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i With Chuck Liddell All celebrations are local ly show it off. When we decide to "INTERESTING/UNUSUAL 'flex it,' the 'USC Trojan Marching QUESTIONS/COMMENTS Band' shows up! Besides, many CONCERNING CATALINA celebrities and organizations par- ISLAND" (additional ones, www. ticipate in programs on Catalina catalinaislandman.com): when they would never do the same "What do you natives eat?" on the Mainland. "What is the weight of catalina?" This year, Catalina Island has "Do you produce your own elec- something else to celebrate in our tricity or are you connected with the parade. Last year the "Chicago Mainland?" Cubs," after 108 years, FINALLY "What did William Wrigley, Sr. won the "world Championship do? No 'Jr.' ever started anything'." Pennant"!!! WHY should we feel "WHY did they name your Island a special relationship to this team? fish after a chocolate company?" Mr. William Wrigley, Jr. owned (Gariba!di=Ghirardelli) the Cubs and proudly transported oo. them over every year from Chicago "HAPPY 241ST BIRTHDAY! for their Spring Training, 1921-51! UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE That is NOT altogether true! The BEGINNING TO SHOW OUR games were terminated from 1941- AGE!" 5, due to the war and Catalina being Around 1995, I was working at excluded from all activities other "Catalina Confetti's," 417 Crescent than those connected with the mili- (present location of "Maggie's Blue tarT services. No visitors, including Rose" Mexican restaurant). I was baseball players, were allowed on acting as greeter (sound familiar?) the Island. and security for this exceptional William had died in 1932 and the curio store and fudge shop. It was Island and the team were taken over July 4th. No one was in the store, by his son, Philip Knight Wrigley. because we were right in the middle As the players were being drafted/ of the parade route, I stood outside enlisting into the military services, the shop. With a big smile, I saw so along with millions of other young many people I knew in golf carts, American men, a problem devel, decorated with balloons and stream- aped: What is going to happen ers, adults dressed up in red/white/ to the "All American Past Time?" blue, tooting horns. Fire trucks An enterprising Mr. Wrigley, much with sirens blowing and young kids like his father, decided to enlist the throwing candy to those excited services of young women, many of viewers. An older man, probably whom became the world famous in his 50s (now that I turned 70 on "Rosie The Riveters" (my mother, May 24, I would now consider him a Betty Jean Sims, I am so proud kid), was standing next to me, "You to say, was one of these remark- people ought to be ashamed of your- able ladies!). He established the selves! This is the CORNIEST and "All-American Girls' Professional CRUMMIEST 4th of July parade I Baseball League," 1943-54. have ever seen! How come so many Remember the very popular 1992 show up to watch this embarrass- movie, '% League Of Their Own"? ment!?!" This was Mr. Wrigley's doing, As I represented my employ-but the film mentioned a "Fudge ers, as well as the town of Avalon, Magnet" instead of the "Gum I decided to keep my mouth shut King"! Mr. Wrigley kept ownership (boy, that was a LONG time ago!), until 1945 when his regular players He continued to berate the partygo- proudly came back from the war. ers until he heard some live music This year, to honor "OUR and he stopped talking and simply 'CUBBIES," we are paYing trib- STARED IN AMAZEMENT! ute to them by our theme, "Fly When he was able to pull his The Flag," and we want to see as chin off of the ground, he turned to many Cub flags, as well as USC, me and said, in a quivering voice, American, and every other flag "WHAT WAS THAT!?! .... That wasimaginable! Our "Grand Marshall" the 'USC TROJAN MARCHING this year will be our own Lolo BAND'!!! .... What are they doing Saldana who actually played ball in the stupid little parade? .... They with the Cubs during their stay have been coming here for the last here! Let him tell you all about it, couple of years simply to be in 'our' whenever he is giving you one of his parade. This is the ONLY '4th famous haircuts! of July' parade in the entire U.S. For the Avalon purists, don't be where they participate!" alarmed! Our CORNY parade will "I am a very successful business- still continue to be that way, includ- man in Los Angeles and I have been ing the "USC Trojan Marching trying for years to get this band to . Band," proudly participating for perform at one of my many func- their 28th consecutive year! Our tions, but they don't even return great friends, the Clydesdales, will my calls. WHY are they here in not be with us this year, but we the CORNY parade of yours!?!" HOPE they return someday soon! Biting my tongue, "There is a LOT The parade is set to start at 1 p.m. of 'muscle' on Catalina, but we rare- (it is ALWAYS LATE), winds down rea estate {310} S @2S5@ www.4cire.com 11 9/B Sumner Ave. 301 and I[]i25 CreJcent iOivenue Crescent Ave., com- mencing at the Casino Chuck Uddell and termi- Columnist nating at Clarissa Ave. Find an appropriate and legal viewing station EARLY! PLEASE stay BEHIND the bar- ricades and follow ALL of the instructions of the uniformed secu- rity (I will be one, proudly wearing my "Sheriff Volunteer" white shirt), along the route. The magnificent fireworks display, sponsored by my for- mer employer, the "Chamber Of Commerce," will begin at 9 p.m, (generally late, but more on time than the parade!). Find a com- fortable location, facing the har- bor. Many special events are being arranged for this day-long event, so note many of them in this newspa- per edition, as well as picking up the entire schedule from the "Chamber" at the foot of the green "Pleasure Pier." I am going to be hosting my great friends, Roberta Stotesbury and Mitch Hammond, who I often mention in my columns! What to expect in the future? Don't be surprised if the Pope one day decides to put in his name for consideration as "Grand Marshall," but he might be "trumped" by a certain President! When a large enough space can be found for them, a squadron of UFO's might finally "come out" so that now EVERYONE, in addition to most Islanders, who already KNOW they exist, can become "believers"! CORNY parade, YES! PROUD, YOU BETCH YA!" 1 wouM love to hear from you directly, chuckliddeH.catalina@ gmaiLcom and, if you wouM like to view any of my past columns, www. catalinaislandman.com, thanks to Rocky Wall~ clinic appointraent at CIMC. 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