Stories

Salvage in the Jetty

From April of '60 to Nov. of 65, I was a Police Officer for the city of Newport Beach. I was friends with many of the Harbor Patrol. They told me of a large Yawl which had run aground on the Balboa Jetty, before the...

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An Interview with Willard Courtney

Willard Courtney is a 95 year old man who has spent his entire life in Southern California. He currently lives near Dover Shores in Newport Beach with his wife. Over the course of his life he has seen southern California and develop into what it...

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21 Oceanfront in 1959

My stepfather had a cafe on Oceanfront for several years in the late 1950's. I remember seeing the wooden dory's operated by the local fishermen bringing fresh fish, and selling it on the beach. I recently found the attached slide of his cafe, which is...

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Landsurfing the Hills of Big Canyon

The hills of Big Canyon were once called Cardboard Hill.  At least that's what my friends and I called the area just East of what is now San Joaquin Hills Drive. We would go over with cardboard  boxes in hand and slide down those formidable...

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Growing Up In Corona del Mar

We moved to CDM back in 1967 ( I was 6 years old). We first lived in Cameo Highlands and that was when there was no Newport Coast or Pelican Hill. Down at the end of our street was open fields with cows roaming all...

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Some Newport Legal Memories

I am a retired lawyer. I had a small practice in Newport Beach from 1956 until 2010. As such, I handled a number of cases for residents, and some of the people and events are worth remembering. These are not famous people, but the stories...

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