Charles Curtis’ Adventures in Lomaland

The Ocean Beach Historical Society Program Charles  Curtis’ Adventures in Lomaland on July 21, 2011 brought lots of laughs and enthusiaum from a large crowd!
Charles  “Chuck” Curtis found paradise at age 4 when he moved to the  Theosophist community at Lomaland in Point Loma. He attended Madame  Tingley’s school, later joined the navy and married a woman from a  prominent Point Loma family. As a student, Charles would finish  his school work so he could  go play at Lomaland. It was his giant  playground… with trees, beaches, animals, and other wonders of  nature. Also, the campus’ beautiful white buildings and purple glass  domes provided him constant entertainment and adventure.
The  school gave Charles a strong basic education: An introduction to the  arts and woodworking, and a horticultural background. The farming and  sustainable workings of the Theosophists’ community helped him in  creating his own wooded paradise (including Torrey Pines) on his  picturesque property in Ramona, California.

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  1. From Tom Leech. At the 7/21 meeting I spoke about Don Hall, designer of the Spirit of St. Louis, and some recent action about him. Here’s the info.
    _____________
    Back in 1967 I interviewed fellow San Diegan Don Hall, Ryan’s Chief Engineer and designer of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the first to fly solo across the Atlantic. An abbreviated interview appeared in the newsletter I started and wrote for the San Diego AIAA Chapter (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics). Hall, whom I believe resided in Pt. Loma.

    I kept the original audio cassette of that interview and last year donated it to the Smithsonian Museum in DC. The most recent edition, July 2011, of their publication has that full interview, also online at
    http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/A-Mailplane-for-Lindbergh.html

    tomaseb@aol.com, http://www.presentations press.com

  2. That was a great meeting! I especially enjoyed it since I, too, lived on that campus from 1966-1969 while attending Cal Western Univ/USIU.

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