I checked out a show of eight 1940s paintings at Ontario’s Chaffey Community Museum of Art that chronicle Kaiser Steel’s rise from a hog farm, “Pigs to Pig Iron.” It’s neat. That’s the bulk of Friday’s column, along with two Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.
You may have passed this mural yourself in Terminal 2, the Southwest Airlines terminal, at Ontario International Airport. It’s at a bend after a couple of restaurants and pays tribute to the credited founders of Ontario’s airport, Archie Mitchell, left, and Waldo Waterman. “Fathers of the Ontario Airport” was installed in 1998 when the terminals opened and was crafted by artist Richard Wyatt from ceramic tiles.
Waterman and Mitchell established the Ontario Aircraft Corporation and Latimer Field, the start of Ontario’s role in aviation, in 1923, a city history says. Waterman’s air shuttle service began operation on June 21, 1924, according to a 2014 column by Joe Blackstock. Waterman was named to the International Aerospace Hall of Fame in 1968. Mitchell was city attorney and later a Superior Court judge, with a story Blackstock explored in 2008.
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.