by Marcelino Saucedo


Saucedo presents an engaging and inspiring account of life in the barrios of Avalon in Catalina Island during the early and middle years of the twentieth century. As central contributors to the developing culture of the new land of opportunity, the Catalina familias, who were immigrants from Mexico, were loving, caring, sharing and giving with one another and with others. They lived and worked together with passionate and generous altruism and with immense and visible pride in America, to build and to contribute to the larger community. They led as Dream Makers and as Dream Catchers in dedicating hard work, imdomitable character, strong integrity, extraordinary loyalty, respectful honor, and dignified influence for the benefit of all. 

Dream Makers and Dream Catchers: The Story of Mexican Heritage on Catalina

SKU: BK0257
  • Marcelino Saucedo was born in the Pebbly Beach barrio on Catalina Island on April 26, 1935. The family moved to the new Tremont Street area in 1938, where he grew up. After high school, he was recruited to play baseball at East Los Angeles College and majored in drama. In 1959 he received his BA degree in Physical Education at California State University at Long Beach and a Master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University in 1974. In 1976 he received his Marriage Family Therapist License. 

    He co-authored "Counseling in the Classroom" with Lecreta Scott, English professor at Cerritos College. It appeared in the National Educational Association Journal. He wrote "Counseling the Mexican American Student," published in the California Association for Counseling Development Journal. He also served as the President of the California Counseling Association, a statewide organization. Saucedo has served on the Bourd of Directors at CSULB, the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Man in San Diego, and as a Board Member of the Catalina Island Museum.

    This book has benefited from the contributions of many individuals. Also thanks and appreciation go to former Catalina Island Museum Director Stacey Otte and Jeannine Pedersen, former curator and the Catalina Islander and Avalon Bay News, which provided invaluable information that made it possible to produce this book.