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The Duke From page 4 and the stars that often visited, he worked as an extra in nearly 80 films and television shows. He appeared in "Some Like It Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, "Rosemary's Baby" featuring Mia Farrow and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" with John Wayne. Local children and adults alike delighted in going to the theater and seeing Duke on the big screen, no matter how brief the appearance. He was popular with the celeb- rities that visited Avalon as .well, befriending the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, John Wayne, Mickey Rooney, Howard Hughes, Jack Lalanne and even President Gerald Ford. Many of them often whispered that Duke was as much a part of Avalon as the Casino. Catalina Island Museum In 1975, Fishman had open heart surgery. He had relinquished his life- guarding duties but continued to relish his role as the town's greeter. He stayed off the job for only six weeks, and loved to surprise people by proudly proclaiming his age. But he was now slowing sig- nificantly, and could be heard uncharacteristically complaining of feeling tired. Duke left Avalon every fall for his desert home, a small trailer in Palm Springs. In 1977, he left Avalon excited, tell- ing friends proudly that the city had renewed his contract. Sadly, for the first time in over 40 years, Duke was destined not to return to the Island, dying of a sudden heart attack in Palm Springs at the age of 71. In April of 1978, the ashes of the "Duke of Catalina" were brought back to Catalina Island and interred in Avalon's cemetery. Since his death, the position of "Official Greeter" has remained vacant. Avalon: 100 Years of Bizarre, Fascinating and Colorful History showcases the events, individu- als and stories that have shaped Catalina Island's only city. The exhibition is on display through March 31, 2014. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino Actors Henry Fonda, Duke Fishman and Ward Bond. A local celebrity, Fishman worked as an extra in about 80 films and television shows. and are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. Conservancy offers a symposium on preserving the landscape Meeting will discuss Catalina Island as a Living Laboratory STAFF REPORT The Catalina Island Conservancy invites the public to a one-day symposium featur- ing Conservancy scientists, edu- cators and research partners as they report on a diverse set of programs and research projects in support of the Conservancy's mis- sion. The symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at Hyatt The Pike, 285 Bay Street, Long Beach. "In the years preceding the formation of the Catalina Island Conservancy, Philip Knight Wrigley envisioned Catalina Island as 'a living laboratory' where families, students and scientists could come, stay and learn more about the Island's diverse oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems," said Ann Muscat, Conservancy presi- dent and CEO. "We continue that vision by welcoming the commu- nity to join us for an exciting day of discussion around our numer- ous conservation and education initiatives." The Conservancy restores and protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, steward- ing approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. A few of the subjects planned for the day include the status of the rare Scripp's murrelets found nesting on Catalina, the genetic diversity of the California trap- door spider, Catalina's overlooked rattlesnake and the Conservancy's innovative bison contraception program. Presentations also will be made on the Conservancy's invasive plant management pro- gram, drought tolerance of native chaparral on the Island, and seed- ling regeneration following the 2007 fire. Featured speakers include: Conservancy Chief Conservation & Education Officer John Mack and a number of Conservancy staff; Case Western Reserve University Ecological Anthropologist Richard Smith; Loyola Marymount University Professor of Biology Martina Ramirez; and, Loma Linda University Professor of Biology William Hayes. A com- plete list of speakers and topics are available online. Lunch will be provided and a wine and cheese reception follows presentations. Tickets are $25 for Conservancy members and $35 for non-members. Reservations close on Nov. 8. Reservation and membership forms are available at www.catalinaconservancy.org. 00EWEL5 d INTEK .......................  ................................... ............................................................................................................................................. : ......................................................................................................................................................................................... THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, October 25, 2013 i 7