Catalina Island featured on Buried History
Catalina Island was featured on a new television program entitled Buried History. Mark Walberg, of Antiques Roadshow fame, hosts the show that navigates to small towns across America to explore the past. The show premiered on PBS So Cal on Monday, October 26th. The first episode of Buried History featured Avalon and Catalina Island. Some of the fun things investigated were how Avalon got it's name (Idylls of the King, written by Tennyson), local hermit, John "Chicken Johnny" Brinkley, whom the Hermit Gulch campground is named after, the formation of Catalina's Tuna Club, and the history and building of the Catalina Casino. Of course, the Wrigley family and the Cubs spring training on Catalina Island were also highlighted. The show included interviews with Lolo Saldana, Catalina's resident barber, Joe of Joe's Rent-a-Boat, and Santa Catalina Island Company's own historian, Michele Bestudik, who took a few dance steps with the host on the dance floor of the Casino Ballroom.
Buried History will air again in various markets. Check here for details: Broadcast schedule.