That question was posed by a Riverside Facebook group, and the answers were a handy checklist of sights in that city. (I’ve been to only a few of them.) Also, items about pepper trees, a disastrous interview, a woman who saves pennies and Elvis’ police patches, all in my Friday column.
I sit in on a wild special meeting of the very wild Moreno Valley City Council, and live to tell the tale in Sunday’s column.
As cited in a column last spring, many of our communities had a small Chinatown settlement in the late 19th or early 20th century. I’m aware of eight of them, scattered around the Inland Empire, from Pomona to Redlands. I gather up details and share them in my Wednesday column.
Two Inland Empire people have fun stories about visits to George Barris’ car customizing shop in NoHo: one to watch filming of a Melrose Place episode, the second to sit in the Batmobile. Also, I write about watching the Cardinals-Dodgers game in person, and note the passing of a longtime restaurant. All that is in my Friday column.
Coronavirus’ death toll in the U.S. recently exceeded the previous worst pandemic, the 1918-19 Spanish flu. Although arguably, the flu was worse given the lower population at the time and the number of young people it struck down. I share the stories of three living people whose families were affected by the flu pandemic in my Wednesday column.
You might be interested to know that this column has been gestating since, gulp, April 2020, when one of these stories was brought to my attention. The other two came along in the months that followed, most recently in July. The death toll reported two weeks ago is what led me to revive this, because suddenly there was a news hook. As with those commercials for Paul Masson wine, I will write no column before its time…
Another Janis Joplin in San Bernardino anecdote has come in, and I like it: A starstruck teen got to hang with her backstage at Swing Auditorium before a 1969 concert. Also, a former Daily Bulletin mainstay has died, a service club for women has an anniversary, a Norco teacher won on “Wheel of Fortune” and four Inland Empire sites make a recommended travel list. All this is in Sunday’s column.
I visit Perris to hear about its inaugural art walk, taking place Friday night. Also, free tours of downtown Riverside are Saturday morning, and Josh Groban filmed for HGTV in Rancho Cucamonga this summer. All this is in Friday’s column.
Taco Tia literally means Taco Aunt, which of course makes no sense. But the alliteration sounds good, and that was the logic behind it in 1954. I write about the mini-chain, now down to one location, as well as about the next KCRW Tortilla Tournament and a beloved sign’s absence in Upland, in Sunday’s column.
My favorite quarterly, Alta Magazine, touches on the IE in various places in its latest issue, teaching even your columnist a few things — which I pass along to you at no charge. Also, I write about my Labor Day weekend in the San Fernando Valley, an upcoming personal appearance in Riverside (my first) and, gulp, a local angle involving Sirhan Sirhan. All this is in Wednesday’s column.