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A thank you to Island Co and others for senior trip Thank you again to the Santa Catalina Island Company, Geoff Rusack and the Catalina Conservancy for subsidizing the Catalina Island seniors on their yearly trip to the Banning House at the Isthmus. This event began years ago when the beloved Dr. Staff and wife Virginia would invite their fellow seniors along with them to celebrate their early Noveml~er anniversary. After the tragic and untimely death of the Staffs, old timers Pauline Voshin and Agnes Bartell vowed to continue the trip in their memory. Bud Avery picked up the baton and took over the arrange- ments for many years until his health prevented his involvement. Sue Cheek stepped up lest we seniors be disappointed to lose something we so looked forward to. The planning of the accom- modations and transpgrtation at a rate that would be affordable for those on fixed incomes became an obstacle for Sue as she spends only six months of the year on the Island. She put out a cry for help and Alison Meffert came to the rescue. Thanks to Ali, the seniors had a joyous time in a venue filled with happy memories. Each of us has memories at the Banning House, and Two Harbors. This is our only way to con- tinue to enjoy this lovely part of the Island. Immense gratitude for providiig us a way to continue the tradtion, giving us access to Two Ha'bors, and for keeping our happy nemories alive. Marilynn Neville Participants in the annual Senior Trip to the Banning House wave to the camera. Courtesy photo From page I ment as "joining the Crusoe Club" and in the reverse of Daniel De- foe's indefatigable castaway, it was I that was often saved by Friday, if that was the day I got my pay. During these times I would often ask myself "What's the longest any- one has ever gone with- out leaving the Island? Even for a day-trip to Long Beach?" Had anyone ever gone a few years? De- cades? A lifetime? As wild as that sounds, such extreme isolation- ism is not unheard of. In Hong Kong's port enclave of Aberdeen, for example, it is said there are people who spend their entire lives aboard their sampans and junks, never once stepping ashore. Then there are the descendants of the Incas on Peru's Lake Titica- ca that live their entire lives on the artificial reed Islands they build for themselves, never once leaving them for the "safety" of shore. Back in the late '90s when I served aboard the hospital ship M/ V Anastasis in West Africa, I was told that in the nearby slums of Plakodji in Cotonou, Benin, there were people who spent their entire lives without ever leaving their 10- block neighborhood. There had to be some rules to this contest, of course. No doubt there were thousands of Native American Chumash and Tongva over the centuries who were born, Jim Watson Columnist lived and died entirely on the Is- land. Also, simply boating or swimming off the Island's shores didn't count as "leaving" the Is- land. The first candidate for the Cru- soe Club I thought of was our own Malcolm Jones. A native of Wales, Malcolm enjoyed smash- ing success within the music industry in the '60s and '70s. He was the bass player for the band Blues Image whose massive hit "Ride, Captain, Ride" remains one of the most iconic, evocative songs of the '70s. Malcolm moved to the Island in 1984, mostly to get away from the fast-paced life of the big city and the music indus- try. 'Td had enough of it," he said. "I'd say 'oh no, I have to go on the road again. I have to pack my bag again.'" Staying put on the Island got easier with time, he said. "You wean yourself away from (the mainland)," he said. "You feel the tempo going down like the tide go- ing out." After his move to the Island, Malcoln didn't leave again until 1998, making the length of his un- interruped stay 14 years. He has only bem off the Island two other times since then. As tnpressive as Malcolm's 14-year stint is, however, fellow Welshrmn Leo Tindell suppos- edly spent 23 years on the Island without leaving before moving back to Wales several years ago. He the~ moved back again to Catalin~ briefly but left for the last time witain a year or two. But ne person who apparently holds tie modern-day record for never olce leaving the Island is a name Oat kept popping up over and over again in my research: Linda (hrvey. Lin& Garvey first moved to the Islatd in 1981 and, according to multble sources, she never left the Islard again. She ~assed away a little over two yeas ago, making her uninter- rupted say on Catalina 31 years. - Lindl was perhaps best known locally for her video iprOgrams, which appeared regularly on Cata- lina Catle Company's local access channel:. She Ived a relatively secluded life in br final years, especially k after the death of her husband in the late 1990s. But former Avalon mayor and owner of Catalina Ca- ble Company Ralph Morrow was friends with her until the end. "She and her husband moved here in 1981," said Ralph. "And she never, ever, ever left the Is- land. "She truly felt that if she ever left Avalon she would die." Morrow pointed out that since she is buried at Avalon Cemetery, technically she is still here. He said that after her death, the L.A. County Coroner wanted to transport her to the mainland. "But we made the decision to keep her here" So, unless I hear otherwise, it appears that Linda Garvey, with a straight 31 uninterrupted years on the Island, holds the title of Queen of the Crusoe Club. Christmas Brunch tickets selling quickly l Oth annual event to include quiche and cinnamon rolls BY JUDY HIBBS "Hugs and Quiches" and other wonderful things, such as cin- namon rolls, will be served to guests at the 10th annual Ladies Christmas Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m at St. Catherine's Parish Hall. Tickets are selling quickly. Guest speaker Susie Veon, for- mer director of Catalina's Campus- by-the-Sea will, return to share an inspirational message. There will also be singing, sur- prises, a fashion show and door prizes. Twelve beautiful tables set with Christmas finery will delight those attending. Ladies will experience an "Oasis of calm" before launch- ing into the busy activities and responsibilities the Christmas sea- son brings. Tickets are $5 but must be pur- chased in advance. Call Sue Cheek 310-510-9680, Avalon Community Church 310- 510-1889 or see Judy Hibl~ at Steamer Trunk on Saturday, Nov. 29, Wednesday December 3 or Thursday December 4. November 14 through December ,' Construction Cleaning Spring Cleaning , Housecleaning "Vacation Rentals Residential & Office Move-out Service Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG- 13 Admission: Adult $15,00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission 310.510.0250 310.510.11957f, For More Information Call 3t0-510-0l 79 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, November 28, 2014 ! 13