Chester Butler ran one of two movie theaters in Hagåtña before the war. His was called the Gaiety Theater.
Butler, who had married a Chamorro woman (Ignacia Pangelinan Bordallo), had two young Chamorro men run the projector. But all they could do, and wanted to do, was play the movie reels. Anything beyond that, especially if dealing with electricity, was not to their taste.
An American Navy man with the needed skills was hired by Butler to be the sound technician. He would lend a hand in other things when needed.
Gaiety in Hagåtña before the war
The Navy man believed that the great fear of many Chamorros of electricity stemmed from the death of a young boy whose kite got stuck in the electrical lines in the early days of the city's power plant. Trying to retrieve his kite, the boy climbed the pole and touched the lines and got knocked down to the ground and died. Word quickly spread that electricity kills, and many Chamorros thereafter kept their distance from handling electrical issues.