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1976 San Diego guide to movers and shakers

The Heavy 50

  • Laurel Page
  • Former Miss Sun Up on Channel 8, now the voice behind the H Salt Fish & Chips. Fashion Valley. Fashion Conspiracy, and Kern Clen commercials
  • King Golden, Jr.
  • So tar. the only local Congressional candidate with enough chutzpah to wear his own campaign T-shirt
  • Paul Richter
  • Owner of the Body Shop, across from MCRD. He was finally forced to cover the bottoms of his bottomless entertainers by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
  • Joan Brown
  • The indefatigable manager of the Sinfonia has brought her group out of La Jolla into the heart of downtowns Lower Broadway at the Spreckels Theatre.
  • Arnie Mandel
  • First psychiatrist ever hired by a professional football team: author of THE NIGHTMARE SEASON about drugs and the San Diego Chargers.
  • Robert J. Dicker
  • President of Walker Scott department stores, he pulled his company out of the red this year.
  • Tito Capobianco
  • Artistic director of the San Diego Opera, he personally directs two company performances each season
  • Burl Stiff
  • Former advertising director of Southern California First National Bank, then flak artist for Deborah Mazzanti s fat farm for the genteel, the Golden Door. Now Eileen Jackson s replacement as the San Diego UNION's gossip columnist.
  • Alex Kuhnel
  • Owner of the Royal Pie Bakery on 5th and Market Streets, he has spent most of a year tangling with City government to get his bakery included in the proposed Gaslamp district.
  • Brown Scott
  • Head of San Diego State s Gay Student Union when it convinced the Student Council to ban military recruiters from campus
  • “Irish” Art Hafey
  • Pacific Beach's mild:mannered featherweight. he is the only American world-ranked in his division.
  • Cathy Thaxton
  • Lady cop whose beat is the rough Southeast San Diego
  • Phil Shafer
  • An aide to Councilman Morrow, he led the fight, along with his wife Barbara, to return the Crescent Beach area of Mission Bay to public use.
  • Netto
  • 17 year-old Chicano artist painted the skeleton as part of a group mural that covers the Pepper Grove water tower in Balboa Park.
  • Eleanor Ring Storrs
  • Pillar of San Diego conservative Republicans, this Coronado admiral's wife represented San Diego on the GOP Platform Committee in Kansas City.
  • Barron Hilton
  • The hotel magnate once owned the largest chunk of the San Diego Chargers stock, but gave up majority control to Gene Klein. Now Hilton and friends' legal maneuverings seem the only chance of getting rid of Klein.
  • Rick Liebert
  • 27 year-old program director at KGB Radio, he stops at nothing to keep his station's call letters in the minds of San Diegans.
  • Robert Morris
  • The new chairman al SDG&E. he has nurtured a more peaceful relationship with the Public Utilities Commission than his predecessor Walter Zitlau.
  • Charles Wittingham
  • California's leading money-winning trainer. Wittingham uses the Del Mar season to get his horses in shape for the high stakes Oak Tree meet, while two-buck bettors lose their shirts wagering on him and his rider Willie Shoemaker.
  • Herman Baca
  • Chairman of National City's Ad Hoc Committee on Chicano Rights, he has led recall against National City s mayor after the shooting of Luis Rivera and has cried out against reinstatement of the Oceanside alien checkpoint.
  • Diane Deskin
  • 29 year-old organizer of San Diego's prostitutes.
  • Coleman Conrad
  • Consultant for the City Council who fought City Attorney John Witt on the investigation of the FBI role in black power group struggles in the 60s.
  • Louis Metzger
  • Retired Marine Corps general has led the aggressive County Grand Jury this year.
  • Bob and Mike Tinkler
  • They have spent seven years in a Pacific Beach garage inventing the flex-tail surfboard.
  • Jess Bullit
  • Ex-KGB disc jockey, he is now program director at KDEO He has catapulted his station forth in the ratings with "album" music.
  • Michael Byergo
  • Free lance artist whose animals were a sellout at the Hewitt Gallery and whose talents have been recruited by both San Diego Zoo and Sea World.
  • David Bradley
  • Kingpin of the O D Corral and a regular at Another Bird until defunct. Also known as Joe Bummer.
  • Joe Stein
  • The city's number one sports muckraker. Stein sets the tone for the EVENING TRIBUNE Sports Page: controversial, informative, and opinionated.
  • Georgina Spelvin
  • Star of THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES, she has taken up residence in an El Cajon trailer park and has begun sending movie reviews of other skin films to a local San Diego paper.
  • Tony Ciani
  • Led unsuccessful drive to Save La Jolla's Tyrolean Terrace, has now turned to efforts to preserve the Red Rest and Red Roost.
  • Neil Good
  • This former aide to State Senator Mills now doubles as aide to City Councilman Leon Williams and chairman of the local Democratic Central Committee.
  • Reverend Brother Anandamoy
  • Senior minister of the Self-Realization Fellowship and head of.the Encinitas ashram
  • Jack Murphy
  • He sets the tone for the UNION Sports Page: exactly the opposite of the TRIBUNE'S.
  • Joel Maiman
  • Formerly an executive with Round Records. Maiman has tried to keep Encinitas' La Paloma Theatre alive by using rock concerts to offset its meagre movie receipts.
  • Hal Rosenberg
  • Manager of KFSD, San Diego's only classical station and San Diego's only commercial jazz station, is said to be toying with the idea of making KFSD all classical.
  • Bill Kolender
  • Police Chief Hoobler's successor. Kolender has deftly weaved a careful course between the politicians and the cops.
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Director of the Center of Music Experiment at UCSD's Mandeville Center.
  • Noel Nudeck
  • President of Able Disabled Advocacy, he has finagled $1-75,000 from the City to remove physical barriers to the wheelchair-ridden.
  • Dick Carlson
  • Vaunted L.A. newsman who took over anchor spot at Channel 8 news. He broke the story of Dr. Rene Richards, man-turned-woman-surgeon-tennis player.
  • Chuck Nicklin
  • Once considered bachelor of the month' by COSMOPOLITAN, Nicklin has done the still photography for upcoming movie THE DEEP. He also owns the Diving Locker.
  • Jack Lindsey
  • Recruited by the court-appointed trustees of Westgate California, this former aide to ex-Gov Ronald Reagan has turned Sun Harbor Industries (C. Arnholt Smith's tuna empire) into the black.
  • Charlie Brumfield
  • America's number one racquetball player
  • Craig Noel
  • Active in the' Old Globe since 1937. Noel is one of the country's leading producers of regional theatre.
  • John Witt
  • San Diego's City Attorney is constantly jousting with local sports franchise owners, keeping the Padres in town, forcing Peter Graham to clean up the Sports Arena, and kicking Ex-Mariners owner Joseph Schwartz out of town.
  • Eileen Griffin
  • Video artist who is also the first licensed woman pyrotechnician
  • George Willis
  • Performer and dance maker, he has enticed many dance companies here by establishing San Diego State's informal Studio Theatre.
  • Lefty Adler
  • The dean of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Faustina Solis
  • Associate professor of Community Medicine at UCSD, she is the first non-physican to chair the California Association of Maternal and Child Health.
  • Fred Garry
  • He has staved off a bankruptcy scare at Rohr Industries while he de-tooled the plant's massive rapid transit plant.
  • Jewell Hooper
  • Chairwoman of the Southeast San Diego Development Committee which has protested industrial building at 41st and Market and Wabash and Market Streets.

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