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toni aubin, aka aunt mary

My cousin Ian found something fascinating (to our family, at least) the other day:

Toni Aubin

A lot of my family on my father’s side worked in the entertainment industry. One uncle co-owned a nightclub in North Beach that became more famous for the club on the floor below; one aunt had a variety of jobs (off the top of my head, I can remember her being a DJ on the local radio station, the star of her own last-show-before-station-went-off-for-the-night program, Ebb Tide, where she read poetry on a voiceover with footage of her posing in a flesh-colored swimsuit on rocks at a beach, and as “Miss Speedway” on a TV show called Spotlight on Speed, which was run by her second husband); a cousin worked as a grip on many movies and television programs; his sister was and is a singer with many appearances over the years in local venues, who also works with an entertainment legend who lives in Berkeley; and I’m sure I’m leaving someone out (another cousin was once married to someone who made a famous appearance at an Oscar ceremony, and I don’t know that it’s exactly the entertainment industry, but another cousin did important work for a popular video website … I know I’m being vague, but I’m trying to maintain a semblance of privacy).

Toni Aubin was the stage name for my Aunt Mary, younger sister of my dad. Her time as a band singer is not a mystery, but until Ian discovered it, I had no idea she had a Wikipedia page.

I know this isn’t of much interest to anyone but our family, but I think it’s pretty cool, and hey, it’s my blog.