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Former Donkin’s Inn co-owner Helfried Fahrenholz (right), then-Donkin’s manager Suzanne Lenz and an unidentified friend entered a 1977 chili cook-off at the Marina City Club that was organized by resident automotive designer and race car driver Carroll Shelby 
(Shelby Mustangs).

MdR 50 Contest Winners: A Toast to Good Times Past

By Joe Piasecki Our recent special issue marking 50 years since the April 1965 formal dedication of Marina del Rey covered a lot of local history. Thanks to the Marina del Rey Historical Society, plenty of historical records an...


Marina del Rey’s 50th Celebration Videos

Marina Del Rey Hotel Grand Opening | Marina Del Rey, CA from Pure Cinema on Vimeo.…


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‘Women’s Libbers’ and Valley Girls — Gag Me with a Spoon!

Stories by and about women have certainly changed for the better since the days of ‘Marina Men’ By Ellie O’Brien Leading The Argonaut’s social media campaign for Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary, I scoured 44 years ...



Don Knabe and a band of tall ship pirates cut the cake during Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary ceremony on Friday at Burton Chace Park.

Marina del Rey Turns 50 with a Bang

Weekend celebration draws big crowds for tall ships, historic tours and Three Dog Night By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki You know it’s a party when pirates help a Los Angeles County supervisor cut a cake with a sword. Marking&...


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Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary Celebration

Party on, Marina del Rey Weekend festivities include cannon battles on tall ships, a classic car show and a free concert by Three Dog Night Pictures of our Past Watch Marina del Rey come to life before your eyes Good…



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Party on, Marina del Rey

A free three-day celebration with tall ships, classic cars and a concert by Three Dog Night marks the 50th birthday of the largest manmade small-craft harbor in the world By Michael Aushenker Dedicated on April 10, 1965, as a ...


A woman and a live tiger stand outside Jamaica Bay Inn to promote the 1969 Marina Fair, one of many community festivals produced by local Rotarians and the former Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.

Saving Marina del Rey’s History

(Click here to see more historical photos) Among the very first people to live in Marina del Rey, Willie Hjorth and her husband John took up residence on a 36-foot catamaran docked outside the Tahiti Marina apartments in 1963. ...


Occasionally tall ships visit Marina del Rey. Here, the Lady Washington, a ship that appeared in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” 
is escorted by a small group of enthusiastic sea lions.

Life on the Water

Marina del Rey is many things, but nothing without its boaters By Pat Reynolds A day in the life of Marina del Rey begins before dawn with the clocking rhythm of oars shuffling back and forth in paper-thin racing shells.…



Pioneering engineer Valaria Johnson designing Marina del Rey harbor in 1963

The marina’s unsung mother

Engineer who helped design the harbor wasn’t allowed on site due to her gender By Gary Walker When Valaria Lincoln worked in the early 1960s to design what would become the world’s largest manmade small-craft harbor, she wa...






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