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The Catalina Island Museum will unveil its latest exhibition, "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island" during a reception at the museum on Friday, Aug. 31. The exhibition explores the life of William Wrig- ley Jr. as he worked throughout his life to achieve his American Dream. The Catalina Islander recently sat down with the Museum's cura- tor John Boraggina for a brief in- terview. t ISLANDER: WHY WAS THIS TOPIC CHOSEN FOR A SPECIAL EXHIBI- TION? Boraggina: William Wrigley Jr. exerted an incalculable influence over the history of Santa Catalina Island. His vision to create a world- class resort destination for the "rank and file" or"wage-earners" of Amer- ica is a unique tale and reveals a rare generosity and compassion toward the common man. The title for this exhibition, '~ Democratic Dream" was chosen after reviewing pages of quotations from William Wrigley Boraggina: In an em that may Jr. One quote encapsulated his vi- well be defined by the greed of mil- sion for- Catali~a:Is!and: '~Catalina lionaires on Wall Street+ it is inspiring Island is~the ~lay~grouiid for aI1 rich 3 to discover the story of:how one man or poo~ youth Or aged. All classes spent a fortuneon creating "a refuge mix withtlemoe-mac ~pmt.; . from work andworry~' for everyone. This exhibition is truly important to ISLANDER: EXPLAIN THE IMPOR- the Island because it tells the tale of TANCE OF THE EXHIBITION TO how and why Santa Catalina became CATALINA ISLAND AND ITS VISI- what it is today. The foundation for TORS; the last 80 years in Avalon was set between 1919 and 1932 under the guidance of one man. His death in 1932 marked the end of the golden era of development in Avalon; Cata- lina would never again witness build- ing projects on this scale. ISLANDER: THIS EXHIBITION COM- MEMORATES THE 80TH ANNIVER- SARY OF HIS DEATH. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? II llttk-~! til~itl[l~t ~ll~lt t t t ~ I ttt 17tll had thg ~ ~atrcfall m year? itfitiii 11151, it 1,042 Suti/~Ioon (hart l-hi~ VVeek in llo - 4.-04 ~ ll:lll lmi tm l:llli Bli t0t1!: ll;,l!l II 7-.lilllm l/:tllillt ~-Itlllli ll:5011t M~ 7:5~m l:.~ma 7-~!~ i2~11 Mm t;Ol~a 132m 7-:071m L@llm a 'ee Great Boa Boraggina: The museum is commemorating the 80th anniver- sary of William Wrigley Jr.'s death because of the contributions he made to the Island and its history, to the well-being of the Island's residents and his unending dedica- tion to each and every visitor. ISLANDER: WHAT DO YOU HOPE EACH ATTENDEE WILL TAKE AWAY OR LEANN FROM THIS EXHIBITION? Boraggina: The museum hopes that patrons who view "A Demo- cratic Dream" will walk away with a new understanding of one of America's most successful yet generous businessmen. We want to demonstrate.a true rags-to-riches story, but also reveal a man who was never content with money alone: "The only real joy in busi- ness is the joy of creation. Making money itself doesn't amount to a hill of beans." ISLANDER: WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT WRIGLEY THAT SURPRISED YOU? Boraggina: What was most sur- prising to me was his intense com- passion for the people who had the least. One example of this is his con- struction of the Wrigley Lodge, which was a Salvation Army shelter located near the Wrigley Building in Chicago. His money paid to serve millions of meals to Chicago's homeless. He would frequently stop at the shelter after work, where he would serve and eat meals with hungry guests. He never wanted the glory that came along with his contributions to those less fortunate. Upon his purchase of Cata- lina Island he became deeply dis- tressed by the living conditions of the Island's Mexican workers who Museum, Page 7 WITH CAPT, JOHN KING YOU CAN'T CATCH 'EM FROM THE COUCH Fishing Catalina Island can be challenging. It is not uncommon to hear of boaters and visi- tors fishing the Island for many seasons without much success. Afishina- dos Charters gets a lot of inquiries as to what is biting, what bait is be- ing used, what technique is working, etc. But, the most common question is always, "When is the best time to fish?" This question is not just about the time of day. It is a~ked regarding the time of year, month and season. Fortunately, it is an easy question to answer. The absolute best time of year, month, season or day to fish is (drum roll please) when you can. I have tried to time the tides, the moon, the barometric John King purpose of timing my fishing effort to maximize my success. We joke that it is called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason, but we do measure our success by what we catch. Believe me, I understand the concept. Countless times I hear, "What didja catch," as I roll through the harbor. As I drop off my cus- tomers, the first question from those at the dock are. "What didja catch?" It can get downright de- pressing, but there is a solution--just start fish- ing for marlin. Marlin fishermen know that the variables for success are nearly in- finite, so they have learned to enjoy the pursuit. Heck, we do not even eat what we catch, we let 'em go! We have learned to substitute a baggie of fillets for a sack of knowl- edge. We even have a saying, "Ev- pressure. I have had every type of ery fish teaches us a new lesson?' chronograph (watch) imaginable. So, stop trying to time your trip, get I currently have at least three apps off the couch and get schooled on on ray iPhone, all with the specific every fishing trip. vet!7 4 i Friday, August 24, 2012 "" THE CATAUNA ISLAI~DER