Noted O.C. aviation historian and journalist Vi Smith died Thursday. Among local historians, her best known work is undoubtedly From Jennies to Jets: The Aviation History of Orange County (1974), which is still the go-to book on the subject. The concourse art gallery at the John Wayne Airport is named for her. Services will be held at Noon, May 11, at Waverly Chapel in Santa Ana. (Link to obituary for Violet K. Smith in the L.A. Times.)
If you thought you saw Huell Howser walking around Orange last week, you were right. Phil Brigandi gave Huell a tour of his hometown for an episode of “Visiting… With Huell Howser,” to air later this month on PBS.
Today’s O.C. Register features an article about changes in Tustin’s Old Town district (Local section, pg 5), but it doesn’t seem to be on their website. However, here’s a link to a related article from last week. Meanwhile, go read the dead tree version of the Register.
Also in the Register: Mike Harrah is moving the Basler Home; some of MCAS El Toro’s trees are spared the ax; more “Doheny House” news from Dana Point; and Disneyland’s C.K. Holliday steam locomotive will leave the park for an appearance at Fullerton’s annual Railroad Days event this weekend.
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