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| The '- " -'nOHyWOOu icon 'we talked about her became an Islander career, what she wanted to when she was ] 6 pursue--she was making a film at the time. We talked a little about baseball-- BY JIM VITTI how the game was played, Norma Jeane Dougherty was ajust chitchatting back and 16-year-old bride when she moved forth about hitting and to Catalina in 1943. fielding, the normal chit- Her husband, Jim, was a chief chat you'd have with a per- petty officer, recently assigned son. She didn't flirt or try to Avalon for training and such. to show off--she was very They stayed there about a year and much a lady." a half. -Gus Zernial After World War II, Norma Jeane modified her name (a hab- Norma Jean as Marilyn. File photo it of many good ballplayers, it should be noted, who went from being something like "Clarence" to a more original ID, like, say, "Lefty" or "Hack"). Armed with her new moniker, Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jeane pursued a career in acting. She later married a baseball player, as a matter of fact--a for- mer Pacific Coast League star by the name of Joseph P. DiMaggio, who played outfield for one of the East Coast teams. Unfortunately for the Chicago Cubs, they had to train in icy, flooded, frosty French Lick, In- diana while she was around the Magic Isle. (Like they needed an- other reason to hate French Lick?) But the semi-pro guys were still hanging' around: "I got pictures of Marilyn Monroe--out on Catalina. She was a good ball fan, she came to the park," said Hub Kittle, the Cub batting-practice hurler who stayed on to pitch for the semipro Cata- lina Cubs. While husband Jim was offduty, the couple would go swimming. She'd walk their dog Muggsie. And she probably spent hours thinking about the old days, when she was a standout player on her Hollygrove Orphanage softball team, across the channel. When Jim was at work, shelling whales or a similar shore-defend- ing assignment, she had her days to herself. Rolling out the red carpet of Island hospitality, a few of the Is- landers later claimed they spent some time with Norma Jeane. "A couple of the local guys say they used to take her out," Islander Marcelino Saucedo said. Some of Marilyn's biographies say her hus- band was suspicious and jealous, even then--but did he have any reason? After all, wasn't she just a shy kid who didn't really know anybody? "Avalon is so small, ev- erybody gets to know everyone Contact the Islander (310) 510-0500 I or editor@thecatalinaislander.com else pretty quickly," Marse ex- plained. A few Marilyn historians sug- gest she was a big hit at a Stan Kenton Big Band performance at the Casino. "She was young and kind of flighty--they say they'd just take her around town, or go for a walk in the hills on the golf course, un- der the moonlight," according to Marse. Another Islander, Scooter Han- sen, maintains more innocent memories of his former neighbor. "Marilyn Monroe babysat for me once or twice!" said Hansen, who was 10 at the time. "Her name was Norma Jeane then. She lived a few doors down from us, on Descanso Avenue--in the middle of the block, between Beacon Street and Third Street, on the East side there. My dad knew her because he went around and read all the meters: She was mar- ried to a merchant marine. When dad had to go tO the mainland, he asked her to come over. She made sure I was all right--she was very nice to me. Of course, she had brown hair then--dishwater blonde, maybe. Later on, I knew it was her." When hubby shipped out, Nor- ma Jean moved back to L.A. from Catalina in short order--so poor Scooter had to host other babysit- ters from then on. The post-Dougherty Marilyn appeared on other Southern Cali- fornia baseball diamonds from time to time in the '50s--throw- ing out the first pitch at Hollywood Stars and Los Angeles Angels games occasionally. And of course, she sang the title cut from that fine and memorable film, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Hey, as long as we know she was really thinking about baseball diamonds. "The people in the movie in- dustry, they brought her out for some publicity with different ball- players," said Gus Zernial, himself a former ballplayer. "But later on, she sure didn't need any publicity from ballplay- ers. I never saw her after that." Legend has it that Joltin' Joe DiMaggio asked to meet Marilyn after seeing those very shots. "I always remembered her as one of the nicest young ladies I've ever met--very intelligent, not the way she was portrayed;' he said. "We talked about her career, what she wanted to pursue--she was making a film at the time. Wetalk- ed a little about baseball--h(w the game was played, just chitchating back and forth about hitting and fielding, the normal chitchat you'd have with a person. She didn't flirt or try to show off--she was very much a lady" Norma Jean at bat. City of Avalon PUBLIC NOTICE Planning Commission Vacancy NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN thata vacancy exists for one position on the Planning Commission for an unexpired term ending June, 2014. Any citizen interested in serving on this Commission can pick up an application from the City Clerk, at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon or Box 707, Avalon, CA 90714. Applicants must reside in the City of Avalon nine months out of the year. Deadline for filing is Friday, March 15th. Appointments will be made at the Apri 2nd Council meeting. Denise Radde, City Clerk Posted: March 1,2013 Published: 3/1/2013 and 3/8/2013 Norma Jean on the beach on Catalina. File photo PLANNING COMMISSION CITY OF AVALON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTE DATE CHANGE Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Avalon Planning Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING to consider the following item at the March meeting to be held on Tues- day, March 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 410 AVALON CANYON ROAD, AVALON CALIFORNIA. A Public Hearing for an Application for a Lot Size Variance, Tentative Parcel Map, Local Coastal Development Permit, and Negative Declaration to divide one parcel with two structures into two parcels with one structure on each parcels at 106 Olive. This location is within the appealable zone to the Coastal Commission. Owners: David M. Renton Applicant: Same Location: 106 Olive APN: 7480-020-003 PC#2509 Zone: High Density F/le Date: January 16, 2013 A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application and Front Yard Setback Variance to construct a single family residence at 333 Sumner Avenue. Owners: Patricia Dito Applicant Zeller ConstrucUon Location! 333 Sumner Avenue APN: 7480-031-049 PC# 2513 Zone: High Density File Date: March 6; 2013 A Public Hearing for a Site Plan Application and Local Coastal Development permit for a grease interceptor at 306 Crescent Avenue. This location is within the appeal- able zone to the Coastal Commission. Owners: Santa Catalina Island Company Applicant Same Location: 306 Crescent Avenue APN: 7480-021-007 PC# 2514 Zone: Resort Recreational File Date: March 6, 2013 By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Posted: City Hall Friday, March 8, 2013 Catalina Islander Friday, March 8, 2013 In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, if you need special assis- tance to parlJcipate in this meeting, please contact Denise Radde, City Clerk (310) 510-0220. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. (28 CFR 35. 102- 35.104 ADA ]1tie II). All public records relating to an agenda item on this agenda are available for the public inspection at the time the records are distributed to all, or a majority of all, members of the Planning Commission. Such records shall be available at City Hall located at 410 Avalon Canyon Road. Members from the Public who would like to address the Planning Commission may appear at the public hearing during the consideration of this item and state their opinion. Written comments may also be submitted to the Planning Department, attention Planning Director Amanda Cook, PO Box 707, Avalon, CA 90704 prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the item. Anyone may appeal any deci- sion made by the Commission to the City Council. To appeal, you must file a written appeal, and include an appeal fee of $842.00 with the City Clerk within fifteen (15) calendar days of such action. Any person challenging actions of the Planning Commission may be limited to issues he or someone else raises in writing prior to or orally at the hearing. All actions on Local Coastal Development permits seaward of the appealable area boundary (within 300 ft. of established mean high tide line) may be appealed by any aggrieved person to the Coastal Commission. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 8, 20131 g