you remember Balboa's Prison of Socrates on Main Street and
Tim Morgon singing there, then this film is for you. Filmed in the
early 1960's, this 86 minute Black & White film reflects the
Balboa of a by gone time.
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It was around 10 p.m. on July 13, 1992, when
Bill Kitchens set the auto pilot on his 34 foot sailboat "Vagabunda,"
for a course from Corona Del Mar to the entrance to Newport Bay. As
Bill words it, "I was sitting in the cockpit and nodded off with
no sails up." The next thing Bill remembers is, "Oriental voices
shouting and cursing, and crashing sounds. I looked out and said
oh, [poop]." His rig was down, and he was under Balboa Pier. Bill
lashed the mast to the side of the boat just in time to see the
flashing blue-green light of the Harbor Patrol. He was checked
over to see if he was hurt, and allowed to limp his boat back into
the harbor. Upon arriving at the South Shore Yacht Club, Bill fell
and struck his shoulder on the dock, causing multiple fractures,
or as Bill puts it, "Adding injury to insult." Later that year,
the South Shore Yacht Club presented Bill with the "Most
Conspicuous Sailor Award."
Anyone remember the rock group INXS? Alan
Sandoval does. The video for their very popular song 'Devil
Inside' was filmed entirely in the Fun Zone
I love Balboa Island. And you said this is
where you can share memories so here i go.
I may be only a girl living on Balboa Island during the summer but
all of the memories I have had doing BIYC (balboa island yacht
club) throughout the summers since I was four has made me promise
myself i will live here when i grow older because I love how
everybody is surrounded by caring friends and a nice community
where everything is close by and you can walk or ride your bike or
skateboard to your friends house who happens to live from about 8
to 1 street away. I love Balboa Island and plan to live there for
as much as possible (I better start saving money for a house now!)
Years ago ... longer than I want to admit to -
we stayed the entire summer on Balboa. As a pre-teen - the freedom
we were allowed at Playland Arcade (our favorite ... now gone ...:
( - and the Fun Zone along with a little shop called the "Chip
Yard" that was started and run by kids about our age. Just curious
to know if anyone knows what happened to them ???
I am the oldest daughter of Ohmer (Vic) Clawson. In the past I
have looked at your wonderful site and relived the memories of
1948/1949. The picture of the boat ready to launch at Dick's Dock
was priceless. I did not know who the men were, except my Dad of
course. I was only 13 and at that age names don't mean a lot.
The memories of that beautiful boat make me smile. I remember when
the Miss Balboa was to be returning from Catalina Island. My
sister Shirley and I would go ask Ken at the ferris wheel if we
could have a ride. From the top of the ferris wheel we could see
her coming, throwing the biggest wake you ever saw. Then we would
get off and run and tell Mom, the Miss Balboa is coming. Before
cells phones we looked for things.
My Uncle Chris Clawson was the only person other than my Dad who
would pilot the Miss. I guess the runs at night, around the bell
buoy were a real thrill. You would aim for the light and before it
blinked again, hope you were not aimed directly at it.
Time has passed and I have only a few pictures of the Miss. Thanks
again for the great web site. I am going to email my Uncle Chris
today and tell him to take a look.
Lora Clawson Leach
For Miss Balboa Story
I was wondering if anyone remembers a guy named
Ernie who worked at the Balboa Pier bait shop in the 60's. I
remember he used to hold a live bait over his mouth then he'd drop
it in and swallow it. He used to tell me he could feel it swimming
in his stomach!
Thanks again for your wonderful website. Awsome job. For the first
time since I left CA, I was in tears and really missed my friends
and CA, especially after reading the articles in the "Book". I
know soooo many of the people. And the stories brought back
Can you tell me anything about Ron White? The last we heard before
we left CA in Sept, 2004, he was in Flagship. Ron is so very dear
to us since he performed our marriage ceremony in 1997.
Thanks for your articles, photos and continued updates. We love
and miss you all on Balboa. It is truley a "one of a kind"
Hey Jim, how 'bout a link to my site? Mostly recipes...
What is your opinion of the Nautical Museum purchasing the Fun
Zone? Will it change the general atmosphere of the Fun Zone that I
have known since I was a young child? I am very concerned about
Hi there my Name is Tommy Bull. I recently moved here at
Promontory point,Newwport with my wife and son. I would like to
learn more about the water ways here such as restrants etc. as we
love boating. I am a retired world champion Kick Boxer and a
Master in the Martial Arts. I am a film Actor and a Dirctor. We
love it here. thanks for any and all the help you can give us.
Sincerly Tommy Bull
HI BALBOA FRIENDS,
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU COULD GET MRS. MORGON (TIM'S MOM) TO
TELL US THE HISTORY OF BALBOA. I TALKED WITH HER YEARS AGO AND SHE
HAD MANY INTERESTING TALES OF BALBOA IN THE BEGINNING. MY FRIENDS
AND I (FROM ROSEMEAD HIGH) USED TO STAY AT THE "MORGON HOUSE"
DURING EASTER/BAL WEEK IN THE 60S WHEN TIM WAS PLAYING AT THE
PRISON. I MOVED TO BALBOA ISLAND FOUR YEARS AGO AND STOPPED BY TO
SEE MRS. MORGON AND SHE IS A SWEET LADY. DO YOU THINK SHE MIGHT
WRITE AFEW LINES OF HISTORY FOR US? TIM, ARE YOU OUT THERE? TALK
TO YOUR MOM FOR US.
BEACH 4 DEE
DEE ANN WITT
Hi Jim: My name is Lynn Hackman, I am the owner of the vessel Mei
Wen Ti, a 55' Chinese Junk that is currently berthed in Rainbow
Harbor Long Beach. I am contacting you to see if you know of any
commercial slips available in Balboa Village as I would love to
move the Mei Wen Ti there - she is a wonderful tourist attraction
and has been very popular in Long Beach. However, the City is
taking over the slip where I am located so I have to move her in
the next 30-days or so. Any information you might be able to give
me would be most appreciated. All the best, Lynn (949) 723-1352 or
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Some people are like Slinky's ...
Not really good for anything,
But they still bring a smile to your face
when you push them down a flight of stairs.