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Remembering Gene Schwartz and Bill Arballo 
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Gene Schwartz - courtesy DMHS.   
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Eugene (Gene) Schwartz (1925-2017), having served in WWII in field artillery in the Philippines and with the occupation force in Japan, worked as a labor organizer and publishing in hometown New York, came to Del Mar in 1969 to help start up CRM/Psychology Today. He was an engaged citizen, writing columns from 1982 to 1995 in the Del Mar Surfcomber the Del Mar Citizen and Blade-Citizen newspapers. At the time of his death he had almost completed a three-volume collection of his columns, entitled Del Mar Days. Community Life and Civic Engagement in a Small American City. The first volume is available and the rest will follow. For those who love Del Mar, it is a fascinating archive of a period of intense political give-and-take that he called “sparkling years.”

Bill Arballo - courtesy DMHS
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William (Bill) Arballo (1924-2016) lived as a teenager in the historic Alvarado House on 10th Street. His 2004 book “Del Mar Reflections” is packed with anecdotes and details of living in Del Mar in those early days. After serving as an Army medic in WWII and being awarded with a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Medical Badge First Award, he married and returned to Del Mar. He helped get the path of Interstate 5 moved inland from 101, was elected to the City Council in 1960 and became the City’s third Mayor in 1962. He wrote columns for The Coast News and Copley newspapers.
Text Jeff Barnouw. Photos courtesy Del Mar Historical Societ


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