Articles by Jim Watson
Yea, though I drive through the shadow-less Valley of Death, I will fear no evil, for I am behind the wheel of a brand new, air-conditioned Dodge Dart rental with 15 gallons of fuel and two gallons of drinking water.
It’s 7 a.m. and the sun is rising above the twisted brown mountains of Death Valley National Park where coyotes prowl, scorpions skitter and the shade is only where you make it.
Ask any schoolchild who the founder of our country is and they will no doubt tell you George Washington.
Likewise, ask any longtime Islander who the founder of Avalon was and most of them (I hope) will correctly tell you it was George Rufus Shatto.
But less well known among Catalina history buffs is the fate of Shatto and how little time he actually had left on this earth after relinquishing his hold on the Island.