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Friday, October 20, 2017

Clairemont’s Greatest Pickup Bar

Middle-aged and overweight, Shelley Winters, a blonde bombshell in her prime, was asked her opinion of pornography and famously answered; "I think nudity on the stage is disgusting, shameful and unpatriotic. But, if I...

A Clairemont Probation Officer Reflects on the past…

2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus the Obscure understood that the world is in a constant state of change. Almost fifty years ago, as an obscure probation officer supervising a caseload of obscure juvenile...


What do Clairemont Bike Lanes and Climate Control have in Common?

Our political landscape is in a constant state of upheaval. The Paris Climate Accord was a hot topic last month, but yesterday’s news quickly grows stale as the citizenry get bludgeoned by the latest...

Charles Cass: Bay Park’s Fearless G-Man

During the Roaring Twenties, Chicago had Eliot Ness and his "Untouchables."  San Diego had Charles Cass and his "Drys." They were not as dull as the name implies. The National Prohibition Act, known as the Volstead...


21st Annual Clairemont Garden Tour

"I have such wonderful memories of Jim and Lise's gardens.  I remember the first time I visited, as I drove down the street, wondering which house I was going to visit, I saw the...

Clairemont Little League Jock-and-Cup Stories

In the 1960s, my neighbor's 10-year-old son, Joey Schickler, was a catcher for one of the Balboa Little League teams. He was a nice kid, but not much of a ballplayer. His younger brother,...


Clairemont’s Long Forgotten Little League Ballfields

Although Jim Bouton won 21 games for the 1963 New York Yankees, he is better known as the controversial author of the tell-all baseball classic, Ball Four. John Thorn, the official historian for Major League...

Heavenly Views from Clairemont

If you have a predilection for adventure and a full tank of gas, you should know the "Joyride Guru." Jack Brandais is an old friend of mine. His "Weekend Driver" column has appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune for 17 years. He...


First Kiss – A Valentine Story

Who can forget their first kiss? But, what if you never had a first kiss? This is a true story. I know it's true, because it didn't happen to me. In 1951, I was captain of...

The tradition continues…

Six people were honored in the first 2016 edition of "Who's Who in Clairemont." The criteria was simple (and tongue-in-cheek): live in Clairemont and send an e-mail to this column. In 2015, only five...