4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Tony Curtis' Alpine father-in-law is 17 years younger

San Diego admiral fed contracts to and two-timed his paramour

— Details are sketchy so far, but word has it that the latest Pentagon sex scandal has a distinctly San Diego tinge. Fifty-four-year-old Rear Admiral John T. Scudi, whose title was director of shore installation management and privatization programs, was relieved of those duties in August after it was alleged he'd had a long-standing sexual affair with a government contractor. According to published reports, the contractor agreed to testify against Scudi after she found out that the married one-star admiral had been two-timing with yet another woman, a civilian employed by the Navy. It's alleged that Scudi steered at least $150,000 of Navy training contracts without competitive bids to the first lover and gave her inside dope on upcoming Navy work. Now the San Diego angle: Scudi spent several years stationed here, and some of the allegedly shady contracts were awarded during that time. Stay tuned. The identity of the alleged paramour has yet to be revealed but is rumored to be a local blockbuster ... Tony Curtis, the venerable, much-married star of Some Like It Hot, recently tied the knot in Vegas with Jill Ann Vandenberg, 27, a statuesque blonde horse trainer who ran Briarwood Riding Academy in San Diego's backcountry. None was prouder than Vandenberg's papa, Alpine physician David L. Vandenberg, who, at age 56, is exactly 17 years younger than his new son-in-law. Reached by phone and asked about the age differential, the doctor said, "I don't like that slant," and hung up.

Scam Diego

A one-time San Diego stock trader will have to fork over $3.9 million in restitution for his role in bribing a deputy Oklahoma state treasurer. That's what a federal appeals court ruled in the long-running case of Joseph Patrick Kuhse, who, while working for Planners Independent Management in Rancho Bernardo, fleeced Oklahoma taxpayers of $7 million in 1993. After he was indicted, Kuhse fled his house in Scripps Ranch and went to Central America. He later turned himself in to the FBI, pled guilty, and got six years in prison. Kuhse argued that he would never be able to earn enough to pay restitution, but the court said he could find "gainful employment" after he got out of the pen ... That controversial San Diego-based charity, Help Hospitalized Veterans, has picked up another round of bad publicity. This time, South Carolina's secretary of state has put the group on his "Scrooge" list of the top ten charities that "fail miserably" in their mission. The nonprofit group, which distributes craft kits at V.A. hospitals around the country, has been attacked for spending too much on overhead, but Mike Lynch, the group's executive director, is striking back. "Whatever their guidelines are, frankly, I could care less," he told a South Carolina newspaper. "We'd be doing a disservice to veterans if we ran this charity based on what watchdogs dictated to us."

Electorate in exile

Should Mexicans living abroad be allowed to vote in that country's national elections? According to an advisory commission to Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute, the answer is a qualified yes. The question is more than academic for the estimated seven million Mexican citizens living in the United States. As of now, they can't, and that's the way the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) wants to keep it, since most of the economic exiles are thought to be sure votes for opposing parties. If the scheme is ever approved, plans call for hundreds of polling places to accommodate the expatriates here. Meanwhile, the exodus continues, and not just for economic reasons. The L.A. Times quotes Mauricio Lulka, head of the Central Committee of the Jewish Community in Mexico City, as saying that more than three dozen prominent Jewish families have left town for San Diego to escape crime.

Kroc or Memorex?

For a colorful bit of San Diego history, go to the newly opened Ray A. Kroc Museum in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, his hometown and headquarters of McDonald's, the hamburger empire he improbably built. Kroc's checkered career as a speakeasy pianist-turned-billionaire is on full display, including a special "Talk to Ray" room, where the late Padres owner answers visitors' questions through the miracle of videotape.

Contributor: Matt Potter

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Most boards are shaped for men’s bodies

If I am having a bad day, I go to the ocean.
Next Article

Maya Moon gives Normal Heights a chocolate bar

Minimally processed and naturally sweetened food and drinks shine at new coffee shop alternative

— Details are sketchy so far, but word has it that the latest Pentagon sex scandal has a distinctly San Diego tinge. Fifty-four-year-old Rear Admiral John T. Scudi, whose title was director of shore installation management and privatization programs, was relieved of those duties in August after it was alleged he'd had a long-standing sexual affair with a government contractor. According to published reports, the contractor agreed to testify against Scudi after she found out that the married one-star admiral had been two-timing with yet another woman, a civilian employed by the Navy. It's alleged that Scudi steered at least $150,000 of Navy training contracts without competitive bids to the first lover and gave her inside dope on upcoming Navy work. Now the San Diego angle: Scudi spent several years stationed here, and some of the allegedly shady contracts were awarded during that time. Stay tuned. The identity of the alleged paramour has yet to be revealed but is rumored to be a local blockbuster ... Tony Curtis, the venerable, much-married star of Some Like It Hot, recently tied the knot in Vegas with Jill Ann Vandenberg, 27, a statuesque blonde horse trainer who ran Briarwood Riding Academy in San Diego's backcountry. None was prouder than Vandenberg's papa, Alpine physician David L. Vandenberg, who, at age 56, is exactly 17 years younger than his new son-in-law. Reached by phone and asked about the age differential, the doctor said, "I don't like that slant," and hung up.

Scam Diego

A one-time San Diego stock trader will have to fork over $3.9 million in restitution for his role in bribing a deputy Oklahoma state treasurer. That's what a federal appeals court ruled in the long-running case of Joseph Patrick Kuhse, who, while working for Planners Independent Management in Rancho Bernardo, fleeced Oklahoma taxpayers of $7 million in 1993. After he was indicted, Kuhse fled his house in Scripps Ranch and went to Central America. He later turned himself in to the FBI, pled guilty, and got six years in prison. Kuhse argued that he would never be able to earn enough to pay restitution, but the court said he could find "gainful employment" after he got out of the pen ... That controversial San Diego-based charity, Help Hospitalized Veterans, has picked up another round of bad publicity. This time, South Carolina's secretary of state has put the group on his "Scrooge" list of the top ten charities that "fail miserably" in their mission. The nonprofit group, which distributes craft kits at V.A. hospitals around the country, has been attacked for spending too much on overhead, but Mike Lynch, the group's executive director, is striking back. "Whatever their guidelines are, frankly, I could care less," he told a South Carolina newspaper. "We'd be doing a disservice to veterans if we ran this charity based on what watchdogs dictated to us."

Electorate in exile

Should Mexicans living abroad be allowed to vote in that country's national elections? According to an advisory commission to Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute, the answer is a qualified yes. The question is more than academic for the estimated seven million Mexican citizens living in the United States. As of now, they can't, and that's the way the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) wants to keep it, since most of the economic exiles are thought to be sure votes for opposing parties. If the scheme is ever approved, plans call for hundreds of polling places to accommodate the expatriates here. Meanwhile, the exodus continues, and not just for economic reasons. The L.A. Times quotes Mauricio Lulka, head of the Central Committee of the Jewish Community in Mexico City, as saying that more than three dozen prominent Jewish families have left town for San Diego to escape crime.

Kroc or Memorex?

For a colorful bit of San Diego history, go to the newly opened Ray A. Kroc Museum in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, his hometown and headquarters of McDonald's, the hamburger empire he improbably built. Kroc's checkered career as a speakeasy pianist-turned-billionaire is on full display, including a special "Talk to Ray" room, where the late Padres owner answers visitors' questions through the miracle of videotape.

Contributor: Matt Potter

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Keeping Up With Commander Cody

“He poured a much-too-large line on my hand”
Next Article

Video game music spawns new tribute genre

Gamer jazz groups, string quartets, mariachi bands
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close