January 17, 2014
I had an interview postponed this week and needed to pull something out of my hat to fill my column. So while I took a Duffy cruise of the harbor, looking for that last-minute story, the thought kept coming into my head to interview myself — a type of self-portrait. I will be 54 this year and was born in Arcadia, California. My parents, Vivian and Len, moved to Huntington Beach in 1968, and, because we had previously lived in Hawaii, I headed straight for the beach. I also had a passion for baseball.
January 2, 2013
McCray, John Woodworth December 14, 1939 - December 28, 2012 John Woodworth McCray died on December 28, 2012 at age 73, surrounded by his family at his home in Newport Beach, California. Born and raised in Toluca Lake, California, the son of Ruth Woodworth McCray and Alan Archer McCray, he spent his youth in the Los Angeles area, where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Hromadka McCray, in the 7th grade. He attended the Harvard School in...
July 2, 2012
Lester Jerry Platt passed away June 26th 2012 after a very short battle with cancer. Unfortunately the cancer won, but he was ready to go and did so holding the hand of his daughter who loved him so very very much. He was a kind and gentle man and there wasn't anyone who ever met him, who didn't like him. He was always interested in what someone had to say, and he appreciated a good home cooked meal, a beautiful sky full of clouds and sharing a...
June 29, 2012
David Lamar Taylor died June 22, 2012, surrounded by family. David was born in Chowchilla, CA on Sept. 18, 1933 to David Taylor and Blanche Johns. After serving 3 years in the U.S. Army, David married Audrey Adrianos in June 1960 and graduated from the USC School of Pharmacy in 1961. David and Audrey have lived in Costa Mesa the past 50 years. The Taylors owned North Drug and served the Costa Mesa community there for 30 years. A highlight of Dave's life was helping start an orphanage in Baja California and serving as Chairman of Foundation for His Ministry for 18 years.
September 30, 2010
Velma C. Patterson was a resident of Costa Mesa from 1922 until Sept. 28, 2010. She was born in Orange on Feb. 4, 1911. Velma lived in her grandmother's boarding house, the Depot Park House in Orange from her birth until she moved to 22nd Street and Santa Ana Avenue in Harper, which is now Costa Mesa. She attended Costa Mesa Grammar School and Lathrop Intermediate School in Santa Ana. She was a child of the Depression and left school to help support her five younger brothers and sisters.
August 16, 2010
Since 1892, Hussong's Cantina has been a stop for many travelers heading to Baja California. The family-run Ensenada, Mexico, institution boasts that it invented the first margarita in 1941. The Hussongs, German immigrants, claim they poured the first glass of the tequila drink to Margarita Henkel, the daughter of Germany's ambassador to Mexico. Now, through the ingenuity of a Newport Beach lawyer and his business partner, the iconic bar might find its way to Orange County. Jeffrey Marks, a corporate lawyer who lives in Newport Coast, and his partner, Scott Frost, recently purchased the licensing rights for three of Baja California's most-frequented watering holes: The Giggling Marlin Bar & Grille, Papas & Beer and Hussong's Cantina.
February 9, 2010
Macdonald, Charlotte Mary, Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend died January 26, 2010 in Huntington Beach. Born July 10, 1925, the daughter of Donald S. Williams and Flavia Sodergren Williams, Charlotte grew up in Los Angeles, where she graduated from Dorsey High School. Charlotte was active in Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Southern California, where she met Tyler Macdonald. After a brief courtship, they married in 1947.
February 22, 2008
A Santa Clara University professor will visit UCI Feb. 27 to discuss water policy and its effect on Baja California and California borderlands. Professor Perlita Dicochea will look at The New River, which can bring pollutants to the borderland areas. Officials in California and the surrounding communities in Baja have differing opinions on water policy. Dicochea will use transnational bio-regionalism as a basis to move toward a framework for coordinating resources between those affected.
December 8, 2005
Birmingham featureCosta Mesa resident competed in the Baja 1000, but not before completing a mission of mercy for two orphanages.It was less than eight months ago when Costa Mesa resident Jim Birmingham decided to open a motorsports shop and charity. Birmingham Motorsports, which has a goal of "raising funds and awareness" to assist children in Mexico, is now in its seventh month of operation, already having competed in a Class-1 Division race at last month's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.