Column: Writer shares his own San Bernardino pioneer tales

Nick Cataldo has been writing about San Bernardino history for decades, including almost 26 years for The Sun, where his column began in March 1998. He and I had lunch recently to talk shop. I brought my notebook just in case, and when he started telling me about how he got to San Bernardino, I picked up my pen. Seemed a shame to let his story go to waste, you know? He’s the subject of my Sunday column.

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Column: LBJ’s time in SB had its ups and downs

Lyndon Johnson lived in San Bernardino in 1925, working as a law clerk and an elevator operator. This is kind of mind-boggling. In 1964, as president, LBJ made a return visit and gave a speech outside the office building where he’d worked nearly four decades earlier — and also operated the elevator one last time. I tell that story in my Friday column.

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Column: Walls are coming down at Carousel Mall

Demolition of San Bernardino’s Carousel Mall is very visible now that crews and equipment are dismantling the exterior walls. They’d spent months clearing the interior, work that was the hardest part but was largely unseen. In other San Bernardino news, the man who may have done more than anyone to get the city’s name out worldwide has retired. Both these items make up Sunday’s all-Berdoo column.

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Column: Psychic in SB didn’t foresee CCR’s success

In San Bernardino in 1969 for a Creedence Clearwater Revival concert, John Fogerty checked out a psychic whose shop was across the street from the band’s hotel. The prediction? 13 months of bad luck. Fogerty turned it into a song, “Tombstone Shadow,” that mentions “San Berdoo.” I write about that for my Wednesday column, timed to coincide with Fogerty’s concert Saturday at the LA County Fair.

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