The Daily Transcript’s 120th anniversary provides the opportunity for reflection on the rich history of the paper, its staff and the community it serves. Since 1886, the Transcript has offered news, data and information useful to San Diego’s business community.
For many years, I have had a personal interest in the history of San Diego — both in terms of the people and the course of events that shaped where we live and work today. As far as I know, the first of my ancestors to arrive in San Diego was Felincina Arballo, a widow with two children who arrived with the Anza expedition in 1776. In 1781-84, Xavier Sepulveda and his son Juan, soldiers sent to defend the colony, appear on the rolls of the garrison of the presidio.
Later, about 1820, another predecessor, Juan Bandini, arrived from Lima and, in the tradition of his Italian forbearers, participated in revolution after revolution until finally siding with the Americans during the Mexican war; ultimately two of his three daughters married United States citizens.
A primary lesson I have learned in my studies is that thousands of people have been influential in their time in shaping our city and county. In the Transcript’s 120th year, the editors picked 120 individuals from the past to represent the efforts of these thousands. Additionally, our readers nominated hundreds of present-day individuals they believed were especially influential within today’s broader business community. From the latter group, the editors bravely selected 120 who, in their opinion, should be recognized in 2006 for their leadership in shaping a future San Diego.
Today’s influential people are portrayed in the pages of this publication. Historical profiles have been appearing in the paper over the last couple of weeks. Both groups are available online at www.sddt.com/sandiegopeople.
The Daily Transcript is owned by a family who also has significant historic ties to San Diego and the newspaper business. Ellen Revelle, the present publisher emerita, is the granddaughter of James E. Scripps, founder of the Detroit News and the grandniece of E.W. Scripps, who established the Scripps Howard chain. Her son, William Revelle, is the company’s current chairman.
In 1994, The Daily Transcript launched the San Diego Source, becoming Southern California’s first newspaper on the World Wide Web, and it is the official newspaper of the city of San Diego. As we celebrate our 120th year in publication, I believe it is only fitting that we honor San Diego’s 120 Influentials of 2006 and the pioneers who preceded them.
— Bob Loomis Publisher