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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 19  | March 5, 2021

“Newport Beach in the Rearview Mirror” quiz by podcaster Bill Lobdell

Bill Lobdell, former Daily Pilot editor and Los Angeles Times journalist, has a podcast called “Newport Beach in the Rearview Mirror,” which looks at historical events and people – famous and forgotten – that shaped Newport Beach. You can listen and subscribe to all episodes of his podcast at You can also follow “Newport Beach in the Rearview Mirror” on Instagram (@newport_in_the_rearview_mirror) and Facebook (@NewportInTheRearviewMirror). 

In his most recent podcast, “How well do you really know Newport? Pop quiz No. 1,” Lobdell tests your knowledge with a multiple-choice quiz to see how smart you really are about our town. To whet your scholarly appetite, here are the five questions that may determine if you have a Ph.D. in Newportology (no Googling allowed!).


–What eyesore did the City Council nearly approve in 1956 that would have been just off the coast of Newport?

–What year were Corona del Mar’s parking issues first brought to City Hall?

–Who was Bob Henry, the namesake of the park on the Castaways bluff?

–What amazing find did workers uncover on the banks of the Back Bay during the construction of the Newporter Inn (now the Hyatt Regency)?

–What was Newport Center/Fashion Island’s working name during its planning?

To find out the answers, go here and click on 3: Pop quiz on Newport history (No.1).

Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for connecting to Bill Lobdell’s future podcasts in Stu News.

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