

Good-mood food

Asada days and adobada nights — A little taste of Loreto in San Diego. by Mary Beth Abate Tacos where you least expect them — Looking beyond standard tacolandia. By Ed Bedford Taco mecca — ...

Best of Blog World, 2005

Rachel Pink, Manhattan; Allen Boudreaux, New Orleans; Sam, Mississippi; Elisabeth La CoQuette, Paris; Landismom, New Jersey; Phil Corless, Idaho

Rachel Pink in Manhattan My blog, Rachelpink Rides the Bus, started as a lark over a long weekend. At first it was an exercise in self-restraint. I thought I was talking too much, talking all ...

The best of What the Chef Eats

Vodka penne from Coronado's Rhinoceros, spicy chicken from Fifth and Hawthorn, tortilla soup from Johnny Mac's, jambalaya from Jamroc, orrecchiette from Arrividerci, cilantro tuna from Onami

Penne a la Vodka We created this recipe here in the restaurant a long time ago and it is our most popular dish. We get calls from people who want this recipe to serve at ...

How we handled 9/11

9/11 perps party in San Diego, local draft-age men not ready to fight, Bin-Laden brother in San Diego, Al Qaeda effect on travel, San Diego Muslims and non-Muslims on 9/11

Terror party The Sunday People, a London tabloid, is out with what it says is a true account of the local strip-club revels of Khalid al-Midhar, Nawaf Alhamzi, and Hani Hanjour, the three terrorist hijackers ...

Believers

PC Christmas at the San Diego IRS, Salvation Army, the Resolved in Pacific Beach, Temple Beth Shalom, Chula Vista, Vajrarupini Buddhists on Bankers Hill, Bound4Life, Ramona

"We want to go where people are. We don't expect people to come to us. In [Pacific Beach], people are at the bars, parties, and drinking beer, so this is where we go."

Animal friends, domesticated

The cost of dogs, life with cats, poodles are not dogs, what chickens teach, D., the duck, secretive cockfighting in North County

Love Bites Sam and I drive back to the dog room in El Cajon. By now, Sam has racked up a total bill (vets, food, clothes, general destruction, trainer, vaccination shots, equipment) in excess of ...

The Baja that you never knew

Attempt to escape bribe, wax museum, missing poet, motorcycles for common man, an angry PANista

Big Bite Gary Sehnert works as the United States representative and distributor for several wineries in the Guadalupe Valley ten miles inland from Ensenada. Though he operates from his home in Little Italy, his job ...

Authors speak

Truman Capote letters, Jack Kerouac journals, Amy Lowell poems, Swimming with Scapulars

Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote "Why did Capote dislike Gore Vidal so much?" "He didn't dislike Vidal so much. He didn't hate Vidal the way Vidal hated him. They rubbed each ...

San Diego's natural side

Hilliker's Egg Ranch in Lakeside, Julian apple survivors, David Faulkner on West Nile, Bear Valley ostriches, how to kill squirrels, how to eat cactus and other wild food

In Lakeside, Chickens Make Good Neighbors You can't use your nose to find the ranch because the sharp ammonia odor you may associate with chicken farms is absent. Harold Hilliker, second-generation owner of Hilliker's Egg ...

Remember the San Diego Union-Tribune?

Histories of the Copley family, ailments of Helen and David Copley, the Palestinian Tom Gores who bought the U-T, end of the Neil Morgan era, new U-T headquarters downtown

All in the Family This story begins in 1951, with a brief liaison between Margaret Helen Kinney and John Hunt. She was a stenographer and he was a clerk at Borden dairy company in Cedar ...

Inside East County

Developers eye sleepy Descanso, Volcan Mountain logged, Lakeside Rodeo's cowboys, San Vincente fish shocked, Boulder Creek water fight, Cameron Corners for sale

Developers Eye Sleepy Descanso It's only 35 or 40 minutes from downtown San Diego to the junction of Interstate 8 and State Route 79. And just a couple of minutes north of there lies the ...

North County tales

Dangerous Wildcat Canyon, creamy Fallbrook avocados, Torrey Pines Rd. bridge, west Ramona's grasslands, how is the Coaster doing?

Grisly Grinders in Wildcat Canyon Goodwin acknowledges that Wildcat Canyon has developed a reputation for being a dangerous drive and offers this explanation. "It's a two-lane roadway, it's very windy, it's up and down. Maybe ...

Editor's choice: 2002-2004

San Diegans talk about their tans, smuggled aliens who die in crossing, Balboa Ave. dragsters, James Hartline's campaign against gay baths, our foreign cabbies

I'd Never Marry a Pale Girl On a sunny afternoon in June, Mark Davis is peeling off the top of his wetsuit after taking a swim at La Jolla Shores. Davis, 23, just returned to ...

San Diego's music makers and shakers

Sometimes organic, sometimes orchestrated

This city is brutal — Booking = Gambling. By Dryw Keltz You could learn to be a rock star — From seminars to jazz camps to rock-n-roll schools. By Dave Good Haydeé Jiménez was born ...

Unusual Baja

Tijuana monuments, the changes in the past 20 years, sewage problems, cadaver dissection, the flower sellers of Revolucion, Tecate train station

Tijuana Dream Tracker "Just like Florence, just like Rome, Tijuana, too, has its monuments." Professor Julio Rodríguez steers his blue Ford through Zona Rio, gesturing at one statue after another. "And what are monuments? What ...

To be African American

Black nostalgia market, Black Power history, black style, Afro puffs

Generations My mother was a jazz fan. Her mother, Florence Hawkins, sang onstage (her signature piece was "My Man Bill"), and her showgirl aunt, Caroline Snowden, was a name star in the earliest moments of ...

Hi-Tech

San Diego hackers, Craig Venter, amputees feel missing limbs, UCSD body hacking, Arduino (the tinkerer's friend), app for finding gun carriers

H is for Hacker Like many hackers, David Nakamura Hulton goes by more than one name. His other one, his handle, is h1kari. Some people say you shouldn’t ask a hacker what his handle means. ...

If everybody had an ocean

Girl surfers, San Diego's first surfers, New York surfers, UCSD surf camp, obsessive surfers

Surfer Girls Female wave-addiction pioneers. Some women have always surfed. Three hundred years ago, Hawaiians of both sexes rode the waves, and when the sport moved beyond the islands, when the Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku in ...

2016 San Diego Guide to the Arts

Saving our souls

Relevancy for the less-than-rabid — Ian Pike The Cali-Baja art scene — Chad Deal Art spaces that cultivate communities — Barbarella Fokos Beyond selfie curation — Deirdre Lickona The theater scene has rhythms — Jeff ...

I like to be in America

Indian motel owner, Vietnamese boat-person novelist, SDSU devout Moslem, those who leave water for migrants in the canyons

The Guest is Like God One Sunday in November 1989, Barry Lall, an Indian-American doctor, was driving over the Coronado Bridge with his wife Hema, their four-year-old son Arjun, Lall's father and mother, and a ...

To be Mexican

Sex slaves in North County, Tijuana bodybuilders, cool TJ spots, Club Campestre abduction, violence uptick, a love letter to Tijuana

Reina's Story North County's sex slaves. In April 2001, 15-year-old Reina was leaving her home in Tenancingo, a high-plateau town west of Mexico City. She was happier than she’d been in a while, traveling north ...

Home, sweet home

Del Dios highway custom home, living with my son, San Diego County coastal lots left, four years after Cedar fire, La Jolla liberal in Clairemont

Site 151’s Four Million Dollar Mansion Wealth has nothing to do with luck. Ralph Genovese doesn't use the word "mansion" to describe the three dwellings he will construct on a mountaintop in Rancho Santa Fe. ...

Sports

Cajon Speedway, B-ball at PB Rec Center, NFL tragedies, Lakeside's Jarrod Boswell, 1969 Padres look back, SDSU football scandal

Crash, Crash, Crash A handsome rookie roars around Cajon Speedway. Like two dancers executing half a pirouette, the two 3000-pound late-model Sportsman-class stock cars spun out side by side, squealing their tires, as their rear ...

The violent life

Fallbrook teacher poisons daughter, skateboarder Neil Heddings and his son, stabbing of Voice & Viewpoint editor, women killing mates, abortionist Bertha Bugarin hid body

The Death of Judy Huscher The body lies in a position of repose, a 12-year-old girl in pajamas, on her bed, in Fallbrook, California. Her blue eyes, though open, see nothing, and for ten more ...

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