National Geographic : 1969 Jul
I found that out one day when I congratulated Carl Reupsch, the Port District's Director of Planning, on the success of his park. "Oh, no!" he said. "It's not mine, not even ours-I mean, we did the work, paid for it, and own it, but it's really Bea Evenson's park." It seems this determined little woman got the idea, and then permitted officials no peace until they built it. Now everyone is delighted with Spanish Landing. One night, as we looked down upon San Diego from the patio of her home atop Point Loma, Mrs. Evenson talked about her new project. I had been seeing city lights below us, but Mrs. Evenson had been visualizing something quite different. "A birthday building for San Diego," she said suddenly. "We passed a bond issue to get it. A good fight. Our opponents were modern architects and the like. You see, the building will be almost a duplicate of an or nate Spanish-colonial structure left over from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held here. We razed the old one to make room for this new arts center. "I can just see the ground-breaking cere- monies in September ... Governor Reagan here ... the Navy ... the Marine Corps...." Listening to Mrs. Evenson, I felt as if I should be standing at attention. Archie Moore, the Old Mongoose, one of the all-time greats of the prize ring, at 55 now devotes his life to helping boys from the ghet to. He conceived and operates the ABC Club - short for "Any Boy Can"-where youths from 8 to 15 acquire hope and pride and self discipline, as well as boxing skills (page 136). San Diego's minority groups total 22 per cent of the population, and the number is about equally divided between Negroes and people of Mexican descent. Generally speak ing, race relations have been good, although the city has its share of problems. To "cool it" between the races, the city sponsors a Citizens Interracial Committee, headed by a Negro psychologist. It meets twice a month to air disputes and complaints. Many of San Diego's black citizens live in the Logan Heights section. It contains com fortable homes, and much of it can't be re garded as a slum. But it is a ghetto, and there Archie Moore lives and works, trying to make KODACHROMES © NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FLIP ship-developed for the Navy by the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institution of Oceanogra phy at La Jolla-can be towed like a log, then flooded and turned on end with only 55 feet of her 355-foot length above water. World's largest seagoing buoy, the Floating Instrument Plat form helps scientists measure ocean currents, temperatures, and pressures. Future plans for its use include ma rine biology and weather studies. Oceanographic branch of the Uni versity of California, Scripps has earned an international reputation as a center for research and graduate training in marine sciences. Frozen board-stiff, yellowfins taken by the tuna fleet head for the cannery of the Westgate-California Corpora tion on the San Diego waterfront. The boats with their 14-man crews, most of them of Portuguese or Italian ex traction, range Pacific waters as far south as Chile. They seine schools of yellowfins, bluefins, and skipjacks, hook albacore, and bring home 35,000 tons of tuna a year.