October 18, 1989
Agent Jerry Kapstein, son-in-law of San Diego Padres owner Joan Kroc, said Tuesday that he had recently talked with prospective purchasers of the baseball team. Kapstein declined to comment on a possible sale price, but did confirm the club is for sale. Kroc has owned the Padres since the death of her husband, Ray Kroc, in January, 1984. Kroc said she would not consider any bid that would move the Padres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1989 |
It's not every day that somebody gets a present in the mail from Joan Kroc, and it's probably the first time that San Diego's best-known philanthropist has sent a 5-gallon jar of pickles to somebody she doesn't even know. But when Joseph Ditler, 37, arrived at his doorstep in Coronado Friday afternoon, he found a jar of pickles as big as a small child. It had a red ribbon affixed to it, and, of course, a note from "Joan." Kroc's late husband was founder and chairman of the board of McDonald's.
July 24, 1989 |
San Diego Padres owner Joan Kroc donated to the Hall of Fame today a letter written in 1959 by John F. Kennedy to Jackie Robinson pledging support in fighting racial injustice. Kroc, who purchased the letter in order to give it to the Hall of Fame, made the presentation to Hall of Fame President Edward Stack. "When I heard about the letter, I knew it was something the Hall of Fame should have," Kroc said.
February 5, 1989 |
When philanthropist Joan Kroc tries to find the owner of a lost dog, she doesn't just tack up a flyer on the neighborhood telephone pole. First, she sends the dog to an animal therapist to tap the canine's consciousness. Then, convinced the dog is truly homesick, she places ads in newspapers and offers a $100 reward for assistance in reuniting dog with master. The dog is a German shepherd-labrador mix. And this story is a cross between Disney and Donahue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1989 |
When philanthropist Joan Kroc tries to find the owner of a lost dog, she doesn't just tack up a flyer on the neighborhood telephone pole. First, she sends the dog to a high-priced animal therapist to tap the canine's consciousness. Then, convinced that the dog is truly homesick, she places ads in newspapers and offers a reward for assistance in reuniting dog with master. The dog is a mix between a German shepherd and a Labrador retriever. And this story is a cross between Disney and "Donahue."
June 22, 1988 |
Three days before Mayor Maureen O'Connor is scheduled to leave on a trip to the Soviet Union, McDonald's restaurants magnate Joan Kroc bid her bon voyage by agreeing to donate $1 million to help finance the mayor's planned Soviet Arts festival. The donation, announced by O'Connor at a City Hall press conference Tuesday, will pay for a significant part of O'Connor's project, currently scheduled for 1990 at an estimated cost of $3 million to $4 million.
February 11, 1988 |
Joan Kroc of McDonald's Corp. says she was so moved by a teacher's efforts to educate a boy with the AIDS virus that she decided to donate more than $230,000 to his school district. Kroc, the widow of McDonald's Corp. founder Ray Kroc, the company's largest single shareholder and owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team, read a news service story about the solitary classes of DeWayne Mowery, who is the only student in a 5-by-7-foot classroom at the Anderson County Gifted Learning Center.
December 23, 1987 |
No waiting, no hesitating, no procrastinating. Not for me. Not any more. When I saw Christmas advertising for the first time around July 4, I vowed I would have my shopping done early. When Santa's jovial face hit the stores around Labor Day, I realized it was time to get to it. When Christmas trees went up just before Thanksgiving, I was ready to go. I haven't started yet. I guess I had better get to it. I have a list around here somewhere. Naturally, I will save the family for last.
September 24, 1987 |
The organizers of Thursday's "An Evening With Joan," the San Diego Hospice dinner dance at which philanthropist Joan Kroc was awarded the organization's 1987 Humanitarian Award, had to come up with a last-minute answer to this most unusual of questions: "What if you gave a party and everybody came?" The committee had anticipated 700 guests, an incredible turnout for a testimonial dinner and one quite sufficient to fill the La Jolla Marriott Grand Ballroom.