Travel Union Station

LWer is VIP at 75th anniversary

by Jim Kaspar

LW contributor

Because I had been to the grand opening spectacular of the Union Train Station in Los Angeles in May of 1939, I was invited to attend and speak at the press conference on April 28, preceding the 75th anniversary celebration on May 3. Also in attendance was Seymour Rosen, another person at the station opening.

My first and foremost thoughts were negative. Why get to the station at 9 a.m. Monday morning? Through all that traffic? I was convinced by a very nice lady, through a number of phone conversations, to attend. Supposedly to wave my hand or speak for one minute.

With my brother Frank driving and my wife Peggy with us, we left Leisure World at 7:20 a.m. and got into the worst of the commuter traffic. We made it with time to spare, drove into the parking structure and met our contact, “Kim,” “by the fish tank.”

We were treated royally as the Redcap took us to the train site, had us sign in, then go to the television site, all the time being under the direction of “Kim,” a very thoughtful, thorough person.

The setting was made to look authentic with old autos, swing dancers with period music, the “Andrew Sisters,” “W. C. Fields” and other characters.

The set was the back end of an old railroad car, done up in great style, resembling one of the old-time political campaign cars with the railing around the back platform. Inside were the usual treats consisting of coffee, punch, fruit basket and cold cuts. I was then aware that another guy and I, who had been at the original celebration, were very much of the VIP class. Everybody there took a real interest in us.

The speeches off the back of the car were mostly short and made by different transportation officials. Fortunately, there were no politicians on the platform.

I spoke of the grandeur of the structure, seeing it for the first time as a Boy Scout.

The crowd was huge; we would not have seen the spectacular show, “Transportation Growth in California,” if it had not been for a kind station staff member who sneaked us through the offices and halls to the stage area.

To me, it was like a forerunner of the stage play, “Oklahoma,” with girls in hoop skirts and guys as cowboys. The backdrop was a line of huge steam train engines.

After my short talk, a member of some news media interviewed me extensively. I then had my picture taken surrounded by the “Andrew Sisters.”

All of the time, I was made to feel like something special. A great feeling.

We then proceeded to Philippe’s delicatessen, not such a great place, but a necessity when you are in that area.

Photo — UNION STATION— Jim and Peggy Kaspar were guests of honor at the 75th anniversary celebration of station’s opening.

 

Traveling Tigers

Donn Maryott will share about Rhine

The Traveling Tigers will meet Wednesday, May 21, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at noon.  Chuck Sones will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and give the meal prayer.

Following the potluck a short business meeting will be conducted by President Carolyn Boodman.

 Donn Maryott will present an hour video and discussion, “Cruising The Rhine and Mosel Rivers,” including the high Alps of northern Switzerland following the monthly business meeting.

Highlights of his travels and travails will be featured.  Experience the beauty of the Rhine and Mosel wine country as the small river vessel cruises upstream from Antwerp, Belgium to Bazel, Switzerland during the colorful fall season. From windmills to mountain gondolas and cog wheel trains, enjoy it all without having to pass through security or fight off the freezing temperatures of the European October.  

Visitors may call President Boodman, 594-6960, for an invitation to sit in on Donn’s journey.

Annual membership for the Traveling Tigers is $3. All are invited to join the club.

Photo — Cruising the Rhine and Mosel rivers will be presented by Donn Maryott at the Traveling Tigers meeting.

Photo— —Donn Maryott, photo

Windmill in the Netherlands is mirrored in the still water.

 

 

New Mexico

Motorcoach trip includes balloons

The New York Club along with the Los Alamitos Senior Club will escort a 10-day motorcoach trip to New Mexico, Oct. 5-14.

Included in the trip are visits to Monument Valley, Taos, Albuquerque, Roswell and Las Cruces, N.M., Tucson and Yuma, Ariz., and Laughlin, Nev.

The travelers will experience a balloon glow and mass ascension during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

The cost is $1,425 per person, double occupancy, $1,895 for singles. All breakfasts and four dinners are included.

For more information and reservations, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

 

Fantasy Springs

Casino day-trip set for June 4

The New York Club in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club will escort a day-trip to Fantasy Springs Casino on Wednesday, June 4.

The cost of the trip is $25, with $25 back in slot play.

For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

 

On the Go

Olvera Street Wednesday, May 21, $35, American-Latino Club, Maria Rodriguez, 430-3405, Mary Pompi, 342-5001.

San Manuel Casino— Tuesday, June 10, $15, $10 back, St. Jude’s Support Group, Aileen Ackerman, 493-6774.

“Grease” Lawrence Welk Theater — June 18, $92, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

“Jersey Boys” Segerstrom Center — July 8, $105, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Pala Casino —Aug. 15, $6, American Legion Post 327, Tony Dodero, 430-5828.

Del Mar Horse Races — Aug. 27, $70 with lunch, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Fantasy Springs — Sept. 4, $25; $25 cash in machine, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Oak Glen— Oct. 22, $61, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Los Angeles Chocolate Tour — Nov. 12, $88, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Mission Inn Holiday Spectacular — Dec. 17, $84 with dinner, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Harrah’s Rincon — Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457.

Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.

Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579.

Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.

Bicycle Casino—Saturdays, Amphitheater, 10:30 a.m., free, $20 bet voucher, $10 food voucher, 806-4646.

 

Overnight Trips

Sedona and Grand Canyon— May 18-21, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Yosemite, Amtrak— June 16-18, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Laughlin, Riverside Resort— June 22-25, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Laughlin, Edgewater — July 20-23, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

San Francisco, Wine Country— July 31-Aug. 3, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Laughlin, Riverside Resort Luau— Aug. 4-6, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Zion, Valley of Fire, Cedar Breaks, Mesquite, Las Vegas — Sept. 29-Oct. 2, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos 598-1849.

Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.— Sept. 28-Oct. 4, Passport to Adventure, Jazmin Bilby, 925-3144 or 715-6282.

New Mexico, Albuquerque Balloon Festival — Oct. 5-14, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

 

Orange County

Toll Roads removed cash booths

The Orange County Toll Roads removed all of its dollar and coin collection booths on State Route 73, 133, 241 and 261, and installed new equipment that snaps images of license plates to keep track of vehicles using the toll roads when the FasTrak® transponder is not used. The new system went into effect yesterday, May 14.

The system is designed to accommodate both everyday users and the occasional toll road driver.

Drivers who frequently use the toll roads are encouraged to register for the new ExpressAccount™ at thetollroads.com, or to purchase a FasTrak® transponder to save more than 20 percent on tolls.

Those who drive State Route 73, 133, 241 or 261 and don’t have a FasTrak® or ExpressAccount™can pay the toll online at thetollroads.com using the “One-Time-Toll” feature. Drivers must pay the required toll within 48 hours to avoid receiving a violation. These tolls are about 20 percent higher than FasTrak® or ExpressAccount™ users, just as cash tolls were.

A free “Toll Roads” app is available from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. With the app people can open a new account; check account balances; make a payment; add or delete a vehicle; request a transponder; pay a toll with One-Time-Toll™; and review recent activity.

 

Pala Casino

Trip set for Aug. 15

The American Legion, Post 327, will escort a day-trip to Pala Casino on Friday, Aug. 15. The cost is $6. There will be five hours of playtime.

The bus leaves from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Call Tony Dodero, 430-5828, for reservations.

 

Laughlin

Overnight trips set for summer

The New York Club in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club will host overnight trips to Laughlin, Nev., on the Colorado River in June, July and August.

The group will visit the Riverside Resort and Casino June 22-25. The cost is $149 per person, double occupancy, $179 for singles.

The July trip will be at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino July 20-23. The cost is $139 per person, double occupancy; $169 for singles, and includes one buffet.

The group will return to the Riverside Resort and Casino on Aug. 4-6 for the luau party. The cost is $91 per person, double occupancy, $112 and includes three buffets and a luau dinner.

For more information and reservations, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Vera Burns, 596-1896.

 

Riverside

Trip set to see holiday lights at Mission Inn

The New York Club in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Seniors Club will escort a holiday trip to the Mission Inn in Riverside for a docent-led tour of the historic inn decked out in its holiday finest on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The trip, $84, includes dinner at Black Angus.

The bus departs from Clubhouse 4 at 1:30 p.m. and returns around 9:30 p.m.

For more information and reservations, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.