Longtime San Diego auto dealer Richard "Tony" McCune retired in April of last year after selling his National City auto dealership. It had been in his family for 65 years.
Now, a yacht, November Tango, formerly owned by McCune, is on sale for a reduced price. Crow's Nest Yachts advertises "REDUCED AGAIN. Now $1,950,000. Seller wants offers!"
An interview with McCune in the Union-Tribune at the time of his retirement didn't mention his headline-making adventures in the late 1980s. Call-girl-ring madam Karen Wilkening, known as the "Rolodex Madam," had McCune as a customer, according to court testimony. A call-girl told in court of an assignation with McCune that had been arranged through Wilkening, her employer. Wilkening eventually spent time in prison.
At one point, Wilkening fled to the Philippines. She has stated that she took my book, Captain Money and the Golden Girl, with her. Every year, I used to give a speech to the Downtown Lions. One year, she gave a speech to the Lions several weeks before mine. There was a long line of members waiting outside to get in. There never was a line when I spoke, except perhaps to get out the door in a hurry afterward. I tried discussing reverse splits and still couldn't draw a Wilkening-sized audience.