Mark Orwoll and the Reader

Raoul Marquis, the face of Highlander, PB Surfer Motel attacked, San Ysidro border agents, PSA airline, NASSCO accidents, Chesapeake Fish Co., Baptist commune

PSA had gained a nickname that was at once endearing and mordant: PSA was the go-go-airline.
  • PSA had gained a nickname that was at once endearing and mordant: PSA was the go-go-airline.
  • Image by Gordon Menzie

Mark Orwoll, international editor for Travel+Leisure magazine, wrote for the Reader in the 1970s and 1980s.

Editor's picks of stories Orwoll wrote for the Reader:

“Raoul was doing the Master Builder in the lead role. One night he came out, and it seemed symbolically correct to him not to speak his lines." Debbie Matthews, Raoul Marquis, Laura Rankin in Master Builder, 1978

“Raoul was doing the Master Builder in the lead role. One night he came out, and it seemed symbolically correct to him not to speak his lines." Debbie Matthews, Raoul Marquis, Laura Rankin in Master Builder, 1978

  • Raoul Marquis – mayor of India Street

  • People criticize Raoul Marquis for many things They criticize him for being overbearing and authoritarian; for operating the Marquis Public Theater chiefly on government money; for taking advantage of his employees.... (December 11, 1980)
  • How I committed my friend to mental health

  • In the autumn of our senior year at the university, at the time of Kurt's delirium, we lived in a broad and ample house that was owned by rival gangsters.... (February 11, 1982)

He was Highlander. He was their Image Man.

He was Highlander. He was their Image Man.

  • A sad Mission Beach dog story

  • Four young men lived together not long ago in Mission Beach. They were all unemployed and got by as best they could on their wits. Consequently, they were always on the verge of bankruptcy. (February 19, 1981)

I walked the two miles to the beach and slept on my blanket.

I walked the two miles to the beach and slept on my blanket.

  • PB's Surfer Motel attacked, guard killed

  • The Surfer Motor Lodge is like any other tacky tourist motel in San Diego. It has tan stucco walls, a swimming pool, and redwood picnic furniture on tiny balconies of the motel’s fifty-two rooms. (February 12, 1981)

“Hey! Goddamn it!” shouts the inspector, pounding on the car’s trunk. “Wait a minute!”

“Hey! Goddamn it!” shouts the inspector, pounding on the car’s trunk. “Wait a minute!”

  • How PSA grew with San Diego

  • “I have designed for [the stewardesses] pink micro-miniskirts to be worn with strawberry hot pants and red boots and they're darling." The color scheme caught on, and by November, PSA began changing the color of its airplanes. (October 30, 1980)

Gene Nooner saw the 200-pound steel hatch slam full force against his face and skull.

Gene Nooner saw the 200-pound steel hatch slam full force against his face and skull.

  • From one accident at NASSCO to another

  • Gene Nooner's story is really very simple. He has been abused. During the past decade, Nooner was required to undergo thirty-five shock treatments he later discovered were probably unnecessary, became addicted to drugs. (March 20, 1980)

Chesapeake is one of Southern California's five biggest fishmongers

Nick Vitalich, Jr. scans the oyster-colored sky for rain. All he wants is a bit more time. Behind him is a pinewood crate attached to a cable and winch, which dangles about four feet off. (May 15, 1980)

Pastor Ken Pagaard (center, wearing tie)

Pastor Ken Pagaard (center, wearing tie)

  • South Bay's Baptist Communes

  • Pianist Kevin Cope knocks another tune out of the weathered Gulbransen upright piano, and again the group jumps into song unabashedly, with more hands held above heads and more upward-searching faces. (Jan. 17, 1980)

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