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Sky Soldier – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 18, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Airborne Assault Thomas Calabrese— It was the biggest combat jump since the invasion of Panama in 1989 and the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s first wartime drop in 35 years. 969 ‘Sky Soldiers’ Rangers and support personnel prepared for a five-hour flight from their base at Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy on March 26, 2003. It was […]

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Grocery Grabs #17- Novillo’s Market

By   /  August 16, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes —  August 2018…. It was pretty cool to find out that Oceanside actually has a transit station in the San Luis Rey area. I am somewhat familiar with these streets as I have walked through them before and have taken the NCTD Route 303. However, I did not notice a Mexican market! This particular […]

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Predators of the Skies – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 11, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Flying Tigers Thomas Calabrese — The First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force,1941-1942, nicknamed the ‘Flying Tigers’, was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps, Navy and Marine Corps who resigned their commissions in the military. It was recruited under presidential authority and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The […]

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Purple Heart Day

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

The Purple Heart is the nation’s oldest award. Introduced by George Washington in 1782. He wrote: “…extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with due reward.” The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With […]

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Detour To The Greater Good Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 4, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Stumbled Into Violence Thomas Calabrese …Reece McCall was the only child of Robert and Katie McCall and was three years old when his parents were killed by a drunk driver early one Sunday morning while they were on their way to church in Vista, California. The drunk driver was already on probation for two previous […]

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10 Bugs That Could Bite & Sting You This Summer

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Living in San Diego County means enjoying the outdoors, whether it’s hitting the beach, hiking in the mountains, visiting a park or just hanging out in the yard or neighborhood. But outside is also bug-territory. And while we’re not as infamous for bugs as other places in the U.S. — Minnesota’s “unofficial state bird” is […]

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Hedy – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 28, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Her Good Heart Thomas Calabrese — Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) She was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor. After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. Traveling to London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a […]

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Fresh and Easy Abandoned: 4131 Oceanside Blvd

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes –July 2018… A brand new supermarket had entered the busy arena filled with the likes of Albertsons, Stater Bros., Vons and Ralphs by the name of Fresh and Easy. Starting in 2007, many locations opened up within San Diego County such as in Downtown San Diego, Vista, Oceanside and even Fallbrook. According to […]

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Olive Ave Sand Dunes

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes  — July  2018 … On my trip over to Maximum Recycling for my CRV payoff, I take Olive Ave and its blacktop sidewalk. I usually do this every week to clear off the porch of glass, aluminum and plastic. Each time, I notice that I am sliding about, and my shoes look as if […]

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The Clutch Factor -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 21, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Rise To The Occasion Thomas Calabrese — A clutch performance is essentially the opposite of choking — the dramatic improvement of performance under pressure. According to psychologist Tim Woodman, “when people are low in cognitive anxiety, or low in worry, the difference between their best performance and their worst performance is not very big. They can perform pretty […]

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VAPORWAVE AESTHETICS in Vista and Oceanside

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes —  July  2018…. I have been listening to a new genre of music called vaporwave for some time now and have discovered the uniqueness of it. It is what is called a meme or an internet joke of sorts that is spread around the web. However, I actually have appreciated this music as a […]

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Breakthrough – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 14, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Saddle Up Thomas Calabrese … The Battle of Khe Sanh (21 January – 9 July 1968) was conducted in the  northwestern area of the Quảng Trị Province, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), during the Vietnam War. The main US forces defending Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB) were two regiments of US Marines supported by elements from the United States Army and the United States Air Force. There were also a small […]

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Grocery Grabs #16- Z Market

By   /  July 13, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

 Alex Hughes  — July 2018 …. escaped the humid weather unscathed and ended up taking a trip over to Z-Market. It was a day of errands that I began with my weekly trash pickup over on South Santa Fe. I then visited the Vista Library to cool off. I managed to catch the 303 on time […]

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The Three V Rule – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 7, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Sucker for the Simple   Thomas Calabrese –The Marine reconnaissance unit was based in Nangarhar, Afghanistan and over the past three years, there had been nowhere more dangerous for American troops deployed overseas. Nangarhar is one of the few places that Americans routinely accompany Afghan forces into battle. One-third of the 21 U.S. service members […]

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Suspicious Minds – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 30, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

A Little Less Conversation Thomas Calabrese — Vernon Presley was born on April 10, 1916 in Fulton, Mississippi, the son of Jesse Presley and Minna Clara Hellerman, a German immigrant.  Vernon’s father worked for the Union Pacific railroad and was gone most of the time and his mother spoke German or broken English as he was […]

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Grocery Grabs #15- La Familia Market

By   /  June 29, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — June  2018….After going to El Torito Market in West Vista, I started to look toward Oceanside for some good Mexican markets. I came across one by the Crouch Street stop along the Sprinter tracks. I was familiar with the area, but I was hesitant to go. I knew that Crouch Street had […]

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Payphone- Call #2

By   /  June 28, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

  Alex Hughes –Payphone- Call #2.. June 2018..I was on my way to drop off some paint at Vista Paint over on the Shadowridge area of town and found a pay phone. I have been documenting a few over the last few months to see what condition they are in. This one caught my attention at […]

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Thunder Down Under – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

 The Silent and Deadly WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday, May18, 2018, that he was withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. Some European diplomats believed that America’s reneging on its commitment to the pact could cast the West into new confrontations with Tehran. The West ended three decades of sanctions and […]

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Unknown Eater- Francisco’s Deli

By   /  June 21, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Vista, CA — June 2018 ….On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I decided to try out a new place on North Santa Fe. I had already hit up Frank’s Mexican Grill, Santa Ana’s and Aguacates on the same street, but I had a few more places on my list. It was a small, hole-in-the-wall off of […]

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Formula One Flagger – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Happy Father’s Day Standing 20 feet from a race track while dozens of the most expensive and powerful cars in the world screamed past you at almost 200 mph might be the best seat in the house except that you can’t sit down. Corner marshals or flaggers are the people stationed on the track and […]

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