A building in downtown Ontario got a historic marker last week. The building’s owner, a pawn shop, restored the 1917 structure. I write about that in Sunday’s column, as well as about meeting astronaut Alan Bean in 1999 in Rancho Cucamonga.
My ninth (!) annual movie series at the Ontario library takes place every Thursday in April at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme: westerns. I recount the films in Sunday’s column.
Remember when I wrote about the midcentury modern home in Ontario designed by Paul R. Williams? At the time I didn’t know much about the man who commissioned it and lived there nearly six decades. But his daughter has filled me, and that story makes up Wednesday’s column.
A lot of comments were posted on various Facebook pages regarding my Cal Jam II anniversary column from people who were there. I excerpt some of the more interesting and add details about the next-day cleanup in Sunday’s column.
For your insider tidbit of the day: I had this one more than 90 percent written when I went home on Tuesday, with the intention of it being Friday’s column. But I was out sick the next two days. I felt well enough Friday to drag myself in to wrap it up. I hope to be back at full strength next week.
1974’s California Jam rock festival in Ontario tends to get the attention, including from me. But for the 40th anniversary of the 1978 sequel, California Jam II, also in Ontario, I’m rectifying that. I give the basics of the festival and a few little-known tidbits in Sunday’s column.
Frances McDormand’s Academy Award wasn’t the first to be stolen: Whoopi Goldberg’s was swiped from UPS and found at Ontario International Airport — in the garbage. I retell that story and present a few short items of note in Wednesday’s column.
I went to Ontario’s council meeting Tuesday and found some humor, including a proposal for sleeping pods. It got deep-sixed. The tale is told leisurely in Sunday’s column.
Flipping through vintage 45s Sunday at the KSPC Record and CD Swap in Claremont, I noticed a store stamp on a sleeve for One Stop Record Shop, 320 E. Holt Ave., Ontario, with the old 714 area code.
This address would have been around Holt and Plum Avenue, north side of the street. As apartments went up along that stretch a decade ago, the storefront is long gone.
Anyone recall One Stop Record Shop?
The record, by the way, is Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business,” from 1973. The sleeve may or may not be original to the record. Either way, I didn’t buy it.
UPDATE: This photo from the Model Colony History Room shows the building from the early 1980s. Faintly discernible in the window on the right-hand side: “One Stop.” Thanks to Jan Taylor, Debra Dorst-Porada and the library for the find.
I wrote a column last month on a Paul R. Williams-designed home in Ontario. Then an opportunity arose to write about the architect’s only other Inland Valley structure, a former post office from 1926, also in Ontario. Local historians installed a plaque on the building last week to highlight its history. I attended and learned not only about the building but about the arts district downtown that has never really taken off, and why. That story is in Sunday’s column. (Also, I give someone the needle. It doesn’t really advance the story, but it felt good.)
The Nativity displays are back again in downtown Ontario, of course, but with some improvements this year. Another tradition is being revived: a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at a downtown church, Bethel Congregational. I tell you more in Friday’s column, along with some Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.