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l With Chuck Liddell This and that ... POWER OF THE PRESS: I recently reached out to my readers two concerns. One, the attempt to save the first permanent home in Avalon which was also the origi- nal residence of the woman who named- our town "Avalon," Etta Marilla Whitney, 133 Vieudelou. Heard from John and Pat Kreyssler, who live on Chuck Liddell the main- Columnist land, but own the Ralph Glidden "home, 114 Hill Street, It has been in their family since 1920.'I suggested she contact Sandy Putnam, sandraputnam@ gmail.com regarding the "'Catalina Historical Society" and learn of the many projects it is attempting, but needs OUR SUPPORT. Two, saving the "Los Angeles Times" delivery to Avalon. Dick and Nancy Kellogg, great friends of mine and Avalon, .who live on the mainland and own a home at 316 Catalina have contacted me a couple of times wanting to save this service. If any of you have any ideas of preserving this much enjoyed tradition, please let me know, chuckliddell.catalina@ gmail.com "Garibaldi" city shuttle busses have a prominent sign on the back that reads, "THIS VEHICLE STOPS AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS." GOOD LUCK ON FINDING ONE ON CATALINA! No wonder I have been asked by visitors where our railroad is located! If this infor- mation isn!t misleading enough, I have been informed by officers of the cruise ships that passengers, on hearing the ship's whistle blow, think it is coming from a locomo- ti ,e in town! Speaking of which, I shared a question that I was asked with my WONDERFUL FRIEND, Jan Tusak, who plays that phenomenal "Page Pipe Organ" every Friday- Monday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., for a FREE concert, before the movie starts at 7:30 p.m., at the Casino Theatre. Included in the price of admis- sion! Don't miss it!! Anyway, in the past, seeing the sign on our city shuttle busses, "Metro Link," visitors have asked me if this bus linked with downtown Los Angeles. OF COURSE NOT, but then Jan corrected me. Our bus system is subsidized and takes passengers from around the town to the Mole. From the Mole we are transport- ed on asubsidized boat to Long Beach, where you can catch a sub- sidized shuttle to the train station to be subsidized to downtown Los Angeles. WOW, I NEVER THUNK IT THAT WAY, Jan! THANKS! BAR SCENE: On March 24, 20!7, I wrote a column regarding the bars intown when I was young, "HOW DRY WE AREN'T" (see read this story or any of my past columns, www.catalinaislandman. cam). I got stopped on the street by Brian Dawes who reminded me of the "John B," 110/12 Metropole and a beautiful lady, who lived on the Island from 1936-46, who doesn't want to me named, (but her initials are A.T.E. and she went to school with Rudy Piltch), reminded me of other establishments, that were before my time. LOVE hear- ing from all of you! APRIL FOOLS! One story that was not covered in my column dealt with that iconic television show, "CANDID CAMERA," around the late '70s, early '80s. A 'turnstile," similar to the ones at "Disneyland," was placed, I seem to recall, either at the Mole or the "Casino Way," and everyone was told to go through it. Every now and then the bewil- dered visitor was stopped and told that they would have to go back to the maintand as the "Island was full!" I can hear my good friend Jim, at the Chamber, and ALL of the local businesses having heart attacks now! You can borrow my "heart monitor" ,as I am done with it after my recent attack. CATALINA HUG CLUB: Rudy Piltch and I feel that this is defi- nitely the time to start showing more love on the Island and to give each other that much needed physi- cal support. If you would like tO see the group that Trucky Ross started many years ago reinstated, let me know, chuckliddell.catalina@ gmail. cam NEED FOR APPLIANCE HANDYMAN: Marty Saldana has informed me that he is selling his business. If anyone wants to -pick it up, especially those of you who have always wanted to live on Catalina, let me .know and I will pass your information on to him. BOY, WE NEED IT!!! OH, REALLY!?! I must be the only one that likes to read what is on vehicles in town. Our present ."CATALINA GREETER FOR A DAY" On Saturday, April 1, I read the following note: "APRIL FOOLS! Of course we didn't 'ter- minate' you or the 'Greeter' posi- tion in Avalon! WHY would we stop this most important first con- tact with thousands of visitors com- ing to Avalon from the mainland and cruise ships the day before one of our busiest 'Spring Breaks' ever started and not have any backup in mind? WHY would we take this job away from you, Chuck, who have greeted approximately 640,000 visitors and answered over 64,000 questions and concerns, over a three Year period, when this vital .tradition, going back to the 1880's. had been dormant for so many years! (see, "HAPPY THIRD ANNIVERSARY", March 10, 2017, www.catalinaislandman.com), WHY would we take this job away from a 69 year old native "Historian," Who was perfect for the job as the job was for him, not .forgetting the fact that he has just recently suffered a possible heart attack, and has sometimes had to face heavy rains and wind condi- tions!?! WHY, when knowing that visitors so appreciate the personal touch of someone there to answer questions and not entertain them or refer them to an impersonal 'infor- matioia kiosk' !?!?" Then I woke up from this BEAUTIFUL DREAM and realized that this "nightmare" actually happened! WHY? To take my position in "another yet to be determined direction." Maybe they thought the job was, too easy and CUSHY! OK, here is an example of some of my MANY challenging questions and I would~ like to see how you readers would answer them without possibly "los- ing IT"! Remember, as in my case, you have had to get up before dawn," often getting to work in the dark, sometimes fighting rain and heavy winds, and dealing with a line of people anxiously waiting their turn for answers, Considering you have already answered hundreds of them that day. Please let me kno~ what your responses would be and I will' place them in future columns. Put" the number, your response, and include your name, initials, where you live, however you wish me to identify you. Send your responses to: chuckliddell.catalina@ gmail. com. Keep in mind you h'ave NO WAY of knowing or preparing yourself or anticipating these questions=that are now being tossed at you from all directions on a busy day and yet your immediate "correct" response is expected/sometimes demanded, as they are generally always in a hurry! 1) "Which of the piers is the 'Green Pier' ?" "2) "What do they raise in the 'Undersea Gardens' ?" 3) "Where will I find the 'Glassbottomless Boats' ?" 4) When asked for a map, I hap- pily complied, yet when I handed it to them they fesp0nded, "Is this a map of here . 5) "Can you please give me the 'correct' information?" 6) When told that women couldn't sit on the beach with their shirts off, a cruise ship passengers pulled her -sweater off in front of me, showing that she had a "double mastectomy" and blurted "WHAT ABOUT THESE!?!" 7) "Where would be the best location to dive under the Island?" : 8) "What time does the 4 o'clock boat leave." 9) "We made reservations com- ing over from the mainland. Do we have to make them going back?" 10) "Can you help me find my hotel? I don't remember the'name?" 11) "Do they put the kayaks in the water?" GOOD LUCK! In future col- umns, I will supply you with more similar challenges IF YOU THINK YOU CAN HANDLE THEM AND THIS EASY JOB! If you want to contact me direct- ly, and I would APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU, email, chuckliddell.catalina @gmail. cam CA BRE license ~13934874 N April 7, 2017 Iril w Jncebookxom/4dre Bahia Vista C-53 -- 1 BD, 1 BA, 797 : End Unit. Open floor'plan. Garden View from balcony. Offered at S379,000 64 Avalon Terrace - HC Villa 2-37 - 27 Cabrillo - HC Villa 13-43 - Bahia Vaista C,48 - 34 ! Eucalyptus - $510,000 $535,000 $589,000 51,000,000 $429,000 $610,000 : 318 Descanso $574,000 232Claressa- " $725,000 : HC Villa 1.72- ' $599,000 HC Villa 2-33 - ' $599,000 318 Whittley #6 - $725,000 HC Villa 2-26 - $579,000 208 Catalina St. - $849,000 I ! Crescent - $2,200,000 HC Villa 18-64 - $1,000,000 8 Canyon Terrace - $569,000 320 Descanso - $699,000 HC Villa 5-7 - . . , , , Soroh Jones REALTOR ~CA BRE License #01936665 Villa 2-32 1 BD, 1 BA 755 SF +/- Bright and airy, beautiful views, located near the pool and clubhouse. Vacation rental permit with a healthy established income. Furniture and golf cart included. Reduced to $499 000 HAMILTON COVE AMENITIES: Pool & Spa Health Club 18-hale Putting Green Tennis Courts Croquet Court Sand Volleyball Court Beach Area with built in Barbecues :. and Picnic Tables. Adam Thoricht REALTORe CA BRE License #01965614 H(: Villa 6-1 - $725,000 We are looking for Full or Part Time experienced real estate agents with a history of self-starting and a record of listings and sales. Contact John Gilbert at 661-301-I 543 or John@4cire.com THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, April 7, 203_7 ! 3 i