Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Monster Fun at the Muzeo

Tomorrow, June 27th from 10AM to 4PM, enjoy what is being billed as a “Bizarre Guitar” competition!

WHAT: MUZEO’s popular Guitar Hero Competition continues with an all-new version entitled “Bizarre Guitar,” in honor of the Bizarre Beasts exhibition now open at MUZEO. “Bizarre Guitar” participants will receive prize points for the following activities: Guitar Hero scores, wearing a costume, bringing a friend, answering trivia questions about the exhibition and more. Every one wins. Prizes range from MUZEO tickets for future exhibitions to cool posters and MUZEO totes. Top scoring Guitar Hero participants will be entered into a $100 grand prize drawing. Winner announced at 4:30 PM. Must be present to win.

WHEN: Saturday, JUNE 27, 2009 (10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.)

WHERE: The MUZEO 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM daily INFO: (714) 95-MUZEO • (714) 956-8936 • Parking available in the structure at Center Street Promenade and S. Lemon St.

HOW: Admission: $13 for adults and $9 for children (12 and under) to participate and enjoy the exhibition, MONSTERS & BEASTS, Hairy, Scary and Unleashed. For more information and to register for Bizarre Guitar www.muzeo. 241 S Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA, 714.95.MUZEO 714.956.8936

Archiving Orange County (AOC): Dopey Dick Nixon

Dopey, slippery Dick Nixon

Dopey Dick Nixon

In 1955, Vice President Richard Nixon visits the less-than-1-month-old Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA. Of the Seven Dwarfs whose names grace the cars in the “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” ride, “Slippery Dick” chooses “Dopey.”

Strong work Mr. Vice President.

Remembering The End Cafe


Whenever we go to the Huntington Beach pier and eat at Ruby’s, I always remember the restaurant that used to be there.

Yup, I’m talking about The End Cafe.

Instead of the corporate slickness embodied by Ruby’s, The End Cafe was good old-fashioned eats at a family-owned business. I was particularly fond of their grilled cheese sandwich, a perfect symphony of just the right amount of gooey cheese and thick egg bread.

My friends and I ate there not long before its second incarnation was destroyed by storms in 1988. The first building was destroyed, again by storms and the accompanying large waves, in 1983. We were on the second story, and the view was lovely, as always. If only I had known that was going to be the last time I would eat there. I surely would have at least taken a picture.

And while I’m glad a similar destruction hasn’t visited Ruby’s, I kind of wish they had fixed the stuctural problems the first time so that Ruby’s wouldn’t even be there. Sorry, Ruby’s.

Sure, Alice Gustafson owns Alice’s Breakfast in the Park at Huntington’s Central. I’ve not eaten there, but I’ve heard they serve a mean French Toast.

But, it isn’t quite the same. I miss you, End Cafe.

Archiving Orange County AOC: Madame Modjeska’s Canyon

Madame Modjeska

Madame Modjeska

Here sits the famed Polish Shakespearean actress Madame Helen Modjeska in front of her home in Santiago Canyon in 1898. She came to America in 1876, and 12 years later, her husband Count Bozenta had this home built for her. The home is now a National Historical Monument. Though in 1906 the home was sold, actors and actresses flocked to the area for years, buying up the little cottages that sprung up in the area. The residents would later name this portion of the canyon after her.
In 2007, 109 years after this photo was taken, there would be a fire that would damage or destroy 22 homes in peaceful Modjeska Canyon…

Archiving Orange County AOC: Star-Studded Jail Sentence

At least it wasn't for drunk driving or drugs or assault or sexual misconduct or fraud or......

At least it wasn't for drunk driving or drugs or assault or sexual misconduct or fraud or......

Truman Capote was a well published author. He was openly gay in a time where it was still scary to be so. He often hobnobbed with the Hollywood elite and the world’s royalty. Appearing as a witness in a murder trial was apparently too much for the small man though. He would be sentenced $500 and ordered to serve 40 hours in the Santa Ana Jail. This wasn’t the present, or even 10 years ago. It was 1970.

My how far our celebrities have come……….

Obama to Visit Orange County and How to Get Tickets!

He could be pointing at YOU!

He could be pointing at YOU!

This Wednesday, March 18, to be exact.

The Register reports that he will hold a public town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds at 4pm. The event is free, but they will only be issuing about 2,000 tickets, give or take ones that are already being held for VIP’s. The tickets will be given out tomorrow, March 17, 2009.

The Register also reports:

They’ll be distributing tickets… at 10 a.m. at the OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. White House officials say to enter at Gate 1 or 10 and park in Lot A. 

Think you’ll be able to make it? Oh, and you’ll have to pay for parking, natch.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Archiving Orange County (AOC):The Beginning

Jason Burns, of LA Metblog fame, has been posting a segment he calls “Archiving Angeles” for quite some time now. The idea is, he posts really old pictures of Los Angeles, giving us glimpses of what life was like in the city back then.

I love this series, and with his permission, I have decided to completely bite use his idea (name included) to show life from Orange County days of yore. I have to admit, when I first moved down here, I was shocked to find out Orange County was older than Disneyland. MUCH older! Without further ado:
It gets bigger when you click*

Alfred Chapman & Andrew Glassell in front of the original Orange Plaza fountain and Orange bank building, circa 1887.

Alfred Chapman & Andrew Glassell in front of the original Orange Plaza fountain and Orange bank building, circa 1887.

According to Wiki:

In 1863 Chapman became city attorney of Los Angeles, and in 1868 he was elected district attorney of Los Angeles County. He went into partnership with a boyhood friend, Andrew Glassell when the latter arrived in Los Angeles in 1866…Their law practice was confined chiefly to real estate transactions and they made their fortunes by handling the large partition suits. Chapman was the businessman of the firm. He would take his compensation in land, and nearly every final decree in partition would find that Glassell & Chapman had acquired land. Chapman and Glassell are best known in Orange County for being founders of Orange, California….[Chapman] joined with one of his partners, Andrew Glassell, to develop a new community, Richland, which would eventually be named Orange….Richland was the name of the Virginia plantation owned by the father of Andrew Glassell in the 1830s.

*Photo courtesy of USC Digital Archives

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.