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  • Lee Chapin Sammis

    Lee Chapin Sammis
    Lee Chapin Sammis passed away February 12, 2013, in his home in Newport Beach, CA, where he lived and built his business for the past 50 years. He was born on February 15, 1931 in Los Angeles to MIT graduates Ford Woodruff and Constance Sharp Sammis. His family lived all over the country during the depression until settling in Pasadena, CA where he graduated in 1949 from South Pasadena High School. The experience of frequently being the new kid in class shaped his scrappy nature and he became an inveterate reader, mechanical tinkerer and collector extraordinaire of many things. Ambition and tenacity being innate, he was a teamster in San Pedro at age 14 for 65 an hour, had his driver’s license at the same age, trained with legendary boxer Canto Robletto to win a Golden Gloves title as a teen, played football with distinction at South Pasadena High and won intramural track meets in the 100 yard dash, all while faithfully keeping a full social calendar. He often hitchhiked down to the beach at Balboa in those years to sail the family Thistle, swing at the Rendezvous Ballroom and attend Bal Week festivities. He attended UCLA and UC Berkeley where he was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Skull & Keys, amongst others. Lee also worked as a hasher in the Kappa House at Cal to supplement his diet and “foster fraternal relations.” After college he enlisted in the Army, being discharged in 1957 a 1st Lieutenant stationed at Fort Ord. He married his beloved wife, Joan Howard of Pasadena, in 1955 and they settled in their hometown in 1957. He worked in Los Angeles for RA Rowan and in 1962, the family moved to Newport Beach, where he was a founding member of the Orange County office of Coldwell Banker on PCH in Corona del Mar.
  • Man pleads not guilty to murder

    A Costa Mesa man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and business partner pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Friday morning in Orange County Superior Court, according to the court's website. On July 8, Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, drank cherry vodka,...

    City Life: Longtime business gets no thanks

    A review of some of the recent decisions of the Costa Mesa Planning Commission and the City Council may lead one to believe the city is flush. Last February, for example, the council blew an opportunity to collect an easy $39,000 by renting out the...

    Lawyers serve up pizza in CdM

    Forgive the rhyme, but big-city tap water is the secret to a pizza pie capable of making a full-grown New Yorker cry, says the co-owner of Johnny's Real New York Pizza in Corona del Mar. John Younesi, a Queens native who moved to Newport in 2000, and his...

    Concordia student starts a business of romance

    Concordia student starts a business of romance
    Being hit by a drunk driver and watching her parents divorce doesn't sound like the recipe for creating a business that fosters romance, but that's what happened for one 19 year old. Alyssa Shapiro has used her negative experiences to start Seaside...