In Sunday’s column, I take a look at the local election results and note the elements that jump out at me. As always, your own reactions are welcome.
San Bernardino County government recently compiled and released a list of veterans from the county who were killed in action during the Vietnam era, arranged by hometown. That was a worthy effort that struck me as valuable to share here in part.
I’ve pulled names, hometowns and branches of service for those who lived in our core Inland Valley cities. You’ll find them below. Bear in mind the list stops at the county line and thus doesn’t include Pomona, Claremont or La Verne. I can’t vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the county’s list; see Alta Loma entry for an example.
Alta Loma: Gilles David Adams, Army; Stephen Wesley Bowman, Army; Dennis Franklin Fisher, Marines
- A plaque at Alta Loma High lists Steve Bowman, Dan Carrasco, Jesse Loebach, Jim McGuire, Lenny Nyberg, Tom Teal and Chuck Thomas. Carrasco, McGuire, Nyberg, Teal and Thomas are listed below under Cucamonga; Loebach is not otherwise listed and Adams and Fisher are on the county’s list only.
Chino: Arthur Diaz Esqueda, Navy; Patrick Shawn Hederman, Army; Larry Herrera, Army; Robert Adam Kaneski, Army; Charlie Lopez Partida, Army; David Gerald Weber, Army
Cucamonga: Daniel Carrasco, Army; David Glenn Kellison, Army; James William McGuire, Army; Leonard Eric Nyberg, Marines; Ronald W. Penn, Army; Fred Thomas Teal, Army; Charles Blake Thomas, Marines
Etiwanda: Allan Lynn Harris, Army
Guasti: Barry Richard Franks, Marines
Montclair: Johnnie Lloyd Daniel, Army; Amedee George Granelle Jr., Army; Ernest Joseph Halvorson, Air Force; James Randall Hottenroth, Air Force; Robert Wayne King, Marines; Donald Lee Kipp, Army; William Frederick Lease, Army; Ronald Paul Petrick, Marines; Frank David Pina, Army; Lavern Leo Salzman, Army; Timothy Patrick Weaver, Army
Ontario: Bruce Wayne Collins, Army; Gilbert Ferrante, Marines; Larry Charles Hopper, Marines; David Jay Huffman, Army; Ervin Lovel, Marines; William Earl McDavid, Army; Antonino Ruggeri, Army; Charles Dudley Short, Army; Michael Joseph Soth, Army; Robert Joseph Staten, Navy; Gridley Barstow Strong, Marines; Kenneth Ben Thomas, Army; Carl Dee Wootten, Navy; Daryel Joe Young, Army
Upland: Wayne Joseph Benes, Army; Arthur Jack Carl, Army; David Andrew Denton, Army; Frederick Lee Dyer, Marine; Apimenio Lara, Army; John Pio Rogone, Marines; Richard Henry Vokes, Army.
My colleague Imani Tate is retiring Tuesday. She’s been writing for us since before I was born. The milestone is the occasion for a farewell piece. I wrote one a year ago for Joe Blackstock and now it’s Imani’s turn, in my Sunday column.
We had a small party for her Thursday. Above is the cake and below, she cuts it.
I take a look at the local races on the Nov. 8 ballot and note the most interesting, starting with Ontario, where an awful lot of people want to be elected to something, including three members of the same family. That’s my Wednesday column.
Friday’s column is shorter than usual, for good or bad: I wrote up a bunch of items but had to go home sick before I could come up with a topper. But, since they mostly couldn’t wait, and the show must go on, you get eight brief items and nothing else.
I’m writing this Friday morning from my desk, a sign I’ve recovered enough to get back to work. Onward to Sunday’s column!
In our office’s move last fall, I found a 1998 Daily Bulletin and was entranced by the movie ads. Like supermarket and help wanted ads, movie ads have migrated away from newspapers in whole or in part. These 18-year-old ads are of interest because many of the theaters don’t exist anymore. I don’t know the fate or status of them all, but the Mountain Green 4, for instance, is a Michael’s craft store. Click on the images for a more readable view.
In 1966, Nancy and Ronald Reagan campaigned for an hour at the L.A. County Fair. I have information and a photo from that, as well as other visits by her or them, in Friday’s column, followed by four Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.
Wednesday’s column begins with reader reactions to my column last month about my colonoscopy and continues with items about two locals who competed on “American Idol” and “Cake Wars” and cultural events in Ontario, Claremont and San Dimas.
My annual countdown of the strangest local news stories of the year appears in my Wednesday column.
How do I come up with them? I clip and save stories from the Bulletin, and occasionally other papers, throughout the year in a folder labeled “Weird stories of [year],” then sift through them in late December. There were 29 stories in all, some of them from my columns — although none of the 10 selections ended up being anything I’d written about. My choices and the rankings are somewhat random, but if the stories got a lot of attention, they move up in the countdown.
A UC Irvine professor of physics and astronomy, Michael Dennin, makes a compelling case for Santa having superheroic powers, such as the ability to bend space and time and shift shape to slide down chimneys. But Dennin admits Santa doesn’t have any arch-foes. Does the Grinch count? Thanks to Roy Rivenburg for the video.