BEACH: Alumni made a name for them­selves at home, abroad

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Week­end Life - Satur­day, Septem­ber 29, 2012 Break­ing news at cal­gary­her­

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 (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.

Jon Mur­ray/post­media News/files

Molly’s Reach is “the most rec­og­niz­able B.C. build­ing in the world,” says Jack­son Davies, who played Con­sta­ble Con­sta­ble on the hit se­ries.

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