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San Diego Mourns the Loss of Union-Tribune Scion David Copley

For David Copley, the last of four family members to preside over the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper before the publication was sold to a private equity company in 2009, there was no real warning.

Per a report in U-T San Diego, he skipped a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego after chairing a board meeting there last night, saying that he wasn’t feeling well. He later crashed his Aston Martin into a parked car and it is suspected that he suffered a heart attack while at the wheel. Copley’s close friend Dr. Robert Singer announced the 60-year-old former newspaper man’s death in front of Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla at 9:10 p.m.

One of the first people to voice working memories of Copley is Karin Winner, a retired Union-Tribune editor who worked closely with him. Here’s what she told U-T- San Diego:

“David had an enormous capacity for humor and an uncanny ability to understand the bigger picture without having all the facts, which was a trait his mother had.”

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Lunch at Michael’s: Joan Rivers Keeps An Eye On The Door

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgIt was a typically atypical lunch crowd today at Michael’s — Tom Brokaw here, Joan Rivers there, Cobb salads everywhere — making the Diet Cokes and Pellegrinos go down like fine wine. A quartet of Rubensteins — Howard, Richard, Steve and Atoosa &#151 dined at four separate tables, while the Michael of Michael’s, Michael McCarty, explained to us the finer points of Michael’s New York vs. Michael’s Santa Monica. “Fridays and Saturdays are big in L.A.,” he told us. “In New York, it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.”

See, New York is so badass, we need the weekend to recover from the week. Suck it, Hollywood!

The table-by-table breakdown:

1: Tom Brokaw, looking very Tom Brokaw-like, with George Stevens.

2: David Patrick Columbia with Jen Goodkind and Jayne Chase of “‘The Fashionable Life,’ WGCH in Greenwich, 1490 on your AM dial.”

3: Mayor of Michael’s Joe Armstrong and Men’s Health‘s Dave Zinczenko, who were in an uncharacteristically serious-looking discussion, pausing often to meet and greet passersby.

4: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

5: Allen & Co. fortune heir Terry Kramer and her son-in-law.

6: Lunch at Michael’s regulars Peter Rogers (happy birthday!), Alex Hitz, Bill Rondina, Tom Fallon and Brooke Hayward Duchin.

7: Joan Rivers, long-time agent Billy Sammeth and always-affable VH1 Best Week Ever producer Fred Graver.

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