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Hey I just wanted to thank you guys again for getting the funzone
webcam back up and running...
It's winter here in Windsor right now and checking you guys out is
a breath of fresh (read: warm) air. I'm moving to Newport beach
this summer and I can't wait to stop in and see that firsthand
instead of on the cam.
at the expense of sounding a little selfish,
could you please check on the Fun Zone webcam? ;)
I'm planning on moving to Newport Beach this Spring and I check out
your cams all the time! The Fun Zone one has been down for about
two days now....thanks!
Do you have picture I can buy of Snug Harbor Bar ?
I too want to know what happened to Breeze
(bartender at the Class of 47), and also what happened to Ron
White, Ernie and Skipper, and Ron DeLuz and where they are now. I
lived most summers in Balboa from 1940 to 1961 and then again lived
there from 1978-1984.
I live in Newport beach as a kid, lived by the
fun zone,, went to Newport beach elementary school in kindergarten
in 1972 Mr.. Elliot's class, anybody in that class,, love you
Its been a family tradition for many many years now to visit
Newport Beach and stay out on the Peninsula. In the past we have
been renting a beach house from cannery rentals and staying 219
East Balboa Blvd. We love being able to walk on the boardwalk down
to the ferry and Bay Arcade and out to the peir and Rubys. Anyway
we called up this year and it is booked for August So I have been
looking into finding a new place to stay but since I can only see
photos of a beach house would look like I thought I would ask a
local if you knew of some beach houses or beach house company's on
beach side doesn't have to be beach front but something just off
the beach and within walking distance to the fun zone. In the past
we have paid between $1,500 and $1,700 a week. So if you know of
any places you recommend that would be awesome. Thanks so Much for
Love your website! Keeps me updated all year long!
I was just wondering if anyone kept a schedule for
the New (Old) Balboa Cinema. I think it was a bi-monthly schedule
with great double and triple features changing every 2 to 3 days.
I would love to see one and recreate some of those double features
for my family. If someone has one and could post a .jpg somewhere
I would love to see it.
Hey there, I am looking for a job on the ferry
over the weekends or in the afternoons during the week. I'm not
sure if your the right guy to talk to and if not would you be able
to point me in the right direction? Thank you very much and hope to
hear from you soon.
Could have read it in the blab or just local gossip... but been
hearing about a Polar Bear Plunge at the Balboa Pier...
Fact or Fiction... If so, let us know what time... Can't think of
a better way to start the 2010!
Is there going to be a polar bear plunge on New
Year's Day at the Balboa Pier? If so what time? thanks
Merry Christmas to all the people at Balboa.
Greetings from Lima, Peru
It is that time of year again, Christmas Boat Parade. Looks like
you have had some major changes in webcam locations since this
summer. 2 on the Fun Zone, lost the one in front of the Pavilion
and the one in the Bay Arcade has gone away. So just the 4 cameras
now? only the Ferry crossing cam to view the parade, and none to
view the Pavilion and the Flyer boarding area?
It was nice meeting you on the boat for the
Tina's Holiday Cruise last weekend. Your gallery shots are
wonderful and I really like your website. Hope to see you at
I came across your site while poking around on Google Earth. Tales
of Balboa is a fun visit.
Attached are three photos that may interest you for your "Photo of
the Month" section.
The Bumper Car image was shot at the fun zone in the early 70's,
probably "73, as were all of these images.
Art's Landing. . , well is the old Art's Landing. The Boats in the
Fog was shot somewhere close by, as I recall slightly to the south
of the Fun Zone.
I wish you much success with your site.
Hello there... your link for the question about
the red nose reindeer is not hot. Yes, he has budding antlers.
I love your site....its wonderful and delightful....keep up the
Love this place during christmas time, bummer
about the lights not being at Harborside anymore, say it isn't
true!. I am a 40 year CA Native born right at Hoag Hospital in
fact. Work for Balboa Bay Club Resort and have enjoyed the
Christmas Boat Parade for years! I love everything there is about
Balboa and Balboa Island, never ever pass up a Balboa Bar!
It is really sad that the harbor side pavilion
does not put there xmas lights up any more hum bug Mr scrooge
Your month of December web page is very well
done : )
Does anyone else remember the Christmas Tree
Bonfires down by the Newport pier on NewYears Eve? The teenagers
in the neighborhood would go from house to house collecting all the
christmas trees they could. They would pile them into a mountain
of trees down by the pier and set the whole thing on fire. The
whole town came out to watch. I was a kid in Newport in the 60's
and 70's. I remember being amazed by this.
Love your web site! My family used to vacation
on Balboa Island 1955 - 56. We loved to go to the Jolly Roger and
have tacos, ride the ferry to the fun zone and just enjoy that
beautiful setting. My love was sailing and racing the boats that I
built while in high school. My sister and I would get up in the
morning and prepare to go sailing. I would carry the sail and she
would carry the rudder and we would walk down to where the boat was
buoyed. I would sail all day up and down the bay in awe of the
beautiful yachts moored along bay. I sailed all over the bay, even
out the jetty into the ocean when I felt brave. Those times sailing
in my 12 foot sail boat, and racing my B Utility racing boat in the
back bay were the most exhilarating times of my life.
I was a waitress at The Tale of The Whale in the
early 80's. I really enjoyed the people that lived there at the
time. Bill and Rita (Caouette) were especially good to the
employees of the restaurant at that time. I remember Evelyn and her
little candy shop, our favorite breakfast regular's; Helen, who
would always leave a quarter, and Betty, who would always leave a
dollar, a dollar was a lot at that time! My girlfriends and I loved
to go dancing. I dated a few guys that lived in the area, Tim, who
worked at Malarky's and that preppy store next to The Pavilion and
Jeff, a cute blond surfer boy. I'd love to find some of these
people and thank them for the lessons they taught me.
I was wondering if the Tale of the Whale was still
in business. I used to love to eat there at night as it was lovely
with all the lights outside. I have not lived in Orange County
since 1995 and have regretted it almost daily.
Sorry I've been out of touch for so long. I lost my parents and
have spent most of this decade in a very nasty divorce with my
estranged attorney wife. I still find time to enjoy your e-mails
and website. Thank you! I noticed the e-mail from Edward Hill
inquiring about the "casino" sign and thought I should crawl out
from under my pile and respond with a little history.
The Casino was never actually a casino. It was just a bar.
Originally the name was Workman's Casino and was owned by Dad
Workman. The name was a carryover from a gambling joint he operated
on the other side of Main St. (in the 100 block) in the 1920s.
During Prohibition, his was one of the many places in town you
could buy alcohol. You would ask for a carton of cigarettes, wink,
and he would put a bottle in the box. By the time he moved into the
Storey Building, Prohibition had been repealed and gambling had
been clamped down on, so he went legitimate. He sold the bar to two
guys whose names I can't remember. They may have been brothers.
They never cared much for Mr. Workman (few people in town did) and
promptly changed the name to Fisherman's Casino, as the sign still
reads. The bar days are marked in old pictures by blacked out
windows and stainless steel doors in what are now the open arches
on the corner, as they were originally. The interior was
highlighted by a semicircular bar against the back wall, which was
a partition, marked now by a post in the middle of the Mithrush
store. At one point they knocked two openings through the partition
on either side of the bar and had a dining room in what would,
years later, become Hidi's Cafe. When we did the seismic retrofit
we pulled up layers of flooring and found the scars where the
semicircular bar had been.
The building was built by Fred Storey in 1930. Balboa Marine
Hardware was where the kite store is now. Soto Nishikawa had Soto's
Curio Shop on the corner across Main from where the post office is
now. He was the first tenant in the space that would later be
Hidi's, operating two businesses across from each other. He was
very successful until WWII, when he was sent to an internment camp
in the Arizona desert. He lost everything and died without a penny
to his name after the war. The first tenant in the corner was the
Balboa Sport Shop which sold bathing suits and sportswear. Upstairs
in the middle unit was the town dentist, Harold Stahler. Above
Soto's was the Raymond Beauty Shop. Also upstairs, over the corner,
Roland Thompson (the City Attorney for Newport Beach) had his
private practice office. In 1936 Judge Robert Gardner spent his
first year as an attorney up there. He told me he only made ten
dollars the whole year. At the far end of the upstairs, Fred Storey
had his office. It doubled as a summer apartment for Rowland
Hodgkinson (Hodge) who was the Police Chief. He stayed there when
he rented his home out to make extra money.
As a side note, few people realize as they're walking down Main
Street, that Yucca Valley was born there. It was a venture of ten
downtown businessmen. Among them were Fred Storey, Roland Thompson,
Al Anderson (Balboa Fun Zone), Tommy Boucher (Harbor Master) and my
grandfather, John Vogel. They drilled for water, slapped together
some buildings, subdivided it and the rest is history.
I guess that's a bit of a long winded way to answer the Casino
I sit all day long in cubical land, surrounded by gray, brown, and
icky dark green walls, illuminated by harsh fluorescent lights.
Even though it's winter the air conditioning is on all the time.
Your wonderful Balboa cams provide a glimpse of the world beyond.
Hopefully one day I will escape from cubical land and visit your
wonderful city and travel across the river on the car ferry. Maybe
I'll even rent Booboo and take him for a walk. From the millions
of unknown cubical workers - thank you!
just happened on this web site sorry to hear about breeze played
many nights of cards with him and allways bugged @ work i used to
work @ old studio cafe with bruce bradly kerley kyle joe jonsey and
terry lots of good memories long time since ive been back also big
chuck or down stairs donny would like to hear fom you joe p
my parents came to Balboa in 1953 from Georgia my
mother wanted to see the beach and fish off the pier. My father was
in the Marines an went over seas. I attended school there and
graduated from New Port Harbor High School there. My mother worked
at the Hula Hut and I played on the beach out front and spent many
happy hours at the Fun Zone as a teen I danced at the ballroom to
the music of Dick Dale I met my husband there .we moved away but
good memories were made there .My parents divorced remarried and
stayed on for many years .If anyone knows where Linda Hardy and
Isabell Wright are. I'd love to here from them Isabell's parents
owned the pet store
I am looking for Jeannie Jones, Her Dad Evan Jones ran the Ferry's
in the 60's and 70's. She has a brother named Jimmy Jones. They
lived at the end of Pearl St. I believe .I am trying to contact
them. If you know how to contact them, Please give them my Email
Thanks Beau Boise
What is with the image you have on your November
calendar? Its white?
Thanks for the website and webcams. I've had fun with my nephews in
New York when I talk with them on the phone as they view me on the
internet fun zone webcam.
I have a question about the building in front of the Main St.
webcam that was active. It's the building on the corner where the
Mirbeth store is located. When you look on the back of the building
there is an old logo/sign of a Casino that is faded. We were trying
to determine the name of the Casino, but some of the letters were
to difficult to read. There is no history about this Casino online.
Any history you have on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank
I cannot get the calendar to come up on any of my
Former Newport Beach Girl, first job was as a barker for the Harbor
Cruise at the Fun Zone!
In response to Bill's email about the Buster Keaton flick:
Today for a college film class I watched another one of Buster
Keaton's movies, "The Cameraman," which also shows him boating
around the bay with the Balboa Pavilion in the background. I was
pretty surprised to see it and found my way here to mention it.
Perhaps he or the production company was a fan of the area!
My Mom used to live down in Balboa during the 70's. My parents were
separated at the time and I lived in Northern California. I would
always come down to visit her. My aunt also lived down there and
met her husband, Robbie Robins. He was the bartender at Dillman's
during the 70's. I remember going to visit and we would always go
to Dillman's for dinner. I remember the daughter, Diane. I remember
her having a daughter. I also remember "Uncle Herbert's Royal
Caboose" I'm pretty sure that was the name. It was right across the
street from Dillman's. They had the train that would go around at
the top of the circular bar and if it stopped over you, you would
get a free drink. My uncle is still around. They now live by
Bullhead City, AZ. My fondest memory is when for Christmas one year
he got me an autographed picture of John Wayne. He was my idol
growing up and that was the best present I have ever gotten. He
wrote "To Mike, my best. John Wayne 1978" It was his last
Christmas. I was supposed to go and visit him, but he got ill and
passed away. But I have always cherished that picture and even got
to see him once while riding the Balboa Queen and passing by his
house. He was standing outside and waved to all of us. Memories are
Hello - do you know where I can find any oil
paintings FOR SALE by artist Shirley Piha of Balboa? She passed
away 3 years ago and lived in Balboa
The web cams are very cool. Is the CdM Xmas walk
on Monday or Sunday this year? (per your home page)
The two new updated web cams are awesome!!! So
clear. Keep up the good work.
Bob in Phoenix
This is great site. Makes me relive my childhood.
I was born at Hoag Hospital the first year it opened and lived at
the end of the peninsula until graduating from Newport Harbor High
in 1971. The memories of walking to town with the quarter to go to
the Sat. matinee and making sure we hit Gundersons beforehand to
get candy. Having the beach and basically the town to yourself in
the winter since most of the homes were summer beach houses.
Sneaking down to the Fun Zone, since we weren't suppose to go
there. Stopping in at the 5 and dime (I forget the name), the
dory fleet coming in at the Newport Pier. The memories are really
alive and Balboa was a wonderful place to grow up - the beach and
Hi, I used to go to the "Prison of Socrates" to
hear a folk singer there. I can't recall his name for sure, but I
do believe, after reading a couple of e-mails on your Balboa site,
that it might well have been Tim Morgan. If so, he did the best
version of "Viva La Quinta Brigada" that I have ever heard. Would
it be possible to contact him? It looks like he has continued to
record and I'm interested in seeing if he has and, if so, if I
might be able to get some of those recordings. Appreciate any help
you could give. By the way, my memories of Balboa are just
wonderful. And sipping coffee and listening to folk music at the
"Prison of Socrates", simple pleasure that it was, highlights my
Hi Jim! We have named the showcase rooms at the
Folk Alliance Region - West conference in Irvine after OC folk
including The Prison of Socrates. Do you happen to have a photo of
this? I'd love to be able to use it on our signage and/or program
How can I get on the link exchange?
Wow - nice site. I grew up on Balboa Island (moved
to BI in 3rd grade @ Corona del Mar Elementary onto Lincoln Middle
School and through high school in '79 from Corona Del Mar HS and a
couple of years at O.C. Jr. College before I moved away!). Worked
at the Orange Julius on the peninsula down from the pier in high
school for a bit (never could get a job on the ferry - but had
friends who did - so I got to cross to work at OJ for free
sometimes! :) Spent many a found nickels, dimes and quarters at
the fun zone! Seemingly spent whole summers in the ocean at ...
was it Big and Little Corona beaches (coast guard side of the
jetty) (is that "cave" accessible - last time I was through there
with my son years ago, it had bars across the entrances and we
couldn't get through it). Lots of fun memories...if I could only
afford to live there now :(
I received the book and really love it.
Considering my roots are there, I was surprised at the amount of
history I didn't know about Balboa. I sure will look through my
photos to see if there's any that might be of interest. I'll ask my
sister Claire & my brother in law. His name is Dean Cordell, and he
ran the paddleboard stand right by you in the 50's, also worked the
Ferris Wheel. My father was Howard Williams, and he was President of
the "then" Central Newport Beach Community Association and was
responsible in a large part for keeping the beaches public in the area
between Alvarado and Island Avenues, and also for the Las Arenas
Tennis Courts & Park up by the Girl Scout House. We lived on Island
Avenue, went to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church and my sister and I both
went to Newport Elementary in the 50's. Ayway, I'll see what I can
find and will be in touch.
Maureen (Williams) Hewitt
My great aunt and her husband, Bob Murphy, owned
and ran the Rendezvous during the years of the big bands. They
also owned the Bamboo Room. I am looking for any photos, memories,
histories of both places. Nothing was kept by my family. I was
always told the Bob Murphy was the first (now i cannot remember the
original title) Balboa Man of the Year. Also, I am looking for
information about using the Bamboo Room to aide in 'rum running'
during prohibition . Anyone who knew him, my Aunt Jay, and memories
and photos of the Rendezvous Ball Room and /or the Bamboo Room
please contact me.
Paige Conrad Boles
The old breakfast place in Cannery Village was called Snug Harbor.
It was torn down around 2000 and I think the lot is still bare
Nobody ever developed it. It was on the corner of Villa and
Lafeyette or maybe on the corner of 29th and Lafeyette
The Snug Tradition lives on at Malarky's - you'll see them post an
ad for a "snug" breakfast on their ad board still.
Found a copy of Lord Love a Duck -- a movie made in
1966 with Tuesday Weld and Roddie McDowell and Joan Collins-- and
my parents had just bought a house in 1966 on Balboa Peninsula.
They filmed part of that film in the old fun zone and I remember
hanging around that day watching them film a beach scene on the
beach that used to be in front of the Ferris Wheel. In the extra
scenes on the DVD they actually show the filming in Balboa on that
day in the summer of 1966 and you can see the Ferry going by and
the homes on Balboa Island as well. They pulled that old blue
floating whale for a scene in the movie and anchored a Baglietto -
-which was the Rolls Royce of Italian 70' luxury yachts in that era
for some scenes in the movie as well. If anyone wants to see the
old fun zone on film get a copy of this DVD. I bought mine from
EBay-- and Amazon has it as well. I was 14 years old and remember
that day like it was yesterday.
Can anyone confirm the tale I heard involving John Wayne. So the
story goes, John Wayne was playing football at USC and during that
time was hurt while surfing the Wedge. It's said that this injury
ended his ability to continue playing college football???
Is there an October pumpkin event of some kind that is held each
year, if so do you know when that event happens?
recipe for jolly roger special ice cream dish -
circa mid fifties?
Does anyone remember the name of the local band
that played weekly @ the Cannery for several years in the mid 70's?
I am looking for Neil Mancinelli. I am his
Cousin and I have lost touch with him in the last couple of years.
When I Googled him I got his picture here on this website. If
anyone knows his whereabouts, I would really appreciate it. Besides
the fact that I would just like ro reconnect, I have some medical
question that I need anwsered and I need some info regarding his
Mother, my Aunt.
Hi I am a fan of your Weather Eye. When the
program starts up in the background you have the "Thunder" sound.
Now the sound plays thru the speakers even tho your site is not up
and active probably because it is update itself. Have I got this
right? Are there settings on that page to mute the sound? Your
technical help will be appreciated.
Doug NB and BYC
Jim - we have temporarily mounted a 20' X 4' mural on a wall
in our office. It is by Rex Brandt and was commissioned in 1965
for the bank that is now Union Bank on Bayside and Jamboree. The
original mural was 80' X 4', painted in acrylic on dried plaster.
The part we have is signed by Rex Brandt. It depicts the area of
the Newport Pier and dory fleet. The bank remodeled in 2006 and
the part of the mural we have was to be demolished. We saved it
for a future donation to a public building. The project has been
submitted to the Newport Beach Arts Commission for review. It would
fit well in a part of the New Civic Center being discussed. As you
may know, Rex is the most well-known painter of scenes in Newport
Beach, from the Jetty, to the Pavilion, to the ferries, to the
piers, to Promontory Point, and many other points of interest.
We thought perhaps your readers might have an interest. We can
provide more information if you need it. Jim Newkirk (NHHS, 1955), Diane Crain
In answer to some of the questions on the site:
the blue plastic whales started at Newport Shores by the Newporter
Inn. They were featured being towed down the Bay in "Lord Love a
Duck". The best old movies showing a lot of Newport were Disney's
"The Boatnicks" and "Love in a Goldfish Bowl". There have been many
others, beginning with several silents starring Harold Lloyd. I
looked at the picture of the dory boats, and I think it was more
like 1960; the lifeguard headquarters are there, as is the little
concrete walk. It looks just like it did when I was going to
Newport Harbor High (1961-1965)
Does anyone remember a kiddie beach that had
huge colorful whales you could wade to and climb on? I seem to
remember this from the late 60's or early 70's. Did I dream this or
did it really exist?
Does anyone remember a great breakfast place
down the street from the Cannery near El Ranchito? Been trying to
remember its' name. Thanks
The picture of the dory fleet is long after
1938...note the lifeguard headquarters building. That was built in
the 60's or later. Also the pier looks to be concrete...don't know
for sure, though. Into the 50's it was wood. Love the "Tales".
Yvonne Millard Mickey
Well, we're back to the furnace of Phoenix after
15 wonderful days in Newport. For years we have been regulars at
the Wedge, and now my son and two of his buddies are old enough and
good enough to braves the sets that the Wedge puts out. Well, they
were there in the water at the Wedge the day the Gentlemen died
(Friday July 24th)...What a tragedy! I have never seen waves like
that before. My wife and I were eating Ruby's at the end of the
Balboa Pier that evening and a couple supports from the pier were
torn off by the waves rolling in...it was a little unnerving being
at the end of that pier watching pieces of it floating away in the
On another note, does anyone know if the Birdman is still around.
We usually see him every year, but the past two years he has not
been around McFadden Square like he normally is?
I have been trying to reach Bob St. John,
leaving voice mail messages, but have been unsuccessful. He did
work for me in January of this year, and I was extremely pleased
and would like to use him again. He had been referred to me by
Keith at the Light Bulb Store on Newport Blvd where he was their
customer and Bob hasn't been seen by them in the past several
months. Have you any information?
Re: the picture of the man standing by the large
fish. He is Joe Beek, not Joe Beak.
LOVE what you have done with this sight!!!!
So many memories...
I was wondering if you knew or still know a man by the name of
Patrick Calliouette,,that' s as close to the spelling as I can
get..he was a custom Jeweler and he had a little shop in the lobby
...I think..of the arcade..I lived in the Balboa Inn for a
time...we were friends.
Any news would be welcome.
On Saturday 7/11/09 my family and I will return
to Newport Beach for fifteen glorious days out of the Phoenix Sun.
This is my 36th year straight to visit Newport, and I love it more
and more each year. The tradition began when I was ten and has
carried on through my marriage, and now my children who are twenty
and sixteen. I'm nearing the end of my career, and God willing, we
may very well relocate somewhere a few mile from the water. Thank
you so much for your site, which gives my family and I our fix
while we wait each year for our return to the home that we stay in
on 27th near McFadden Square. Charlies Chili, Newport 24 hr
Donuts, Perry's Pizza, Mutt Lynch's, and the Fun Zone here we
I have been trying to find the schedule for the
open air trolley's that have signs posted on the regular bus
stops-- do you know the link to their website -- I have never been
able to catch one of these trolleys when it is stopped so far--
Back in the late forties and early fifties my
aunt Nanabelle ran the little hotel, the Bay View, across from the
arcade and the ferry landing. In the evenings we, my little
brother and I would sit on the veranda overlooking the boardwalk
and listen to the sounds of the tourists walking by below. At high
tide the water would come all the way up to the walk way and the
lights of the docks shining on the surface of inky black water made
the water appear bottomless. My little brother, only around 5 or 6
years old at the time was so engaging the boat rental guys on the
dock directly in front of the hotel and to the left of the ferry
would give him the keys to one of the old mahogany Chris Crafts and
we would tool all around the bay as long as we wanted.
I always thought Christians Hut was the most romantic place in the
world. With its palm fronds and dusty delapitation it certainly
conjured up visions of south sea islands and half naked native
girls. My recollection was Humphrey Bogart had carved his initials
in the bar.
I love your site, I come to it often to look at the webcams of
the beach and the boardwalk. I just had a quick question I know I
have heard people say there movies that have been filmed down in
the Balboa area and wanted to know if you knew what the names of
any of them are? If could let me know of any that would be great.
Thanks So Much! :)
My husband and I are working on a documentary-- the centerpiece
being the '60s surf scene in Newport Beach. We are trying to find
photos from '50s '60s era of Balweek--parties, groups of people
having a good time, the traffic and such. Do you, by chance, have
any we could purchase? (we could scan and return)
I have a real good question this time. A very good friend of mine
tells me she saw railroad cars on the campus of Newport Harbor high
when she was a kid. She graduated from high school in 1968 so no
later than early 60s for the rr cars. Do you recall this at all?
We have an idea that one of the cars might be the one some well off
fun loving guys took to Catalina on a barge so they could claim to
have ridden the train to Catalina. Any possibility in that?
And one for me as I am running out of ideas and I may just have to
write the ex-wife who knows all and sees all! Does anyone recall a
restaurant in the Airport area that was designed to look like we
were all dining in a New York tenement house alley with laundry
hanging from clothes lines well above the diners? It sounds weird
but I swear it existed. I can find no references to it at all.
I am still always looking for anything on the old Rendezvous as
well. From the surf music days 1960-1966 only, not the grand old
big band era.
I went to school with guys from Dave Myers and the Surftones and
The Centurions…it was a fun time to be a high schooler! Thank so
Barry Kazmer CMHS 1965
Just read an article in Sunset about Balboa and
so many memories came back to me. I spent many Easter week
vacations as a kid in Newport and on the Island. I am now back in
California; high desert and would love to stay a couple of night
somewhere near the ferry. Everything has really changed!!!! Any
ideas??? B&B maybe? I am 62 now, and haven't been there since I
was 17! thanks!
My name is Beau Boise, I live in Boise Idaho .I am looking for my
cousins, Gennie and Jimmy Jones. They are the children of Evan
Jones the ferry man. Evan was my grandmothers brother. Anyway I
have not seen or heard from them sense there Mom died. If you could
give Jeannie, Gennies my email or email me back an address I would
appreciate it. Any INFO would be greatly welcomed.
Beau Boise,421 So. Walnut St. Boise Idaho
what was the restaurant named that was where the
shore house cafe is now? they used to serve exotic fare.
the good life in virginia
We are going to Balboa for father's Day. We
like to be on the graay area by "A" street. Can we bring our puppy
if we keep him off the sand?
Hi Jim, what has happened to the site? I miss seeing my
beautiful Balboa, especially when it is 96 degrees and 83%
humidity here in Tampa Bay. Hope to see June issue soon.
Hey Jim! Last month you had an article on Shannon Wellborn and Bay
Front Cafe. Do you still have the article? I would love a copy.
did breeze die? how?
My husband Bill and I lived in Balboa in 1968-69
and I worked on Balboa Island at Dad's Donut's for Dad Anderson,
the original owner (I think) who was from Sweden, a wonderful man
to work for. He made delicious fruit cakes and donuts, and I stood
up there in the window and sold hundreds of frozen bananas,which I
can prove because I have a picture of me standing in that window
and one of Dad and I taken standing in that shop in 1968. I would
dearly love to have a recipe for their frozen bananas. I would send
them a picture of their shop in 1968 if they would send me a recipe
for a frozen banana. I can tell you that John Wayne 'The Duke'
loved Dad's donuts as he stopped by many times for donuts to take
to the studio with him, and his wife Pilar did business at the shop
next door at times. Also I rode my bicycle past Buddy Epsen's house
twice a day going to and from work, as I rode the ferry back across
to Balboa. I loved the Newport Beach area very much and have many
happy memories of it.
Are you still looking for pictures of Joe Beek?
He developed realestte in Northern California and my parents worked
for him. I have lots!
This from Bruce Elliott (Ret US Marines) who
used to live in Balboa.
I didn't know Kieth but maybe you folks did. I knew they moved from
Balboa to the desert.
In case you run into anybody that knows Kieth Caroselli..
he died of cancer on 5/6/09
The Celebration of Life is this Saturday... 5 June @ PDCC @ 5PM
18 July there will be a burial at sea... NBYC 11AM Bay & Jamboree
Kieth's wife name is Dawn..
Kieth's sister's name is Lee
Jim, thanks for the article about Rich. We
really appreciate it! I just wanted to let you know that the phone
number for us at the bottom of the article is incorrect. To reach
us, you would call 949 677 3134 Is it possible to change it?
Jim, I enjoyed your web page. I am the son of Frank Kiech who built
and operated the Leading Lady out of the Balboa Pavilion. If you
would like some photos of the boat, let me know. I have my dad's
photo album of The Leading Lady. I live in Costa Mesa.
I often direct people to your site because they don't know the
difference between the Island and the Peninsula. Yours is the
best Peninsula information.
Bonnie and I are relatively new residents on the Peninsula, owned
5 years...full time residents since January 2008. Our daughters
I am trying to find the starting time of the Balboa Parade this
it seems unspecified.
If anyone should know...it would be you.
OMG! I just came across this website. Standing
at my kitchen sink in Tucson, Arizona I had a thought of Balboa and
when I lived there on the peninsula as a child in the '60's,
pre-Beatles era. I lived and played over by the Morgan House. Next
to the Morgan house lived a family with their grandfather who sat
out in front watching the children play in the street. He gave us
pennies that we took over to the Fun Zone Penny Arcades. A penny
bought so much then.
I attended third and fourth grades at the Newport Elementary school
on the beach. My third grade teacher, whose name I don't remember,
was a tall slender thin lipped and heavy eye lidded French looking
woman who wore her hair pulled back tight in a bun. Her favorite
phrase when making a point was "it should behoove you". My fourth
grade teacher was Mr. Katnip...not sure about the spelling, he
would perform 'The Soupy Shuffle' in class from time to time.
I also remember a boyfriend, tall, tanned and cute, who befriended
me when I needed a friend. I'm sorry to say I don't remember his
name. He gave me a pair of cut-off jeans to wear because I didn't
have much in the way of play clothes. I loved those cut-off's. Some
mornings before catching the bus for school, we would run over to
the bakery at the south end of the Fun Zone filling up on jelly
filled donuts. His mother worked at the Balboa Market.
He and I would sit on top of the bait store roof at the end of
Balboa pier watching the sun set. I can still feel the cool early
evening breeze coming off the salty water brushing my face and how
it felt to have his hand holding mine. Ah, young love.
I would love to hear about from others about the Morgan House, the
Balboa Market, and my young boyfriend.
Thank you for your response. I did have fun recalling those
old childhood memories....writing them even brought a few tears to
I'm so glad I found your site. I will be a regular visitor.
Do you have any pictures of Marine Avenue
Businesses? We are making a postcard for the Marine Avenue Business
Improvement District, but we need pictures of the Marine Avenue.
Nancy Burroughs is making us a postcard but we need pictures. Can
Lived and ran around Balboa Peninsula late 70's, early 80's. Saw
your article which mentioned Ron White and Max Dillman. Happened to
know them both. Just wondered what happened to other people that
were there in that time frame. Some names that come to mind are
"Tree Top", Breeze (bartender at Class of 47), Patti Culvyhous,
Daryl (Ron White's roommate at one time). I know that Ron Ballard,
Pat Riley and Jim Cherry are gone. Not looking to contact anyone.
Just curious to see who's around. What happened to Dillman's?
Thanks Jim. Appreciate the info, as gruesome as it
is... but hey, age is getting to us all. Breeze was
fairly young.. do you know what he died of? It's hard
to be believe that anyone got fired from the NC..
Hi, I am doing research on the old Snug Harbor
Bar, and I haven't had a whole lot of luck. Could you possibly
point me in the right direction? I am looking for old pics, bios,
Jim- I love your site....WOW-lot's of great
info! I do not think you are missing a thing! I appreciate your
support of local business's and have a request: would it be
possible to change the photo of Island Marine Fuel on your site. It
stills shows the Ol' "76" Ball which has been gone for almost 6
years now. We are an official "Valvtect Marine Fuel" Marina which
pumps only "Premium Valvtect Marine Diesel Fuel and Gasolines".
Also we have a web site:
www.Islandmarinefuel.com Thanks in advance Jim and
thanks again for your support!
Jim: I am a mate with the Oasis Sailing Club,
and I use the Tide website for each time that I sail. Yesterday,
when I checked the site, it was down. The wind site went down about
six months ago and never did come back. Is the Tide website fated
for the same demise? Please let me know as I use it a lot. Thanks a
lot. Out sailing today.
I was thinking about Newport Beach when I was in
high school and Mearle's Drive-in and googled, got this site. Ran
across a name I have not thought of in years, Dick Stahler and if
he is the same guy I knew he grew up on the peninsula, B Street and
his dad was a dentist. We were also pals with Jack Stoneback who
lived across the street from me on Seville? Me and wife and
daughter live in Grass Valley, Calif. in the Sierra Foothills, 60
miles north of Sacramento. Traded surf boards and Hobie Cats for
Mustangs (wild horses), donkeys and mules on 5 acres.
Always thought I would miss the ocean view, how great September in
Newport was when the tourists went home, Blackie's, the Snug (Snug
Passed thru Newport in April last year on the way to Hotel Del and
cruised the pier and the peninsula. Not much different then in 1959
/ 1960's when Skip Crane and I sailed around the bay in a Rhodes 33
his dad let us use for cleaning docks, etc. at South Coast Boat
Company by the Crab Cooker. If any of you guys remember me feel
free to contact me. I had a 54 chevy, white with a small block
vette motor and running gear, cruised Mearle's all the time.
Hi, Jim, it's Annabelle.
I'm the blind young woman who once went sailing on the M.V. Phoenix
when it was on Catalina Island. Now, when I click on that link to
hear the whistle, I hear nothing! Same thing goes with those other
sound links. Is there a possibility that you could at least send
the Phoenix whistle to me in an MP3 attachment via Email? I would
kindly appreciate it.
This is the most wonderful place to visit (your
Tales of Balboa). As a child, I lived in Balboa on Miramar Drive
from 1941-1946. My father was in the army and my mother worked for
Southern County Gas Company. Although it was a difficult time
(WWII) for adults, for the children it was a marvelous fun place to
live. I remember swimming out about half way in the bay to a boat
called Four Winds which was kept there. I also knew a little girl
named Donna Fournier and wondered if she is a relative of your. I
was able to visit about five years ago and it was like "coming
home" even though I have spent the rest of my life in Northern