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?
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
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
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.
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
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