How’s that for range? Something for everyone! Here’s Wednesday’s column, made up of short items, some of which have been holding for a month. I’m glad to finally get these, and the ones from Sunday, out of my computer and into the paper.
As noted within, I’m off this week and won’t have columns Friday or Sunday. My column will return next Wednesday. I do have a blog post for Thursday, though, so check back then.
Sunday’s column is just what’s promised. But I also have items about a series of James Bond movies in Chino Hills and about a Claremont play in which I will make my (extremely short) theatrical debut.
Friday’s column starts with a leftover tidbit from my Kenneth Calhoun interview that was too good not to use: advice he got as a teen when Ray Bradbury spoke in Upland. Also: news from Chino Hills and the cultural scene, and notice of my upcoming (next Friday!) talk in Pomona.
Sunday’s column starts with the resolution to an incident in which a Pomona College student was detained at an airport for carrying flash cards to help him learn Arabic. I guess that’s a no-no. Also: four items from Chino, the movie schedule for February at Ontario’s library and a short tribute to Rancho Cucamonga’s Frank Annunziato.
How I write my “items” columns generally is that I write items as I get information, then compile columns based on what’s pressing, what fits or what goes together well. This means that sometimes items get pushed off from one column to the next, or the next, or sometimes semi-permanently (or until they’re out of date, now and then). To end 2014, Wednesday’s column compiles three items written anywhere from last week to a couple of months ago. The first is the most recent, one last word about my Washington, D.C., trip. Above, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, with the Washington Monument in the background.
My annual countdown of the year’s 10 strangest local news stories is the subject of Sunday’s column.
Sunday’s column collects news nuggets from Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills and the Claremont Colleges.
Friday’s column is made up mostly of items written in recent weeks that didn’t get into print for space reasons. The bulk are from the past week — a couple are from my vacation — but some of the Pomona Progress items go back to September. I don’t if anyone is reading the paper (or our website) on the day after Thanksgiving but this seemed like a good day to use them, especially since I was compiling the column the morning before Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Friday’s column has my observations and reactions to various Inland Valley election returns, as well as some cultural notes.
Wednesday’s column offers relief from election news: With my deadline falling hours before the polls close, my column becomes an issue-free safe zone. I have news briefs from Upland, Claremont, Ontario and the cultural scene. I hope you will elect to read it.