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Coronado is rich in volunteerism. Talk with a local and you will find that many of the residents have an active role in an organization that benefits others. One of those organizations is Voices for Children which is beginning its 40th year with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) in S…

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November in the Garden – In most of the country, gardeners are winding down their time in the yard as the weather cools down. In Southern California, we’re just getting started!

Garden Prep

If you have a lawn, this is a good time to overseed your Bermuda lawns with winter rye grass. Mow down your lawn very low and spread seed. Keep moist until seeds start to germinate.

Rake out old mulch and dead leaves around bushes and shrubs so as not to encourage disease and pests in the coming months. Mulch the plants with manure and compost, remembering to keep away from the trunks of your plants so they can breathe.

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Christmas holds the gamut of memories for each individual. The pleasant ones include candlelight midnight services, stockings by the chimney, favorite carols, candy, and of course, Santa’s secret deposit of toys under the tree. Too many children, however, shudder at the thought of Christmas: no stockings, no candy, no Santa with toys, no food. Toys for Tots steps in to alleviate some of those memories. The familiar organization, mobilized in 2003 in Coronado that gained traction in 2006, is spear headed by Col Michael Wastila USMCR, a life-long resident of Coronado, who devotes time throughout the year to assure the program is effective. As the Coronado coordinator, he is responsible to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for planning, organizing, and conducting the local campaign.

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The Friends of the Coronado Public Library are holding a Holiday Sale book sale on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the library lawn area bordered by Orange Avenue and Sixth Street, adjacent to the Winn Room. Items for sale include a large selection of DVD’s and audiobooks, game…

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This foursome came to PAWS when they were found, along with five other kittens and cats, in a vegetable box. They can be shy upon first meeting, but with some TLC and understanding they will come out of their shells. There are few things more rewarding than seeing a kitten transform under yo…

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To celebrate Small Business Saturday, Coronado MainStreet is organizing a Shopping Passport event again to reward the community for shopping at our local, independent merchants. Shoppers can qualify to enter a drawing for up to $250 and enjoy entertainment along the way.

Consumers play a key role in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses Nov. 28, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the year, shoppers are showing their support for the small businesses in Coronado and reinvesting in the community we call home. It is especially important this year.

Coronado MainStreet will provide Shop Small Passports as an insert in the Nov. 25 edition of the Coronado Eagle & Journal.

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The community is invited to select one of five shortlisted titles to be the 2021 Coronado Community Read. Votes can be cast online at Comment Coronado or by paper at the library, Bay Books or the Coronado Historical Association between now and Monday, Dec. 14.

Presented in no ranked order, the top five books are “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendri, “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult, and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

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A tonic for the times…

With Broadway dark until June 2021 and the hope of gathering in a darkened theater for an evening of musical entertainment unlikely soon, the talented Musical Theatre & Drama students at Coronado School of Arts have

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As Whitney Benzian wraps up his four years as a Coronado City Councilmember he has a deeper understanding of the City. “I can never go back and see our City in the same way,” he said of his hometown. 

Benzian, who graduated from Coronado High School (CHS) in 1998, has seen Coronado from many different perspectives. Growing up with freedom to explore the island, its beaches and special spots where teens gather, he appreciated the familiarity, friends, and independence the community fostered. As a young father, Benzian valued the safety, proximity to his parents, and community ties that Coronado offered for his young children, now ages 4, 11, 13. As a soon-to-be retired councilmember he has now seen “how the sausage is made” and he loves Coronado more than ever.

“I have experienced the evolution of the town and I actually appreciate the change,” said Benzian. “Of course we are more modern. More affluent. But that doesn’t have to be negative.

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After a year-long search Christ Church is pleased to announce the arrival of their new rector, The Rev. Regan Schutz. Rev. Schutz hails from Hillsboro, Oregon but comes to us from Sewanee, Tennessee where for the past several years she has served as Priest in Charge of a parish in Shelbyville, Tennessee; and, in addition, last year served as Adjunct Chaplain at the local Episcopal boarding and day school where she also taught an academic course. 

“My call to ministry is a deep desire that all of God’s children learn how to be transformed by Christ’s love in times of both chaos and joy” said Rev. Schutz. “I am particularly interested in how we as Christians maintain our integrity as a community following Jesus while growing the reach of Christ’s love through courageous hospitality. Christ Church’s dictum of ‘Bridging Love and Service’ speaks to me deeply—I am so excited to come alongside you to serve in your thriving ministries!”

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The daughters of Elbert and Michelle Bailey would like to congratulate their parents on 50 years of marriage. Elbert and Michelle were married Nov. 21, 1970 at the UCSD wedding chapel. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Elbert and Michelle are renewing their vows, Saturday, Nov. 21…

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This sign in the Starbucks Café on Orange Avenue reminds us all that, in challenging times like these, a little kindness can be the most important thing we have to share.

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At 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, the Coronado Roundtable will feature Coronado resident Dr. David Davenport, who will present a program on Zoom titled “Commonsense Solutions For the Civics Education Crisis.”

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The Glorietta Bay Inn has introduced a dedicated “Government Travel” page on their website to help local military get the very best value from their assigned per diems.

The key is to book direct with this charming historic hotel as you will receive the special rate of $149, keeping you comfortably under the $161 currently allotted for hotel stays. As a significant bonus you will also receive a priority room upgrade and complimentary parking. (Offer runs from now until February

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Thank you, Coronado, for your generosity donating to the Monarch Halloween Drive! The Girl Scout Troop 5548 delivered 300 goodie bags to the Monarch School this year!! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, both Venmo cash and physical items. We raised $720 through Venmo! We spent $457.55 to buy items for the goodie bags, and we sent the extra $262.45 as a check to the Monarch School to supplement their immediate needs. The school sent us a thank you note, which is included below.

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The seventh Annual Coronado Turkey Trot will go on virtually this year, still offering a fun, family-bonding activity Thanksgiving weekend. The event is hosted by the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Coronado Unit, and net proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Development Services at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Rather than one large, live event on Thanksgiving morning, this year participants can run, walk, or bike their own 5k route between Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29. Registration is open at http://give.rchsd.org/goto/turkeytrot, and the suggested donation is $35 per person. With registration, adults receive a 2020 Turkey Trot

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Each week, the Coronado Public Library hosts storytimes and events for kids of all ages. On Mondays at 11 a.m., the Library hosts a storytime for babies and their caregivers to develop early language skills. On Mondays at noon., the Library hosts “Mindful Moments” to show breathing exercises…

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The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites local artists to submit images of original artwork for the “2021 Celebrating Coronado Artists” banner series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in April, May and June 2021. The deadline to submit artwork is Jan. 15, at 5 p.m.

Visit https://coronadoarts.com/opportunities/2021-celebrating-coronado-artists-call-to-artists/ to

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Holiday wreaths, tabletop trees, and centerpieces make great gifts for loved ones, friends, and clients throughout the country. Not only is this a good gift idea and a way to spruce up your home for the holidays, it’s also a great way to support Coronado Middle School. Due to the pandemic, n…

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All the heartwarming traditions of our Annual Holiday Parade will be sorely missed this year, but the team at the Coronado Chamber of Commerce are working as diligently as elves to bring you a special Holiday Sidewalk Sale on the weekend of Dec. 5 and 6.

Orange Avenue stores will be brimming over with gift ideas, stocking stuffers and major bargains, all accessible al fresco so you can shop safely in the crisp winter sunshine.

Treasures of the Heart is offering a great gift card deal of “Spend $25 Get $30”; the

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Coronado SAFE, in conjunction with the Coronado Film Festival, will be sponsoring a free, community panel discussion with several local, multidisciplinary experts on the recent Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma.” Panelists will include: Jon Moffat, Digital Expert (with a focus on internet safety); Karin Mellina, Coronado Middle School principal and board member of Coronado SAFE; and Gia Del George, Director of Programs and Clinical Counseling for Coronado SAFE.

If you haven’t yet heard about or watched the documentary, the film is about the extent to which the technology that we routinely use, not only frees us to have more information and more connections, but also controls, polarizes, distracts and monetizes us. This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. You can watch the film on Netflix prior to the panel discussion.

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A small group gathered at Coronado Yacht Club (CYC) to welcome Boris, a newly installed marine skimmer, to the premises last Thursday morning. Installation of Boris is the latest step in Coronado’s Emerald Keepers’ strategy to keep Coronado and its waters clean and promote sustainability.

Funded entirely by donations and made possible by CYC’s willingness to operate and maintain Boris, the project demonstrates how

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In fractious times, it can be difficult to have a conversation with neighbors who don’t agree with you. Many worry about consequences of speaking their mind or that others might react negatively if concerns are shared.

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The Coronado High School (CHS) junior class of 2022 is partnering with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to raise money for their class. They are selling a box of donuts for $20 through Nov. 6-18 on the CHS online student store: https://coronadohigh.myschoolcentral.com.

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A crowd of more than 1,200 people showed up for the book signing of Dan Crenshaw’s first book, “Fortitude: American Resilience in the era of Outrage” on Saturday, Nov. 7. The line formed well before the noon start time and was wrapped around the corner and down two and a half blocks from McP…

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Fun and friendly Freya came to PAWS after she was saved off of the I-5 by a Good Samaritan. A quintessential husky, Freya is full of life and energy and looking forward to landing a forever family who will appreciate her zest for life, and her “singing” abilities.

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The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) and the Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media (GDIGM) at Mount St. Mary’s University, are proud to announce a formal alliance and partnership focused on a shared mission of inclusion, diversity and gender representation in media. Founded in 2004 by Academy Award-Winning actor Geena Davis, GDIGM is the only research-based organization working collaboratively within the entertainment

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Community. A word that can take on many meanings, and in a town like Coronado, there may be nothing more important than that sense of community. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Crown Classic Golf Tournament, Coronado once again showed just how important this town and this community is to them. 

The Crown Classic Golf Tournament Fundraiser was created to help provide funding for the Coronado Schools Foundation and the local non-profit Coronado SAFE. Pilialoha Kilohana Estall, the founder of the first annual Crown City Golf Classic, made it very clear what she wanted this day to be about, to help bring awareness for youth mental health and raise money for the continued growth of STEM and arts classes for the Coronado Schools Foundation and Local nonprofit, Coronado Safe.

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In July 2019 hundreds of residents attended a Port of San Diego public outreach meeting at the Coronado Community Center with a unified message against a proposal in the ‘Discussion Draft’ of the Port Master Plan Update (PMPU). Their primary grievance was the allocation of up to 350 new hotel rooms near the Coronado Ferry Landing. The community voices, along with those of Coronado’s elected officials, were heard loud and clear by Port staff, and the advocacy was effective. 

With significant revisions made to the Discussion Draft PMPU, the Port is reaching out to the public again for input regarding the changes.

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Crown Garden Club members hobnobbed with goblins on their Trick or Treat Garden Tour last Thursday. The ghostly guests gathered in ghoulish gardens around the island.

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Enjoy your lunch while watching the Coronado Historical Association’s (CHA) A Bite of History’s free lecture in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Historians Christine Stokes and Vickie Stone will tell the story of Lieutenant Theodore

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Finisher medals and T-shirts are in for the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge, an event designed to help the City celebrate its 130th anniversary and participants stay healthy during the ongoing pandemic.

Locals may pick up finisher medals and other ordered packages at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays: Nov. 6 and Dec. 11.

Medals may be picked up only if you have logged more than 130 miles on the leaderboard. When picking up gear, please practice social distancing and wear a mask.

The challenge asks participants to complete 130 miles by running, walking, cycling, golfing, paddle boarding, surfing, inline skating or any other activity by Dec. 11, the date the City was incorporated in 1890.

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On April 4, 1960, a group of 20 women began a chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in town, the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club (CJWC). Eighty years later, the CJWC is still going strong with 45 currently active members who dedicate their time to the community.

Jessica Cunningham serves as the current president of the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club, having been a part of the organization for eight years. “I was born and raised in Coronado but had just moved back in 2013 after being in the Orange County/LA area, just had my second daughter who was two months old, and was looking for, number one, a place to escape,” Cunningham remembers with a laugh. Being a mom and working from home, Cunningham found a second home in the CJWC after discovering the club through a Facebook group for moms in Coronado.

“I always knew I wanted to do some form of giving back,” Cunningham, a former Miss Coronado and no stranger to service and representing her community, mentions. “I always wanted to be in Rotary but at that time the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club was the perfect commitment.”

The CJWC organizes a variety of charitable and community driven events

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Scott Thompson was moving fast, nabbing trash with his pick-up stick from the gutters on the one hundred block of B Avenue when I stopped him to talk about being an Emerald Keeper. Scott is an avid runner, but doesn’t pick up trash when he runs. Instead, he heads out with his bucket and pick-up stick three times a week to clean up the mess people leave on Coronado’s streets. Scott said, “My wife, Nina, is the one who inspired me to pick up trash. She picks it up on her run/walks. We pick up trash together when we walk our dog, Luca.”

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Boy Scout Troop 801 made news on Sunday, Nov 1. A whopping 26 Scouts participated in a Bay Beach Clean-Up, led by Scoutmaster Steve Turo. The event was sponsored by Crown Town Foundation and a prize went to Gabriel Garcia for the strangest item found, a metal-tipped high quality arrow.

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Thanks to more than 800 teams of detectives who participated in the Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) “Who Dunnit” Benefit Auction, the Coronado mystery has been solved! And in the process, community members helped raise more than $140,000 for Coronado Schools.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and the support of the community to help preserve STEM and art enrichment activities for our Coronado school children,” said Jeanmarie Bond, CEO of CSF. “It was amazing to watch everyone come together in their detective gear to solve the ‘crime,’ and the energy during the live auction and dance parties was infectious!”

Families of detectives watched the event live as they pieced together clues to solve a fictitious Coronado crime, enjoying guest appearances from local celebs like Mayor Richard Bailey, Chief of Police Charles Kaye, and more.

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The Maritime Museum of San Diego’s restored Vietnam era PCF 816 Swift Boat will lead The Fleet Week Veterans Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 with San Diego Veterans embarked aboard the Patrol Craft Vessel. The Navy Leap Frogs, the U.S Navy’s elite Parachuting Team will do t…

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The City of Coronado invites the community to attend a very special Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony, which will be held “virtually” on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and Avenue of Heroes Committee postponed the first of their twice-annual Hometown Heroes ceremonies of 2020 -- traditionally held in May and November. Recently, the decision was made to hold the canceled spring ceremony in November via Zoom.

At the Nov. 7 ceremony, 16 Hometown Heroes will be honored with banners hung along Third and Fourth streets, Coronado’s official Avenue of Heroes and a designated Blue Star Memorial Highway. The City, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Hometown Banner Committee and the Coronado Historical Association worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program in 2014 to recognize those who call or have called Coronado home and who have honorably served their country.

The Hometown Heroes banner ceremony has become such a beloved program by those who help plan it and those who have ever attended a

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Prior to the pandemic, business for Coronado-based Sushi Affair was set to soar. Their beautifully presented platters won the contract for all the live summer events at Viejas Casino, along with the daily restaurant buffet. But then came the shutdown and, with no ability to even serve takeout from their Coronado kitchens, their livelihood was temporarily wiped out.

Despite this, when the Coronado Chamber would call to check in with owner Nestor Vallar, he maintained an impressively zen demeanor. Then one day he called to ask how he could make a fresh food donation to Coronado’s First Responders. “Their commitment and dedication throughout the pandemic really inspired us and we wanted to show our appreciation.”

Although the Coronado Police Department cannot accept gifts and the Coronado Fire Department are temporarily gratefully declining, Coronado’s Sharp Hospital was thrilled to accept Nestor’s kind offer.

“Christine met us at the front of the hospital and we handed off

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Sweet and petite tabby Crystal came to PAWS after being found on Orange Avenue with her newborn kittens. She’s been a good momma, even adopting an orphan kitten during her mothering time at PAWS, and now it’s Crystal’s turn to be loved and pampered by her forever family.

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Coronado SAFE has served many of us in the Coronado community over the past 22 years. And while the world keeps rapidly changing, Coronado SAFE’s heart for serving and empowering families has stayed the same. As a small nonprofit, they work hard to make sure everyone has the tools they need …

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The Coronado Island Film Festival is hosting its fifth festival Nov. 11-15.

Due to the pandemic, the majority of the festival has gone virtual but organizers have not lost their commitment to celebrate the magic of film and to spotlight the gifted filmmakers who have poured out their creativity, passion and hearts for all to view and enjoy.

The City continues to sponsor the film festival through its Community Grant Program. The festival will host a safe and socially distanced in-person event on Thursday, Nov. 12, when the festival heads to the South Bay Drive-in for the official 2020 Opening Night feature from Searchlight Pictures “Nomadland.” Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, it continues to draw critical acclaim. Opening Night at the South Bay Drive-in one-vehicle entry is $100 and includes a snack package.

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Zoe Hunt, Miss California Teen USA, moves on to compete at the Miss Teen USA pageant this weekend, Nov 6 - 7, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee, at the iconic Graceland, Home of Elvis Presley. This event will happen with several COVID-19 precautions in place.

Hunt, an 18 year old who recently graduated from Coronado High School this last June, 2020, is currently a freshman at Pepperdine University in Malibu, studying remotely this semester due to COVID-19. She is majoring in public relations with an interest in broadcast journalism.

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Retired Navy Vice-Adm. Walter Davis, CEO of a company called EvoNexus kicked off a presentation on the company’s mission of providing aid to companies seeking mentorship, collaboration and access to capital. Founded in 1998 and formerly known as the San Diego Telecom Council, the company has…

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The next virtual STEM workshop in Coronado Library’s “Fun with the Fleet” series will teach the different types of clouds, how they form, and what they can reveal about the weather. A Fleet Science Center educator will also guide participants in building instruments to measure the weather ha…

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“Taking Turns” is a whimsical tale written with a universal theme about restoring balance. Sun and Moon have been together for a lifetime. Can they resolve their differences? Moon’s refusal to take turns with Sun to gain more attention not only impacts his friend, Sun, but affects our whole planet, Earth. Fun facts about our Sun and Moon included.

Filled with nature, science and how the sun and moon resolve their differences, “Taking Turns” offers social skills for children to learn kindness, sharing and friendship. This book follows the common core state standards for English, Science, and in social skills for children up to grade five.

Coronado author Marianne Blackstone Tabner shares her own fascination of learning with children by making reading fun. “Taking Turns,” offered in both English and Spanish, helps children to explore concepts of sharing while providing them with opportunities to expand their creativity and imagination with hands-on science activities.

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In the midst of a year that will surely be remembered as one like no other, Coronado Island Film Festival is pleased to add a significant new award to this year’s festival lineup: The Leonard Maltin Tribute Award, the first of which will be presented by Leonard Maltin himself during a unique…