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m aseum LOCALS BY THE HUNDREDS FLOOD CEREMONIES CEL- EBRATING RENOVATION Few could have predicted the unprecedented turnout of people and the enthusiasm of those pres- ent for Saturday evening's opening of the newly renovated Catalina Is- land Museum. Executive Director Michael DeMarsche said the Mu- seum smashed a number of records during the evening. "'We were so surprised by the swarms of people who just kept 6bming through the doors of the Museum," Dr. DeMarsche said. "We were expecting a good crowd but over 450 people came. which is over four times the number we've ever had for any other opemng. At times 'ou could hardly make your way through the galleries." But people did make their way through the Museum, and the re- sponse of the crowd was over- whelmingly positive, with people continually exclaiming aloud "wow!" and "astonishing!" One patron was heard to say that the Museum's transformation made it "real." A new member of the Museum was heard to say that the Contact us at (310) 51@0500 or Publisher - Dan Teckenoff Editor-Dennis Kaiser Office Goddess - Angela Palm Teckenoff Accounting - Alison Carter " Advertlsinl~ Display - Classifieds & Classified display, legal Subscriptions Editorial: Letters to the editor Obituaries 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510.0500 I FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina bslander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C. F.R. 3464 period- icals postage paid at Avalon. CA 90704 and other additional offices. AdJudication Decree NO. 377598. Date Contact the Islander at (310) 510-0500 or ll- l o, Adjed,oat,on: dot. A, of Newspaper as shown in the Perdition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue. #6 Avalon. CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted oy The Catalina Islander. No earl may De reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the oubhsher. This publication is orlntee almost entirely on recycled paper, PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION ~J~N~ " " Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday Display Adver- using: 2 p,m. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday [ Legal tPublic Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS One Year Sub~rlptlon: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mairlrand _..... ...................................... $48 Subscriotions via FirSt ClaL~s Msil are available for $80/year Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Catalina Island Museum can con- sider itself now "one of the best small museums in Southern Cali- fornia." Joining the Museum's member- ship was emphasized throughout the evening, and Dr. DeMarsche was more than pleased with the re- sponse: "We sold 24 memberships during the event; the most we've ever sold in one day by far. But what really pleased me was that a number of new members were first-time visitors to the island." Indeed, DeMarsche is confident that the Museum will soon become one of Santa Catalina's most im- portant attractions. "Our Museum is so dynamic now," DeMarsche said. "Our Mu- seum store is beautiful, everyone complimented us, and we have .never sold so much merchandise. And we have new exhibitions opening every few weeks in galler- ies that are wonderful in every way. I'm certain that we're headed fora period of astonishing growth." The Catalina Island Museum is located on the ground floor of the Avalon Casino, and is open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A crowd of over 450 guests enjoy the open- ing of the newly renovated Catalina Island Museum From page 1 day when his steamship was sched- uled to sale out of San Pedro. That gave him time to drop off his re- sume at Warner Brothers Studios. Bill White, in his book, Santa Catalina Island: It's Magic, People and History, tells what happened next: "When I finally arrived on Catalina, Cubs manager Charlie Grimm chewed me out for being absent without leave," Reagan re- called. The aspiring actor did leave spring training for a one-day trip back to the Warner lot to do a screen test. A few days after he arrived back in Des Moines, he received a tele- gram from Warner Brothers offering him a seven-year contract. Life became very busy for Rea- gan. His film career was ramping up, but World War II got in the way. He was "starting" in a string of"B" movies where, Reagan joked, the producers "didn't want them good, they wanted them Thursday." He also enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve. He was called up for active duty in 1942, but be- cause of his nearsightedness, put his acting chops to the aid Uncle Sam. He was assigned to the Army Air Force's 1 st Motion Picture Unit where he starred in recruiting films with fellow actors Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, Van Herin, Clark Gable and George Reeves. In 1940, he starred in the role of George "The Gipper" Gipp in "Knute Rockney, All American," which earned him his life-long nickname "The (3ipper." And to think it all started out with a windy stormy day, on his way to Avalon. The rest, as they say, is history. YOUR TREASURE AWAITS ... AL I lq'A' S GOLD 2011 CONSERVANCY BALL SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 " HISTORIC CASINO BALLROOM AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND Tickets on sale at ~ CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY BOOKS FOR More than 800 pounds of obso- lete textbooks from Avalon Schools are heading to schools in Guatema- la. Retired Avalon paramedic John McKay and retired Avalon teacher Karen McKay spent a year teach- ing in Guatemala and saw schools there with few or no textbooks. Avalon Schools had hundreds of obsolete books in storage, many of them .Spanish texts left from the 1990s when Avalon had a bilin- gual program. Last year, Avalon principal Joe Carlson and the Long Beach Unified School District per- mitted the McKays to begin clear- ing out these books for shipment to schools in Guatemala. The first batch of books arrived in February, 2010 and were distrib- uted to five elementary schools that were in need. It occurred under the guidance of'the charitable organi- zation, Mayan Families. Now a second shipment con- sisting mostly of middle and high school books has just left the Island Books, Page 3 "THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at or call (310) 510-0500. tt 2 FridaYiFebruary i12 2oli ........................................ 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