Off the beaten path

Early online chatters, UFO seers, TJ AIDS activists, Makeda Cheatom, women bodybuilders, homeschoolers

“Reggae Fever” is sponsored by the Prophet, hosted by Cheatom, and aired Sundays on XHRM radio.
  • “Reggae Fever” is sponsored by the Prophet, hosted by Cheatom, and aired Sundays on XHRM radio.
  • Image by Robert Burroughs

"I read someplace that Timothy Leary believes computers are more addictive than heroin.”

"I read someplace that Timothy Leary believes computers are more addictive than heroin.”

Members of the Keyboard

Nash and I and some 3000 other people subscribe ($8 per month, $3 per hour) to The WELL, a four-year-old computer conferencing system. Such a system permits an individual to sit at a computer to which a modem is affixed, and with computer, modem, and telephone, dial a number and enter into typed conversation with other subscribers to that system.

By Judith Moore, March 1, 1990 Read full article

The object in Ramona was witnessed by six people for 20 minutes in broad daylight. It disturbed animals, affected a compass, and caused television static.

The object in Ramona was witnessed by six people for 20 minutes in broad daylight. It disturbed animals, affected a compass, and caused television static.

Maybe what you saw was a UFO. On the other hand, maybe you're a liar.

Some Orion members (Herr included) have never seen a UFO. Others witnessed an inexplicable object in the sky one day. A year and a half ago, Herr formed the Orion group by combing the membership lists from three national UFO organizations. He found 63 people living in the San Diego area.

By Brae Canlen, Feb. 8, 1990 Read full article

Emilio (left): "I need someplace to scream. Where can I go scream?"

Emilio (left): "I need someplace to scream. Where can I go scream?"

Emilio will take care of them

His business has already suffered major declines since he started holding AIDS assistance meetings here in the mid-1980s, and then he nearly ended up going broke when he started using his upstairs room as a place to draw blood for HIV tests. "Customers weren't too excited seeing people carrying vials of blood downstairs."

By Neal Matthews, Feb. 1, 1990 Read full article

Marianne. This is a woman who’s not easily forgotten.

Marianne. This is a woman who’s not easily forgotten.

Reggae matriarch of San Diego vegetarians

“We served Balinese food, like gado-gado. We were into Japanese cooking. We did a lot of tempura.” Near the cash register they sold herbs and — for a while — shoes. “Yeah! We introduced Birkenstocks to San Diego. After a while it got too hard to stop and measure people, particularly when the restaurant was busy.”

By Jeannette DeWyze, May 21, 1981 Read full article

Muscle magazines boast new features and departments for women.

Muscle magazines boast new features and departments for women.

What's a nice girl like you flexing in a place like this?

One gets the impression that if they could, bodybuilders would shed not just their fat, but their skin as well.The women strive to reduce their body fat to only five to ten percent of their total weight, a layer of fat so thin that the lines of striated muscle and throbbing veins appears to “cut" patterns into the surface of the skin.

By Jeannette DeWyze, July 2, 1981 Read full article

Stella O'Carroll, Sean Boston, John Boston. Boston says he and his wife never dreamed of doing anything other than sending their son to the public schools.

Stella O'Carroll, Sean Boston, John Boston. Boston says he and his wife never dreamed of doing anything other than sending their son to the public schools.

We backed into homeschooling

They presented Sean with the choice of dropping out; Sean decided to do so. Boston instructed the boy to bring home from the school his pencils, sharpeners, completed workbooks. ‘‘We told the school nothing!” He and his wife had figured that the worst that could happen would be for the authorities to insist upon Sean’s return.

By Jeannette DeWyze, Oct. 7, 1982 Read full article

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