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It is no secret that Papa Doug Manchester, owner of the U-T, has been seen and photographed around town with the young, beautiful lady of Russian descent, Geniya Derzhavina.

They have been photographed together in such publications as lajollalight.com, the U-T, and modernluxury.com. But San Diego Social Diary has shown her picture and labeled it "The Future Bride of Doug Manchester."

Says Margo Schwab, who edits San Diego Social Diary, "They are a very happy couple. She has a pretty ring from the [Manchester] family."

The same edition of San Diego Social Diary features a photo of A.G. Spanos and Kamri Collins, also headed to the altar. Kamri is a Chargers cheerleader. A.G. is the grandson of Chargers majority owner A.G. (Alex) Spanos, and son of Chargers head Dean Spanos.

A.G. was named executive vice president of the Chargers in July of 2011. According to the wedding website, they met when A.G. was on the judges panel for the 2006-2007 Charger Girl auditions. The site says she didn't do well in the interview but "A.G. insisted she make the team."

At the time, both were "in different relationships," says the wedding information.

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Scott Marks Aug. 6, 2013 @ 11 a.m.

The ritzy roll call of names on Papa Doug's invite list would have provided the late Burl Stiff with enough material for 3 month's worth of illuminating columns. "Also there were..."


Don Bauder Aug. 6, 2013 @ 11:46 a.m.

Scott Marks: Will there be a pre-nup agreement? If so, wouldn't the press like to get its hands on it? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 6, 2013 @ 11:58 a.m.

Ponzi: They apparently met at the Del Mar races last year. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 6, 2013 @ 4:25 p.m.

Ponzi: Besides, mail order brides usually are shipped to inhospitable places like North Dakota -- certainly not sunny San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Aug. 6, 2013 @ 8 p.m.

Don, you reveal your age. Heh, heh. Nowadays most mail order brides are coming from Russia, Ukraine, Romania, etc., etc. Actually with this Bakken oil boom, the ladies in North Dakota are doing just fine, thank you. Many single women are heading to ND under their own power to connect with all those eligible (and high income) oil patch workers there. But, you may be right, there's no need to add unmarried women to the SD supply. They are everywhere, and eager.


Don Bauder Aug. 6, 2013 @ 9:45 p.m.

Visduh: Oh, I knew about the oil boom in North Dakota when I made the remark. But I am hearing warnings that the boom may be petering out, and will be followed inevitably by a real estate and income bust. The North Dakota ladies may have to shed their finery -- and their oil rig husbands. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 7, 2013 @ 7:11 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Who would be eager? Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 7, 2013 @ 9:03 a.m.

Apparently, according to Visduh, women, who I agree are everywhere, in San Diego are eager. He does not say about what they are eager. I was asking for clarification. Eager to excel? Eager to gain a degree in science? Eager to scuba dive? Eager to learn seven languages?


Don Bauder Aug. 7, 2013 @ 4:17 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: You will have to ask Visduh. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell Aug. 6, 2013 @ 9:21 p.m.

Papa Doug better get out his checkbook and buy a dispensation from the Pope before he marries the Russian lass. He faces excommunication and circumcision from the Church if he goes ahead marries a second time without the Pope's blessing. A Papist like Papa Doug should follow the Church's teachings.


Don Bauder Aug. 6, 2013 @ 9:48 p.m.

Burwell: Papa Doug has been scrupulously following the Church's teachings for so long that it would be a shame to see him get in trouble so late in life, and so close to heaven as he is now. Best, Don Bauder


ICare Aug. 7, 2013 @ 4:23 p.m.

Oh Don. You made me laugh out loud. Indeed, Doug (refuse to call him "Papa") has been following all the teachings so well, not! He had to go out of the country to find someone who would marry him!


Don Bauder Aug. 8, 2013 @ 7:38 a.m.

ICare: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Look at all the stones the U-T's virgins are casting. Incidentally, I have no problem with anybody marrying somebody from another country. Of course, we don't know for sure if the marriage will go through. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell Aug. 7, 2013 @ 7:19 p.m.

Papa Doug's latest beau may shut down the bunga bunga parties at the Del Mar Grand.I had always hoped to be invited to one of those parties and maybe see Mad Bob Filner and Papa Jerry Sanders there.


Don Bauder Aug. 8, 2013 @ 7:43 a.m.

Burwell: I haven't been invited to any of Papa Doug's Grand Del Mar parties, either. I might blush at all those young ladies in bikinis. I might also be indignant when none showed any interest in a 77-year old man -- me. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Aug. 11, 2013 @ 8:35 p.m.

Nor will you be invited to a party at the GDM, unless it is sponsored by other than Dougie. (I also refuse to call him "Papa.") He sure isn't behaving like a papa. More like a college undergrad with too much money.


monaghan Aug. 8, 2013 @ 9:20 p.m.

I hate to participate in rank gossip, but I have been told that Manchester is still married. Is that true? Also, I know that some people -- not usually rich ones -- get excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church, but do they get "circumcised," as Burwell suggests? I don't think so. That would be Jewish baby boys.


Ponzi Aug. 9, 2013 @ 8:41 a.m.

Manchester will not be excommunicated for divorce. Nor would any other Catholic. If the reason for divorce was infidelity, then true, one could be automatically excommunicated. If a divorced Catholic wishes to remarry in the Church he or she may need an annulment. I somewhat doubt Manchester will be inclined to request marrying this trophy bride in Catholic church.


Don Bauder Aug. 9, 2013 @ 9:52 a.m.

Ponzi: I am really not familiar with Roman Catholic rules in this regard. I do caution this: we don't know if this marriage will go through. We have word from a society expert that they are affianced. Best. Don Bader


Ponzi Aug. 9, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.

I agree with you there. The society writer tagged the photo of Geniya Derzhavina with the caption "The future bride of Doug Manchester..." It's speculation until Doug Manchester has his say.

Also, Matt Potter wrote a story in the Reader in May, 2013. Manchester filed another divorce petition in superior court on 4/24/2013 and it has the six month wait (required by law) before the case proceeds (in November, 2013). So his divorce matters with Elizabeth Manchester are apparently not final.


Burwell Aug. 9, 2013 @ 2:29 p.m.

I think Papa Doug filed for legal separation in 2009. He filed for divorce in 2013.


Ponzi Aug. 9, 2013 @ 3:11 p.m.

You're correct Burwell. I didn't look, I was going by the Matt Potter story... "Manchester divorce: is second try the charm?"


Don Bauder Aug. 9, 2013 @ 4:11 p.m.

Burwell: I would think Matt Potter's writings would clarify that. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 9, 2013 @ 4 p.m.

Ponzi: I try to read everything Matt writes, but I must have missed that one. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 9, 2013 @ 9:48 a.m.

monaghan: You know, I don't know if the divorce has actually gone through. The documents are sealed, but I guess we should check whether the split has been finalized. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell Aug. 9, 2013 @ 1:41 p.m.

The word "circumcised" is a deliberate misuse of the word. I've got a call into the Pope and hope to speak to him by the end of the day and shed some light on the status of Papa Doug's relationship with the Church.


Don Bauder Aug. 9, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

Burwell: I knew you used it satirically. After you get the word on Papa Doug from the Pope, be sure to post it here. Best, Don Bauder


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