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Watson From page 1 never been a secret, even in such an image-oriented destination as Catalina, a mysterious new twist emerged recently; a twist that comes compliments of our local friend and barber extraordinaire Lolo Saldana. It was in the early morning hours of August 12, 1902, that a shot rang out in one of the hotel's private parlors, behind whose doors an illicit poker game was being played. A man named Harry Johnson raced from the room to report that an- other gambler, Alfred Boyd, had shot and killed a professional gambler by the name of W.A. Yeager, a.k.a. "The St. Louis Sport." To make a long story short, Boyd was charged with the mur- der, but was eventually found not guilty thanks to a variety of then-un- tested courtroom theat- rics that were so revolutionary that the defense attorney, Earl Rogers, would later become the inspiration for Erie Stanley Gardner's "Perry Mason" character of novels, film and television. Both Johnson and Boyd testi- fled during tile trial and although Boyd was found not guilty, it has long been assumed that it was one of the two who had committed the murder. But could there have been a third suspect involved? Enter Lolo and his new twist on the story: "Back in the early 1960s, I was cutting an elderly man's hair one day and he said 'You guys have ruined this town'," said Lolo. Somewhat taken aback by this comment, Lolo asked what the Jim Watson Columnist sino. gentleman meant by his remark. "You've ruined it with that big round building," said the man, evidently refer- ring to the Casino. Upon further ques- tioning, Lolo learned that the gentleman had lived on the Is- land many years be- fore; not only before the present-day Ca- sino, but even before its predecessor, the old Sugarloaf Ca- He went on to tell Lolo that he had considered Descanso Bay a prime fishing spot back in the day and that somehow the construction of the Casino had ruined it. Although he was having trou- ble making the connection be- tween the presence of the Casino and the ruination of a fishing hole (fish don't like Art Deco?), Lolo was nevertheless interested in the man's early connections with Ava- lon. So he carried the conversation further, snipping the man's hair as he did so. The mysterious customer told Lolo that his family had actually lived in the Metropole at the turn of the century and that his father was a regular "customer" at the poker tables in the hotel's private rooms. Early one summer morning (the man didn't remember the date), he was hastily awakened by his mother. "Get up!," she said. "Pack your bags! We're leaving the Island!" Lolo said the man then related how his mother told him they were leaving "for good" and heading to Canada. He was admonished to "never return to Catalina again." The family then proceeded to vacate their Island home in the pale light of an impending dawn. For more than 60 years--dur- ing which time the man never learned the reason for his family's hasty exodus--the man heeded his mother's advice, all the while maintaining residency in Canada. It wasn't until the 1960s, com- pelled by that desire that overcomes Catalina Islander's Recreational Summary Avalon's Seen I)a 3r Forecast Friday Salwrllny - " ," Sanday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny ..... Mostly Sunny 68 / 56 69 / 58 72 /59 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% ..... M6na?_" ";' Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy 74/63 :.: 72/61 67/59 71/55 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Recreational Forecast Tanning Index Peak Fishing Times This '\\;eek 0-2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11+ 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: .Very High, 11 +: Extreme Exposure Last XVeek's Almanac Date ttieda Low Noas cia 4/28 71 53 68/55 0.00" 4/29 84 65 68/55 0.00" 4/30 82 69 68/55 0.00" 5/1 86 68 68/55 0.00" 5/2 92 72 68/55 0.00" 5/3 83 67 69/56 0.00" 5/4 76 54 69/56 0.00" Tides This \\;Veek Weather Trivia Can history be used to predict the specific landfall of future hurricanes? u ree lIq ffu!aq moqli seoL off uaql puu Dnxls oq etu sere V "ON ::l'lm Sun/Moon (-;hart This 'Veek V eather ilistory May_9_,.l. - Lightning struck some trees about 150 yards away from a home in Alabama and followed the driveway to the home. The charge went through the house and burned all the electrical outlets, ruined appliances and blasted a hole in the concrete floor of the basement. Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 68 , humidity of 72%. The record high temperature for today is 92 set in 1993. Expect - Fri mostly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low Sat of 56 . The record low for tonight is 43 set in 1950. Sun Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high Mon temperature of 69 , humidity of 64%. Skies will Tue be mostly cloudy Saturday night with an overnight Wed low of 58 . Expect mostly sunny skies Sunday with Thu a high temperature of 72 . Skies will remain mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 74 . Tuesday, skies will be partly cloudy with a high temperature of 72 . AM PM 8:27-10:27 7:57-9:57 9:12-11:12 8:42-10:42 9:59-11:59 9:29-11:29 10:48-12:48 10:18-12:18 11:30-1:30 11:00-1:00 11:40-1:40 ll:10-t:10 12:05-2:05 12:35-2:35 Avalon Catalina Harbor Da tUgh Low High Low Da tUgh Low tUgh Low Fri 6:30am l:00am 7:13pm 12:39pm Fri 6:35am l:08am 7:18pm 12:47pm Sat 7:22 am l:39am 7:38pm l:14pm Sat 7:27 am l:47am 7:43pm l:22pm Sun 8:08 am 2:15 am 8:05pm 1:46pm Sun 8:13 am 2:23 am 8:10pm 1:54pm Mon 8:51am 2:50am 8:33pm 2:18pm Mon 8:56am 2:58am 8:38pm 2:26pm Tue 9:.34am 3:26am 9:05pm 2:51pm Tue 9:.39am 3:34am 9:10pm 2:59pm Wed 10:17am 4:04am 9:39pm 3:26pm Wed 10:22am 4:I2am 9:44pm 3:34pm Thu ll:03am 4:45am 10:17pm 4:04pm Thu ll:08am 4:53am 10:22pro 4:12pm D.  Salme, t Mnr Full  Fri 5:56 a.m. 7:42 p.m. 2:59 p.m. 5/14  Sat 5:56 a.m. 7:43 p.m. 3:55 p.m. Sun 5:55 a.m. 7:43 p.m. 4:53 p.m. Mon 5:54 a.m. 7:44 p.m. 5:52 p.m. Last r/g[' Tue 5:53 a.m. 7:45 p.m. 6:54 p.m. 5/21 Kt Wed 5:53 a.m. 7:46 p.m. 7:57 p.m. Thu 5:52 a.m. 7:46 p.m. 8:59 p.m. Mnt 2:47 a.m. New 3:20 a.m. 5/28 3:54 a.m. 4:30 a.m. 5:10am 5:54 a.m. 6:44 a.m. NEWPORT BEACH TO CATALINA _' .. 800-830-7744 Catalinainfoucom , Departs Balboa Pavilion 9am / Retum from Avalon departs 4:30pm so many in their twilight years to revisit the stomping grounds of their youth, that he made one last pilgrimage to Catalina where he landed in Lolo's chair. Could this man's father have committed the murder or some- how been involved in it? It's cer- tainly possible his father's motive such a hasty and involved retreat smacks of something more sinister than a simple gambling debt or a fling with another man's lady. After nearly half a century, Lolo doesn't recall the man's name, if in fact it was ever even di- vulged to him. But his tale either sheds light on--or perhaps deep- for abandoning the Island was _ ens--the mystery of the Murder at unrelated to the killing, although the Metropole. May 2 through May 15 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated P(- 13 Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Adrnisior: dult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, May 9, 2014 11