Many celebrities, writers, directors and dignitaries have fished and cruised on the Ida May. Some of which include Ernest Hemmingway, President Herbert Hoover, Bing Crosby, Howard Hughes, Mae West, Zazu Pitts (famous silent film actress in the early 1900s - Olive Oyl's voice from Popeye was a caracture of Pitts voice), Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chase (actor, comedian, and director of The Three Stooges), Dick Van Dyke, Jimmy Parrot (actor, comedian), Hal Roach (director of Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, and the Little Rascals), Cecille Demille (director of Ten Commandments and Cleopatra), Babe Ruth, Zane Grey, Liberace, Rudy Vallee (famous crooner), James Finalyson (comedian), Prince of Kuwait, Jack Dempsey, Donald Douglas (Douglas Aircraft), James Kimberly (Kleenix founder) and of course Oliver Hardy. Many of these illustrious individual were members of the Catalina Tuna Club.
Oliver Hardy, Phillip Wrigley, and Stan Laurel on a golfing outing on Catalina Island. Wrigley was the owner of the Chicago Cubs from 1932-1977 and owned the largest chewing gum company in the world. He also owned a significant portion of Catalina Island.
President Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (1929-1932) fished on the Ida May with Willard Van Brunt on August 16, 1927 while on a west coast trip when he while he was Secretary of Commerce.