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Cookman From page 2 to Texas to be nearer to Linda's ex- tended family.-They moved back to the island in 1983 and shortly after went their separate ways. Back on the island, Linda en- joyed raising her family and con- tinued to enjoy her love of the beach and hiking. Most days you could find Linda with Dustin out at Pebbly Beach with an en- tourage of both of their friends. When not at the beach, she was watching out over Dustin and his many friends that enjoyed hanging out with the two. Eventually she found her dream job. Linda loved to read and loved to get to know people and suggest new authors to them. It's this love the lead tp her job as a library page and later the head librarian at Avalon Library. She loved the library and all of the patrons. She seemed to especially enjoy the children's programs and always put her heart in decorating the library for special programs to create a welcoming and warm en- vironment for everyone. In her retirement, Linda most enjoyed spending time with family and friends, including her animals. There were numerous reunions and get-togethers of Isthmus friends and somehow she always seemed to be in the hub of these gatherings. On the Island, she enjoyed tal0n." g her friends' children and grand- children on exciting adventures to spot deer or eagles or to feed the feral cats or to visit with her and her entourage of animals. She enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Laughlin, San Diego, and Tehacha- pi and attending musicals with her family and friends. She became a railfan--enj oying spending time with Ashley and Jon watching trains as they lumbered down the track. A NASCAR fan----enjoying spending Sundays with Dustin-----" watching NASCAR races on TV or calling him while he was work- ing to gik, e him race-updates on his favorite driver. Linda's greatest accomplish- ment was raising her two chil- dren-born 16 years apart - as a single mom. She taught them the values of love, family, respect, humor, determination, friendships and strength. To Ashley--the love of reading, to Dustin--the grand sense of humor and laughter--to the both of them--the love the Island they call home, and their Island family as well as a love ani- mals and Broadway musicals. Linda is survived by daughter and son-in-law Ashley and Jon Vi- kander (Tustin), son Dustin Cook- man (Avalon), step-daughter Lori Preston (Oklahoma), step son's Rob Cookman (Oklahoma) and Calvin Cookman (Minnesota), nieces Joanna Blackbourn (Texas) and Malessa Pearce (Utah), grand and great-grand nieces and neph- ews. She is also survived by her entourage of animals including her cats Sheba, Little One, Tum- my, Duece, and Trey; dog Zanax; cockatiel Higgins, and granddog Tucker. Friends are invited to join the family in a gathering to share the memories, laughter and tears as we cruise to the Isthmus and go ashore for a time of sharing on Monday, March 19. Those who wish to join in the gathering should be at the mole at 11 a.m. to board the Cata- lina Express, which will depart for the Isthmus at 11:30 a.m. and will return to Avalon around 3:15 p.m. Since there is limited space on board, Islanders planning to attend are asked to contact the Avalon Ex- press Office in person. Donation in honor may be made to the Avalon High School Boys Baseball pro- gram, Avalon Humane Society or the Avalon Library. Her ashes will be scattered at sea in a private gathering this spring. A marker will be placed alongside those of her father and mother, Preston Charles and Ger- aldine Blanche Taylor and brother, Preston Charles (Tay) Taylor, Jr. at the Avalon Municipal Cemetery. - IslandMedicalCenter HIRING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: Housekeeping- Environmental Services Dept. Status- Part time/ per diem - flexible hours Experience preferred. Keeps medical group and hospital buildings in a clean, neat condition. Inquire within for details. Central Supply Technician Status- TEMPORARY 30 hrs per week. Ensures adequate stocking levels in hospital and medical group office. Records and maintains inventory in various areas of medical center. For detailed information inquire within HR dept. Contact Krista -HR at 310-510-0700 Ext. 34 or email resume to k LEE ROSENTHAL 1922 2012 Lee Rosenthal, author of"Cata- lina Tile of the Magic Isle" (1992) and "Catalina in the Movies" (2003), two popular local histories, died peacefully on Feb. 15 in San Rafael after a long illness. Rosen- thai developed her interest in Island history when she spent summers in Avalon during the 1950s working as a lab and X-Ray technician at the old Avalon Hospital. She and her children continued to visit regularly and she became an active supporter of the Catalina Island Museum Society as she focused her research on Catalina Tile and movies. She considered Catalina a haven of relaxation lnd spiritual regeneration in an otherwise busy and adventurous life. Relaxation included scuba diving, to which she was introduced by the legend- ary Catalina diver, Harold Warner. Her first visit to Catalina was to see her aunt Virginia, the wife of Avalon's well-known Dr. Hancock, and Rosenthal and her children fell in love with the Island. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rosenthal sought adventure as a freelance photographer in Cali- fornia in the 1940s. Hired to fill a temporary vacancy at San Fran- cisco's News Call Bulletin dur- ing World War II, she covered the beat until her male counterpart re- turned. She then found adventure as a cook and steward on a Nor- wegian freighter bound for South America. Upon returning to San Francisco, Rosenthal married San Francisco Chronicle photographer Joe Rosenthal, with whom she had her two children, Anne and Joe, Jr. Adventure followed her as she broadened her photographic inter- ests to include X-ray technology during the many years she worked in private hospitals in San Francisco and at San Francisco State Univer- sity. She traveled to China twice as part of a medical team for cultural exchange, and, on the lighter side, was recruited to X-ray a 400-pound gorilla with a cough at the San Fran- cisco Zoo. Upon her retirement, she was able to devote more of her time to travel, taking each of her nieces and nephews on their own special road trip around the US, when she was not ferreting out graveyards in the Midwest and in England to make rubbings for her extensive ge- nealogical research. Rosenthal maintained many friendships on the Island over the years and most have fond memo- ries of visiting her in San Fran- cisco and environs. She showed them all, the sights from the mu- seums and theaters to the alleys of Chinatown, where she would take them down narrow streets, through storefronts, and up back stairs to amazingly good Chinese restau- rants. Rosenthal will be remem- bered by her medical colleagues ...... " ii i for her excellent and dedicated hard work. She was active as a union representative and a staunch and unapologetic liberal Demo- crat. She will be remembered by her friends for her curiosity, wan- derlust, and enormous energy. She never failed to support her family and friends and brightened their lives with her incredible creativity as a mischief-maker. A remark- able raconteur, she could bring a gentle humor to even the most tragic of events and lighten the burden. Rosenthal is survived by her son Joseph Rosenthal Jr., and grandson, Jerry Rosenthai, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; her daughter Anne (Nan) Rosenthal (husband Mi- chael Wolf) of San Rafael, Calif., and granddaughter Robyn Wolf of Austin, Texas. Rosenthal asked for an Irish style sendoff. Lift a glass, tell a good joke, play a prank, or help a friend in a manner befitting her fine example--she would like that. Letter to the Editor Too many ordinances Every few years we, the Avalon voters get a chance to change the direction of our municipal govern- ment. We are always hearing the City Council moan over traffic congestion, people congestion and the all mighty "Public Safety?' We live in a resort town; there are over a million visitors to our one square mile city every year. It's going to be congested if we are all to make a living and reside in Avalon. No one would live here without the tourists, period. The biggest congestion prob- lem our city faces is city ordi- nance congestion. Years of well- intentioned elected officials, doing what they think their job is, pass- ing one ordinance after the other. They have created fees for every- thing under the sun, so they can stick their hand in your pocket for just about everything you want to do. I know, for me, I pay busi- ness license fees, harbor use fees, admissions fees, dog license fees, wharf age fees, golf cart sticker fees, mooring fees, franchise fees, parking fees, planning fees, local property taxes, sign and variance fees and I'm sure there are others I can't think of right now. Just when you think you have paid them all, they think up another one. I'm not even going to discuss "fines and late fees;" they have those for just about everything. How about all the "public safety" issues our public officials think are their business and not the responsibility of each indi- vidual. You have to wear your helmet, buckle your seat belt, not ride your bike on Front Street, etc, etc, etc. Some are State laws and should be enforced by the Sheriff's Department and not the City Council. Some are Federal laws and should be enforced by the United States Coast Guard and not the City Council. I mean if we are going to take on such a massive responsibility to make the public safe, why don't we have an ordinance that each person that goes in a bar, sign a binding statement stating they understand the dangers of drink- ing alcohol? The hotels should pass out taxpayer purchased con- doms to each person staying at their hotel. There are a lot of sex- ually transmitted diseases around Avalon and the public should be fearful of that, don't you think? I know how we can fix it. We should require that anyone we vote for on April 10 agree to get rid of two ordinances for each new ordi- nance they pass. Just like the auto congestion ordinance, this pledge would, over time, reduce the bur- den we all must face living in "Avalon?' We would then be able to attend our City Council meet- ings and watch as our elected lead- ers labor over which ordinances to eliminate in order to get their new one in. We could all have our say about each selection they make. I mean folks, City Councils have been passing new ordinances for years without getting rid of any old ones, and there must be thousands they could jettison. We could also ask the city to stay out of the personal responsi- bility business and let folks enjoy themselves on their vacation with- out the city of Avalon trying to an- ticipate the danger lurking around each corner that might jump out at them. They should also stop mak- ing each local business responsible for everything their customers do. What would they do with all their extra time? They could try to deal with our crumbling infrastructure, develop a general plan that doesn't make every house on your street a com- mercial hotel. Develop a plan to wean us off diesel-generated elec- tricity and require new and major remodel construction to include solar electric generation. Develop building codes that don't require a variance for everything that is built in town. Develop a parking, plan that doesn't burden every citizen with parking tickets in order to pay the salary of the person giving them to us. Explore ways to .lower the City's fringe benefit cost of its em- ployees. How about a long-term vision of Avalon, no one seems to give that much thought. City Coun- cils have plenty of stuff to do that is important, rather than spending their time in everyone's business but their own city business. :. So let's hear it for thc,d',Get rid of two before you :mate one" pledge. After' all, it .was the City Council who dreamed up the two for one auto ptordinance, if it is good engugb for us, it should be good en0tlgh for them. Doug Lord, Avalon 8 ! Friday, March 16, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER