Column: In Cable visit, a flight down memory lane

Gary Olson, 97, a World War II Navy Veteran from Reno, Nevada, gets a close look of a DC3 from the 1940's, as it's parked on the airstrip of the Cable Airport, reminiscing the times when he would fly out of this airport in the 1950's, during a visit of the Cable Airport in Upland, CA., Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Gary Olson has been flying most of his life and had a commercial pilots license up to his 95th birthday, he also knew Dewey Cable, the founder of the Cable Airport. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Gary Olson, 97, a World War II Navy Veteran from Reno, Nevada, gets a close look of a DC3 from the 1940’s, as it’s parked on the airstrip of the Cable Airport, reminiscing the times when he would fly out of this airport in the 1950’s, during a visit of the Cable Airport in Upland, CA., Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Gary Olson has been flying most of his life and had a commercial pilots license up to his 95th birthday, he also knew Dewey Cable, the founder of the Cable Airport. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

A former pilot, now 97, returned to Upland’s Cable Airport, where he used to teach students to fly in the ’50s and ’60s, and which he hadn’t seen in decades. He met with the Cable family, who were kind of in awe of him, and who took him up in a plane. The story is in my Friday column.

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Column: Upland’s New China now part of history

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Sunday’s column wraps up (one hopes) the story of New China, the Upland restaurant that was subject of a blog post here in mid-March. I came up with some history of the restaurant and its predecessor, the Sage Hen. Also: two Culture Corner items and one on my film series at the Ontario library.

Above and below, photos by Matthew Landes from the Growing Up in Upland Facebook page of New China’s interior, shot a year ago.

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Farewell, New China

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New China, a longtime Chinese restaurant in Upland (2008 W. Foothill Blvd. at Benson Central) closed earlier in 2016, several readers informed me sadly. I went by the other day to take photos. There’s no note of explanation, unless the for-sale sign counts.

I don’t know much about the place; I ate there once, pre-blog, and recall the interior being dim, with lots of dark wood paneling. My guess is that it’s been New China since the ’90s. But over the years people have told me the location was previously the Sagehen Cafe, and that the neon bird art outside (see below) is a holdover from those days.

I’ll have to rely on you folks to tell me more in the comments section.

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Pick up and leave

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Occasionally I would eat at the Pick Up Stix at 131 W. Foothill Blvd. in Upland, especially before City Council meetings. On April 28, after bowling nearby, I drove up, hungry, and found this sign: “Temporarily closed due to equipment repairs,” with a note that there’s a new Upland location at the Colonies shopping center.

Turns out the Foothill location is permanently closed. It’s about to become home to a Lebanese restaurant, Mes Amis. Was the sign an example of denial?

I’m reminded of a New Orleans restaurant that used to operate in Montclair. The landlord canceled the lease and sold the property, but the restaurateur claimed to me that he didn’t know anything about it. After the last day, a sign was posted on the door that the restaurant was “closed for remodeling” — not long before the building was demolished.

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President Obama visits Upland — the NYC restaurant, that is

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He hasn’t been to the City of Gracious Living, but President Obama did eat at Upland, the New York restaurant whose chef was born at San Antonio Hospital. Evidently Obama ate brunch there Saturday with daughters Malia and Sasha, reports Eater NY, which opines: “The leader of the free world has great taste in restaurants.” Thanks to readers Ann Lara and Matt Krupnick for the tip. Lara also found an Instagram video of Obama leaving the restaurant; in the still above, he’s in dark blue in the center of the frame.

My blog post about my visit to the restaurant is here, with a link to my column on the chef. Nice to know the president of the United States and I have similar taste in food. (We also both like Pi Pizza in St. Louis.)

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