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Tony Wade

Recent skull cinema features (somewhat) inspire

I do not take hallucinogenic drugs. No LSD, magic mushrooms or peyote for me at all. Still, at night when I am deep in REM sleep, my skull cinema creates some stream-of-(un)consciousness movies that seem like I took Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Plus, no matter how freaky they are, at the time, my dreams […]

‘The Catch’ leads to 49ers’ first championship

In one memorable game decades ago, the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback threw three interceptions. The team also added three fumbles to their turnover total – two of which led to points for the opposition. The Niners were penalized seven times for 106 yards and their rookie cornerback was flagged for two crucial pass interference penalties […]

Armijo rocks its quasquicentennial

Quasquicentennial [kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uh l] Noun: 125th anniversary In 1891, the Music Hall in New York (later Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening. In London, Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes appeared in print for the first time. In Springfield, Massachusetts, physical education teacher James Naismith invented the game of basketball. And in Fairfield, California, Armijo Union […]

February 01, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

1976 Raiders become Super Bowl champions

Sham’s Pizza, which used to be on Travis Boulevard next to Holland Dairy, like other businesses tried to cash in on the success of the 1976 Oakland Raiders who were set to play the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI in January 1977. Ads in the Daily Republic touting their giant TV screen and happy […]

January 29, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Now, a few things that I like

Last week I wrote about things I don’t like. Now it’s time for some things that I do like. Next week will be things I have no opinion on. 1. I like that Facebook inadvertently invented a whole new category of friendship: friends you’ve never actually met. I have many friends on the world’s biggest […]

January 25, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 7 Replies

Challenger tragedy 30 years ago resonates today

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” to “touch the face of God.” — President Ronald Reagan “Obviously a major malfunction.” Those four words uttered by NASA spokesman Steve Nesbitt shortly after […]

January 22, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Some things I just don’t like

I don’t like when column titles are self-explanatory and yet columnists still feel the need to explain them anyway. Take, for instance, this one. I refuse to bloviate about how it has to do with people, places, things and situations that I do not care for. I don’t like “I Don’t Like Mondays,” the 1979 […]

Women reflect on working nontraditional jobs

“I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart An old riddle: A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly, and the […]

January 15, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Herb Buddinski made me write this

I’ve now gotten used to the fact that around this time each year I will receive an email from Commissioner Herb Buddinski from the California State Office of Columnist Content. His intrusion into my creative process is annoying as he reminds me that I must, as per state law, write a column on New Year’s […]

January 11, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

‘Does anyone remember …?’ Part III

This is the third in a periodic series of Back in the Day columns that feature people, places or events that local folks may have either forgotten about, hadn’t thought of in a long time or never heard of at all. DARI-DELITE Now the Latino Hair Salon, the odd-shaped building located at 2260 N. Texas […]

January 08, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Christmas gag gifts and metallic pirates

The Wade Family Christmas took place in Sacramento, Suisun City and Saskatchewan simultaneously. No, I didn’t get peyote for Christmas. Let me explain. While we usually meet at my house in Fairfield, this year because Lauryn Taylor, the granddaughter of Kelvin’s girlfriend Cathi Barret, was going into the Army on Dec. 29, we met at their […]

January 04, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

The beginning of the year in years past

Happy New Year! Today we take a microfilmed look back at the beginning of the year in years past. Since many of the newspapers were not daily back then, they often were not published specifically on New Year’s Day, but on their usual day of the week. 150 years ago: The Weekly Solano Herald, Friday, […]

January 01, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Raiders’ Christmas Eve win was a great gift

The Raiders’ home finale on Christmas Eve against the North Mexico Chargers on Thursday Night Football was not exactly a game for the ages. There was offensive ineptitude, penalties galore and all around sloppy play. Still, because they pulled out the overtime win by making crucial timely plays, it was a special and magical gift […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports columnists | Tagged ,

All about 52

On Jan. 2, I turn the big 5-2! Okay, I realize that isn’t a thing. I turned the big 5-0 a couple of years ago and there is no real number in-between it and the big 6-0 that draws people’s attention besides maybe the double nickel, 55. The good news is that I am feeling […]

December 28, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

100 candles on former county administrator Balmer’s birthday cake

FAIRFIELD — On New Year’s Eve, former Solano County Administrator David Balmer will become a centenarian and celebrate with five generations of his family, as well as friends and past co-workers at a birthday party at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts.

While more than half of Balmer’s soon-to-be 100 years have been spent in Fairfield, . . .

Missouri Street Theatre takes ‘Wizard of Oz’ to new heights

If there is a way to turn off my natural bias of loving “The Wizard of Oz” when I am reviewing a production of the play and be more impartial, I don’t know how to do it. The 1939 movie version has been my all-time favorite film for over four decades and my love for […]

December 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Room of Voices ready to ring in 2016 at The Temple of the Odd

VALLEJO — Pioneering jazz/rock fusion drummer/percussionist James Mingo Lewis has played with everyone from Santana to Chick Corea to Billy Joel. His latest venture, Room of Voices, is slated to help revelers ring in 2016 at The Temple of the Odd in downtown Vallejo. The native New Yorker got his musical chops passed down from […]

December 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Solano arts scene had banner year in 2015

With artistic happenings blossoming from the four corners of the county to homegrown talent appearing on nationwide television shows, the arts were alive, well and growing in Solano County throughout 2015. Local promoter Jeff Trager kicked off a concert series called Jeff Trager Presents at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Several of the shows […]

December 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

The best and worst Christmases of bygone days

Some Christmases are better than others. I’ve told the stories of two of my worst Christmases back when a few times. They both involve my two years younger  brother Kelvin. The first was when when I was pestering him on Christmas day 1973. He kept telling me to get out of his room and I […]

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

A naughty list appeal and last-minute email to Santa

Dear Santa, I know it’s late and that you prefer snail mail instead of email, but come on, it’s 2015. The first thing I need to address before going any further is my placement this year on your naughty list. I take issue with it and formally make this appeal as outlined in the notification […]

December 21, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Star Wars’ finally comes to Fairfield in 1977

Today “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh installment of the motion picture franchise that sprang from the imagination of filmmaker George Lucas, opens in theaters nationwide, including right here in Fairfield. The excitement the new movie has generated echoes that of the original “Star Wars” film released 38 years ago. I was a 13-year-old […]

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

‘The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical’ a raunchy, hilarious hit

NAPA — Most of what you need to know about Lucky Penny Productions’ current show “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” is summed up quite succinctly in a post on the Napa theatrical troupe’s Facebook page: “Sure, you can go see the Nutcracker or something, but we’d venture to say we have the only […]

December 16, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

How to write a school Christmas play

Between 2008 and 2011, my daughter attended Solano Christian Academy from sixth to eighth grade. The school each year would put on a Christmas program for the parents with each grade (K-8) participating. The administration in 2012 decided to shake it up by having the entire school perform a play titled “The Star of Christmas,” which was […]

December 14, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Leftover odds and ends from 2015

Of the nearly 50 Back in the Day columns I wrote this year, nearly half were on topics that I researched using no input from others save what I looked up in microfilm, dug up online or got from some other source. However, one of the things I have most enjoyed about doing this column […]

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

Good Grief! The Raiders had me seeking help after loss to KC

I have to admit that this year’s Raiders have me a bit discombobulated emotionally. So much so that I had to seek out some professional psychiatric help to help me sort out my feelings after the game Sunday. My shrink, Lucy Van Pelt, said that my depression after watching the Raiders meltdown against Kansas City […]

December 09, 2015 | Posted in Sports columnists | Tagged ,

Local effects of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” —President Franklin Delano Roosevelt The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor took place on a Sunday, but the Fairfield newspaper at the time was not the […]

December 07, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Hogwarts spells I have perfected

Note: Tony Wade’s “Back in the Day” and “The Last Laugh” columns are switched for today and next Monday. We will return to the regular schedule next Friday. Although I was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for starting a fight after my house, Slytherin, lost the Quidditch Cup to rival Gryffindor, I […]

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

A partial list of what to do and don’t

Do attend local high school theatrical productions. Don’t be obnoxiously self-centered. This would include sitting in the front row and taking video of your child with the light from your cellphone blinding the kids onstage as a parent did at a recent show I attended. Do volunteer to ring the bell for Salvation Army donations. […]

November 30, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

“The Wizard of Oz” used to be an annual television event

“The Wizard of Oz,” director Victor Fleming’s award-winning 1939 motion picture version of the L. Frank Baum story, is my all-time favorite movie. I love everything about the classic story and have embraced its many adaptations. In fact, I can’t wait until NBC’s “The Wiz Live” airs December 3rd and I already have December 18th […]

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

A ‘Star Wars’ Thanksgiving

“More white meat I will have,” Yoda said, extending his plate to Luke Skywalker. Luke picked up the 3-inch lightsaber/slicer and pressed the button. After the tiny blue blade flashed into being, he carefully sliced a healthy chunk of turkey off for Yoda. He then placed the cutting device down, waved his hand and floated […]

November 23, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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