Category Archives: Blast from the past

Throwback Thursday: Women’s day

Today is International Women’s Day. Here are some recent photos of women and girls from the recent past. ______________________________________________________ (1/2/02) Instructor Kim Alxeander leads a group in a work out at the Jazzercise Center on Grand Canal Blvd. in Stockton. ______________________________________________________ (2/3/02) UOP’s Estee Okumura runs into UC Berkley’s Courtney Scott at home plate during [...]

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Blast from the past: Fire in the sky

“I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun.” – James Lafferty For the first time since 2008 the city of Stockton will have a fireworks show tonight at the Weber Point Events Center. [...]

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Blast from the past: Retrograde progress

In 2007 I wrote a blog post about remembering a photo that I took in the late 1980s. It was of an adult couple having a pizza lunch by themselves on the playground equipment at Beckman Park in Lodi. It was one of those structures that had a spiral slide, a tube slide, a pole [...]

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Asparagus apropos

I came up with this studio illustration for the cover of a special section on the Asparagus Festival in 2007. I shot a couple of different set ups. First was a just simple bunch of spears artfully bundled together. Then I decided on an even simpler arrangement. A single strand of asparagus held aloft elegantly [...]

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Blast from the past: Asparagus memories

My employment at The Record predates the Stockton Asparagus festival by just a few months (I started in November of 1984, the festival began in April of 1985). So as long as I’ve been working at the paper, there has always been an Asparagus Festival. But now the festival is no more. Citing financial woes [...]

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Blast from the Past: The Godfather of Soul

Today is James Brown’s birthday. In November 17, 2005, I photographed Brown in an appearance at what was then the Fox Theatre (now the Bob Hope Theatre) in downtown Stockton. It was one of his last performances before he died a little more than a year later on December 25, 2006.   After an announcer’s [...]

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Blast from the past: Playing chicken

Photoshop manipulation of news photos is strictly forbidden. But with photo illustrations, which are considered to be akin to drawings or paintings, more artistic license is allowed. They’re typically used in the features sections of papers (such as The LENS section in The Record). Such pictures should be always labeled “photo illustrations.” In January 2008 [...]

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A boy and his dog

Part of the power of photography is that of memory. Like a whiff of a scent or the snippet of a song, a photograph can rekindle memories long buried and thought gone. At my mother’s house in Walnut Grove I recently found a suitcase full of old photo albums and loose pictures. From old black [...]

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Blast from the past: A tradition of Ewwwww

In April 2008, as a part a family vacation to San Luis Obispo, we visited the city’s famed Bubble Gum Alley. My wife graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Go Mustangs!), so she knew of this bizarre little attraction. Located off Higuera Street near Broad Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, the alley is [...]

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Blast from the past: Feeling the earth move

Late in the afternoon on October, 17, 1989, I had an assignment to follow a candidate on a door-to-door campaign for local office. We agreed to meet on a certain street in south Stockton. I remember the both of us arriving in our cars simultaneously. As I parked at the side of the street, I [...]

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