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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1989
Anaheim Mayor Fred Hunter has sent a letter apologizing to 3,000 members of the Phoenix Club for his statement last week that the club's land northeast of Anaheim Stadium would be the site of the city's planned $85-million sports arena. Hunter told The Times that last week's Board of Supervisors decision to lease Anaheim 17 acres next to the club's seven acres north of Katella Avenue at Douglass Road meant that the arena would be built on the Phoenix Club land.
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October 3, 2008 | Charlie Amter, Times Staff Writer
The modern incarnation of Oktoberfest in Munich may be an internationally recognized celebration of all things Bavarian, but most Americans simply distill the annual event here into three key elements: beer, brats and bands. In Southern California, no fewer than five notable Oktoberfests take place, with smaller ones from Carlsbad to Santa Barbara. But it's not all about copious Kulmbacher consumption, at least in Anaheim. "I would say we are the most authentic Oktoberfest in Southern California," said Paul Gunnemann, president of Phoenix Club, which has been putting on the fest since 1962.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Phoenix Club, a private social organization for families of German descent, will begin the search for a new club site after a vote to sell the group's seven-acre headquarters to the city of Anaheim. The timing of the club's move to make way for an indoor sports arena has not yet been set, but is not expected to come before the beginning of the year, according to Phoenix Club attorney Michael Leifer.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | PATRICK MOTT
If you love Oktoberfest, you could be getting nostalgic, holidays or no holidays. Sure, the season of peace and goodwill and fruitcake can be pretty terrific, but there's still one element that can be in rather short supply in December: gemutlichkeit. That indefinable spirit of German bonhomie that you thought had disappeared for another year when you heard the last tuba note die away around Halloween.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1992 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cars parked outside the Phoenix Club in Anaheim one recent evening were the first sign of the true feelings of Orange County's German-American association and its 6,000-plus members. Naturally, there was a fleet of stoic Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs. But there were just as many--if not more--American-made Cadillacs.
NEWS
February 24, 1990 | HERMAN WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the 400 German-Americans crowded into their own Phoenix Club in Anaheim last Nov. 10, the night was the most joyous celebration of their lives. They cheered, toasted and cried at every image that flashed across the television screens. To them, every scene of the thousands of Germans milling around the just-opened Berlin Wall was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime sight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The tension had been as strong as the beer and sauerkraut in the Phoenix Club on Sunday morning. But 84 minutes of nail-biting frustration turned to ecstasy when West Germany's national soccer team scored the only goal of the 1990 World Cup championship game with just six minutes remaining on the clock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1991 | LISA MASCARO
The City Council this week changed a relocation agreement between the city and a German social club that needed to be moved to make way for the Anaheim Arena. Instead of selling the property to the Phoenix Club German Assn. of Orange County, the city will lease the club the land it needs for the group's activities. The change was necessary because the owner of the adjacent property, Newport Federal, has filed two lawsuits against the city in an attempt to block the club's relocation.
NEWS
April 20, 1987 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Come and watch, a friend had said, come and watch the venerable Phoenix Club grapple with tradition and seamy reality in modern, big city Latin America. "It's like watching history die," he said. About 50 members turned up for the extraordinary general meeting to decide the fate of the club, a Peruvian institution plagued by falling membership and urban blight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Although the city has not yet acquired the land, Anaheim Mayor Fred Hunter said Wednesday that the seven-acre Phoenix Club property north of Katella Avenue at Douglass Road will be the site of the city's planned $85-million sports arena. Hunter's unbridled declaration came shortly after the Board of Supervisors agreed to lease Anaheim 17 acres along the Santa Ana River, next to the Phoenix Club land. "It's nothing but 'go' from the Phoenix Club," Hunter said of the social organization for local German families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1992 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cars parked outside the Phoenix Club in Anaheim one recent evening were the first sign of the true feelings of Orange County's German-American association and its 6,000-plus members. Naturally, there was a fleet of stoic Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs. But there were just as many--if not more--American-made Cadillacs.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1992 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO
Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors have been playing at Croce's Top Hat Bar and Grille every Wednesday night since May, 1990. However, when the local blues-R&B band performs at the Gaslamp Quarter club tonight, it will be anything but a regular gig. Tonight's show is a fund-raiser for the group, which must replace virtually all of its musical equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1991 | LISA MASCARO
The City Council this week changed a relocation agreement between the city and a German social club that needed to be moved to make way for the Anaheim Arena. Instead of selling the property to the Phoenix Club German Assn. of Orange County, the city will lease the club the land it needs for the group's activities. The change was necessary because the owner of the adjacent property, Newport Federal, has filed two lawsuits against the city in an attempt to block the club's relocation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1991 | LISA MASCARO
Plans to relocate a German social club to make way for the Anaheim Arena hit a snag Tuesday when property owners next door to the club's new site protested the move to the City Council. Despite the complaint, the council voted 3 to 1 to give the club permission to operate from the site. The Phoenix Club German Assn. of Orange County broke ground for its new club last weekend and expects to open it next April.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Edda Hampel remembers when East Berlin soldiers erected the wall that divided the city in 1961, when she was a young Berliner. Some nights, she would hear shouting, see searchlights followed by gunfire and know someone else had been killed trying to cross into West Germany. "I will never forget that," said Hampel, who emigrated to the United States three years ago and now lives in La Habra with her Berlin-born husband, Jack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The tension had been as strong as the beer and sauerkraut in the Phoenix Club on Sunday morning. But 84 minutes of nail-biting frustration turned to ecstasy when West Germany's national soccer team scored the only goal of the 1990 World Cup championship game with just six minutes remaining on the clock.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2008 | Charlie Amter, Times Staff Writer
The modern incarnation of Oktoberfest in Munich may be an internationally recognized celebration of all things Bavarian, but most Americans simply distill the annual event here into three key elements: beer, brats and bands. In Southern California, no fewer than five notable Oktoberfests take place, with smaller ones from Carlsbad to Santa Barbara. But it's not all about copious Kulmbacher consumption, at least in Anaheim. "I would say we are the most authentic Oktoberfest in Southern California," said Paul Gunnemann, president of Phoenix Club, which has been putting on the fest since 1962.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1991 | LISA MASCARO
Plans to relocate a German social club to make way for the Anaheim Arena hit a snag Tuesday when property owners next door to the club's new site protested the move to the City Council. Despite the complaint, the council voted 3 to 1 to give the club permission to operate from the site. The Phoenix Club German Assn. of Orange County broke ground for its new club last weekend and expects to open it next April.
NEWS
February 24, 1990 | HERMAN WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the 400 German-Americans crowded into their own Phoenix Club in Anaheim last Nov. 10, the night was the most joyous celebration of their lives. They cheered, toasted and cried at every image that flashed across the television screens. To them, every scene of the thousands of Germans milling around the just-opened Berlin Wall was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime sight.
NEWS
February 24, 1990 | HERMAN WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like others of his German-immigrant generation, Hans Klein of Orange County, who resettled in America in 1954, still lives with the vivid memories of war devastation and uprooted families. But the 68-year-old Klein, a U.S. citizen since the 1960s, is also typical of German immigrants who say they have found postwar acceptance and a smooth assimilation in their adopted land.
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