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O.C. Answer Man: Where does the term ‘E-ticket’ come from?

Long before electronic plane tickets, Orange Countians knew E-tickets as something entirely different. From 1959 until they were phased out in 1982, Disneyland’s many attractions required A- through E-tickets, with A’s for the least popular, and E’s for the most exhilarating. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: Where does the term ‘E-ticket’ come from?

Long before electronic plane tickets, Orange Countians knew E-tickets as something entirely different. From 1959 until they were phased out in 1982, Disneyland’s many attractions required A- through E-tickets, with A’s for the least popular, and E’s for the most exhilarating. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: Is it me, or does Aliso Viejo feel especially spacious?

A: In a region where towns all seem to run together and developers make a science of packing a lot of people onto small tracts of land, Orange County’s newest city is almost entirely surrounded by green space. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: My brother, a railroad buff, is in town. Where can I take him?

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Drag his caboose to the Southern California Railway Plaza Association’s annual Railroad Days, May 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historical Fullerton depot, 120 E. Santa Fe Ave. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: La Palma originally was called Dairyland? Are you serious?

The city was created to keep cows in and people out. After World War II, suburban growth pushed many dairies out of Los Angeles County and into rural Orange County. When suburban sprawl caught up with them once more, the resettled dairymen fought against being pushed out again. In 1955, the same year another D-land opened in O.C., they incorporated as Dairyland, with ordinances against residential development. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: Old Saddleback sometimes gets snow. Can I ski there?

Assuming you could find more than a dusting of snow, the slopes of the Santa Ana Mountains are no place for schussers. Seismic activity along the Elsinore-Whittier fault began pushing the Santa Anas skyward millions of years ago, but they’re still comparatively young mountains, full of jagged rock instead of smooth eroded slopes. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: The first capture of a killer whale was in Newport Harbor?

True. In November 1961, a team from Marineland of the Pacific on the Palos Verdes Peninsula struggled nine hours to capture an orca that had swum into Newport’s turning basin. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: How did land-locked Villa Park end up with a holiday boat parade?

In 1981, five teens launched the tongue-in-cheek Villa Park High School Yacht Club. At a 1982 holiday party, one member’s father, Chuck Beesley, expanded the idea by proposing The First Annual Unofficial Non-Sanctioned Villa Park Dry-Land Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, poking fun at Newport Beach’s famous tradition. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: How did Cypress get its name?

The town took its moniker from the Cypress School District—founded in 1896—which, according to historian Phil Brigandi, was named for the then-popular ornamental tree. But Cypress easily could have ended up with another name. In the early years, some called it Waterville, highlighting the area’s many artesian wells. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: What’s your favorite Orange County Halloween tradition?

A: Halloween concerts of the ska-infused new wave octet Oingo Boingo were a tradition from the 1980s until their final show in ’95. At the height of the band’s popularity those shows were at Irvine Meadows, now Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: What dark secret does Santa Ana’s Centennial Park hold?

What appeared to be a large farm on the site during World War II was actually a government spy operation. Read more...

O.C. Answer Man: Rodeos, Goat Hill, The OC

Q: Were rodeos ever held in Orange County? A: There have been contests of skill among cowboys ever since vaqueros tended the herds of Mission San Juan Capistrano. In the rancho era, rodeos were a regular thing, and that continues today. Read more...
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