San Diego characters not to forget

Jack Jocoy, Raquel Martinez, Denise Carabet, Fred Schnaubelt, Ray Huffman, Kile Morgan

Fred Scnaulbelt: "If there were nine of me on the council, none of you would be working."
  • Fred Scnaulbelt: "If there were nine of me on the council, none of you would be working."
  • Image by Robert Burroughs

“Never mind no tequila,” Clayton said. “You just go in there and cut off them balls.”

“Never mind no tequila,” Clayton said. “You just go in there and cut off them balls.”

Del Mar's horse vet Jack Jocoy has seen it all

With that big break — caring for a Derby winner — Jocoy’s career began to soar, other trainers reasoning that if Jocoy took care of Swaps, they should have Jocoy care for their horses too. By the early 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Jocoy had more business than he ever dreamed possible, and he was making money in incredible amounts, earning upward of $12,000 monthly, frequently working for a thousand dollars a day. Today Jocoy is worth more than three and a half million dollars; he is a kingpin in a multibillion-dollar industry.

By David Steinman, Sept. 9, 1982 Read full article

Raquel, Bill Robinson, Scotty. "When I thought Bill and I were gonna get divorced, I thought. ’My God. what am I going to do? I've got to take care of my son.'"

Raquel, Bill Robinson, Scotty. "When I thought Bill and I were gonna get divorced, I thought. ’My God. what am I going to do? I've got to take care of my son.'"

From Imperial Beach to bullfighting heaven

At times she says she was able to take her son with her to the fights, but two things limited the extent to which this was possible. One is the fact that a large segment of the public in Mexico thinks Martinez is single. They think so because this is what the Mexican press has consistently reported. Oddly enough, virtually every news story which has appeared about Martinez in the U.S. has touted her status as a wife and mother — yet south of the border, the fiction of her maidenhood persists.

By Jeannette DeWyze, Aug. 26, 1982 Read full article

Denise Carabet: “When was the last time a covey of women went out and got a job?”

Denise Carabet: “When was the last time a covey of women went out and got a job?”

Life on the bottom line

At a press conference set up by Sol Price, founder and former president of FedMart. Price had arranged for the press conference to announce that he was considering opening a new discount store in San Diego. “Denise went about it in classic fashion,” the journalist recalls. “I sat there with my notebook on my knees and scribbled down every word Price said. But Denise leaned back, lit a cigarette, sort of flashed her pen around, and said, ‘Sol, it’s a good idea, but I don’t know if it’ll work.’"

By Gordon Smith, March 11, 1982 Read full article

"Susan Golding said the other day, ‘You’re the only person I know who can call all your friends on the council a thief and laugh about it, and have them laugh at the same time.’"

"Susan Golding said the other day, ‘You’re the only person I know who can call all your friends on the council a thief and laugh about it, and have them laugh at the same time.’"

San Diego will never see another city councilman like Fred Schnaubelt

“The interesting thing about being a [government] planner is that you have to be a socialist,” Schnaubelt continued mildly. Among his audience one could almost see the hackles rise. The councilman continued, “All that means is that where you have centralized planning, you’re relying on a socialist system to determine how decisions are made and how resources are to be allocated, as opposed to using the individual capacity of all the members of our society. ”

By Jeannette DeWyze, Jan. 7, 1982 Read full article

The full-size stuffed animal Huffman shot in 1980 while on safari in Botswana.

The full-size stuffed animal Huffman shot in 1980 while on safari in Botswana.

The muffled roar of Ray Huffman

North Park, where Huffman concentrated much of his early building, contains so many of his apartments that the entire area is occasionally referred to as “a monument to Ray Huffman”; but Huffman apartments can be found in quantity in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, El Cajon, Chula Vista. Most of the buildings are, like asphalt or ice plant, an integral part of the city's landscape.

By Gordon Smith Aug. 12, 1982 Read full article

kile Morgan: “We have focused on business because we had to build a (sales] tax base. You cannot operate a city on a property tax base alone."

kile Morgan: “We have focused on business because we had to build a (sales] tax base. You cannot operate a city on a property tax base alone."

He's been mayor of National City since 1966

“Mayor Morgan introduced a resolution that would have banned all chain-link fences in the city, but nobody [on the council] supported that. Then he wanted to ban them in back yards, but no one went for that. Then he wanted to ban them in industrial uses, and no one went for that."

By Gordon Smith, July 5, 1984 Read full article

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