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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Haunted Houses in Bay Park?

Boo! It's Halloween. By Bill Swank Pumpkins, goblins, witches, you know the drill.  Let's do, "The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash." I don't like chainsaw, zombie, vampire, extraterrestrial, alien, ghost, werewolf, axe murder, walking dead, serial...

It’s Back to School in Clairemont

A history lesson on our local school names How many are old enough to remember that Clairemont High School was originally supposed to be James Madison High School? Angry residents demanded the school be named...


Clairemont Family Day

By Bill Swank In August 1956, Carole Gribbons McDowell was runner-up in the first Miss Clairemont contest held during the Flowers 'N Fun Fair at the Clairemont Community Center. When interviewed at the time for...

Clairemont “Fourth of July Parade called Best in City”

The headline of the July 8, 1962 Clairemont issue of The Sentinel proudly proclaimed, "Fourth of July Parade called Best in City." The first sentence of the front page article explained the headline. "The only Fourth of...


The Worst Player on the Worst Basketball Team in Indiana

By Bill Swank In 1949, the Kewpies were the worst basketball team in the entire state of Indiana. I was an eight-year-old third grader when my family moved to Columbia City, Indiana. I'd never played basketball...

CLAIREMONT MOTHER CONFESSES, “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNMARRIED BEAUTY.”

CLAIREMONT MOTHER CONFESSES, "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNMARRIED BEAUTY."   When 23-year-old Frances Cloyd was crowned Mrs. America in 1949, she confessed, "There is no such thing as an unmarried beauty. It's probably...


To all the fools in Clairemont, Happy April!

Did you know the east side of Morena Boulevard has been rezoned for a trailer park from Balboa to Milton? DeFalco’s will build a new grocery store at the bottom of Clairemont Drive. The...

Squaremont: Toasting an Old Friend

Have you ever received a St. Patrick's Day greeting card wishing you the luck of the Irish? Grinning Leprechauns, rainbows, four-leaf clovers and a pot of gold... Historically, the luck of the Irish meant bad...


Swank’s Take on Valentine’s Day

How many remember this verse from Janice Ian’s poignant recording, “At Seventeen?” "To those of us who knew the pain/Of Valentines that never came…" I remember putting Valentine cards into pink and red heart-covered boxes we...

Clairemont, 1954

Optimism on New Year’s Eve is a time-honored tradition. Optimism and opportunity are vital elements of our American dream and folklore. Martin Ridge was my history professor at San Diego State College. In 1949, Ridge and...