Friday’s column rounds up a bunch of items, mostly from Pomona and Claremont. Some are fresh, some a little moldy, but all guaranteed. Enjoy!
Friday’s column (read it here) is made up of responses from readers about where they were on Nov. 22, 1963, when they heard about President Kennedy’s death. The responses were so many and often so lengthy, some had to be left out and most had to be truncated, sometimes severely. Because space on the Internet is infinite, below is every response I received, in full. Feel free to share your own memory, or your reaction to others’, in the comments section. — DA
I was in kindergarten at First Lutheran in Pomona. We were all taken down to the principal’s office, or outside the principal’s office. She had a television that could be seen from the hallway. Of course, at 5 years old, I didn’t understand much of it. I remember my principal, Mrs. Kirby, in tears. My mother picked me up. She was so distraught, crying. We just watched the television coverage of it on Channel 2 throughout the afternoon and evening.
As VP of manufacturing of a Massachusetts carpet mill I was in the US Rubber Company plant in Connecticut monitoring a trial of applying their rubber to one of our commercial carpets. The noise from the machinery running in this plant was overwhelming. Just prior to our trial run the din began receding slowly until there was complete silence. The US Rubber people with me were as baffled as I was until we were told that word had spread though the plant that President Kennedy had been shot. Without any instructions or permission the workers had independently shut off their machinery, picked up their lunch pails and left the plant for home, many in tears as I was. I had spent some memorable time with JFK on three occasions when he was the senator from Massachusetts. It was a long sad drive back to Massachusetts and it still is 50 years later.
Ralph F. Langley
My 20th birthday, Nov. 22, 1963. My husband Larry was stationed at Otis Air Force Base, Cape Cod. Mass. The Kennedys came many times to the family compound in Hyannis Port, about 30 miles from Otis. I was parked many times in view.
I was a young mother with a 3-year-old and a 9-month-old. Larry was at work, just a normal Friday. I turned on the black and white TV at 1 p.m. EST to watch “As the World Turns.” About 40 minutes later there was a Special Bulletin that the president had been shot in Dallas.
Later Walter Cronkite announced that John F. Kennedy had passed away. We were glued to that little TV for many days. It is a sad memory.
After the funeral Jackie, Caroline and John John came to Otis on a private plane, no entourage. They walked through the flight line where Larry was working. He saw them quite close. They were on their way to Hyannis Port.
I am now 70 and it is a vivid memory for us both.
Friday’s column has items from all over, leading off with an anecdote from the latest Rolling Stone about Miley Cyrus skydiving in Perris and noshing at Baker’s Drive-Thru. Then we’ve got a Pomona person on CBS’ “48 Hours,” “The Butler” actor Forest Whitaker’s Cal Poly connection, a panel of Inland Empire writers in Claremont and many, many more items.
Sunday’s column has news about yet another David Allen, as well as about a former Chino Valley schools superintendent and various cultural happenings.
Friday’s column rounds up items on “Star Trek Day” at the Fair, a shirt created for a Claremont college president, a local tie-in to Fresh & Easy’s sale and a volunteer at a music school who went above and beyond. And more.
Sunday’s column is a grab-bag of items, starting with one in which we revisit the defunct Raku store, whose sign, improbably, remains up even though a new tenant occupies the space.
Sunday’s column has a variety of local and cultural items, beginning with a tale of two parking tickets.
Sunday’s items column gives you the lowdown on the first local event by Dishcrawl, a walking tour for foodies, as well as presenting cultural and news tidbits of note.
Sunday’s column is nothin’ but items. Hope you like ‘em.
Friday’s column rounds up items, from weird crime (see headline) to local restaurants to Rancho Cucamonga.