More of most original Reader stories from early 90s

A confab of singles advisors, deepest Africa, and frying eggs on Phoenix sidewalk

  • Image by Doug Allen

Some of them are walking dogs — small, easily cooled dogs without a lot of hair.

Some of them are walking dogs — small, easily cooled dogs without a lot of hair.

Phoenix without apologies

The heat is horrible — that’s why we went there, to find out, first hand, why half of Phoenix seems to descend upon San Diego in the summertime. But Phoenicians can cope, and so can you. For the latest refinements in climate control, for the leading edge of artificial environments, come to Phoenix, where they’re all ready to colonize the hot side of Venus.

By Margot Sheehan and Mary Lang, Aug. 29, 1991 Read full article

Only the lonely

"First of all, wait until the menu comes to the table to order if you're the host. Know the menu, have an idea what's good so you can say, 'This is very nice.' Your guest may be a little shy to order something expensive so you say, 'The oysters are great here. I had them the other day.' You leave it open to them to order what they want. If they want to drink, you say, 'Would you like a drink?'"

By Patrick Daugherty, May 23, 1991 Read full article

Camel market, Agadez, Niger

Camel market, Agadez, Niger

It was really quite hallucinogenic, somehow

There was his marriage (to his second wife) in a traditional tribal ceremony in which Masai elders realistically spat out honey beer all over his bride. There was the time Wheeler escaped from a charging buffalo by leaping into a tree, only to watch helplessly as the animal broke the back of one companion and then tried again and again to drive his horns into the man.

By Jeannette DeWyze, May 9, 1991 Read full article

Lakey instructing Ray Charles

Lakey instructing Ray Charles

Hyper-real

Artist Andy Lakey, you've seen him on TV. His original paintings can be found in collections including Ray Charles, President Carter, Lee Meriweather, Peter Jennings, the Vatican Art Collection, and museums throughout the world. He is called the most innovative artist of our time and willing to trade original paintings for gold, land, or items of value including cash.

By Mani Mir, Apr. 25, 1991 Read full article

Judge Laura Hammes: “I will listen to the doctor’s testimony, I will read reports in your case, I will listen to what you have to say."

Judge Laura Hammes: “I will listen to the doctor’s testimony, I will read reports in your case, I will listen to what you have to say."

They're coming to take me away, oh no!

“I am not sure. I know my thinking is not as clear as it used to be, Your Honor. And it seems like maybe the doctor right now has doses a little bit high, but I will continue taking my medication, because life is very precious and, you know, I don’t have 35 years left on this earth. I want to get a job. I want to work. I have two years of college. There is a lot of free time when you are on disability and it’s no fun."

By Judith Moore, Aug. 15, 1991 Read full article

Sammy Santos, standing, left. One of the bullets pierced Santos’s heart and lung.

Sammy Santos, standing, left. One of the bullets pierced Santos’s heart and lung.

The most dangerous part of San Diego

Getaways are made easier by the abundance of freeways and public transportation in the area. The San Diego Trolley, for example, snakes down 12th Avenue to Imperial as it picks up passengers on its frequent trips to the border. Four major freeways — interstates 5 and 15 and highways 94 and 163 — run into or alongside the rectangle. “People can get in and out of this area very easily.”

By Paul Krueger, May 2, 1991 Read full article

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