Saturday, August 18, 2007

MP3 tours, Yen Ngoc Do, and fun at the beach

Today's photo shows fields near Santa Ana being harvested with a combine, circa 1905.

Mission San Juan Capistrano will soon offer downloadable, self-guided audio tours for your MP3 player. That's a pretty cool idea, and could certainly be replicated at other historic sites throughout the County at a minimal cost.

Dwight's and Jack's beach concessions in Huntington Beach -- both founded and owned by the Clapp family -- are celebrating their 75th and 50th anniversaries, respectively.

And speaking of the beach, the Register ran an article today about San Clemente's Tom Morey, the inventor of the Boogie Board.

A bust of pioneering Vietnamese-American journalist Yen Ngoc Do was unveiled last week. In 1978, Do founded the Nguoi Viet Daily News in Garden Grove, which became the largest Vietnamese newspaper in the U.S. For more information about Mr. Do, here is a link to an article written after his death last year, and another article by his daughter. (No, I haven't learned where the bust is located, as the Register failed to mention it, and no other news sources seemed to cover the story.)

Daveland has been posting a lot of slides from the short-lived Mickey Mouse Club Circus at Disneyland (circa 1955). If you're in the park tomorrow, I may see you there.

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