'Officer Phil' Konstantin's TV - Page 1

I started working at KUSI on May 6, 2005. This was just four days after my retirement from the California Highway Patrol (August 5, 1985-May 2, 2005). I did traffic reports as a part of KUSI's morning news broadcast from May 6, 2005 to October 9, 2009. I was replaced on the air as a money saving effort by KUSI. I became KUSI's evening Assignment Editor on October 14, 2009. KUSI is on Ch. 9 on cable in San Diego. It is broadcast in San Diego on Ch. 51. I moved over to KGTV (Ch.10) in June 2010 as their helicopter-based reporter. Even though I have retired from the CHP, many people call me 'Officer Phil.'

My newest book:

"The Wacky World of Laws"
It was just released in May 2009.

The Wacky World of Laws is a compilation of U.S. and International Laws that are out of the ordinary. With the U.S. churning out 500,000 new laws every year and 2 million regulations annually, this book is the ideal go-to book fro everyone who wants a good laugh at the expense of our legal system. Law so often can be boring! Now with The Wacky World of Laws, you can be the hit of any water cooler conversation, and amaze your friends with precious legal nuggets.

Ask 'Officer Phil'
Always had a question about traffic or the law, but, did not know who to ask?
Several times a week, I'll answer our viewers' questions on the air.

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Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd & Phil Konstantin, May 20, 2005
On May 20th, 2005, Dan Aykroyd came by the KUSI studio to promote the grand opening of the House Of Blues in San Diego. He was a real good sport and he kidded around with the whole crew.

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David Davis, Susan Lennon, Renee Kohn
My on-air co-workers David Davis, Susan Lennon and Renee Kohn all dressed up to make "Blues Brother" Dan feel at home.

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Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis & Phil Konstantin, May 20, 2005
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis also dropped by on May 20th to talk about his efforts to educate the public about asthma. He has asthma. From 1993 through the end of the 2004 season, Jerome had rushed for 13,294 yards, and scored 82 touchdowns. He is currently ranked #5 in all-time NFL rushing yards. Jerome does lots of public service activities, and has also established a foundation to coordinate these activities.

The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation

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Richard Elliot

Sax player Richard Elliot, May 26, 2005
Cool jazz sax player Ricard Elliot joined us for a couple of songs in 2005 & 2008. He was in town for the San Diego Smooth Jazz 98.1 30th Anniversary Jazz Festival. Richard was nominated for "Saxophonist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" for Crush in the 2003 National Smooth Jazz Awards.

Click here to visit Richard Elliot's website.

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Tony Alva

Tony Alva, May 27, 2005
A new style of skateboarding emerged in the 1970s. It was patterned after techniques used by surfers. Legendary skateboarder Tony Alva was one of the people who created this new form of skateboarding. His (and his friends) story first saw the big screen in the 2002 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys." Their exploits will become more well-known with the 2005 Hollywood version of their story "Lords of Dogtown." Tony visited us on May 27th to talk about "Lords of Dogtown." FYI, 'Dogtown' refers to the neighborhood where Tony grew up. I used to skateboard in the old days when the wheels were made of metal. My daughter Heidi is an excellent skateboarder.

Click here to visit Tony's corporate website.

A fan site which uses a few "adult" words.

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Randy "Duke" Cunningham

Representative Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, May 31, 2005
On May 31, 2005, Congressional Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham came by to discuss some current issues. Duke earned a masters in education in 1965 from the University of Missouri. According to his official biography, Representative Cunningham was nominated for the Medal of Honor, received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, fifteen Air Medals, the Purple Heart, and several other decorations for his service as a Navy pilot during Vietnam. He eventually became one of the lead instructors at the Navy's "Top Gun" school in San Diego. In 2004, he was elected to his eighth term in Congress.

He visited us before the controversy about the sale of his home to a defense contractor began.

On November 28, 2005, Representative Cunningham announced he was going to plead guilty to a series of charges against him. He also said he was going to resign from his elected office.

Click here to visit his governmental website.

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Jorge Hank Rhon

Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon, June 1, 2005
It was June 1st when Jorge Hank Rhon came by to discuss several subjects with David and Susan. He is the mayor of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and one of the richest men in Mexico. Tijuana is just across the border from San Diego. It is estimated that 250,000 people cross the border each day between Tijuana and San Diego, more than any other place in the world. Tijuana has had well over 150 murders in the first four months of this year. Mayor Rhon told Susan and David that many of these homicides were related to drug cartels fighting each other. He feels that the ordinary tourist is very safe in Tijuana. Mayor Rhon said he has installed cameras in many public places to insure the safety of tourists. Incidentally, he has 19 children.

Click here to read a story about Mayor Rhon by Luis Alonso Perez of La Prensa.

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Bob Filner

Representative Bob Filner, Melanie Doliente, Anthony 
Ibarra, June 2, 2005
On June 2, 2005, Congressional Representative Bob Filner came by to introduce us
to two San Diego students who are going to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Melanie Doliente (San Diego Academy) and Anthony Ibarra (Linda Vista High)
will be enroute to Annapolis this summer. Congrats, Plebes!
Representative Filner was an educator, a former member of the San Diego board of
Education, a pianist and has a Ph.D. He was elected to Congress in 1992.

Click here for Representative Filner's official website

Click here to go to the Naval Academy's website

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Alina Eydel

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Alina Eydel is an amazing artist. And, she is only 15 years old. She came by on June 7th to some of her artwork. She specializes in "multi-media" art. Her pictures involve many different media, including beads. I was very impressed.

The white circle in the upper left is a reflection from one of the lights in the studio.

Click here to visit Alina's website & see some more of her amazing art.

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of America

Gemological Institute of America 2006
In the later part of 2006, We were visited by the folks at the GIA. They have an amazing collection of gems.

Click here for the GIA's website

Click here to see a larger version of the gems.

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Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Chief Chad Smith and Miss CHerokee visited KUSI to talk about a special event held for Cherokees in San Diego

Click here to read more about, and see more & larger versions of the Cherokee's photos

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This link will take you to a group of magazine articles I wrote over the years
(Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Wally Schirra)

This link will take you to a series of short articles I wrote about the CHP, traffic, and law enforcement.

About My Book
Below is a picture of the cover of my book
"This Day in North American Indian History"
Click on the cover to order a copy
This is the cover to my book. 
Click here to got more info, or to order a copy.

Click here to order a copy of my book
in the USA.

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© Phil Konstantin - 2010-2013

Phil Konstantin

P.O.BOX 17515
SAN DIEGO, CA 92177-0515
United States

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since September 4, 2005

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