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Star Cubs, Player Visits Baseball Exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum FROM THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM He goes by the moniker "Mr. Cub." No player in the entire his- tory of Chicago Cubs baseball is more beloved than Hall-of-Fame shortstop Emie Banks. A statue of him graces the exterior of Wrigley Fidd, and he was such'an extraor- dinary player that an observer once remarked: "Without him, the Cubs would finish in Albuquerque!" Having retired from baseball in 1971, Banks was enjoying a re- cent visit to the friendly confines of (atalina Island, when he heard that the Catalina Island "Museum was putting the finishing touches on "The Boys in Blue," an exhibi- tion dedicated to the time the Cubs spent spring training on the Island. Exhibiting his characteristic exu- berance for Cubs baseball, "Mr. Sunshine" didn't hesitate when in- vited to preview the show. Offhe went jauntily to the Casino. By all accounts, Banks was smitten with the exhibition, tell- ing staffmembers who quickly as- sembled around the hall-of-famer: "i wish that the current Cubs play- ers could see this exhibition, they would appreciate the history of the team they play for. They would be better players if they understood the history of the club." After spending nearly an hour scrutinizing every photograph, and keeping everyone laughing by telling anecdotes about the various players, Banks made his good-byes. He swore to return to the Island and, one staff member swears, he excused himself by saying: "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame ... Let's play two!" The Catalina Island Museum is located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino, and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at (310) 510-0500 or MURPHY'S LAW NAME HERE THE CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY PRESENTS: "Catalina Island: Something Lived, Something Dreamed" Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 , Public Presentation by William McDonough Monday, February, 28, 2011 4-5:30 p.m. Historic Casino Theatre You are invited to attend a public presentation by designer, community planner and sustainability expert William McDonough, co-author of the groundbreaking book, Cradle to Cradle(": Remaking the Way We Make Things. During the lecture, McDonough will talk about the Cradle to Cradle philosophy and how it can be used as a framework for communities. JIM AND ELIZABETH FELLOWS Correction: Murphy's law surely prevailed last week when photos and names in our Catalina Couples' feature got switched. Our apologies to our Valentine's Day couples Elizabeth and Jim Fellows and Cathy and Jack Sweeney. We present them here for our readers in their correct form and to set the record straight. I CLARITA "CHI CHI" FAZZARI For those of you who haven't heard, the first-ever Miss Catalina has passed away. Clarita "Chi Chi" Fazzari was a legend in her own right. She along with her then husband James Fazzari owned and operated the world famous Chi Chi Club for many years add catered to the Islanders, celebrities and tour- ists alike. They held spectacular events-there that rocked this little village we call Avalon. She was 77 years old, stricken with cancer that ended her life. Her remains will be returned to the Island she loved very much for interment as was her wish. There will be a memorial service in the future to be announced at a later da(e. She is survived by her two sons, Vincent and Valentino, her daughter-in-law Iris Vos Fazzari and her new little granddaughter, Lotus Elizabetta Fazzari. "the write stuff" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its edito- rial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. Eor more information, contact the Islander pub- lisher at or call (3110) 510-0500.  CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY 6 i Friday, February 18, 2011 The CATALINA ISLANDER