As The Argonaut begins its 40th year, we thought our readers would be interested in reading our late founder Dave Johnson’s editorial for the paper’s first Christmas issue published Dec. 23, 1971.

At the time, The Argonaut published twice monthly and covered Marina del Rey, the Marina Peninsula and the Villa Marina condominiums. We now cover these communities and also Del Rey, Mar Vista, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Venice and Westchester.

Editorially Speaking: Our Christmas Wish

As with many of you new residents in the area, this will be the Argonaut’s first Christmas in Marina del Rey. It is an exciting place to be at holiday time.

Many of the local boat owners have gone out of their way to decorate their boats in a holiday spirit and the lights bouncing off the water have made everyone’s Christmas here a little more enjoyable.

The same can be said for the many apartment residents in the Marina, Villa Marina and along the Peninsula who have put up colorful lights and decorations.

Our year-end reports indicate we’ve had another good year at Marina del Rey.

The economic picture seems to be brighter and our nation appears to be easing out of its number one problem at the moment – the Southeast Asian war. Perhaps by next Christmas all our combat troops will be home – a thought that makes this Christmas a little happier.

We hope too that you have been able to participate in the Marina del Rey Christmas season, either through the beautiful Pioneer Skippers boat parade, the many get-togethers of friends and neighbors or just alone with your family during a sunset stroll along the water.

If you haven’t taken a few moments to enjoy the Christmas lights put up by your neighbors, we hope you’ll do so before the season ends.

In the meantime, our thanks to Buddy Ebsen for serving as grand marshal of this year’s boat parade, and our best wishes to all you and your families for a very happy Marina del Rey Christmas.