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Watson From page 1 in a hurricane, see a tornado, been there done that and so on and so forth. But one of the more exciting and, so far, elusive items on this list has been to see a total eclipse of the sun. I've seen plenty of partial eclipses and a fair number of to- tal eclipses of the moon, but ex- periencing the totality of a solar eclipse is something not to be missed, I have been told. On Sept. 10, 1923, the people of Catalina Island were getting all excited about just such an astro- nomical event; a rare solar eclipse whose path of totality would make a perfect bee-line straight down the California coast. More than 40 scientists from all over the world--most-notably the Yerkes, Carlton and Dearborn observatories--came to Catalina in anticipation of good, dry late summer weather and, they hoped, perfect conditions for viewing and studying the event. Some had come from as far away as Japan. "On every boat came those students of the other worlds," wrote the Catalina Islander's Alma Overholt, "super-scien- tists whose laboratory is the Universe--to our little island, which took such an important place in the 'shadow' Monday." But, almost as rare as a solar eclipse, was an early September day on Catalina of "big, black for- bidding clouds" that threatened to eclipse the eclipse. According to Ernest Windle's front page account of the event Jim Watson Columnist in the Catalina Islander, as the eclipse began behind the clouds the temperature began dropping and the "darkness" began enveloping- the world. But clouds con- tinued to obscure the sun and someone even remarked that they felt a drop of rain. "If we have a few drops of rain," an- nounced an optimistic Dr. Edwin Frost of Wis- consin's Yerkes Obser- vatory, "it will clear off. Stand by to be ready, ladies and gentleman." But all the time, travel and toil on th.e part of the astronomical researchers was for naught, as the weather refused to cooperate. The gathered scientists and Is- landers got only a brief glimpse of a not-quite-total eclipse at 12:50 p.m. when there was "a sudden rift in the clouds. In a perfect sil- very crescent the sun appeared," said the Catalina Islander article. "Then it was lost." Despite the disappointment, the eclipse still put on something of a show. "From the northwest came the darkness...the whole sky above turned a purple-ish green." Song birds began singing their tunes normally reserved for sunset and the gathered observers "com- mented upon the beauties of the cloud with its 'silver lining'." Now that's looking at the glass half full, I'd say. The sun never again made another appearance through the clouds until after the eclipse was over leaving the little camp of ob- servers silent and disappointed. But all was not lost. Harold Foote of Avalon produced a five- gallon bucket of ice cream, towns- people gathered to sing songs and Dr. Philip Fox of the Dearborn Observatory sat on a stack of lum- ber and with a saw and block of wood "furnished music that great- ly resembled that of an Hawaiian stringed instrument. "When he played 'Aloha'," continued Judge Windle's article, "nearly everybody in the camp sang or hummed the tune." There have not been any total solar eclipses visible on Catalina since that date and there aren't going to be any for a long, long time--at least not until the 22nd Century. We had our chance in 1923 and it came and went. To cross that particular item off my bucket list will require travelling somewhere else. As I have said before in this column, the Island doesn't give up her secrets easily. Letters to Celebrate Danny Guzman The Avalon VFW Post 4682 and the Family of Danny Guzman invites the public to honor and cel- ebrate his life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9th, at the Bird Park Picnic Ground from 2 to 5 p.m. with a 21 Gun Salute at 3 p.m. The VFW will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages and will wel- come any additional dishes that you would like to bring. Please also bring any stories or photos about Danny that you would like to share. The more we have to remember him by, the more vividly his spirit will shine and remain with us all. We look forward to sharing this event with you. Thank you so much, Cyndee L. Mahan Parting poem Lori Crytser, a beloved mem- ber of our congregation and an accomplished poet, passed away on January 7 at the age of 92. It wasn't that many years ago that she would spend part of every year in Avalon, a place she loved dearly. Among her papers was a note asking that this poem be sent to the Catalina Islander upon her demise. Catalina lshmder's Recreational ummarv Avalon's Seven I)ay Forecasl Friday : : " Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday - -WednesdaF ..... Thursday, Sunny Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny . Sunny . Mostly Sunny 62/54 69157 68t56 66/54 69/51 ~ ' 641'48 +- 66/52 Preeip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 5% Recreational Fmecas! Tanning Index I'eak Fishin,g Times This X'~ eek /0-213~61718191101 11+ I 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate,6-7: High,8-10: Very High, 11 +: Extreme Exposure Last Week'~ Almanac Oat me, h Low 2/24 64 49 64/51 0.00" 2/25 61 50 64/51 0.00" 2/26 59 50 65/51 0.00" IBIS !12/27 65 53 65/51 0.07" ii !12/28 57 50 65/51 0.65" 3/1 58 48 64/51 0.25" Tides This W~ek 3/2 56 48 64/51 0.01" X~,eather Trivia Can tornadoes rotate in the u ~ wrong direction? r uo.~'loa I~tmou +q3 jo ~lisoddo '~s!~l~op ~3~rloJ s~opmuol ~moS :~ Sun/Moon Chart This Week ~eather Histor3 - A major ice storm left much of Iowa under a thick coat of ice. It was the worst ice storm in at least 25 years for Iowa. Up to two inches of ice coated much of western and central Iowa, with three inches reported in Crawford County and Carroll County. Today we will see sunny skies with a high temperature of 62, humidity of 49%. The record high temperature for today is 85 set in Fri 1955. Expect mostly clear skies tonight with an Sat overnight low of 54. The record low for tonight Sun is 34 set in 1956. Saturday, skies will be sunny Mon with a high temperature of 69, humidity of 21%. Tue Skies will be mostly clear Saturday night with an Wed overnight low of 57. Expect sunny skies Sunday Thu with a high temperature of 68. Skies will be mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 66. Tuesday, skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 69. AM PM 5:49-7:49 5:19-7:19 6:38-8:38 6:08-8:08 7:26-9:26 6:56-8:56 8:13-10:13 7:43-9:43 - 8:59-10:59 8:29-10:29 9:44-11:44 9:14-11:14 10:28-12:289:58-11:58 Avalon ~ Low ~ Low Fri l:14am8:52m,a 3:35pm 7:44pm Sat 2:27am10:28am 5:35pm 9:36pm Sun 4:53am12:39pm 7:32pmNone Mort 6:05am12:09am 8:05pro l:27pm Tue 6:59aml:06am8:30pro 2:03pro Wed 7:40~al:47am8:52pm2:32pm Thu 8:16am2:21am9:.12pm 2:58pm Catalina Harbor 1~ ~ Low ~ Low Ffi l:19am~.00am 3:40pro7:52pm Sat 2:32am10:36am 5:40pm~44pm Sun 4:58 am 12.'47 pm 7:37 pm None Mort 6:lOam12:17~un 8:lOpm l:35pm Tue 7:04aml:14am8:35pm 2:llpm Wed 7:45aml:55am8:57pm 2:40pro Thu 8:21am2:29am9:17pm 3:06pro First Fri 3/8 Sat Sun Mon Last 3/23 Snna 6:12 a.m. 5:55 p.m. 10:29 a.m. Next Day 6:lla.m.5:56p.m.ll:I7a.m. 12:40a.m. 7:10 a.m. 6:57 p.m. 1:06 p.m. 1:29 a.m. 7:08 a.m. 6:57 p.m. 1:57 p.m. 3:14 a.m. 7:07 a.m. 6:58 p.m. 2:49 p.m. 3:56 a.m. 7:06 a.m. 6:59 p.m. 3:42 p.m. 4:34 a.m. 7:04 a.m. 7:00 p.m: 4:36 p.m. 5:10 a.m. e Full Tue New 3/16 Wed 3/30 Thu NEWPORT BEACH TO CATALINA I 1MIt 7744 Departs Balboa Pavilion 9am / Return from Avalon departs 4:30pro Pastor Steve Beckham Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Naples, Long Beach "Boundless Realm" When young, I sought a bound- less realm Unmapped, unreckoned, unconned sea; Dream-sailed to mythic spheres unknown Seeking the Edge of Infinity. But now I hear no siren's song, Nor crave the nip of mystic breeze, Enough for me the unchang- ingness Of our enchanted island's peace Where moon back-lights a sil- houette- Familiar, crescent-hilled embrace And, gently-harbored, gently- calmed Yield to the magic of this place--this Avalon. Lori Crytser 1921-2014 March 7 - March 13 Shows Nightly at 7:30pro Rated PG-13 Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission For More Informotion 0oll 310-510-01 79 8 i Friday, March 7, 2014 _ THE CATALINA ISLANDER I