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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Where will you take out-of-town visitors to Riverside?

The holiday-friendly, TODAY column is made up of items written off but unused in recent weeks. In other words, leftovers!

riverside tourism

Earlier this year in the Facebook group We Grow Up in Riverside in the 50s and 60s, Dan Jenkins asked: “If your friends were visiting Riverside for the first time, what would you recommend them to watch? (Mission Inn, of course) – But what else?)”

The answer is a crash course of sorts in the riverside icon. Among them: Mount Rubidocks and its Cross, Box Springs Mountain, Botanical Gardens at UC Riverside, Fairmount Park, Citrus State Park, March Air Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Evergreen Cemetery, Victoria Avenue and Wood Streets.

Also: Van Buren Swap Meet, Gage Canal, Anza Narrows Park’s Martha McLean Disc Golf Course, County Courthouse, Fox Theater, Tio’s Tacos (somebody should write a column on this – oh wait, I did), Simple Simon, D’Elias Grinder, Anton’s, The Backstreet, The Big Cup on Iowa Street, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles and Heritage House.

The original navel orange tree of 1873 is not mentioned. As contributor Donita Lang Smith mocked its protective enclosure: “Okay, guys! We have an orange tree in the cage! Step right up!”

Of course it’s an incomplete list, as are all lists, but it gives a newcomer like me, and probably like you, a way to get started.

As usual, some people were unclear on the concept. In response to the question of where friends visiting Riverside should go, many people answered: “Disneyland.”

on town

The literary anthology “Writing Los Angeles”, edited by David Yulin, is a topic in my column in September, with an essay by “Chinatown” screenwriter Robert Towne about how he drew on the living room of old L.A. for inspiration for the 1930s film. Looked for examples. ,

Towne will visit Union Station at sunset and walk through the old neighborhoods at night. And then it was.

“An old postcard from Riverside containing a promenade of pepper trees would be loud under my nose: suddenly I was back from school on a cracked pavement with their filthy green shadows, small dry leaves and reddish-green bee-bees. Reminisced walking crunchy. Must have already lifted and torn under my feet,” Towns wrote. “I was 6 years old but can never remember childhood.”

I don’t know if Towne means he lived or spent time in Riverside or simply grew up around pepper trees; The latter, I suspect, as his Wikipedia page says he was raised in San Pedro. (However, he did graduate from Pomona College.) But L.A. is everywhere.

more deaths

I wrote about comic Mort Sahl’s relationship with Claremont after his October 26 death at the age of 94. My attempt to interview him by phone in 2000 included an addendum. It completely failed, and it, gulp, was my fault.

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I was researching a feature on George Putnam, a retired TV anchorman who lives in Chino. Poonam told me that she and Sahal were paired in the 1970s for a short-lived TV chat show in which they had to debate positions left and right.

When we talked on the phone, Sahal didn’t remember it at all, and became more irritated as I clumsily asked specific questions about a show he barely remembered. When I tried to step back, start again and ask about his impressions of the show, it was too late.

“It was fun,” he said, and hung up. Ouch.

That wasn’t a particularly enlightening quote, but I used it in my story nonetheless. waste not want Not.

piles of money

Old peonies were an unexpected subject after a man found a supermarket chicken in Lake Elsinore from 1909. In response, Menify reader Linda Royble shared a story that begins when she was 15 and her grandmother was waiting for surgery at the hospital.

“I was with her on her bed holding her hand when she got up a bit and told me that if I found a penny somewhere, she threw it down to remind me that she was still thinking of me,” Roybal says. “She died that night, never making it to surgery.”

Excuse me while blowing my nose. OK, go ahead, please.

Royal has since saved every penny it has received. “My husband laughs at me when I find someone,” she admits. “I counted them on the second day for the first time in 65 years. I have $438 now.”

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