Stephen Meyer

Articles by Stephen Meyer

San Diego characters you should have known

Al Ducheny, Steve Kelly, Larry Himmel, Sam Spital, Stanley Siegel, Ed Miller

Bad blood in Barrio Logan Ducheny is most unpopular with those who run the government-funded agencies, people such as Rachel Ortiz, who directs the Barrio Station youth program; Jess Haro, chairman of the Chicano Federation; ...

Pal of Hemingway, Peron, Cardenas, and B. Trevan ends up in San Diego

Where a job with Time magazine led William Weber Johnson

Ernest Hemingway was good company, but his drinking and hard living were difficult to keep up with. Argentinian president Juan Peron was either a tad insincere, or he didn’t dare challenge the will of his ...

You can run but you cannot hide (at least not in Tijuana)

Was James Gibson tortured by Mexican police?

When two Mexican police officers and two FBI agents showed up at his beachfront Playas de Tijuana apartment on October 17, James Gibson had reason to suspect that his attempt to start a new life ...

The Butcher Shop — Las Vegas glitz and mafia aura

Big beef in Mission Valley

Roberto DePhilippis, the owner of the Butcher Shop Steak House, got very angry one night last spring. In fact he had been seething since November of 1985, when his landlord, the Plaza International Hotel in ...

SDSU athletic director suffers ignominy

The fall of Mary Alice Hill

At 11:00 a.m. on July 24, 1985, a day one local writer called “Black and Blue Wednesday,” San Diego State University athletic director Mary Alice Hill abruptly fired two staff members and severed the contract ...

Mystery of the Gypsy Song

Boat never makes it from Guatemala to San Diego

It's the fourth of July at 6:30 a.m., and we’re driving down the twenty-seven-mile highway between Tapachula and Puerto Madero. the southernmost port on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Ken Franke, a retired Coast Guard captain and ...

San Diego Padres vs. the Union and the Tribune

Foul territory

"Sports writers have tremendous penis envy" says San Diego Padres catcher Terry Kennedy. “They're envious of our position, and they’re envious of our salaries. Every time they write about us, they rip us.” Kennedy, though ...

Al Ducheny fights the old guard — Chunky Sanchez, Rachel Ortiz, Jess Haro

Bad blood in Barrio Logan

As Alvin Ducheny and I roll through Barrio Logan in his dirty white Mercury Lynx, I ask him. “Why do so many people hate your guts, Al? You’d think you were a Communist or something.” ...

Willam Rust and the early troubles of USIU

Tales out of school

"We announce a building, and most campuses are announcing four or five, and that’s expansion?' exclaims William C. Rust. The president of United States International University was understandably touchy at the suggestion that the Scripps ...

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