Have You Caught it Yet?
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Update: This story gives attribution to Robert Kent, the president of Pacific Battleship, the line about the Gray Panthers donating a welder.
If you live or work in close proximity to San Pedro, there’s a good chance you have caught the fever… the fever for the USS Iowa that is. The fever has been slowly spreading since 2010, but with the arrival of the 60-year-old battleship and its official opening a month away, the fever is now approaching epidemic proportions.
The fever isn’t a necessarily a bad thing. Anti-war pacifist or not, one of it main side effects of the fever is a hopeful optimism that the USS Iowa’s arrival will mean good things for San Pedro as this town pursues its goal of becoming a tourist destination and place where jobs are plentiful.
“I’m very excited,” President of Jericho Development and San Pedro resident, Alan Johnson said. “It’s going to be a very good for the town… I know a ship like that will bring people from the larger Los Angeles area for years to come.”