Wednesday’s column begins with a silly bit of news from late last week from Claremont and continues with Chino school board news, cultural notes and a local connection for the late wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
Friday’s column starts with news for classic rock fans: Doors drummer John Densmore is headed to Claremont for an appearance Saturday at Rhino Records. After that, I’ve got three Culture Corner items (from Claremont, Pomona and Ontario) and three items about local filming.
Reader Erik Griswold drew my attention to a Special Olympics web page for Claremont, one of the host cities for the 2015 Games. Its picture (see above) shows a much wetter college town than we’re used to. “Looks like there’s been some flooding in Claremont since I was last there!” Griswold exclaimed. Anyone want to try identifying this photo? Might be a different Claremont.
A playful Claremont tourism video mentioned recently in my column is the subject of a story in AdWeek, which says the company that made it, Wallop, did so in the style of director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Life Aquatic,” etc.) Who knew? Thanks to reader Bob House for the link.
An atomic whirl that adorned a Pomona College science hall since 1958 is back with a new coat of paint after 18 months in storage as the building was torn down and rebuilt. Sculptor Albert Stewart crafted the piece for the opening of Millikan Lab and it’s added a dose of verve to the facade ever since. I write about the sculpture and the symbol, as well as the refurbished building, in Wednesday’s column.
Below is a view of the sculpture and building in 2013 by the college’s Carrie Rosema. Notice the piece is against a blank facade — the window is just one of the improvements.
Below are Stewart’s two other sculptures across College Avenue, one illustrating mitosis, from the Seaver South biology building, and the second depicting particles, from the Seaver North chemistry building. (I’ll have to take everyone’s word for it.) All three are cited in Charles Phoenix’s “Cruising the Pomona Valley 1930 Thru 1970” guidebook.
Sunday’s column has a bunch of Claremont items, starting with the odd coincidence (or is it?) that both the outgoing and incoming presidents of the Huntington Library in San Marino are from Claremont. (Will we Claremont residents get a discount? Are we in with the in crowd?) Also, malaprops are discussed after a recent flub of mine. Incidentally, the “editor’s note” in this column is mine. I just thought a reaction was called for.
Friday’s column rounds up seven news nuggets from Claremont, alongside a plug for this blog and an item from Upland.
Revisiting a couple of columns from early 2014, Wednesday’s column provides an update on the worn bench outside the Claremont Public Library dedicated to children’s author and onetime Claremont resident Maud Hart Lovelace and her Betsy-Tacy books. The bench has been repainted and repaired and is back in place. Also, the library now has all 10 of the books on the shelves.
(I really didn’t think it would require 13 months to be able to follow up on this, but the wheels of government apparently turn slowly.)
In other news in my column, exhibits on comic books and Dr. Seuss are on view at the Pomona Public Library, and new county supervisor Hilda Solis makes a surprising comment that does not involve Pomona.
A documentary, “Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975,” has its world premiere Sunday in Claremont (where else?). Friday’s column gives the details on that and a quick primer on the theme. Also, there are two cultural notes, and an item about an Ontario walking tour Saturday. I’ll be there selling my book.
Today’s column is a little different: a pet story. It’s about a dog that found her way home from south Ontario to north Claremont. Granted, there was no need, as her owners were coming to pick her up, but still…