I use Sunday’s column to tie up some loose ends from 2019, with reader comments or new information on previous column topics involving Frank Zappa, Sammy Davis Jr., Sizzlin, the print New York Times and the University of La Verne chapel. As it turned out there were a few too many loose ends to tie up in one column, a sequel may be forthcoming.
Trivia note: Usually we post my Sunday columns online on Saturday mornings, but we experimented today with posting it on Sunday at 10 a.m. Why? Saturday is the deadest day for online traffic and we want to see if posting the column on Sunday will yield different, i.e., better results.
Interestingly, you could actually read the column a few hours earlier if you buy an old-school print edition or, as a subscriber, if you check out our e-edition online, which replicates the print paper. I’ll continue to post the columns here, natch, but will do so at whatever point Sundays that I’m free.
In what I hope is a pleasant annual ritual, I count down the Top 10 strange news in the Inland Valley in Sunday’s column. Count along with me!
In an annual ritual, I clean my desktop and report some of my findings, all of them column items that almost got away. That’s my Friday column.
I clear out more pending items — about John Witherspoon, the Claremont Public Library, a Hollywood Sign engineer, electric vehicles in Pomona and the old Casa de Mayo restaurant — in Sunday’s column.
Following up on a column from March, I write about the completion of the People’s Map project for the East San Gabriel Valley, which resulted in a newsprint publication with features on 22 people. I’m one of them. Read about that in my Wednesday column.
I don’t know the provenance of this list, which was provided to me earlier this year by the family of Nino Ruggeri, but I’ve confirmed that it’s a listing by Inland Valley city of local men who died in the Vietnam War. In 2016 I presented a similar list of only San Bernardino County names, compiled by the county government, but this one handily has Pomona and Claremont as well.
As today is Memorial Day, that seemed the most appropriate time to share this.
An array of vintage (so to speak) labels from local wineries are on display in the Cal Poly Pomona special collections room, Room 4434, of the University Library. A detail of my favorite is below. “To dream the impossible dream…”
It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1969 storms that flooded Cucamonga and wreaked havoc throughout the region. I look back in Friday’s column. I hope I didn’t get anything wrong, but may well have, as a good overview article about the scope of the damage was hard to find in the limited time I had. If you lived through it, what do you remember?
Every time I’ve driven past Golden Spur steakhouse in Glendora, it looked closed, but that’s only because I’ve only ever driven past in the morning on my way to Donut Man. Now, though, Golden Spur really is closed, after a mere 100 years.
Glendora is a little outside the Bulletin’s coverage and delivery area, but since the news hadn’t made the papers, apparently, and surely many of you have likewise driven past or even eaten there in the past century, I phoned City Hall to inquire about the property and learned a new use has already been approved. So, all that makes up Wednesday’s column — plus a Culture Corner and a Valley Vignette for good measure.
The Avoiding Regret blog has a fond, amusing post about the restaurant.
For a second and final column of gleanings from the columnist’s desk, I summarize a very long handwritten letter from a reader, lightly mock a glowing 1926 newspaper article about the wonders of Pomona — and transcribe some notes from a restaurant napkin. That’s my Sunday column.