Column: 3 IE links to the Spanish flu pandemic

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…

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Linkedin Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Column: She hung out backstage with Joplin at the Swing

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.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Linkedin Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Column: Alta Magazine finds Inland Empire angles again

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.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Linkedin Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email