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Watson From page 1 some of them from surprisingly credible sources. Due to the apparent popularity of those two columns, I thought it might be fun to revisit the reported sighting of another famous criptid here on our mysterious Island. Legends regarding so-called criptids can be found throughout the world. But of all the mysteri- ous, incongruous ani- mals found or imagined to be found around the world, one criptid in particular stands out. They've gone by various names over the ages depending on what region of the world they are reportedly seen: Sasquatch, Yeti, Ts'emekwes, Yawee, etc. But the most common moni- ker that rings a bell in the mind of the average American is the name "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- Jim Watson Columnist ness-chall~nged, eponymous crea- tures can be found 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 fa- mous Patterson-Gimlin film foot- age purportedly of a Sasquatch taken in Bluff Creek, California, in 1967. (Many years later, one of Patterson's buddies 'fessed up, claiming that the footage was actually of himself pa- rading around in an ape suit). As far-fetched as the idea of Bigfoot sounds, I was surprised to learn that the most famous primate researcher of them all, Jane Good- all, recently expressed her belief on National Public Radio in at least the possibility of their existence, a phenomenon she said she found "fascinating." 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 claims he had an encounter with Bigfoot right here smooth and efficient." paraphrase the story in your own in Avalon Canyon--Hermit Gulch "As the arms pumped rhythmi- words?' Campground to be exact, cally with each stride," he con- I won't bother to theorize about In his official report to the or- tinued, "the open hands snapped how Bigfoot could make it out to ganization known as Bigfoot En- back and forth in their cuffed po- Catalina Island, let alone how one counters, Hameline said his en- sition. The upper body was erect could survive out here without counter happened while passing and leaning forward slightly." holding down at least two or three the golf course in the dark of night According to Hameline, the jobs. while making a foray into town for creature then ran along the golf It suffices to say it is just anoth- a six-pack of beer when he began course parallel to the road at a er drop in the fascinating bucket to hear a "repetitive, almost inau- speed of "20 to 25 miles per hour" of lore we have in this Island Para- dible moaning/breathing sound?' before disappearing into the dark- dise. The sound grew louder and ness. louder, he said, and after a quick I would like to have talked with Teen and 1Weon Art prayer or two he continued on his Mr. Hameline about his encoun- Workshops at Avalon Library way. ter, but his whereabouts are not "There's not a soul around," he known at this time. He appears Youths entering grades 4 and up said to himself. "This place really to have been something of a Big- are invited to the Avalon Library to shuts down at night." foot researcher himself, although participate in art workshops led by All was well until he passed the whether his encounter on Catalina Porschia Denning. stables when suddenly the horses turned him into one or whether The stand-alone workshops will "freaked--and I mean freaked!" he just happened to already be a be held 10 a.m.-noon every other The horses bolted in his direc- Bigfoot researcher ahead of time Saturday: June 28, July 12, July 26, tion, stopping just at the fence line, is unclear, and Aug. 6. where he got a good look at their I did, however, catch up with Sponsored by the Friends of flaring nostrils, wide eyes and another Bigfoot aficionado by the the Avalon Library, the workshops pinned-back ears. name of Bobbie Short who inter- will include drawing, acrylic and He then looked down the roadviewed Mr. Hameline about his watercolor painting, and sculpture and saw "a human silhouette Catalina experience, techniques. roughly 6 ft. tall." "I personally interviewed Peter Participants may attend one or Hameline got a better look as 10 years ago," said Short. "I felt at all four free of charge. Contact the creature began running par- that time that his description was the library in advance to reserve a allel to the road through the golf valid," he said. "I believe Hame- spot. The library is located at 215 course. "The color of its body was line passed away some years back Sumner Ave. To learn more about either brown or a reddish brown so I don't know exactly what to what's happening at the library, all over," he said. "Its strides were tell you except you are welcome to call 310-510-1050 Catalina Islander's Recreational Summary Avalon's Seven Da Forecast Patek Philipp Watch 18ct. Yellow Gold w/Alligator Band Lost at JL's Lockeroom Saturday Evening 6/21 Sentimental Value : Tanning Index Peak Fishin~:=~ Times This Week Recreational Forecast NO QUESTIONS ASKED Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Partly Cloudy Mostly SunnyMostly SunnyMostly SunnyPartly Cloud)~ Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny 70 / 61. 72 / 62 73 / 63 75 / 64 75 / 62 72 / 58 74 / 59 Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 5% / 10-2131415Ui 8191101 11+I 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure Last Week's Almanac NgJa l r,C 6/1668 54 71160 0.00" 6/1765 53 71/60 0.00" 6/1868 52 71/60 0.00" 6/1975 54 71/60 ' 0.00" 6/2082 56 71/60 0.00" 6/2180 56 72/60 0.00" 6/2269 54 72/60 0.00" Tides This Week Weather Trivia Do hurricanes spawn tornadoes? uotumo3 ol!nb st uou~tuouzqd S!ql 'pzzpu! 'saA :3'g~'gtlV Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 70, humidity of 57%. The record high temperature for today is 99 set in 1990. Expect Fri mostly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low Sat of 61. The record low for tonight is 50 set in 1965. Sun Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high Mon temperature of 72, humidity of 64%. Skies wilt Tue be mostly cloudy Saturday night with an overnight Wed low of 62. Expect mostly sunny skies Sunday with Thu a high temperature of 73. Skies will remain mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 75. Tuesday, skies will be partly cloudy with a high temperature of 75. Avalon Frill:05am 4:37am9:56pm 3:51pm Fri Sat ll:38am 5:09am10:28pm 4:26pm Sat Sun 12:13pm 5:40amll:01prn 5:04pmSun Mon12:49pm 6:12amll:36pm 5:44pm Mon Tue 1:27 pm 6:44 am None 6:32 pm Tue Wed 12:12am 7:18am2:09pm7:31pm Wed Thu 12:55am 7:53am2:55pm8:48pm Thu AM eM 12:34-2:34 12:04-2:04 1:21-3:21 12:51-2:51 2:07-4:07 " 1:37-3:37 2:52-4:52 2:22-4:22 3:35-5:35 3:05-5:05 4:18-6:18 3:48-5:48 5:00-7:00 4:30-6:30 Catalina Harbor ll:10am 4:45am10:01pm 3:59pm ll:43am 5:17am10:33pm 4:34pm 12:18pm 5:48amll:06pm 5:12pm 12:54pm 6:20amll:41pm 5:52pm 1:32 pm 6:52 am None 6:40 pm 12:17am 7:26am2:14pm7:39pm l:00am8:01am3:00pro 8:56pm Sun/Moon Chart This Week - Hurricane Audrey smashed ashore at Cameron, La., drowning 390 people and causing 150 million dollars in damage to Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Audrey left only a brick courthouse and a cement-block icehouse standing at Cameron. Sun~ Sunset Moon~ ~ New WI~ 5:46 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 6:15 a.m. 8:21 p.m. ( Full 6/27 Sat 5:46 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 7:07 a.m. 9:02 p.m. ' 7/12 Sun 5:46 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 8:01 a.m. 9:40 p.m. Mon 5:47 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 8:54 a.m. 10:15 p.m. A First "J~"~'~ Tue 5:47 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 9:47 a.m. 10:48 p.m. ~"//'~'~ Last 7/5~ Wed 5:48 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 10:40 a.m. 11:20 p.m.~k~,~ 7/18 Thu 5:48a.m.8:06p.m.ll:33a.m, ll:51p.m. NEWPORT BEACH TO CATALINA 800-880-7744 Departs Balboa Pavilion 9am / Return from Avalon departs 4:30pm ;[Hi[ CATAi.iNA iSiJiNDER ............................................................................................................................................................................... ~ ............................................. i6iiciayi J une 271 2 ci14 (i3 __1__