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Club to show movie on Puerto Rico Monday

The University Travel Club will present Curt Matson's "Puerto Rico" Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Highland Park Elementary School Auditorium, 1738 E. 2700 South.

Puerto Rico, about the size of Connecticut, is the smallest of the four islands that make up the Greater Antilles. It has 272 miles of beach and rugged caves and cliffs. A short drive from the coast are mountains that reach 4,000 feet in altitude. The mountain tops offer magnificent vistas from beaches to deserts.The island was discovered by Columbus in 1493 on his second voyage to the New World.

Jayuya is a typical mountain town. Its Taino and Ignari Indian civilizations date back to 3,000 B.C.

In Old San Juan, the El Morro and San Cristobal forts display the overwhelming evidence of the four-century Spanish dominance. Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in Ponce has been called the "pearl of the south," and a lovely church in San German, "the little Spanish town," dates back to 1573. The city's graceful colonial architecture is showcased in the Porta Coeli Chapel, the oldest church still intact under the U.S. flag. Today the church houses a fine museum with impressive artifacts.

The oldest governor's mansion in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere is in La Fortalesa, and a mansion built for Ponce de Leon, although never occupied by him, is in Casa Blanca.

New San Juan has a more contemporary flavor. The city has the Golden Mile, named for its skyscrapers. The Condado area features plush hotels and casinos. The harbor is one of the Caribbean's busiest and is used by every major cruise line.

Matson is a veteran performer and filmmaker.

He is a much-traveled Californian, who now resides in Arkansas. He spent nearly a third of a century as a filmmaker, director and narrator. He is one of the most exciting narrators in the travelog business.

While performing as General Bullmoose in a production of " 'Lil Abner," Matson became enamored with singer/actress Erica Campbell, who played Daisy Mae. They married and now live in the Ozark Mountains with their two children.

Tickets to Monday night's screening will be available at the elementary school before show-time. For more information call Kingsbury Hall at 581-7100.