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Watson From 1 lina. However, he did much of the research (and no doubt drafted many segments) while working at the'Catalina Island Yacht Club and recuperating from com- bat wounds he suffered during World War II. Regardless of how you feel about Hubbard and his. philosophy, he inarguably led an ex- traordinary life. He was of that generation that came of age on a remarkable cusp of hu- man civilization; a gen- eration raised on t9th century bravado alloyed with De- pression-era austerity and forged', sometimes dangerously, with 20th century technology. Born in 1911 into a Navy family in, of all places, Nebraska, Hubbard first crossed paths with Catalina shortly after the war. During that conflict, he had served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in the Pacific Theater under General MacArthur and later as commander of a sub- chaser in the North Atlantic, escort- ing convoys to Europe and back. It was during this time that he suffered unspecified combat wounds and wound up in the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland. Once he was fit enough to leave, he moved to Catalina for further re- cuperation. By this time in his life, Hub- bard was already a well-estab- lished writer and had written a number of short stories and other fiction pieces. He was, and still is, regarded as an important science fiction writer and penned a num- ber of novels such as 'BatZtIefield Earth" and the "Mission Efirth" series released in the 1980s. While on Catalina, Hubbard wrote a number of articles rang- ing from benign sport fishing sto- ries for the Catalina Islander and a short piece entitled "The Edna Irene" (published anonymously in this paper on Nov. 21, 1946), to the more lofty "An Error in Scho- i lastics," described as a treatise exploring the "frustration of so many American soldiers suf- fered at the hands of gov- ernment bureaucracy." In late 1946, or per- haps early 1947, Hubbard left Catalina and shortly thereafter began to enter $lm Watson the limelight. With the Columnist pubUcation of Dianetics in 1950, he was well on his way to become the iconic, if controversial, character the world has come to know. It's not clear whether or not Hubbard ever visited Catalina again, or if he did--whether he spent much time here. In true Howard Hughes-ian style, much of his later life was something of a myster3/; his whereabouts gener- ally kept secret. Hubbard died, reportedly, in January of 1986, leaving a con- troversial legacy and a life-long trail of literature that includes a few yellowed pages of sport fish- ing articles in this, the Catalina Islander. J ISLANDER COLUMNIST PUB- LISHES TOME BASED ON CATALINA'S PARANORMAL PAST Loc/d filmmaker and Catalina Islander columnist Jim Watson has announced the release of his new book "Mysterious Island: Catali- na." Two years in the making, the 120-page book is currently avail- able for purchase in local Avalon stores as well as on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. Based on his long-running Catalina Islander column of the same name, the book delves into the myriad mysteries surrounding Catalina Island. "We have ghost stories, UFO sightings and other paranormal subjects," Said Wat- son, "to more earthly mysteries, such as historical oddities, sunken Spanish shipwrecks, tales of pi- rate attacks and buried treasure." These accounts, according to Wat- son, are all based on historical information as well as Catalina Is- land folklore that has been handed down over the ages. "I basically took what I felt were the best, most interesting and popu- lar columns and added a few things that I didn't have room for in the CARD OF THANKS With heartfelt gratitude, we would like to thank all those who heIped us through Bud's last weeks of his illness. It has been a difficult journey but Bud is now at peace. Your kindness, prayers, cards and support have been our stre g h. With Love, Sincerely, Marie Smith and Family MEMORIAM" m a originals," said Watson. "There are also a few stories in there that have not been published as columns, and probably won't be" Besides being available in lo- cal retail outfits and on Amazon, Watson also plans to make the book available for purchase in oth- er Southern California locations, including Long Beach, Newport Beach and as far south as San Di- ego. He also plans to hold book signings at various locations, in- cluding in Avalon. : Watson said he wanted to thank Various individuals for their help in putting the book together, inr cluding Chuck Liddell, Don Salvo, Run Pyke, the Catalina Island Mu- seum and "the whole gang at the Catalina Islander." Ruth Esther Zimmerle Nov 11, 1919 - Jul 31, 2012 Ruth Esther Zimmerle (Nill), passed away July 31, 2012. Born in Dayfon, Ohio on November 11, 1919. She was preceded in death by her Husband of 54 years;i Frank (Zim) Zimmerle. She is:: survived by her daughter l Cecelia Kay Otto (Daniel) of: Fountain Hills, Arizona and her: son Kenneth Zimmerle of LongI Beach, California, grandsons Eric Otto (Susan) Houston,:: TX and Craig Otto (Shiho) Austin, Texas, 7 great grand:: children and several nephews. Ruth and Frank were residents and small business owners, "Zim's of Catalina" for thirty years in Avalon, CA. where they were active in many business and social' organizations, before moving to Arizorfa in 1989. She had resided with her daughter and son-in-law in: Fountain Hills, Arizona since 1998. STEVEN GILBERT SHAWVER 1949 - 2012 Avalon resident and decorated U.S. Army Veteran Steven Gilbert Shawver passed away in Long Beach on August 4, 2012. Services are pending "His. friends were his family" @ PUBLIC NOTICE SEPTEMBER COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RENEWAL . BY DECLARATION Avalon Golf Cart Repair-Renew Comm. Vehicle/Autoette Mike Hall Painting-Renew Comm. Autoette Casa Maricluita-Renew Comm. Autoette Two's Co.-Renew Comm. Autoette Casino Ballroom-Renew Comm. Autoette Armstrongs Seafood-Renew Comm. Vehicle Catalina Cantina-Renew Comm. Autoette Bravo Landscaping-Renew Comm. Vehicle Catalina Island Golf Course-Renew Comm. Vehicle/Autoette David Sidars Constr.-Renew Comm. Vehicle" CIRS-renew Comm. Autoette David Zeller Constr.-Renew Comm. VehR:les Catalina Shirt & Shade-Renew Comm. Autoette Island Photo-Renew Comm. Vehicle Descanso Beach Club-Renew Comm. Autoette Lockpick & Supply-Renew Comm. Vehicle Dewey Pest-Renew Comm. Vehicle/Autoette Marketing Plus-renew Comm. Autoette Dive Catalina-Renew Comm. Autoette Island Caterers-Renew Comm. Autoette Eucalyptus Garden-Renew Comm. Autoette Hunt & Assc.-Renew Comm. Autoette The Catalina Islander: Aug. 17, 2012 Posted:Bulletin Board at City Hall City of Avalon Website: ~ Friday, Augus{16126i2iii i~HiE cATAuNA ISLANDER