first time was the summer of 1975. Harvey was deeply focused
researching and interviewing for his first book – “A
Baseball Century: the First Hundred Years of the National
League.” He had flown around the country to NL cities with
the Philadelphia Phillies and was hard at work at his task
at hand - - until he arrived in San Diego.
There, he admits, he slackened up a bit, taken in by the
climate, the beauty, the feel of the lovely California dream
Padres played in Jack Murphy Stadium. A very young Dave
Winfield was on the roster along with veteran Willie McCovey,
salaried at $110,000. Ray Kroc, the man who owned
McDonald’s, had purchased the Padres the year before
am a baseball fan,” he revealed in an interview with
Harvey. “I didn’t buy the team to make money. I own it just
as a hobby.”
Wilson had been Mayor of San Diego since 1971; his tenure
would extend until 1982 - -enough time to transform the city
from a sleepy Navy and Marine town into an international hub
for trade and a sought-after place for people to live in.
Although his time in San Diego was brief, when Harvey
returned to New York he remained smitten by the city, so
much so that we contemplated the possibility of re-locating.
never came to be, but we did return to San Diego as a couple
and as a family, and each time the San Deigo dream
resurfaced. Our most recent visit was in early 2011, now as
travel writers, and from that perspective we could see how
much bigger and better and more sophisticated San Diego has
experienced a remarkable stay at the Grand Del Mar Hotel in
Northern San Diego which underscored the level of luxury
accommodations available in this special city.
evening, we went downtown for dinner and to hear Lang Lang
perform with the San Diego Symphony under the baton of music
director Jahja Ling. It was SRO at historic Copley Symphony
Hall, which had opened as the Fox
Theater in 1929.
Copley Symphony Hall
Photo by: David Hartig)
Music director Jahja Ling leads the San Diego
at Copley Symphony Hall.
Photo by: David Hartig)
typically beautiful San Diego afternoon, we again drove from
the Grand del Mar downtown for a cruise through San Diego
harbor that provided breathtaking views of the city as well
as historic ships and the Naval sub base. Professionally
narrated and with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating, it
proved both enjoyable and educational providing a unique
view of more of the style and substance of what makes San
Photo by www.sandiego.org)
had been too long a time that we were away from this magical
city, we thought, as the boat pulled into the dock. We will
have to return again soon. “Make your happy happen in San
Diego” is more than a slogan. It is a way of life.
Photo by David Hartig