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Tony Wade

People revisit worst concerts ever

Last week’s column was about people sharing their experiences at the best concerts they ever saw. This week we flip the script to the worst. The actual worst concert I ever attended was in 2007, which is hardly back in the day. I will not mention the name of the band because after writing a […]

July 31, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Fairfield Relay for Life, as predicted, was super

There is tremendous irony in the fact that the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events are so much fun and yet their primary purpose is to raise money to fight such an insidious disease. The journey that culminated in the 2015 Relay for Life of Fairfield event that took place July 18 and 19 at […]

People revisit best concerts ever

I’ve long said that the best concert I ever attended was the 1983 Memorial Day weekend US Festival featuring Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen for $20. There were 500,000 people there. Still, in retrospect, I think maybe my very first live concert, on Nov. 6, 1981, at […]

Why I can meditate while listening to Anthrax

The following is the dialogue (minus the F-bombs) from a scene in the movie “Good Will Hunting.” It’s when mathematics wizard with psychological issues Will criticizes the books in the office of his new shrink, Sean. WILL: You people baffle me. Spend all your money on these fancy books. You surround yourselves with ‘em and […]

1940s Armijo school paper gossip columns entertain

A box of memorabilia was donated to the Armijo Alumni Association that used to belong to late Class of 1946 graduate Gloria Leicke. It had photographs, schoolwork and more. Leicke also kept nearly every edition of the weekly school newspaper, The Armijo Student, for all four years she was at Armijo (then located on Union […]

We’re going to have a super Relay for Life event

Have you ever wanted to punch cancer right in the mouth? I have. I have seen its devastating effects as it claimed the lives of famous folks I admired including heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, comedian Gilda Radner and, most recently, former Oakland Raiders quarterback Kenny Stabler. On a personal level, I’ve lost friends […]

My wish for an old-school Fairfield feast

I stumbled across a vintage Red Top Dairy milk bottle at Rockville Park recently. I rubbed it on my shirt to read the label better and suddenly there was a POOF! sound accompanied by a puff of smoke. A genie that kinda looked like the Waving Chief Solano Statue told me he would grant me one wish. I asked why not the […]

I now also answer made up email

It can get oh-so-boring when columnists use the same shticks over and over when deadlines are breathing down their necks and they got nothin’. Take, for instance, my Made-up Mailbag where I pretend to answer readers’ mail, but I actually just make it all up. I do it once or twice a year and last […]

Local newspaper accounts of past July 4th celebrations

I don’t have access to a Mr. Peabody and Sherman Wayback Machine, but I do have access to a microfilm machine at the Fairfield Civic Center library. The following are examples from past local newspapers of how Independence Day was celebrated back when. 150 years ago: The Weekly Solano Herald, July 4, 1865 — Evidently, the […]

Man Card revocation trial shocks senses

As I raised my hand and swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth and then sat down, I had mixed emotions. Any other time I would have been thrilled to be in the same room with so many celebrities. I mean, Clint Eastwood, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Vin […]

June 29, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Stories from FF BFF

“You’re the best friend that I ever had, I’ve been with you such a long time, you’re my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true, I really love you, you’re my best friend” – Queen: “You’re My Best Friend” I got a Facebook message in 2011 from a high school classmate of […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Mary Poppins’ is super (califragilisticexpialidocious)

Putting on a show as well-known as Missouri Street Theatre’s latest production, “Mary Poppins,” can be a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it can be seen as an attempt to play it safe by doing a beloved musical with tunes many people can hum in their sleep. The other side of that, though, is […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Thanks to Marvel Comics, I can ask, ‘What if?’

When I was 13, Marvel Comics came out with a new comics line titled “What If . . .?” This guy called The Watcher would present alternative realities such as the one in issue number 1 — “What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four?” The books were often fun looks at how a storyline may have […]

June 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Origins: Fairfield Center for Creative Arts

The grand opening celebration for the $7.2 million Fairfield Center for Creative Arts spanned four days – Oct. 4-7, 1990. The length of the festivities may have been representative of the long wait many locals endured getting to that point. From 1930 to the late 1960s, the 700-seat Armijo Auditorium was the go-to spot for local arts entertainment. […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

My ideas for chamber of commerce City-opoly

  I bought the Fairfield-Suisun City Chamber of Commerce’s new City-opoly game last week after seeing a picture of it that Monte Hoover of Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floor posted. It is like Monopoly, but with local businesses and nonprofits that include Math Masters, Children’s Nurturing Project and Front 2 Back designs as the properties you […]

June 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Walter Wright says ‘Gravity is a Push’

Starting in 1968, the late Walter C. Wright Jr., a lifelong Fairfield resident, challenged the accepted norm that gravity was a pulling force with his conclusion that it was instead a push. Some may feel it would take an astounding amount of audacity for a nonscientist to try to disprove Sir Isaac Newton’s Universal Law […]

June 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

And now, some words (or barks) from Chunky

So I know what you’re thinking. Just because I am writing this column today instead of my human Tony Wade, that I am copying longtime Daily Republic columnist Brad Stanhope who sometimes lets his dog Brandy write his. First off, humans all look alike to me so as for all I know Tony Wade is […]

June 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Green Valley School through the years

The Green Valley School District was established in 1854 and the one-room schoolhouse served 38 children its first year ranging in ages from 4 to 17. The building, located on Ritchie Road in Cordelia, was later fashioned into a two-room structure for first grade to eighth grade and had a belfry and huge American flag. By 1888, […]

June 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Armijo Hall of Fame banquet a magical affair

The inaugural Armijo High School Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony that took place May 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott was a smash success. The Armijo Alumni Association Inc.’s efforts to make it as seamless as possible meant many months of sewing up seams. Judging from numerous compliments from the 230-plus people who attended, […]

June 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘All the King’s Men’ the king of movies filmed locally

There have been a number of major motion pictures filmed at least partially in Solano County that range from the good – “Tucker, The Man & His Dream (1988),” the not-so-good – “The McCullochs (1975)” and the ugly – “Howard the Duck (1986).” The local gold standard, however, has to be the 1949 film noir adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about […]

May 29, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

I am thankful for these freedoms – and more

  I have the freedom to choose to get Peets coffee or Starbucks coffee, or just pay a buck at Mickey D’s. I have the freedom to choose to be a dog person and it doesn’t mean that I hate cats. It just means that I prefer animals that are in the same dimension as […]

May 25, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Does anyone remember…?’ Part I

The three most-used words on posts in the nostalgic 6,600-member I Grew Up in Fairfield Too Facebook group are, “Does anyone remember. . . .” Today’s offering is the first in a periodic series of Back in the Day columns that will feature people, places or events that local folks may have either forgotten about, […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time to unveil my Bucket List

I have sometimes had brain sprinkles that develop into ideas for columns that I have quite intentionally not taken to full term and given birth to for one simple reason: I don’t want to jinx myself. The biggest example of that was an idea I had several years ago to write my own obituary. I […]

May 18, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Heritage Society book contains wealth of Solano history

On March 17, 1992, the Fairfield City Council passed a resolution authorizing the Heritage Society of West Central Solano to prepare an inventory of the historic and archeological resources found in the city of Fairfield. The Heritage Society project staff included organization President Tim Farmer, Chairman Bert Hughes, Ruth Hagemann, Vera Oliver, Marjorie Wildman, Donna […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Van Gard rocks 30th high school reunion

James Marshall High School Class of 1985 grads David Parker, Gabriel Cruz, Anton Wayne and Chris Lee faithfully recreated the cover shot of their demo cassette tape they’d made 30 years earlier for photographer Ro Foxx. Their band, Van Gard, had played one gig at the school and they’d come in third that year in […]

May 11, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Happy Mother’s Day to superhero moms

National Superheroes Day was April 28, but the only real-life superhero I’ve ever known was my mom. She had super-hearing that could go down halls and penetrate doors, super-sight that could spot the second she walked in the door one of her decorative plates me and my brothers had broken during a fight and tried […]

May 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

May the 4th be with you . . . and me

“Step forward the accused will,” Yoda said in his authoritative and yet slightly musical voice. “I have a bad feeling about this,” I thought to myself. I shuffled a little closer to the semi-circle of Jedi Knights, but had to be roughly nudged by a guard to go to where they wanted me to stand. […]

May 04, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Solano’s county hospital history dates to 19th century

California county hospitals in the 19th century were built primarily to care for the poor. In fact, they were usually referred to by the unflattering nickname “Poor House” and were where the indigent elderly ended up until they died. The 1901 Pauper Act added health care to an 1855 California statute that directed counties to […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Paint the Town Purple; and Roxie

Purple is the color of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, where volunteers organize teams, raise money and walk around a track for 24 hours. Purple represents all the different types of cancer the American Cancer Society fights. I’m helping with the planning of the July 18 Fairfield Relay this year at Armijo High School and […]

April 27, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Armijo High building still majestic at 100

Armijo High School began in 1891 with 30 students in a single classroom located in the Crystal Elementary School building. A separate Queen Anne-style wooden building was built in 1893 for use on the eastern end of Union Avenue. When the high school-age population of Fairfield began to grow, the 16,000-square-foot reinforced concrete building that echoed […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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