Our Men’s Issue showcases one of our own, Andrew (Andy, to those who know him) Theodorou, who you might know as executive VP and GM of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, but who is featured here as a father. It seemed appropriate to talk about an exceptional dad, since June 19th is Father’s Day. Theodorou was very close to his father and credits both his father and mother for his success as a parent (plus his beautiful wife Susan!). Two more fathers are featured in our Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Pro/Celebrity Race story–actor/director Ricky Schroder, best known for starring roles in the film The Champ and the sitcom Silver Spoons, and Alfonso Ribeiro, a professional race car driver in his own right and, to many of us, winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2014. And, if there’s not enough testosterone flying around, our travel story features the 100th Running of the Indy 500!

The “Easy Meals for Men” recipes in our Culinary Creations column continues the men’s theme, as does the book review on Walt Hackman, Sr.’s No Problem, Mr. Walt–a Memoir of Loss, Building a Boat, Rebuilding a Life and Discovering China, which details the author’s journey building a wooden boat in China following his son’s murder. Brothers James “Walkie” Ray and Michael Ray are featured for their love of community through the public art they lovingly display in the Newport area.

We also feature a very important milestone in our community–Balboa Island’s Centennial, which takes us back to the very beginning with Riverside developer William S. Collins building up an underwater sandbar to create Balboa Island, so he could sell lots for buyers to build homes. He didn’t sell enough and bankruptcy ensued, so the original lots reverted to the city to be sold to new owners for between $25 and $50, depending on the location. Considering those bayfront lots are now valued at $3 million and up, that was an unbelievable bargain! Another celebration is upon us–the Third Annual Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival. It’s not 100 years old, but it is no less important to lovers of wooden boats in the area. After all, our community is home to more than 9,000 pleasure boats for racing and cruising.

Don’t forget, June is wedding month. We close the magazine in Parting Thoughts with a love-at-first-sight story, which is heartwarming and very funny!

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor