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Watson From page 1 Ohio. The skeletons were report- edly all arranged in a sitting posi- tion and facing east. In 1931, a number of large skel- etons were discovered in a lake bed near Lovelock, Nevada, one of which was said to be almost 10-feet long. Another specimen measuring 8 V2-feet in length was also discovered and ap- peared to be wrapped in a "gum-covered" fab- ric similar to Egyptian mummies. In 1965, a skeleton measuring 8-feet nine- inches in length was re- portedly discovered in Holly Creek, Kentucky, with a skull "30 inches in circumference" As you might have guessed by now, Cata- lina Island counts itself as one of the locations of these finds. Not so long ago in our history there was a fellow by the name of Ralph Glid- den who took it upon himself to excavate (some would say "plun- der") the various Native American middens and burial sites around the Island. In the days before the science of archaeology was born, men Jim Watson Columnist like Glidden did little more than exploit Native American artifacts and even their remains as a sort of lucrative "hobby". He ghoulishly displayed many of these remains and even offered them up for sale in a small "museum" he operated on Hill Street on Avalon's east side. Among Glidden's many claims was that he had discovered the skeletal remains of 7-foot to 8-foot tall "giants" in various places around the Island. Okay, so what does a race of giants on Cata- lina have to do with the Island's mines and natural caves? The answer, I am told, has to do with what is known as the Hollow Earth theory, or the belief that within the earth is a vast open realm inhabited by an advanced civiliza- tion. While the Hollow Earth theory enjoyed its heyday back in the 19th century and early 20th century, it still has a number of followers. The Russian newspape r Prav- da, for example, regularly features bonafied "scientific" articles on the existence of this global under- realm. As recently as June 6, 2011, that esteemed journal published an article titled "Parallel World NEED A HOME LOAN? ECTRIC LIC #738968 24 HOUR SERVICE CALLS RESIDENTIAL" COMMERCIAL- MIISTRIAL GENEIATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Repairs I New Const I Remodel I Tenant Improvement AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 Forget the plastic DRINK THE AIR Produces 5,7 gallons a day No plastic waste Great for homes and boats 75% more pure than bottled water SOLUTIONS 305-900-7027 keysgreen,biz Hidden Inside Earth" and in 2007 featured a similar article entitled "Another Human Civilization May Live Inside Earth's Hollows". While the articles themselves don't offer any proof of these claims, the authors pull no punch- es in espousing their own beliefs on this notion, quoting various re- searchers in the bargain. Enter Catalina Island: Al- though "Hollow Earthers" believe that the major entry points into this underworld are located at the earth's north and south poles, they claim there are numerous alternate portals (emergency exits?) located around the world, including--you guessed it--Catalina Island. As a matter of fact, back in the 1920s a contingent from the Hol- low Earth Society made a special trip out to Catalina in an effort to search for just such a portal. No word on whether or not they found anything. Who knows? Maybe they indeed found something and are still down there trying to sort things out... Okay, Jim, you say. I still don't see where the giants come in. It is said that these giants, in- cluding those supposedly found on Catalina, were given the task Of protecting these portals. In other words, they were thought to be the "guardians" of the portals into this underworld, protecting this inter- nal civilization from incursions from above. 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The author of a number of books on the subject, including his most recent contribution "On the Trail of the Nephilim II," he is a regular guest on George Noory's enormously popular late-night ra- dio show Coast-to-Coast A.M. (He, even gave me and Catalina Island a shout-out one night!) Between Mr. Marzulli, then- Catalina Island Museum Curator John Borragina and myself, we stayed up late into the night eating pizza and researching Glidden's old journal as well as faded news- paper clippings and old photo- graphs. Although Mr. Marzulli was thrilled with much of what he saw, he unfortunately didn't re- ally come across a "smoking gun," leaving this particular mystery, at least, unsolved. Lancers From page 1 Carmen Silva collected 14 tackles. Cornerback Jason Cisneros held strong and prevented any kind of pass game, finishing with 9 tack- les. Additionally, defensive linemen Harrison Hobbs and Chris Alcala racked up multiple turnovers. Two Lancers shared the overall player of the game honor. Senior lineman Eduardo Pedroza domi- nated both sides of the ball. Nobody could stop him, or get by him while going the other way, as Pedroza became a constant headache for Pacific Lutherans offense. Junior Cesar Ventura shine on special teams, tallying a 80-yard punt return for a touchdown. Ventura played well both ways, too, racking up a 2-point conver- sion run and two interceptions. The Lancers start the playoffs this Friday, Nov 7. The first-round matchup will unfold at Avalon's Joe Machado Field, where Avalon will host Bloomington Christian, starting at 5 p.m. Bloomington Christian will enter postseason fresh off a 54-8 win over Palm Valley. 101 Friday, November 7, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER