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On Tuesday, the Union-Tribune will sponsor a "One-Stop Shop" for political candidates. "The Republican Party of San Diego County sent out the invite to the event," says the Los Angeles Times. The county Republican Chairman will be on hand for the purported educational gathering. San Diego CityBeat, as well as the Times, has cocked an eyebrow at the event, and now a national publication is doing the same. Dylan Byers of Politico.com says today (Sept. 8) that the "San Diego Union-Tribune is hosting a media-training event for state Republican candidates, including lessons in 'how to get noticed by the press, how to craft a press release' and -- wait for it -- how to get the endorsement of the largest paper in the city, the San Diego Union-Tribune." At the event, the U-T will have Chief Executive John Lynch, the editorial board, the editor, and radio rightwinger Roger Hedgecock on hand to talk with those who want to be media savvy.

How long will it be before "Enron by the Sea" is nationally known as "Mayberry by the Sea"?

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Burwell Sept. 9, 2012 @ 10:05 a.m.

The U-T is recycling Neil Morgan's columns in an effort to attract readers after they fired him! They published the column where he describes how he destroyed his rented camper. I hope they start recylcing the Best of John Sinor and Richmond Barbour columns. This is a great idea.



Don Bauder Sept. 9, 2012 @ 1:17 p.m.

Yes, they fired Neil -- and it was handled abysmally. Then Neil helped found Voice of San Diego. It's interesting the U-T is running old columns. Ah, Richmond Barbour -- the greatest pornographer San Diego has ever had. Best, Don Bauder


gekko Sept. 9, 2012 @ 10:21 a.m.


I noticed that Jay Posner is now the Night & Day Section Editor. I wonder how long it will be before he leaves? He must be embarrased. He was one of two or three good sportswriters they still had on the sports staff. Burwell mentioned John Sinor and Richond Barbour. Let me add some more boring writers: Michael Grant, Barry Lorge, Rueben Navarrete and Burl Stiff.


Don Bauder Sept. 9, 2012 @ 1:19 p.m.

I think Michael Grant is a very good writer. Burl Stiff columns would be irrelevant now: people read them to find out who was IN and who was OUT (not invited). Best, Don Bauder


dotinga Sept. 9, 2012 @ 6:26 p.m.


Barbour=greatest pornographer? Do go on.

I vaguely remember him. Did he write a column about families?

I found this little tidbit online, from 1921: "Last evening as a farewell courtesy to Miss Mary Barbour and Richmond Barbour, leaving for San Diego, a gay company of their young friends hold a jolly wienie roast on Cactus Ave. out by the Weller grain field."


Don Bauder Sept. 9, 2012 @ 7:05 p.m.

Barbour of the Tribune was a lonely hearts/family counseling columnist who commented on letters that raised eyebrows among the unwashed, and induced hilarity in those who saw the double meaning. It was always rumored that Barbour, who had a PhD in something-or-other, as I recall, secretly wrote the letters he commented upon. Best, Don Bauder


Duhbya Sept. 10, 2012 @ 11:37 a.m.

"Don't think again of suicide" was my all-time favorite line of his, which he used frequently. It was usually followed with the revelation that "I've mailed you the names of several prominent local psychiatrists....". Ah, the glory days.


Don Bauder Sept. 10, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m.

A guy would write in. His wife and his girlfriend were both pregnant. The latter was threatening a paternity suit. His daughter had run off with a con man. His son was being tried for murder. The bank was ready to foreclose on his home and sue him for non-payment of a note. Dr. Barbour would write, "I regret what has happened."

As I recall, the name of Barbour's column was "You and Your Problems." It boosted Tribune circulation greatly. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 10, 2012 @ 3:34 p.m.

His wife and his girlfriend were both pregnant. The latter was threatening a paternity suit. His daughter had run off with a con man. His son was being tried for murder. The bank was ready to foreclose on his home and sue him for non-payment of a note. Dr. Barbour would write, "I regret what has happened."

OMG. Thank you. I needed that laugh so bad, you have no idea.......................


Don Bauder Sept. 10, 2012 @ 10:57 p.m.

You mean to tell me you didn't read Dr. Barbour, SurfPup? I don't believe it. Best, Don Bauder


Duhbya Sept. 11, 2012 @ 8:01 a.m.

For the sake of decency, I won't go too far with this. I met one of Barbour's female offspring at a party during his columnar era. She might well have been an inspiration for some of his interpretations.


Don Bauder Sept. 11, 2012 @ 9:41 a.m.

Hmmm. Yes, let's not take that any further. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell Sept. 10, 2012 @ 8:34 p.m.

The following is the only excerpt from Barbour's column that I could locate on the internet

Writer: “ I have a very good memory. Recently I have been trying something you suggested many years ago. I am sorry to report that it does not work. You said that male impotency could be prevented by eating a lot of baked, unseasoned Idaho potatoes. I have become impotent. I have eaten baked potatoes until they run from my ears. They have not helped me one bit. What do you think of your advice now?”

Barbour:” Your memory is faulty. I never, never, never have said that potatoes would prevent or cure impotency. I do recall printing a letter from a man asking about the “potato therapy” plan regarding impotency. I told him it would not work. Apparently, the rumor about potatoes was started by an Idaho public relations man. He wanted to sell more potatoes. “


Don Bauder Sept. 10, 2012 @ 11:02 p.m.

In the 1950s there was a magazine called Confidential, which would be tame by today's standards. In one issue, a Hollywood starlet confessed she had had a weekend tryst with Frank Sinatra. He had made love to her 23 times in two days and eaten a bowl of Wheaties after each episode. Nobody knew whether the story had been written by the starlet's publicist, Sinatra's publicist, or the Wheaties public relations department. Best, Don Bauder


tomjohnston Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:45 a.m.

If that's the same Confidential magazine that my mom used to read back in the day, then it was basically just a gossip rag, the National Enquirer of it's day, if you will.


Don Bauder Sept. 11, 2012 @ 1:47 p.m.

I am sure it is the same Confidential. Yes, it was gossip rag, and as I said, laughably tame by today's standards. Then, the sexual adventures of movie stars, etc. were disguised as morality tales..."You will be SHOCKED to read about the sordid...etc." Best, Don Bauder


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