La Jolla, Bird Rock Sign – Sea Gulls and Pelicans Symbol

Bird Rock got its claim to fame in La Jolla/Meda history because of its Hollywood-like-sign that was carved into the hill overlooking the ocean - pranksters played a major role, rearranging the letters - Photo by Bill Decker

La Jolla was divided into several territories. You had the Shores, downtown La Jolla, Soladad, but none stand out better than Bird Rock. In the old days, living in Bird Rock, you were considered in the outskirts of La Jolla. Its boundary was west of  La Jolla Mesa Drive, south to Turquoise and … [Read more...]

Plane Crashes at WindanSea, La Jolla Killing Actor Phillip G. Bent and Folksinger Peter Sachse

This Military Plane, the

I never will forget it, it was one of those cloudless, perfect La Jolla  July summer days and all I could think about was doing a little bit of body whomping at WindanSea with a friend of mind. As we were walking to the pumphouse from Big Rock,  a plane flew by a bit low, not uncommon for those … [Read more...]

Showing Off a New Bike at Windansea Parking Lot

New Bike at WindanSea

For a while there it seemed the hottest thing was a cool bike, and there was nothing like getting one, regardless of who, what and where. New was even better ... Once one was inquired about, and steps made to  acquire it,  it was then just a matter of showing it off to the girls at WindanSea … [Read more...]

La Jolla Cove Black Sea Bass – 628Lbs – Donnie Tomlinson

Nowadays if you did something "Bitchen" like catch a huge fish well, most would take a digital photo, upload it on the internet and sent it to all their friends, and of course have bragging rights for the next zillion years. But, what if that fish was a huge   628lb Black Sea Bass - and back in … [Read more...]

Doug Moranville and Jon Sarrett Say “Hi” to Eber From Blacks Beach

Grant you there were many of the beach crowd that escape death at young age, and more than many who should have  gone to jail that did not. However, there were a few that always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Eber was no exception. Beside the minor incidents like  skeleton … [Read more...]

Donnie Tomlinson – Legendary San Diego/La Jolla Lobster Fishermen

Donnie pulls his nets off La jolla before the ban of fishing

To a lobster connoisseur, you think only of California’s Spiny Lobsters because of its excellent sweet taste. When thinking of those that fish lobsters, there is only one;  San Diego’s  La Jolla legendary fisherman, Donnie Tomlinson. Donnie grew up in La Jolla, his dad owned La Jolla Cab, … [Read more...]

La Jolla’s Blacks Beach Key – Surfers, UCSD & Scripps

Ron Stoner captures Dickie Moon streaking across a see-through wall at Black's, circa 1967

Way back when, the Black Family moved to La Jolla and bought a bunch of acres on Torrey Pines cliffs alongside a canyon that lead to the beach.  A dirt road for horse and buggies followed the cliffs to what is known now as Torry Pine State Park.  With Del Mar Fairgrounds getting the A-OK for … [Read more...]