A Koreatown settlement in Riverside in the early 1900s held fully one-third of the nation’s Korean immigrants, a UC Riverside professor says after extensive research. The settlement was founded by Ahn Chang-Ho, later a revered figure in Korean independence. I explore this facet of local history in Sunday’s column.
In Riverside, the new Main Library is a real eye-catcher, set to open late next month. On Wednesday, Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson and writer Susan Straight met up there for a livestreamed chat to talk about books and their memories of the previous library. I was there to witness, and I write about it in Friday’s column. The tail end has a few other notes from the day I spent in Riverside and, for good measure, an item about Pomona.
A CW series, “Legends of Tomorrow,” airs an episode set in 1955 San Bernardino; I pay further homage to Metrolink/DTLA advocate Bob Herman; a Chino councilman dies; and two notable and lifelong Riverside library patrons will have a summit meeting of sorts at the new library. All of that makes up Wednesday’s column.
Remember how I used to write now and then about taking public transit to LA and doing something interesting? Sunday’s column is one of those, and the first one in quite some time. I ate lunch at a new restaurant, went to a record store and got frozen custard, while reading newspapers and a novel. It was a nice day.
I write about a getaway to the desert playground (where it was 100 degrees) for Friday’s column. Do you go there? What do you think of it?
Barbara Cheatley is retiring after nearly 46 years at her namesake boutique and will close it by July 1. I visited Tuesday and turned around a column on this Claremont mainstay for my Wednesday column.
Information on Joan Baez’ Redlands years has continued to come in despite 2 1/2 previous columns on the subject, and I am helpless to ignore it. In my defense, I got 20 years of occasional columns out of Frank Zappa’s Cucamonga, Ontario and Pomona years. Also, I write about an angle unexplored before: her 1964 evening concert at University of Redlands. (The afternoon concert at Redlands High was a previous topic.) And so, Baez in Redlands makes up Sunday’s column.
The “Inlandia” literary anthology was a recent column topic. In reading the book, a few amusing quotes jumped out at me. I collect ’em, with commentary, in Friday’s column.
It’s been a while since I wrote a column of fiction quotes about the region. A bunch more such quotes are saved up, and I’ll try to present those in the near future, now that this column lays some groundwork.
After waking up Monday fully vaccinated, i.e., two weeks after my second dose, I had three items on my docket. They were modest but meaningful acts I’d saved for that day. I write about that in my Wednesday column. Did you do, or do you plan to do, anything comparable?
I’m not sure when or if I’ve ever received as many emails on a pair of columns as I did on my two on the Temecula anti-masking movement. I excerpt comments pro and con and reply in Sunday’s column.