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The Collection


After the talk, everyone went inside the Muller House for refreshments and to see the collection of News-Pilot artifacts on display in the dining room.

Some of the original printing plates were included in the collection. I absolutely adore the original News-Pilot masthead. You can sort of make it out of the inverted plate. It is the lighthouse with a small banner that says “where ship and rail meet”. Maybe I’ll practice some of my new photoshop skills and draw it for you all one day.

The News Pilots

The News-Pilot is special to me for a few reasons. 1) It was my first job. I was a youth carrier for at least 3 years. My Mom was my boss and believe me, she did not believe in sick days- she even made me hobble down the street delivering papers in a cast. 2) I lived in the old News-Pilot building downtown on 6th Street. It was my first apartment that was not owned by family, my industrial-urban-bohemian experience. It saved me a trip to New York. and 3) The News-Pilot was OUR paper. We didn’t have to share it with the “south bay”.

Bob Beck was first up. He had some great stories about what it was like to be a newspaper man in the 60’s. It sounded just like Mad Men but with way more booze and newsprint.

Steve Marconi was up next. He told the story about how the “Real San Pedran” came about and how fortunate he was to be able to live AND work in town.

Donna Littlejohn is the last “man” standing from the News-Pilot days. She survived the transition over to the Daily Breeze where she continues to cover San Pedro and other areas in the South Bay. She told about her San Pedro learning curve and how she has grown to love the town.

It really was a wonderful talk. You’re listening to these stories on the patio of the Muller House that overlooks the main channel. It’s amazing!

First Sundays at The Muller House


Hello friends. I would like to introduce you to two people who I am a huge fan of. Doris Theriault is the new head of programming for the San Pedro Bay Historical Society (I know there’s an official title I can’t remember) and Bob Beck is her husband and the former longtime editor of our beloved News-Pilot. I met Doris and Bob at my second home, the historical archives, where we bonded over our mutual belief that San Pedro should have it’s own historical museum. Doris actually took a huge leap in the right direction by having the Muller House open every Sunday and creating the fabulous First Sunday Series. The First Sunday Series is a brand new oral history program where there’s a new subject and exhibit opened every month. SPBXB friends Dave Garcia (the bottle dig guy) and Bungy Hedley were the first two participants!

When they announced that this month’s subject was on the News-Pilot, I had to make a special trip to First Sunday.