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How can I obtain information regarding the chili
cook-off on Oct. 4th??
How do I enter the cook-off?
What are the rules?
Is there a website?
Dear Jim - bought your book some years back when
we moved to Balboa. I remember the section about Balboa's ghost
because I live in one of the 2 houses that would have been the
parking lot of Ann's Dollhouse. Can you give me any more info on
the 'ghost'? What year was he murdered in the parking lot? Any
name? Or description of how he appears or looks like? Any newspaper
articles on the murder? etc. Appreciate any help you might lend me,
I'll explain more in a later email. thanks! steve xenos
Yes, the new Pavilion cam is MUCH better than
the previous one was. The new one is higher resolution with a much
wider angle and you can now actually see detail after dark. Thanks,
it's GREAT! Now we need to get the Main Street cam lens
cleaned...I'll volunteer and climb the Pavilion roof!
Love the new cam of the Pavillion!! What a nice
Since you have closed the gallery, how can I
view your photographs for sale? I have bought 2 or 3 every summer
and was sad to see the gallery closed. Is there a website or
I have been renting with my family summers since the mid 50's. I
usually rent within 5 blocks of the ferry. Do you know if there
are any dog friendly rental available? Please let me know if you
have the time.
I lived on Balboa Island from l943 till l948 at l08 Topaz, just
across the alley from Seymour Beek. He let me shoot hoops, and the
neighborhood kids would put on melodramas in a little shed in his
backyard using lots of katsup for blood. Seymour's two older
brothers were off in the war. His Dad would often stop by the
gaggle of neighborhood kids and tell us how Mrs. Beek was putting
salt on his wounds all the time. Once Mr. Beek took all the kids
out for a ride on his yacht in the bay. My best friend was Barbara
Black. We used to roam the alleys for interesting trash. We went
to grade school in quanset huts on Little Island. My cousin Dorothy
Nadorff Pier lived on Garnet. Fond, fond memories of Balboa
Anita Greene Ferman
Jim, Great site you have. And like many have
told you, brings back great memories. One question. Is the Balboa
Island Sculling and Punting Society still around? Can they be
contacted? Thanks for the time.
I was so happy to find this on my computer. In
the early 1960's, my sister in law and I and her two little girls
often spent a week or two in the top floor apartment of Mrs.
Jackson's house on Balboa Bay in the month of June. Those were
such great days. The Bay was so gorgeous, especially at twilight
when the water turned to silver. Thank you, thank you, thank you
for bringing it all back.
I saw the same question posted, regarding Balboa Gallery. My
husband I honeymooned there last year and saw a photograph in the
gallery, we both really wanted. I planned on giving it to him as
anniversary gift, but obviously didn't plan on the gallery being
closed! Is there anyway to still order a photograph from the
gallery? Thank you and I look forward to your reply.
Jim, now that the Balboa Gallery is closed where
can I find your photographs? I have several and I wanted to buy a
few for family in North Carolina. Thanks for your help.
Went looking for the Prison of Socrates today
with my son. It was easy to find, even if it is BJ's Pizza. I saw
Big Mama Thornton there about 40 years ago. I was about 16 years
old. Man, what a show. Big Mama stood outside by the wall talking
with my friends an I for about 20 minutes after the show. I'll
never forget it.
Can you give me the name of a hotel or motel on
Balboa Island? I'm looking for something that is clean but not too
expensive. Also, I was curious if there was a place to stay on the
One more thing, I was hoping to stay somewhere where there is
access to "public" beach/sand
I'm hoping you can help me with a little research for my current
I recall that the homes in the section of Newport Beach called "Sin
City" were built on leased land, owned by, I believe, the Southern
Pacific Railroad. That's why the houses were never sold or
upgraded, and became mostly student rentals, because no one knew
what would happen when the lease expired.
My questions: 1) When were the homes built? 2) What's the
expiration year for the lease? 3) If the lease already expired,
what happened to the home owners?
I figured if anyone knew who to ask, it would be you!
Like someone else mentioned here, the Main
Street webcam =really= needs to be cleaned...it's like looking
through smog-colored glasses. :(
I moved there just in time for Mr. Lilly's 5th grade class at
Newport Heights until I graduated in '65 from NHHS. My family
stayed until the 80's but now they are all gone from the area. Now
I am in Eugene, OR, but we got together with a bunch who had spent
much time in the Balboa area and we started in on the "bests": you
know, best burger was the original Bob's Big Boy on Marine Ave on
the Island. Richards was best grocery store, the Port was the best
theater only due to the balcony. Best breakfast was at the
Lighthouse off of lower Bayside Drive. Best bodysurfing was a draw
between the Wedge and 56th Street. Best date dinner was the Five
Crowns. Best beer was at Blackies but Best dive bar was Sid's Blue
Beet, right down the pier from the old Fish & Chips place, for
which none of us could remember the name. My parents, when they
took us there, just called it "the dirty fish place", but the fish
was great, better than the Crab Shack. Remember the name? Somebody
thought it might have been "Charlies", but it will always be "the
dirty fish place" to me.
"Scotty's"!!!! Of course! Thanks for filling
that in for me, Jim. We rarely got to go there, unfortunately - too
disreputable - but Scotty was a classic Newport character. Since we
lived in the Heights with five kids, it was usually off to Freddies
on 17th, across from HiTime Liquor Store and LaCave. My sister was
a waitress at the first Snack Shop in CdM, so we would go there,
too, and then he opened the Coco's where Freddies was, so that was
where we always went - for a "Nui-Nui Burger". When I was little, a
big-time night out was to Christian's Hut. They used to give kids
ice cream with real creme de menthe on it. My favorite meal as a
teenager, though, was a plate of fries and a lime rickie at the
counter of the Jolly Roger on the Island. You should run a
"best" section for us old Newporters - I'd love to hear other
people's takes on these things. Thanks for a great site.
Grew up down on the Point. NH class of '69. I
check the cams regularly. The Main St. camera is always a little
fuzzy. Any chance of a cleaning in the near future?
I really enjoy your site, especially the humorous tales of locals
and their pagers. I'm writing an article about Sharon Sheeley, a
songwriter who lived in Newport Beach. I'm having a few problems
finding resource material to create a timeline of her life. The
time periods are:
The first sixteen years of her life, 1940 - 1956 (I have a little
info for the year 1956) The years 1957 & 1958. The first
substantial information I have begins in 1958 when she wrote the
song "Poor Little Fool" for Ricky Nelson. I also have a small
amount of info re: her sister, Mary Jo, who dated Derry Weaver (The
I have bits and pieces of her life through her marriage and divorce
to Jimmy O'Neill (Shindig). After the divorce, there is very little
info except one very intriguing story about her relationship with
If you have any info, or if you can point me to resources about her
life, I would deeply appreciate the help. (Also, any info about her
family, especially Mary Jo).
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?