San Diego corporate giants: PSA, Sheraton Hotels, Jack-in-the-Box


“You still sell French fries. Because it’s a staple. It’s like rice in China.”

Thought for food

Bob Peterson (husband of Mayor Maureen O’Connor) opened his first Jack-in-the-Box restaurant at 63rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard in 1951. Peterson had expanded his chain to include 350 units by the time he sold his participation in Ralston -Purina in 1968. The corporate food giant continued to open new units at a breakneck pace throughout the 1970s, numbering some 1,040 restaurants by the end of that decade. But in 1979, McDonald’s had a staggering 5,747 units.

By Jeannette De Wyze, August 4, 1988 | Read the full article

A forest on Market Street

The smell of hardwood, the feel of the grain

All day long, workers come in to buy wood. They have sawdust on their boots and wear tape measures on their belts next to folding knives in small snap cases. They create things that last and have an old-fashioned beauty.

Mansfield especially likes “old salts,” guys that have been around for so long that they can determine the moisture content of wood by feeling it with their cheeks. “Yes, about eighteen percent. I thought you said this wood was dry.

By Rick Geist, November 17, 1988 | Read the full article

Cabrillo Theater, 1938. We had a copy of Extraterrestrial during its first week of release which has packed the Cabrillo for 14 consecutive days.

San Diego Historical Society

The last of the sleepless nights

In the summer of 81, Aztec was showing this silly, socky movie called Eight Drunkards Kung Fu, about martial artists who develop a method of kicking ass under the influence. Wolfman was there, as were five karate students, straight out of the classroom and still wearing their uniforms with dark colored achievement belts. Wolfy got into a fight with the karate guys. I was behind the snack bar. I heard screams and curses and ran into the auditorium.

By Jay Allen Sanford, December 4, 2003 | Read the full article

I watched people play tennis from several angles: from the upstairs balcony, a high window, a restaurant, and I watched them go by.


But despite all his civilization – that thing of history – I guess what was missing was a real sense of tradition, of classical history. You know, like when you see these names – Barbizon Hotel, the Ritz, the Plaza – you think of these places and no matter how trendy or old-fashioned they are, they still have a deep-rooted sense of tradition, c is deeper than the contemporary people who run them.

By Borneo Jimmy, Applejack Meltzer, Nita Hapsacker, Lar Tusb, May 13, 1993 | Read the full article

Welcome to the Oakwood Gardens apartment complex where after midnight the action hits the hot tubs.

The good life in Oakwood

“Oakwood was a wonderful place, but now there is a pervasive undercurrent of fear tension all the time. Frankly, the condo conversion is the only topic of conversation at brunches, barbecues and at the pool. Sometimes I think I prefer to live in a place where people live day to day and don’t talk about condominiums, ”he says. “When my wife first learned of the threat of conversion, she wanted to move immediately. “

By Sue Garson, June 18, 1981 | Read the full article

Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star, c. 1974. The airline could not accept more unprofitable jets. In fact, he couldn’t afford to fly the two he already possessed.

Tales from an airline

In San Diego, Jim Smith, the crawler, was on the trail. It was his job, along with others, to resupply Flight 182 and refuel. A few minutes after nine o’clock, on that sweltering morning, Smith looked up at the landing approach and saw a flash of lightning in the air. “Then the news broke almost immediately. He was one of us.

The total death toll was 144; it was the worst air disaster in the country until then.

By Mark Orwoll, October 30, 1980 | Read the full article

Mr. Rothenberg: Photo of Jeph Garside, the night shift manager. I promised him I would send him a copy, so please save it for when I get back to New York. Thank you. –Borokowski

Sheraton letters

“The Inter-Continental, how much do they charge for a room?” One hundred and twenty dollars? So it cost them $ 120,000 per room to build the hotel. Break even. Now, they can’t really do it at $ 120, it’s more like $ 130, because they have a financing fee, a management contract. Doug Manchester, the developer of the hotel, gets half of the parking revenue…. “

By Gordon Smith, May 24, 1984 | Read the full article

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