Starting with this month's issue, Viewer Email & Memories will
be published as soon as they are received. Keep checking back for new
In response to Gordon Wagner...
I know of the painting you're talking about (or at least one
sounding just like it going by your description). We rented the
back house twice a year for years from Rolf & Ruth Laib (Laib's
Sand Castle) up until the end of 2007 when they sadly stopped
renting due to health issues. In the rental unit, they had this
picture on one of the walls of the living room. Maybe Jim can go
and pay a visit to Rolf & borrow the picture and scan it in for
you...but seriously, there has to be another copy of it
I love your site, though it really nostalgic to
remember how things were so long ago -- it seems like yesterday my
Dad and I would row across the Grand Canal from the little island
to buy doughnuts on Saturday mornings.
Is there any chance you might be familiar with a print made from a
painting showing the view from the top of the OLD ferris wheel in
the Fun Zone? I think it was by a female painter from the 70s. It
showed the view towards the Pavilion. I'd love to find a copy.
Thanks again for a great web site.
What a happy surprise to see my 1948 photo of "Fireman Dave" as
your Old Photo this month.
We lived on the Island from 1946-1950 and I am trying to find old
playmates, born around 1939, who attended grades 1-3 at Corona Del
Mar Elementary. People I'm looking for include Paul Mantz Jr.,
"Skippy" Hudson, "Chuckie" Cramer, Edmund Mason, Lance Green (or
Greenleaf), Laura Beth Burke, Sharon Anderson, Arthur (S?) whose
father had the upstairs photography shop on Marine Ave, and "Buddy"
Budworth. Also I'm trying to find people who knew the firechief,
Ed Zuby or his two daughters. I have a photo of Ed Zuby and myself
from 1948.Keep up the good work, Jim...we appreciate it.
I will be renting on the Island from July 5th until
July 19th, 2008. We are desperately in need of a one person kayak
for that time period. All of the rental companies charge $55/day.
For 2 weeks I could rent a nice mid-sized car for that price. Give
me a break!
If you live on the Island and have a spare kayak, let's talk. I
would certainly be willing to pay a fair price (not $55/day).
Tom Dial Concord, CA
Hello, I love your website!! Just wondering if you
can make your archives more accessible?? Thanks so much!!
Do you have a record of previous weathereye pages
going back to 11/01/07?
Will there be free concerts in the Gazebo this summer?
Used to be on Thursdays. Do you have a schedule?
I have 3 Beercan races posted on my website.
http://www.joysailing.com I'd love to be able to
feature them on your website, because so many families love to see
the pictures of their sailing friends - my site gets a lot of
Bronny Joy Daniels
was wondering if they had skuba diving and/or 4 th
of july fireworks there?
Your work has been an inspiration for Balboa, love
Case Van Mechelen
gr8 site brutha! can we in the future get a cam
of the boardwalk action/scene around "Mutt Lynchs" or "Blackies"?
that would be killer! I miss my NB/OC. My wife took a job promo &
we had to move to Dallas. We've been away since april of '06. Some
day we will get back & retire on the Balboa Pen.............Where
I've spent nearly 1/2 of my life. Ill be 45 next month, ouch!
Having spent delicious summers on the little island during the
early-to-mid 1950's (and submitting a piece of nostalgia on those
days to TOB which you were kind enough to publish) and, knowing
from a number of return visits over the years that the islands have
not changed all THAT much, I'm bringing my "bride" out from West
Virginia for a short visit to family in Pasadena in early June. I
thought it might be a real nice thing to get a rental house that
faced either the canal or one of the bays and just kick back for a
few days (looking at 6,7, 8 of June). So I thought of you and
whether you might know of any such waterfront rentals and just whom
I might contact to check on price and availability. Thanks so much
for any assistance you might per chance provide.
Curt Mason, Summit Point, WV
PHS Class of '57.
There's a bug stuck in my new LCD screene. I've
been trying to get it out for a month now. The only thing is it
only happens on this site. Is this what Microsoft calls a BUG.
I'll buy some Raid tomorrow. Maybe they sell screene saver Raid.
Hi, Jim -- Your "Tales of Balboa" book is truly
amazing. That easy-read, 76-page book confirms my observation of
Balboa -- that it's the town's people and not so much the beautiful
surroundings that make Balboa so unique. The people of Balboa not
just tolerated the unusual characters who were attracted to their
town but they embraced and appreciated them. Anyone who has a
fondness and love for Balboa needs to have your well-written book
on their bookshelf. And your conclusion that "Tales of Balboa" has
something for everyone is right on. The front to back panoramic
book cover is worth the book's low price. --Jim Isadore,
Boynton Beach, FL
More thoughts........ walks around the island,(big and little),...
walking dog, Mike, big irish setter.... walking to main street to
candy store, dads, buying chocolate frozen banana's......riding on
the Bay Queen sailing ship to the ocean..... renting paddle boards
from the shop by the ferry boat. paddling around the
island.......finding sand dollars in the canal, and star fish on
very low tides......sitting on the beach, diving from
dock,.......swimming across the bay, (very carefully)...going to
pirates cove, .........having barb-q's on the big beach, and at
little corona, going to the wedge and body surfing, (green flag
only for me)..lol fishing on off the docks....and last but not
least sailing,.......I do miss the sailing. in a lido 14...(I
think).... just some of the thoughts of Balboa
victoria s smith
Jim concerning your lilly call 4lb test derby.I
grew up in newport my grandfather captain bill blair a member of
your club way back 1900 his boat the Gig He has somr records if
you look you will see!This has always been a great time now there
over cooking burgers contributing levi material shirts jackets i
just hope your anglers have the challenge they live for.Thanks if
you could post this I would be very thankful have fun anglers I
know who the winners will be again Julian Westerhout
Any chance someone can tweak the cam at the
ferry to the right so we can watch them work on the ramp all week?
I go to Balboa beach every friday during the
summer with my friend and her church and the first time I went I
fell in love with Balboa, so I introduced my other friend to Balboa
this weekend and she now has a new favourite beach. I just love
being able to swim, shop, eat, and have lots of fun all in the same
place. And almost every time I go we encounter really fun, cute
sea-life. Just this weekend there was a seal swimming in the waves
It's Beercan season again! I'm a member of BYC and take the
Beercan photos each week. We show them in the Bar at BYC and I post
them on a website. Would you be interested in linking with me?
I'll be posting a Beercan album each week until the season is over.
Bronny Joy Daniels
I lived in Balboa for many years, and new Mel Fuchs well. I moved
out of the area in the late 80's and while checking out you website
I learned Mel had passed away. When did that accure /
he was an awsome guy. I am a contractor and did several projects
for him, and he was also my landlord at one time........... 70's
and 80's in Newport were great times............
Thanks for getting back with me Jim, I miss those fun days in
Balboa 1970 - 80's Is the old Telephone Bldg. and Balboa Theater
still there ? I'll have to get down there one of these days.....
I also remember Corney. I use to give him a few bucks... I would
see him at the dounut shop
I think it was a Winchells......... Its been many
I loved your website. I am wondering if you
know of any miniature models of the pier/Balboa Pavilion or any
kits that allow you to construct a model of these areas. My
daughter has been assigned the Balboa Pier and Pavillion as her
"float model" to make and present for her class. I am hoping you
may know of a source for a kit to construct a replica of the fun
Thank you. Todd Thompson