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Friday, October 20, 2017

75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Robert Garcia (97) and Stuart Hedley (95) are a couple of old salts who, for over 45 years, have lived a few blocks from each other in North Clairemont. A few days before Thanksgiving,...

Frye Wings

  The Greek philosopher Plato noted, "The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards..." Hindus believe that wings symbolize freedom. In Pre-Columbian cultures, wings represented flight from one world to another. Wings are the logo...


Dorothy Carroll, The Jacaranda Lady

By Bill Swank Kate Sessions, Mother of Balboa Park, was the Johnny Appleseed of Jacarandas in Southern California.  Over the years, other women earned the title and San Diego's current Johnny Appleseed of Jacarandas is...

Cruisin’ with the Bay Park Boys

By Bill Swank An old-timer asked the millennial, "What's a fender?" The kid answered, "A guitar." The Bay Park Boys aren't a rock band, but they still rock. They rhapsodize about moons and spinners, flatheads and rocker...


Old Aches and Pains

by Bill Swank My father was from the Southside of Chicago. His favorite baseball player was Luke Appling who frustrated the penurious Comiskey family by hitting foul balls into the stands. The team determined Appling...

What does America mean to you?

by Bill Swank Kay Chau and Tek Heng were neighbors in Cambodia. Kay arrived in San Diego as a refugee in 1979. Tek went to Seattle. Through their families, they got together, married and, in...


100 Things Padre Fans Should Know

by Bill Swank   The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played next month at Petco Park. Brown robes are traditionally worn by Franciscan Friars. When the 1969 San Diego Padres debuted in beige uniforms...

Tecolte Canyon Part 2

By Bill Swank The euphemism "landfill" entered our language in 1916, but its usage was not popularized until the late 1940s. In 1957, the City of San Diego planned to turn Tecolote Canyon into a...


Tecolote Canyon – Part 1

By Bill Swank The Kumeyaay people lived at the mouth of Tecolote Canyon for over 2,500 years. The name Tecolote Canyon appeared in 1845 on the first pueblo map of San Diego. By 1872, the San...

How did Clairemont streets get their names?

By Bill Swank In my January 2016 column, I mistakenly wrote that Burgener Boulevard was named after former U.S. Representative Clair Burgener. Thanks to eagle-eyed readers Adam Chimowicz and Jim Richardson, who each caught the...