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Fast Eddie Dalton – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 9, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Captain Corky and Sergeant Stubby   Thomas Calabrese — Edward ‘Fast Eddie’ Dalton was born in Topeka, Kansas on July 4, 1897. He was one of eleven children who had minimal schooling because they needed to work to help provide for the family. They hunted, fished and hired themselves out as laborers. His father, Benjamin […]

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Leo – Pot-bellied Pig Looking For His New Forever Home

By   /  June 8, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Meet Leo – a 2-year-old pot-bellied pig looking for his new forever home. Leo (#N395) enjoys a good meal, but isn’t too keen on playing with toys. This “Romeo” will steal your heart and love you forever. You can see Leo at the Department of Animal Services’ shelter in Carlsbad or visit www.sddac.com to give another animal their forever home.

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The Surprising Finds at the Strawberry Festival

By   /  June 4, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes  — June 4, 2018, Vista, CA…It was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend to have an outdoor fair! The sun was out, and the clouds had finally cleared. Bye-Bye Seattle weather! It finally started to look like California once again! I went to this Strawberry Festival to mainly check out The Vista Press booth and […]

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Moonshine in the Moonlight – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 2, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

As Smooth As Liquid Mercury Thomas Calabrese — (Fact: Liquid mercury is so smooth that it will fall off your skin if you try to hold it.) In the mountain county of Dawson, Georgia (moonshine capital of the world) moonshiners ran millions of gallons of whiskey into Atlanta and other cities in the south. Other counties, like Gilmer, Lumpkin, and Pickens, […]

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Grocery Grabs #13- Mission West Market

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

Alex Hughes — May 2018  ….I had my eyes on this place for a few months, but I couldn’t enter the market because I had a backpack on. There was a clear sign out front that you cannot go in with one. That is my tip to customers! I went it with my reusable bag […]

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Memorial Day Trivia & History

By   /  May 26, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

When was Memorial Day first celebrated? Memorial day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the […]

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Mustang Sally- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 23, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Speed Your Mustang Up Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down You been running all over the town now Thomas Calabrese —  Sally Connors had been working at the Carlsbad Airport for three years and even though she was only […]

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Military Mountaineers-Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 19, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Somewhere Warm …Please The 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) is a light infantry division in the United States Army based at Fort Drum, New York. Designated as a mountain warfare unit, the division is the only one of its size in the US military to receive intense specialized training for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions. Staff Sergeant Rudy Galvin and Sergeant 1st Class […]

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Grocery Grabs #12- El Mercado Market

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes —  May 2018 …Having been to many of the Mexican grocery stores in Vista. I decided to move on to San Marcos. I have passed this little place a few times when I have gone exploring. Luckily, it is not too far from Cal State San Marcos; within walking distance. The name is […]

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The Secrets of the Yellow Brick Road – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 12, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Inspired By True Events Thomas Calabrese — …John Roland served his five years in the Marine Corps with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and was on his 3rd deployment in Afghanistan when the helicopter that he was riding in was shot down by rocket fire. He broke his right leg and left forearm, sustained a concussion […]

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Grocery Grabs #11- El Vecino Market

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

Alex Hughes — May 6, 2018… I thought I had seen all the Mexican grocery stores in Vista, but I found one hidden along Postal Way! It was by the name of “El Vecino Market”. It is related to the San Marcos Market which I reviewed here: http://thevistapress.com/grocery-grabs-9-san-marcos-market/. I found that it was clean and brand […]

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The Good Neighbor – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 5, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Right Place, Right Time Thomas Calabrese —   The border patrol vehicle moved slowly along the dangerous smugglers’ route between Calexico and Tijuana while the driver shined his bright halogen spotlight from side to side as he searched for drug dealers and human traffickers. He should not have been working alone tonight, but his usual partner […]

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I’m at a Payphone- Call #1

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  2 Comments

Alex Hughes– April  2018…..This is a brand new series where I highlight broken payphones in the City of Vista! As I said before, they are an example of how we used to call people on the go. Now with smartphones, they are being neglected. Some are in awful condition with the essentials missing such as […]

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The Instigator -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 28, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

The Fanatic Phonetic Troublemaker Thomas Calabrese — Robert Ralpheson, sometimes called ‘Ralph’ but often referred to as the ‘Instigator’ because his behavior fluctuated between strange, different or just plain instigating. He was a regular patron at the 24 Fitness center in the Carlsbad Mall where he loved to interject phonetic reversal’ (Phonetic reversal is the process of […]

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Writers Read Presents Author and Veterinarian Suzy Fincham-Gray 

By   /  April 27, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

FALLBROOK, Calif., Apr. 24, 2018—Writers Read at Fallbrook Library will feature author and veterinarian, Dr. Suzy Fincham-Gray,on Tuesday, May 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Fincham-Gray will be reading from and discussing her recent released memoir, “My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope.” The pursuit of a childhood […]

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Midnight Marauders -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 21, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Matinee Idols Thomas Calabrese — The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency of the United States during World War II, and a predecessor of the modern Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The OSS was formed as an agency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to coordinate espionage activities behind enemy lines for all branches of the United States Armed Forces. For the duration of World War […]

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Tied Shoes on Powerlines

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Alex Hughes April 2018 …  I grew up in Vista on the side of town that was more rural than actually city. I am used to seeing rolling hills and the 76 from atop a hill. I pass by fields of strawberries and avocado trees when I go on the 306 to the Vista Transit […]

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Battle of Hue City – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

No Way Thomas Calabrese — Hue, (Pronounced Way) South Vietnam, February, 1968. The Battle of Hue (also called the Siege of Hue), was one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. 11 battalions of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), four U.S. Army battalions, and three understrength U.S. Marine Corps battalions, for a total of 18 battalions, defeated 10 […]

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The Bomb Tech – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 7, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

The Debris Whisperer Lord of power and might, whose mercy is everlasting, guard and guide those who place their lives in the balance to ensure the safety of those nearby.”                                                   […]

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Retail Runs- A Look at Empty Storefronts (Part 6)

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

Alex Hughes — April 1, 2018…Before entering the intersection of Vista Village Drive and North Santa Fe, we can take a left by Soroptimist Park which I highlight here: http://thevistapress.com/enhancing-soroptimist-park/. Across the street is where parking used to be for Vista Village, now it is being prepared for a new construction project that will become […]

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