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David Allen, the popular columnist in the Daily Bulletin who is trying to hold its readership together as its staff becomes decimated, must have been reading my mind, or at least we sometimes think alike. He beat me to a column about his book reading. I’d been saving up for one on the same s…

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Terry Francke, the state’s open government guru whose Californians Aware has alerted the public to secrecy misdeeds, and who was a key player in updating the Brown Act  and Public Records Act, retired January 1 after decades of work on behalf of citizens concerned about openness. However, hi…

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There are two pint-sized jugs of Chino Cider at the Old Schoolhouse Museum which once contained one of the community’s finest product. The pure apple cider harked back to the days when Chino Valley somewhat rivaled Oak Glen in the production of apples. It was after the turn of the 20th Centu…

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I couldn’t have guessed 25 years ago that I’d see the year 2020. Now it’s pure hindsight.

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Helen was pleased that Robert had liked the coat. She had been ashamed to give him something used for Christmas, but he needed a coat badly, and there wasn’t enough money to buy him a new one. This one looked like leather, although it was a tan polyvinyl. You don’t find those on the racks at…

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The celebration of Pearl Harbor Day last week focused on the few survivors remaining from this “day of infamy” that launched us into World War II. Hopefully by Dec. 7, 2020, we will have made the effort to prevent another one, if it isn’t too late.

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It’s pretty hard in this day of instant communications to keep a stiff upper lip. In the old days before social media people had all night or more to digest bad news. Or in even older days, until the next Extra! hit the streets. Now people have 30 minutes to absorb the world’s problems they …

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It's a big job taking charge of the family Thanksgiving, but as children reminded us in essays the Champion solicited from fifth graders (see the one below), it's fun when everyone brings their special holiday dish to share. Many hands make for lighter work.  

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It was about 45 years ago that the Champion started taking electronic computers seriously. I say electronic, because we had already gotten into mechanical ones to replace metal typesetting. This was back in the days before ITs, Wi-Fi, apps,  algorithms and artificial intelligence were part o…

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Part of Chino’s past was for the birds—in a way that would be approved to some extent by today’s environmentalists. The birds were pheasants, geese, wild turkeys, partridges and quail. The valley was loaded with them, raised here by the state for wildlife preservation and recreation purposes.

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November 11 is a significant day for us at the Champion. We’ll be honoring veterans like almost everyone else on Veterans Day, known as Armistice Day until 1954. It had been established in 1919 under President Wilson to recognize the end of the War to End All Wars, at the 11th hour of the 11…

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I chatted with a couple of guys last week who felt the world, with all its problems, may soon be coming to an end. Since this does not fit in with my philosophy, I argued that people have been saying that for generations, and we’re still here.

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Summer turned into fall with many items needing cleaning up on my desk. I miss my old rolltop, which expired in our fire of 1971 and whose memory is the basis of the name of this column. Back then I would just shut down the cover of the desk and keep my office looking nice. 

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There’s a lot of stress on stress these days. The AARP publications, Consumer Reports and a raft of medically-oriented magazines are filling their pages with this supposedly life-shortening “disease.”

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Carbon Canyon summit blossomed with iris in 1929 when a big picnic celebration was held to observe the opening of Carbon Canyon Road to general traffic between Chino and Brea in Orange County.

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One of the most important observances in our history slipped by this past week with little notice, partly because of the 9/11 focus. September 17 is made more important by the fact that 9/11 didn’t bury us, any more than did other terrible events in our history, including 4/12 (1861), 12/7 (…

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Carbon Canyon is such a wonderful part of our area, I thought I would draw on a September 2013 Roundup to inform relative newcomers and remind older residents of Chino Valley about this local asset. In weeks ahead, while Canyon historian Paul Spitzzeri wanders elsewhere, I hope to relate som…

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It’s pretty hard these days to get your hand on  a gold dollar. Forty years ago the government gave it a try with the Susie in an effort to spotlight women’s rights. Later came the Sacajawea, to call attention to Native American (and again, women in history). Neither took hold for long.  Ban…

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Schools, parents and interested public, who have been wrestling with the state law on teaching sex education, face another brain-buster—the push for ethnic studies.

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People who have trouble with their cable TV provider, or the multiple choices one faces to be on the cutting edge of TV reception, as some I know in my neighborhood, might yearn for the days of rabbit ears or attic antennas. And maybe science will return us to those simple receptors. It seem…

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Now that the birthday party is over, it’s time to get back to the real world including the mundane and even the insane.

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I received a wonderful birthday present the other day—my driver’s license renewal for another five years. It’s probably the last one I’ll get—or need. Next time it runs out I think I’ll settle for a chauffeur. By then I may be too old to remember the correct answers for the test.

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I’ve just returned from San Diego’s version of Mardi Gras. You know it as Comic-Con 2019 if you’ve been paying attention to the many entertainment stories on TV or in print. It doesn’t have the floats like New Orleans’ Mardi Gras but it has most everything else.

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In anticipation of the annual Chino Relay for Life for cancer this weekend. I pulled out this memory which appeared in the Champion in 2010:

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A pioneer recollection which appeared in a special Champion edition saluting a gathering of pioneer families in 1934 told what life in Chino Valley was like for kids when they had to rely on their imaginations rather than electronics for fun.

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The Roundup guy put up the “Gone Fishing” sign this past week so drew upon a 1967 column on that subject, disguised under the heading “Gambling” for reasons explained. Actually he was doing neither, but getting an eye repaired,   gambling that it would come out OK and fishing for sympathy.

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Columnist Paul Spitzzeri has been writing about the wealth E. J. Marshall attracted to save Chino when Richard Gird’s dream ranch was foreclosed on. After that Chino struggled to replace the economic base provided by the sugar industry. The huge sugar factory operated by the American Beet Su…

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The Fourth of July is kind of hidden this year. Thursday is not the best day for an important national holiday. Some companies and their workers will probably make it a long four-day weekend if they can get away with it. 

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As a pastor I am privileged to meet people and besides greeting them in the church, I am invited in good times and bad into their homes. This has given me a view of our community that many might not ever see, and I can tell you without reservation that we have a problem with available housin…

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In addition to graduations and weddings, June was a big month for Chino Valley because of its dairy industry. It was the month of celebrating our largest industry--dairying. In the 1970s, Chino Valley became the largest concentrated milk producing area in the world, a title it held (with our…

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Seems as though we just get one addiction under control when another pops up. Probably the two most serious in the U.S., at least up to now, have been alcohol and tobacco. We’ve made tremendous progress in fighting nicotine addiction, thanks to the scare of cancer. Alcohol addiction is less …

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With the Dodgers now hot again I went back to the July 5, 1967 column written while their season was turning into a bummer. One season after losing the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles, the Dodgers declined to a record of 73–89. It was their worst record since the war-affected 1944 seas…

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People without homes, people wanting homes and people with homes are struggling today to establish roots and realize their dreams. The law of unintended consequences is more in effect than ever as federal, state and local officials vie to solve social problems in a way that favors their cons…

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Graduation means many different things. It can mean the start of adulthood, leaving your hometown or starting a new chapter in your life. For seniors at Chino Hills High School, graduation signifies all of the above. To pay tribute to the town that shaped them, Henna Siddiq, Jared Long and B…

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With memories playing a big role this week, I remembered a Rolltop Roundup I wrote back in June 1973, about some of mine. Remember this is written from a viewpoint of 46 years ago, when Eastman Kodak was a powerhouse. 

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It’s doubtful that there will be any grandchildren of Chino pioneers at Sunday’s traditional Pioneer Picnic at the Chino Community Building. Sunday’s event is labeled as a celebration of Chino’s pioneer heritage and is open to anyone interested in the community’s history. 

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This year my mom celebrates 65 years of motherhood. Her first Mother’s Day was in 1954 and despite her young age she endured labor, delivery and a year alone with a baby while my father was serving his country in Korea.

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I guess it’s time I confessed. As an employer I was guilty of abusing some kids over the half century I operated the Champion. I thought I’d better get this off my chest before some present-day grandfather I used to hire came forward to spoil my record.

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Social Media have added a new aspect to personal communications since this Roundup was written 50 years ago, on March 6, 1969,  but it might be enjoyed by those who have come along since it first appeared as well as others who remember those “ancient” times that really haven’t changed that much. 

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Definition: the process of improving or developing something over a period. It also means “moving ahead.”

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There are opinions among some of the public that newspapers are too opinionated. Particularly among those who don’t agree with what they contain.

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Fifty years ago when Disneyland classified its offerings from an A to E ticket and was less complicated than it is today, the Rolltop followed a 12-year-old Chino boy through America’s great amusement park, which wasn’t much older than he was (it opened July 17, 1955):

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Chino’s handful of voters in 1889 were faced with a proposition to create a new Pomona County of which the new community would be a part. Had the proposition passed and been accepted by the state, we might now be in a separate county with Ontario, Cucamonga, Etiwanda and Los Angeles County f…

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More than 1,000 people died after a cyclone named Idai hit a portion of Africa in mid-March, a disaster this Third World area was neither prepared for or able to mitigate with its meager resources.

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Spring being just around the corner, it’s time to find some open space on my desk by getting rid of some of the editorial material accumulating there, awaiting use. Such as: