I did turn up something in one of the
archive posts that I remember. "how about 'the walker,' a war
vet who used to walk balboa streets endlessly and was known by
I believe I remember this man. He carried a very large
portable radio, rare at the time. Always well dressed, he
never, ever, spoke to anyone. He used to sit on the benches at
McNally's Boat Rental, later Bal-Boat Rental. Never bothered
anyone, just sat there listening to his radio. And no one
bothered him. I was very young at the time and I remember
asking someone about him. It may have been Bernie McNally or
maybe Al Nielson. Whoever I asked described him as a vet
suffering from combat fatigue. I had no idea what that meant,
other than I should not bother him. I sure had no intention of
Has anyone mentioned the Fredette family? They ran a hamburger
stand in that little pimple of a building that still stands
attached to the building that once housed the late, great,
Playland Arcade. This would have been from about the late 50's
to the middle 60's. They were a family from Mass. and I became
good friends with two of their kids. The father died way
before his time and the family moved back to Massachutes. The
two my age were Tom and Art. I know Tom went on to become a
teacher, I think in N Calif, Art worked as a chef in LA, or
Hollywood. They had two daughters also. I believe their names
were Maria or Mary, and Jenette. I think one went on to become
a nun. The oldest son, can't remember his name, but I know for
a fact he was working for a transmission shop in Costa Mesa in
Dear Jim--Your entire website shows a labor
of love on your part. It's the best thing on the web. I wish I
had not lost the great black and white picture I once had of
Al Anderson and his wife and a sign painter they employed
eating hot dogs on a stick. They were in front of the old
Pop's Restaurant that operated in Balboa in the late 50's and
early 60's. In my move from Hawthorne, California to Boynton
Beach, Florida where I am now, I lost a lot of old pictures.
But the memories of Balboa are still burned deep within me.
For More London's Times
If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.
Passed away on
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Balboa Market Circa 1960
Jim, thanks for the great site! I stop
by every month to check out your stuff
Hi! My name is Hannah Toohey
and I live on the peninsula. I am the editor of Newport
Elementary's school newsletter and I was wondering if you
know anything about when it snowed in Newport Beach. If
you have a chance I would love it if you could e-mail me
back. Thanks! P.S. I love your internet site!
Just thought I would let you know that we are checking the
website up here in the Great White North. Say hi to the
gang at the coffee shop. Dave & Patty
Thanks so much for the great site! I grew up there -
Newport Harbor Class of '65 President - and I live now in
Half Moon Bay, on the beach just south of San Francisco.
Except for the fog, any Balboa old-timer would feel right
at home here. I get area updates at odd times from my old
boss at the Ancient Mariner and Rusty Pelican, Dick
Wandrocke, who now lives in northern Idaho. We were
saddened to see the passing of Lifeguard Chief Robert
Reed, another old boss of mine. Keep up the good work!
Hi, I love your pictures of the
week and archive so very much. It is wonderful to have
Balboa on my desk every day and to be able to change it as
often as I like. the resolution of the pictures is
Susan in Utah missing home....
Weve successfully created an automatic download of your
weather station data from the weather underground site and
have begun incorporating it into our hourly updated
Southern California Wind Analysis:
Weve added a link to your site as a data contributor.
Thanks again for making your data available. It will
definitely enhance our analysis.
Best regards, Lee Eddington
Meteorologist US Navy, Point Mugu, CA