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November 25, 2017 - 8:51am
 

Articles by Jim Watson

Once again, earthquakes have rolled around into the local Southern California headlines with a minor rash of temblors in the Los Angeles area a week or so ago.  And once again, the shaking was scarcely felt on Catalina.

(Editor’s note:  Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina,” available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon.)

I don’t know about you, but one of the more disturbing activities one can partake in on the internet involves surfing the various websites out there dedicated to finding missing persons.  From time to time in my writing and filmmaking ventures I have the need to peruse these sites and they never fail to depress me.

Editor’s Note:  Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina,” available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon.

As you know if you read this paper with any frequency, on May 17 of this year the Catalina Island Museum will be presenting perhaps the most remarkable Silent Film Benefit in the history of that annual event.

Editor’s note: Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina,” available at Amazon, Kindle and stores all over Avalon.

Nobody likes Monday mornings.  Monday mornings are the proverbial realm of hangovers, lethargy and hind-sighting quarterbacks.

But the morning of Monday, Nov. 12, 1934, was especially dreadful for a group of workers at Catalina’s East End rock quarry.

Editor’s note: Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina,” available on Amazon, Kindle and stores all over Avalon.

If you’re like me, you keep a “bucket list” of sorts in your head or, in my case, on an actual Excel spreadsheet sortable by priority, to-do date, etc.

The items on this list are kept within reason (“visit the moon” is not one of them), yet challenging enough to where I won’t finish them all too early and end up spending the rest of my life twiddling my thumbs.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina,” available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores all over Avalon.

When it comes to famous female aviation personalities, the first name that pops into the modern mind is that of Amelia Earhart and her brave—but ultimately tragic—attempt to circle the globe.

Have you ever been to Fat City?

If you’ve ever been to Manteca, California, then you have indeed been there since the word “manteca” in Spanish literally means “lard.” Check it out the next time you’re in the meat section at Vons where they sell little bricks of it.

Then there’s “Ash Tree” (Fresno), “Reindeer” (Reno) and Cerritos (“little hills”). And who could forget Las Vegas, which literally translates to “the meadows.” Go figure that one.

Editor’s note:  Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina,” available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores all over Avalon.

 You may have noticed in the news over the past week the story about the El Salvadoran fisherman who was rescued after supposedly spending 18 months adrift in the Pacific.

 Jose Salvador Alvarenga claims that he and a crew member began their fateful odyssey when their boat’s engine quit while they were fishing off the coast of Mexico back in December of 2012.

It was a different world and a different time.  For thousands of years, it was an entirely different people and culture which inhabited this Island that is nowadays named after the saint of a religion which developed on the opposite side of the globe.

Long before Saint Catherine of Alexandria was martyred, Catalina Island was the home of the Tongva people.  And occasionally we are reminded of this fact when relics from that distant time make their way into our modern work-a-day world.

Editor’s Note:  Jim Watson is the author of “Mysterious Island: Catalina.”

It seems everyone’s been having an anniversary lately.  The City of Avalon celebrated its 100th anniversary last year along with the Catalina Island Museum, which marked its 60th.  The Los Angeles County Library is celebrating its centennial in Avalon this year, Lolo’s Barber Shop has been with 50 years and Mr. Ning’s recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.