What San Diegans do in their off time

Billiards, boxing, guns, creative anachronism, cheerleading, sci fi

William "Pop" Murphy: "I carried him to the rubdown table. In a matter of seconds the paramedics were here."
  • William "Pop" Murphy: "I carried him to the rubdown table. In a matter of seconds the paramedics were here."
  • Image by Paul Stachelek

Have you noticed that good-looking people so often have nice-sounding names? I met Gina Visser, Michele Pelletier, Jack Harvey, Peter Whipple, Anthony Matchus.

Have you noticed that good-looking people so often have nice-sounding names? I met Gina Visser, Michele Pelletier, Jack Harvey, Peter Whipple, Anthony Matchus.

You against the table

"Your brain says it first; then your body reacts. You have to visualize the shot first. And if you see yourself missing the shot, you say, this doesn’t look right; it doesn’t fall right. You stand up and regroup. Because your body is not doing what your brain says. Your brain is saying, 'I’m going to make the six ball.’ Your body is saying, ‘I don’t think I will.’"

By Peter Griffin, Aug. 25, 1994 Read full article

Friday night fight crowd

Friday night fight crowd

What you really worry about

“He fought all the way up until he passed away. One of the nights he was working out. he finished hitting the bags over there, and he went over to the toilet to crap. I’m waiting for him, so after a while I go to the door and says.'Spud. come on. son. We got to get on home We got to get going.’ He says, ’Dad, I got a headache. I got an awful headache.’"

By Patrick Daugherty, July 9, 1992 Read full article

"Do you know what the most common way of killing someone in this country is? Fists."

"Do you know what the most common way of killing someone in this country is? Fists."

San Diegans who cling to their guns

"We get articles in the Union-Tribune about so-called Pitbull .38s being the most popular lethal handgun, as if the Pitbull were a specially dangerous brand-name gun. But a Pitbull is just a .38 or .44 that is more than four years old. It’s not a specific gun at all. The word actually means nothing at all but, you know, it sounds like a nasty dog that bites kids."

By Lawrence Osborne, Oct. 29, 1992 Read full article

"This armor is made to last, unlike the armor of the Middle Ages, which was made to survive one battle."

"This armor is made to last, unlike the armor of the Middle Ages, which was made to survive one battle."

We live in a pre-industrial world and we prefer it there

“We feel much more comfortable in medieval clothes. Throw on your tunic, your cloak, and your sword, and you’re all set. You feel much freer, much gayer. But it's not something that anybody can do. The first couple of times, you feel a little uneasy. But after a while, when you’re at a revel and everyone else is dressed the same way. you begin to enjoy it."

By Lawrence Osborne, Oct. 8, 1992 Read full article

Carlsbad High. “If one starts crying, you can follow it down the line.”

Carlsbad High. “If one starts crying, you can follow it down the line.”

Girls go up, girls come down

The cheerleaders of Poway, Horizon Christian, Granite Hills, Carlsbad, Eastlake, and Santa Fe Christian, watch and learn. Some schools, such as Carlsbad, send their show squad of 20 girls to camp, “show” meaning the same thing it does when applied to dogs and horses. A show squad exists for competition, not to cheer at games.

By Laura McNeal, Aug. 28, 1997 Read full article

Greg Bear: "San Diego is a good location for a science-fiction writer because you have access to people working in space flight, defense systems, and engineering."

Greg Bear: "San Diego is a good location for a science-fiction writer because you have access to people working in space flight, defense systems, and engineering."

Science fiction is a fact

“I contacted UCSD and Scripps. Eventually I wound up with a couple of oceanographers in a lab at Scripps, where all the equipment was similar to what you’d find in a microbiology laboratory. I told them I was a science-fiction writer;one of the guys looked at me with this gleam in his eye and said, ‘Give me a few days and I could figure out a way to do that....’"

By Gordon Smith, Feb. 19, 1987 Read full article

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