Getting Started

Welcome to the humble beginnings of Catalina Island

Since I became "Catalina's Official Greeter", March 10, 2014, when the Chamber Of Commerce assigned me to greet the cruise ships and cross channel boats, I have answered 64,590 questions!

Click Here to see some great old pics and read a great article I wrote in July of 2015


What is this site all about?

Over time, this site will grow to show more of what Chuck Liddell is up to and where to find it

Current articles

Chuck has been writing for the Catalina Islander for some time, and a list of a few of his articles can be found by clicking here.

There is also a menu button at the top of the page where I will be adding articles from time to time as well

Contacting me

Should you wish to reach me, you can click here -> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Story by Chris Puma, Catalina Island Marketing Staff Writer.

“Welcome to Catalina, if you have any questions or needs, I’d be happy to help you.” Chances are you’ve heard lifelong local Chuck Liddell’s signature greeting if you’ve stepped off any boat at Catalina’s Cabrillo Mole any time in the past year. He hasn’t been standing at dock 5 next to the visitor information sign for long, but since March of 2014 Chuck has assisted nearly 29,000 Island guests with every type of question and request imaginable. That means if one out of every ten people he greets asks him a question, Chuck has smiled his friendly smile to almost 290,000 visitors since last year. For many, this interaction is one of a kind, and one of the most memorable at that.

Think about it, what other city in the entire United States has a personal community greeter who can literally tell you anything you could ask about the town? That goes for every type of question as well, from something as simple as “Where can I rent a golf cart” to as operational as “Where do you get your power?” There are even the far fetched questions, for example,  “Is the Island surrounded by water” (derp, aren’t they all?). But no matter how complex or how straight forward the answer, Chuck addresses every one the same: with a smile, a helpful response, and a point in the right direction.

Chuck truly cares about more than just providing visitor information. He is so attentive to the people he interacts with, one time he even provided an extremely busy woman from Utah with a detailed map to help her finish all her tasks in time for her to take her socks off and enjoy the ocean water for the first time. Chuck nearly teared up at the reminiscence of that day.

The best part about what Chuck does for the community is that nobody really makes him do what he does. He is simply a considerate local who wants to help the community as much as the visitors it welcomes. He doesn’t do it for the credit, or the money, or for the spotlight, he purely does it just to show that somebody cares. From your very first step onto the brick pathway into town, he lets you know someone is there to help you have the most enjoyable stay possible, no matter how long or short your vacation may be. He allows local businesses to focus on their business, and keeps visitors from having to ask all around town just to find their hotel or the best activity for their respective groups. Whether you’ve past Chuck on your walk to town or have yet to take your first step onto the Mole, he is there to assist you, and to always help you “have a great stay in Catalina.”