Category: Argonaut History

The early Argonaut: selling the ads

I remember seeing my first copy of The Argonaut, probably at the corner of Dell Avenue and what is now Washington Boulevard, and thinking, “Oh, what would it be like to work there?” One day, I responded to a help wanted ad for a sales representative, and I was hired. It was August 1980, and I learned then that my new employer published six newspapers, one of which was The Argonaut. The newspaper staff was a complex family, with the employee equivalent of stepsisters and stepbrothers — there were two corporations and one partnership, and we all sort of worked together to varying degrees on all the entities. Our young and energetic publisher, David Asper Johnson, had recently acquired four newspapers, and was now operating out of the former South Bay Publishing office in Hermosa Beach. The El Segundo Herald, The Manhattan Beach News, The Hermosa Beach Review and Redondo Beach Record, were now published by Beach Cities Newspapers, which Johnson had renamed the group. In addition to these and The Argonaut, founded in 1971, we also published a Venice and Ocean Park community newspaper called The Ocean Front Weekly, a partnership between Dave and Tom Victory. Earlier, Johnson had co-founded The Beach Reporter in Manhattan Beach with Richard Frank, but they eventually parted ways. Realizing that Johnson now wanted us to put out six papers, we felt like...

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Summa Corporation unveils 926-acre land use plan for Playa del Rey-Marina area The Summa Corporation Tuesday unveiled a land-use plan for 926 acres the company owns south of the Marina. The property extends west from Playa del Rey to the San Diego Freeway. The land-use plan calls for development of a 600-boat slip marina, a public beach and two or three hotels near the Marina, a “community shopping center” at Jefferson and Lincoln Boulevards, garden offices, an industrial development south of Jefferson Boulevard, “owner and rental” housing — 6,000 to 7,000 dwelling units for 15,000 to 20,000 residents, five lagoons and a 72-acre wildlife preserve with an additional buffer zone of about ten acres. Summa Corporation officials indicated they have no timetable of development and do not know now whether they will develop some or all of the property, sell off portions of the 926 acres or develop their property jointly with other...

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The Marina in 1971

JUNE The summer months saw a significant increase in the Marina’s permanent population with the opening of Pacific Harbor Apartments and Marina, Mariners Village and the first landside phase of Marina City. JULY One of the top promotional events for the Marina Area Chamber was the fourth annual “Day at Marina del Rey” on July 27th, sponsored by the Women’s Division. Hundreds of persons enjoyed harbor tours and lunch was served on the promenade deck of the Marina City Company facilities. NOVEMBER The Marina del Rey Argonaut began publication on a twice monthly basis, giving Marina, Marina Peninsula, and the Villa Marina residents and businessmen a complete community oriented newspaper featuring Marina news and features. DECEMBER Buddy Epsen of television fame served as Grand Marshal of the Pioneer Skippers’ Ninth Annual Christmas Boat Parade Sunday evening, December...

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Reports review safety procedures at LAX one year after worst crash BY DAVID HIRNING Operational improvements at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are in the offing and recommendations for changes in federal regulations on aircraft interior specifications and procedures have been made, as two reports were issued last week. It was almost exactly a year from the day that 34 people died in a crash at Los Angeles International Airport. The two separate reports attempted to address some of the underlying causes of the tragedy February 1st last year, when a USAir Boeing 737 that was landing slammed into a Skywest commuter plane on Runway 24L of Los Angeles International Airport, killing 22 people on the jet and all 12 aboard the smaller craft. It remains the worst disaster in the history of the airport, according to airport officials. Soon after the crash, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley commissioned a safety report to examine the accident, with special regard to “the flammability of aircraft interiors.” The report, issued January 29th was developed...

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How I met David Asper Johnson

It was the afternoon of November 25th, 1971. Mimi and I were returning from a walk to Fisherman’s Village, on the way home to our townhouse on Fiji Way, just east of Lincoln Boulevard. We were talking about our recent move to Los Angeles from New York City. We had moved here in September of 1969 with our two sons and a Siamese cat and, so far, we loved being here and things were going well for us. As we were approaching our front door, I commented, “I wish there was a local newspaper in Marina del Rey so I could contribute some photos of this beautiful place and get some recognition. It would sure help my new business grow.” Well, there on the doorstep was volume one, issue one of The Argonaut. I looked up to the sky, said “thank you” and quickly phoned Dave Johnson to make an appointment for the next day. My first photos were in Volume 1, Number 2 and we’re still at it. We had a very long friendship with Dave and we all miss him. [Greg Wenger is a freelance photographer who specializes in the Marina area and still frequently supplies photos for The...

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