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Who made this year's DP 103?

Chosen people (or animals) include City Council members, public safety officials and religious leaders.

December 31, 2010|From Daily Pilot staff

No. 99

Bob Rush

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.

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No. 100

Vi Cowden

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.

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No. 101

Gersh Zylberman

When Rabbi Gersh Zylberman was growing up in Australia, there were no places for Jewish boys to train. Six years into his medical studies he met his wife, Rayna Gevurtz, and everything changed. The duo were married and honeymooned in Jerusalem, where he received his first year of rabbinical training. He was a rabbi for five years in his hometown, then became an associate rabbi at Temple Bat Yahm this year.

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No. 102

Babe the Bobcat

Babe, a 17-pound bobcat, has been roaming the wilds of the Upper Back Bay and adjacent areas for five years. Over the summer, her snapshot was frequently taken by joggers and homeowners excited to catch a glance of the local celebrity and her brood of cubs. Some residents labeled Babe as a bunny-snatcher and threat to small dogs. She made a notable appearance in Dover Shores in summer with three cubs.

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No. 103

'Fiddler' the seal

The emaciated baby sea lion who found his way up three flights of stairs onto the deck of a Newport Beach home immediately became the star of a Facebook fan club. Dubbed Fiddler after "Fiddler on the Roof," the marine mammal weighed only 32 pounds when he was found in April. Fiddler was one of several sea lions rescued off local beaches this year. Made healthy after being nursed back to 90 pounds by staff at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Fiddler was released back into the ocean in August.

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