Emergency helicopters, early San Diego restaurant food, most beautiful light, Tim LaHaye, men's swimsuit issue, Padres' first opening day
- Don Zimmer: “Well, it was an expansion club, and you know, it’s not a lot of fun when you lose 100 games a year.”
- For breakfast in the U.S. Grant's dining room, one might come down the wide carpeted stairs and order Stewed Prunes, Fried Cornmeal Mush, Sauerkraut Juice, Milk Toast, Shirred Eggs with Chicken Livers, Little Pig Sausage, Boiled Salt Mackerel, and then, at the end of this repast, Ovaltine, Postum, or a nice mug of Half and Half. The most expensive breakfast item, a Breakfast Filet Mignon, cost 75 cents.
- By Geoff Bouvier, Nov. 24, 2004
- It's not even noon and already I'm closing the blinds on the south-facing windows of my home office. That pesky natural light is overrunning the glow of the lamp by which I work. Too much of a bright thing. Most mornings, in the cliché of coastal overnight and morning low clouds, the daylight coming into my room takes its time. Like age or awareness. But now, at 11:44, the light's pouring in. If I don't mute it, my eyes'll hurt. I'll disappear in the glare.
- By Thomas Larson, Oct. 7, 2004
- "What had happened was one of the SANDAG tow truck drivers had stopped to help this fellow and the guy had shot him. Four or five or six times. A Marine saw what was happening, jumped the fence of the Marine Corps base, grabbed the tow truck driver, and took off running under fire. The guy was shooting at them."
- By Shari McCullough, Dec. 2, 2004
- The Jameses have only recently visited Tim and Beverly LaHaye at their current Rancho Mirage home near Palm Springs. "I told him the other day," declares Ron James. "I said, 'Tim, I remember when you drove a Renault. It was a piece of junk, and you had an allergy. You didn't use Kleenex; you always had a roll of toilet paper on the seat beside you."
- By Joe Deegan, July 8, 2004
- Dave Knoblock: "How do I look in a swimsuit? Dead sexy. [Laughs] No. You want to know the truth? Probably not that attractive at all. But that's all right. As long as I'm comfortable. If I'm toned up I feel real good in a swimsuit; if I'm not toned up, I could feel better. But the last time I was toned up was probably about five years ago."
- By Geoff Bouvier, July 1, 2004
- What follows are the words of Padres who came before, beginning with players who were on that first team, who played in that first game, April 8, 1969, recorded as a 2–1 win over the visiting Houston Astros. Of note, San Diegans were not starstruck by the arrival of Major League Baseball: only 23,370 customers paid their way into San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium to witness First Opening Day.
- By Patrick Daugherty, April 8, 2004
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