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The Price Is Right' For Sunset Beach Resident
BY DOU(i RUTTER mcnt with the Supply Homemakcrs Club helped
After five enjoyable yet disappointing visits to earned her that spot on contestant row. She's treasur
a Los Angeles television studio, Clara er of the club and a past president.
Schuster finally heard the famous phrase All members of the audience arc interviewed bc
gamc show enthusiasts nationwide yearn to hear fore the show, and during her interview Clara mcn
"Comc on down! You're the next contestant on tioncd that she was club treasurer. "I told them I take
The Price Is Right." Clara made the most of her all the money, and 1 think that's why they picked
once-in-a-lifetime trip to contestant row?winning a me."
lounge chair, treadmill and pool table with a total Clara, who has five grandchildren, says it wasn't
value of S4.608. easy getting into the show, let alone becoming a con
The Sunset Beach area resident will appear on the tcstant. Clara and her crew showed up at the studio at
popular CBS game show next Thursday, April 8. The 6:30 a.m. for the early taping, but there were already
hour-long program starts at 11 a.m. and can be seen about 350 people standing in line.
on WJKA-TV out of Wilmington. They waited for the afternoon taping and were
"I was really surprised when they called my among the first people in line for that show. "We had
name," explained Clara, who was at a taping of the choice scats right up front," she said. Clara was the
show several weeks ago with her daughter, Kathleen fifth contestant called during the show.
Zinn, and godson, Kenneth Simmons. The prizes haven't been delivered to her
After taking her place on contestant row. Clara and Bonaparte's Retreat home yet. When they are, she'll
the others were asked to guess have to pay California and
the price of a lounge chair. "1 (( North Carolina taxes on the
guessed 900 dollars and UOCt\ prizes as well as the delivery
everybody else underbid me J J cost.
and the price was 1200." ?ilD1 llfl ~\A)i VI DVIP To pay the tax and delivery
After winning the chair, ofUJULLl Will LJfltZ bills, Clara plans to sell the
Clara went up on stage with . j ? pool table. She'll keep the
veteran game show host Bob tlYYlG. lL UO(t\ other two. "The treadmill I
Barker and for more price- need. The doctor is very hap
gucssing. should 9(1 out py that I won that."
On stage were the pool o Despite the costs, Clara al
tablc and treadmill with price tpt/y yn r%Vl0 timo so is elated she won. "Il was
tags beside each one. The liliZld CJiMZ ll/fld worth it. Bob Barker is such
treadmill was listed at SI,995 , ? a wonderful person. He
and the pool table's price lag ana try to win. comes out and talks to you
read SI,365. * when they're not taping and
It was up to Clara to decide ?Clara Schuster answers any questions you
if the prices matched the mer- have."
chandise or if the prices need- Clara definitely plans to
ed to be switched. Clara asked for the prices to be record the upcoming show on her VCR. She's anx
switchcd, and won both prizes as a result of her cor- ious to see how she acted on stage. "I don't know if I
rect decision. was running and jumping around like an idiot or
"I didn't have the faintest idea what the prices not."
were," she confessed during an interview last week. The game show experience was the highlight of a
"I just took a guess at it. I figured the pool table recent two-week, mother-daughter vacation. Other
would be more." slops included Las Vegas, Universal Studios and the
Clara returned to stage laicr lo spin the "Big La Brea Tar Pits.
Wheel" for a chance to piay for the valuable show- Now that she's won, Clara says her daughter has
case at the end of the show. She spun first and landed the "bug" and has applied to be a contestant on
on 65 cents. Wheel Of Fortune.
On the audience's advice, Clara didn't risk a sec- Although she's been to the show six times, Clara
ond spin and stuck with 65 cents. Il didn't hold up, admits she doesn't watch The Price Is Right fre
but Clara wasn't disappointed. "It's probably a good qucntly. She stays busy with her extension home
thing because I don't think I could have gone for the makers club and work as an elder at Shallotte
big prize. I was so nervous already." Presbyterian Church.
Clara's only regret about her appearance on the ... . ... _ ...
show is that she didn't hug and kiss Bob Barker, who Q J ^cLcvcr1 d^,d" to r"um 10 Cahf?m.a to sec
is "much more handsome" in person than he is on *?b Barkcr do h?s thing, Clara won t be allowed to
television contestant again or win any more prizes.
"I was so sorry I didn't get lo hug hirn. I was so . "Now lhat ** happened. I don't have to go
excited when I got up there I forgot," she explained. back ;U1>' ?rc' J*c said. Everybody should win
"He's probably tired of getting hugged and kissed by or* ume" Everybody should go out there one ume
everybody?old ladies especially." Vr' . a ?. a \ ri, n\ ?
And if at first you don t succeed, do like Clara and
Clara, a 71-year-old widow, thinks her involve- try, try again.
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUC KUTTER
C1ARA SCHUSTER of Sunset Beach, shown here with some her handiwork" for the Supply
Homemakers Club, will be on "The Price Is Right" on April 8.
'Squadron Of Year7
Honors Go To Shallotte River Group
While some new organizations have a difficult
Ume staying afloat, the Shallotte River Power
Squadron cranked up in 199() and has been
going full steam ahead since that time.
The squadron's most recent ach
ievement is receiving the District 27
Commander's Trophy for being the
"Squadron of the Year." District 27
encompasses 15 squadrons; 14 in
North Carolina and one in South
The Shallotle River Squadron
won the award for such things as
membership growth and retention,
education, service to district and
participation. Its percentage partici
pation in squadron activities was
56%; number one in the nation for
the second year in a row.
Another big factor in the selection
was the job the squadron did in host
ing the District Rendezvous in
Calabash last August. The event, de
spite adverse weather conditions,
earned money for the district while
the previous two years events lost
money in other locations.
The history of the'Shallotte Power
Squadron dales back to the summer
of 1987 when several residents of
the area who were members of pow
er squadrons elsewhere recognized
THE BURGEE of the Shallotle
River Power Squadron was
drawn by a commercial artist
from a design submitted by one
of the members.
the need to provide boating education and social activi
ties for boaters in the area.
Following a meeting of this group, arrangements were
made to operate as a division of the Cape Fear Power
Squadron oul of Wilmington. The division grew from
only a few members in 1988 to 30 by December of 1989.
In January, 1990, a formal application for a squadron
charter was submitted. In March the requirements to be
come a squadron were completed al a formal organiza
tional meeting. A national charter was granted to the
Shallotte River Power Squadron May 19, 1990.
From the 31 members listed on the original charter,
membership has grown steadily so
that the "baby" squadron now num
bers 90 members.
STAFF PHOTO BY tODIt SWIATT
SQUADRON COMMANDERS past and present admire the trophy. They are, from left, Joe H ut>er, Shallotte River Power Squadron's first
commander- Charles Iximbert, immediate past commander; Clete Waldmiller, second commander; and Franklin Forrest, present com
Since receiving its charter, the
squadron has continued to hold pub
lic boating courses twice each year,
including two separate classes in the
spring, one in the Shallotte area and
one in Eli/.abethtown. Many mem
bers have improved their boating
skills by taking additional courses in
seamanship, piloting, marine elec
tronics, weather and engine mainte
nance. These and other courses are
available to members of the squad
In addition to its educational pro
gram, the squadron maintains an ac
tive social program and participates
in the Cooperative Charting pro
gram of the United States Power
Squadron. The social program has
grown to include a number of annu
al events, including yard sales, over
night cruisc, charter anniversary din
ner and a covered dish dinner meet
USPS works with the U.S. Coast
Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Red
Cross, yacht and boat clubs and other
concerned organizations to maintain
safety awareness during Safe Boating
Week and throughout the year.
Elected officers of the local
squadron are Franklin Forrest of
Hoklen Beach, commander; Dewey
Adams of Ocean Isle, executive offi
cer, Richard Dan/, of Calabash, edu
cation officer, Luther Gravatt of
Ocean Isle, administrative officcr;
Marilyn R. Grose of Supply, secre
tary; and Lucy Kcefer of Calabash,