I took a walk Tuesday afternoon around Claremont’s downtown, where a longtime store owner was about the close for two weeks, a bakery had sold out of bread and an ex-Byrd was trying to return a library book. The result of my ramble is a casual, observational Friday column.
A sad start to Sunday’s column, as the man I wrote about last October died while crossing the street in Claremont. Also, I vote at the LA County Fairgrounds, and Claremont’s Shakespeare Festival is imperiled.
Podge’s Claremont Juice Co. in the Village is closing Saturday. Thinking it’d be nice to get an item into my column prior to that, I dropped in to inquire and found not only the owner but the previous owner as well. Also, a Pomona man will be on “Wheel of Fortune” Friday and the Pomona Christmas parade is Saturday. All this is in Friday’s up-to-the-minute column.
Ripped from last week’s headlines, impeachment witness David Holmes attended college in Claremont. Also: more about the old stone wall in Claremont, Ontario council meetings are recommended to time-pressed students and more, all in Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving column.
Discovery of a lost WWII American submarine was announced earlier this month, and there’s a local angle: One of the 80 crew members was from Redlands. His brother, who lives in Claremont, contacted me, and I interviewed him for a somber Sunday column.
A man in Claremont in 1950 traveled to Cuba to bend Ernest Hemingway’s ear. There’s proof he did. I write about Bill Demastus in Sunday’s column.
A long stone wall along Claremont’s Foothill Boulevard wasn’t exactly invisible before, but its full extent became more obvious when much of the greenery in the parkway was torn out as part of an improvement project. I look into (but not over) the wall in Friday’s column.
This column, by the way, began as a blog post, but it proved long enough that I thought it might as well be a column. So I expanded it and rewrote it quite a bit.
Do you want to know about the “Unheard LA” show in Claremont last Saturday that had yours truly as a participant? I went back and forth on that, before deciding that perhaps you would, even if you weren’t there. Tipping the scales, writing about it was a simple way to share the video for the show. Read about it in Wednesday’s column, and if you watch the video, be kind. (I start at about 33:00, but all 90 minutes are worth watching.) Above, a view of me from the audience. Look at all the people! Maybe it’s just as well I couldn’t see them.
I write about preparations for the KPCC-FM live taping of “Unheard LA,” to take place Saturday in Claremont and in which I’m taking part, in Friday’s column. Also: I reveal my superpower (unexpectedly, it relates to the new Tarantino film), offer a couple of Culture Corner items and close with a vignette about an astronaut. Above, a familiar face at the run-through in Pasadena Tuesday, shot by Allen Callaci. (I shot him for my column and he returned the favor.)
The KPCC-FM storytelling show “Unheard LA” goes on the road to theaters around Southern California. Its next edition is in Claremont. And as the photo above hints subtly, I’m in it.
Eleven people will tell personal stories that have something to do with SoCal. I’m there to represent Claremont. (Represent!) The show is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. RSVP at https://www.scpr.org/events/2019/09/07/2698/unheard-la-live-in-claremont/. It’s free, but there’s a lot of interest, so you have to reserve a seat to get in.