the santa monica mountains, part 2

I recently was going through my desk and found an old parking stub dated March 26, 1985… Tom’s 16th birthday. If my memory serves me correctly (a big “if” these days) it’s a parking ticket from Will Rogers State Park, which is located just north of Sunset Boulevard in the foothills of the Santa Monica […]

happy thanksgiving

I would like to wish Happy Thanksgiving, especially to my grandchildren, ┬ánieces and nephew, my brothers, and other family members and friends who may read this. Also, I know there are a lot of merchant seamen, in every corner of the world and of all nationalities, who visit this blog (probably because of my numerous […]

january 1942: great-grandpa phil marton’s cma diploma

I recently scanned my dad’s, Phil Marton’s, diploma from the California Maritime Academy. Although I have already added it to an earlier post about my dad’s career in the merchant marine, I thought it would be worth posting it again and writing a few more things about it. (To take a closer look at the […]

photos of san pedro

I’m including here a few additional photos of San Pedro and the places I visited recently with my brothers Fred and Billy. Here is a photo that Fred took of the Korean friendship bell above Point Fermin: The view of the harbor, Catalina Island, and the sea beyond is magnificent from the hill on which […]

grandpa phil marton’s career as a merchant marine officer

Recently I received an email request from my old school, the California Maritime Academy, asking me to send updated information about myself for the new edition of the school directory of graduates, which will be published soon. I updated my information as requested, but instead of sending a writeup about my own activities, I thought […]

point richmond, the long wharf, and walks with tommy

As I mentioned in a previous post, we moved to Point Richmond in the early 1970s, while I was working for Chevron. Our apartment at 521 Hillside Ave. was virtually adjacent to the Chevron refinery and Chevron’s Richmond Long Wharf, home port for the Chevron tanker fleet. The photo below shows a panoramic view of […]