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October 2006 / Vol 8 No 10

   

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Rupert
Died in a boating accident on September 13, 2006

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 THE GILLETTE ESTATE

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 Of all the houses on the Balboa peninsula, perhaps the most noted is the last house at the end of the Peninsula on Balboa Bay. The Gillette Estate. This was originally built in 1927 for King Gillette the razor baron. The most popular story about the house is that after the house was built; King Gillette died, leaving the house to his two sons. The sons feuded over the house and eventually cut the house down the middle to make two separate houses. The son who wound up with the house closest to the bay mouth, then in spite, extended the front of his house several feet over the bay just to block the view of the other sonís house. The true story is King Gillette did have the house built in 1927. The only time he came to Balboa to stay in the house in the early 1930s there was a terrible storm that prevented him from getting to Balboa. Gillette then sold the house to a dentist who split the house into two smaller houses and sold them. . Over the years many people have owned the main house, that is the house closest to the mouth of Balboa Bay. One of the most noted owner's was Dick Dale of the singing group ĎThe Daletones' of the 1950s and 60. Dale was known as the "King of the surf guitar." Dale owned the house from 1976 through 1981 when he lost it in bankruptcy. While he owned it, it was common to see him bring his jaguar and tiger cubs down to the dock for a swim in the bay. Over the years Dale would start remodeling projects around the house and never finish them. He would remove a wall here or a window there, and then go on to something else. When the house sold after his bankruptcy, it was put on the market as a 1.25 million-dollar fixer-upper.
 

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What fun memories! In the 40ís & 50ís we would spend time either in old Newport or Balboa Island each year and the Fun Zone was where we hung out during lazy summer days.. In those days we were allowed to swim across the bay and I learned to swim in front of the Fun Zone when I was four (1946.) Wading in shallow water, scooping up baby hammerhead sharks, playing in the Fun Zone and taking the Ferry back and forth is how we entertained ourselves while parents drank at the old Tiki Bar, Christian's Hut. As teenagers we ate frozen bananas and tacos for lunch every day while hanging out, rubbing on baby oil to get tanned, peeling skin from each other's sunburned bodies and waiting for my brother to finish working at the bust a balloon booth in the Fun Zone. You do realize the frozen banana was first invented and sold at the Fun Zone, don't you? Until nine years ago, when we moved to Florida, Iíd go back to play remember and eat. Now in 2006, Iíve decided itís high time my five California grandkids see what I did during summers, so in August we are going to the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters and Balboa/Newport Fun Zone. The Ferry Ride and frozen bananas are at the top of my to-do list, but Iím sure the bumper cars will also come into play.
Rosemary
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I read the comment about the Goodwill being stuck at low tide by the fun zone and remembered another boat being stuck. It was stuck around 6th Street in the Ocean. It was around 1971, it was either an Oil Frieghter or some cargo ship. It was stuck for a day or two. I also have wonderful memories growing up in Balboa. It is the best place on the planet to grow up. I lived on 8th Street between both piers for some of the 60s and all of the 70s
Dave Swann
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2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1PM
675-2373

Newport Landing Restaurant

Saturdays 3:30 PM -7:00 PM
Kyng Arthur: Authentic Reggae
"Cabo Cantina" 100 Main St
 949-675-7760

June 9th - October 15th,
Dredges to Dreamboats
Newport Harbor Nautical Museum

Friday, October 6,  5 PM - 10 PM
Les Brown & Band of Renown
Dinner Dance

Balboa Pavilion

Sunday, October 8,  2 PM - 8:30 PM
100 Years Between the Piers
Beach Party

Sunday, October 8, 3 PM
Sunday Musical
Central Library

Tuesday, October 24,  11AM - 12PM
Flu Shot Clinic
Balboa Pharmacy
716 E. Balboa Blvd

Sunday November 12, 3 PM
Sunday Musical
Central Library

Friday, November 17 8PM
Fashion Island Christmas Tree
Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 13 - 17
Christmas Boat Parade

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My family of 5 from Northern California wants to visit Balboa for a few hours when we drive to San Diego next week.  What Newport Bay Harbor Cruise do you recommend?  Since we're on a budget, do you know how we might be able to get any discount coupons?  Thanks!
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Your "business card" looks nice on the shot of all the talesofbalboa cams
Ricki Lundstrom

HI I USED TO BE A LOCAL, I'M LOOKING FOR FRIEND I NEW HER NAME IS ALIDA SHE LIVES ON THE PENINSULA SHE'S ALSO BEEN A LOCAL FOR MANY YEARS. I LIVE UP IN WASHINGTON NOW, I'VE LOST TRACK OF HER,EVERYBODY NOWS ALIDA ON THE PENINSULA, CAN I BE CONNECTED W/ HER. I'M "TENNIS RICK" THE 57TH ST LOCAL. THANKS
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Dear Jim
Can you tell me how I might advertize on the site for my landscape painting classes? I've been teaching in OC for over nine years professionally. People ask me all the time, but I would like to create a bigger market. As you know, I grew up in Balboa on Channel Rd., and know so many locals, but they don't know I teach painting. Thanks for any input you might have. Stephanie
Stephanie Bennett
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