The Journal of San Diego History
Fall 1992, Volume 38, Number 4
Richard W. Crawford, Editor

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Page 226. Architects of Disaster? Seven of the eight men who drafted San Diego’s bid for the convention pose for a publicity shot as they sign the document. Front row (left to right), William Craven, Mayor Frank Curran, and Leon Parma. Back row Leslie Gehres, Gordon Luce, Martin Blatt, and Lloyd Schunemann

Leon Parma, William Craven and Senator  Robert Dole

Page 231. Leon Parma (left) and William Craven (right) attempting to convince Senator Robert Dole that San Diego is capable of hosting the convention.

Site Selection Committee

Page 232. The GOP National Convention Site Selection Committee touring the Sports Arena in June of l971.

United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee

Page 237. Members of the United Farm Worker’s Organizing Committee (UFWOC) picketing the GOP Convention headquarters in March of 1972. The Republicans feared widespread Chicano demonstrations during the convention in response to the Nixon administration’s efforts to break the farm worker’s strike. Nixon also opposed the UFW boycott of grapes by purchasing them for the troops in Vietnam.

Street Journal

Page 239. The Street Journal, a local underground newspaper, suggested that Nixon was not only behind the selection of San Diego as the convention site, but that he also “selected” Pete Wilson to be San Diego’s new mayor. Ironically, these charges were made before the mayoral election.

Members of the Convention Coalition

Page 240. Members of the Convention Coalition, which planned to hold demonstrations and protests during the convention. The man on the right is Bill Ritter, spokesman for the Coalition.

Mayor Pete Wilson and Leon Parma

Page 242. Mayor Pete Wilson and Leon Parma wearing long faces at a press conference on April 20, 1972, just days before the convention was moved to Miami.


Page 244. Souvenir shops were left with boxes of ashtrays, glasses and other items depicting San Diego as the site of the convention. Souvenir vendors had little to worry about; most of the items were bought up by collectors or by Democrats who gave them to their Republican friends as joke items.

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