Column: ‘Pulp Fiction’ to offer adrenaline rush in Pomona

Friday’s column has news about a 20th anniversary (where does the time go?) screening of “Pulp Fiction” at the fairgrounds as well as about more outdoor screenings in Pomona this summer. I also offer some brief items from Chino and put in a plug for this blog; somehow I forgot to do that last week, so I’ve got two weeks of items to promote.

Candidly, I was going to devote one paragraph, maybe two, to “Pulp Fiction,” but then I overheard the editors saying this morning among themselves (based on my summary of the column, which was still in the works) that they were going to try to put the column on Page One due to the “Pulp Fiction” angle. So I extended the item so that none of us looked foolish.

“Pulp Fiction” fans will get the pun in the headline, right? If not, this clip will explain.

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’21 Things You Need to Know About Pomona Before You Move There’

The folks at the Movoto real estate blog have compiled the above-titled list, and despite what you might fear, the 21 items are all positive save one, and that’s about City Hall’s lame Twitter account, not the first negative about Pomona that usually comes to mind.

Compiler Sara Michelle clearly did her homework. If she doesn’t live here, she sure faked it well. She left out a few things (no Western University of Health Sciences?) but then again, she only had 21 entries. Nice work in a fond look at Pomona.

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Westmont Community Center mural, Pomona

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While checking out the Westmont neighborhood of Pomona for a “Mod!” blog post, I spotted the Community Center, below, which has a certain flair to it. (It’s at 1808 W. Ninth St.) It was hard to photograph as it’s a long building, but perhaps some of the charm is visible.

On the center’s west wall was a surprising sight, a vibrant mural depicting young people playing music, dancing and painting.¬†It’s titled “Using Your Imagination” and was painted by Pedro Pelayo in 1999. Above are two angled views, one head on (click for an expanded view) and one of the credit.

Nice work.

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‘Special K’: grrreeaat!

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I caught “Special K: Cal Poly Pomona’s First 75 Years” on Sunday in its only planned performance. As I won’t get a chance to go into it in my column until later this week, if at all, I’ll take a moment to say how lively it was, especially when it could have been dry as a bone.

The primary characters were cereal magnate Will Kellogg, humorist Will Rogers, poet and Cal Poly prof Virginia Hamilton Adair * and Mike Taylor, a student who surreptitiously built a treehouse on campus (hey, it was the ’70s). With them as narrators and regular stage presences, this was a delightfully off-kilter look at the university’s history. Good show.

* name corrected

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One drowned in earthquake

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A Santa Claus in Pomona met an ignominious end when last Friday’s earthquake sent him tumbling from a storage room shelf into the facilities at Magic Door Books. Given the outcome, can we compare the shaking to the poetic “bowlful of jelly”? Owner Dwain Kaiser sent me the photo with a mournful note: “At least Santa Claus drowned quickly.”

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Column: ‘True Blood’ batwings into Pomona for filming

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The 500 block of West Second Street in Pomona was dressed up with shops for a scene for the HBO vampire drama “True Blood” that filmed Monday. That’s the first item in my Friday column, which also stops into an Ontario council meeting and presents some waitress banter from Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.

Photo above is by Sally Egan. If you know that block, you’ll recognize the Kitron Radio sign, which is permanent; the others were put up for the shoot. You can find more images at The Loft on 2nd, a blog kept by a loft dweller in that block, who shot photos and a video from an upper level, and at True-Blood.net, a fansite.

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Column: Hammers are swinging in downtown Pomona, at last

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Two large apartment complexes are under construction in downtown Pomona, several years after a downtown boom was predicted. Better late than never. That news leads my Friday column, followed by yet more items from Pomona, as well as our other cities. (In fact, one item mentions every city we cover.)

Above, the Daumier apartments under construction in December.

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Column: Chronicling internment, one story at a time

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The Pomona Center News, published twice a week, was written by and for internees at the Pomona fairgrounds during the summer of 1942. Archived at the Public Library, its news, community notices, sports and gossip offer a window into the day-to-day life in the camp: births, weddings, talent shows and softball scores.

Wednesday’s column tells the story.

Above, a farewell page of staff portraits from the final issue. In this version, in the bound copy at the library, the names are signed in ink.

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