Edit ModuleShow Tags

From the Archives: The Original "How San Diego Are You" Quiz in 2006

What's changed, and what hasn't, in defining what it means to be a San Diegan



“In San Diego, status as a native-born carries undeniable cachet,” then-Editor in Chief Tom Blair wrote in his March 2006 editor’s letter. “Next best thing is an ability to demonstrate longevity. ‘Came here with the Navy after World War II’ is a common boast. ‘Went to elementary school here’ is another. So, what does it mean to be a San Diegan?” The magazine published a six-page quiz to “determine how you measure up.” It was sort of a checklist or bucket list with 111 items, and if you scored a perfect 111, you could “call yourself a native—even if you just blew into town.”

“When we did ‘How San Diegan Are You?’ in 2006, it was well received by the public and other local media,” recalls Ron Donoho, the executive editor who compiled the questions. “I remember the TV stations picked up on it, and Jeff & Jer Showgram filled a big portion of one morning radio slot by reading and answering the questions from the feature.”

A lot has changed, but some things remain the same. Coincidentally, we highlight two of the same hamburger joints—Rocky’s and Hodad’s—in our 2019 edition!

In 2006, we had a scoring system with various titles, from Alonzo Horton (80–111 points: “San Diego’s founding father would be proud”) to Zoned Out (0–19 points, and the suggestion that the reader head back to Arizona).

Donoho himself aced it, of course. “Me, I scored as an ‘Alonzo Horton.’ It helps if you’re writing the questions!”


Sample items from the 2006 quiz:

❑ Forgot which fruit level you parked on at Horton Plaza.

❑ Protested the entrée of Starbucks in Ocean Beach.

❑ Have always hated Los Angeles.

❑ Rode belly-to-belly on the red trolley (next to a guy with his face painted powder blue) on the way to a Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium.

❑ Can recite verbatim radio and TV commercial jingles for McCune, Hoehn, Baker, and Mossy car dealerships.

❑ Waited while the cast paused as a plane flew overhead during a performance at the outdoor Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park.

❑ Can’t imagine life without a Republican mayor.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

From the Archives: San Diego Magazine's First Review of Pamplemousse, 1997

What's the same and a little different at one of San Diego's most iconic restaurants

3 Ways to Style Your Succulents for the Holidays

We excerpt three recipes from Jessica Cain's book, Stylish Succulent Designs & Other Botanical Crafts

The Upside of a Downsize—to an Apartment in Carmel Valley

Why the Braidwoods sold their three-bedroom home
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Problem With Bright Red Tuna
    Many Americans still think bright red tuna means it’s fresher (it’s not)
  2. First Look: Animae
    Puffer Malarkey Restaurants unveil 5.5 million-dollar pan-Asian concept
  3. Jason Mraz and his Historic Coffee Bean
    The singer and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters unveil the first California-grown Geisha coffee
  4. The Hunt For San Diego's Best Chicken Wings
    How wings became the No. 1 kickoff food in the U.S., and our hunt for the best
  5. How San Diego Are You?
    Take our quiz to see where you land on the newcomer to old-timer spectrum
  6. First Look: Zinqué
    L.A. success story brings the soul of French zincs to Little Italy
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles

October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


’Tis the Season for San Diego Fun

Here's where to play and stay this winter in America’s Finest City

We Chat with the Crew behind Hornblower Cruises and Events Aboard the High Spirits Ship

Sponsored by Hornblower
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags