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On the Water A Rose by Any Other Name Avalon is filled with interest- ing people. It kind of makes sense that it would be. The Wrigley's wanted it that way. Wil- liam Wrigley has often been credited with the goal of making Cata- lina Island a place for everyone, 'from tycoons to shop girls'. If you build a place to attract such a broad range of humanity you are going to get some interesting results. One of them is Roy Rose. Overtown folks are curious about our life on the is- land. Among the first question to be asked is whether we know ev- erybody who lives here. Oddly, Roy and I had not met until this year, and I say oddly because Roy is strongly affiliated with the art world and we run Afishinados We have your remodeling needs covered: Electrical, Plumbing, Flooring, Cabinets, Tile, Window Replacement, Painting, Decking and Stairs. With Capt. John King John King Columnist Gallery on the island. But that is not what brought us together. It turns out that Roy is a strong supporter for a new Vons in Ava- lon. He believes, as I do, that a new, fully stocked Vons is a neces- sary service for locals and visitors alike. I was told by mutual friends that Roy appreciated my personal campaign for a new Vons, so I made a point of getting him one of the shirts we had made emblazoned with the "I Want My Bacon on Beacon" tag line. Upon meeting Roy Rose, I im- mediately liked him. He comes across as a straight shooter, earnest and passionate, yes, but without the BS that can sometimes accom- pany such a character. We talked a bit about the town and its future knowing that we would have more conversations soon. 'Soon' turned out to be this last weekend. My wife's parents were in town. Her Morn is a painter. She refers to herself as an 'Ab- stract Impressionist'; she is very talented. She had a sketch done by Guy Rose in the late 1800s and she was hopeful that Roy might be able to share something with her about it. Roy invited us to his house for a visit. Roy has an amazing collection of art, much of it from his Great Uncle Guy Rose. A portion of his home is literally a gallery adorned with ornately framed original paintings, some of which I even recognized from the art books that Karen has on our coffee table. Pretty impressive. As we chatted the conversation turned to some of the little known history of Avalon. I was very in- terested to learn that Roy had been on the island since he was 11 and that he had very clear memories of Catalina becoming a war outpost and training locale during World War II. "The town was vibrantly alive during those times" he said, "The service men relied on the locales and were very generous. If a kid wanted to make some money all he needed to do was hang around." Roy talked of the training drills that became events for the kids. "We could see the vats of burn, ing oil that were used to train the troops." Roy talked of the trip to the mainland. "The boat was painted war ship gray. When we boarded we were locked into cabins with the windows closed. We knew we were getting close when the ship's engines slowed and then stopped to allow the tugs to open the anti- submarine nets that were installed to protect the harbor. Pretty excit- ing stuff for a young boy." I could almost see the hot air balloons as Roy described how they were de- 'THE WRITE STUFF' Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnsts are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at editot@thecatalinaislander.corn or call 310-510-0500. 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Adjudication Decree NO. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, :].934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. Tfie entire contents of Tfie Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2014 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION Your spouse has leJi you a list of perfect gtfts from Afishinados Gallery Store U qe, HMe Gift Items Pre-Order Capt. John's New Book* Fish Tales & LongSails *Get a signed copy and a 10% discount! lixi,om ]-llll) AqRO-YO Drawing by Guy Rose in 1886. (Courtesy art) ployed to foil any low-flying air- craft from breaching the borders. It was a pretty amazing morn- ing. In the space of maybe two hours we covered art, local poli- tics, ravens, war; even religion was brought into the mix. Roy effort- lessly navigated topics that might be considered delicate in other circles. He is fearless but not in- timidating. It was refreshing. In the confines of such a small town, literally crafted to include a broad range of humanity, it is easy to find people with strong opin- ions. We seem to have lost the ability to debate without blame. Maybe it is time to remember an- other famous saying by William Wrigley, "When two men in busi- ness always agree, one of them is unnecessary." Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888-613-7770 or john @afishina- dos. co CIMC From page 2 patients on a rotating basis. Starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, Chamber members, resi- dents and visitors are invited to take a tour of the Medical Center, enjoy a special showing of the "Happy" video starring CIMC patients, staff and supporters, while mingling with senior staff members and hospital board mem- bers. Save the date and get ready for some Birthday Cake! For information about CIMC please call (310) 510-0700. To attend the CIMC Chamber mixer please call the Chamber of Commerce to register at (310) 510-1520. Quote of the Week "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but under- standing of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors." --Maya Angelou, author and poet Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! 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