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Football player out of ICU

The varsity quarterback who suffered a brain injury during the Avalon High School game is now out of the intensive care unit, according to...

Farewell to a Catalina pilot

He was a pilot, a politician, philanthropist and Boy Scout. Hugh T. “Bud” Smith exemplified those roles in his home of Catalina Island. Although Smith...

Where in the world is Juan Cabrillo?

From our “Maritime Mysteries” department comes this week’s column on an age-old, head-scratching riddle that has dogged historians for decades.  I know that just...

Catalina’s “Underworld”—Part 2

For nearly a century, Catalina Island was poked and prodded by mining interests in the pursuit of a variety of earth’s metallic treasures, notably...

The Most Mysterious Mine of All

Many years ago, for reasons long forgotten, I found myself spending a rainy night in Long Beach after missing the last boat to the...

Underworld: Part 1

This is the first of a three-part series on the mysterious system of natural caves and man-made mines on Catalina. We all know and love...

The Strange ‘Backside Lights’

Most regions of the country have, as part of their folklore, tales of “mysterious lights” that appear to lucky observers from time to time. Known...

The Shocking Secret Of The 1915 Fire

It seems that all great cities of the world have at one time or another suffered a great, disastrous fire throughout their vast histories.  Long...

The Crusoe Club

In the first couple of years that I lived on Catalina Island after moving here in 1995, I found myself from time to time...

Land of the Giants?

Last week I promised to tie up some loose ends with my series on Catalina’s mines and natural caves with a bonus column on,...
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