Irvine Ranch Conservancy: C-135 crash site

(Continued from 11-28-08...) The second leg of our Irvine Ranch Conservancy tour took us to the site of Orange County’s worst air disaster.
At 1:35 a.m. on June 25, 1965, under fog and light drizzle, an Air Force C-135A transport jet, (see contemporary photo above), took off from MCAS El Toro. (The C-135 is the military equivalent of a Boeing 707.) The plane was en route from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey to Okinawa, with another scheduled stop at Hickam AFB in Hawaii. Aboard were 71 Marines on their way to Vietnam, along with 12 U.S. Air Force crew members.
At 1:46 a.m., about 4 miles from the control tower, the jet disappeared from radar. For reasons unknown, the pilot did not (or could not) make a planned left hand turn and flew directly into Loma Ridge. The plane was destroyed, killing all 83 people on board.
Navy sailor Steve Bedunah was scheduled to take the flight as far as Hawaii. However, a family emergency waylayed him. He arrived at El Toro just in time to see the plane heading down the runway. Seconds later, he saw a huge orange fireball. "I was supposed to be on that plane," he said in a 2005 O.C. Weekly interview, "I've spent 40 years trying to live that down."
Here you see Greg from KOCE-TV filming Mike Bornia, Chris Epting, and Maria Hall-Brown at the crash site. It was fitting (although unplanned) that we visited this site on Veteran’s Day. A group called Project Remembrance is planning to put a stone memorial here in the near future.

The jet was about 1,150 feet up and traveling at 300 mph when it impacted the hill, scattering wreckage and bodies across at least a mile. The bodies and all the large plane parts were recovered after the crash, but small bits of the jet are still strewn everywhere. Although mangled in the crash, many metal parts are still in remarkably good condition after 43 years of exposure to the elements. Just last year, a readable set of dog tags were found in the brush.
It turned out that our traveling companion Jim had once been part of a search/clean-up crew after a different MCAS El Toro crash on the Irvine Ranch. He had some very sobering tales to tell that I won't relate here.
(To be continued...)

Irvine Ranch Conservancy: The Hanging Tree

On the 11th of this month (Veteran's Day 2008), the Irvine Ranch Conservancy graciously showed me and some other lucky folks historic sites that are normally inaccessible to the public. Over the next week or so, I'll be sharing some of the sites we visited, starting with today's entry on the Hanging Tree in Precitas Canyon. I've already provided information about the Hanging Tree in earlier posts, which you can read here:

Today's first photo (above) shows me standing under the tree. Although fires have swept through the area in recent years, the tree is only a little scorched and seems pretty healthy. You might be able to see the tree from the right lane of the southbound 241 Toll Road, if you knew exactly where to look, and were on the passenger side of a high-profile vehicle. Our trip came about when author Chris Epting read my blog entries about the tree, and wanted to do a segment about it with Maria Hall-Brown for KOCE-TV. Mike Bornia of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy organized the trek and added some other sites of interest to the itinerary. When Epting asked if I wanted to come along, I immediately answered "Yes!," followed by, "and can I bring two other people?"
The other two were Orange County historians Jim Sleeper and Phil Brigandi who have both wanted to see this site again for many years. In the photo above, Jim stands under the tree and shows Phil and Mike Boeck photos of the area that he took in the 1960s.
Mike is a docent for the Conservancy and was one of our drivers for the day. He really knows the back country and was as enthusiastic as we were.
This last photo shows (left to right) Dave Raetz (also from the Conservancy), me, Jim and Phil, in front of the tree's historical marker. It reads, "Under this tree General Andres Pico hung two banditos of the Juan Flores gang in 1857." Below that, in smaller print, it reads, "Dedicated El Viaje de Portola Ride, April 1967." The annual El Viaje de Portola equestrian ride used to follow the trail of Gaspar de Portola's expedition through much of Orange County. Today, however, very little of that land is accessible to the public.
(To be continued...)

Turkey Day in La Palma

La Palma/Dairyland historians Ron and Elfreide MacIver sent me this cartoon with the note, "Happy Thanksgiving from La Palma, where even the turkeys say 'Moo!'"

Watch Twilight full! ^___^

Hey there long time no see...i wanna apologize on behalf of my cousin and I because we haven't posted for so long...but we are like soooo busy now...I promise u though i'll try to make it up this weekend..and catch up with all the news of our boys..until then i couldn't manage to help myself not post this....I m sure there are many Twilight fans around here too so i thought u would like to watch the full movie here without no interuptions[megavideo] enjoy^_^
and don't forget comments are love!


official movie site here!

Just a brief summary :- TWILIGHT is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teen girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a bit different, never fitting in with the girls at her school. When Bella is sent to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she's ever met.

Edward is a vampire, but he doesn't have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Edward has been waiting 90 years for a soul mate, which he finds in Bella. They are soon swept up in a passionate and unorthodox romance. Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will they do when a clan of new vampires - James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) - come to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life?

credits:to upzilla and whoever uploaded the video and to me cause i thought about the twilight fans too kekeke^_^

Happy Thanksgiving

Today's first photo (top) shows Thanksgiving dinner at William Webb Sr.'s house, 146 S. Rose St., Anaheim, around 1906. The group includes William P. Webb, Sr., William Jr., Lamont Roe Webb, Nellie Webb, Darroll Dewey Webb and Estella Webb Ramm.
The second photo shows Santa Ana's Thanksgiving-themed float in the 1950 Rose Parade.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

A giant turkey, Disneyland, Vanishing O.C., etc.

Today's images are from 1975. The first (top) is a design for the giant turkey that appeared in America On Parade, Disneyland's Bicentennial cavalcade, which debuted that year. (Illustration courtesy Atomic Treehouse.) The second image comes from my family's collection and shows me meeting Pluto for the first time in April 1975. You can see a little of the park's entrance gate in the background.
Today's Register features an article about Chris Epting's new book, Vanishing Orange County. He will sign the book at California Greetings, 301 Main St., Huntington Beach on Dec. 7, Noon-3pm. You can also see some of the images from the book in this YouTube video. Many of the images came from the Orange County Archives.
In case you haven't seen it before, KOCE-TV's "Historical Snapshot" of the 1933 Earthquake is now posted on YouTube.

OCIR, Orange, El Toro and a Victorian Christmas

By special request, today's photo is from the opening of the Orange County International Raceway (OCIR) in Aug. 1967. This drag racing "super track" was located in Irvine, between the I-5 Freeway and MCAS El Toro. The OCIR closed to make way for more development on Oct. 30, 1983.
Phil Brigandi will hold a signing for his latest book, Images of America: Orange, on Dec. 12, 6-8pm at the Barnes & Noble, 791 S. Main St., in Orange. Phil writes, "This is my ninth book on the history of Orange, and features more that 200 pre-1950 images of the community and its residents."
Heritage Hill Historical Park in El Toro has a number of public holiday events on tap next month. First they'll host a Victorian Christmas , Dec. 6, 11am-3pm, which will include live entertainment, children’s crafts, living history demonstrations, historical exhibits, Santa Claus, and tours through decorated historic buildings. This will be followed by Candlelight Tours, on Dec. 13 & 14, 5:30-8:30pm. These evening events will include luminaria lit paths, historic buildings aglow with holiday lights and decorated with period décor. Also expect Victorian carolers, storytellers, and visits with Santa. Admission is $4.

LIFE, El Toro, drag racing, holiday party & Neutra

Google now hosts millions of images from the archive of LIFE magazine, including many images of Orange County. The first example above (top) shows John Glenn at MCAS El Toro in Nov. 1964. Glenn had retired from NASA earlier that year, and would retire from the Marine Corps just a month later.
The second image shows a 1950s National Hot Rod Association drag race at the Santa Ana Drag Strip, next to the Orange County Airport. It is often credited as the world's first commercial drag strip
The public is invited to attend a Holiday Open House on the third floor of the Old Courthouse Museum on Dec. 9, 11:30am-1:30pm. There will be refreshments, crafts and music inspired by the exhibit "All the World's a Stage: Modjeska's Arden." The event is hosted by OC Parks, OC Community Resources and the Orange County Historical Commission. The Old Courthouse is at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana. (If you attend, stop past the Orange County Archives downstairs and say hello to me.)
Mariners Medical Arts Building Update: A large section of original aluminum louvers were recently stolen off the (already endangered) Mariners Medical Arts Building (1963, Richard Neutra) in Newport Beach. Like the brass plaques that have disappeared from other sites lately, the louvers disappeared in the middle of the night.

First National Bank of Tustin, circa 1925

This photo shows the First National Bank of Tustin in the mid-1920s. The Bank was located at the corner of Main St. and D St. in Downtown Tustin, and its president was C. E. Utt. D Street is now known as El Camino Real. Sorry there isn't time for a longer post today.

Camp Bonita, Irvine, Anaheim, and Laurel & Hardy

Today's photos show Camp Bonita, which was an old cattle camp on the Irvine Ranch. The first image is a 1937 postcard I scanned from Tom Pulley's collection. I took the other two photos recently. Three of the camp's building still stand, along with a cluster of old trees. I was surprised to find so much left. The camp's site is now just off California Ave., south of Adobe Circle Rd., and adjacent to UCI's big new sports building. If you look closely at the older photo, you can see Turtle Rock in the distance. (Which is how I figured out this site was from Irvine.)
The City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Public Library will sponsor a "Victorian Christmas Open House" at the historic Woelke-Stoffel House (the Victorian "Red Cross House"), at 418 N. West St., Saturday, Dec. 13, noon to 3pm. The Mother Colony House next door will also be open for viewing.
As an archivist, I find it hard to convince some people that lengthy research among stacks of government documents can lead to extraordinary things. But a YouTube video I saw recently, "Laurel & Hardy On Location," made the point better than I can. It's about a man who used various government and historical records to create a 3-D digital model of Culver City as it appeared in the films of Laurel and Hardy (70 years ago). Granted, this is not Orange County history, but you could do this anywhere, and take people on virtual tours through time.
And speaking of YouTube, also check out this video about the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society's tours, featuring Guy Ball.

Santa Ana Canyon, trains, stolen plaques, etc.

Today's photos show Santa Ana Canyon in less perilous times. The color image is from Oct. 1966 and shows a lot of new development in the Yorba Linda area. The black and white image is from the 1930s and came with no further description.
Tonight, the Fullerton City Council will discuss whether the proposed Southern California Railroad Experience museum should remain as part of the Fullerton Transportation Center plans. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.
The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society will hold their Holiday Open House at the historic Howe-Waffle House on Sat., December 6. Entry to the museum will be free from noon to 4pm. From noon to 2pm, authors Roberta Reed, Phil Brigandi, and Guy Ball will be on hand to sign their books (even if you've bought them elsewhere).
Bronze commemorative plaques at several Santa Ana schools (Santa Ana High School, Martin Elementary, Mitchell Child Development Center, and Carr Intermediate) have been stolen recently. Some of these were memorials to local soldiers who died for our country. $10,000 in reward money is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the theft. Anyone with information to report is asked to call the anonymous WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or log on to to submit a tip. Callers can also report information to Santa Ana Unified School District at 714-558-5111 or contact school police at 714-558-5535.

DBSK my love !!!

some randome piccies i love ^^
enjoy !! !! !!

the infamous pose from mirotic

junsu doing his thing

famouse pose from wrong number

gorgeous jae x_X

somebody tell these two its rude telling secrets in public aish nandeooo!!!

micky looking good

dead ----
hahahaa joygasm:)))

Wrong Number MV making of

DBSK We Love You - 1년 7개월동안 그들이 참아왔던 말

cassies never seize to amaze me ^^ hwaiting

The words they endured for 1 year and 7 months

"Which singer do you like?"


"Oh, so there are still kids who like DBSK..."

And after 1 year and 7 months,

During the awarding ceremony, what could have they been thinking of?

"I worried a lot that the fans might have already forgotten about us."

For the past 1 year and 7 months, although Cassiopeia wasn't by DBSK's side,
although DBSK wasn't by Cassiopeia's side,

It's not just us alone, there were a lot of people who looked after them.

That's why,

This image,

This image as well,

All of these pretty images of ours

We thought they would have been forgotten.
For even when in foreign places, not in Korea, they saw a lot of these pretty images,

Because even if it was not us, there were a lot of people who loved them...

Could we have been forgotten?

We were.

So insecure.

Just like oppadeul.

Album of the Year Award.


Their first words when they received the award,

"To our sunbaedeul and hoobaedeul who watched out for us,"

With a voice close to tears, bowing his head as low as he can,

"Thank you."

And he said,

"We really..."

"Coming back after a year and seven months,"

"We also had lots of burdens."

"'Would we be able to do well,' was the thought that took lead."

The heartaches that they suffered in secret, for 1 year and 7 months,
they started to confess them one by one.

"Can you see?!"

"Thank you for believing in us!"

No one could be sure about DBSK's 4th album,
during their absence the country's music market changed a lot,
The audience's taste, the trend, they went to the direct opposite from them.

The guys who secretly worried much,

Them who were so afraid of being forgotten soundlessly by people.

Behind people who ask what could DBSK ever worry about while laughing,

There is DongBangShinKi who said, "Thank you for believing in us," and who bowed in gratitude.

Behind, there is a DongbangShinKi who weeps.


For the people who cried along with DongBangShinKi,

Those who waited for 1 year and 7 months,

For Cassiopeia,

"Thank you for waiting for us."

"We love you Cassiopeia!"

Do you see?

Their sincerity in thanking us,

The gently smiling Jaejoongie,

Eyes that were filled with tears, the applauding DongBangShinKi

Even during the times we faltered,

Even during the times when we had no confidence

DongBangShinKi has always been like this,

Five of them standing together.

For a year and seven months, in a place where we can't see far enough, or early enough,

Not knowing when would be the next time we'd say, 'Hello.'

Just as always, situations wherein we have to wait once again would come,

But in those times, without change just like now, we'll be waiting.

Thank you, for being with us.

You're MY EVERYTHING to me.

[Translator's notes] I'm not the most direct translator (I translate things loosely at times), and I've been rushing because my stupid electricity can turn off any minute. :( So if you find corrections (especially near the end part?) please correct me. :D Thank you very much!



Pancho Barnes, Wm Wendt, Laguna, Tustin, etc.

Tomorrow night, Mon. November 17, 7:30-9:30pm, the Laguna Beach Historical Society will meet at the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. Speaker Nick Spark will discuss Florence L. "Pancho" Barnes, (see photo above,) who was Hollywood's first woman stunt pilot and a Laguna resident. Barnes' home and airstrip were located on what is now McKnight Drive. Nick Spark's documentary, "The Legend of Pancho Barnes" will air on KOCE-TV early next year. .
Speaking of Laguna Beach, the Laguna Art Museum's new exhibit is devoted to the work of Laguna impressionist William Wendt. In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt will run from Nov. 9 to Feb. 8.
The Register's October article about famous dead people buried in O.C. continues to garner attention and has had additional names added to the list. Check it out online.
The Register has also started promoting Huntington Beach's Centennial, which arrives next year.
Tustin's new Citrus Ranch Park, at 2910 Portola Parkway, will include 900 to 1,100 lemon trees - a welcome reminder of the community's roots.

~ ~ MNET 2008 ROCKED ! !!!! ~ ~

no subbs yet but i'm sure the girls are working on it neh girls? pali pali with the subs^^
just folow the link adress for the other parts

DBSK 동방신기 - 081115 Star's Friend 1/7

[PERF] {11.15.o8} DBSK//TVXQ - "Wrong Number" @ 2008 MKMF Awards


MKMF results (TVXQ) 1st Award: Auction Best Style 2nd Award: Mobile Popularity 3rd Award: Auction Netizen Popularity 4th Award: Overseas Viewers Award 5th Award: Album Of The Year

2008 Mnet KM Music Festival

The most famous Korean pop music awards ‘2008 Mnet KM Music Festival’ is now coming up with Big bang, Lee Hyori, Wonder Girls, TVXQ(東方神起) and more!
Since 1999, the year the first music video awards was held, MKMF has been developing more and more each year. This is their 10th anniversary and they will be celebrating it on Nov. 15th, 2008
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, MKMF will be broadcasted live not only in Korea but in Japan and China as well, being the first Asian music festival to be a global music awards event, presenting us with the best song, best artist and other special prizes and performances that will cover the whole Korean music scene during the last decade.
'2008 Mnet KM Music Festival' will be the best Asian music awards and festival, allowing musicians and fans join together.

it was awesome! the first show i could watch live with dbsk!i was like woohoo
congrats for the 5 awards boys! hwaitin^^

some red carpet piccies

for me?aw u shouldn't have!

getting out of the limo..aish that cat walk


!!!! check out this game !!!!

let's dress jj up!...or undress him...u choose^^oh and btw..dont try to take off the wont cousin tried that allready HA-HA-HA perv!!!
visual shock ahahaha.oh and dont forget to try on the Hamtaro PJ too^^

click here for the game!!!

Hyori & Big Bang - Special Stage (MKMF 2008)

here is the kissing scene i must say i was shoked myself!

hyori and top !

081115 MKMF08 DBSK win Album of the Year - Changmin Cry

cry baby! ^^

oh please just look at xiah how happy he is for the prize...he looks like a little boy who got his long waited toy buhahaha^^ kawaii

the fallen angel/el angel caido
pobresito angelito solo tiene una ala ahora y no puede volar mas

[fancam]DBSK MKMF~YunJae Closeup Hug

the hug scene^^

a close-up awww look how cute they are

and the cry baby again...

Jaejoong taking off his jacket @ MKMF 2008 081115

[fancam]081115 DBSK MKMF~JJ Talking Off Jacket

omo that fangirl gone crazy-mode hahaha
i understand her though...^^

jaejoong unbuttoning his jacket! hot! @ MKMF 2008 081115


TVXQ!’s trip to FRANCE!! :o

9:15 AM, TVXQ! has arrived at DaYing Air Port, the manager left the 4 honeys(Xiah is in Brazil shooting an CF) in the car, sleeping , me and CODY and the security guards took a lot of those air port baskets waiting to check in. This time TVXQ! went to France to take photos. Security guards kept the fans away from the bags, like a circle... = =

Me and Cody's crazy-ness shows again, at the Check In we
were standing next to the manger... We got our pass port first, therefore, we
were waiting for the manger, during that time we made so many eye contacts with
the manger =0=

He is probably thinking about something like.... are those
two girls going to go to France with us? T-T (cry~ cry~)

around 9:45AM, TVXQ! got off the car,

JaeJoong kept his head
down the whole time, he had a colorful hat, had a purple shirt, with blue-ish
boots =_=;;;

Micky had a hat on, he covered his hat with his hood, it looks all
gray-ish colored...

YunHo was wearing school-ish glasses, and formal cloth
=_=;; from our 'point of view' he's goanna become the next boss...

Max is still
the same thing, pony-tail, and a bag on each hand.

After the members came out, the fans and passengers surround
them, so the security guards came, and ignored us... =_=;;

I was following JaeJoong, more like jogging along... I've
just knew that when people walk they have more beat =_=;; but still left leg
right leg...

A lot of fans saw them enter that one place, so they have to
leave, me and Cody entered too =_=;;; then... then... I almost hit JaeJoong
cause of running =_=;; ( but I have to admit his jacket has good fabric... it
feels nice
~ =_=;;) JaeJoong was trying not to laugh when he saw us... Then we
have to go do the check up and etc., JaeJoong's passport was a picture of him
during the "rising sun" time, the black hair, all puffy~ ( Really
want to steal his pass port for some reason... =_=;;

Then is the safety check, we are after JaeJoong..

during the
safety check, I was behind him, then... "SHU-" he took off his
jacket... we saw the "TVXQ" tattoo. (nose bleed... =_=;;;)

Then me
and Cody went to JaeJoong's right side for the safety check, we were staring at
him from the front this time. He was trying to stop laughing at us, we saw the
manger's (next to him) face turn green =_=;;

When it was JaeJoong's turn he
automatically... took off his belt 0_0

Cody and I almost died... Then saw him
pulling out things from his pocket... credit card, coins
:o..l from this neck, from his hand, and many more. (You metal person!) we were on the side making "Ooo~ Ooo~ :o:o" noises =_=;;

he was embarrassed... We saw him entering
that door ( that one checking for metals and stuff, forgot what it's called),
the door sadly rang.

Me and Cody unrespectfully laughed in front of him (cause
he already took off so much stuff out of his pocket... ect...)

JaeJoong felt
funny him self, he had his hand covering his mouth while laughing, the safety
police had to deal with this 'problem child' for a while, for example, he has
to took off his hat (blond hair~ blond hair~!) many more.

After all of us got out of the safety check, we automatically
formed a line... =_=;;; We were still slow jogging next to JaeJoong, YunHo
'CAREFULLY' looked back at us , then turned his head to talk to JaeJoong, they
talked about 5 minutes then YunHo ran to Micky to talk to him... =_=;;

Then the MOST AMAZING THING happened!! :o

ChangMin ran to JaeJoong, asking JaeJoong to help him carry
one of his bag, at the first second JaeJoong's hand reached that bag... HE
... =0=;;; and it's those 'turtle falls' like four leg up in the air... he
was facing us too... and we... once again we laughed so hard at him ( How can
this person fall so easily? it's not like ChangMin put a rock in his bag...

JaeJoong was looking at us, he was laughing really hard too...:)) like this
"Hahaha!!!!~~~~~~~" 3 times, then sat on the floor for a few seconds
(We felt embarrassed him self... those cool styles he usually use... all GONE)
when he got up he cleaned up his butt! >w:o

ChangMin went somewhere with the manger, so only me, Cody,
JaeJoong, YunHo and Micky was left. JaeJoong is probably excited about France,
he was always in the 'crazy mode' doing this air plane shadow with his hand,
then lifting, and super man!! = =;;; YunHo just laugh along, and Micky....
well.... it's just say he's still not awake yet... =_=;;;

[i dont know if the story is true or not but is sure is funny!!] ^^enjoy

for the official article click here!!!

Rain has canceles performance on SBS Inkigayo

Rain in his bad boy outfit is mad at SBS

Rain has canceled his Rainism performance on SBS Inkigayo which will be recorded on 16 November.

Why? What happened?

Rain is really pissed off with SBS. He was performing Rainism at the 1st Water Grand Awards on SBS broadcast. Towards the end of the song, when Rain was dancing with his cane (magic stick), the music went off, and they went to commercial break!! Leaving Bi in the middle of his dance, and his backup dancers looking surprised. Rain politely bowed and walked off the stage.

This slip up will cost SBS Rain's appearance on Inkigayo. Check out this video from a fancam which managed to capture the unfortunate incident.


Pic credit: Asia Economy


[reminds me of the incident today at MNET Music Festival..they did that at Mnet Festival too to a girl singer..dunno her name though..sorry.anyways that's rude...they should stop doing that..sux!]

081112 Water Grand Award Fancam (Evidence)