Meet a real Wonder Woman

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
Renee Wike was a true Wonder Woman as her sisters from Virginia and USS Angeles friends joined her to see the superhero movie July 16 at the Century RiverPark 16 in Oxnard. It was part of a weekend at the cinemas.

USS Angeles members and Renee Wike’s sisters meet with Renee, center front, outside the Century RiverPark 16 in Oxnard July 16 after seeing “Wonder Woman.” (Photo courtesy Dave Mason)
As Chris Mulrooney and one of Renee Wike’s sisters look on, Karen Hoagland, center, shows Renee a notebook about Renee’s ancestry. They had just watched “Woman Woman” at Century RiverPark 16 in Oxnard. Behind them are Paul Szymborksi and Lisa Sobien. (Photo by Dave Mason)

“Yay!” said Renee as she watched “Wonder Woman,” a dramatic DC Comics/Warner Bros. movie in this city just north of Los Angeles. Like the rest of us, she was impressed with Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the superhero. Chris Pine, the actor now playing Capt. Kirk in the movies, did a great job as well as Capt. Steve Trevor in the film, in which Wonder Woman fights to save humanity during World War I.
We enjoyed our time with Renee, who’s making progress in her recovery from a stroke and was in good spirits. She’s a real Wonder Woman.
Afterward, we enjoyed dinner at Dave’s Barbecue, across from the theater in The Collection, an Oxnard mall that’s arranged like a small town.
Angeles members attending were Karen Hoagland, Lisa Sobien, Chris Mulrooney, Jeremy Kranz, Paul Szymborski, Renee and I. After the movie, Karen told Renee in the theater she had done some research and found out that Renee is related to President Abraham Lincoln and President Barack Obama! How’s that for bipartisanship? Karen showed Renee a notebook with details on Renee’s extensive family tree.
The “Wonder Woman” screening wrapped up a weekend at the movies for Angeles members.
On July 15, Karen, Chris, Lisa and I saw “War for the Planet of the Apes” at the AMC Fallbrook 7 in West Hills, part of L.A. We liked the latest saga in the rebooted franchise, starring motion-capture artist Andy Serkis as Caesar. He brings humanity to his role of the leader of the apes.
Afterward, we enjoyed lunch at Starbase Karen, where Karen and Chris live.
It was a great weekend to be with friends, one of the perks of being in the USS Angeles. Be part of the adventure! Click on “Join us” above. For more information, contact me at dave@ussangeles.org. Members get our award-winning newsletter, which will include Chief Petty Officer Lisa Sobien’s articles on

From left, Chris Mulrooney, Karen Hoagland and Lisa Sobien demonstrate the sign for “apes together strong” after seeing “War for the Planet of the Apes” at the AMC Fallbrook 7 in West Hills. The apes used that gesture to demonstrate solidarity in the movie. (Photo by Dave Mason)
Karen Hoagland laughs as Lisa Sobien tries to help Dave Mason evolve a bit after seeing “War for the Planet of the Apes.” (Photo by Chris Mulrooney)

both movie outings.

Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840