Floyd Smith shares P.B. Point Surfing History

When Christopher Columbus invaded the Western Hemisphere, the natives were not pleased to greet him as previously reported. Was it Machiavelli or Winston Churchill... or Nazi war criminal Hermann Göring who said, "History is...

Captain Schlack’s One-Man War with the “Surf Riders”

In 1953, in response to fervent anti-Communist feelings that swept the nation, the Cincinnati Reds baseball club officially changed its name to the Redlegs. Porkopolis fans would have to wait until 1959 to call their team the Reds again. Later that...


2019 Who’s Who in Clairemont

"Who's Who in Clairemont" has a modest history. In 2015, a call for nominations resulted in... nothing. "Squaremont" was still a relatively new column at that time. It had not yet captured a base of...

Christmas Traditions in Clairemont

In the 1950s, Clairemont was facetiously known as "wage monkey heaven." The term might seem indelicate to readers with contemporary sensitivities and hefty mortgages, but Clairemont was originally a place where a working stiff...


Bill Swank Wins Two San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards

A big shout out and congratulations to “Squaremont” Columnist and contributor Bill Swank on his two awards from the San Diego Press Club at the 45th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. Swank, the local baseball...

Clairemont Hilltoppers Coach Mike Van Cleave Receives First National Chevy Cares Award

To quote the great Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella, "You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too." This is...


Gala Hollywood Premier of the Clairemont Theatre

It took a very long time for "moving picture shows" to find a niche in the Clairemont cultural scene. The community was "thrilled in anticipation of the grand opening of the Clairemont Theatre" scheduled...

The Mobile Homeless in Clairemont

They are known as "the mobile homeless" and are variously called campers, vehicular housed, vehicle residents and worse. Neil Donovan, former executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, noted, "They are still hanging on...


Is Morena Boulevard a “Stroad” or a “Reet”

Locals were surprised last year when “Historic 101 Route” signs appeared on Morena Boulevard. Few knew that from 1926 until 1933, Morena was a vital link in the north-south highway between San Diego and...

Mysterious 8888 Balboa Avenue

It is known as "The Washington pizza index." The bigger the government crisis, the more after-hours Domino's pizza deliveries that are made to top-level government offices. I was invited on a tour at 8888 Balboa...