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February 2007 / Vol 9 No 2



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From TalesOfBalboa the Book

 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 house 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 son’s 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 ‘The 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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Events Calendar

Taco Tuesdays, All Day
$1.00 Tacos, No Limit, Eat In/Take Out
Great Mex
703 E. Balboa Blvd.

Mondays thru Thursdays
Pole Dancing Classes
Balboa Pilates

204 Washington St.

2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1PM

Newport Landing Restaurant

Saturdays 7 AM - 9 AM
Crystal Cove Exotic Cars
Balboa Pier Parking Lot

Saturday, February 10, 7pm 10pm
Riverboat Dinner Theatre Safari Fundraising Cruise aboard the
Angela Louise
(949) 278 8462

Saturday, March 3, 10 AM -11 AM
Spring 2007 Orange County
Artist Juried Exhibition
Newport Beach Central Library

 March  5-11
 2007 Toshiba Classic

Saturday, March 10, 2 p.m.
Treasure Hunting and the Atocha:
 The Sequel
Balboa Branch Library

April 19-29, 2007
Newport Beach Film Festival

Friday, April 27 - 29, 2007
Newport Ensenada Race

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Going to visit Balboa area next winter. Anxious to talk to anyone who is part of the Beek family. I am doing a book on the family which covers many areas including Ireland, Canada and the USA . Looking for pictures of the early Balboa family including Joseph Allan Beek. Can anyone help?
Gloria Beek

Hi - I am looking for information on the old restaurant Christian's Hut.  Any info, photos, stories, etc., are welcome.  Please give me a shout at if you have anything you can share, particularly historical info (opening/closing dates, address, etc).  Thanks!

This summer, my brother sent me an Orange County edition of the LA Times outlining the changes coming with the redevelopment of the Fun Zone area. I was both shocked and perplexed at the "positive spin" that was being presented by "a representation of the locals" regarding the destruction of the Fun Zone as we have known it for decades at the expense of a historical museum. I truly have nothing against the museum, but give me a break! Are we really that committed to putting a good face on a museum that no one will be interested in versus a Newport Beach family tradition firmly entrenched in the memories of so many people? Some old pictures and some displays versus "The Scary Dark Ride"? Come on!
My family began vacationing at Ken Niles Villa Marina every August in the mid-60's to early 70's. Our rides over the Ferry to the Fun Zone were legendary, our fun and mischief at the arcades and rides were even more memorable. In 1989, my widowed mother renewed the tradition for the next 12 years by renting on the Grand Canal of Balboa Island for every July. My children, her grandchildren, were able to experience the great times we did as children, including numerous trips to the Fun Zone for skeeball and Ferris Wheel rides. (OK, they're keeping the Ferris Wheel.)
A museum to replace Frozen Banana's, cheesy arcade games and a bumper car ride??? What a travesty! Oh, I think the next time I'm on The Island, I'll ride the Ferry to go to the museum! Come to think of it, I really think that dinner at the old Reuben E. Lee was much better than the original museum!
Tom Dial

I have been trying to find an old Civil Air Patrol flying friend, G. Garnet Sandeen. My letter to him came back as the forwarding time on the Balbao address had expired. Can you help?
I enjoyed taking a video ride on your ferry on your web site
Very unusual .. looks like a wonderful place to live ...

Our memories of Balboa will forever be etched in our minds. We spent 11 hours on a plane from London, and were collected from LAX and as soon as the bags were dropped off, we were brought over on the car ferry and we were greeted with our first sight of the island. The Island was then home for two blissful weeks.
Everyone was so friendly and welcoming but I would have to say the highlight was sitting on the beach just to the left of the pier, on a warm Thursday morning, with the sun high in the sky and the beach deserted as far as the eye could see, apart from me, my husband, my daughter and an 20 feet out to see a pod of dolphin! BLISS.
THANK YOU Balboa for a cool, relaxed and truly brilliant holiday xxxx

It's me Laura again. Never mind about the dumb ? e-mail. It's on my computer now just like it's suppose to be. I had to put it in about 3 times and the third time it loaded like it was suppose to, thanks anyway. The slide show is awsome. You have really done a great job with the pictures. I'll bet you have sold a million of these or a least I hope you have.Such wonderful memories of times gone by. I just hope they don't get rid of the Merry Go Round at the Fun Zone when that museum is finished.
Laura Hilliard

Hi Jim,
What happened to the web cam at the coffee shop? I enjoyed that cam very much. I enjoy your site, it brings back alot of my teenage memories from Newport beach
Mark Stephens

Hi Jim, hey what happened to the web cam looking across to Balboa Island? also the camera at Seaside Financial? I reall miss the views. Any chance they'll be put back online?
Rick in Portland, OR

Some flying buddies from Congressional Squadron,  Civil Air Patrol in Washington, DC would like to contact G Godfrey Sandeen.  We know he had  a law office at 319 Marine Avenue and a residence on Balboa Island
AnnaBelle Kuldell


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