Adrian Meewis came of age hiding from the Nazis in his native Holland. He immigrated to Ontario in 1947 and attained his
U.S. citizenship in the early 1950’s. Taking to heart the judge’s admonition to “get involved,” he began attending city council
meetings and soon became aware of Ontario International Airport’s growing pangs. By 1954, he maintained that the noise from
aircraft taking off from the Ontario International Airport was disrupting his life. He began to accumulate noise studies
and reports, and attend numerous city, county and regional meetings held on the subject of airport noise.
For the next 35 years he fought against the airport’s noise, wanting its operations removed to Norton AFB in downtown San
Bernardino. He helped form a citizen’s committee of homeowners that initiated a seven year lawsuit against the Los Angeles
Dept. of Airports. Early on in the lawsuit, Mr. Meewis and his committee rejected an initial settlement offer from LAX. After
a long fight the committee finally settled, unfortunately garnering less than half of that initial offer from LAX.
In 1989 he gave up the fight and moved to quieter Calimesa, Ca. He donated 69 binders documenting his fight against the airport
noise and other city affairs to the Model Colony Room on April 25, 1989. He died three years later in 1992.