Category: Argonaut History


Docklines BY DARIEN MURRAY THE VOYAGE OF OUR DREAMS This is a difficult time of year for people who dream of cruising their boats — another year has slipped by and we are still here in our Marina boat slips instead of lying at anchor in some palm-fringed South Pacific island lagoon. To spur us on our way — and keep us awake during the intracacies of celestial navigation classes — Howard and Ruth Frindling, who sailed out the Marina breakwater nearly two years ago aboard their 34-foot ketch “Moonspinner,” have writen of their voyage to Christmas Island, a 225-square-mile island hugging the surface of the Pacific some 1200 miles south of Honolulu. Their reception at the island had all the ingredients of our cruising daydreams — but getting there was every cruising man’s nightmare. In mid-ocean, Ruth wrote in Moonspinner’s log: “We haven’t the faintest idea where we are. What appears to have happened is that both of our sextants have failed us. This seems impossible, but there it is. “Howard spends eight to ten hours a day with...

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Argonaut editor and publisher David Johnson dies at age 68

David Asper Johnson — founder, editor and publisher of The Argonaut — died early Wednesday, May 17th. The exact cause of death had not been determined at press time, but Johnson had battled a rare blood disease for some time. He was 68. Johnson founded The Argonaut as a twice-monthly newspaper November 25th, 1971. The newspaper assumed a weekly distribution a year later. In 1977, he was co-founder, founding co-publisher and founding editor of The Beach Reporter, a weekly published in Manhattan Beach. For three years he represented California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam as a director of the National Newspaper Association, the nation’s largest association of small daily and weekly newspapers. He also served as a director of the Suburban Newspapers of America and was a member of the Inland Press Association. Johnson served several terms as a director of the California Newspaper Publishers Association and a term as president of the California Newspaper Association Southern California Unit. Locally, for more than a decade, he served as a director and secretary of the Venice Family Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic. He was a member of a Daniel Freeman Hospital advisory committee seeking to open an emergency room and was a supporter of the Marina del Rey Library. As a Citizen of the Year, Johnson was the recipient of the Helmsman Trophy given by the former Marina del...

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The Marina in 1971

JANUARY The Small Craft Harbor Commission began its year with approval of a concept for a 36-acre parcel at Tahiti way and Via Marina which will include a $10 million hotel and office building complex, with related restaurant, commercial, recreational and yacht brokerage facilities. Real property Management, developers of the parcel, have indicated they plan to break ground in March or April on the 300 plus room high rise hotel. Also in January, the county learned the Helms family was donating its “Helmsman” statue to the Marina. The statue has stood for years in front of the Venice Boulevard Helms Bakery. The statue has since been moved to temporary quarters on the water side of the county’s administrative building on Fiji Way. “The Helmsman” will be eventually moved to a permanent site on the proposed park on Mindanao Way. Getting into full swing at the start of 1971 was the Marina International Shopping Center fronting on Washington Street and featuring a wide variety of retail shops. DECEMBER 23, 1971 THE...

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Venice shops looted, homes damaged in riots; recovery process begins BY ALAN EYERLY, DAVID HIRNING AND DAVID ASPER JOHNSON Westside residents began returning to their normal routines this week in the wake of the worst rioting in contemporary U.S. history. Although the most expensive damage in the Los Angeles riots occurred from La Cienega Boulevard eastward, the Westside had its share of destruction as well. Numerous businesses along Lincoln Boulevard in north Venice were looted, including Sav-on Drugs, Boys Market, Thrifty, The Wherehouse, Fashion Time, and Cafe 50s restaurant. And in the Oakwood section of Venice, several homes were damaged by rocks and firebombs. Local residents who were not near the rioting still felt the impact of urban strife Thursday and Friday, as streets were heavily congested with commuters rushing home to beat the dusk-to-dawn curfew, and long lines sprang up at grocery stores and gas stations. Fear of the riots moving westward to the beach...

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Snoopin’ around with dj

(An exerpt from the very first “Snoopin’ around” column by The Argonaut’s founder, David Asper Johnson, where he tells us about the origin of his familiar caricature) We must dedicate our first “Snoopin’ Around” column to United Air Lines — and certainly to Lenn Redman in particular. Lenn is the United Air Lines artist who now flies “the great wide way to New Yawk… New Yawk,” scratching out caricatures of the passengers aboard the DC-10s. [United] has added “live entertainment” to its 8:45 a.m. flights, including a guitarist, a wine tasting party and our new friend, cartoonist Lenn Redman. Marina resident and United p.r. gal Katie Hill tells us it’s all a trial effort. But it’s bound to be a success. All perhaps but those caricatures. Back home in Missoula Mom is saying right now, “my son the publisher never looked like...

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