Column: Readers recall students’ artful Zappa prank

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.

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Vietnam War dead from the Inland Valley

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.

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Column: In 1969, day after day of rain flooded streets, homes

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?

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