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MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina&apos;s facts, folklore and Fibs THIS WEEK: This week: No, not Bigfoot! BY JIM WATSON They've gone by vari- ous names over the ages depending on what region of the world they are reportedly seen: Sasquatch: Yeti, Ts'emekwes, Yawee, etc. But the most com- mon moniker that rings a bell in the mind of the average American is "Bigfoot." We've all heard of Bigfoot. Not all of us have had the pleasure of meeting him, or her, or them, but we certainly are familiar with tales of their legendary-ness. Although accounts of the bald- ness-challenged, eponymous crea- tures can be fotind dating back to ancient times from cultures span- ning the globe, reported sightings really began in earnest as early as the 1920s and were given a big leg up with the release of the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage purport- edly of a Sasquatch taken in Bluff Creek, California, in 1967. (Many years later, one of Patterson's bud- dies 'fessed up, claiming that the footage was actually of himself parading around in an ape suit). As far fetched as the idea of Bigfoot sounds (especially in light of confessions from ape-suited buddies); imagine my surprise to learn that the most famous pri- mate researcher in the world, Jane Publisher - Dan Teckenoff dan@inews.us Editor-Dennis Kaiser ed@clnews.us Office Goddess - Angela Palm Teckenoff angela@inews.ua Accounting - Becky Eck reckOsunnews.erg Advertising: Display - dan@cinewlkus . Classifieds & Classified display, legal angela@cinews.us Subscriptions angelaOcinews.us EGrrtorial: Letters to the editor ed@lnews.us Obituaries angela@cinews.us 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 9o704 I 13101 stO<)Soo I FAX: (3t0) SlO-2SS2 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 period- icals postage paid at Avalon. CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudfcetion Decree No. 377598. Date 1 of Adjudication: Oct, 4, 1934 Exect Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon. CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may he reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This iublication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CAUFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBUSHERS ASSOCIATION Dr=ADMN Calendar: Noon Monday ] News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday i LeSaVPublic Notices: 5 p.m. Monday suemcRleltONS One ;ear Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year   CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Goodall, recently expressed her belief on National Public Radio in at least the possibility of their exis.- tence, a phenomenon she said she found "fascinating." Yes, all this is very interesting, you say. But what does this have to do with Catalina Island? I'm glad you asked, because as it turns out, Catalina has not missed out on the fun. It seems that in the fall, of 1987, a gentleman by the name of Peter Hameline said he had an encounter with Bigfoot right here in Avalon Canyon; Hermit Gulch Campground to be exact. In his official report to Bigfoot Encounters (www.bigfootencoun- ters.com), Hameline said his visi- tation happened while passing the golf course in the dark of night while making a foray into town for a six-pack of beer. It was just after passing the stables that he began to hear a "repetitive almost inaudible moaning/breathing sound." The sound grew louder and louder, he said, and after a quick prayer or two he continued on his way. "There's not a soul around," he said to himself. "This place re- ally shuts down at night." All was well until, suddenly, the horses at the stables "freaked--and I mean freaked!" The horses bolted in his direc- tion, stopping just at the fence, where he got a good look at their flaring nostrils, wide eyes and pinned-back ears. He then looked down the road and saw "a human silhouette roughly 6 feet tall." Hameline got a better look as the creature began running parallel to the road through the golf course. "The color of its body was either brown or a reddish brown all over," he said. "Its strides were smooth and efficient." "As the arms pumped rhythmically with each stride;" he continued, "the open hands snapped back and forth in their curled posi- tion. The upper body was erect and leaning forward slightly." According to Hameline, the creature then ran along the golf course at a speed of "20 to 25 miles-per-hour" before disappear- hag into the darkness. I would like to have talked with Hameline about his encounter,'but his whereabouts are not known at this time. He appears to have been something of a Bigfoot researcher himself, although whether his en- counter on Catalina transformed him into one or he just happened to already be a Bigfoot regearcher ahead of time is unclear. I did, however, catch up with an- other Bigfoot aficionado by the name of Bobble Short who interviewed him once about his Catalina caper. "I personally interviewed Peter 10 years ago," said Short. "I felt at that time that his description was valid," he said. "I believe Hameline passed away some years back so I don't know exactly what to tell you except you are welcome to paraphrase the story in your own words." I won't bother to theorize about how Bigfoot could make it out to Catalina Island, let alone how one could survive out here with- out holding down at least two or three jobs. Nor will I trouble the Conservancy with questions about whether or not they have any re- ports of Bigfoot on the Island. It suffices to say it is just anoth- er drop in the fascinating bucket of lore we have here in our Island Wildflower Season Book a Custom JeepEco-Tour during' our official Wildfl0wer Months of March and ,pril and receive with your tour the Conservancy's Guide to the plants and wildflowers of Catalina Island. Call (3-10) 510-2595, Ext. 0 to book your tour, www.catalinaconservancy.org paradise. Just remember, the sub- heading of this column is "Catali- na's Facts, Folklore and Fibs" and it is up to you, Dear Reader, to make the call on which is which. I report, you deride. Got a weird story about Catalina? Send it to us at dan@cinews, us or mail it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA, 90704. Seen here is actor Kevin Peter Hall in a Bigfoot costume form the movie "Harry and the Hendersons." Harvey Cowell celebates his 98th bithday. BOYS BASKETBALL BRING OUT BEST IN FINALE AVALON PLACES THIRD IN LEAGUE. NEXT STOP: CIF PLAYOFFS BY STEVE HALL The Avalon Boys Basketball team defeated the TVT Lions 59- 18 on the road, on Wednesday, Feb. 9 to close out their league season and secure at least a third place tie with Orangewood Acade- my. Then later that evening Oran- gewood was defeated by Fairmont Prep and therefore Avalon finished in third place all by themselves and gained an automatic berth in the 2011 CIF Southern Section Playoffs. The Lancers are playing their best brand of basketball at just the right time. They will travel afar to Cambria, to play Coast Union High School on Wednesday evening, Feb. 16. If the Lancers are successful they will return home to play again at 5 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 18. In their final league game the Lancers came out a little sluggish on offense, but very tenacious on defense and jumped out to an ear- ly 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter Brandon Hays came Off the bench to ignite the Lancers with 10 points on driving mid range jumpers. All season long Hays has been the hustler that gets the Lancers going. This game was no different. Ava- lon took a 27-8 lead into halftime behind Hays' play and never loo- ked back. They exploded in the third quar- "ter with a 24-point outburst led by Marco Gallegos, Edgar Alvarez, Sebastian Sanchez, and Allan Ca- sillas. They finally cooled off in the fourth quarter leaving many to wonder what a game with four good quarters from this team might look like. I imagine pretty good. The final score was Avalon 59, TVT 18. Gallegos led the Lancers with 12 points and four steals. Sea- bass had 11 points and four steals. Brandon Hays had 10 points on five of six shots, all in one quarter. Allan Casillas had 9 points, five re- bounds and three assists, Edgar AI- varez had 8 points and five steals. This was an explosive team effort and now the Lancers must prepare lror a first round road playoff game with hopes for success and then a second round home game on Fri- day, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. Steve Hall is the Lancers Varsi- ty Boys Basketball coach. 21 Friday, February 18, 2011 The CATAUNA ISLANDER