Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Niles Canyon Ghost

OK. OK. There are plenty of ghosts in the old town of Niles and its picturesque canyon on the southeastern side of San Francisco Bay. The John McCain lookalike, Charlie Chaplin, lived and worked there circa 1915. As did Broncho … Continue reading

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Mad cows, or were they just angry?

Mad cows. They are a source of concern when they enter the food supply. But, I am sorry to say (not really), there hasn’t been a hotter topic for humor since Joe the Plumber, so you can imagine my delight … Continue reading

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Blast from the past: reporting from Vietnam

Far Eastern Economic Review Reference: Vol. 73, No. 33, 14 Aug 1971, 20 The Faces of Peace Dennis Rockstroh|Qui Nhon BINH Dinh province is the keystone of South Vietnam’s central provinces — which remain the political and economic hub of … Continue reading

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Carol Doda’s bottom

In her heyday, Carol Doda was big. Bigger than Jane Russell, Marie McDonald, Raquel Welch and even Diana Dors. For two decades, Doda’s likeness, with two red, blinking lights for nipples, beckoned big-eyed customers to the naughty Condor Club at … Continue reading

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This town’s a Locke

As a town, Locke is tiny, but as a monument to the achievements of California’s Chinese pioneers, it is huge. Locke, the only rural Chinese town in America, sits on the banks of the Sacramento River, 60 miles east of … Continue reading

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Great Scot

From 1995: JUST about every other summer weekend, 11-year-old Alison Dunshire of Pleasanton puts on a man’s skirt before she goes out to play. It’s a cultural thing. Alison is a bagpipe player. Her skirt is a traditional kilt, normally … Continue reading

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Vietnamese-American power struggle

Some of the hotheads in San Jose’s Vietnamese community are poised to recall its first (and probably last for a while) elected city council member over the naming of one of many Vietnamese shopping districts in the city, home to … Continue reading

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