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Jack of Diamonds – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 17, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

And the Bandido Thomas Calabrese — John Joseph Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was born in Laclede, Missouri, the oldest of five children. He attended a school in town for precocious students of prominent citizens and after completing high school in 1878, he became a teacher of local African American children. He later applied […]

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Immoral Bay – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 10, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Beyond The Breakwater Thomas Calabrese — Gunnery Sergeant Luke Brody had been in the Marine Corps for 10 years after serving two West Pacific and two Middle East deployments with different units. He was currently assigned to a counter terrorism unit in Bahrain when he was called to Major John Ingram’s office. Luke Brody stood […]

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Anniversaries and Birthstones – What They Mean and Handy Lists You Can Use

By   /  August 6, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson –Anniversary and Birthday Celebrations pop up every year for individuals and couples and many struggle with what to give that special person(s) in their life. I recently celebrated my 45th wedding anniversary and presented my wife, Carolyn, with both the Traditional and Modern gift associated with that marriage anniversary date. There is some […]

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Hellfire Societe – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 3, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Warriors of the Six Spears Thomas Calabrese– Hellfire Club was a name for several exclusive clubs for high society rakes. ( Def: In a historical context, a rake (short for rakehell, analogous to “hellraiser”) was a man who was habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanizing. Often, a rake was also prodigal, wasting his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women and song, and […]

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This Day in History for the Month of August

By   /  August 1, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson — Here you go Trivia and History Buffs, a day by day look at the month of August and some significant events that occurred at some point in our nation’s or world history on the particular day indicated. August 1 – First U.S. Census completed indicating 4 million people were in the U.S. […]

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One Square Mile of Hell – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 27, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

Private Parcel In Heaven Thomas Calabrese — The November 1943 invasion of the Gilbert Islands was the beginning of the U.S. ‘island hopping’ campaign in the central Pacific during World War II. U.S. commanders determined that amphibious attacks on Japanese –occupied islands was the key to victory. The island of Betio was the first target […]

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Leucadia’s Hidden Beach

By   /  July 25, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes– July, 2019 I’ve been to a lot of beaches in San Diego County thanks to my knowledge of the bus routes. From Oceanside to Ocean Beach, I had trekked the sand and discovered many different types of sea shells as seen in this previous article that I wrote: http://thevistapress.com/sharp-shell-shrapnels-treasure-by-the-handfull/. However, I was always […]

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The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Still My Enemy _ Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 20, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Spoils Go To The Victors Thomas Calabrese– The first CPRR locomotive crossed the California-Nevada border on December 13, 1867. The Central Pacific continued building track eastward to meet the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869, forming the 1780 mile long Pacific Railroad linking California with the East by rail. In 1877 Southern California, Rake Meacham and his […]

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Win Wisely – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 13, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  22 Comments

Always Try To Be An Honorable Man Thomas Calabrese — Schilling & Company was an American foodstuffs company founded in San Francisco, California, in 1881 by August Schilling and George F. Volkmann, a pair of 27 year-old Bremen, Germany immigrants. The company dealt in coffee, tea, baking powder, extracts, and spices. August Schilling had one son, Eric who was born in […]

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Share What You Can – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 6, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  21 Comments

Give What Comes Naturally Thomas Calabrese — Hodge Tucker graduated Cal State San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He began seeking employment and went on several interviews, but nothing really felt right to him. When he did some research about military opportunities for college graduates, Hodge thought he could enhance his skills […]

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What Is The 4th of July?

By   /  July 3, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

The 4th of July is often filled with parades, barbecues, fireworks, and impromptu baseball games. Families, friends, and neighbors often get together to enjoy scarfing down good food, talking, and lighting off colorful fireworks. The holiday was officially created in 1941, though the tradition of celebrating America’s Independence Day goes back to the 1700s and the american […]

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Pray For Raine – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 29, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

Hope For A Storm Thomas Calabrese — Robert Raine was a full blooded Native American, a direct descendant of the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh. His tribal name was originally Falling Rainwater, but that was shortened and Americanized to Raine after World War II. Catherine Manelli was Italian and her grandfather emigrated from Sicily to Kansas City […]

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Altered – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 22, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Never Forsaken, Never Forgotten – Thomas Calabrese It was a moonlit night in Calexico, California and a windowless van was parked in the Hotel Lucerna parking lot. Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Logan exited his room on the first floor, walked over to the vehicle, unlocked it, got in and drove off. When he reached an isolated area […]

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Father’s Day Celebration – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 15, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Heroes Welcome Thomas Calabrese –Steve Whitman was a three sport athlete, in football, basketball and baseball at El Camino High School in Oceanside, California.  He was also an excellent student so when he was a senior in  high school in 1980, he formally requested a letter of nomination from his congressional representative, Congressman Ron Packard […]

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Hell of A Day

By   /  June 8, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  22 Comments

Slim Chance Thomas Calabrese — Danny ‘Slim’ Day was a young man from Escondido, California who became fascinated by a crew of linemen erecting transmission towers across his uncle’s property. Being a restless and adventurous individual, Danny asked the foreman, Pop Farrell for a job, “Are you hiring?” Pop Farrell looked at the wiry teenager […]

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OPED- The Diversion of Transnet Dollars from Highways to Mass Transit

By   /  June 7, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ray Pearson — 15 years ago, in 2004, voters in San Diego approved a half-cent sales tax to pay for highway improvements for the next 40 years. SANDAG is now proposing to redirect that money to pay for rail and mass transit projects. SANDAG believes that the move is necessary in order to meet the […]

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McDONALD’S Accepts Foreign Currency For Worldwide Favorites

By   /  June 4, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Exchange any amount of foreign currency for one of our new craveable and delicious international menu items on June 6   CHICAGO, June 3, 2019 – In celebration of this summer’s limited time offering of select McDonald’s menu favorites from around the world, we are featuring an exchange of global proportions. We’re taking any amount of foreign currency customers may have in exchange […]

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Blood Treasure – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 1, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Don’t Mind At All Thomas Calabrese — Colonel Michael McCallum had been to Afghanistan at least a dozen times over the past seven years since the creation of an elite unit called the Bravo Scouts. He was called upon to go to the most dangerous areas in the world to carry out critical assignments. The […]

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One Thing In Common – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 25, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

One Thing In Common  Happy Memorial Day 2019 Thomas Calabrese — ‘In the end, we will not remember the threats of our enemies, but the silence of our fallen comrades’ ‘Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans; it is about honoring those who lost their lives’ ‘America without its military is like God without his […]

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Hot Wings – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 18, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  23 Comments

A Big Big Man Thomas Calabrese — Every morning at the airfield you could see him arrive He stood six-foot-four and weighed two-twenty-five Kinda’ broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip And everyone knew you didn’t give no lip… to Big Gary He called a five acre parcel in North Oceanside his home […]

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