50 years ago: Burgess Meredith visits the Brac

Cayman-brac--50-years-finalIn the April 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the newspaper reported:

“Burgess Meredith, famous character actor and star of ‘The Music Man’ is pictured at Owen Roberts airport with his wife after their return from a week’s vacation on Cayman Brac with their friend Mr. Carl Marcum. Whilst there he took the opportunity to study the script for ‘Batman’ to be filmed by 20th Century Fox – a Golden Gate production. Mr. Meredith is currently acting in the ‘Penguin and Batman’ T.V. series and has recently completed the film ‘Hurry Sundown,’ from a novel of the same title, which was directed by Otto Preminger.

“Mr. Meredith, Mr. Marcum and Mr. Mich Miller are all neighbors in Pomona, New York, which is their home base.

“After a quiet holiday in the Brac Mr. Meredith was on his way to Hollywood where he was due to report at 6:30 a.m. on Monday last for rehearsal of ‘Batman.’”

In the same issue, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“Welcome Nana and Win, wife and son of Capt. Oswald Hunter, whose home is on Harbour Island, Ocean Ridge, Florida. Capt. Hunter will join them on completion of his voyage on the S.S. Bangor which is now bound for France and Germany. Originally of Little Cayman, Capt. Hunter is a brother-in-law of Capt. Theophilus Rich of the Creek whose guests they are. The Hunters own property at Preston Bay and Bloody Bay in Little Cayman, which island’s simple tropical beauty is alluring to Nana.

“Welcome home on a fortnight’s holiday to Maureen Scott, eldest daughter of Capt. Lewin Scott of the Magister and Mrs. Vetha Scott of Kingston. It is some eight years since Maureen left Cayman Brac when the family went to Jamaica. She is guests with Mrs. Vida Rankine and Doreen and Mrs. Elvie Scott’s family of Spot Bay. On Saturday the family party led by Mrs. Venetta Walton picnicked on Little Cayman.”