San Diego: ASHA’s 2005 Convention Not to disparage either of these wonderful things-which alone are worth the trip-but there’s also the fact that ASHA’s 2005 Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Convention will be held at the San Diego Convention Center Nov. 18–20. So start making your plans and find out first-hand what 70 degrees feels ... ASHA Convention Coverage
ASHA Convention Coverage  |   June 01, 2005
San Diego: ASHA’s 2005 Convention
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  • Ellen Uffen, is the former managing editor, features, of The ASHA Leader.
    Ellen Uffen, is the former managing editor, features, of The ASHA Leader.×
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   June 01, 2005
San Diego: ASHA’s 2005 Convention
The ASHA Leader, June 2005, Vol. 10, 6-33. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC.10082005.6
The ASHA Leader, June 2005, Vol. 10, 6-33. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC.10082005.6
Quick-what do you know about San Diego? The weather and the zoo, right?
Not to disparage either of these wonderful things-which alone are worth the trip-but there’s also the fact that ASHA’s 2005 Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Convention will be held at the San Diego Convention Center Nov. 18–20.
So start making your plans and find out first-hand what 70 degrees feels like in November.
And for those ASHA members who already happen to live where it’s warm in November, please join the rest of us. There’ll be plenty going on in San Diego aside from the perfect weather. But more about Convention activities, including specific information concerning registration, hotels, and schedules, is slated to appear on the ASHA Web site and in future issues of The ASHA Leader. Right now, let’s talk about San Diego.
The second most populated city in California after Los Angeles (and the seventh-largest in the United States), San Diego is a stunning place in the luckiest of natural settings that offers a diversity of activities-and some excellent eating. It’s also a sprawling city, but one whose major attractions are surprisingly accessible by foot or public transportation.
There are things here not to be missed so plan carefully around the many events at the ASHA Convention and make some time to be a tourist in San Diego.
You’re already in the San Diego Convention Center-there’s a convenient trolley line right there to take you wherever you choose to go. Or you might want to take a stroll around the downtown area first. The Embarcadero-the harbor-is a fine place to roam. Breathe in that wonderful salt water scent and look around. You’ll be within walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Diego Maritime Museum. Little Italy’s also close by-stop for lunch or dinner or a snack.
Or wander through the Gaslamp Quarter, only eight blocks long, so easy to negotiate, and once home to saloons and bordellos, among other colorful sites. It’s now a National Historic District that’s a lively area of restaurants and art galleries. There’s also plenty of shopping in the vicinity-the shops of Seaport Village are right next to the Convention Center and Horton Plaza is also close by. The new PETCO Park-the home of the San Diego Padres-is nearby as well.
Then choose a direction: Find your way to the Broadway Pier west of the Convention Center and take a short ferry trip to visit the fabulous Hotel del Coronado-it’s an all-wood Victorian over-the-top sight much worth seeing and, just in case anyone asks, “the del” is the place where the Prince of Wales first met Mrs. Simpson (the hotel’s Prince of Wales Restaurant commemorates the occasion). The Museum of History and Art is right in the neighborhood too, as is the U.S. Naval Air Station.
Or head north and a bit west of the Convention Center and visit Old Town. See where San Diego began. History is recreated in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. And while you’re there, don’t miss the colorful Bazaar del Mundo-do some shopping and stop (again-why not?) for a snack, this time of wonderful and authentic Mexican specialties.
Balboa Park
However you spend your time in San Diego, make sure to save some of it to visit Balboa Park. In fact, it wouldn’t be bad advice to just visit Balboa Park and forget everything else-but we wouldn’t want to twist your arm even though we can promise you that you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t see the San Diego Zoo, the most famous spot in the park and perhaps in the city as well.
Balboa Park, of course, has a lot more than the zoo in its 1,200 acres. There are 15 museums, at least one for every eclectic taste, including the San Diego History Museum, Museum of Art, and Model Railroad Museum (the world’s largest of its kind). There’s a carousel and a miniature railroad. There are natural wonders wherever you look-Balboa Park is home to 15,000 trees of 350 different species and there’s a Desert Garden, Old Cactus Garden, a rose garden, and native plant preserve. And all of this barely scratches Balboa Park’s splendid surface.
But, back to the zoo. You say you’ve already been to the San Diego Zoo? How many times? Once? Twice? Take our advice: Go to the San Diego Zoo. Some say it’s the greatest zoo in the world and some of us have no argument with that assessment. And who told you it’s just for kids? Don’t believe that for a minute.
This is a zoo with everything. It’s been growing since 1916, when Henry Wegeforth got the idea from the previous year’s Panama-California International Exposition, with its display of animals, which was held in Balboa Park. Wegeforth quickly put together a board of directors, found some donors and, by 1921, received approval to move to 150 acres in Balboa Park.
From the few animals left over from the Panama-California International Exposition, the zoo now is home to more than 4,000 animals in beautifully designed natural habitats as well as 6,500 plant species. There’s a tropical aviary, an Asian rain forest, the Polar Bear Plunge, the Giant Pandas, and don’t miss the Absolutely Apes display. The zoo is huge-you might want to look into taking a tram or a Skyfari or you’ll get very tired very fast.
And lest you spend so much time at the zoo that you have little time left for souvenir shopping, don’t worry-do your shopping right there at the zoo’s own gift shops and some of what you spend will go to support zoo programs.
The zoo also runs a Wild Animal Park, north of the city, which is definitely worth the time, if you have any to spare. It’s a giant wildlife preserve where habitats are natural and animals run free. You’ll feel like you’re on safari.
And, if you have some more time, even though it’s a little far afield, don’t forget SeaWorld-it’s a lot more commercial than the zoo, but a lot of fun anyway. Shamu the killer whale puts on a terrific show, as do his aquatic colleagues the dolphins and sea lions and sharks and manatees and other creatures of the waters.
And, a couple of other things: San Diego also has 70 miles of spectacular beaches-Mission Bay’s the place to see-and you’re also a stone’s throw away from Mexico, a fact that is certainly architecturally and culinarily evident. But you already have so much to do, maybe we’ll save the Mexican connection until your next trip (however, if you can’t wait and you’re determined to get there, the San Diego Trolley’s a good way to do it-it’s fast and convenient).
Convention Theme
Lest we get more involved in the pleasures of where we are, let’s for a moment consider why we’re there. The ASHA Convention itself is, of course, one of San Diego’s prime attractions, at least from Nov. 18–20, and Convention co-chairs Brenda Ryals (for audiology) and Brian Shulman (speech-language pathology) are promising some heady treats. Using Evidence to Support Clinical Practice-the 2005 Convention theme-will be the basis of exciting sessions and professional development opportunities for members at every stage of their careers.
The ASHA Audiology Convention this year will highlight a different topic each day-vestibular issues, auditory processing disorders, and genetics, with nationally and internationally known speakers scheduled to present their work. The morning audiology keynote addresses will not overlap other sessions, so those attending the keynotes can still attend that other special presentation that sounded so interesting.
Since the theme of evidence-based practice is of increasing importance to both audiologists and speech-language pathologists, expect many sessions that will attract professionals from both areas. Planners are hoping that SLPs will attend audiology sessions-and vice versa. The ASHA Convention is a rare opportunity for members of both professions to meet, converse, and share each other’s work.
So make your preliminary plans and keep your eyes on The ASHA Leader and the ASHA Web site. More specific information on the 2005 ASHA Convention is coming soon. And, come fall, don’t pack away the warm weather clothing and sunglasses-happily, you’ll need them in November.
A Brief History of San Diego

In 1542, when Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer sailing under the Spanish flag, entered San Diego Bay, the land he found had already been inhabited for centuries by the San Dieguito people and the Kumeyaay Indians. Cabrillo, who had actually been exploring for the elusive northwest passage that would link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, named his discovery San Miguel, in honor of the feast day of San Miguel on Sept. 28, when Cabrillo first sailed into the new land.

In 1602, another Spanish expedition, led by Sebastián Vizcaíno, entered San Miguel. Vizcaíno renamed his discovery San Diego in honor of the patron saint of his flagship, San Diego de Alcalá. But the actual colonization of the area by Spain would not happen until a century and a half later, with the arrival of Father Junípero Serra who would eventually establish 21 missions throughout California. The dedication of the first mission in the state-San Diego de Alcalá-on July 16, 1769, was effectively the de dication as well of the city of San Diego.

The Spanish retained control of California until Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, at which time the Mexican flag was raised over San Diego. The following year the area that we now know as Old Town San Diego began to be settled. By 1846, the war between Mexico and the United States was raging, and the U.S. took San Diego and raised the American flag over the city. In 1850 California became a state. San Diego had a population of 650.

Years later, in 1867, real estate speculator Alonzo Horton bought 960 acres of land in San Diego and set out to make the land into a new American city. Indeed, by 1884, when the transcontinental railroad reached San Diego, the city was booming. The fortunes of San Diego, however, waned with lack of interest in land speculation and little industrial development.

But the city’s fortunes rose again with tourism resulting from the Panama-California Exposition, and when the U.S. military recognized San Diego’s strategic importance-and perfect flying weather-they moved in to stay.

Today the city’s population numbers almost 1.5 million and houses one of the world’s largest military complexes, which continues to attract economic growth. The future of San Diego is also closely tied to the new high-tech industries, and tourism is still strong. The zoo and the weather and the city’s natural beauty are powerful attractions-and all of that’s not likely to change.

Useful Web Sites

General tourist information

San Diego Convention Center

Museums and historical societies

Map of Balboa Park with links to its attractions

Balboa Park exhibit calendar


San Diego for Kids

Sea World

San Diego Magazine



Cheryl’s Restaurant Picks

San Diego’s culinary scene has been featured in national publications such as Food Arts, Food & Wine, and Gourmet. There are more than 6,400 restaurants in San Diego County. The following picks are located within walking distance or a short cab ride from the San Diego Convention Center and the Convention hotels.

Bertrand at Mister A’s

2550 Fifth Avenue

You can’t talk about Bertrand at Mister A’s without mentioning the view: You can see downtown, uptown, Balboa Park, Point Loma, the Pacific…you can see it all by day, or by the night lights. It is expensive with a formal feel and serves continental cuisine. Service is superb.

Fish Market and Top of the Market 750 N. Harbor Drive Big with tourists and locals, this fish house and its more attractive upstairs portion prepare seafood the way seafood should be. With the patio dining, there is no seat closer to the water. The fresh fish arrives daily and is grilled over a mesquite wood fire to seal in moisture. The restaurant offers more than a dozen catches each day.

Blue Point Coasta 565 5th Avenue Blue Point is fun with handsome bartenders that help to make the wait easier. This upscale Gaslamp Quarter eatery is more formal with its plush banquettes than most area restaurants. Seafood, including Blue Point oysters prepared in a variety of ways, is the star of the menu, but be sure to plan on one of the creative appetizers, drinks, and desserts.

Galileo 101 100 Harbor Drive Located directly across the street and trolley tracks from the San Diego Convention Center, Galileo’s has outdoor seating and 101 varieties of wines from around the world. There is also a five-course tasting menu.

Asti Ristorante 728 Fifth Avenue Northern Italian cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter with consistently fresh and well-made dishes have made this restaurant a local favorite. The patio area is enclosed for comfort and is a great place to people-watch. One of the specialties is the Mixed Seafood Grill over spicy pasta.

Royal Thai Cuisine 467 5th Avenue Brian Shulman, Convention program co-chair, says this eatery features superb Thai food with reasonable prices. A great choice for vegetarians, the menu offers a full line of choices. The top-selling soup is Tom Kah (coconut soup with shrimp). Favorite entrees include Crying Tiger (ultra-spicy beef and greens) or Kang Ped (red curry, bamboo shoots, eggplant, and basil).

Hob Nob Hill 227 First Avenue Another of Brian’s favorites-“Although you need a taxi to get there, they serve an awesome breakfast.” Famous for its no-nonsense, generous portions of traditional American home-cooked food, this diner draws crowds of locals. The buttermilk pancakes, corned beef hash, pot roast, and turkey croquettes win praise from all who visit this well-established diner.

El Agave 2304 San Diego Avenue Located in Old Town San Diego, El Agave is known as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city with over 750 kinds of tequila, ranging in price from $6 a shot to $145. For those prices you won’t find the usual lime wedge, instead they offer a little glass of sangrita, a spicy Bloody Mary. Their dishes are created from traditional Mayan and Aztec recipes with an added creative twist.

Seaport Village This area is on the bay just out the back door of the Manchester Hyatt Hotel and a short walk from the San Diego Marriott Hotel. There are several little shops, and many casual relaxed restaurants. The Harbor House and Edgewater Grill are two to try.

Cheryl Russell, a.k.a. ASHA’s resident food critic, is director of Convention and Meetings. Contact her at

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