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Late U-T Publisher Helen Copley a Rape Victim? Author Posits Theory

Mike Province, who worked 36 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune, sells his books at 2017 Oregon City Author Fair.
Share This Article:Mike Province, who worked 36 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune, sells his books at 2017 Oregon City Author Fair.Mike Province, who labored 36 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune, sells his books at 2017 Oregon Metropolis Author Truthful. They embrace 4 volumes about rising up in Missouri. Photograph by way of Mike Province

Helen Copley, the late writer of The San Diego Union-Tribune, might have been raped within the years earlier than she met her second husband, media mogul James Copley.

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That’s the suggestion of Charles M. “Mike” Province, a retired pc techniques worker on the San Diego newspaper.

The revelation isn’t in his newest ebook, “A Long Way From Flat River: My Newspaper Years with The San Diego Union-Tribune.” ($25 by way of Amazon, revealed this month.)

However throughout a chat with Occasions of San Diego, Province expanded on a notice in his 10-page Helen Copley chapter.

Mike Province's 17th book includes a history of the paper, its homes and its owners. Mike Province’s 17th guide consists of a historical past of the paper, its merger, houses and house owners.Noting that particulars of Copley’s first (and shortlived) 1951 marriage to John Hunt have been slim, Province wrote: “It may well be that Helen was the victim of something quite sinister. I am sorry to report that my conclusions are based on circumstantial speculation and are purely theoretical in nature.”

On Tuesday, Province stated: “My suspicions are that Helen may have been a rape victim. The circumstantial evidence is the patchwork information concerning the history of her ‘marriage’ and the subsequent agreements signed when she received full and complete parental control of David,” who turned writer after her dying in 2004 at age 81.

Province views the Copleys with reverence (and dedicates the e-book to the reminiscence of Jim and Helen). However his self-published autobiography, the newest in a collection, accommodates revelations that always paint a darkish image of the La Jolla household.

Amongst them are Jim Copley’s 1965 divorce from Jean Maclachlan Boyd, whom he married in March 1946, and the unwarranted “trust” lawsuit by their adopted youngsters.

“Michael and Janice Copley filed a lawsuit against Helen alleging that she and her brother committed fraud and that they attempted to steal money from the Trust,” Province writes. “Their lawsuit had no mention of Jean Copley, who was still pulling in a cool $100,000 per year according to her settlement from Jim.”

Legal professionals for Michael and Janice employed a personal detective “who was given instructions to visit Helen’s home town in Iowa with the specific purpose of digging up dirt on her,” he writes.

Additionally sought: proof that Helen’s divorce from John Hunt could be thought-about invalid.

In 1982, the case ended at an appellate courtroom, with Michael, Janice and David
every being awarded one-third of a multimillion-dollar belief.

On the eve of Wednesday’s 150th anniversary of San Diego’s day by day paper, Province shared ideas on his present life and 36-year U-T profession.

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“I’m an independent and hate all politicians equally,” he stated. “I voted for Trump because I despise Hillary.”

The place does he get his information?

“I get news online,” Province stated. “The major sources such as CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC are all shills for the Dumbocrat party.”

Province, 74, was recognized on the paper as a World Conflict II historical past buff with experience in Gen. George S. Patton. He wrote a number of books on the Military chief generally known as “blood and guts.”

Why Patton?

Mike Province in 1985 at Copley Computer Services Inc. in La Jolla. Mike Province in 1985 at Copley Pc Providers Inc. in La Jolla. Photograph by way of writer“In the Army, I was stationed at Patton Barracks in the early 1960s, worked at Campbell Barracks on the ancient IBM punch card machines, and I grew to admire his abilities over the years,” he stated.

However Province additionally turned shut a number of U-T writers and discovered concerning the Copley via private interactions and cautious statement.

After his 2005 retirement, he and his spouse, Lacy, moved to Oregon Metropolis, Oregon.

“We like wet, cold, rainy weather,” he stated. “Sadly that’s been altering. “Lacy and I’ve been married for nearly 48 years and we stay alone. Lacy has a small ETSY store the place she sells articles she makes; her retailer is Little Robin Cottage.“

In addition to the U-T and the struggle, he says he’s additionally desirous about previous films, previous books and private histories of individuals from the 1800s and early 1900s.

“Books are the greatest invention ever,” he says.

This interview was carried out by way of e mail.

Occasions of San Diego: How many individuals have learn or purchased your books — on Patton? In your Missouri childhood?

Mike Province: The quantity can be within the hundreds for the Patton books and the tons of (I assume) for the childhood books. The U.S. Naval Academy purchased a bunch of my “Patton’s One-Minute Messages” for instruction to the academy’s college students. With out the “Patton” identify, the childhood reminiscences don’t get a lot of publicity, however a lot of the tales relate to rising up in a mining city and the historical past of lead mining.

Helen and Jim Copley in 1969, four years before his death.Helen and Jim Copley in 1969, 4 years earlier than his dying. Photograph by way of authorAre all of your books self-published by way of CMP Productions?

“The Unknown Patton” and “Patton’s Third Army” have been initially revealed by Hippocrene. “Patton’s One-Minute Messages” was initially revealed by a “military” home however was purchased out by Random Home.

You probably did nice analysis on the Copleys. What have been your main sources?

My sources have been notes of conversations over a few years with staff of the Copley Press and Union-Tribune, particularly the “old guard.” I additionally researched what was out there by way of courtroom paperwork in San Diego courts.

You write: “The Copley organization was easily one of the best when it came to employee appreciation and they were always throwing a party of some sort for the worker bees.” Former leaders of the Newspaper Guild native on the U-T may disagree. You don’t point out the close to strike in 1989 and the profitable marketing campaign to decertify the newsroom labor union in 1998? Why is that this disregarded?

It was overlooked as a result of it was a easy wrestle for management of the newspaper. I point out how the unions had develop into so highly effective within the 1940s and 1950s that they threatened the literal existence of the newspaper business.

I additionally keep in mind [U-T general manager] Gene Bell telling me as soon as, “I don’t need a union to tell me how to run this newspaper.” Administration and unions have been at one another’s throats perpetually, again to the times of “guilds” lots of of years in the past. It’s nothing new. I can’t consider a single factor a union ever did for the good thing about the newspaper as a publishing organ.

Mike Province at his workstation in 2005, shortly before he retired.Mike Province at his workstation in 2005, shortly earlier than he retired. Photograph by way of authorYou write: “Today’s newspapers are a far cry from the type of newspapers we published in the old “broadsheet” days. The paper was greater, higher and simpler to learn; the information was introduced in a extra fascinating approach; the comics have been bigger and funnier; and the writing – oh, the writing – was vastly superior to something being printed at present.” Do you learn the U-T now or comply with any of its writers? In that case, what’s your opinion of the present operation and its journalism?

As we speak’s newspapers are nothing greater than a regurgitation of “news” from sources comparable to AP, NYT, and so forth. All of them have the identical speaking factors and appear to me to be nothing greater than a every day “magazine” format. When one realizes the U-T isn’t even printed in San Diego, it exhibits how “generic” the information business has turn out to be.

Given your pc savvy, did you increase any alarms concerning the coming Web competitors for the U-T? What did you privately take into consideration the U-T’s technique within the early years of the Net?

I typically made feedback and recommendations about Web competitors once we had conferences, however the extra I made ideas, the much less I used to be invited to conferences. U-T had a very wrong-headed technique concerning the Web and the WWW, as did virtually all different newsprint corporations.

Mike Province also profiles U-T writers Gus Stevens and Don Freeman in his new book. Mike Province additionally profiles U-T writers Gus Stevens and Don Freeman in his new ebook. Photograph by way of authorI assume the one corporations that midway understood the chances of the medium have been the Wall Road Journal and Dow Jones. I feel they have been the one ones who made cash on the Web in these early days. I might write a entire thesis about how U-T ought to have dealt with the transition into on-line information/promoting, however it’s not well worth the hassle.

Suffice it to say they need to have watched how advertisers, automotive gross sales, and so on., have been starting to make use of the Web and jumped on the bandwagon with their very own model of adjunct websites.

David Copley is extensively assumed to have been homosexual. Though you observe his Mission Seashore pink-and-purple getaway “Casa de Bananas,” you didn’t point out David’s orientation within the e-book. Why not?

I knew and appreciated David, and his “orientation” was none of my enterprise. At the least he didn’t flaunt and throw his “orientation” in individuals’s faces and demand that they “embrace” his way of life, like a lot of homosexuals do. Earlier than my brother dedicated suicide, he let his “drama queen” way of life eat his complete raison d’etre.

You write: “No ‘publishing’ enterprise around today could afford to print one of the old “daily” newspapers; these classic 100-page broadsheet newspapers from many years in the past. Newspapers are a corpse simply ready for burial.” How lengthy will the U-T final as a print product?

I feel the U-T shall be in print for a minimum of my lifetime, however solely as a result of it’s “called” a newspaper. There needs to be some semblance of newsprint concerned to retain that picture.

You profile Invoice Copley, the adoptive son of Ira Copley and brother of additionally adopted Jim Copley. Invoice, an artist and socialist, sued to get a share of the Copley newspaper wealth. What elements of Invoice’s story are new to readers?

I don’t know the right way to reply that. I do not know what individuals may already know concerning the deadbeat.

You instantly quote (at size) many individuals in your work life, going again many years. That is a useful storytelling system, however how correct are these quotes?

They’re as correct as my reminiscence and notes permit.

You profile and share writing samples of your U-T buddies Gus Stevens and Don Freeman. Who have been your different favourite writers on the U-T? Who deserve their very own books and why?

I want to see Neil Morgan’s work in a ebook, together with Nick Canepa, and Lt. Gen. [Victor “Butch”] Krulak. I discover their writing to be wonderful and the fabric is traditionally fascinating.

What do you consider at this time’s journalism — regardless of the platform? What do you consider the president’s “enemy of the people” and “fake news” assaults?

I feel “journalism” is fairly nicely lifeless and the president is right in his evaluation of the state of affairs. There was a time when tales have been checked and double-checked for accuracy and accountability, however that’s not so. For some purpose, immediately’s “journalists” assume the First Modification provides them the best to destroy a individual based mostly on rumour, unsubstantiated allegations and “protected” sources.

Why ought to readers or San Diegans purchase your newest guide?

As a result of it’s an fascinating guide with fascinating tales — it considerations the historical past of San Diego, and I want the cash.

Late U-T Publisher Helen Copley a Rape Sufferer? Author Posits Theory was final modified: October 10th, 2018 by Ken Stone

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