Sunday’s column begins with an item about a special — and free! — screening of the first zombie movie, the 1932 Bela Lugosi camp-fest “White Zombie,” which happens to co-star a woman who later went on to own a junk store in Ontario. Er, interesting career trajectory, no? She’s Madge Bellamy, pictured below, eyes wide. I’m introducing the film, and selling my book, too. That’s at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Upland’s Carnegie Cultural Center, 123 E. D St.
After that item: more news from Upland; an update on the Girl Scout property in Claremont with news about a similarly threatened property in Chino; and a farewell to the late sculptor Aldo Casanova.
Sunday’s column starts with a local angle to the Sept. 18 JetBlue incident that made the news, then continues with some Culture Corner briefs and an item on a Rancho Cucamonga woman who won more than $44,000 in prizes and cash on “The Price is Right.” Now how much would you pay?
In Wednesday’s column, Kishi owner Peter Uno shares more of his favorite jokes. Be prepared to laugh, roll your eyes or both. Also: Culture Corner items, a short history of an Ontario business and, why not, a comment about the weather.
Peter Uno has sold Kishi Japanese Restaurant in Upland to new owners, who take over Sept. 2. The restaurant opened in 1982 at 320 W. Foothill Blvd. and was the first sushi bar in the region. Sunday’s column tells his story.
Feel free to comment below if you have a memory of the restaurant.
Wednesday’s column breaks some news, at least for those who follow municipal doings. Cable Airport has a new manager, and it’s Upland’s newly ‘retired” ex-city manager. Did not see that coming.
Wednesday’s column is about the transition to a new city manager in Upland, which is under way, and about a spat with political overtones from Monday’s Upland council meeting. Also, about a personal quirk of the new manager, who prefers not to be photographed.
Above, Martin Lomeli, or maybe J.D. Salinger.
All the latest from Upland City Hall and the City Council can be found in Wednesday’s column.
The latest out of Upland City Hall consumes Friday’s column. The city manager is retiring June 30, but almost everything about his departure, announced Tuesday, raises questions. I list the ones that occurred to me and try to answer them.
When last we left the subject of office decor for Stephen Dunn, Upland’s city manager, he had received a print of “Dogs Playing Poker” from an Upland man who was tickled by a reference in my column to the famously low-brow image. (Dunn had taken everything off his walls and might be thought to be in need of art.)
Then came reader Bob Terry, who dug up a “Dogs Playing Poker” 3-D piece of, er, art from his garage, left over from his days as a salesman for Novelty Inc. Terry gave the piece to me and I presented it to Dunn a couple of weeks back. He promised to hang it if the City Council lets him keep his job. Neither of us are holding our breath on that.
It’s hard to tell from my photo, but rather than a painting, the piece is at least an inch deep and contains figures of the dogs and tables, all handpainted, behind the glass. Let’s see the Getty match that!
Friday’s column is largely about Upland’s seeming inability to organize and hold a town hall meeting. There’s some pointed comments from those concerned, and I do a little editorializing. After that I squeeze in a couple of Culture Corner items (one’s about bowling) and a couple of Valley Vignettes.