Wilson, Wishnick and Wahlgren to Be Honored at Clock Dedication

The four-sided clock spreads subtle light at night on the corner of Swarthmore and Sunset. It will be dedicated this Sunday.


For resident Sam Rubin, a town clock has been a dream for 15 years. A member of P.R.I.D.E., even while working on other projects, Rubin never gave up on the idea.

His first task was to find a location. At one time it appeared the clock might go in front of Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors that was located on Swarthmore. When the street was sold to Rick Caruso, the clock was not part of the design the developer envisioned.

US Bank, at the corner of Swarthmore and Sunset Boulevard, gave permission, and then it was up to Rubin to find funding to purchase and install the clock.

The four-sided clock was manufactured by Electric Time company in Medfield Boston and was installed in mid-January.

A dedication plaque and ceremony will be held this Sunday, January 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to acknowledge the individuals and community organizations that made the project possible, which include P.R.I.D.E., Palisades Rotary and individuals John Wilson, in honor of his dad Robert, and the Walgren family in honor of Richard.

The dedication plaque will include the names of former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Arnie Wishnick, Robert Wilson, who was responsible for much of the town’s development, and Richard Walgren, who worked in banking and oversaw much of the commercial developments in town (he also started the Santa Monica Boys Club—and when queried about why girls were not included, the club instantly became the Boys and Girls Club).

The community is invited to the ceremony, and there will be refreshments.

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