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Union-Tribune publisher David Copley, who just recently took his $33 million yacht to the Cannes film festival, and had his adventures written up in his own paper, continues on his extravagant ways. Copley has given $6 million to the University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television to endow a center for costume design. UCLA says it is the first of its kind anywhere. The gift provides funds for the David C. Copley Chair for the Study of Costume Design and the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design.

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HellcatCopley June 26, 2008 @ 4:47 p.m.

LOL! Maybe they can whip up something to make him look thin! I guess UCLA does not have a journalism school ... Anyway, this little piece is bound to go over big at the UT where management salaries are frozen and people are waiting for the next layoff.

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Fred Williams June 26, 2008 @ 9:32 p.m.

A few words from H.C. Andersen on clothes making for the wealthy and deluded...

"They cut it out in the air with a huge pair of scissors, and they stitched away with needles without any thread in them....How well his Majesty looks in the new clothes! How becoming they are!"

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JohnnyVegas June 26, 2008 @ 6:31 p.m.

Why name it after himself, it was not his money, but his step fathers.

But I am glad he gave to a PUBLIC institution of higher education. Would have been better if it was San Diego State or UCSD.

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anony_mous June 26, 2008 @ 7:25 p.m.

He probably gave the money to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television because of their reputation as a training ground for people going into the theater, film and television professions. Copley is also into old time Hollywood, especially costumes for some reason. Or it could be they were the only ones who would put his name on a building?

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JohnnyVegas June 26, 2008 @ 9:32 p.m.

“The artistry of costume designers has long been a vital part of storytelling in the cinematic and performing arts and deserves significant scholarly attention* from a great educational institution such as UCLA,” said David C. Copley, publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune and chief executive officer of Copley Press Inc., the newspaper's parent company.

If they want to endow a chair for costume design, that is cool with me, and I am sure anyone else, but to say that it;

"...deserves significant scholarly attention..."

has to be the stupidest statement I have ever heard from an elite public university like UCLA.

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Duhbya June 27, 2008 @ 7:06 a.m.

This explains all the layoffs and "early" retirements at the U-T.

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 7:32 a.m.

Response to post #1: You are so right. I am still hearing from employees and ex-employees who were repulsed by Burl Stiff's report of David's overlavish socializing on his yacht at Cannes. Now this. Can't top management and the board of that company pull David aside and tell him that he is crushing morale and therefore hurting productivity -- hitting his own pocketbook -- by this activity? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 7:33 a.m.

Response to post #2: Several people asked me why, if he wanted to give $6 million to a university, he didn't make it a university based in San Diego. Good question. It will go unanswered. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 7:36 a.m.

Response to post #3: If one were to set up such a chair and center at a university, UCLA would be the logical recipient of the funds, because of its concentration on the film industry. But what about the timing of his largesse? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 7:38 a.m.

Response to post #4: There are many other topics -- the economy, the war, our dismal foreign relations -- that deserve more scholarly attention than movie costumes. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 7:41 a.m.

Response to post #5: Who will tell the emperor he is wearing no clothes? Even though they were allegedly stitched at UCLA's David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. Best, Don bauder

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 7:44 a.m.

Response to post #6: Yes, the layoffs and buyouts are all part of the tapestry here. There is a disconnect at that company. Top management simply does not understand why employees who are having their pay sliced and losing their jobs, and readers who are paying more for a much worse publication, would be offended by all the publicity for the profligacy. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas June 27, 2008 @ 9:31 a.m.

Response to post #1: You are so right. I am still hearing from employees and ex-employees who were repulsed by Burl Stiff's report of David's overlavish socializing on his yacht at Cannes.

Mr. Copley does not have the brain power or common sense to understand the damage this is causing, he only cares about himself.

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 9:58 a.m.

Response to post #13: One former executive in La Jolla told me that he had never believed that David would sell the paper. If he sold it, he would no longer get his name in its social columns. (In fact, an intelligent new buyer would probably eliminate most of the society coverage.) David would be known as David Copley, philanthropist. He would rather be known as David Copley, publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune and philanthropist. Best, Don Bauder

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HellcatCopley June 27, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m.

Of course, no one is top management at the UT can even admit to being embarassed by the dilettantish Mr. Copley. Hey, it's his money. One would think, though, that at least one advisor would counsel making this donation anonymously. It's pure bad taste, donating $6 million to such an inconsequential area of study while laid off employees are being denied unemployment and his paper is a journalistic laughingstock.

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Copleys_Taint June 27, 2008 @ 11:01 p.m.

Their first production should be "The Emperor's New Clothes." Maybe Dave could hire Christo to design his costume.

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 7:15 a.m.

Response to post #17: The only thing Christo does is hang umbrellas of Wal-Mart orange in a supposedly artistic fashion, usually destroying natural beauty in the process. So could Christo design a costume for David? Doubt it. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell June 28, 2008 @ 9:20 a.m.

David has his clothes tailored in Egypt by Omar the Tent Maker. Omar also did Marlon Brando's wardrobe.

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Burwell June 28, 2008 @ 2:11 p.m.

Obesity is not genetic, is due to sloth, inactivity, and laziness. Obesity is a moral failing.

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Don Bauder June 27, 2008 @ 3:44 p.m.

Response to post #15: Very good point. This is the time for anonymous gifts. Back when the company was financially healthy, but was battling with the guild and the Teamsters, it boasted just as much about family profligacy. Those posh parties at Helen's or David's showed up in Stiff's column regularly. I didn't think it was a good idea then. But I was not invited to the parties, either. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas June 28, 2008 @ 9:26 a.m.

David has his clothes tailored in Egypt by Omar the Tent Maker. Omar also did Marlon Brando's wardrobe.

Ouchie!

The fact is David Copley is very overweight and has serious health issues, and no one (or at least I can't) should joke about that.

I believe he is 52/53 y/o and has had major surgery. I think he will have a hard time making it to age 60.

Given those facts I cannot make jokes about his weight or health.

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Burwell June 28, 2008 @ 10:24 a.m.

I don't have any sympathy for David's situation since it's of his own making. If I was in David's situation the health insurance company would have pulled the plug on me long ago and I'd be dead. Instead, because I'm middle class and lack David's resources I have to keep my weight and cholesterol within reasonable limits and do not drink alcohol.

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 10:27 a.m.

Response to post #19" "A book of verses underneath the Bough; A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread -- and Thou." Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 10:30 a.m.

Response to post #20: David had a heart transplant. Following that, he lost a lot of weight. People near him claim that he can live much longer, because people can have more than one transplant. I don't know that people are making jokes about his health and weight anymore. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 10:35 a.m.

Response to post #21: I had heard originally that David was not a candidate for a heart transplant because his health was so poor. He did manage to get one, and made a large donation to the institution that provided it. I certainly hope for David's sake that he has quit alcohol and tobacco. Best, Don Bauder

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Russ Lewis June 28, 2008 @ 10:46 a.m.

re #21: Obesity is most often genetically inherited and of no one's making. Try getting your chest cracked open and spending months in rehabilitation and see what a joking matter it is.

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 4:35 p.m.

Response to post #26: That may be true in many cases, but certainly not in all, as discussed above. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas June 28, 2008 @ 2:45 p.m.

Obesity is not genetic, is due to sloth, inactivity, and laziness. Obesity is a moral failing.

Some obesity is due to lifestyle, especially here in America. I guess that can be called a failing (I don't think it is a "moral" failing though).

But more is due to genetics or medical reasons.

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 4:33 p.m.

Response to post #25: Obesity is certainly genetic in many cases. Almost everybody knows someone who nearly starves himself or herself, exercises, takes pills, but still can't get weight down for any length of time. On the other hand, obesity can result from sloth, overeating, etc. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 28, 2008 @ 4:37 p.m.

Response to post #27: I agree with Johnny on this one. Best, Don Bauder

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CaptainHoHo June 29, 2008 @ 11:12 a.m.

Oh, ho, ho, ho...thanks for the item, Don. Wish you were still raking muck for the U-T, as it was one of the few pieces of good journalism there. A great big old U-T upper management shoulder squeeze to ye!

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Don Bauder June 29, 2008 @ 12:35 p.m.

Response to post #31: I would be wary of any great big old U-T upper management shoulder squeeze. It would be like a vise. Best, Don Bauder

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Fred Williams July 5, 2008 @ 8:42 a.m.

==Warning: Parental Advisory for Strong Content==

Dear David,

We are all so pleased about your generous gift. Just like you always say, "We ain't in Kansas anymore!"

As per your instructions, we have acquired and have begun work on refitting Dorothy's original costume for you.

The seller, Mr. Kim of N. Korea, demanded most of the money in the fund, but the darling blue gingham checked short dress finally arrived intact along with a few spare missile parts we transfered over to Happy Days.

We have endeavored to match the original fabrics completely while expanding the surface area to match your demanding requirements as to girth.

To get an idea of what you might look like, see here:

http://www.buycostumes.com/Dorothy-Plus--Adult-Costume/12571/ProductDetail.aspx

Your first fitting is scheduled for July 31st. You can always visit us here, but I'd be happy to helicopter out to your yacht if needed. Burl can ride along if he likes, but he must keep his hands to himself this time.

The wig and basket are being prepared in Paris.

The little yapping dog, Toto, is proving to be a challenge for us here at UCLA's David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. There have been some protests about animal abuse. We have ordered additional tasers to deal with this problem.

Again, thank you for your wonderful gift to the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. After we have filled your request, we shall have a remainder of $10 left over. We understand that this is similar to the amount you have budgeted for Union Tribune salaries this fiscal year. So we consider you most kind.

Best wishes always,

Mildred T. Thistlebottom Director of Gifts

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Don Bauder July 5, 2008 @ 12:23 p.m.

Response to post #33: Fred, you should be writing for The Onion. You have a fire for satire. And you do it so well. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas July 5, 2008 @ 1:53 p.m.

Oh my was that FUNNY!

I wish I had a creative mind like that!

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Don Bauder July 5, 2008 @ 5:51 p.m.

Response to post #35: You're a lawyer, Johnny. The only time lawyers get creative is when they are concocting smoke and mirrors of legal Latin to obfuscate a very simple scam perpetrated by their clients. Best, Don Bauder

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Fred Williams July 6, 2008 @ 7:53 a.m.

Re: #34

I'm just giving back.

I read the Union and the Tribune both in their day. I'm sure that some of those writers now looking for work are spending their days reading online, and naturally have a glance at this blog, Don.

I consider it a pleasure to brighten their day with a hearty laugh. I hope they copy/paste the url and send it to their friends, or dress it up on officialish letter head...(insert evil laughter here).

At the minimum, I find it funny and enjoy having written it. That's pay enough for now.

Still, it would be nice to write a regular satire of "officialish correspondence" between our dear leaders.

For today, thanks for the compliment.

Fred the merry prankster

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Don Bauder July 6, 2008 @ 11:04 a.m.

Response to post #37: Until someone gives you a moniker like Mark Twain and a regular space in, say, Time Magazine, please keep sending your satires to this blog. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 6, 2008 @ 11:09 a.m.

Response to post #38: Yes, good, Williamsish satire. The REAL joke, of course, is why the U-T devoted so much space to that ticket matter when taxpayers' pockets are being picked on so many meaningful activity. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas July 6, 2008 @ 2:40 p.m.

Don, if you haven't already seen it, please watch this breaking news video...

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/bu...

By Fred_Williams 12:54 p.m., Jul 6, 2008 > Report it

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OMG was that one hilarious!!!!! Another classic!

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Don Bauder July 6, 2008 @ 3:30 p.m.

Response to posts #41 and 42: Highly recommended. Best, Don Bauder

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ruby April 3, 2009 @ 1:08 p.m.

if captain ho ho is david copley some one is looking for you in seattle, you might be suprised? "_"

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