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David S. Parker
Charles I. McGinnis
Lieutenant Governor
Frank A. Baldwin

Panama Cai



Willie K. Friar
Editor, English Edition
Jose T. Tufi6n
Editor, Spanish Edition
Vic Canel, Fannie P. Hern6ndez,

nal Information Officer Official Panama Canol Publication Franklin Castrell6n and Dolores E.
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Panama's Pearls 3
Balboa, Elizabeth Taylor and
the inosqueta are all a part of
the history of the Pearl Island

Consider the Crackowe 8
From the Duckbill to the
Sidewinder you can bet your
brogans it's style that counts
in the selection of shoes.

Culinary Capers 12
Fare from everywhere avail-
able at local restaurants.

Isthmus Turf Stars I
Local jockeys, horses make
racing history.

Disney World ]
A look behind the scenes at a
favorite vacation spot.

Babel on the Banks of the
Panama Canal 2
The student body at Canal
Zone College is as interna-
tional as the parade of ships
transiting the waterway.

Maritime Monickers 2
Whether named for a shell or
St. Nick, there's always a

Three Decades Make a
The Balboa High School Class
of '43 returns for a nostalgic
look at the Isthmus.

18 { '



Ar,-iork-Petcr Gtrnet. p. 8 and 27; 1lctor Sin-
clair, pt. 10; Carlos 1tl6ndez, p. 26.

* -- 2''


Sometimes findiri liut Ie- i11-h i l-
lustration for an article : in tli RHI.IE,.
becomes a story in it,:lf I,,l. ',.,, the
case in locating a phl..t..-,rph .:. Elz.,-
beth Taylor weariiii Par..l.r,:,. iI..',
famous pearl. The e-.ii'.h itli i,,-t-
ance from William I'. \ !. '.. .4 tlh-
Canal's M otion Pic r,1 .: I.: ...: l'r.'I.:. d
to such faraway pl..:i: ,: H-..nll .'ind
London before Bevei-I \\ hli.-i,....f li-he
Reference Section a.t the C:,in.il .i.,
Library. discovered th.-i Lif. l.d'J 1fa-
tured the actress wriii.,g tli.: pen-.l ii
cover story on her -!ith I.itithdi, The
photo, obtained froir. Ti.n-Li!.: rIP'..t..s
in New York, appeals .rn th, .:.pp, -.,lei
The magnificent iii.. :,'l t. ..i. .-..r
cover and those us.id' I.. illij.ti.i.- tl'-.
story were loaned I.. th.: hIE,.'E 1\
Richard and Silvia \\Vi:ri:. n. .:i. ,,
Ricardo, the well I,... I i....: (I t,
jewelry store.
On the front cov.:r i, -he L.e itifill,,
sim ple traditional m ...'' .:t .i I i tlI It- .: i.
ter pearl surrounded I.'. cilrc : ..f pe irl.
interspersed with g, Id.
The back cover shows a mod.:ii .:-.
sion of a mosqueta, the desil ii: .,ii
variations of which are limited ...I', 1.\
the skill, ingenuity and artistry ..f te
Werner is known as Ricardce t.' i.:s-
idents of Panama, the Canal Zrc ..md
a worldwide clientele that :ittl,.:
many celebrities. He came to I', ..*m.,
on a visit in 1936 and settled. COn) .if
family of 13 jewelers, he begar In .. p-
prenticeship in his father's store ii. \leri-
na at the age of six. He worked ;:t C .i
Fastlich and Tahiti before ope:nin. hi.
own shop in 1947.
The \Verners shared their 1.t:...: ,id
knowledge of pearls and the !ii..I-. 'it
with REVIEW readers by pr..~'i.[g
much of the information in the story.
The cover photograph is by Arthur L.

5 3 1954


W. "" Y .

story of Panama. And the mosqueta,

history of Panama. And the mosqueta,
created by combining the two in an in-
tricate work of art, has become one of
the symbols of the country.
When a Panamanian girl pins her
grandmother's mosqueta on the pom
pom on the front of her pollera, the na-
tional dress of Panama, she may marvel
at the beauty of the gold and pearl
brooch and wonder how it happened to
be created. Many visitors, purchasing
them to take home, also express curiosity
about the origin of the design.
No one knows for sure when the first
mosqueta was created or who the de-
designer was. Buitt is fairl certain that
the gold and pearls of Panama were first
joined in the delicate beauty of the mos-
queta by jewelers from southern Europe
who migrated to Panama, bringing with
them their skill in gold filigree uork.
At that time, labor was cheap and pearls
from the Pearl Islands were plentiful.
There is a story that the brooches re-
minded the jewelers of a beautiful blos-
som and they began to call them "mos-
quetas," the Spanish name for the white
musk roses of the Mediterranean area.
These old mosquetas, fashioned of
the famous Pearl Island pearls, are
now treasured heirlooms passed down
through the generations. In more re-
cent times, they have inspired a com-
plete line of jewelry including rings, f
necklaces, and earrings.
So the mosqueta is really a final chap-
ter in the history of the Panama pearls,
a history that started as far back as Bal-
boa and ended allruptly in 1938 when Elizabeth Taylor wears Panama's most famous pearl, La Peregrina, as a drop pendant.
the Red Tide spread over the Bay of The pearl, which was found off the Pearl Islands more than 400 years ago,
Panama and destroyed the oyster beds was a gift from Richard Burton who paid $37,000 for it. (See story on p. 7)
near the Pearl Islands. Photo by Norman Parkinson.


INTRICATE WORKS OF ART-Nine magnificent mosquetas. In the top row
are three sizes of the traditional circles of pearls and filigree work. In the center and
bottom row, the mosquetas have been fashioned into a variety of forms. The number
of designs is limited only by the imagination of the jeweler.

Balboa was probably the first foreign-
er to know about the fabulous pearl
beds. Legend says that on reaching the
Pacific after his crossing of the Isthmus,
he was met by an Indian chief whose
scanty costume consisted mainly of
pearls. Even the chief's canoe paddles
were studded with pearls.
The Indians brought him pearls from
Panama Bay and told him of even more
wonderful pearl beds farther north, but
Balboa was unable to pursue the mat-
ter. He only made notes in his log.
When reports reached Spain of the
fabulous Panama pearl beds, other ex-
plorers with more interest in plunder
than Balboa arrived to look for them
and soon the riches of the Gulf of
Panama were on their way to Spain.
One of the most magnificent of all
the pearls found in Panama is "La Pe-
regrina," or wanderer, which has been
worn by a Spanish king, an English
queen, a French emperor and today
belongs to one of the most beautiful and
celebrated women of the world, Eliza-
beth Taylor.
When it was found in the Gulf of

Panama 400 years ago, it was considered
so magnificent that the Negro slave who
discovered it was rewarded with his
liberty and his owner was given a grant
of land and a title.
But, according to Joan Younger
Dickinson in "The Book of Pearls," the
large bulk of the pearls taken to Spain,
was reckoned by the pound, or marc,
and no records have been found describ-
ing the various sizes and types. It is
possible that great pearls arrived in
Spain by the bagful and were dispersed
along with quite ordinary ones. One
thing is certain, in the early days Pan-
ama was left mostly with the rejects.
One of the first mentions of the use
of pearls in jewelry in Panama is made
by a French engineer who visited the
Darien in 1821. He writes of women
celebrating independence from Spain
proudly wearing large gold combs and
earrings decorated with the "inexpen-
sive" pearls from the pearl fisheries of
An English woman, Lady Emmeline
Stuart Worley, traveling through Cen-
tral America and Panama in 1849, men-

tions in her book seeing a nursem:,id
pass her room in Panama accompan:ng
a child whose dress was resplendent
with diamonds and pearls. "The peiirls
were wonderfully splendid," she added,
"because in this native water is a reg-
ular pearl industry. These treasures of
the deep are abundantly found around
the island and prove a profitable sour<:e
of employment to a considerable bod\
of men who follow the laborious oc:ui-
pation of divers."
And the occupation of the pearl di\-
ers was indeed laborious. In the e.rlv
days, slaves were sent to get the pearl
They descended into the cold, deep
waters of Panama Bay with stones ie-l
around their legs. Many of them died
of exposure to pressure, of cold and some
were killed by sharks.
By the early 19th century, the pearl
shells of Panama were to become more
in demand than the tiny pearls thev
might contain. The occasional pearl
that might bring $2,000 on the Paris
market was considered "gravy" to the
merchants who were shipping shell to
Germany to feed the largest mother of
pearl market in the world. As early a.
1888, Woldred Nelson tells in his book.
"Five Years in Panama" of the island of
San Miguel where he found a stone
church, the towers of which were <:ov-
ered with pearl shells. The pearl shells
that adorn the twin towers of the Pati-
ama Cathedral in Panama City, which
came from the Pearl Islands, are sttll
being admired by visitors.
By the time the European immigraits
were fashioning the early mosqiet.ir
with gold filigree work and pearls. the
Panama pearl already had a long history
The original handmade mosquet.i
and those produced later with crude
tools cannot compare to the magnifi:c:ert
mosquetas made today with their per-
fect cultured pearls and the finest fili-
gree wire. Nevertheless, these earlk
pieces, made with thick wire and thl.k
gold cups, are cherished heirlooms
Because the baroque pearl comes it
odd sizes and shapes, the old mosquetas
were mostly filigree work. The jeweler
who used 40 or 50 pearls in a moslquet.i
had to make a gold cup to fit ec.h
one, a tedious, time-consuming job tiot
economically feasible today.
Panama jewelers were not fic.ed
with the problem after 1938 be:.muise
the Red Tide killed the oyster beds. The
Red Tide, which occurs to some degree
at the end of each rainy season, is caused
by a half-plant, half-animal that the
biology books call Gymnodinium brevis.
It reproduces with incredible rapidity


The first mosquetas were

mostly filigree work but

local jewelers now

produce an infinite variety

of designs and sizes.

Arturo Garcia, left, and Guillermo Thomas, at work in the Ricardo Jewelry Store,
setting pearls into filigree gold that has been fashioned into pins and rings.

The filigree work completed and
the vari-sized pearls at hand, the jeweler
performs the delicate task of joining
pearls and gold to produce the
coveted mosqueta.

The traditional mosqueta was simply a center pearl surrounded by circles of pearls
interspersed with circles of gold. Modern versions of the mosqueta employ many variations
of filigree ornaments. This photograph shows a brooch before it has heen set with pearls.
Surrounding the brooch are the individual pieces that Panamanian filigrec workers,
employed at Ricardo, fashion from fine gold wire into delicate designs. The individual
pieces are then soldered into circlets of the desired figurations and size.


causing vast stretches of the water to
be stained a reddish brown. After the
organisms die, they release a powerful
nerve poison that kills sea life by the
hundreds of tons.
Red Tide outbreaks are worse in
years of heavy rainfall, and the near
record 85.61 inches of rain in 1938 pre-
ceded the worst Red Tide in Panama's
Since no pearls were available on the
Isthmus following the death of the oys-
ters, no mosquetas were made at all
until the early 1950's when cultured
pearls were first imported from Japan
and filigree wire, produced by machine,
was imported from Europe.
The few jewelers who started to make
mosquetas were not prepared for the
sudden overwhelming popularity of the
various pieces. To fill the demand, Pan-
ama imported more pearls from Japan
and they ordered the pearls to fit the
gold cups of the mosqueta rather than
making the cups to fit the pearls.
This reverse order in jewelry making
was made possible by the genius of the
Japanese pearl merchants, headed by
Kokochi Mikimoto. After a lifetime of
experimentation, he succeeded in dis-
covering a method for culturing pearls
in mass quantities. They are perfectly
shaped, come in various colors and in
anv size. In fact, there are so few natural
pearls available these days that when
pearls are mentioned they are usually
cultured pearls.
In creating the cultured pearl, man
imitates nature only insofar as he in-
serts the foreign object into the ovster
to start the flow of the protective secre-
tion, called nacre, which coats the ob-

Marilyn Pedroso, a
secretary in the
Personnel Bureau,
models mosqueta pin
and earrings made
in the traditional design
of a large center pearl
circled by increasingly
larger rows of pearls
and filigree.

ject and eventually forms a pearl. When
the oyster is about 2 years old, it is in-
jected with an antibiotic to prevent
infection and then an incision is made
to create a pocket to receive the pellet
which stimulates the flow of nacre. The
oyster does the rest.
The finest pearls in size and quality
are left in the ouster for 7 or 8 years
and consist of many coats of nacre.
A 14-inch strand of these matched
pearls might bring as much as $80,000.
Although the Japanese are credited
with the success of the cultured pearl
business, they needed a little help from
the United States and Australia. It was
found that the best foreign object that
could be used to start a pearl was made

Marilyn Escobar wears
the wedding pollera
with the traditional
mosqueta attached
to the porn porn.

of Mississippi River oyster shells. The
shells are cut into strips, then into cubes
and put into a gem tumbler to be ground
down for insertion into the oyster. Each
year nearly 6 tons of oyster shells are
exported from the United States to
Japan. The oysters in which the pearls
are cultured come from off the coast
of Australia.
While the natural pearl industry will
never be the same in Panama or any-
where else, there have been indications
recently that the pearl beds of Panama
may be regenerating.
Pearl divers are at work again and on
occasion find oysters containing pearls.
Like their ancestors, Pearl Island divers
remove the pearls, put them in a bag
and offer them for sale to visitors.
Nita Navarro Chiari de Lewis, wife
of Gabriel Lewis, who has developed
Contadora Island, recently purchased a
pear-shaped pearl measuring between
one-half and three-quarters of an inch.
It is bluish-grey green and Mrs. Lewis
felt that if she could find another, they
would make a beautiful pair of earrings.
While waiting to find a matching
pearl, she had her's appraised and was
dumbfounded to learn it was valued at
about $11,000.
Its discovery has not prompted a pearl
rush to the Islands, but Lewis feels that
it is something to consider. In the future,
he may take on the job of developing
Panama's pearl industry and it is con-
ceivable that Panama pearls may be
used again in the making of Panama's
famous mosquetas.


La et P n4

"La Peregrina," the beautiful costly
pearl that now belongs to lovely Eli-
zabeth Taylor was found in the Gulf of
Panama 400 years ago.
As were most gold and jewels ac-
quired in the New World, the pearl was
taken to Spain for King Philip II, whose
court jeweler described it as priceless.
When he married Mary Tudor, the
daughter of Henry VIII of England, the
incomparable pear-shaped gem was her
wedding gift.
Philip returned to Spain after Mary's
death in 1558 and, as she had requested,
he ordered La Peregrina set in the crown
of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, a
crown famed for its great gems.
No one knows when the pearl was
removed from the Virgin's crown but it
was next heard of in 1605 when Mar-
garita of Spain wore it at the celebra-
tion of a peace treaty between Spain
and England.
Another pearl almost equal in size,
shape and luster was discovered in
American waters in 1790, and La Pere-
grina temporarily became one of a pair
of earrings formed of the two great
Nearly a hundred years later, a visitor
to Spain told of seeing the pearl-per-
fectly shaped and bell-mouthed-hang-
ing on a clasp of diamonds in the folds
of the king's hat. When the king, Joseph
Bonaparte, abdicated the Spanish throne
in 1813, he took La Peregrina with him.
It passed on to his stepniece, Hortense,
who, in turn, left it to her son, Napo-
leon III, the Emperor of France. During
one of his many exiles in England, he
offered La Peregrina for sale in London,
and the Marquis of Abercorn bought it
for his wife.
Since the pearl had never been bored,
she lost it on several occasions, includ-
ing once at Buckingham Palace where
she was very distressed until she hap-
pened to spot it in the velvet train of
another woman, and at Windsor Castle
where, after much searching, it was
found in the upholstery of a sofa.
In 1913, the Abercorn family had the
great pearl polished and certified to
weigh 203.84 grains, and in 1938 it was
still in the family's possession.
The New York Times, in its issue of
July 24, 1969, reported that, "an an-
onymous buyer acquired from an an-
onymous owner at the Parke-Bernet Gal-
leries yesterday what has been called the
world's most famous pearl." The price



Elizabeth Taylor wore La Peregrina
when she appeared as an extra in
"Anne Of The Thousand Days" and, if not
the Panama pearl, one that closely
resembled it in these scenes from "Divorce"
(left) and "Ash Wednesday", featured
this spring at Panama Canal theaters.

was $37,000. The pearl, of course, was
Panama's La Peregrina.
Two days later, in another Times
story, Parke-Bernet's president Peregri-
ne Pollen (yes, that is his correct name
and yes, it is an amazing coincidence)
revealed that the anonymous buyer was
an agent for Richard Burton. And the
agent said he assumed the pearl was to
be Burton's gift to Miss Taylor on her
Discussing La Peregrina with a re-
porter from the Ladies Home Journal,
Burton said, "The Peregrina pearl needs
no elaboration from me. Though it is
one of the least expensive things I've
given her, it really excites me. I like to
hold it and think of all the people who
wore it, from Mary Tudor on down. And
the fact that it is the Peregrina and
already has disappeared three times. It
means 'the wanderer' you know. Well,
Elizabeth only had it a week when it
disappeared completely . then one
day, one of the Pekes was chewing on
what she thought was a bone in the
corner. It turned out to be the pearl, and
the dog's teeth marks are still on it."
At least two other pearls from the
Gulf of Panama became crown jewels.
The most famous was found not in an
oyster, but loose in the sea bed; hence
its name, Huerfana-"the orphan."
Another was the 26-carat Oviedo,
named for the Spanish historian Gonza-
lo de Oviedo y Valdes who purchased
it and recorded it as worth 650 times
its weight in pure gold.

Above: Baroque pearls found recently
near Contadora and a 1495 etching,
which shows divers in Panama Bay
and Spaniards bartering with the
Indians for pearls.



H -The Crackowe

) By Vie Canel

out fashions in footwear.
Those 5-inch heels and unyielding
platforms can cause the wearer all sorts
of problems-corns, calluses, bunions,
ingrown toenails and a host of other ail-
ments and discomforts including back-
aches and sore leg muscles, they say.
But it seems that folks have always
had a fetish for fashion and are willing
to suffer for style's sake.
Take the crackowe, for example, a
number that was fashionable among
people of high station in the 14th cen-
tury. It featured toes so long that a chain
was attached to each to allow the wearer
to hold them up as he walked along.
Presumably, this prevented stumbling
-but probably made people round-
Then there was the duckbill, which
became popular in England during the
time of Queen Marv. Its stylishness was
determined by its width and each suc-
ceeding model was wider. It must have
been like walking around in swim fins.
Finally, the madness was halted bv a law
which limited the width of shoes to
6 inches.
Current fashions, a revival of the
1940s styles, are also condemned by
Ralph Nader, who contends that the
heavy platform heels have caused
broken ankles, twisted knees and torn
ligaments. Furthermore, he says, many
designs impede driving and could cause
But it's style, not safety, that sells
Shoe manufacturers make in-depth
studies of trends and buying habits in
order to produce comprehensive man-
uals on the science of selling shoes.
One such manual received by the Bal-

boa Shoe Store classifies customers by
sex and age group and instructs sales-
men on what to expect from each. It
tells them how to deal with certain
situations, and offers tips on what to say,
what to stress and what not to mention
in making a sales pitch.
In this day of women's liberation, the
writer of this manual may well be tread-
ing on dangerous ground when he
(surely not she) offers salesmen a glos-
sary of words and phrases to be used
exclusively when selling to women.
"Use the language of fashion," it
urges. "Don't say red, blue or green-
use words like shade, hue, tint, cast, dual
tone, multicolor, etc., for this is how
women think of colors."
Shoes should not be described to wo-
men in prosaic terms, according to the
hook. You don't talk about the last of a
shoe, you refer to the shape, or, better
yet, the silhouette. And don't say toe
shape, say "toe expression." Other
phrases considered proper for use
when dealing with women are "heel
"contour," "hugging topline" and "sculp-
tured lines." Such language, the manual
points out, "dramatizes the fashion fea-
tures of the shoe in words that ring a
fashion bell with women."
The manual also includes advice on
selling to men, who are classified by
age and status.
According to the manual, high school
and college students tend to follow the
trend of their peers, while young work-
ing men are "not faddists but individual-
ists and highly style conscious."
Men over 30, salesmen are told, are
concerned with comfort and quality.
They are likely to ask for particular
brands and are willing to pay more for
their shoes.

When selling to men, don't emphasize
long wear, unless selling workshoes or
utility boots, and don't place emphasis
on price either, the book says-but, as
in dealing with women, do stress style.
Aware that parents of small children
are as interested in long wear as in
style, the manual gives some interesting
statistics to help a salesperson push
sturdy shoes. It points out that the aver-
age active child's shoe must take 20,000
flexings or bendings a day, and the same
active child will cover about 600 miles
(like walking from New York to Detroit)
during the lifetime of a pair of shoes.
George Menzies, who has worked in
Panama Canal shoestores for 23 years,
says that between 10 and 15 percent of
the men's shoes currently being sold at
the Balboa Shoe Store are the new high
heel platforms. Most sales are to young
military personnel who welcome this
dramatic change from their uniform
Wilfred Adams, a supervisory supply
clerk who has worked in the shoe de-
partment for 16 of his 40 years with the
Canal organization, tells of one man who
admitted that he couldn't get used to
walking in high heels and came back
for a refund.
Another veteran of the shoestore
is Catalina Lopez, who is constantly
sought out by customers because of her
amazing ability to remember regular
customers' shoe sizes and to gage chil-
dren's shoe sizes on sight.
All the salespeople agree that women
buy more shoes than men, who usually
have only five to seven vairs in their
wardrobe and seldom buy more than
one pair at a time. Women, they point
out, buy shoes to go with dresses or
other accessories.


The new styles in men's shoes are
making many men more fashion con-
scious and they are beginning to accept
the colorful new numbers with red,
green and blue uppers-not just the
blacks, brown and cordovans. White
shoes always have been fairly popular
in the tropics.
Dexter Shoe Co. of Boston, one of the
companies that supplies the Canal Zone,
features a line of fancy boots with such
names as "Baron," "Mosaic," "Camelot,"
"Sentinel," and "Sidewinder."
Canal Zone shoe customers in con-
struction days weren't troubled by the
problem of making a selection from a
long line of styles and models. But wo-
men, in particular, had a problem of
another nature. Reminiscing about those
days, the August 15, 1939 edition of the
Panama American points out that local
shoemakers didn't realize that American
women had longer, narrower feet than
Panamanian women. The article relates
that one day Colonel Coethals asked
two young girls what was most needed
in the Zone. One said books, the other
said shoes. Colonel Goethals then
suggested she was vain. "No," she re-
sponded, "Not vain, just awfully uncom-
Men's shoes of various types were
imported by the Canal organization
during construction days-both for sale
in the commissary and for issuing to
In his history of the Panama Canal
and the construction days, published in
1915, Ira E. Bennett writes of the "high
quality" shoes supplied to the Canal
workers by a Rochester, N.Y. firm, which
"made many shipments of shoes that
were used by the Canal officers and
heads of departments and their fam-
ilies." The laborers' heavier shoes were
furnished by other firms, he notes.
Records show that the Canal organi-
zation also bought quantities of expend-
able cloth shoes with rope soles called
"alpargatas" in Spanish, but which to-
day are referred to in sophisticated
sportswear circles by the French name,
"espadrilles." The humble alpargata,
which is still worn extensively in
Europe, particularly Spain, sold during
construction days for 15 or 20 cents a
pair and were issued to patients at
Corozal around 1914.
Still, the variety of shoes available
on the Isthmus during those early days
was anything but extensive. Shoes were
utilitarian, not stylish. As late as 1920,
the chief quartermaster of the Canal
Zone proposed that a standard line of
shoes be carried in the commissary for
men and another for women. Or at most,

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Above: Standing tall on the steps of the Panama Canal Administration Building,
this stylish young man draws an approving look from a friend.

Below: Fashion forecasters say the high platform styles are on the way out
and pointed shoes with shaft heels are coming back.


The Old Shoes

Colombian poet Luis C. L6pez likened the attachment a man feels for a pair of old shoes
to his affection for his native city, Cartagena. The poem was immortalized in this
unique monument by Emesto C. Martelo. At left: Sketches of shoes worn
during the construction days of the Panama Canal.

he was willing to concede that only four
styles be offered-one low price and one
medium price for each.
In those days, Army issue shoes were
evidently very much sought after for
their sturdy qualities. But wearing of
distinctive uniform items by civilians
was prohibited by the National Defense
Act of 1916. On April 2, 1918, the Star
& Herald reported that Canal Zone
police had stopped a man for wearing
Army shoes. The arresting officer, a
former soldier with the 29th Infantry
Regiment at Culebra, knew an Army
shoe when he saw one. The offender,
who had been a businessman during
construction days at Empire, was ab-
solved when the judge ruled that shoes
did not constitute a "distinctive" part
of the uniform. But he had to give up
the shoes anyway, because they bore the
mark of the Philadelphia Depot. Along
about the same time, at the request of
the military, the sale of olive drab flan-
nel shirts was discontinued at the com-
Panama's shoe industry was born in
the mid-1920's and has grown rather
steadily since. Today, there are 10 fac-
tories plus a number of independent
shops which still produce shoes by hand.
Among the largest producers are Em-
presa Panamefia de Calzados, which for
the last few years has held a franchise
for the local manufacture of the U.S.-
designed Hush Puppies; Coda, S.A., La
Central; and Fabrica Nacional de Cal-
zado Francisco Pereira.
Only one of the Panama factories. La
Central, has ventured to produce the
new platform styles. Others look upon

the extreme styles as a passing fad and
don't feel it is worth the investment
required for retooling. American-made
lasts for those shoes alone cost about
$9 a pair, says Alberto Pereira, whose
father founded the factory in 1934.
Pereira manufactures the sort of
shoes our parents used to call "sensible"
-mostly for men. They also make school
shoes for boys and girls as well as work
boots with steel safety toes.
Leather used by most local man-
ufacturers is produced in Panama, which
has three tanneries-two in Panama
City and one in Chitr6. Synthetics are
imported, some from Europe, but mostly
from the United States.
The fuel crisis has affected the shoe
industry, since many of these synthetics
are byproducts of petroleum and have
become scarce, Pereira points out. Still,
his factory produces between 700 and
800 pairs a day.
Most experts in the industry agree
with Pereira about the heavy platforms
going out of style. Ads in a recent issue
of one of the trade publications, Foot-
wear News, show a nostalgic trend to-
ward the styles of the 30's-Yves St.
Laurent, Givenchy and Dior are going
back to the pointed toes and shaft heels.
And the few platforms illustrated are
much, much lower.
Whatever the future may hold, you
can bet your brogans that buyers will
continue to listen to the St. Laurents,
the Givenchy's and the Diors and not
to the medics or the Naders.
Just so they don't go back to the


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Below: George Menzies arranges a display at the Balboa Shoe
Store. Between 10 and 15 percent of men's shoes sold at
this outlet are of the new high-heel style.

Above: Fitting children's shoes is a specialty with Catalina
L6pez, who after 18 years in the Balboa Shoe Store,
can gage sizes on sight.

Shoemaking in Panama

Most of the modern machinery used
by Panama manufacturers is leased from
U.S. firms. Only one of the Panama
factories has ventured to produce
the new platform styles.

Panama's shoe industry was born in the 1920's. Today there are 10 factories plus
a number of independent shops which still produce shoes by hand.
Pereira's plant manufactures between 600 and 700 pairs a day
and concentrates on utilitarian shoes for men, boys
and girls.


of Panama, busy crossroads of the
world, is reflected in a wide variety of
restaurants geared to please the palates
of a heterogeneous clientele.
Chinese food has a long tradition in
Panama, where Chinese restaurants
have existed for many years. Two of the
most luxurious are Palacio Lung Fung
and Panachina. The most popular, how-
ever, are older restaurants located in the
old part of the city. Among them are
Gran Oriente, Nuevo Gran Oriente,
Mandarin, Gran China and Taiwan.
Lung Fung and Panachina offer sim-
ilar menus and international fare. The
large variety of Chinese food includes
the famous sharkfin soup and a gour-
met's delight, whole corbina stuffed
with a mixture of ground peanuts and
almonds, Chinese parsley, water chest-
nuts and green onions, seasoned with
soy sauce and sesame oil.
Abalone with chicken is another spe-
cialty available in these two restaurants.
Very thin slices of abalone are combined
with chicken, water chestnuts, bamboo
shoots, soy sauce, "ve tsin" powder (a
Chinese condiment) and other ingre-
dients in this superb dish.
Triple Delicia Lung Fung, recently
introduced at Lung Fung, is a combi-
nation of chicken, roast pork and shrimp
cooked with Chinese seasonings, veg-
etables and oyster sauce.
Steamed corbina is another prestige
dish at Lung Fung.
The traditional dishes of Spain are
popular in Panama restaurants. The
famous paella, the cocido and the Span-
ish tortilla, prepared in a variety of
ways, are favorite dishes in a number
of eating places.
Paella, which gets its name from the
receptacle in which it is cooked, is made
in literally dozens of ways. It is a rice
dish combined with chicken, clams,
mussels, shrimp, Spanish sausage, squid,
artichoke hearts and a host of season-
ings that make it a veritable feast. The
Valencia version of paella is the most
popular in Panama.
Excellent Spanish food and seafood



By Franklin Castrell6n

are found at Panamar, a picturesque
eating place with an open air tropical
garden, located on the shores of Pan-
ama Bay. El Dorado, a downtown res-
taurant, also serves an excellent paella.
Panamar's paella contains the seafood
of Panama waters and the traditional
ingredients of the Valencia dish, aspar-
agus, pimentos and olives.
Panamar also features the classic sea-
food dish, Cazuela de Catalufia which
combines lobster, oyster, clams, mussels,
shrimp, corbina and other seafood,
grilled in butter and served with a sauce
made of butter, curry powder, garlic,
salt and pepper.
Another delicious dish served at Pan-
amar is Corbina a la Sueca, Corbina
Swedish style, in which the fish is
topped with a mixture of chopped, hard-
boiled egg, "recado verde" (Panama-
nian herbs) and Panamar's own sauce.
Specialties at El Dorado are Corbina
a la Victoria, Salpicon de Langosta, Pul-
po a la Gallega and Langosta-filete.
In the corbina dish, the fillets are
flambeed in cognac and sherry and then
served with a sauce of butter, tomatoes,
bacon bits, garlic, and onion and sea-
soned with salt. The dish is garnished
with shrimp and served with potatoes
and a vegetable.
Good Spanish food is also found at

the Caballo de Hierro, genuine old Pan-
ama Railroad cars turned restaurants.
where the waitresses are attraclivekl
dressed in railroad-type uniform.., alnd
at Los Tarantos, where in addition to
good food, there is Spanish music and
Panama Sefiorial with its "Patio Pa-
namenfo" is one of Panama's best res-
taurants where international fare is
served in a beautiful garden atmos-
phere. Specialties are imported meats
and Panama seafood.
Excellent Spanish dishes also are
served at the restaurants of Pan.,n.a's
leading hotels.
The well-known lasagne, gnocci. ra-
violi, and a host of other popular dishes
are only a small part of the phenome-
non known as pastas. Italian rice dishes
are as delicious as the famous pastas
made of wheat flour. It is surprising to
note that Italy consumes more rice per
capital than most Western countries
Numerous Italian restaurants in Pan-
ama serve an endless variety of special-
ties. Among the better-known are Las
Americas, Sarti, Napoli, Capri. Rizzo
and Bigote.
The former Panazone Restaurant.
which opened in 1940 and later became
Las Americas, was famous for its pasta
dishes. It's clientele included well-
known personalities-among them Ar-
gentine President Juan Domingo Peron
and the late President Josh Remon Can-
tera of Panama.
A highly recommended rice dish
available at all of these restaurants. is
Risotto alla Milanesa. It is rice cooked
in chicken broth, flavored with saffron
and served with grated Parnesan
A new Mexican restaurant, the Azte-
ca, is located in Las Cumbres. jaoout a
15-minute drive from downtor n Pan-
ama City. The wide variety of NMe\ican
dishes includes tacos, enchiladas, cha-
lupas, Mexican tamales, and nachos.
Most of these dishes are accompanied
by refried beans. The combination plate,
the Azteca Special, gives those unfa-
miliar with Mexican food an opportu-
nity to sample a variety of dishes.

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When avocados are in season the Az-
teca offers guacamole, a delicious mix-
ture of mashed avocado seasoned with r\0
lemon juice, chopped onion, tomato and
garlic. Also available is an excellent
sopa de mondongo, tripe soup, for those
who enjoy such fare.
The newly opened Kyoto Restaurant
serves a variety of Japanese dishes to
suit the most discriminating tastes.
Diners are served by waitresses in Ja-
panese garb, emulating the geishas.
There is a Japanese style dining room
for those who prefer to eat in the tradi-
tional Japanese manner. Among the
many Japanese dishes are Sukiyaki,
Tempura, shabushbu and makizuki.
Sukiyaki, beef with Japanese vegetables,
is perhaps the most familiar to Amer-
icans. It contains thin strips of meat,
vegetables, fried and flavored with soy -
sauce and sake, and served with very
thin rice noodles or rice.
The better-known restaurants serving
South American specialties are La
Fonda Antioquefia offering Colombian
dishes, and La Pampa, famous for its
charcoal cooked Argentine meats.
La Fonda offers several versions of
the Arepa Antioquefia and beans with
bacon rinds. The specialty of the house
is the typical Antioqueio Platter, that
consists of rice, ground meat, bacon ........
rinds, egg, patacones (fried green plan-
tain) and other Colombian goodies. La The Lung Fung

Fare From Everywhere

The Kyoto The Azteca


ABOVE: An inviting
breezeway connects two old
Panama Railroad cars that
became the Caballo de
Hierro, one of Panama's
favorite restaurants where
Spanish food is served.
AT LEFT: Seviche,
sancocho, almojabanas and
tortillas are among
the typical foods of Panama
served at Don Samy II,
one of Panama's
most popular eating places.

Fonda also serves a delicious Colombian
style roast beef and pork.
La Pampa does honor to meat cooked
over charcoal and served with "chimi-
churry" sauce. In addition to charcoaled
meats, La Pampa serves charcoal cooked
fish and seafood.
The typical food of Panama should
not be overlooked. Such dishes as sevi-
che, the many other fish dishes, tortillas,
chicharrones (bacon rinds) almojabanas,
guacho and sancocho are good fare.
These dishes are found at El Gallo de
Oro (also known as Don Samy II), Don
Samy I and the Jor6n de Vista Hermo-
sa, La Tablita, El Bohio Turistico at
Old Panama and the Bohio Hipico.
Don Samy I, a standup, snack-type
eatery, whose origin dates back to 1945,
when its owners operated a beverage
pushcart, has been a favorite of the local
populace. Later, the pushcart was el-
evated to a kiosk and by 1945 the owner
was offering fried yucca, bean tarts, and
A fire temporarily interrupted oper-
ations in early 1960 but it wasn't long
before Don Samv I was back in busi-

ness ser ini carirnaolas, andi more vuc-
ca specialties. The establishment pros-
pered and in 1968, additional typical
foods were added to the menu. There
was chicken soup at 100 a cup and
people from all walks of life stopped by
to have a quick snack. Among them, the
United States astronauts, President Fi-
gueres of Costa Rica, and various Hol-
lywood stars. Don Samy I is now operat-
ing as a cooperative in an area known
as the "Besodromo," a lover's lane.
El Gallo de Oro, the sitdown version
of Don Samy I, opened in 1969. The
menu features such Panamanian favor-
ites as the delicious sancocho and gallo
Gallo pinto, misnamed because it con-
tains no fowl, is a soupy stew made of
rice and beans and pieces of pork tail,
served with a typical sauce.
A version of Sancocho Santefo is
served at the Jor6n de Vista Hermosa
where the cook adds pimento, celery,
sweet pepper, Chinese parsley, onion
and fried green plantain to Panama's
national dish.


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Local jockeys, horses

make racing history

By Jose T. Tufi6n
their finest hour at 4 p.m. Decem-
ber 2, 1973 when a Panamanian bred
3-year-old named Montecarlo romped
home to win the 7th International Ca-
ribbean Classic at President Remon
Ridden by Panamanian jockey Mar-
cel Zfliiga, Montecarlo, born in Pan-
ama, sired and foaled by Panamanian
stock, is the first native horse to win
the $50,000 classic.
The race was a thriller. Montecarlo
surged forward with a fantastic burst of
speed near the end of the 1,1-mile track
passing Karachi, a Colombian horse, by
312 lengths. Other horses included the
best racers from Mexico, Puerto Rico,
Panama, Venezuela and Colombia.
Twenty-five thousand spectators, who

Panama's proud
and jockey
Marcel Zfiiga
head for the
winner's circle after
the running
of the Seventh
Caribbean Classic.






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At left: Laffit Pincay, Jr., the outstanding
Panamanian jockey who earned a
record $4 million in
purses while riding at U.S. tracks.

Below: Manuel Icaza, the first Panamanian
jockey to make the big time in
the United States.
He is now Panama's consul general
in New York.

crowded President Remon Racetrack,
stomped and cheered as the Panama-
nian horse crossed the finish line. Among
them probably were many oldtimers
who remembered when it was touch
and go for the sport of kings in Panama.
According to Julio Mercado, one of
the most distinguished horseracing afi-
cionados in Panama, the first horse races
were held about the turn of the century
on the Bella Vista Beach with horses
running between a site now occupied
by the Panama Yacht Club and the en-
trance of the Mataznillo River near Pai-
tilla Point. This area was used later for
many years as an exercise run for the
horses from Juan Franco Racetrack.
The races were held whenever the
spirit moved the horse owners but
usually there was a race on Sunday
when residents of Panama City would
make the long trip on foot from the
Cinco de Mayo Plaza near the Panama
Railroad Station to Bella Vista, which
was then a rural area.
In the dry season, races often were
held in Las Sabanas, a popular dry sea-
son resort area for Panama residents.
Only native horses took part in these
early races, but as the sport became
more popular, horses were imported
from Jamaica and other countries for
racing and breeding.
Race fans began to clamor for a per-
manent racetrack and official support
for their hobby. A site was chosen for
the racetrack, the clubhouse and grand-
stand at a former ranch called Juan

Ironically, President Belisario Porras,
one of the most progressive and popular
of Panama's presidents, threw cold wa-
ter on the idea. He believed that the
newly nationalized lottery would suffer
if the state were to sponsor horse racing
which naturally involved betting.
It took the best efforts of a group of
influential citizens headed by the Pres-
ident's dear friends, Julio Mercado, and
Eduardo Chiari, to change the Pres-
ident's mind.
They finally convinced Dr. Porras
that the official support of racing in Pan-
ama would not only make thousands of
race fans happy but would create new
sources of employment and would not
interfere with the lottery. And it didn't.
The new racetrack was built at Juan
Franco, and in 1922, it was opened
formally with President Porras; Dr.
John G. South, U.S. Minister to Pan-
ama; Raul Espinosa, the first president
of the Jockey Club; and other officials
in attendance.
In addition to Don Raul, a number
of well known Panama residents con-
tributed to the success of the new Jockey
Club. Among them were Don Francisco
Arias Paredes; Don Ernesto "Neco" de
la Guardia; General Nicanor De Obar-
rio, owner of the land on which the
track was built; Carlos Muller; To-
mas Gabriel Duque; and David M.
Much credit for the success of the
club can be given to Don Raul, who
made trips to the United States on busi-
ness related to the operation of the race-
track and the purchase of horses. On
one occasion he bought 100 racehorses
and divided them among Panamanians
interested in racing. The recipients,
mostly West Indians, repaid Don Raul
with their winnings at the track.
Residents of the Canal Zone also took
an active part in the development of the
Panama Tockev Club and many owned
horses which they entered in the races.
Some of the younger Canal Zone youths
acted as jockeys and others exercised
horses on the Bella Vista sands just for
the fun of it.
Henry Makibbin, who recently re-
tired from the Panama Canal, was one
of the most enthusiastic. He spent much
of his spare time at the racetrack and
on several occasions went to the United
States to study horse training. He
bought his first horse in the 1940's. It
was a native Panamanian horse which
won several races.
Makibbin became so adept at train-
ing horses that he took over the care of
a mare named Catesaha, owned by Don
Julio Mercado, which had lost all the
races in which she was entered. He sur-

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Finishing at least 2 lengths ahead of his nearest rival in the Mothers Day Classic, December 8, 1972, is
Epistle, a product of the San Miguel ranch.

A Popular Sport Since Construction Days

mised that all the horse needed was a
little rest, and after several weeks at
pasture, he put the horse back in the
running. Lacking confidence, however,
in his own training ability, he bet on the
favorite. Gatesaba won the race. This
led him to remark that owners and
trainers should go after the purse and
leave the betting to others.
In 1946, all games of chance involving
betting were taken over by the Panama
Government and about the same time it
was decided that Panama needed a new
President Jose Antonio Remon, one of
the most avid of horseracing fans, pro-
moted the idea and plans were made for
construction of a track in an area on the
outskirts of the city where Charles Lind-
bergh had landed the Spirit of St. Louis
during a goodwill tour in 1928.
Ironically, President Remon was as-
sassinated at Juan Franco before the
new racetrack was completed, but it was
inaugurated and named for him in 1956,
during the administration of his succes-
sor, President Ricardo Arias Espinosa.
The new racetrack, which attracts
thousands of fans weekly, has all modern
facilities including two courses, an auto-
matic totalizator, ample parking space
and lighting for night races.
As predicted by the early founders of

Panama's Jockey Club, other sources of
employment and interest have grown
along with the sport. A number of Pan-
amanians have gone into the business of
horse breeding and Panamanian jockeys
have become prominent at racetracks in
the United States and in other nations.
Pioneers in the horse breeding busi-
ness are Carlos and Fernando Eleta,
well known Panama businessmen, who
started a horse farm in 1948 in the
highlands of Chiriqui Province. The Ele-
ta brothers bred a string of winning rac-
ers, including the fabulous Montecarlo,
from an Irish stallion named Keyhaven.
The money won by the descendents of
this fantastic horse has amounted to
more than a million dollars.
Another horse farm in the Chiriqui
highlands is owned by Mrs. Rosita de
Martinz, widow of the late Louis Mar-
tinz, whose home in Cerro Punta is a
showplace of Panama. Also in Chiriqui
is San Jose Farm, owned by Carlos Ju-
rado, well known Chiriqui businessman.
Perhaps the best known of the Pan-
ama jockeys are Manuel Icaza, at present
Panama Consul General in New York;
and Braulio Baeza, whose mounts won
both the Kentucky Derby and the Bel-
mont Stakes. Until his retirement Icaza
was considered one of the outstanding
jockeys in the United States. He has
ridden more than 2,000 winners which
earned some $15 million.


Race Book

Colon, 4th July, 1914

A Program of the Reeing Events, ac-
cording to the authorlaed list of the
Stewards and promoters.
the advertisements of the leading
Merchants and Commmercial
houses of Colon and Panama.


The U.S. Independence Day racing event
heralded by this program took place in
Colon just a few weeks before the
Panama Canal opened. No one really
knows when the sport of kings
started in Colon or when it died out.



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A Look Backstage

By Willie K. Friar

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Sto hold all the ideas and plans
we can possibly imagine," said Walt
Disney back in 1964 as he discussed
his plans for Disney World. "With the
technical know-how of American in-
dustry anld the creative imagination
of the Disney organization, I am con-
fidents we can build a living show-
case that more people will talk about
and come to look at than any other area
in the world."
Disney World, which is moving up
to the top of the list of destitinations o
greatest interest to Panauma Canal em-
plolye'rs heading for family vacations in
the United States, is living up to all of
Walt Disney's 'xpectiations.
Located near Orlando, I]la., it is
not only a popular vacation spot lbut
it is at tracting architects and engi-
neers, who want to take a look behind
the scenes and see ]ihow it all works and
works so well. Thn'v come to learn ]howss
ecological problems have beeni sIl\ed,

At right: A special eflrets expert peers
around a candelabra in thie lnaunted
Mansion as lie performs a walk-through
inspection of the furnishings.
Center: An employee selects her costume
from the wardrobe department which
clothes mnre people oni a daily basis
than any other wardrnme department
in the world. Far right: A gardener waters
a moose. The mann topiary figures,
which decorate the gromuds, require
careful grooming and nurturing.

All photos in this article
SWalt Disney Productions.

new ways of city planning, ahout gar-
bage collection and flood control.
One of the ideas in which there is
great interest is Disney World's hase-
inent which covers 8 acres. Disney
World. boasts that it has the largest
basement in Florida.
This vast service area, which spreads
Ienerath the entire park, is where all the
water, electric, and sewage lines are
concealed lbt located so that they are
readily accessible for repair. Disney
made sure that the sound of the jack
hammer, taking up pavement to repair
a broken water line, will never he heard
in tile Magic Kingdom.
Special supply-carrying tractors oper-
ate here so that no delivery trucks dis-
turb the atmosphere above. Illusions
can he preserved, since all costumes
and dressing rooms are located here
and visitors are spared the sight of a
spaceman or a frontier guide nishing
through thn wrong theme park en route
to his own. Ile can go thriounghl corridors
and up stairs directly ioto his particular

Itorse-drawn streetcars transport visitors from M1mrltt. I. S.A. to Cinderella's Castle Mickey Mouse greets Luz Sedda, of the Canal's Rates Brand.h and her family
which is 18 stories high. From this location, '. .i i, enter Adventureland, on their arrival at Disney World. At left are her husband, ttrnian, and Melissa,
Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and .: ."rAl.nd and at right, Tony, David, and Ana Luisa.


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area, whether it is Adventureland or
Land of Tomorrow.
More than 10,000 "actors" are cos-
tumed daily in the basement. This in-
cludes theme park employees, special
entertainers, the famous Disney charac-
ters and the audio-animatronic figures
in the eight major attractions that use
this new patented Disney invention. In
this system, voices, music, and sound
effects are electronically combined and
synchronized with the lifelike move-
ments of three-dimensional objects rang-
ing from birds and flowers to humans.
These figures wear out costumes rapid-
lv because of the many movements they
are programed to make. The 36 Pres-
idents of the United States in the Hall
of Presidents, for instance, stand, sit,
nod, turn and smile. Replacement parts
for their costumes are included in the
more than 1,000,000 different items in
the wardrobe department.
Visitors to the Magic Kingdom think
that it must be magical that no noisy
garbage trucks are seen anywhere. This
is made possible by the Swedish gar-
bage system which whisks refuse by vac-
uum tubes from 15 stations within the
park to a compacting plant hidden from
view outside the gates. Even the service
basement has no garbage trucks and
they will never be needed anywhere in
the theme park area. The system is cap-
able of handling 50 tons of refuse daily.
Architects think that this system could
he adapted for use in new suburban
areas now being developed.
Disney \Vorld's environmental pro-
tection operation is verve thorough con-
cerning air and water pollution control.
This falls under the supervision of a
former Governor of the Canal Zone.
William E. Potter, who has the title of
chairman of the Reedy Creek Improve-
ment District. Reedy Creek, controlled
by the Disney organization, sets air and
water pollution standards, and handles
many other diverse functions.
An enormous computer supervises
the whole operation and provides a fire
monitoring system that is tied into Dis-
nev World's own fire department. It also
monitors all rides and mechanical de-
vices throughout the park. automatical-
Iv shutting down any equipment that
All of this, of course, is to support
the Magic Kingdom, the amusement

Hotels at Disney World are the
Contemporary, at top, the Polynesian
Village, center, and the
Golf Resort, at left.

20 SPRING 1974

park itself, and an important part of
maintaining its illusions is that every-
thing works and works well. There are
no blackouts and the trains, trams, and
boats all work efficiently and on time.
Although the daily volume of visitors
exceeds 50,000 people, who discard
about a pound and a half of litter each,
the streets stay clean.
Young visitors to Disnevland often
wish they could stay overnight in the
magical atmosphere. At Disney World
this is possible as there are three unique
hotels, the 1,057-room Contemporary
Resort Hotel, the 500-room Polynesian,
and the 151-room Golf Hotel.
Later, as part of a 5-year plan, several
other resorts will be added, including
themes from the Old West, Venice, Asia
and Persia. All will overlook the Seven
Seas Lagoon or 450-acre Bay Lake.
Most spectacular of the resorts is the
Contemporary, which has convention
and exhibit facilities, including restau-
rants and entertainment areas, shops,
nightclubs, beaches and a marina.
The Contemporary tower is an un-
usual building in many ways. It was
constructed of preassembled room units
overlooking an inner-concourse so vast
it is called the "Grand Canyvon."
The concourse is much like an out-
door park that has been moved indoors.
At its center is a four-sided tile mural
nine stories high, depicting the colors
and patterns of the Grand Canyon.
Called "The Pueblo Village" it covers
18,000 square feet, and is one of the
world's largest murals.
Through the heart of this busy con-
course travels the silent, all-electric
monorail carrying guests to the Magic
Kingdom, to the main parking area
and to the Polynesian Village.
At the Polynesian Village, guest
rooms are nestled in three-story "long-
houses" arranged around a picturesque
marina with quiet beaches, broad green
lawns, and swaying palms to complete
the island setting. Dining room menus
in the Papeete Bay Veranda, overlook-
ing the Seven Seas Lagoon, reflect the
French heritage of Tahiti.
Near the Polynesian Village is the
Golf Resort Hotel with two 18-hole
championship golf courses, the Magno-
lia and The Palm. Clubhouse, dining
room, practice green and driving range
are available. A third course is planned.
Still another major vacation attraction
is located on the south shore of Bay
Lake. The 600-acre Fort Wilderness
camping area has campsites nestled
among pines and long winding water-
Utility hookups, frontier store and

recreation centers are also among Fort
Wilderness facilities and nearby is a
private beach. Horseback riding is avail-
able at the Tri-Circle D Ranch with
miles of woodland trails.
Parades, spectacular water shows, and
holiday extravaganzas complete the total
entertainment concept. Its nightly fire-
works displays make Disney World the
largest user of fireworks in the world.
The gateway to Walt Disney World
is located 20 miles southwest of Orlan-
do on U.S. Highway 192, just west of
Interstate 4. Guests not staying at Dis-
ney hotels travel 4 miles across the Dis-
ney property to a day-visitor parking
area for 12,000 vehicles. Nearby is a
STOLport for short takeoff and landing
airplane service to areas in Florida.
Trams take guests from their cars
to the main entrance complex on the
south shore of the lagoon. This complex
includes the Kal Kan Kennel Club pet
motel where everything, from pet rac-
coons to pet lions, has been boarded,
and the guest relations offices.
Nearly a mile awav to the north can
be seen the Victorian-style station of the
Walt Disney World Railroad where
steam trains, trams or 500-passenger
ferryboats can be found.

But the most appealing single feature
of the whole operation is not me-
chanical. It is about 9,000 people, most
22 years old or younger, who make up
the staff, all extremely bright, good
looking, and eager to please. There
doesn't seem to be a sullen, disagree-
able employee in the lot and when they
greet new arrivals with "Have a Happy
Day," it tends to convince adults as well
as children that they have escaped into
a different world.
Other phases of the development of
the Disney property include a unique,
leisure-oriented residential community,
industrial parks and in the future,
EPCOT-the Experimental Prototype
Community of Tomorrow.
W\alt Disney envisioned EPCOT as a
living blueprint of the future-a com-
munity which could put into practical
use the newest innovations and systems
of American industry and technology.
Many of the Phase I developments are
already testing new ideas, forerunners
of the imagination and pioneering
spirit that perhaps one day will pro-
vide a model for a different type of


A river boat cruises by Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island. Disney World has
its own fleet of more than 200 vessels, including sternwheel steamboats.
canoes, rafts, and submarines.


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Babel on the Banks of the Panama Canal

By Fannie P. Hernandez

Tilman Schlegelberger, a talented artist, sketches his sister, Felizitas, in the tropical garden atmosphere of the patio at the Embassy
residence in Panama City. Full-time students at Canal Zone College, Tilman is preparing for a medical career in Germany
and Felizitas, is studying to be an elementary school teacher. Both came to the Isthmus in 1972.


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Kumusta Kayo! are informal
greetings that may be heard on the
campus of Canal Zone College where
the international character of the small
citadel of learning on the banks of the
Canal is as cosmopolitan as the legion
of ships that transit the waterway. The
greetings are the jargon of students of
Panama, the United States, Spain, Ger-
many and the Philippines.
Established in 1933 as a 2-year col-
lege to meet the needs of higher educa-
tion in the Canal Zone community, the
college expanded its curriculum in
1962 to offer a third-year program.
Student enrollment has been increased
since then by the many young people
and adults of the civilian and military
community who are taking advantage
of this opportunity to continue their
Helping to create a truly internatio-
nal atmosphere are 50 students from
half as many countries who, in addition
to the U.S. and the Panamanian stu-
dents, make up the 1,400 members of
the student body.
Among these students are the chil-
dren of the diplomatic and consular
families accredited to Panama. Repre-
senting many lands are the young wives
of U.S. military personnel, who have
not completed their formal education
and find the college a convenient facility
for earning college credit while their
husbands serve a tour of duty. Others
enroll in the 1-year secretarial pro-
gram, take art courses, study English or
Spanish, or receive instruction in the
various sports offered in the physical
education program.
Personnel of the numerous banks that
have been established in Panama in re-
cent years, employees of shipping firms,
industries and development projects on
the Isthmus, are often found attending
evening classes to improve their Eng-
lish. Or they may be taking refresher
courses in economics, engineering,
mathematics or design.
The cultural background, national
origins and the experiences of these
students are as varied as the nations
they represent. They come from South
America, Central America, Europe, the
Far East and the Near East. Their per-
sonalities, interests and talents add a
touch of international flavor and geog-
raphy to the student body.
From the Near East, there is Simin
Ghomashchi of Teheran, who had pub-
lished a book of poetry and written
numerous novels of romance for wo-
men's magazines before she met Sgt.
Roy L. Dailev, who was stationed at the

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Wearing the typical dress of Cuzco, Flor de Herrer performs the huayno,
one of the traditional dances of the highlands of Peru, her native land.

U.S. Embassy in the Iranian capital. She
had completed 2 years of work in Ira-
nian literature, a proper curriculum for
the daughter of a wealthy merchant and
exporter of Persian rugs. Through an
American couple, who had leased one
of her father's houses, she met Dailey
and they were married after overcoming
the opposition of a tradition-bound
father and strict religious obstacles.
Mrs. Dailev recently completed the
1-year secretarial program at the college
and is currently taking courses in busi-
ness administration. In addition to her
native language, Farsi, she speaks Eng-
lish, Turkish and some Russian. Her

husband is a native of South Carolina
and is serving with the U.S. Army
Communications Command at Quarry
Heights. He also attends Canal Zone
An actress and singer turned student,
Estrelita Howe, one of the four students
from the Philippines, recently com-
pleted courses in typing and shorthand.
Born in Manila, she grew up in Bataan,
site of the infamous World War II
death march.
During her movie career in the early
1960's, she was known as Lita Estrella
and appeared in a number of films
including "No Man Is An Island" with


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the well known Hollywood actor, Jeffrey
Hunter, and "Twenty-seventh Cavalry"
with the beautiful German actress, Ur-
sula Andress. Both were war pictures
filmed in the Philippines.
She made many personal appearances
at fiestas and festivals throughout the
Philippines but it was while on a sing-
ing engagement in Japan that she met
and married Earl W. Howe, who was
serving there with the U.S. Navy. The
petite actress-singer and her husband,
who is assigned to Navy Communica-
tions in the 15th Naval District, have
three children.
Felizitas Schlegelberger, 21, and her
brother, Tilman, 20, who were born in
Bonn, Germany, came to the Isthmus
in 1972, when career diplomat, the late
Dr. Gunther Schlegelberger, their fa-
ther, was appointed West German Am-
bassador to Panama. They have lived in
Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and
Switzerland, and in addition to their
native language, speak English, Span-
ish and French. Both are full-time stu-
dents. Felizitas is studying liberal arts
and education courses preparing to be
an elementary school teacher. Tilman is
taking courses in preparation for a med-
ical career he plans to pursue in Europe.
Both are delighted with the people and
climate of Panama where they are en-
joying swimming and tennis. Tilman, a

Estrelita Howe, who before her marriage
was Lita Estrella, the Philippine movie
actress of the early 1960's, poses in her
beautiful Philippine dress with the
"Maria Clara" sleeves. The wife of
a member of the U.S. Navy stationed
in the Canal Zone, Mrs. Howe has been
studying commercial courses at the college.

talented painter, is taking art classes
with Sinclair, one of Panama's leading
Another native of Germany attending
Canal Zone College is Michael Martin,
a 19-year-old enlisted man stationed at
Headquarters Company, Fort Clayton.
During the day, he is a parts order clerk
for Army vehicles, communications
equipment and weapons. In the eve-
nings, he studies sociology and psychol-
ogy and world civilization. Next semes-
ter he plans to take sketching and draw-
ing to prepare for a career as a designer
or commercial artist when he leaves the
service. Michael was born in Wiesba-
den. His mother is from East Germany
and his stepfather is a U.S. citizen in
the Armed Forces. He has lived in the
United States and the Far East and
has a deep appreciation for different
Addy Weij, son of the Consul of the
Netherlands in Panama, was born in
Dusseldorf, Germany, and has lived in
Panama for the past 3 years. Prior to
coming to Panama, he had lived in
Stuttgart, Germany, and in Ghana, West
Africa, for 5 years. A full-time student,
Addy is taking courses that will be use-
ful to him when he goes to medical
school in Rotterdam. His college friends
call him the "Flying Dutchman" and he
is a little surprised to find himself the
only Dutch citizen at the college. There
had been a large group of Dutch stu-
dents at the private English school he
attended in Ghana. Addv is fluent in
Dutch, German, English and Spanish.
Zivota Pavlovich, of Yugoslavia, was
among those who recently completed a
refresher course for engineers preparing
for Canal Zone registration. Graduated
as a naval architect and mechanical en-
gineer from the University of Belgrade,
Pavlovich has been employed as a
mechanical engineering draftsman in
the Mechanical Branch of the Canal's
Engineering Division for the past 2
years. The road from his native land,

where he was employed as a naval
architect in a shipyard, to his present
position half a world away has been an
eventful one.
A little more than 8 years ago, Pav-
lovich designed a steel sailboat and
supervised its construction and then,
with three friends, he set out on a
round-the-world journey. When thev
arrived at the Panama Canal, Pavlovich
was so captivated by what he saw that
when the boat left 2 months later, he
staved behind.
Pavlovich was offered work by some
Yugoslavians who were farming in Chi-
riqui Province. Though he enjoys farm-
ing, his ambition was to work for the
Panama Canal and it mattered little to
him to begin at the bottom. His first job
with the Canal organization in 1969 was
with the Grounds Maintenance Branch,
raking leaves and cleaning the street
around the Administration Building at
Balboa Heights. After a short time he
was employed as a line handler and
locomotive helper at Pedro Miguel
Then in Mav 1970, his perseverance
was rewarded and he returned to his
profession as a naval architect in the
Marine Bureau's Industrial Division at
Cristobal, the position he held prior to
joining the Engineering Division. Pav-
lovich is in the process of obtaining
Panamanian citizenship, and working
toward fulfilling his dream-a solo trip
around the world. He already has de-
signed two sailboats, a 24-foot and a
33-foot craft for this purpose.
From the Far East, Kim Hung Lau is
a 20-year-old, full-time student who
was born in Canton, China. She grew
up in Hong Kong and attended a Chi-
nese high school where she learned
some English. Kim came to the Isthmus
3 years ago with her mother to join her
father. She is studying business subjects
and trying to learn Spanish on her owvl.
Laura Antunez do Prado, of Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, had a choice of either
entering college in Rio in the fall of
1970 or visiting her uncle who was a
Brazilian military officer instructing at
the School of the Americas at Fort Cu-
lick. She chose to come to Panama. Dur-
ing her visit, she attended a graduation
ceremony at the Alliance Francaise in
Colon and it was there that she met
Capt. Gary V. Cooper, whom she later
married. Mrs. Cooper, whose n:ltive
language is Portuguese, is a part-time
student studying English composition
and Spanish.
A sergeant in the U.S. Air Force
stationed at Albrook Air Force Base,


Fernando Concha, a Colombian, works
during the day as an electronics tech-
nician in the calibration laboratoriv,
calibrating and repairing electronic
equipment for the Army and the Pan-
ama Canal organization. In the eve-
nings, he takes engineering courses in
preparation for entrance into an engi-
neering school in the United States
when he leaves the service in about 2
years. Sergeant Concha is from Cali.
where he completed his "bachillerato"
at the Colegio Villegas. He also was
graduated from high school in New York
City, where he joined the Air Force.
Flor de Herrer, a full-time student in
business administration, is from Peru.
She has lived in Panama, where her
father is a scientist with the Gorgas
Memorial Laboratory, for the past 9
years and is a graduate of Balboa High
School. Born in Lima, Flor goes there
each year to visit her sister who is study-
ing medicine and her brother who is an
accountant. Completely bilingual, she
plans to continue her college education
in the United States next year. Her
favorite hobbies are swimming and
mountain climbing but most of all she
enjoys meeting people of different na-
tionalities. In addition to her studies,
she works at the Counselor's Office at
the college.
Christopher Davis was born in Chile
of a British father and Brazilian mother.
He left there many years ago but has
lived in so many countries he could be
called an international student. Chris-
topher's father is with a tobacco com-
pany in Panama and his business has
taken him to Brazil, Venezuela, Argen-
tina, Canada and England.
Enrolled in the 2-year program in
English and liberal arts, he plans a
future in political science and law. He
is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa
honor society, and has been employed
as a student assistant in the Canal's En-
gineering Division and at the college.
Laura Phlegar, the former Laura Re-
gina HernAndez, of Honduras, has been
a part-time student for the past 3 years.
She first came to the Isthmus when her
father was named Honduran Ambassa-
dor to Panama in 1955 and returned in
1964, when her father was reappointed
here. In the interim, she lived with her
family in Mexico City. She married
Emorv E. Phlegar, chief of the IAGS
Carto-Branch in 1966.
In addition to these students, there
are others from Costa Rica, Nicaragua,
Guatemala, Canada, Cuba, Spain and
France, who are either attending Canal
Zone College at this time or have
recently completed courses of study.

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The exotic beauty)
of Simin Dailey
is even more eloquent
in her native Iranian
headdress. A student in
business administration,
Mrs. Dailey met
her husband in
Teheran, when he was
stationed at the U.S.
Embassy there.

At left: Pondering
an engineering
problem is Sgt.
Fernando Concha
of the U.S. Air Force.
One of several
Colombians attending
Canal Zone College.
Christopher Davis,
born in Chile, and
Flor de Herrer,
from Peru, match
wits in a game of chess
while taking a break
from classes at Canal
Zone College.




like Santa Claus or Arco Sag
River or China Bear. Who names them
and why? Such questions often come to
mind as one watches the international
parade of ships passing through the
Panama Canal.
When Santa Claus showed up at Bal-
boa the week before Christmas, the
Canal's weekly newspaper headlined the
event and, with tongue in cheek re-
ported, "Santa Claus transited the Canal.
She was headed north." In clarification,
the writer added that the ship was "no
relation to the good ole St. Nick."
A rebuttal from the Elpis Shipping
Co., of Greece, owners of the ship, ar-
rived immediately. Not so, said the pres-
ident. Santa Claus did indeed have a
relationship to St. Nick. She had been
named in honor of the patron saint of
Greek sailors, St. Nicholas. He added
that a retraction might be in order.
To the owners and to those who sail
on them, ships take on almost human
qualities. Unlike other vehicles of trans-
port, they seem to possess a special in-
dividuality. A great deal of thought is
given to the choosing of ships' names
and behind even the most ordinary ap-
pellation there is usually an interesting
There would seem little to question
about an obvious name like Queen Eli-
zabeth II, Cunard's famous cruise ship,
but as soon as she was christened, the
company was besieged with calls asking
what the name meant.
The name selected for the liner was
a well-kept secret that had attracted at-
tention throughout Britain. More than
15,000 bets had been placed on a vari-
etv of names with the odds on Queen
Elizabeth the Second 14 to 1. Only four
peoples besides the Queen had been
told the name.


But, on the long awaited launching
day September 20, 1967, when Queen
Elizabeth stepped forward on the plat-
form at the shipyard and said, "I name
this ship Queen Elizabeth the Second,"
everyone was surprised, even the four
people who thought they knew the name
in advance. They had been told the
name would be Queen Elizabeth, but
at the last minute, the Queen had de-
cided to christen the ship, Queen Eliza-
beth the Second.
As surprised as everyone else at the
sudden change, Cunard officials were
faced with the problem of explaining it.
They were asked if it referred to Queen
Elizabeth the Second. (The first liner,
the largest passenger ship ever built,
was named for the wife of King George
VI.) Or was the name meant to imply
:hat this was the second Queen Eliza-
beth liner? The company first announced
that the ship was named as the second
liner of that name pointing out that the
originall Queen Elizabeth would soon
De out of service. Later, however, press
releases made it clear that the ship was
named for the British Queen.
The Cunard offices in London, South-
hampton, and Liverpool received more
than 500 telephone calls, within an hour
ifter the launching, congratulating them
ni the selection. Most people liked it
but a few complained, including one
woman who said that she was going out
immediately to sell all of her stock.
Another objection came from the
chairman of the Scottish Nationalist
Party who said, "It could not be a big-
ger insult to the people of Scotland."
The Scots consider the present Queen


of England to be Elizabeth the First,
since they have never recognized the
Tudor Queen Elizabeth.
There is a well-knowvn story that the
naming of the Queen Mary was some-
thing of a surprise to Cunard officials
also. According to this story, a company
official told King George VI that he had
decided to name the liner for Britain's
greatest queen. The King said that he
thought it was a good idea and that he
was sure Queen Mary would be very
pleased. The official meant Queen Vic-
toria but after the incident, the ship
was duly named Queen Mlary.
By tradition, all Cunard Line ships,
except for the three Queens, have been
named after Roman countries ending in
"ia" such as lMauritania, Aquitania, Bri-
tannia, Media, Parthia, Franconia and

Why Pick St. Nick?

"Santa Claus," named for the patron saint
of Greek sailors, passes under the bridge
that spans the Panama Canal.

But in 1971, the tradition was broken
with the naming of the ship, Cunard
Adventurer. The company explained
that marketing considerations exerted a
strong influence in the selection It was
felt that the name would immediately
identify the ship as a vacation cruise
ship built to take passengers on exciting
seagoing adventures.
Other departures from the 134-year
tradition are the new cruise ships now
under construction which will be named
Cunard Countess and Cunard Conquest.
The famed Queen Elizabeth II will
be seen at the Canal, March 26, 1975,
when she will stop in Balboa prior to
transiting the Canal on her first around-
the-world cruise. The 963-foot-long
liner will be the largest passenger ship
ever to transit the waterway.
Naming ships with standard suffixes
or prefixes is a common practice but one
American company, no longer in exist-
ence, selected names that began with
each letter of the alphabet. In 1927,
while involved in U.S. coastal trade, the
Alleghany, Berkshire, Chatham, and
Dorchester were the first four ships in
the fleet. Thev were named for coun-
ties in the states they served. Since
the company had only 20 ships, a few
letters were skipped but this was the
pattern followed.
The Dorchester will be remembered
as the ship on which the four U.S. cha-
plains gave up their lifebelts to others,
who had none, then joined arms and


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The Swedish American Lines' famous
cruise ship, "Gripsholm," passes through
a fjord. She was named for the Gripsholm
Castle in Sweden, which is shown below
as it appears on the ship's menu cover.


went down with the ship when it was
sunk, February 3, 1943. One of the
great tragedies of World War II, 605
of its 904 passengers either drowned or
froze to death before a rescue ship
The ship and her four heroic chap-
lains were honored with a number of
memorials including a 3-cent postage
stamp and the Four Chaplains Chapel
in Philadelphia. Two of the chaplains
were Protestant, one Jewish, and one
Some companies choose one letter of
the alphabet and select names that
begin with that. For instance, the names
of all ships of the Barber Lines, which
has its headquarters in Norway, have
names that start with "t."
Some of them are Tagaytay, named
for a town in the Philippine Islands;
Tagus, a river in Portugal, which flows
into the sea at Lisbon: Tai Ping, Chinese
for great peace and/or happiness: Ta-
merlane, Timur Leng (Timur the Lame)
the Mongol Emperor (1336-1405); Ta-
rantel, tarantella, a south Italian dance,
which was derived from the name of
the spider whose bite was supposed to

cause dancing mania; and Talbot III,
the name of the French engineer (1799-
1855) who built the first railway in
France and in 1847 made plans for a
canal between Alexandria and Suez.
Talbot I was the first steamship in the
fleet and originated the "t" nomen-
The Swedish words, Kungsholm and
Gripshobn, identify the two beautiful
cruise ships of the Swedish American
Line, which frequently pass through the
In Sweden, the word holmm" means
"little island." Kungsholm means King's
Island. Ktngsholn was also. in the 15th
and 16th centuries, a castle in Stock-
holm. It was destroyed by fire but there
is still a borough in Stockholm which is
called Kungsholmen.
The Gripsholm is named for the
Gripsholm castle on Lake Malaren in
Sweden. The name in English is Griffin's
Island. It was named for a governor. Bo
Johnson Grip. The castle, one of the
most impressive Renaissance castles in
Scandinavia. is now a museum with a
fine portrait collection.
The present Kungsholm is the second

ship of that name. The first, was taken
over by the United States shortly after
the attack on Pearl Harbor. Renamed
the John Ericsson, she carried more Iharn
170,000 troops across the Atlanti, Then
in 1946, she was converted nin, a \ ar
bride ship complete with nurer\.. (.lie
kitchen and playroom and tr.anported
279 wives and 177 babies from Eur.pe
to the United States. She \1as repmr-
chased by the Swedish Ameri,:ai Line
in July 1947 and reconverted for 4:nnse
The Norwegian American Line. srn:e
1910, has named its vessels after N,:.r\e-
gian fjords. Among them are the Sra.
vangerfjord, Oslofjord, Edifiord. and
Skiensfiord. In 1965, they added the Sa.
gafiord, a name created bv simpi. :cm-
bining a recognizable Norse %..rd.
"saga" with fjord. Vistafjord, a familiar
Canal customer, is a similar case where
a word was used to conjure up a mental
view of anticipated places and events.
Using the natural features of a coun-
try or countries for the names of ships
is a common practice. The Iceland
Steamship Co. (Elmskip) names its
ships for Icelandic waterfalls. The Ice-
landic word for waterfall is foss and the
flagship of the fleet is named Gullfoss,
the Golden Waterfall. This waterfall,
which plunges over rocks in a broad gla-
cial river into a deep gorge. is regarded
as one of the most beautiful in the
world. Along with the Great Geyser,
known in Icelandic as Gevsir, it is a
major tourist attraction. Incidentally. it
is from the Icelandic word gevsir that
the English word gevser, which has been
applied to spouting hot springs all over
the world, and to water heaters in Eng-
land. is derived.
With few exceptions, all Holland
America Line passenger and naqsenger-
cargo vessels carry the names of local-
ities in the Netherlands ending in "dam"
which is the same in Dutch as in Eng-


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lish. In the past, dams in various rivers
were stopover points or places for trans-
ferring cargo. Towns sprang up near
them and were named for them. Rotter-
dam was located near the dam in the
Route River and Amsterdam in the
Amstel River.
In 1901, when Holland America ac-
quired its first cargo ship, to distinguish
this type ship from the passenger ves-
sels, a series of "dijk" ships was begun
The word "dijk" means dike and with
the vast number of (likes in the Nether-
lands, there has been no scarcity of
names for freighters. The company,
however, prefers to revert to names it
has used before when new ships are put
into service.
The Turkish Maritime Line chooses
geographical names. It has named three
vessels for the seas surrounding the
coast of Turkey. In case you don't re-
cognize them, Akdeniz is the Mediterra-
nean Sea; Karadcniz is the Black Sea;
and Egc, the Aegean Sea. Other ships
are named for cities in Turkey.
The Pacific Steam Navigation Co.
has been well known on the Isthmus

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since Cold Rush days and the construc-
tion of the Panama Canal. For the most
part, it uses ports, towns, villages and
provinces of either Spain or Latin Amer-
ica, the trade areas which it serves, for
the names of its ships.
Among the ships are Ordunia, a town
in the Basque Provinces of Spain: Or-
tega, a village in Colombia; and Orco-
ma, a district in Chile. An exception is
a tanker. \William Wlhechcright, which
is named for the founder of the com-
pany. At one time, the company had a
tanker named George Peacock, the name
of PSNC's first captain, a former Royal
Navv captain, who is believed by some
to le the first to plot the present route
of the Panama Canal. In Februarv 1842.
he sailed to Panama from England to
complete a survey he had started earlier.
He made a rough chart of the route and
left it with the British Consul of Panama
before he sailed for England.
The Italian Line. which runs a reg-
ular service through the Canal from Italy
to South America. honors famous Itali .i
artists and composers not only in the
naming of their vessels, but in the case

23m NOVEMBER 1961

of artists, also displays their work aboard
the ships. The ships frequently seen at
the Canal include the Rossini, the Doni-
zetti, and the Verdi.
The Baltic Shipping Company names
its cruise ships for famous Russian lit-
erary figures. The Shota Rustccelli tran-
sits the Canal enroute to Australia while
the Mikhail Lerniontoc and the Alex-
ander Pushkin operate cruises to Europe
out of New York and Canada.
The names Varicella and Hleiitro-
chus aren't familiar to the average per-
son but a shell collector would recog-
nize them at once. These ships, which
are seen often at the Canal, belong to
Shell International Marine Limited, a
company, with a tradition (f naming its
ships for seashells.
Back in 1897. when lMarcus Samuel
took over his father's shop in London,
oriental shells and curios formed part
of the stock. As a sideline, he handled
kerosene and on seeing the advantages
of transporting it in bulk, ordered a fleet
of tankers. Since lie was an authority on
shells, Samuels decided to name the first
ship. lMurcx, for that type of shell. This
ship was destined to make history as the
first ship permitted to transit tlhe Suez
Canal. (The latest ship to carry this
traditional name was luilt in 1968.)
Conch, Clam. Turbo, Elax, and Neri-
ta were put into service shortly after-
ward and in 1899. when the company
had 14 tankers, the name of the com-
pany was changed to Shell Transport
and Trading Company with the Pectan
as it's symbol. Present day ships include
the Mlitra, Mhcdore, Mysia, and M.ange-
lia. For a number of years, each ship
has carried a specimen of the shell for
which it was named. In the case of very
rare shells which have been difficult to

Above: The Voluta shell and the plaque
which gives the launching date of the
ship named for it and a Pectan shell,
the symbol of Shell International Marine
Limited. At right: Shell's 195,900 d.w.t.
"Mitra," which was built in Denmark
in 1969.


obtain, a model of the shell has been
made for this purpose.
Ships of the Sitmar Line and its sis-
ter company, Sitmar Cruises, are reg-
ular Canal customers. The Fairstar and
the Fairsky pass through enroute from
the United Kingdom to Australia and
New Zealand while the Fairsea and the
Fairwind transit on cruises around Cen-
tral and South America.
The casual observer might conclude
that the ships' names refer to the fair
and agreeable atmospheric conditions
under which the ships sailed. But this
is not the case. A Sitmar official, when
asked how the tradition of naming the
ships "fair" developed, said, with a cer-
tain pride, "When the line, more than
a quarter of century ago, was formed
to operate passenger vessels it was
thought, and we can today state rightly
so, that over and above all efforts (con-
struction, manning, etc.) the main fac-
tor which should secure us the success
we were aiming at was the fairness to
all concerned, i.e., not only to our pas-
sengers, but to the travel industry, to our
general sales agents, to our port agents,
to the press, to our staff, and to anyone
else who could eventually be connected
with our trade."
It was subsequently decided to com-
bine the word "fair" with an element
of navigation, such as sea, sky, star,
and wind.
With its great involvement in trade
in Latin America, it was natural for the

United Brands Co. to name its vessels
for geographical and geological features
and political figures in those countries.
Among its ships are Chiriqui and Da-
rien, named for provinces in Panama;
Turrialba, a volcano in Costa Rica; Mag-
dalena, a river in Colombia; Leon, a city
in Nicaragua; Choluteca, a coffee pro-
ducing department in Honduras; Alot-
agua, a river in Guatemala; and Lempa,
a river in El Salvador. Some exceptions
to this policy are Fra Berlanga, named
for a Dominican friar, who was the first
to introduce the banana plant into the
West Indies during early Spanish Co-
lonial rule; and Aorazan, named for
General Francisco Morazan, a native of
Honduras and one of the great historical
figures in the creation of the Federation
of Central America.
When the new container ship, China
Bear, transited the Canal recently, it
raised the question "why name a ship
bear?" The explanation is simple. The
Pacific Far East Line, Inc., with head-
quarters in San Francisco, takes its sym-
bol and names for its ships from the
state of California seal which features
a bear. The names of its other vessels
are Canada Bear, Guam Bear, Hawaii
Bear, Japan Bear, Pacific Bear, and Phil-
ippine Bear. The prefix determined by
the countries in which the vessels call.
The name of the new tanker Arco
Sag River is familiar in Alaska but not
here. This huge oil tanker, which be-
longs to Atlantic Richfield Oil Co., gets

its name from the location of the con-
firmation oil well on the North Slope
in Alaska.
During its span of 100 years, the
China Navigation Co. has owned over
200 ships, which were traditionally
named for Chinese provinces. This tra-
dition was first broken when the com-
pany began operating a Moslem pilgrim
ship on charter to Malaya under the
name of Kuala Lumpur, and more re-
cently, in 1966, when four vessels oper-
ated by a subsidiary company in New
Guinea were renamed Chiefs (Papauan
Chief, Island Chief, etc.) The current
policy is to identify ships with a par-
ticular trade route. A vessel on the Asia
Australia Express Service, for instance,
is named Asian Express.
This company also manages John
Swire and Sons and Associated Compa-
nies' five bulk carriers named for Scot-
tish villages and lochs beginning with
"Er" and there is one ship named
Eraw an for the three-headed elephant
which in Hindu mythology' provides
intercelestial transportation for the g.Jd.
The remaining vessel of this fleet is a
cruise liner named Coral Princess for ..
other reason than that it sounds Iithl
for cruising the coral islands and atolls
of the Pacific.
Since hundreds of Japanese ships
from Aiza Alaru to Zuiyo Manr are in
service, Panama Canal guides receive
most questions about the Maru suffix.

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The Italian Line's policy of naming its ships for famous artists and composers
was followed in the naming of the "Leonardo Da Vinci," which has paintings
by the artist in its public rooms.

The "Ortega," which transits the Canal
regularly, is named for a village
in Colombia.

30 SPRING 1974

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The answer, unfortunately is that the
origin of the word is a mystery. There
are many explanations, but whether
they come from scholars or shipping
officials, they only suggest some of the
many possible origins of the tradition.
No one knows for sure. One popular
theory is that 16th century ships looked
like castles and the old Japanese char-
acter, which is still used on the ships,
means castle. Though ships no longer
look like castles, the use of the word
continues to be a tradition in the nam-
ing of Japanese ships.
Interestingly, ships are not feminine
in Japanese, as they are in most coun-
tries, and are always referred to in the
masculine gender.
The Panama Canal Company, has
only one ship, the Cristobal. It was
named for the Atlantic side terminal
port, which was originally named for
Columbus. In the past, when it had
many ships, operated by the Panama
Railroad, there was a general pattern
of naming the ships for areas on the
Isthmus. The Ancon, the first ship to
transit the Canal was named for the
Pacific side townsite of that name.
In the Middle Ages, when religious
zeal reached a peak, ships were usually
named for saints and no craft was sent
to sea without its shrine and idols.
Prudential Grace is one of the present
day lines which follows the practice of
naming ships for saints. The Santa Mer-
cedes, Santa Magdalena, and others are
well known locally.
Some names fit the ships perfectly.
What could be better for a wine carry-
ing ship than Bacchus, the god of wine
in classical mythology? This was the
name a French company gave the cargo
ship it converted in 1935 to carry wine
in bulk. The ship, which was put into
service between Algiers and Rouen,
transported as many as 30 different
varieties of wine at one time. Sunk dur-
ing the war, the first Bacchus was re-
placed in 1949 by another Bacchus. It
has 40 tanks for wine or alcohol.
It was once possible to distinguish
the type of U.S. Navy ships by their
names. For instance, submarines were
traditionally named for fish; aircraft car-
riers for battles and famous old ships;
destroyers, for well known military per-
sonnel; battleships for States and cnli-
sers for cities. This is no longer the
case. The first significant departure from
tradition was in the naming of subma-
rines. First, there was the Nautilus,
named for Jules Verne's mythical sub-
marine, and in more recent times, they
have been named for cities and pro-

Belgian -____-
British ----------
Chilean ----
Chinese, Nat'l. -- ___
Colombian -__- _-
Cypriot -
Danish ----.----
Ecuadorean _.____.
German, West -_____
Honduran _______
Italian __________..
Japanese -..----- -
Liberian -.--- ---
Netherlands _.___
Norwegian -------
Panamanian -._____
Peruvian __________
Philippine _____-
South Korean .__-_-
Soviet -----
Swedish --
United States ..__-
All others
Total -----

No. of Tons
transits of cargo
78 279,717
638 6,924,670
43 665,614
104 1,146,805
94 230,816
107 649,689
175 1,362,868
46 509,732
113 663,295
378 2,516,863
701 9,478,162
56 56,990
135 1,025,817
643 6,923,312
894 15,417,105
229 1,334.531
518 7,636,929
505 3,256,365
90 838,128
47 364,991
50 302,761
132 822,350
163 1,248,731
616 5,045,671
413 3,520,445
6,968 72,222,357

No. of Tons
transits of cargo
64 251,901
666 6,247,374
65 864,590
83 701,081
128 223,896
84 537.266
182 1,107,905
30 115,899
101 465,251
409 2,104,176
475 5,251,916
76 78,042
141 595,384
696 5,676,541
909 13,472,970
230 1,517,106
617 8,014,000
463 2,956,783
81 662,869
45 288,306
66 430,093
137 789,669
213 1,483,890
595 3,931,283
341 2,292,974
6,897 60,061,165

Avg. No. Avg. tons
tronsits of cargo
39 100,725
679 5,072,872
60 406,198
57 443,818
117 225,971
7 50,000
198 1,137,816
33 41,799
107 421,446
590 2,063,139
255 2,606,268
104 64,648
110 743,021
468 3,431,691
674 8,920,295
257 1,086,592
739 7,171,883
261 1,215,812
79 387,875
46 216,694
14 87,421
27 207,691
225 1,462,003
823 4,602,063
273 1,400,953
6,242 43,568,694

First Half Fiscal Year
Avg. No.
Trade routes-(Large commercial vessels, 300 net tons or over) 1974 1973 1965-69
East coast United States-Asia --- ------------ 1,777 1,739 1,389
Europe-West coast South America. ---- -- ---- 547 605 651
East coast United States-West coast South America -_____ 640 581 895
Europe-West coast United States/Canada-------------- 422 423 484
Europe-Asia---------------- ----------- 374 377 107
Europe-Oceania-- _______------- 238 252 191
East coast Canada-Asia -- ------------- -- 226 226 99
United States Intercoastal (including Hawaii)---__- 206 215 258
East coast South America-Asia ----_--------------- 133 165 96
West coast South America-West Indies------------ 172 152 130
All others --_ ------------ --___________ 2,233 2,162 1,931
Total ____----------- ------ 6,968 6,897 6,231
Vessels of 300 net tons or over-(Fiscal years)
Transits Tolls (In thousands of dollars)l
First Avg. No. First Average
half transits half tolls
Month 1974 1973 1965-69 1974 1973 1965-69
July ------------ 1,210 1,138 1,067 $9,697 $8,518 $6,322
August-- --- 1,127 1,221 1,044 9,663 9,522 6,298
September ------- 1,125 1,116 1,015 9,530 8,896 6,139
October -------- 1,220 1,174 1,049 10,170 9,298 6,387
November _----_--- 1,160 1,141 1,021 9,772 9,130 6,258
December------ 1,126 1,107 1,035 9,886 8,958 6,409
January__--- -- 1,176 1,003 ---- 9,703 6,167
February_------- ----- 1,037 922 ---- 8,328 5,654
March--- -- ---- 1,231 1,098 ---- 9,916 6,748
April ---- -_ 1,133 1,087 ---- 9,507 6,681
May -- --- 1,160 1,110 --- 9,378 6,854
June ---------- -------- 1,207 1,052 ---- 9,878 6,609
Totals for fiscal year-__ -- 13,841 12,503 -_--- $111,032 $76,526
1 Before deduction of any operating expenses.


First Half Fiscol Year

Petroleum and products _-______-_---
Manufactures of iron and steel_____--
Ores, various ----- ------
Lumber and products ----__ -
Sugar -___ --------
Food in refrigeration (excluding bananas) -..
Pulpwood_ -----_-__- -
Bananas ______- ----------
Metals, various--- ___- _____
Autos, trucks, accessories and parts --------
Sulfur -_ -- ___________
Potash_ _---_._ ___ __---__ _-
Paper and products ------- ___ -
Molasses ____________________
Coffee -------__ ________
All others and unclassified-_ ___--_
Total --__--___ __ _____-



5-Yr. Arg.

Atlantic to Pacific

First Half Fiscal Year

Petroleum and products__ -----__
Coal and coke ---.
Corn ___ --________ ______
Wheat.__ _______ _. .___ _
Phosphate ________________________
Metal, scrap --- _--__- __. __--
Sorghum -__.
Ores, various _-___.. ...
Manufactures of iron and steel._______
Sugar --------------_______--
Chemicals, unclassified ____ ______.
Fertilizers, unclassified
Paper and products-----...-__.---------__
Metals. various (excluding scrap)- .-_____
All others and unclassified



5-Yr. Avg.


First Half Fiscal Year

Commercial vessels:
Small 1------
Total Commercial---__--_--

U.S. Government vessels: 2
Oceangoing -------- ----
Small I__________ ___--

1974 1973
Atlantic Pacific
to to
Pacific Atlantic Total Total



43 52
28 30




Avg. No.



214 447
66 63

Total Commercial and
U.S. Government --_______ 3,825 3,661 7,486 7,438 7,017
1 Vessels under 300 net tons or 500 displacement tons.
2 Vessels on which tolls are credited. Prior to July 1, 1951, Government-operated ships transited

(All cargo figures in long tons)
Pacific to Atlantic
First Half Fiscal Year


TRANSITS (Oceangoing Vessels)
1974 1973
Commercial __ _____ 6,968 6,897
U.S. Government__. __ 95 214
Free_ ____ 10 17
Total -_-______ 7.073 7,128
Commercial S58,750,492 $54,347,575
U.S. Go\ern-
ment -__. 540.368 1,311.299
Total --$59,290,860 $55,658,874
CARGO** (Oceangoing)
Commercial_ 72,222,357 60,049,884
U.S. Go\ ern-
inent __. 258,436 848,066
Free -_.___ _________ 8.490
Total ._ 72,480,793 60,906,440
0 Includes tolls on all vessels, oceangoing
and small.
00 Cargo figures are in long tons.

minent men in U.S. history. Sonm '.,f
the newer names are Memphis, GC.orgc
Washington, Lewis and Clark, and \\ ill
Although the Navy seems to fell., ..
very flexible policy in the namnan:' t-
vessels, extensive research failed t.i ri.-
veal a ship of any type named f..,r a
During World War II, however, there
was a troop carrier named Susan B. An-
thony in honor of the famous suffragist.
The ship, sunk by the Germans, ".vas
originally the Grace Line's Santa Clara
which was renamed after she was takjr
over by the Government.
A number of ships are named for the
owner or members of his family as in
the case of the Lykes Steamship Co.,
which has 37 vessels named for family
members, but there is at least one re-
corded case where a man was named for
a ship.
On March 29, 1942, the ship, City of
New York, was struck by a torpedo off
Norfolk. On board was a pregnant
woman, Mrs. Desanka Mohorovicic, the
wife of a Yugoslavian consul in the
United States. Mrs. Mohorovicic and the
ship's surgeon were put into the cap-
tain's lifeboat as the ship began to sink.
Both of them had been injured while
abandoning ship but at 2:30 a.m. March
30, the doctor managed to deliver the
baby in the crowded lifeboat. The child
was kept warm under his mother's life-
jacket until a U.S. destroyer rescued
them. The mother's first question when
she was safe aboard the ship was to ask
the captain the name of the destroyer
because she wanted to name the baby
for it. And that is how Jesse Roper Mo-
horovicic got his name.-WKF


In smaller, more familiar things, memory .., ,.
weaves her strongest enchantments, holding -..-... -.......

us at her mercy with some trifle, some echo,
a tone of voice, a scent . .
Freya Stark.

With the coming of the seventies, a wave of nostalgia has been
sweeping through the land. It has become a time of looking back to
the 40's and the 50's. The songs on the radio, the movies, the tele-
vision shows all reflect the longings for the days that used to be.
When members of the Balboa Graduating Class of 1943 came
to the Isthmus early this year for a 30th anniversary reunion, it
seemed a rare opportunity to look back with them; to find out
how the graduates had fared over the years; and to see their
reactions to changes on the Istlmus. One of our writers mingled
with them during their week's stay in Panama and gave this report.
The Editor.



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poster face for the reunion of the
Balboa High School Class of 1943. The
kind of travel poster that evokes day-
dreams of tropical cruises when those
in more northerly lands glance at it
during a shivery January blizzard.
On February 1, 1974, the group ar-
rived at Tocumen Airport, which didn't
exist when they left. They came from
Alaska, Texas, Kentucky, New Jersey,
Vermont, New York, Georgia, Florida,
Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio.
The 24 graduates who traveled from
the States and the 27 who settled on
the Isthmus, had not been together
in a group since graduation night-June
4, 1943.
That was the day newspapers head-
lined war news: "U.S. Hits Three
Italian Battleships," "Marshall at Africa
Conference," "Soviets Striking Furious
Blows," and "Double Axis Defeat Seen
by Roosevelt."
It was the year of padded shoulders,
wedgies and ankle-strap shoes, of up-

sweep hairdos and uplift bras; the year
zoot suits and the drape shape were all
the rage in the United States.
It was the time of dancing to "Penn-
sylvania 6-5-0-0-0" and "Beer Barrel
Polka," of Helen O'Connel singing
"Green Eyes," of Tommy Dorsey play-
ing "I'll Never Smile Again," of Glenn
Miller, Frank Sinatra and the Andrews
The '43 graduates changed one word
of a wartime hit song and sang "Don't
sit under the mango tree with anyone
else but me."
The school paper, "The Parakeet,"
brought the war close to home with its
own headlines-"BHS Offers Tough
Aeronautics Course for Future Pilots,"
"69 Students Join Victory Corps," and
"Seniors Bid Farewell to BHS-Take
War Jobs."
And they learned a new vocabulary
-gas mask drill, blackouts, sugar ra-
tioning, censorship, manpower board,
Wake, Bataan, Corregidor and Gua-


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But now 30 years later, members of
the Class of '43 felt a little like Rip Van
Winkle as they surveyed the changes
on the Isthmus. They discovered that
many of the old hangouts, the old res-
taurants of Panama, were gone and in
their places were high rise apartment
and office buildings.
On visiting the Canal Zone, they were
surprised that even the familiar old Bal-
boa Service Center, where their gradua-
tion ceremony was held, had been de-
molished to make way for a modern fa-
cility. But, for many, the greatest change
was the disappearance of the historic
Tivoli Guest House, a local landmark
since the early days of the Canal.
Others said they thought the biggest
change in the Canal Zone was the air-
conditioning. At the time they left, the
electrical current was 2.5 cycle and air-
conditioning was not to become prac-
tical until the 1950's when the system
was converted to 60 cycle. They recalled
that during their schooldays, slow mov-
ing, overhead electric fans provided
the only relief from the tropical heat
and humidity.
The group visiting Miraflores was
impressed with the great changes in
Canal traffic, particularly the large num-
ber of huge container ships squeezing
through the locks, quite a contrast to
the small freighters and military ships
of their high school days.
The reunion was the idea of William
Diez, Jr., of Houston, Tex. For a year,
he collected addresses and wrote letters
and asked people how they felt about
a 30th anniversary get-together. The
response was encouraging, but because
of other commitments he had to find
someone else to organize it. Charles V.
March, of New Jersey, agreed to do it,
James N. Kenealv became west coast

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SrnisN li7-

A lime to Remember...

The daughters of Bill March, Jack Walter
and Betty Boyer-from left, Susan, Lisa
and Meredith-look at graduation pictures
copied from the BHS 1943 yearbook.

sold 50,000 sets when first marketed.
Isabelle Zemer Lively is account co-
ordinator for the largest printing firm
on the west coast. She often gives slide
presentations and lectures on Panama.
Ernie Pierce, an engineering executive
with the National Cash Register Co., is
a pioneer in postal automation.
Alejandro Bricefio is a prominent Pan-
ama City physician. Ilenry Townsend
owns his own business in Colon. Bill
March is a realtor who developed one
of the first condominium shopping cen-
ters in the United States.
Leon Dedeaux travels all over the
world as an engineering project officer
for General Electric. Jim Basque is a
veterinarian in a Vermont town of 300
head of cattle and 400 people.
Jack Walters is a manufacturing
specialist for Lockheed Aircraft, and
owns his own business as a secondary
construction-industrial consultant. He
has to write a lot of speeches and papers,
and said "I seldom start to write that I
don't remember Miss Schucbat. She
taught me how to use words." There
was a poignant moment when Miss
Schucbat, now the wife of Rabbi Nathan
Witkin, met the group at the Civil
Affairs Building, where the graduates
gathered for a trip to Miraflores Locks.
When her former students greeted her,
she was surprised and pleased that they
remembered her with such affection.
When the time came for everyone to
leave for home, goodbyes were said with
reluctance but everyone promised to at-
tend the next reunion which is scheduled
for 1979.


Ernest (Bud) Pierce, class photographer
back in '43, takes up where he left off
and shoots pictures of the same old
gang 30 years later.

i h r t i t i t

Mrs. Robert O. Boyer, Canal Zone
representative for the reunion, worked
for a year on plans and keeps on working
in her room at La Siesta while others
get ready for the dinner-dance.

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Neil Ileitman (left), who with his wife
Joanne and two children traveled
from Alaska, revisits Balboa High School
and meets Clyde Willman, the principal.



Mr. and Mrs. Charles WV. March
at the dinner-dance at La Siesta. March,
along with West Coast and Canal Zone
representatives, organized the reunion
after Bill Diez made the plans.

The class of '43 leaves Pedro Miguel for dinner and dancing to the music of Lucho
Azcirraga during a partial transit of the Canal aboard the launch "Las Cruces."


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