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Grand name, eh? When I was a kid we lived a few miles from Marineland – we used to go pretty often. It was low-keyed, relatively inexpensive, and not nearly the major production Disneyland was. We even rode our bikes out there sometimes.

Then, in the early ’80s, when I started in television, a story on Marineland was my very first to air – I loved that place:

    On the high ocean bluffs once crowned by Marineland of the Pacific, you can almost hear the laughter of tens of thousands of vanished children. The children have disappeared into adults, but moldering Marineland still awaits its own, long-promised metamorphosis into a luxury resort.

    The old “oceanarium,” as it was called, at the southern end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula was ahead of its time. When it opened in 1954, it was the first true destination amusement park in Southern California, predating Disneyland by a year. Its killer whale, dolphin and sea lion shows prefigured the Sea Worlds of today.

    A generation of Southern California children endured the long, inconvenient ride to the remote and spectacular site.

    Their journey was over, their fidgeting rewarded, when they finally caught sight of the 320-foot Skytower soaring into the blue ocean-side sky at the park’s entrance. It meant they’d soon be watching the splashy acrobatics of Orky and Corky the killer whales, petting Bubbles the pilot whale (then badgering their parents to buy stuffed toy models of her), and snorkeling the curved, faux-rocky recesses of Baja Reef amid rainbows of tropical fish.

    Among those children was James York, now 55, who heads the investment group that bought the property for $28 million nine years ago.

    ….In the year of its 50th birthday, Marineland, which closed in 1987, is barely a suggestion of its former self.

    The site of the large complex that housed the whale stadium and underwater feeding shows is now an empty expanse of sandy bluff top pebbled with the droppings of goats, who keep the weeds eaten and the grass clipped.

    “The structural integrity of the big tanks depended on being filled with water, so when they were drained, they were no longer structurally sound,” explained York, who keeps a full-time office at the site.

    Gone also are the walrus, sea otter, harbor seal, penguin and flamingo pools. The Sea Arena, site of the seal circus and porpoise games, also has disappeared with hardly a trace. Bushy trees now grow in the natural bowl-shaped depression once lined by stadium seats.

    Baja Reef still exists, but desiccated vegetation crunches underfoot on the approach to it, and giant twisted palm fronds lie like corpses all around. The curving channel where snorkelers once held sway is dry. Broken pieces of roof tile and other odd detritus have replaced the tropical fish and baby sharks.

    ….For as many as eight months a year, York said, some sort of filming goes on atop the bluffs. Movies that have been shot there include “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Rock” and “Spider-Man.” Marineland also was the location for the MTV shows “Beach House” and “Singled Out.”

    York ticked off the reasons the place is suited for making movies, especially action movies.

    “You can land a helicopter anywhere on the property,” he said. “And they don’t need to use a blue screen for special effects because the sky here is essentially a blue screen. And, of course, there’s the actual ocean right there.”

    The property offers commanding views of Santa Catalina Island and the nearby coastline. Standing on the roof of the old Marineland restaurant, facing due south to Catalina, York traced an arc from east to west.

    “This is one of the few locations, maybe the only one, in California where you can see the sun rise and set over the ocean while standing in the same spot,” he said.

    Small wonder that Lowe Enterprises is planning a $250-million resort there. It is to include a 400-room main hotel, flanked by 150 casitas and 32 resort condominiums, as well as a golf training facility and three practice greens.

    A previous entrepreneur who had hoped to develop the resort acquired all the necessary governmental approvals. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2005 and be completed in 2007.

    ….For a long time, however, the most stirring remnants of Marineland will exist in the memories of the erstwhile children who loved the place.

    “I lived close enough that when I was in junior high school we could just ride our bikes down, me and my friends,” said Carolynn Petru, Rancho Palos Verdes’ assistant city manager. “I’d just go over and over again. I just loved it.” [LA Times]

Hey, that’s what I said.

UPDATE
More on Marineland here.

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  • JR

    Up north, we had a Marineland in the baylands of Redwood City. I think I only went once. They later added some kind of Safari Park; then they moved to Vallejo. I don’t know if they’re still around.

    BTW, apparently training killer whales is tricky because they have no concept of fear. They do, however, seem to have a well-developed concept of fun.

  • Eric Olsen

    So you’re safe as long as they don’t think it would be “fun” to eat you.

  • JR

    Exactly so. And generally they don’t. Humans apparently don’t taste very good. Great white sharks don’t eat us either; when they take a chunk out of a human, it doesn’t taste like baby seal, so they tend to lose interest and leave the person to bleed to death.

    I heard that the only known cases of orcas killing humans was when they play too rough – dragging a trainer down to the bottom until he drowns or some such stunt. I can imagine the whale thinking, “What the fuck? I only dunked him for fifteen minutes. What a wuss!”

  • Eric Olsen

    Maybe it’s me: Marineland closed when I lived near it, now Sea World here in Aurora, was folded into Six Flags next door and most of the good stuff (ie expensive to maintain) is gone). When my older kids were little, we’d get a season pass and go to Sea World 5-10 times every summer. I miss that – of course I miss them being little also, but that’s the stupid part of being a parent.

  • duane

    Enjoyed the writeup. I grew up near Long Beach, and was lucky to have had several visits to Marineland when I was a kid. It wasn’t better than Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm, but it had its own kind of magic. I have also been to San Diego Sea World a number of times, but, for some reason, always preferred Marineland. Maybe it was the location, out there on the peninsula, with Catalina on the horizon. Actually, the new Long Beach Aquarium down on Ocean Blvd is done up very well. Not a sub for Marineland, but it’s nice that it’s there.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Duane, nice to hear from a fellow Marinelander. We’re finally going to get out there for the first time in a while in the summer and my brother lives in Long Beach now – we’ll have to check out the aquarium.

  • http://www.marinelandofthepacific.org Executive Director

    Hello:
    One of our researchers came across this blog. Thought you’d all like to know that Marineland of the Pacific is alive and well through its Historical Society. You can check out the website and recall some fond memories through the many photos that are posted. Thanks for the interest and support.
    MOTPHS

  • Eric Olsen

    excellent, thanks for the link, will check it out!

  • Robert

    Thank you for the memories of one of best things of my childhood & teenage years.
    From Sea Hunt to Irwin Allen, what a great place to learn about the magic of our world, the ocean, & orca’s
    Once again thank you.
    On the flip side, let the people know of the down fall of Marineland. The greed of Hardcourt, Brace, Jovanovich destroyed the park. There underhanded midnight move of the orca’s to Sea World, after they promised that they wouldn’t move them, or close the park. How about the immediate draining & damaging of the tanks beyond repair.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Robert, check out the website of the Marineland Historical Society for more of the story. I was very disappointed when it went away so ignominiously, a peaceful little world out on its own point gone and nothing of note to replace it.

  • Jeff Givens

    Greetings and Salutations to all,
    I too spent some time at Marineland P–lets not forget there was one in Fla–from 69′ to 74′. Once known as one of the “Origional Marineland Pests” (coined by announcer Danny Brunac (sic)), David Roland and I spent every day not in school at the park (thank God for those Season Passes). We were there so often, that Brunac used to include us in the Killer Whale show, as we stood in the spot Orky would splash water (Mother always complained about me smelling like fish when I came home,,, wonder why?).

    I myself used to ride my bike to the park, but after a while I used to go to the entrance to my subdivision–SeaView–and wait for one of the employees to come by on the way to work, and they would stop and give me a ride. Hey, free trans, can’t beat that. Sorry to hear the park fell into such ill repair, but I kind of expected it. I had a chance to go to the park back in 86′,87′, and thought the place looked good. Parking lot was empty, but that was what I was used to anyway. Oh, and found Art Thomas, the sealion trainer from the 50’s still working there, he was feeding the walruses in the tank in front of Sea Arena. Guess they thought he was too old for the public.

    Oh, thought I would mention, that Marineland was the filming site for and episode for Batman (the origional series), one for The Partridge Family (where I met Danny Boniduchi(sic). He was no actor, he acted the same in person as he did on TV, as ASS…
    Also, 2 episodes of Emergency and one for Hobo Kelly (any of you remember her?).

    Anyhow, I’ll try to find the few pictures I have and scan them. One was of Curly (Addison Loomis) and myself standing on Smitty’s (Orky’s trainer) platform in our park jackets (he had given me one of the park patches to sew onto it). Another was taken during a Killer Whale show, getting a LARGE dog bone from Orky’s mouth. The rest of them are on slides and very blurry (hey, I was a kid after all).

    Got all kinds of stories. I had a tendancy to go where I wasn’t supposed to, wandered everywhere, got into lots of trouble with management, but… see above (I was a kid). Hung out with the staff during the strike in the 70’s–didn’t have anything else to do, rode the Huberty’s boats (Marineland coastal cruises), and generally made a PEST of myself–what else is a Marineland Pest supposed to do.

    If any of you know of the wereabouts of any of the old crew of the place, I would appreciate a note or two, or if you just want to tell me of some memory of the old place, feel free.
    Long live the ghosts of the park.

  • Jeff Givens

    Oh, just thought I’d ask, does anyone know what happened to the painting Curly did of the mermaid underwater?. No, not a mermaid underwater, CURLY was underwater in the giant fish tank. He was conducting this foolishness at about the same time the partridge family was there… or at least thats how the memory sees it.
    Also, does anyone remember going to the slide, reached into the box containing the burlap sacks to ride with, then hearing a voice yelling “Keep your hands off the merchandise”.

    Jeff (Dog)

  • Eric Olsen

    great to hear from you Jeff – maybe we ran into each other! Of course now the location is used for filming more than ever – if you see a cliff-overlooking-the-sea shot, it’s probably there

  • Ron Parmele

    To find out what happened to Curly Loomis and see the underwater paintings he did while working at Marineland go to ( http://www.underwaterseascapes.com )

    Most of His family lives in Montana. They still have the originals.
    I’m Ron Parmele and I’m married to his oldest daughter Linda

  • reddhottredd

    yeah marineland ,i also grew up going to marineland and i loved it because it was a refuge for sick and hurt mammels and sea life, one day as my mom droped us off at the front entrance where the dolphin statues stood there was big contraversy going on about marineland closing.

    people got signs and petitioned at the entrance of the place boycotting the closing and the removel of the main attraction, orkie and corkie the killer whales. sea world wanted them down at their attraction like they need any more whales, and of corse the locals did not want them taken from their home,, i can see why because i grew to love these huge beautiful mammels but i was just a kid so i was heart broken at the thought.

    i wasnt thinking realisticly when in fact the old marineland was iin disrepair and slowly falling into the pacific.plus the tanks were very old and made of a metal of some sort, but in any case , i still remember when corkie had her baby at marineland it was the first to be born in captivity, things were ok at first and then the baby whale stoped feeding ,they got worried that it may not servive, and as much as corkie wanted her baby to live it didnt ,,and it died, some say because the tanks in which were made of metal confussed the babys sonar waves when it bounced around inside the tanks,

    i cant imangine what it felt or if that was the problem but i guess its like when the navey does it thing under the water and every whale dolphin ,seal,mammal beaches itself because it cant stand the noise and would rather die on the beach then be in the water,, pretty intence stuff, and then when they exsamined the mammals they found out that their brains were scrambled like eggs from trama that really sucks and pisses me off, i cant belive the navy knowing this still claim their innocence, bunch of political bullshit, what im getting at is that what i belive happened to baby corkie. so afterwards im sure corkie wasnt herself and plan to close marineland remained, durning the wee hours of the mourning , big big trucks came down the narrow winding roads and stoped at marineland.

    well i was about 13 then and a few of my friends and i liked to kick back up on the bluffs and party a little, it was that night when we saw these trucks pass by on the road, we triped on them and wondered where they were heading, maybe some kind of goverment mission or somthing, but not until the next mourning on the news that the storie of the big trucks became clear,, orkie and corkie were stolen,kidnapped,and not there, vanished into thin air,boy were people hot ,,stolen right from under there noses, i was mortified especially after i thought about it ,we saw the trucks pass us by, we saw the trucks before they robed us of our whales,,

    i felt sad i felt that maybe i could of done somthing warned someone folloewed them and saved the day saved our whales saved orkie and corkie,, but now there gone and so was marineland,. 15 years later,,,i really never made it to sea world to visit my old friends until my 28 th birthday, my friend had just moved to escondito and i was their visiting for my b day,, she said hey i want to take you to sea world so u can see orkie and corkie again,, i thought yeah that would be cool, lets do it,,

    it was a beautiful day, really it was ,san deigo wasnt like it is today it was reeally nice and sea world looked ok, i was still partial and still loved marineland im very loyal, yeah they had nice exsibits and funny shows and pretty big with their nice tree lined walkways and dancing water show,

    it was when we were waiting to go see the water show i had to use the ladies room, i did my thing and when i was washing my hands this lady comes out from the stall and says in a screaching voice pipi,excuse me i said, pipi,pipi your pipi lonstockings as she pulled up a peice of my long red hair,she was so in static and happy i blurted out to her, oh my god how did you know? she was insisted that i was really pipi longstockings ,as she was shacking my hand i said god that was so long ago. i dont even look the same, id know you from anywhere she said, can i have your autograph,? not wanting to dissappoint her or ruin her day i agreed to sign a autograph, so i signed in big swerley letters YOUR DEAR FRIEND PIPI LONGSTOCKINGS and gave it to her.

    and away she went hugging the peice of paper not wanting to lose it and said good bye, so i finished up ,and walked up to my friend, i lit a cigerette and my friend says to me why is that lady over there pointing at us, and waving, did you do somthing to her in the bathroom , should we start running redd all paranoid that i did something awful,, i said no, silly shes waving because she thinks im pipi longstockings , no way your kidding right, i said no really she came out of the stall and right up to me and insisted i was pipi, my friend said you did tell her that you wernt ,right,, no, i ended up signing her a autograph,,

    my friend fell out on the ground she was in ttears laughing so hard, she really couldnt compose herself, it was funny watching her and i started laughing people really were looking at us strange and mothers were moving their kids away from us,, i swear it felt as if i was having a acid flashback..

    so we both started waving back and as the show went in we didnt,,but the lady did on the way in introduced me to all the family grandma pa, little jr the whole gang they were from some other country and only knodded which was good for me they even shook my friends hand ,the friend of pipi longstocking,,what a gas, well our day wasnt over yet ,( this is when you wish that you could see into the furture ) was was to happen next..as we looked at the program and times we just had enpough time to make it to the first killer whale show,,

    off we went, i wasnt sure if i was fgoing to see orkie and corkie since their main attraction and stars of the show were shammo and mammo and baby shammo orkie and corkie were probablly known as the getto whales from pedro in the whale world. so second fiddle they were. the seats started to fill up and we got some seats around the middle and not too far in front because you know that they make the whales splash you with that nasty fish water, yeach, i was anxious and tried to see in back of the huge tarps that blocked the behind the seans area, then the trainer came out in full swing ,getting the people and kids all hiped up annoucing the whales as they were released into the tanks,,

    out comes mammo and then he annouced that shammo was not feeling well and so a new commer to the group was to join the show and they named corkie ,, out she came just like she did at marineland , i had to stand up so i could get a better look, thats her ,thats her i said, cindee my friend says ok redd now sit down your blocking peoples view,, but i said thats corkie,, and the show started they did their ball bouncing and the splashing and fish feeding you know all the same stuff they do in every show but on this day no script could of wrote this, as we clapped along when baby shammo was swimming along the glass waving and splashing people as it went around

    you could see in the fog of the water one or two of the whales swimming around really fast, and within an instant the most horrible thing took place, corkie uppercut the other female whales underside and pushed her up and out of the water, we all thought i was part of the show i guess, and then within a split secound the tank started filling up with red ,i mean really fast ,someone yelled oh my god blood. and then the panic and stampeed began,,

    i never seen so many mothers grabbing their children covering their eys and at the same time running for the stroller area falling and screamming and frantic.i didnt move iwas in a shock or in another world, starring into the bloody tank trying to see if it was corkey that got hurt ,i was watching the trainers and they were running around blowing the whistles and trying to get baby shammo into another tank,

    now the workers were rushing people out and helping them up. getting all lookiloos out of the whale arena, i was the last to be escorted out, i had no clue were my friend was ,, i kept asking the guy, was it corkie what happened ?are they alright, tell me ,what happened to corkie,,? without saying a word while he rudley pushed me out the gate.

    it was a nitemare i never want to expierence that ever again, i stood there at the gate trying to see in trying to see somthing ,if corkie was dead,or alive or hurt, oh my god was she dead. i heard my friend call me , she says are u ok ,i was worried ,i didnt see u come out,? no im not ok ,ill never be ok, lets get the f—k outta here,i really need a drink, oh by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! to be continued i need to think now. thanks for listening.

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com/ Christopher Rose

    reddhottredd: I’m gonna put paragraphs in that epic above. Please use them yourself if you do continue…

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  • Andy Pesich

    Before water-proof microphones, Marineland had non-trainer announcers. My cousin Danny Brunac was one of those. I’d like to clarify the story of the day the dophins were doing a really good show and the aftermath: Danny did say “Holy shit, look at them fish fly.” However, he was only reprimanded for it, not fired. Well, anyway, that’s what he says.

  • Jeff Givens

    to andy Pesich,
    Please, please, please!!!!! send your cousin Danny my e-mail address [Deleted]
    his slave. jeff

  • Jeff Givens

    Bye the Bye, andy,
    I remember something of the incident you reported, and no, he wasn’t fired, he was too well liked. He was also one of the best announcers the park had. Rick Sherman and Jack Stapleton were good, but Danny would clown around during his show, and the public liked it.
    About the slave thing… I was in the back of SeaSide Stadium, with everyone else, and I guess being a pest (talking too much) and he decided to get rid of me. So, he told me to check on the lock on the back of one of the sealion cages (occupied) to make sure it was secure. After I was inside, he locked the outside cage door. He then told me “I won’t let you out untill you promise to become my slave”, probably thinking I would go away after that (finally!). One, I knew the sealions wouldn’t hurt me, two, I could get out thru the other side, three, I didn’t care (I loved this place). So…I agreed. He would call me over the PA system… Jeff to the desk please… Jeff to the information desk. I would run errands for him–usually to get food–and run general errands for him. Sounds cruel???. Not so. After a while, the girls got onto him about this, and when I went to the snack bar for them, he had to give me a little extra money to get something for myself. Not nessesary, as the snack bar girls would usually give me something to eat throughout the day (all I had to do was ask). I would save the money to feed the sealions (which after a while, Nancy would give me the fish for free anyway. Anyway, send him my e-mail add. Would like to hear from him or John. Loved them both [Personal contact info deleted]

  • Andy Pesich

    To Jeff Givens:

    I’ll pass on your sentiments to Danny. It’s funny that he locked you up in the Sea Lion cage. Grandpa Pesich had a chicken coop in the back of his house. One day, being pissed at cousin Carol for some reason, he locked her up in it. I believe there were both about 12 at the time.

  • Lenita

    I loved Marineland. What a shame! When my brother and I were little we got up on stage with shiskabible at the Marineland restarant. How fun our folks didn’t know where we were for a moment. We had hit the “Big Time!” I recently visited Sea World San Diego and somebody told me Shamu is really Corky. Is this true? And more homes on the “hill” is just what we need! The traffic is so darn bad now anyway that they will probably try to tear out the pepper trees on P.V. Drive North again. And Mr. trump is developing the landslide! Oh Well , another piece of Paridise Lost! Sincerely, Old Timer from P.V. Penn…

  • REDD

    HI LENITA ,ABOUT YOUR COMMENT, YES,” SHAMU” IS CORKY, CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT, I JUST RECENTLY FOUND OUT A COUPLE MONTHS AGO.. HERE ALL ALONG ,I THOUGHT SHAMU WAS A DUDE ORCA (NOT CORKY) AND DID YOU KNOW THAT (ORKY DIED SOON AFTER HE WAS KIDNAPPED TO SEA WORLD,) BUT BEFORE HE DIED ,HE FATHERED 2 CALVES WITH A ORCA FROM ICELAND , HER NAME WAS (KANDU, )ONE OF THE CALVES WAS NAMED ORKID,) (ORKYS KID), IM NOT SURE THE OTHER ONES NAME, BUT CORKY WHO WAS ORKYS GIRL TRIED TO HAVE BABIES AND ALL DIED, SO DURING A SHOW WITH KANDU AND CORKY (AKA SHAMU,) AND IN THE TANK ALSO, WAS ORKID( AKA BABY SHAMU,)I STILL CANT FIGURE THAT ONE OUT SINCE CORKY WASNT THE BABYS MOM, WELL KANDU NEVER LIKED CORKY AND WHEN THE SHOW STARTED ,KANDU ATTACKED CORKY BY UPPER CUTTING HER UNDER BELLY TOSSING HER UP OUTTA THE WATER , SOON THE TANK WAS FULL OF BLOOD AND THE WHOLE STADIUM FLIPPED OUT,MOMS KIDS ,TRAINERS ECT, IT WAS A SEANE,(FROM FREDDIES ELM STREET)THE END RESULT, WAS THAT KANDU DIED FROM HER INJURIES .CORKY WAS HURT BUT ALIVE AND ORKID GOT A NEW MOM.. CORKY! (ISNT THAT WEIRD) ,I DONT KNOW WHEATHER TO CALL THAT FATE OR DESTINY OR JUST PLAIN STRANGE. SHE IS GOING ON HER 39 YEARS OF PREFORMING WITH NO DAYS OFF.. WE HAVE A CAMPAIN GOING ON TO SET HER FREE ,SEA WORLD WONT FREE HER, SHES THE ONLY ONE THAT IS GENTLE ENOUGH WITH NEW TRAINERS , WHO NEED TO LEARN THE STUFF.. BUT MAINLY, LOOK HOW MUCH THEY CHARGE FOR A ADULT,, $50.00 A PERSON THATS CRAZY…DO THE MATH ,IF SEA WORLD HAS 200 ADULTS LETS SAY, NO KIDS ,THEY ARE MAKING AT MIN. $10.000 A DAY, JUST IN TICKETS ,ADD THE KIDS THE FOOD THE SOUVINERS, ECT , (SEA WORLD SUCKS ), THEY DONT CARE IF CORKY DIES IN CAPTIVITY BUT I DO..GREEDY BEER DRINKERS, YOU KNOW THAT BUDWEISER OWNS SEA WORLD ,RIGHT.? FOR WHATEVER BUSCH PAID FOR THEM 2 WHALES FROM MARINELAND ,CORKY HAS PAID FOR HER FREEDOM 100 TIMES OVER…HELP US GIVE HER THE FREEDOM SHE DESERVES .. THANK YOU

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    REDD: Please don’t SHOUT. We’re not DEAF! Thanks.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/oceandepths Ocean Depths

    Redd that other baby Orky fathered was Kayla. She is still alive today and lives in Seaworld Florida. She has had a calf named Halyn who unfortunatly passed away on June 15th 2008. So Orky would have been a grand father like Tilikum.

    Corky is still going strong and loves to care for the younger orcas even know she cannot have any more. I hope Orkid has a child one day.

    Corky can’t go back to the wild by the way, how is she supposed to catch her food? Marineland filed down all her teeth so she has to rely on humans to feed her. “THEY DONT CARE IF CORKY DIES IN CAPTIVITY BUT I DO” That statement is untrue. Seaworld care about all their orcas but like everything its down to money. A bit like the Lolita saga

  • RipTide

    Corky’s too old. All her teeth are worn down, and she has liver problems. She can’t be released. Lolita’s healthy enough, but her home waters are waaayyy too polluted. But if they at least moved her to SeaWorld, she could have friends.
    Kshamenk, that’s the one to free!

  • chris kinsey

    what happened to the marinelad boats that gave people rides

  • http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/marineland-of-the-pacific/comments Greg May

    When I was growing up I would write to oceanariums all over the country. I couldn’t wait to come home from school and see the press kits the mailman delivered!

    In 1970 Marineland moved Orky & Corky to the four-story high tank in the main building since the orcas had outgrown Seaside Stadium and the killer whales were now more popular than the pilot whales.

    I was 13 yrs. old and wrote a mock press release about how “Bubbles” had thrown a ‘star fit’ because she had been moved to a smaller stadium. Since she was Marineland’s first marine star she went on strike and contacted the Sea Stars Union for Performing Sea Animals.

    Clyde Tussey, Marineland’s publicist, got such a kick out of my press release he wrote “Congratulations, Greg, on your new career as a publicist!” Years later, I’m working for Ed Asper at SeaWorld in Orlando who was a former Marineland curator.

    Shortly before Marineland of Florida was demolished, I made my 100th pilgrimage to the world’s original oceanarium. Fox News televised my visit. You can read about my fascination with Marineland of Florida

  • http://blogcritics.org Eric Olsen

    that is so cool Greg – thanks for your story! I love that this article is still getting attention after 6 years!