Tag Archives: San Diego Union-Tribune

Interview with Richard W. Crawford, Author of The Way We Were in San Diego

October 19, 2011


AK: What was the strangest or quirkiest story you uncovered while researching your “The Way We Were” column for the San Diego Union-Tribune? RC: The story of celebrity evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s mysterious disappearance in May 1926 has a strange San Diego connection. McPherson reappeared a few weeks later and claimed she had been kidnapped. […]

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History Press Releases New San Diego Book

October 4, 2011


On October 18, 2011, The History Press releases its first American Chronicles book in San Diego: The Way We Were in San Diego by Richard W. Crawford. San Diego, known for its perfect weather, naval ties and landmarks like the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, has a history as incredible as its stunning shoreline. […]

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“The rain of 1916 was an act of Hatfield, not an act of God.”—Charles M. Hatfield

August 3, 2011


In 1916, after a long drought, the city of San Diego hired rainmaker Charles M. Hatfield as a desperate measure to bring water to a thirsty region. Hatfield never received payment for the disastrous flooding that followed. The story of Hatfield and the 1916 flood is but one of the intriguing incidents from San Diego […]

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Interview with Hank Wesch, Author of Del Mar: Where the Turf Meets the Surf

June 20, 2011


Opening Day, July 3, 1937. Track founder Bing Crosby greets Mrs. W. R. Richardson, the first patron through the gates. Courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC).

From the book: “Del Mar has, as much as any track in North America and a lot more than most, exhibited the ability to advance with the times while being true to its colorful-from-the-start beginnings. To stay cool and comfortable in its own skin according to the style personified by track co-founder Bing Crosby in […]

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