Sam Quinones, author and Los Angeles times reporter, will be on the NewsHour on PBS tonight to talk about the pills and heroin epidemic in America, the topic of the book he is writing. The peg, of course, is the overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Quinones was The Record’s police beat reporter in the 1980s. Quite a guy: eminently likable, funny, fascinated by culture and crime. A great storyteller. Here’s his blog.
I was holding down the police beat when Quinones came for a tryout. We rolled out to the scene of a vehicle into dwelling. Some chucklehead lost control of a stolen a sports car and crashed through the wall of a Section 8 home in Sierra Vista. It was dusk. Several patrol units were on scene, lights flashing, radios crackling — and about 200 Sierra Vista residents, all jabbering at once, some taunting the cops. Quinones had never seen anything like that crazy street energy. He was intrigued.
He covered crime for the paper through the rock cocaine epidemic. When people ask where he was educated he tells them he was educated in Stockton.