Mail Bag! Wallace Berry Remembers …

25 Nov

The Mail Bag brings a reply from Wallace Berry to a post by Gentleman Tim. See the original post

David, Pat Paterson had been on Zaca during its war service. Pat and Babe Lamerdin, Jack Geary and Eric Johnson had all been down in the So Pacific during WW2. They were the original crew that moved Zaca to Newport, and put her in the great condition she was on departure. My tie in was two fold – a Boston Blue nose schooner we owned and sailed on and being part of location/purchase of Zaca with Errol. At the time I was one of the founders of Sausalito yacht club. I was not a professional. I was still in high school.

At the time Flynn, in Newport, suggested a guest crewman spot for me to France on the upcoming trip – that was in the framework of Pat, Babe, Jack all going. My dad approved my going at the time – because of them. At the Mulholland meeting – their salary request was disputed – the next morning on the ship Pat advised I had the ship. And so it stood until departure from Santa Monica.

As to the “cabin Boy” bit – that cropped up with Nora about the time of Acapulco and lasted for about a day. The Hollywood gang had scampered off to LA and that left Bob, Bill, Vince (Hubbs man) and myself – save two or three Mexican crew hired there. We had the 17 Higgins runabout a nice little design and the 26 double ender powered with a little Grey engine. I remained aboard for a time doing light chores and spending time with the Pullen and Shoundoly families. The magazine, newspaper stuff created some reaction in my family (my Dad was KMAG in Korea, at the time) resulting in strong advice to bailout. My injury was also a cause for concern – that’s when I headed for Fort Sam Houston and Brooks hospital.

I did not return to my senior year instead did the GED while in Letterman Presidio and from there was first mate on a large motor yacht owned by the man who ran Pacific Telephone – he fired me and sent me in a direction that put me in the stock market as the youngest trader (for awhile – soon overtaken) …

Time to go, wb

Wallace, thanks so much! We are honored that you take the time to reply …

— David DeWitt


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    November 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Again – So great, Wallace! Thank you!! So much great new information for all of us to treasure and enjoy!

    With regard to Pat Lamberdin (who I think I may have very briefly met in Key West once many years back), here is some wonderful information in tribute to her:……

    Here’s one of Pat’s paintings. What a wonderful spirit!


  2. Gentleman Tim

    November 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    And here’s some great info on Babe Lamberdin!……

    Here is his very highly regarded “Elizabeth Muir”:


  3. Gentleman Tim

    November 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    This Eric Johnson?…