“Trolley to the Beach” by Eric DuVall

trolley-to-the-beach-flyer-copy The Ocean Beach Historical Society’s President Eric DuVall presented “Trolley to the Beach” on Jan. 17, 2019 to a packed house at Water’s Edge Faith Community, in O.B.,Trolley-to-the-Beach
“Trolley to The Beach,” is the story of how dependable electric streetcar service allowed people to live at the beach—specifically Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach and La Jolla—and still be able to work downtown. It is the story of the Point Loma Railroad and The San Diego Electric Railway and how they helped our city to grow. As such, it is also the story of D. C. Collier and John D. Spreckels. Eric covered an approximately 50-year period from the 1890s through the 1940s, and the story will be, of course, lavishly illustrated.
Eric loves history and his program was filled with interesting details, images, and humorous tidbits. Kitty McDaniel added a nice touch and fun to the program and film clips.

“Memories that Will Never Go Away”

Nov. 15, 2018 the OBHS presented:Memories that Will Never Go Away” The 40th Anniversary of the Crash of PSA Flight 182, by Alexander D. Bevil
Mr. Alexander Bevil’s presentation was be based on his recently published Journal of San Diego History article on the Sept. 25, 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182, and the effect it had—and still has—on San Diego’s collective memory. He discussed how the crash’s aftermath contributed to major changes in modern commercial air travel safety rules and procedures; and he will invite attendees to share their memories of that horrific day.
For the past 30 years Alexander Bevil has played an active role in identifying and preserving several San Diego historic landmarks. He is an award-winning local free-lance historian, writer and preservationist. His National Register nomination reports have helped preserve University Heights’ Georgia Street Bridge and the Normal School Teacher Training Building, and the iconic “Tin Man” water tower in North Park.
More at: 182-Crash

Oct. 18, 2018- Villa Surf Dan Dixon’s Pleasuredome, 1950-1962

Villia-Surf-Dan-2-Books-Cvr OB Historical Society presented: VILLA SURF
Dan Dixon’s Pleasuredome, 1950-1962, Author Barbara Houlton, Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018. 
Barbara Houlton has written two books about Villa Surf, the magnificent home of Dan Dixon overlooking the ocean where Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has obliterated all evidence of its past and history. Beginning with the undeveloped site, its construction, its subsequent coverage in the Sunday edition of the San Diego Union, the books cover the early years.
The third volume is now being written, and the presentation to the Ocean Beach Historical Society includes the photos and news articles that form the basis for the volume not yet published.
Barbara Houlton has been a resident of Ocean Beach since 1959. She was one of four women engineers who rented Villa Surf from Dan Dixon when he frequented his other residence in Europe. The people who lived at Villa Surf and in the Life Estate Cottages have stayed in touch over the years. They have preserved the history, along with the information found in scrapbooks that Dan Dixon kept. These sources have formed the basis for the narrative. Barbara gave a fascinating OBHS program.

 

Warner Springs: A Cultural Landscape and Land of Broken Dreams

Warner-SpringsOBHS had a great program by Author Richard Carrico, on Sept 20, 2018- Warner Springs: A Cultural Landscape and Land of Broken Dreams, The story of Warner Springs and the surrounding area is a microcosm of the history of southern California. Situated at the foot of Hot Springs Mountain, the  highest peak in San Diego County, the sprawling valleys and hills have been the scene of massacres, insurrections, murder, alleged curses on the land, exploitation of native people, and land development focused on the sulphurous hot springs.
Richard Carrico, a well-known local author and lecturer will take the audience on a virtual tour through thousands of years of history within the area now known as Warner Springs. The cast of characters include Spanish priests, Antonio Garra an indigenous rebel leader and patriot, John J. Warner, Colonel Ed Fletcher, Charles Henshaw, John Wayne, Loretta Young, Bing Crosby, and many more.
We learned about places of intense cultural significance to local tribes, mythical rocks, forced religious conversions, confiscation of native lands, development of the hot springs, and the rich history of the modern Warner Springs Ranch Resort.

Nice article- Richard Carrico in Ocean Beach and His Story of Warner Springs Ranch:
obrag.org/2018/09/richard-carrico

FISH Documentary

fish-RaySurfing is alive and well in OB when a pact house (church) turned out for FISH! The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented: Joseph Ryan – Freeway Project presents the Documentary FISH, AUG 16, at Water’s Edge Faith Community
FISH is a look at the origin and impact of the Fish Surfboard design and how it would influence surf culture 40 years later.”
Presenter: Cher Pendarvis, Surfer, Artist, Author and Local surfer
CFish-web-smher introduced the film: The Fish surfboard design was innovated in Ocean Beach – Point Loma by Steve Lis in 1967. Local surfers who are passionate about the Fish surfboard design are interviewed and surfing in the film, including Steve Lis, Skip Frye, Jeff Ching, Stanley Pleskunas, Bird Huffman, Cher Pendarvis, Mitchell Peligrin, Trevor Neilsen, Cory Edging and others. Appearances by surf greats Mark Richards, David Rastovich and others.

 

Nati’s Building Denied Historic Designation

An attempt to have recently closed Nati’s Mexican Restaurant building at 1852-1866 Bacon St. in Ocean Beach declared historical failed by a 7-2 vote on June 28 at the City’s Historical Resources Board. The preservation effort was spearheaded by Obecans and Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO). La Jolla attorney and HRB board member Courtney Coyle’s made a motion in favor of historically designating the Nati’s property: The motion was defeated. sdnews.com For more on Nati’s, see this.

Randy Dible Local Surf Photographer

JULY 19, 2018, The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented A Program by Randy Dible Local Surf Photographer
What a treat to see as local surf photographer Randy Dible, who has been shooting ocean theme images for over three decades, showed his amazing photos.
Randy grew-up in Mission Beach in the 70s & 80s, and now resides on Ocean Beach. He frequently travels to Hawaii, Mexico and other exotic surf destinations. His images have been published in Surfer, Surfing, Surfer’s Journal, Ocean Magazine and other periodicals world wide.

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Randy Dible photo “OB Jetty” available for sale at:

link to Randy Dible website.

 

JUNE 21 was fun- CLAUDIA RETURNS!

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CLAUDIA RETURNS! (Returned) JUNE 21, 2018
at Water’s Edge Faith Community at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., OB
SHE’S was BACK! Due to the popularity of her previous Ocean Beach Historical Society program Claudia Jack was back to talk about her O.B. tales going back to when she came to Ocean Beach in 1957. She showed her latest sign collection acquisitions. Claudia will ended her program with a fun new games and singing!

May 17- Picture Perfect Three of O.B.’s Top Photographers

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Thurs., May 17, 7 PM, The Ocean Beach Historical Society will present: Picture Perfect
Three of O.B.’s Top Photographers, at Water’s Edge Faith Community at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., OB
The above photograph is not a police line-up… it is a photo of three of O.B.’s top photographers and OB Exposed! judges Cliff Beck, Steve Rowell, and Joe Ewing. These amazing photographers have helped preserve our local history, lifestyles and the beauty of our community. They will inspire you to want to click and catch those special O.B. moments.

Why NO OB Exposed! this year?
The Ocean Beach Historical Board is doing some revamping. The OBHS was feeling overwhelmed by having two major events only two-months apart (Wisteria Garden Party in March & OB Exposed! in May).

updates- “OB Where Land and Water Meet” Book

OB-Water-Book-cvr-smOBHS had a packed house at the Ocean Beach Historical Society Program April 19, for the BOOK  Premier Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet, By Kathy Blavatt, at Water’s Edge Faith Community.  The author talked about the making of the book with fun and interesting stories. She detailed the aspects of  why water defines Ocean Beach by its unique location where the Pacific Ocean meets the mouth of the San Diego River, alongside Mission Bay (False Bay), which connected to marsh tidal areas. She talked about the history and fabric of our unique ocean community, made up of an assortment of characters, and spirited generations of individuals, who have left their loving mark through their homes, gardens, businesses, stories, achievements, and community activities. All of this with beautiful rarely seen photos!
Upcoming Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet Events:
Thurs. June 14 , 7 PM  –
Ocean Beach Green Center: New Book Event & Signing