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Monday, June 18, 2018

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...


How Does Clairemont Celebrate Christmas?

In the 1950s, P.B. was cool. Clairemont was searching for an identity. Shopping centers in residential communities were cutting-edge in the Fabulous Fifties. South Clairemont had the Quad at Burgener and Clairemont Drive. North Clairemont...

Clairemont’s First Baseball Team

By Bill Swank 60 years ago, San Diego Park & Recreation leader Chuck Hile organized and outfitted Clairemont’s first baseball team: The Clairemont Colonials. Mel Rizzo, 75, who still resides in Clairemont, was a hard-hitting catcher...