The Idea Came From A James Bond Movie
When Jean Michele Ducancelle saw the James Bond movie,
The Spy Who Loved Me, he was impressed by one of the final scenes
where James Bond and the damsel depart in an escape capsule.
He set to work and designed the Anthenea amphibious housing. With the help
of Swiss Financier Ernst Kenk he was able to bring his dream to life.
Later famed designer Pierre Cardin came in with his substantial backing
to form Les Anthenea.
Anthenea, derived from the Greek word Anthenon (blossom), invites us to
a voyage of discovery to the "antipodes" water and land.
In 2001 production was
started in Mt. Blanc Switzerland, and the Swiss government bought one of
the first units for use as a tourist information center.
This unit is an
When Anthenea President Alan Algan entered the
picture, he moved the factory to the Mojave Desert. Assembly will be done
at the Newport Harbor Shipyard. Sales will handled at the Balboa Fun
Zone location where the first production model unit presently is
located. Another larger model will be brought in later this month.
Anthenea President Alan Algan, in the first
production unit now in Balboa.
There are three models planned. A 144 sq ft model like the one
currently in Balboa which will sell for about $128,000.00. A 800 sq ft
model with a loft for about $350,000.00 and a 1,700 sq ft commercial
model, designed for use as restaurant or a small hotel with a price starting at
a cool $500,000.00.
Underwater viewing windows are standard on all
For more information visit the Anthenea web site
Wednesday September 11- Noon
Join our city's Memorial Tribute to
the victims of last year's terrorist attacks.
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Tree Poll Tally
From Last Month
Should The Ficus Trees On Main Street Be Removed?
I Don't Care: 4
In an ongoing effort to protect our health, city
officials have ordered that runny noses be banned from the city. Above
is one of the first signs - located on the sidewalk at the ferry landing
on the peninsula - to notify the public that runny noses are now
Words Of Wisdom
If a man standing in a forest says something and there is no woman around to
hear him, is he still wrong?
A Balboa resident of 47 years and
dear friend to so
many, passed away
on August 26, 2002 at the age of 84.
Goodbye Venoa, we'll miss you.
Balboa Village Sidewalk
Saturday-Sunday Sept 7-8
Last big blowout of
the summer. Merchants hit the streets with their wares
Beach Blanket Bar-B-Q
Sunday Sept 8 - 12 Noon - 5PM
The Divas of the Balboa Theater 2nd Annual
Beach Blanket Bar-B-Q. Pavilion Park at Balboa Pier. Great food, fun
games. Contact Peggy Whitehead 949-673-5624
High & Dry
Boat makes land the hard way.
44-foot cruiser wound up high and dry, the evening of August 4, 2002,
after the skipper put the boat on auto pilot at full throttle and went
below to use the head. The boat changed course and went directly up onto
the beach. No one was hurt, but the skipper and his passenger were
taken away in handcuffs for being really drunk. It cost $30,000.00 to
have a giant crane brought in to put the boat on a truck and haul it
away. If you look closely you can see the boat is tied up to a bicycle
rack that was next to it.
Third generation local, Richard
Vogel shares his photo album with us. One of an occasional series.
This is my grandmother, Mildred Vogel. The date is 1929.
The location is next to the Balboa Pier. They lived on Montero next to
the Robins family. My grandmother babysat Theodore Robins Jr. She also
worked in the various stores that she and my grandfather had on Main
Street and was well known there.
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Hi Jim, I just
wanted to say how much I love your web site. Just knowing that by a
click of a web site and over 3000 miles away from your family you can
be closer to them in know time. I live in Calgary, Alberta Canada. But
my parents and brother live in California, they own and operate the
"Harbour House Coffee". I have come down every year for the past 6
years now, first on my own and now with my children and husband. I
look forward to seeing everyone again this September.
Thanks again for bringing us closer together.