Got your ticket for the OB Time Machine?

by on September 20, 2011 · 6 comments

in Culture, History, Media, Ocean Beach, Popular

Needle's Eye, Sunset Cliffs, circa 1965.

Do you? Got your ticket for the OB Time Machine? It takes off every now and then on OB Time. Go to the Nav Bar – just below the masthead – click on “Ocean Beach” to see the scroll down options  – tah dah! The OB Time Machine.  See here …

Here’s just a sampling of where the OB Time Machine goes (just click on the headline of the stop you want):

The Community Awakes – OB Responds to the Early Seventies Planning Crisis

The Strand Theater-Part 1: the Year the Porno Theater Was Stopped

The Ocean Beach Town Council of Yesteryear …

1972: Early History of the OB Rag – Ocean Beach’s Underground Newspaper –

Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs: OB’s Corner of Contention

The First OB Precise Plan: Pen Inc Plans High Rise for Ocean Beach

History of Ocean Beach Street Names (ho-hmmm?)

Two Views of Ocean Beach’s Early Developers

Ocean Beach in the 1970s – How an armed police camp led to reforms in police practices

Summer of 1970 – the Jetty Is Stopped by OB

The “No to Starbucks” Campaign in Ocean Beach – 10 Years Old – Part 4

Does the “Green OB” still have meaning? A brief history

Memories and the OB Spaceman

Sunset Cliffs Continue to Change, Erode, & Evolve – Look at “Needles Eye”




{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Allen Lewis September 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

WOW… this picture sure brings back a memory shock. I had forgotten about this very cool formation.


Allen Lewis September 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

P.S. did this shot come from Stephen Rowell.


Citizen Cane September 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

It’s a postcard.


mr.rick September 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

You guys do know that legend has it that some one rode their surfboard through the “Needle’s Eye”. As someone who surfed “Needle’s Eye” a few times,A long time ago.’71 – ’72 ish. It is probably just a rumour, but that’s how legends get started. But it is a high tide spot even though the “Needle’s Eye” is narrow, I guess you could stuff a human on a 9’4″ tank through the hole. More likely some fool fell through the hole at “Luscomb’s” and lived to tell it.


Allen Lewis September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Yes Mr Rick, I do know the legion. My Dad was one of the first surfers in OB, and I stared surfing in 1960 (and the needle’s eye was still there). We surfed big boards as you say, I, just a kid surfed a 9′ . I have pictures of my dad with a 12′ plank on his shoulder. I’m thinken… small waves, real big boards, and the fact that surfing started some time in the 40’s in OB with dare devil’s riding Harley’s, hot cars, and rolling there smokes in there sleeves, and calling them selves Beat’s. Hey, I think the needle was shot many times.


Allen Lewis September 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

P.S. I do dig your last line..”More likely some fool fell through the hole at “Luscomb’s” and lived to tell it.”


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