“You can’t parade. Our orders are to prevent it.” In a moment there was a seething, screaming mass around the policemen. Staves and sticks began to fly.
–San Diego Sun, May 31, 1933
Eighty years ago this month, conservative San Diegans got a little riled by The Young Communists.
Releasing on May 28: San Diego Yesterday, a compilation of 38 pieces I once wrote for the Union-Trib. Here’s a sneak peek at the cover, and a description from the publisher: http://historypresswest.org/2013/05/02/new-from-american-chronicles-san-diego-yesterday/
The book is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
The city awoke this morning in a climate apparently transplanted. Shivers ran where shivers had not run before and the weather bureau was bombarded from early morn with telephone calls to know the reason why. Lightly constructed “Southern California” houses shrank with the cold and fairly trembled with the quivering of their occupants. –San Diego Evening Tribune, January 6, 1913.
The story of the 1913 Big Freeze.
Back in May 1991, San Diego Union reporter Roger Showley wrote a nice piece on local history books, which included a valuable list of favorite titles nominated by local historians (list attached here: Favorite Books).
That was 22 years ago. How about we update that list? This doesn’t have to be limited to professional historians. Let’s hear from students and history buffs, too.
What I’d like to know is simply:
a. What are your favorite San Diego history books (perhaps your top five?)
b. Why do you like these books?
You can leave a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll give you all a couple of weeks then I’ll post the results on this site.
In 1960, Long Beach entrepreneur Allen Parkinson (inventor of Sleep-Eze) had a clever idea to speed people across the international border at San Ysidro. Partnering with Tijuana businessmen, Parkinson would build a mile-long aerial tramway to whisk passengers across the line in a Disneyland-style skyride. Regrettably, the scheme fizzled, but not before architect Frank L. Hope produced this fascinating rendering.
Chris Boyd’s superb documentary on “The First Padres” is now available on DVD. Check it out on this link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thefirstpadres. Chris includes great archival footage of the Lane Field days and interviews with players and local historians. The film premiered on KPBS back on October 8. It’s well-worth owning.
Come July or thereabouts, I should have a new San Diego history title on the book shelves. Tentatively titled, San Diego Yesterday (same as the blog name) this will be another collection of articles from the Union-Tribune column I wrote from 2008 to 2011. The History Press from Charleston, South Carolina is the publisher. There are 38 chapters; here’s a brief sampling of the contents:
On the Border
The Hole in the Fence
Frank “Booze Beyer” and Tijuana
The Heist on the Dike
A Ruined Woman
Death of the Butterfly Dancer
The Royal Coach Affair
Dragsters on the Boulevard
Fear and Intolerance
The Student Strike
The Young Communists
The Silver Shirts
A Textbook Controversy
The Last Temptation of the Book Censors
Admit it. You all hated history in high school but now you know better. History really can be fun. Or, you still hate history but you gotta find an inexpensive book for gift giving. That’ll work too.
The “Great Thirst” of Prohibition ended in April 1933 with the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Here’s how drinkers celebrated the arrival of retail beer in San Diego:
One of the biggest hassles we had was trying to keep some of these idiots from building a dam in Mission Gorge . . . A lot of land would have been flooded—Santee, Lakeside, and about a third of El Cajon Valley would have been a shallow lake.
—Fred A. Heilbron, San Diego city councilman
When San Diege seem intent on Damming Mission Gorge.