"Then the judge kept saying, 'Well, this is how it works, I'm the judge and you're either 'guilty' or 'not guilty,'" McClellan said, adding that the judge kept telling him, "Well, I'm the judge."
"And I thought, 'Wait a minute, there's a message in here somewhere.'"
The judge ended up letting Sparks off the hook for going five miles over the speed limit, saying he understood the dilemma about having to make it to Pirate Days on time.
Gordy Grundy, now the director of the Newport Beach Historical Society, urged everybody and anybody to buy "Bawdy Balboa" for $20. It's a good read, he said. Also, if anybody is interested, he said there's a great Facebook page called, "I grew up in Newport Beach before it became the OC."