They still sell newspapers — and magazines, and books — at Newsboy Books, a mainstay of downtown Ontario since 1957. I write about the store that time forgot in Sunday’s column. Above, owners Roberta and Jack Gingold.
A planned “A League of Their Own” TV series filmed the other day at Ontario’s Jay Littleton Ball Park, the same venue where the movie was filmed nearly three decades ago. Also, a punk- and horror-themed flea market will descend Sunday on downtown Upland, where it’s expected to draw thousands. Those items and more make up Friday’s column.
Exhibits at two adjacent museums in downtown Ontario are devoted to the work of the late woodworker, and they’re free to view. Also, the final (?) word on La Verne’s old Tastee Freez, readers share stories of their missing socks and keys, a genteel author event is coming to Pomona and yours truly is out sick. Read all about it in Friday’s column.
Ontario is getting a Norms, as I learned by going to lunch and noticing a banner on a vacant building. Sometimes it pays to go to lunch. (I was heading to Corner Deli, btw.) Also, musician Chris Darrow dies, Susan Orlean is headed to Claremont and Mad magazine name-checks Pomona, all in Friday’s column.
Did you know struggling musician Frank Zappa lived in downtown Ontario in the early 1960s? He lived at three different addresses over a four-year period. I write about that in Sunday’s column, along with two other Zappa items: release of a coloring book devoted to him and an upcoming concert in Montclair by one of his sons, Dweezil.
The movie did extensive filming out here in Ontario, Fontana and Pomona. I write about that in Friday’s column, with additional items about the Christmas concerts I attended in Pomona and Ontario. Above, the interior of the old National Guard hangar at ONT, used in the movie as Carroll Shelby’s car development shop.
It was once a busy, prominent building, next to Ontario’s largest private employer. But after the Hotpoint factory closed in 1982, its clubhouse, where employee functions had taken place since 1917, began its slide into obscurity and neglect. In the early morning hours of Aug. 14, it burned down, cause currently unknown. I write about the building and its history in Friday’s column.
Did you know an escalator at ONT has been broken for six months? And if you did, did you know the escalator has its own Twitter account? (Probably you didn’t; it has only 92 followers.) Having taken the stairs myself coming back from my recent vacation, I write about the situation, which is not escalating, in Sunday’s column, along with items about a conversation on “Jimmy Kimmel” about Ontario, a Mini Cooper in the news in Rancho Cucamonga and more.
La Luz del Mundo’s construction in Ontario has been going on for years. With the parent church’s unwelcome appearances in the news, I figured it was time to check in on the local congregation’s incremental progress in building a house of worship on Mountain Avenue. I write about that for Friday’s column.
Farewell, Citizens Business Bank Arena; hello, Toyota Arena. I lead off Friday’s column with a few words about the change, then present items about the Pomona High fire of ’56, an early ’60s flight from ONT to Blythe, my race to get a Restaurant of the Week completed and the end of a short-lived Claremont restaurant.