‘Flag Pin’

Brooklyn resident Franklin Bruno stars in a video shot in 2018 around his native Upland for his song “Flag Pin” (“No, I won’t wear a flag pin/Over my heart”), recorded by his band the Human Hearts. It’s deadpan fun. See how many Upland locales you can identify. And happy Independence Day.

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Column: After 81 years, Mitchell’s Plumbing pulls the plug

An Upland institution is closing. Mitchell’s Plumbing was founded in 1938 and has been at 2nd and D streets downtown since 1942. But after the death of the third-generation owner, a year after his brother, there were no Mitchells involved in the business. So the family decided to shut it down. The last day is June 28. Sunday’s column tells the Mitchell’s story, as well as sharing one of my own anecdotes about the business.

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Column: Hot dog eatery was known for owner’s snap

Windy C’s, the Upland restaurant known for its customer-is-always-wrong attitude, has closed. I couldn’t resist writing about that in Sunday’s column, along with Pomona time capsules, Herb Alpert in Rancho Cucamonga, Humble Harve Miller in Chino and the Claremont man who was in the studio audience when the “Jeopardy!” contestant who won 32 games in a row finally lost. Now how much would you pay?

Here’s my 2011 Windy C’s Restaurant of the Week (the comments are pretty good) and my 2015 post about the owner putting my photo on his celebrity wall. I guess now it’s just a private memento for him, or trash.

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Column: Her love for Fresh & Easy hasn’t expired

I had mentioned in late December that I had used up my Fresh & Easy orange marmalade and was one use away from polishing off my Fresh & Easy maple syrup, my last two holdover items from the defunct grocer. A few readers commented, including one who has a half-dozen F&E items she’s still using. I visited with her for Friday’s column, which also includes an item on my using up my Mentadent toothpaste, another brand that’s defunct, and a Valley Vignette.

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