What Ever Happened to...
By Thomas K. Arnold, Tom Blair and Cathy Clark
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Long before there was Britney Spears, there was Tiffany. And long before Tiffany became a teen pop diva with her 1987 mall tour and a string of sugary hits like “I Think We’re Alone Now,” there was little Tiffany Renee Darwisch, budding country singer and periodic headliner at East County’s Big Oak Ranch. By the time she was 10, Tiffany was spending ’most every weekend in San Diego, watching and learning from local country bands at honky-tonks like Wrangler’s Roost and Circle D Corral under the watchful eye of manager Terry Janssen (KSDO Radio). “If she would have stuck with country, she would have been phenomenal,” Janssen maintains. “She had the voice, and while it was a little tough for a 12-year-old girl singing love songs, she could belt them out.”
Alas, pop stardom for Tiffany was short-lived. She’s now in L.A., the 28-year-old mother of an 8-year-old son. After a brief return to her country roots, she’s back in pop, plotting a comeback with the scheduled October 29 release of The Color of Silence, her first U.S. album in 10 years.
One of the major heavies of San Diego sports, Louie Kelcher was a fan favorite during his nine years as the tenacious, beefy tackle with the Chargers (1976-84). During that time, the Bolts made the playoffs three times, winning the AFC West in 1979, ’80 and ’81. And Kelcher won his share of acclaim for his solid, forceful play on the field and man-about-town persona off. Kelcher was traded to San Francisco in 1985 and retired from football the following year.
Since 1992, he’s been living in Austin, Texas, where he runs Pro Line Warehouse & Distribution, which handles Dell Computers and assorted computer parts. He’s only been back to San Diego once, for last May’s Junior Seau–hosted party for retiring equipment manager Sid Brooks.
“But I miss San Diego all the time,” says Kelcher, now 47 and the father of four—including 8-year-old twin girls. “My kids were born there, and I have a lot of friends left from the Chargers.” He does not, however, keep up with the current team. “This is Cowboys country,” he says. “And with my family and my business, my weekends are full.”
He hasn’t exactly gone underground. It’s just that after three decades in the public spotlight as an assemblyman, San Diego mayor, U.S. senator and two-term California governor, Pete Wilson as private citizen is a concept that’s still difficult to grasp. When his bid for the White House fizzled, and Wilson left the State House two years ago, local friends hoped the big fish might come home to San Diego. Instead, he opted for the big pond of Los Angeles and a mid-six-figure job as managing director of Pacific Capital Group, an investments company.
Although he’s 67 now, it’s hard to picture Wilson in the role of elder statesman. Indeed, Wilson himself has chosen the young man’s game of venture capital. “After a brief interlude of 32 years, I find returning to the private sector rewarding in many ways,” Wilson says. “It’s fun and interesting, and I hope it’ll be profitable—profitable enough for me to retire to San Diego someday.”
But he’s been strangely silent on the political front. Incredibly, Wilson was offered no formal role in this year’s GOP convention; wasn’t even named a delegate. And while there was some talk a year ago of a cabinet post in a possible George W. Bush administration, that now seems unlikely. While Wilson was poised on the sidelines to offer it, Bush never even asked for his endorsement.