Column: Newsman was fearsome, respected, loved

People told fond, funny stories about Mel Opotowsky, longtime P-E managing editor, at his memorial service. I never worked with him, but he was a legend. And in San Bernardino news, City Hall took the unusual step of commenting on the firing of its finance director, and politico Jim Penman told a joke during a council meeting’s public comment period. I squeeze all that into my Wednesday column.

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Column: UCR building is another César Pelli gem

Cesar Pelli not only designed two buildings in downtown San Bernardino in the 1970s, he designed the Humanities Building at UC Riverside in the 1990s. A professor who oversaw the project tells me about it. That’s my Wednesday column, which ends with a brIEfly item about the late aviator Dick Rutan, who was born in Loma Linda and was honored in 2021 in Riverside.

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Column: Rachel Stark talks about her first novel, ‘Perris, California’

Writer Rachel Stark talked about her debut novel, “Perris, California,” at Riverside’s Culver Center for the Arts on Wednesday with fellow writers Susan Straight and Alex Espinoza. All three talked about setting fiction in the IE, a long way from the consciousness of New York publishing houses. Stark grew up in Perris and incorporates real places into her novel. Also: the Mission Inn gets (more) recognition. That’s my Friday column.

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Column: Fans of Zacatecas Cafe feast on stories, buy books to go

People turned out to the library in droves for a recent talk about Zacatecas Cafe, an icon of Riverside’s eastside, in business for six decades. Also: a Riverside man’s 90th birthday was marked in a nationally syndicated jumble puzzle. And a notable Ontario native returns for an estate sale at his childhood home. Read all about it in my Sunday column.

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Column: Council meeting includes ‘Muppet Show’ guests

I attend a Riverside City Council meeting, during which outgoing council members popped off at the public, new members were sworn in (and immediately undid the previous council’s last action), and Councilmember Chuck Conder participated remotely while using a “Muppet Show” background. Also: an IE-wide history festival takes place Saturday in San Bernardino, I personally vouch for a problem detailed in our On the Road traffic column and Claremont shows up as a “Jeopardy” clue. All this is in my Friday column.

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Column: De Anza blazed trail through Riverside 250 years ago

Juan Bautista de Anza rode through Riverside and crossed the Santa Ana River on March 20-21, 1774, 250 years ago last week. He was the first non-native to document a visit to the future Inland Empire. I visit sites associated with him, including a statue in Newman Park, for my Sunday column. I’d heard of De Anza, and you probably have too, but I hadn’t understood who he was or his significance until now.

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Column: His 60th birthday party takes the cake

It’s like a theme is developing regarding these columns: Two in a row about my birthday! This one’s about my party in Riverside that took place Sunday, which was fun. That’s followed by a reader who claims I don’t write often enough about Riverside — I can’t imagine anyone outside Riverside shares that view — and a brIEfly item, all in my Wednesday column.

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Column: In Riverside, a vibrant survey of Chicana pioneer’s art

Judithe Hernandez, an East L.A. woman who’s been making art for 50 years, is the subject of the first solo retrospective at The Cheech in Riverside. I interview her at her studio to learn about her life and career for my Wednesday column.

Side note: The museum offered to make her available on her next visit, which would be…March 14. Really? March 14? My 60th birthday? Sigh. Playing the birthday card, I instead got to interview her at her studio last Saturday. Everyone wins.

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Column: Impact of Emmett Till’s murder is focus of exhibit

“The Impact of Images” at Riverside’s California Museum of Photography is devoted to Emmett Till’s 1955 lynching, his mother’s decision to have an open casket so the world could see her son’s mutilated face and the trial of his killers, who were acquitted but later bragged about their deed. It’s a powerful exhibit, and free. It’s the subject of my grim Sunday column.

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