Local historian reveals more Malibu mysteries in latest book | Malibu life
SSome Malibu mysteries and beautiful photographs have just appeared in the new book “Life in Malibu II”, the second in a series by local historian Suzanne Guldimann.
The journalist / photographer has put her heart into her latest project, which includes all kinds of fascinating goodies: old school Malibu, today’s quirks found on the shore, super bloom 2019 and so much more.
Having lived in Malibu for over 50 years, Guldimann knows its recent history firsthand and has delved deeply to discover the Malibu of yesteryear.
“I was fortunate enough to grow up here in a family of activists very involved in all things Malibu,” Guldimann said in a recent interview. “I grew up around a lot of wonderful larger-than-life characters and heard a lot of stories growing up.”
Some of the stories she included in the new book cover the infamous Tony “The Hat” Cornero, a rum racer who operated game boats just off Santa Monica Bay.
“He had a strong presence in Malibu,” Guldimann said. There was also more about Malibu’s founding mother, May Knight Rindge, known as the Queen of Malibu, and her railroad. “When I was little there were still pieces of train trestles here at Point Dume,” Guldimann said. The last of the trestles unfortunately burned down in the Woolsey fire, the author wistfully revealed.
The first book in its series, Life in Malibu, was due for release in November 2018, but a disaster in Malibu delayed publication. The Woolsey fire forced Guldimann to evacuate his Point Dume home. She then added a chapter on the fire “because I knew Malibu had changed,” she said. “I could see that things would never be quite the same again. ”
Now, as a passion project, she has spent the last three years working on the sequel, “Life in Malibu II”, describing the two books as a blend of local history and natural history, along with her photographs. , capturing the beauty of the area and archival images. The books cover “an important and funny story,” Guldimann said. “The more I learn about Malibu, the more I know there is more to discover.”
Guldimann has revealed two interesting revelations from the last book in history and today. During World War II, his beloved Point Dume was “extremely important” to the war effort. The author described a top secret early warning radar system that now looks like an old-fashioned television antenna. At the time, it was state of the art, so secret that at the end of the war, “they put all the files in bed.”
Another fascinating find from a chapter titled “Flotsam and Jetsam” was discovered by the author herself while painting Westward Beach. She found a strange two inch creature called Phronima. It is completely transparent and extremely rare. There have only been 10 sightings on the west coast, one of which is his.
“It’s hardly ever seen,” she said. “They say it could have been an inspiration for the Alien movies. It’s strange. I’ve lived here all my life and had never encountered anything like it before. The photos are included in the book.
“We talk a lot about the wild urban interface. There isn’t really a bigger one than the one between land and ocean and it’s right here on our back door to this amazing place. The [ocean is the] last biggest wild frontier on earth, ”the 52-year-old commented.
Guldimann’s favorite place in Malibu is at Point Dume Headland. Her late father, John Guldimann, a local jeweler, was one of the activists who worked to save the region from development, creating a nature reserve for its special habitat.
“His dreams of a peaceful oceanfront life ended up being years of struggling against the highway, nuclear power plant and marina at Paradise Cove,” said Guldimann. “I still feel close to him there. It’s magical to have this wonderful and wild corner of the Californian coast in the heart of our city. It cheers me up. “
“Life in Malibu II” is available at the end of October. You can order it right now on Amazon. It will also be on sale in Malibu at the Adamson House. For signed copies, contact the author on Instagram @Malibupost. To reduce shipping delays reported before the holiday season, the author will deliver signed copies to zip code 90265.