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Friday Five: 1986

I graduated the 8th grade in 1986 and started high school. Need I say more? If that pivotal year of my life were made into a movie, here are five–hell, I’ve been gone for so long let’s make it ten!–ten … Continue reading

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“On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam”

“On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam” is a new documentary examining the impact of the Vietnam War on Latino families.  Directed by Mylène Moreno, “On Two Fronts” premiered on PBS last week. As a historian who is currently at work on … Continue reading

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“Look how they massacred my boy”

We’re remodeling our kitchen. Or maybe it’s more like a “do-over” or a “take two.” Our house turns 88 years old this November. That’s pretty old for Southern California. And it’s a small house, at least by modern standards.  A … Continue reading

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Helpless Stupidity

Baseball might be the stupidest thing in my life. Why should a bunch of grown men playing a kid’s game matter so much? Why should another adult–who has three kids, work, and a home to worry about–care so much? There … Continue reading

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No work, so I can work

The Claremont Colleges kick off another academic year today, but you can’t take any of my classes. That’s because I’m on sabbatical for the fall and spring semesters. This is the second sabbatical I’ve been lucky enough to have during … Continue reading

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Friday Five: 1985

As with any time period, there is popular music of the 1980s that stands the test of time, and music that really doesn’t. I often find myself fascinated by the music of my youth that doesn’t, not because I want … Continue reading

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The King is Dead; Long Live the King!

Thirty-eight years ago today, on August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died. The more time that passes, I think the less people remember what an amazingly talented performer he was. But strip away the commercial superficialities, and all of the tragedy … Continue reading

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