Welcome to theleftturnnetwork.com
In October, 2011, I created The Left Turn Network as an online vehicle with which to share my ideas and creative works. As part of this effort, I began the flagship channel – now known as
Explorin’ with George – YouTube
This web site opened a decade ago- around 2013.
Explorin’ with George
In May, 2019, I moved to El Cajon, California. I began broadcasting the first “Explorin’ with George” shows later that Summer to share my films where I experienced all that San Diego County has to offer.
History San Diego!
In the Fall of 2021-the “History San Diego!” series began on YouTube – on a dedicated History San Diego channel:
History San Diego – YouTube
Each episode of this series is a comprehensive documentary of the historic place or moment.
Welcome to History San Diego!
The Official 2023-24 “History San Diego!”
Season #3 Broadcast Schedule (Revised 12/3/23)
Already Broadcast & Available On This Page
*September Land Reform and Mission San Diego
*October San Diego in The North American Context (1830s)
*November Wild Card – 20th Century San Diego Highways, & Freeways, The Pacific Milestone, Highway 80, JFK on El Cajon Blvd
*November Landmark Profile # 3 Rancho de Los Penasquitos Adobe
Ahead in 2023-24
December Becoming a Pueblo
January The Kumeyaay People (1820s-1830s)
January Landmark Profile # 4 TBA (On Location)
February San Diego in The North American Context (1840s)
March San Diego & The Mexican-American War
April Landmark Profile # 5 TBA (On Location) OR Wild Card #4 TBA
May “Just a Walk in Balboa Park” or another Landmark Profile —Season 3 Finale
TBA=To Be Announced
* Already broadcast and available on this website.
All times, topics, & locations are tentative and subject to change.
My goal in our 3rd season is to present you with 11 shows thru May,2024.
December 3, 2023
Already Available for Viewing-Show links are below
Prior Shows from Seasons 1 & 2
Season #1 (shows 1-8)
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Discovers San Diego Bay
How San Diego Got It’s Name , The 1602 Exploration of San Diego Bay by Sebastián Vizcaíno
The Kumeyaay- The First People of San Diego
Show # 4
The 1769 Conquest & The Founding of Mission San Diego de Alcalá by Junipero Serra
Show # 5 The Early Years at Mission San Diego de Alcala and The Revolt of 1775
Show #6 The Anza Expedition, North America 1763-1775, Early Maps of San Diego Bay
Show #7 Life at The Mission and Presidio from 1775-1797,Securing The Bay, Fort Guijarros,
Show #8 Season #1 Finale “Fieldtrip” to Balboa Park and Summary of The 1st Season of History San Diego (spanning 1542-1797)
The 2022 1st Annual “Summer Show”-The Pacific Milestone Story
Season #2 (Shows 9 thru 18)
Show #9 Season 2 Premiere- What Happened At The Battle of San Diego Bay? – American Smugglers Clash with The Spanish Military
Show #10 Early 19th Century San Diego in North America-The Louisiana Purchase & The Earthquake of 1812
Show # 11 Power Shifts-The Spanish Empire Declines as The New Nation of Mexico Rises
Show #12 Experiencing San Diego History at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park on December 18, 2022
Show #13 Experiencing San Diego History at Mission Dam
Show #14 (“Wild Card Special” #1) San Diego History- John F Kennedy Presidential Campaign Rally in San Diego- November 2, 1960
Show #15 (“Wild Card Special” #2) San Diego History- President John F. Kennedy Visits San Diego on June 6, 1963
Show #16 March, 2023 Fieldtrip to Old Town–Landmark Profile #1: La Casa de Estudillo
Show # 17 April, 2023 San Diego History-Origins of San Diego Power-The Dons of San Diego- The Early Settlers & The Ranchos
Show #18 May, 2023 Landmark Profile #2 Don Juan Bandini, Casa de Bandini & The Cosmopolitan Hotel over the years at Old Town San Diego
The 2022 2nd Annual “Summer Show”- Boot Camp at The San Diego U.S. Naval Training Center in the 1960s
Season # 3 (Shows 19-?)
Show #19 September, 2023 San Diego & Mexico’s Land Reform, The Secularization of the California Missions, Mission San Diego
Show #20 1830s North America – Pioneers Move West, The Trail of Tears, Santa Anna,The Republic of Texas Rises
Show #21 (“Wild Card Special” #3) 20th Century San Diego Highways, & Freeways, The Pacific Milestone, Highway 80, JFK on El Cajon Blvd
Show #22 Landmark Profile #3 Exploring San Diego History’s at The Rancho Peñasquitos Adobe- 2nd Oldest Residence in the County
Please Stay Tuned to This Page for Future Updates
***Please note that all times, topics, & locations are tentative and subject to change. Our seasons run from September thru May. A special “Summer Show” is broadcast every Summer in August.
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“History San Diego!”
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The Jacksonville History Film Project 2012-2022
In April, 2013, I created- what is now known as- The Jax Life Channel – on YouTube-
TheJaxLife – YouTube
focused on the local politics, government, history and culture of Jacksonville, Florida (my city of residence for over 30 years).
In 2022, in a special broadcast in observance of the city’s Bicentennial, the channel was dedicated to the People of the City of Jacksonville, and I ended regular broadcast operations on that channel.
I curate historic films, images, illustrations, and archives. The films appear in playlists on each of the YouTube channels.
@ExploringwithGeorge on TikTok
These day I have even more shows…in even more places….
for some cool history shows for you to enjoy!
It is my hope that these words have given you some insight into what I’m up to. I encourage you to please enjoy my shows and if you have any interest in creative collaboration, business opportunities, or have questions, please feel free to reach out.
El Cajon, California
The Left Turn Network- Founded in 2011
We’re on Facebook Groups:
History Jacksonville! (Public, Open Access-Membership Can Be Requested)
History San Diego! (Public, Open Access-Membership Can Be Requested)
History California! (Public, Open Access-Membership Can Be Requested)