Regis said he lived on the Amphib. base when he was in the Navy. One night before his release from active duty, and he was talking to two other officers about what he wanted to do with his like after the military. He said he wanted to go into show business but was kind of wishy washy about it. One of the officers really got in his face and gave him a talking to about how "ya gotta WANT it"! He said he drove straight up from Coronado to Hollywood.
He also mentioned Coronado when he was asked about his first car, a Hudson. He said that it would always break down on the Coronado Ferry. The ferry workers would always try to stay far away from him, he said, because they knew he was going to need help pushing it off of the ferry!
He last mentioned Coronado when he was talking about Tony Bennett. He said that he and the others Navy folks were out to sea so much and never knew who the latest singers were. One time when he was home he walked from the Amphib. base to the movie theater in Coronado and it was there that he first heard Tony Bennett's voice.
It would be neat if the Coronado Historical Society or another organization were able to interview him about his time on Coronado Island. He was very nostalgic about it and I bet he'd be willing to do an interview :)
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