Peter Schickele, a.k.a. classical-music parodist PDQ Bach, performed several times in the region, including in Claremont, Riverside and San Bernardino. Also, four more items from around the IE, all in my Friday column.
For my last column of 2023, I present some items that hadn’t made previous columns this year: reader emails, observations and loose-end tying. (None of this was pre-written, alas, just notes or emails.) My theory was that a slow news week, and light readership week, was a good time to slip them into print before moving on. That’s my Sunday column. There will be more on Wednesday. Before then, though: Happy New Year!
My 26th annual (!) countdown of the year’s weirdest local news is presented in my Friday column.
I asked for the best thing that happened to you in 2023 and got nearly 40 responses. A bunch of them were in my Sunday column. Wednesday’s column has most of the rest. (A few remain on the proverbial cutting-room floor, but only a few. It surprised me how many could be squeezed in.)
As a side note, due to Christmas falling on a Monday I had two columns, not one, due last Friday. Whew! I’m glad I had asked readers to help me out. Both columns were written more or less simultaneously, with a few of the items shifted between the two columns to balance them out.
I asked for the best thing that happened to you in 2023 and got nearly 40 responses. A bunch of them are in my Sunday column, with more coming Wednesday. Merry Christmas!
I pose a question: What’s the best thing to happen to you this year? I’ll excerpt the best answers in an upcoming column. Also, a few items: I make a fellow journalist’s newsletter, a reader prefers us to the LA Times, I am recognized in an out-of-the-way place and a freeway sign makes me ponder. My Sunday column is also my most casual column in some time, in part because almost the entirety of it was written Friday afternoon on deadline — yikes!
In an internal memo that leaked last week, Amazon said it would no longer donate to The Cheech in Riverside. That was due to a piece of anti-Amazon art displayed in the museum’s community gallery last spring and to the artist’s sentiments in an interview — with me. For my Wednesday column, I talk to Toni Sanchez about her art and her reaction to having drawn Amazon’s attention.
Historian Ben Jenkins of the University of La Verne has written the story of how railroads and citrus rose and fell in the Inland Empire from 1870 to 1950. “Octopus’s Garden: How Railroads and Citrus Transformed Southern California” is the title. I read it and then talked to the IE native about a time often viewed through rose-colored (orange-colored?) glasses for my Wednesday column.
A new population forecast through 2060 shows L.A. County losing people, as you may have heard. Well, the forecast also shows the IE continuing to add population, as you probably hadn’t heard. Also, Riverside got a state grant for its planned Civil Rights Walk downtown, its version of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Plus a few more items from around Riverside and the IE, all in my Sunday column.
A roundup of items for my back-from-vacation column: the Redlands Bowl, the Banning Bowl, 100th anniversaries, tales of a Chino Hills industrialist and, why not, the Three Stooges. About half of this column was written before my vacation; I added to it and rewrote it Monday. It’s nice to be back and to ease into things.