The charcoal bird


At the Fox Theater’s screening of “The Maltese Falcon” in Pomona on Sunday, a statuette of the black bird — a replica of the one in the film — was on display in the lobby. As I was in period garb, I was coaxed into posing for photos.

I should have given the Falcon rabbit ears.

Anyway, a lucky person in the audience won the figure in a raffle, others won copies of the novel or DVD, and we all enjoyed an excellent Bogart movie, the capper to the Pomona Public Library’s Big Read. (Well, except for the related Chalk Art Festival, which was rescheduled due to poor weather Saturday to Nov. 19 Dec. 3.)

Photo: Elizabeth Casian

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Meanwhile, yours truly and Joe Blackstock, the Bulletin’s history columnist and an assistant city editor, were captured on the sidewalk afterward by library interim director Bruce Guter, with Joe holding a Progress Bulletin replica of the Fox’s opening. After we were captured, we escaped and fled the scene.

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  • Ms. Lois

    It was a great time at the Fox! I hadn’t been inside since I was a kid. When I first walked in I noticed how smaller it was than I remembered!

    Also, Bruce is not the interim library director anymore. He is the library director!

    [Yay! — DA]

  • Bob House

    By Gad, sir, you are a character. There’s never any telling what you’ll say or do next, except that it’s bound to be something astonishing.

    [I’m a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk. — DA]

  • Ted Melendez

    Now all you and Blackstock need is some old style faux Tommy guns to fit the period piece theme lol.

  • sam spagnolo


    Remember Walter Winchell the reporter, that’s who you remind me of. Love the hat.

    [Ha ha! Thanks, Sam. — DA]

  • Mason

    A crippled newsie took ’em away from him. I made him give ’em back.

    [That line cracks me up too. Of course Spade took a kick to the forehead because of it, but from my perspective the gag was worth it. — DA]