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October 2007 / Vol 9 No 10



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Newport Harbor
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Newport Jet Sports

Newport Landing
Sport  Fishing

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Patsy Metcalf
Pilates by the Sea

Rotary Club of Newport Balboa
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Time Capsule


From TalesOfBalboa the Book

In 1949, Gordy Wevill opened the doors to his gambling operation in the Pavilion where Davys Locker is now located. Gordy ran a vertical wheel game based loosely on the principals of roulette. The big difference was, besides zero and double zero; the wheel also had star-crescent and double star crescent, which increased the house's take. Tourists would buy five-cent and ten-cent chips to play with, and would be paid-off with cartons of cigarettes to keep things under cover. The cigarettes could then be cashed-in for $2.00 a carton at the Dutch Lunch. The Dutch Lunch was a beer bar and deli, and was located where the parking lot behind where the Orange Julius is now located. Gordy owned the Dutch Lunch too, so it was a simple matter to keep the cigarettes making round trips. As Gordy says "Some of those cartons showed a lot of wear from all the back and forth trips." As luck would have it, three days after he opened his business Gordy got a tip from Al Anderson that the D.A. was on his way down to close the gambling operations. Al Anderson, who owned the old Fun Zone, was a front man with connections in the D.A." Office. Gordy closed his doors and decided that was enough for him, and never reopened.

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This is an old photo taken inside the old seashell shop which is now a bike rental store located at the corner of Balboa Blvd. and Palm St.

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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.

99 Tuesdays at the Fun Zone
99 Specials All Day

Mondays thru Thursdays
Pole Dancing Classes
Balboa Pilates

204 Washington St.

Wednesdays, 11 Am - 12 Noon
 Fun at Pirates Cove, 2 - 5 year olds

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
(949) 673-7863 X 105 Carol Davis

2nd Wednesday of the Month
 Book Club Luncheon 1 PM

Newport Landing Restaurant

First Friday of the Month
Fun Zone Friday

Wednesdays 7 PM - 9 PM
Art Night
Rainey Fine Art Gallery
103 Palm St. - 673-1382
Free Admission

Sunday, October 14, 3 PM
Sunday Musicale Event
UCI Chamber Players
Newport Beach Central Library

Saturday, November 3, 6-10 PM
Photographs by Robert Rooks
Artist Reception
Rainey Fine Art Gallery
105 Palm St.

Sunday November 18, 3 PM
Sunday Musicale Event
A Salon Recital with the Azzoni Duo
Newport Beach Central Library

December 12 - 16
99th Annual Newport Beach
Christmas Boat Parade

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Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to fight, hell just kill you.

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Help! I'm a young man trapped inside this old geezer's body.
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Viewer Email & Memories

What fun! Hadn't come across this site before until writing an article on the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum for SEA Magazine. Great job. I may have to do an article on the 'sculling' society you highlighted. Perhaps you could have a member touch base with me. Thanks again for a fun visit!
Coty Dolores Miranda

What is the date of the article in The Time Capsule about the Fun Zone's merry-go-round?  I am trying to create a chronology of when the Fun Zone's 5 merry-go-rounds arrived and departed.  Thank you.

Great website!
I'm trying to figure out how to get this publication via email on a monthly basis or however often it's put out. I live in Seattle in the winter UGH! and need to keep my eyes viewing the beauty of Balboa til I get back to the beach in the summers.
W.S. Collins great granddaughter,
Terry Lakenan

My dad was the tugboat captain of the Undaunted that was docked next to the Balboa Pavillion . I have many wonderful memories of sitting on the Undaunted while my father maintained her
Gretchen Maxey

when were the pictures of the faces of Balboa taken?

Mr. Fournier,
My name is Karen Karas and I live iin Arizona. I'm inquiring about a person named OWEN REYNOLDS.  My sister is living with a man who insists that this man, who is supposedly his uncle, owns a great deal of the Balboa Peninsula as well as Dillmans Restaurant. We have reason to believe that the man making these statements, is dangerous. He has been in prison for what I'm certain are  made up reasons on his part. I suspect it was for something more serious that what he says.  If there is ANY WAY that I could discredit him, perhaps that would help convince my sister to leave him.  The man OWEN REYNOLDS is supposedly British. PLEASE if you have any information at all...PLEASE let me know.  And if you have never heard the name at all, that would be helpful also.If you know of anyone that might have any information regarding this matter I would be VERY grateful to know who that might be.
THANKS for your time Jim !  Karen
Karen Karas
THANKS so much Jim for replying so quickly! I was afraid that was going to be the answer to my question. Unfortunately it means
my sister may be in over her head. Im hoping that I can convince her with the facts . THANK YOU for sending my request to the Newport Beach Police. I appreciate your help Jim...more than you know. Perhaps Ill be able to read Tales of Balboa for enjoyment soon and not as a means of investigation! However it has been my best source of information yet ! Perhaps someday Ill get out that way and see some of the magic myself. For now ... Ill concentrate on my sister.

Hi Jim I'm just wondering your opening hours and if you are open Sundays as there is a picture i would like to buy before i go back to Ireland on  Monday and i was going to come out to your shop tomorrow.  

What's up Jim?
My outrigger crew is coming out to race the Catalina Channel Crossing next month and we need to figure out the best way for the non-paddlers to get from Newport (or Balboa) to Avalon and back...
We'd prefer to travel in the am from Newport out to Avalon on Sat, 9/8 AND in the am the next day from Avalon back to Newport...I haven't been able to find a ferry that travels in the am both ways...looks like most go out to Avalon in the am and back in the late afternoon...can you help a sista out?
Thanks much!

Just for all of you who live in Balboa, you might like to know that Mr. Beek also developed a 200 acre rural community in Loomis, CA called Hidden Valley. My parents were one of  the first to build there (1958). It was beautifully done with lakes for swimming and fishing, horse arena, trails all over, a perfect place to be raised.  He would write me letters with misspelled words in them and pay me 25 cents a word if I could find them. That was a lot of money back then! He hired my brother to clean a favorite pond across the way from us that he had built. He was extremely nice and had a perfect vision of how to develop land. He also brought the Tournament of Lights there and every 4th of July we had our floats and our fireworks. It was truly wonderful. One year our family won and we were treated to a trip to Balboa, then out on his yacht to Catalina Island for a day, then to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Anyway, I have fond memories of him and the land he created for my youth. Barb McMains
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