Mention West Newport activist Bob Rush to political and chamber types, and you'll see them flinch, at least just a little. Rush, who is known for doing great amounts of research on political issues, isn't afraid to share strong opinions with elected officials and the press. His theories aren't always on target, though they often are, but his questioning and skeptical voice adds an important element to any debate.
Vi Cowden inspired a number of people when, at 93 years old, she piloted a P-51 Mustang during an exhilarating May flight in which she guided the craft into a series of loops and rolls from San Bernardino Airport to John Wayne Airport. It had been 60 years since she flew a fighter plane. Years ago, she was one of a small number of female pilots who transported them after they rolled off an assembly line in Dallas during WWII.