BEACH: Alumni made a name for themselves at home, abroad
Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19) Today: This is the only time all year when the Sun slowly crosses the top of your chart, acting like a spotlight on you. This makes others notice you more than usual. Since the light is “flattering,” people think you’re great and will ask you to do things. Say yes.
Sunday: Relations with family members, especially females, are warm and friendly today. This is a good day to entertain at home. All group situations, especially for information-gathering or meetings will go well. This is also great day for real-estate opportunities.
This week: Many Capricorns feel a strong loyalty to their community. But because of this, many of you are stretched too thin! You’re trying to satisfy too many people and too many organizations. You can’t deny your own pursuit of your own dreams. Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18) Today: Do whatever you can in the next month to vary your routine. Go places you have never been before. Travel if possible. Talk to people from different backgrounds and other cultures. Take a class. You want adventure and stimulation!
Sunday: You’re in such a positive frame of mind today, it will be easy to sell, write, edit, promote, market, teach and act. This is because when you’re thinking positive, naturally your communications are positive, which attracts others to you.
This week: “Look Ma, no hands!” Aquarians are entering their time of harvest. Things that you’ve worked for since 2001 (and certainly 2007) are now reaching a culmination (in the next few years) where you will see very clearly what is working and what is not. Although this is a time of heavy responsibilities, the next few years might easily be one of the most rewarding times of your life. Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20) Today: In the next six weeks, you will be strongly focused on passionate sex, intense exchanges with others and red-tape details about inheritances, taxes, debt and shared property. The word casual will not even be in your vocabulary!
Sunday: “There’s money in them thar hills!” This is an excellent day for trade and commerce. Trust your money-making ideas and your ability to promote them. Ka-ching!
This week: It’s been a financial squeeze for you and will probably continue this way for a while. In the last three years, you’ve had to get along with less because many of you have split from supportive partnerships. Naturally, this made you stand on your own two feet. Finally, you will pull yourself up by your bootstraps and swing in a new direction to prepare for something big. Go get ’em, tiger!
The meeting place for everybody was local waterfront cafe Molly’s Reach, played by local waterfront cafe Molly’s Reach.
Davies still recalls hearing about the show on CBC Radio just before its debut and thinking it sounded like a disaster. Davies was driving a van holding the theatre troupe he was touring with to their next gig in northern Alberta when they heard Gerussi pitch the show. He laughed. “It’s about a Greek guy and a Native guy and they pick up logs? This is going to last a week!” Davies laughs again at the memory. “I was out by a bit.”
Canada’s longest-running drama series was cancelled in 1990 just a year before it would have caught Gunsmoke for the title of longest-running TV drama anywhere.
Ian Caddell, who has written extensively about how The Beachcombers helped launch B.C.’s film and TV industry. “When the Americans were looking for locations in the early 1980s, they could see that B.C. and other areas were competitive. But B.C. had experienced crew members thanks to The Beachcombers, which at that point had been in operation for about a decade.
“Our reputation during the ’80s and ’90s was spurred by Beachcombers alumni who went on to make significant contributions to both local and international productions.”
Caddell rattled off the names of several former Beachcombers who helped Vancouver lay claim to the title of Hollywood North, including director of photography Rob McLachlan (MacGyver, Game of Thrones), producer N. John Smith (21 Jump Street and Stargate), director Brad Turner (21 Jump Street, 24), writer Hart Hanson (creator of Bones), production designer Michael Bolton (The Killing), and props master Jimmy Chow (Tron: Legacy).
Davies also lists some of the cast members whose careers began chasing logs in Gibsons. “Chief Dan George, Ryan Stiles, Bruce Greenwood, Winston Rekert, and all these other guys.”
Davies is delighted and somewhat baffled by the show’s enduring fan base, noting that a petition at TVArchives.com (tvarchive. ca/petition/) has collected more than 2,000 signatures to bring back the show.
Davies just finished a new book — written with Strange (who recently died) titled Bruno and the Beach that is being published later this fall. The title is a tribute to his affection for Gerussi and Davies’ determined modesty about his role in the series.
Davies joined The Beachcombers for its third season as an unnamed RCMP officer paired with actor Terrence Kelly — now one of B.C.’s most acclaimed stage actors. Over the years, Davies not only gained a name — Constable John Constable — but became one of the most recognizable cast members.
After the show was cancelled in 1990 and revived for two TV movies (featuring SCTV star Dave Thomas as the new owner of Molly’s Reach), it was Davies who became the face of the series. Gerussi had died in 1995, and Clothier passed away in 1999. tensely on partnerships and close friendships. Your increased confidence and desire for independence could threaten others. But you ain’t going back in da box. Gemini (May 21 — June 20) Today: Get ready for a funloving, playful six weeks ahead! Accept all invitations to party. Slip away on a vacation if possible. Enjoy the arts, sports events and playful activities. And of course romance will swim dizzily along.
Sunday: This is a great day to get together with friends and groups because you feel socially enthusiastic and ready to enjoy the company of others. Talk to people about your hopes and dreams for the future because their feedback or suggestions will help you.
This week: In many ways, this shift of Saturn in your chart will be a welcome thing. Expect to find yourself in situations where you’ll be working hard for others as well as for yourself. Take care of your body because hard work tests anyone’s health. Fear not. You will survive — with style!
Cancer (June 21 — July 22) Today: Your focus will be on home, family and your domestic needs in the next six weeks. Family events (or alternatively, sought-after, precious moments of privacy) will be your priority. Childhood memories will trigger interesting reminisces.
Sunday: Certain aspects of your private life might be public today, especially in the eyes of bosses, parents and VIPs. (Do be aware of this.) Nevertheless, it’s a high-energy day, which means your exchanges with authority figures will be enthusiastic and successful. Definitely.
This week: The next few years will be extremely powerful for you because Saturn will be in Scorpio, your fellow Water Sign. Saturn symbolizes form and structure, especially in an orderly way when one plans ahead. Many of you will experience increased responsibilities with children.
Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22) Today: Get ready because you’re going to hit that pavement running in the next six weeks. Short trips, errands, conversations with everyone plus increased writing and reading will create a jam-packed schedule for you. Enjoy this busy upbeat time.
Sunday: Travel is an extremely promising choice today. Lucky Leos are already travelling; however, other Leos might make travel plans or book reservations. Similarly, this is a great day for publishing, the media, the law,
Interviewed shortly after the show’s cancellation in 1990, Clothier described the decision to remove the “the” from the title as “fatuous,” and blamed CBC brass “in the East” for the changes that led to its demise. “They took hold of it and decided they wanted to slick it up and to modernize it. And I think in so doing they destroyed the innocence that the thing had,” Clothier said at the time.
“It was not ever a show that went in for the slick at all. For one thing, we never had the money for slick — we had minuscule budgets — and in trying to slick it up, the original quality of the show was lost.”
But the original memories have never vanished. Says Davies: “A woman — she was probably like a 30-year-old woman — stopped me in the street one day, smiling. And she said, ‘I just remember getting into my PJs and snuggling up with my dad and watching The medicine and anything to do with higher education. You want to expand your world!
This week: There’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that your freedom of action might be curtailed in some way in the next few years. One thing is certain: You will work hard to repair where you live or move to another residence to establish a solid anchor for yourself in the world.
Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22) Today: Without question, in the next six weeks, your focus turns more and more to money, cash flow, and earnings as well as possessions. Basically, you want to get the most bang for your buck. You also want to feel that what you own will serve your needs and not vice versa.
Sunday: It looks like you can benefit from the wealth and resources of others today, which means this is a good day to sit down and discuss dividing or sharing something, especially inheritances or jointly-held property.
This week: Many of you will be going through a job change or a residential move in the next few years, even though you’re sure that this will not be the case. Basically, around 2007, you started to reinvent yourself, and in the next few years you will put the finishing touches on the new you. It’s a wake-up call to make you hone your communication style.
Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22) Today: Today the Sun enters your sign where it stays for the next month boosting your energy and attracting people and favourable circumstances to you. (What’s not to like?) Make use of this fortunate window of time.
Sunday: Relations with others, especially females are excellent today. It’s also a good day to deal with the public. You will find that you easily make connections with others, in part because you appear very self-confident.
This week: Because you’ve been redefining who you are in the last few years, you now enter a three-year period where you will redefine your values. That’s why you want to figure out what really matters in life and how you want to spend the time that is left to you. Just remember: Happiness is wanting what you have. Scorpio (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21) Today: Your birthday is approaching, which means your personal year is coming to a close. That’s why the next month is the perfect time to think about what you want your new year to be all Molly’s Reach is still in Gibsons — serving Beachcombersthemed menu items like “Nick’s Lamb Burger,” “The Constable” omelette, and “Relic’s Big Breakfast” — which of course features the option of ham. And the original Persephone — Nick Adonidas’s famous Beachcombing boat — is drydocked forever around the corner for tourists to pose with. “I will bet anyone right now that Molly’s Reach is the most recognizable B.C. building in the world,” Jackson Davies (a.k.a. Constable Constable) told The Sun. “We could show a picture of Molly’s Reach in Australia or Germany or Italy, and say, ‘Do you Beachcombers on Sunday night. It was our night, together.’
“I probably should have walked away from that franchise a long about. How do you want it to be different from this year? Be specific with some goals.
Sunday: Co-workers are certainly supportive today. This is an excellent day to join forces with others to accomplish your tasks. Work-related travel is also likely. Don’t hesitate to think big and make big plans because others will endorse your ideas.
This week: In the next few years you might feel your options are limited and your choices are being forced upon you. But in another way, you’re embarking on a new 30-year cycle. And in the first part of the cycle, you will completely reinvent yourself ! Sagittarius (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21) Today: Whether you’re at home receiving company or on the road schmoozing with everyone, you’ll enjoy increased popularity in the next six weeks. This is a great time to make new friends, see old friends, as well as join clubs.
Sunday: This is a playful, funloving day that is particularly good for sports events, the arts, the hospitality industry and working or playing with children. The bottom line is you want to have fun today!
This week: Older Sagittarians can think back to the mid-80s for a few hints about what to expect in the next few years. At this stage in your life, you’re entering a phase where you will say goodbye to many things: people, places and possessions. recognize any of these buildings? You’ve got the parliament building, you can have the convention centre — which building would you recognize?” Molly’s Reach manager Wheath Ralla seems to confirm Davies’ theory. “Pretty much every second customer mentions The Beachcombers,” says Ralla, “and they’re from everywhere. We had people from Sweden here last week, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the U.K., people from across the country. We get a lot of people from Asia.” Ralla is displaying some of Relic’s costumes from the series. “We still love The Beachcombers.” time ago, but I get thousands of emails from Beachcomber fans all over the world, so I realize how important it was, and still is.”
Jazz vocalist Carol Welsman (1960) shares your birthday today. You’re extremely capable and many of you develop a particular talent or technique. Because you strive for stability, you value family.
Actress Marion Cotillard (1975) shares your birthday today. You’re curious about society and those around you. You have a charming, appealing personality. Your year ahead could be one of the most powerful years of your life.
Molly’s Reach is “the most recognizable B.C. building in the world,” says Jackson Davies, who played Constable Constable on the hit series.