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1998 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • Beanie Bubble

    published December 16, 1998

    America's banking system appears to be in trouble lately. Some of the nation's biggest financial institutions are heavily exposed in Asia -- $22.5... More >>

  • The Gig of Death?

    published December 9, 1998

    In the world of stand-up comedy, the specter of death hangs over every show. A particularly clever or energetic comedian may kill hundreds of... More >>

  • Bring in 'Da Bucks

    published November 25, 1998

    Jonathan Reinis has a dream. It is deeply rooted in the American Dream. He has a dream that one day, on the sweltering plains of Arizona, Texas,... More >>

  • Pedal to the Mettle

    published November 11, 1998

    It was perhaps the most difficult conversation I have ever had with my girlfriend. She was hunched over me with a look of concerned panic on her... More >>

  • The Holy War Over Gay Marriage

    published November 4, 1998

    America's mainline churches -- the Methodists, the Lutherans, the Congregationalists, the Presbyterians -- have receded from public view during... More >>

  • Beat the Schlock

    published October 28, 1998

    Darrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin, those wacky chroniclers of Bay Area banality, may soon turn their tal-ents toward perhaps the most hackneyed... More >>

  • Ol' Blue Screen

    published October 21, 1998

    As Greg Tomassian, lead singer of Soul Candy, steps onto the slate-black auditorium stage, the din of the crowd sweeps over him like a warm tide.... More >>

  • It's a Conspiracy, I Tell You

    published September 30, 1998

    A vacationing couple pick up their just-developed holiday snapshots only to find a flea-sized disc hovering motionless above a mountain peak. ... More >>

  • The Face of Lying

    published September 16, 1998

    "I hope," said the lady, "that you have not come to cross-examine me again?" "No," Holmes answered, in his gentlest voice, "I will not... More >>

  • Is This Any Way to Run A Railroad?

    published August 12, 1998

    Ron McCloud, the quiet, bearded proprietor of Dunsmuir Hardware, doesn't remember the name or the precise occupation of the stranger who visited... More >>

  • From Bang to Net

    published July 15, 1998

    It was the fall of 1963, and two newly minted physics Ph.D.s, Arno Penzias and Bob Wilson, had been given a dream assignment. Bell Telephone... More >>

  • PG and ... EEEK!

    published June 24, 1998

    A request by San Francisco-based energy giant PG&E to increase rates by $1 billion includes so much expense-padding that 90 percent of it should... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published June 10, 1998

    Chronicle of Disgruntlement For a dull newspaper, the Chron sure has a lot of grumpy staffers. Not that the gripers ever seem to take much... More >>

  • Zen and the Art of Bicycle Riding

    published June 3, 1998

    There's something surreal about driving into a small central California town at 4 a.m., turning toward the high school, and coming upon 1,000 or... More >>

  • Dog Bites

    published May 27, 1998

    Truth in Advertising ... Reader Dylan Salisbury writes: "I'm confused about Godzilla. Is his jaw as long as the 21 Hayes bus or the 38... More >>

  • Ghost Museum

    published May 13, 1998

    The Muwekma Ohlone aren't alone in their frustration over Native American use of the Presidio. American Indian activists complain that... More >>

  • Here Today, Gandhi Tomorrow?

    published April 8, 1998

    As he awaits trial on federal mail fraud charges at his Walnut Creek home, Yogesh Kothari Gandhi faces what may become the most important... More >>

  • Heavenly Secrets

    published April 1, 1998

    Keeping Congress Out of Contact During the summer of 1996, a group of Hollywood producers and actors spent a week mingling with scientists... More >>

  • Conspiracy Weary

    published March 11, 1998

    There are few sights sadder than a champion off his game. And Joey Skaggs hasn't exactly been batting 1,000. "I confided in total strangers... More >>

  • Uno Mas

    published March 4, 1998

    It's said that the great boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, following the first of his many retirements, spent entire days hitting tennis balls to nobody,... More >>

  • Net Loss

    published February 18, 1998

    Dr. Armando Valdez leans from a stuffed hotel armchair and sweeps at the air jaggedly with both hands, punctuates his speech with glottal stops,... More >>

  • His 15 Minutes

    published January 21, 1998

    In America, the paths to fame are many and varied. There's sports: "I wrestled in high school, and I surfed some. But I wasn't a star,... More >>

  • The Illusion of Roe V. Wade

    published January 14, 1998

    As he strides down the sidewalk, Dr. Forrest Smith flits his eyes to the other side of the street, around an approaching corner, back to the... More >>

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