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The story of the discovery of the oldest human remains in the Western Hemisphere, discovered by Howard Wilson in Laguna Beach California

It was a hot, sunny day in Laguna Beach California in 1933, when 17 year old Howard Wilson showed up at his pal Ed Marriner’s house to talk to him about something that he had been thinking about lately. Howard had plans for a great adventure that day. Howard and Ed often spent time together, […]

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September 2, 2015
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Panama Escapade

I recently went to Panama exploring potential international living opportunities. My trip started in Panama City which is an international city where new architecture meets beautiful gentrified Spanish Colonial neighborhoods. Went to a cool jazz club in a 1600 building that is now an Ace hotel an international boutique hotel chain.

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September 1, 2015
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Most of the Laguna’s June sales activity is in the $1m to $2m price range

The Summer Shift: Housing tends to follow a similar cycle every year. This time of year is no different. It started a couple of weeks ago with graduation. June had 28 sales vs. 41 sales in May A Summer Approach for Sellers: with buyer traffic down and the expected market time rising, it is now […]

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Cool Stories and Pics of Early Movies Made in Laguna

  Laguna played a big part in the early development of Movie Making Since there was no verbal dialogue and no artificial lights for inside shots, the Laguna Beach coast line visuals were important for the original success of silent films. If you couldn’t ‘wow’ them with dialogue you ‘wowed’ them with Laguna’s dramatic cove […]

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Film Plays A Starring Role In Smithcliffs’ History

A rare early 1920s image showing the promontory now known as Smithcliffs and Seal Rocks, as seen from Emerald Bay. On the point is the Dobbins’ house, Dos Rocas, and behind it the Lowe house, later moved to McKnight Drive. Photo courtesy of First American Title Corporation. Barbara Isch, an 18-year old native daughter of […]

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San Juan Capistrano: 1910

A familiar scene for many of us looking towards the Mission and the scene of an almost riot by the locals when seeing the first film being made in OC by the then not-so-famous D.W.Griffith. In San Juan Capistrano it was 1910 and the rural locals, mostly Spanish Americans and Indians, barely knew what movies […]

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Cool Pics of Early Movies in Laguna

 Fisherman’s Cove w/ movie set. Errol Flynn, during filming of “Captain Blood”. *3 Arch Bay “Max Sennett: Bathing Beauties”. LB: 1936 1926 Press Photo- Shooting a Scene at Laguna Beach California -The Rough Riders How do you think Treasure Island got its name (Now the Montage) “Give Us This Night” Gladys Swarthout and Jan Kiepura […]

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