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Watson From page 1 Young people who may not know who Nell Armstrong was or who scratch their heads when they hear the name Glenn Miller, will almost certainly recognize Mr. Chaplin. As an aside, my own personal brush with the Charlie Chaplin phenom- enon came a few years ago while I was doing a film job in the Angeles Nation- al ForesL For the three days that I was on location, I had the honor of bunking each night in Charlie's old loft in none other than Wal- lace Beery's cabin. I wish I had a ghost story to relate to you regarding this stay, but alas, Mr. Chaplin made no cameo ap- pearances. But enough about Charlie. For not as well known as Charlie was his half-brother, Sydney Chaplin, who had quite a few feathers stuck in his cap as well. Like his broth- er, Sydney had a life-long love af- fair with Catalina Island. Not only is Sydney credited with starting the first airline in the United States (which included Catalina Island in its routes), he had an impressive film career as well; a career that in true Hollywood fash- ion largely ended in scandal. Sydney was older than Charlie by about Jim Watson four years. Being Columnist half-brothers, their commondenominator was mother Hannah, a London music hall entertainer. Both boys were raised in Mother England and after giving up a promising seafaring career with Britain's Merchant Navy, Sydney opted to join brother Charles in From page 9 For The Lobster Trap, Aliana Gonzalez was 2-2. Also with two hits were Scotty Rohlfsen and Robert Reyes. Tino Rodriguez, Dave Clary, Jimmy Felix, Manny Hernandez, Roberto Cisneros, Juan Rodriguez, Porschia Denning and Karla Rodriguez all collected one hit. For Bravo's Landscaping, Danny Alonzo had three hits. Anissa Flares was 2-2. Nick Flares, Josh Flynn and Frank Rojo also had two hits. Jose Cuevas, Santiago Martinez, Lupe Sanchez and Mindy Malan all had one hit. Standings Bravo's Landscaping 4-1-1 The Sand Trap 3-2-1 Straight Up Builders 2-3-1 The Lobster Trap 1-4-1 Schedule for Thursday, March 20 6:00 p.m. Bravo's Landscaping vs. Straight Up Builders Recreational Forqrcast F lay. Mar& 21 ].esJey Upton "Sarah Lovelle 5omonlho Brown Keren Baker Conor Soldono Last Week's Alma nac Saturday March 22 Nolhon [ins Colin Moron Tides This Week' Sunday, March 23 Alfredo Tamayo Myrno Vasquez David Larsen Monday, March 24 Paise Felix Usa Smith Logan Machodo Brian l ke Tuesday., March 25 Albert Navarro Ryan Soldano Brad Foote Brent Ezell Brenda Lee Ramo Wednesday.. March 26 Meghonn Shrum James Butte Heidi Wilson Thurs.. March 27 Melbo Piltch Lucy Gonzalez Before you go back to the mainland... Hollywood in the motion picture While Chalk's International business. Airlines stayed in business until, In the course of their partner- incredibly, the year 2007, Syd- ship together, the two discovered ney's fledgling airline lasted only that mother Hannah had also giv- a couple of seasons, with routes en birth to yet a third half brother, along the California coast, includ- Wheeler Dryden, who was also an ing Avalon Bay. actor as it turned out. The three After bailing out of the airline of them teamed up and worked to- business, Sydney went on to direct gether off and on until the 1950s. and/or appear ina number of films Sydney was not only an actor, during the Roaring Twenties, in- but also tried his hand at directing, eluding "The Perfect Flapper One of his first, and probably most (1924)," "Charley's Aunt (1925)," successful, efforts was the silent "The Better 'ale (1926) and five "The Submarine Pirate," released feature films for Warner Brothers in 1915. This pioneering comedy among others. was one of the first movies filmed But as they say, all good things at Catalina using underwater foot- must come to an end. According age. After these initial successes, to Lisa K. Stein's biography "Syd Sydney began handling most of his Chaplin: A Biography" (McFar- brother Charlie's business affairs, land, 2010), Sydney's slide into including contract negotiations, a disrepute with regards to his film failed sheet music business and a career began in London in 1928 successful marketing business, shortly after his first film for Brit- While Sydney's film and agen- ish international Pictures, a sex cy career was going gangbusters, comedy called "A Little Bit of he began dabbling in another of Flush." his passions, aviation. In 1919, he He was just beginning work founded Sydney Chaplin Aircraft on a second film for BIP entitled Corporation and began Chaplin "Mumming Birds," when he was Airlines, arguably the first air- accused by actress Molly Wright line with scheduled air service of sexual assault, specifically "bit- in the United States. (There is ing off one of her nipples in an some dispute as to whether that overzealous sexual encounter," ac- title belongs to Chaplin Airlines cording to Stein. or Chalk's International Airlines, Following the accusations, Syd- a Florida-based airline that was ney left England behind--along founded about the same time), with a boat-load of debt. His em- Sydney Chaplin had a checkered, but inter- esting history that included Catalina. player, British International Pic- tures, settled with the young ac- tress out of court. Within a year, Sydney declared bankruptcy. Over the following decades, Sydney maintained his show busi- ness contacts and stayed informal- ly involved in the entertainment industry. He married twice; but had no children. He passed away on Good Fri- day, 1965, and is buried next to his second wife, Gypsy, at the Clar- ens-Montreux Cemetery near the Swiss town of Vevey. Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday : Wednesday Thursday Partly Cloudy Mostly CloudyPartly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Sunny ~ Mostly SunnyMostly Sunny 62/54 61/54 60/55 61/55 63/57 65/54 64/52 Precip Chmace:' 10% -Precip Cli~lne~(lO~ "Precip CA~ance: 10%: Proeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance; 5% Pre:gip Chance: 5% 10-213 6171819110111+1 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, ! 1+: Extreme Exposure Date Low 3/10 72 59 65/51 0.00" 3/11 74 51 65/52 0.00" 3/12 70 50 65/52 0.00" 3/13 60 48 65/52 0.00" 3/14 67 49 65/52 0.00" 3/15 80 52 65/52 0.00" 3/16 82 65 65/52 0.00" What meteorological instrtanent is used to measure wind speed? p~s puva ~nnseom ol pOIUOAU! SEA', aolmuotuotm otIl 'Og~l uI - A tornado swarm occurred in the Deep South. Between late afternoon and early the next morning, severe thunderstorm~ spawned 31 tornadoes in Alabama Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee The tornadoes killed 334 people and injured 1,784. Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 62, humidity of 82%. The D_~ record high temperature for today is 84 set in Fri 1989. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat overnight low of 54. The record low for tonight Sun is 41 set in 1953.Saturday, skies will be mostly Man cludy with a high temperature f 61, humidityf Tue 82%. Skies will be mostly cloudy Saturday night Wed with an overnight low of 54. Expect partly cloudy Thu skies Sunday with a high temperature of 60. Skies will become mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 61. Tuesday, skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 63. AM PM 3:26-5:26 3:56-5:56 4:21-6:21 4:51-6:51 5:17-7:17 5:47-7:47 6:15-8:15 6:45-8:45 7:12-9:12 7:42-9:42 8:08-10:088:38-10:38 9:03-11:039:33-11:33 Avalon Catalina Harbor Oar It~ Low ~ Low Oa~ ~ Low ~ Low Fri 12:22am 7:32aml:41pm6:35pm Fri 12:27am 7:40aml:46pm6:43pm Sat l:llam8:48am3:19pm7:31pm Sat l:16am8:56am3:24pm7:39pm Sun" 2:19am10:16am 5:14pm9:15pm Sun 2:24am10:24am 5:19pm9:23pm Man 3:49amll:35am 6:26pmll:10pm Man 3:54amll:43am 6:31pmll:18pm Tue 5:17am12:35pm 7:llpmNone Tue 5:22am12:43pm 7:16pmNone Wed 6:28am12:29am 7:48pml:24pm Wed 6:33am12:37am 7:53pml:32pm Thu 7:27aml:27am8:23pm2:06pm Thu 7:32aml:35am8:28pm2:14pm Sunrise Sun~t ~ Moonset A 6:54 a.m. 7:06 p.m. No Rise 10:05 a.m. "J~'~'~ First 6:52a.m.7:06p.m.12:16a.m. 10:57 a.m.~ 4/7 6:51 a.m. 7:07 p.m. 1:14 a.m. 11:53 a.m. 6:50a.m.7:08 p.m. 2:09a.m.12:54 p.m. 6:48 a.m. 7:09 p.m. 3:01 a.m. 1:59 p.m. f~'~ Full 6:47 a.m. 7:09 p.m. 3:48 a.m. 3:05 p.m. ~ 4/15 6:46 a.m. 7:10 p.m. 4:32 a.m. 4:12 p.m. Last C Fri 3/23 Sat Sun Mon New Tue 3/30 Wed Thu NEWPORT BEACH TO CATALINA Departs Balboa Pavilion gain / Return from Avalon departs 4:30pm Subscribe today. P.O. Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-0500 Fax (310) 510-2882 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 21, 2014 i 11