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May 2, 2000
The recent picture of a couple of dead whales being buried in the sand at Seal Beach reminded me of Bob Reed's whale. Many years ago, a dead whale washed ashore next to the Newport Pier. This was a big whale, Moby Dick's big brother. It made those two dead whales at Seal Beach look like minnows. Well, while the rest of us just looked at the big dead whale and the city began to figure just how to get rid of it, Bob Reed, a local businessman, got a bright idea.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
The other day I was taking my usual walk down town to buy some groceries. There are two signals on my way -- one at Poppy and one at Marguerite Avenue. Now, I obey those signals. There was a time when I might have skipped across regardless, but that time is long in the past, so now I wait for the green pedestrian signal before crossing the street. So there I was, standing at the corner of Marguerite and Coast Highway, waiting for the OK. The signal changed and I proceeded to cross the street, only to find a large black car barreling straight at me. To say I leaped out of the way would be an exaggeration.
NEWS
April 2, 2002
My wife's idea of a perfect day was 18 holes of golf at the local country club followed by an afternoon of bridge at the same country club. Then disaster struck. Her husband received an appointment to the position of chief justice of the High Court of American Samoa. She sneered at the appointment, saying that the only reason I took it was that the women were bare breasted. I pointed out that was in Tahiti. Where we were going, the missionaries had done their work so well that not only were the women not bare breasted, they covered themselves head to foot in yards of fabric.
NEWS
July 23, 2002
ROBERT GARDNER I am not a joiner. I belong to no fraternal organization, no civic organization, no lodge, no temple, no nothing. Or so I thought. Yet when I went through some old records recently, I seem to have belonged to a remarkable series of organizations. Some are familiar names, such as the Newport Harbor Elks Lodge, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Congress of Parents and Teachers, the Orange County Pioneer Council and the Newport Beach Historical Society.
NEWS
July 20, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER The other day, one of my 5-year-old great-grandsons asked where Iraq was. I was delighted with the question, as it suggested an interest in geography. When other children were playing with dolls or teddy bears, my first toy was a jigsaw puzzle map of the United States, and by the time I was 3 or 4, I not only knew all the states but also all their capitals. My parents, who had only frontier, one-room schoolhouse educations but were widely read, insisted that I know geography.
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By ROBERT GARDNER | February 12, 2006
It was her legs. I happened to walk by and practically did a double take. "Dig those crazy gams," I thought, or the 1941 version of that. The rest of the package was just as great, so I managed to get myself introduced and found out that her name was Katy Harris and she worked at Douglas Aircraft Co. Lucky me! One of my best friends, Charlie Oxarart, worked at Douglas, and I decided to visit him at work the next day. As I was being escorted to his office, we passed through a huge room full of rows of women typing.
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By ROBERT GARDNER | February 9, 2007
It was her legs. I happened to walk by and practically did a double take. "Dig those crazy gams," I thought, or the 1941 version of that. The rest of the package was just as great, so I managed to get myself introduced and found out that her name was Katy Harris and she worked at Douglas Aircraft Co. Lucky me! One of my best friends, Charlie Oxarart, worked at Douglas, and I decided to visit him at work the next day. As I was being escorted to his office, we passed through a huge room full of rows of women typing.
NEWS
March 6, 2010
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake off Chile reminded us that we live in an inter-connected world. It also showed that, no matter how well prepared we are for a potential danger or emergency, no response can ever be perfect. The temblor happened thousands of miles away in the Southern Hemisphere, but its ripple effect jolted locals in Newport Beach and other coastal California communities out of their Saturday comfort zone, putting city and county officials on edge. Officials were responding to reports that an oceanic surge was rolling our way. The temblor was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 10:34 p.m. PST on Feb. 26. Because the quake occurred offshore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami advisory for California, and a tsunami warning — which is a different alert, warning of more severe potential dangers from a tsunami — for Hawaii and American territories in the Pacific.
NEWS
March 2, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER Every so often a local sheriff gets called on the carpet for operating an over-crowded jail. For the sheriff, it's a tough situation. After all, it's not simply a matter of finding some rooms, or he could reserve a couple of suites at the nearest Hilton. While the prisoners might enjoy a stay at the Hilton, it doesn't exactly meet security needs. The sheriff needs new jail cells, and for that he needs a new jail, but it takes a certain amount of time to build a jail, and that's only if you can find a community that will let you build one in the first place.
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By David C. Henley, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 18, 2012
PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA — "You have deep and critical wounds to your leg, Mr. Henley. The dogs mauled through to the muscles and bone in several places. Your leg looks like mincemeat. I must operate at once. " These were the words of Dr. Alexander Baranek, who along with a physician's assistant and two nurses, prepared me for surgery as I lay in intense pain in the emergency room of the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center here in steamy and seedy Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa.
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March 6, 2010
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake off Chile reminded us that we live in an inter-connected world. It also showed that, no matter how well prepared we are for a potential danger or emergency, no response can ever be perfect. The temblor happened thousands of miles away in the Southern Hemisphere, but its ripple effect jolted locals in Newport Beach and other coastal California communities out of their Saturday comfort zone, putting city and county officials on edge. Officials were responding to reports that an oceanic surge was rolling our way. The temblor was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 10:34 p.m. PST on Feb. 26. Because the quake occurred offshore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami advisory for California, and a tsunami warning — which is a different alert, warning of more severe potential dangers from a tsunami — for Hawaii and American territories in the Pacific.
FEATURES
By ROBERT GARDNER | February 9, 2007
It was her legs. I happened to walk by and practically did a double take. "Dig those crazy gams," I thought, or the 1941 version of that. The rest of the package was just as great, so I managed to get myself introduced and found out that her name was Katy Harris and she worked at Douglas Aircraft Co. Lucky me! One of my best friends, Charlie Oxarart, worked at Douglas, and I decided to visit him at work the next day. As I was being escorted to his office, we passed through a huge room full of rows of women typing.
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By ROBERT GARDNER | February 12, 2006
It was her legs. I happened to walk by and practically did a double take. "Dig those crazy gams," I thought, or the 1941 version of that. The rest of the package was just as great, so I managed to get myself introduced and found out that her name was Katy Harris and she worked at Douglas Aircraft Co. Lucky me! One of my best friends, Charlie Oxarart, worked at Douglas, and I decided to visit him at work the next day. As I was being escorted to his office, we passed through a huge room full of rows of women typing.
NEWS
August 12, 2004
I read that Judge Bob Gardner is bowing out of the column-writing business. His farewell column in Tuesday's Daily Pilot ("Judge rules column is adjourned") brought back memories. I was with the then-Orange Coast Daily Pilot when he began writing for the newspaper. It was in the 1970s, I believe, and Judge Gardner, already retired from the state Court of Appeal, had returned from the South Pacific, where he had served at the behest of the federal government as chief justice of the High Court of American Samoa.
NEWS
July 20, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER The other day, one of my 5-year-old great-grandsons asked where Iraq was. I was delighted with the question, as it suggested an interest in geography. When other children were playing with dolls or teddy bears, my first toy was a jigsaw puzzle map of the United States, and by the time I was 3 or 4, I not only knew all the states but also all their capitals. My parents, who had only frontier, one-room schoolhouse educations but were widely read, insisted that I know geography.
NEWS
March 2, 2004
ROBERT GARDNER Every so often a local sheriff gets called on the carpet for operating an over-crowded jail. For the sheriff, it's a tough situation. After all, it's not simply a matter of finding some rooms, or he could reserve a couple of suites at the nearest Hilton. While the prisoners might enjoy a stay at the Hilton, it doesn't exactly meet security needs. The sheriff needs new jail cells, and for that he needs a new jail, but it takes a certain amount of time to build a jail, and that's only if you can find a community that will let you build one in the first place.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
The other day I was taking my usual walk down town to buy some groceries. There are two signals on my way -- one at Poppy and one at Marguerite Avenue. Now, I obey those signals. There was a time when I might have skipped across regardless, but that time is long in the past, so now I wait for the green pedestrian signal before crossing the street. So there I was, standing at the corner of Marguerite and Coast Highway, waiting for the OK. The signal changed and I proceeded to cross the street, only to find a large black car barreling straight at me. To say I leaped out of the way would be an exaggeration.
NEWS
July 23, 2002
ROBERT GARDNER I am not a joiner. I belong to no fraternal organization, no civic organization, no lodge, no temple, no nothing. Or so I thought. Yet when I went through some old records recently, I seem to have belonged to a remarkable series of organizations. Some are familiar names, such as the Newport Harbor Elks Lodge, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Congress of Parents and Teachers, the Orange County Pioneer Council and the Newport Beach Historical Society.
NEWS
April 2, 2002
My wife's idea of a perfect day was 18 holes of golf at the local country club followed by an afternoon of bridge at the same country club. Then disaster struck. Her husband received an appointment to the position of chief justice of the High Court of American Samoa. She sneered at the appointment, saying that the only reason I took it was that the women were bare breasted. I pointed out that was in Tahiti. Where we were going, the missionaries had done their work so well that not only were the women not bare breasted, they covered themselves head to foot in yards of fabric.
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