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Tony Wade

Northern Solano County AA history: A review

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous website, www.aa.org, the origins of the program that has helped countless people recover from alcoholism can be traced to a popular religious movement in the early 20th century called the Oxford Group. Members “practiced a formula of self-improvement by performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, and carrying […]

Marta and Eduardo join Enrique and Miguel

Marta was holding her iPhone up when her husband Enrique and their son Miguel walked through the door. “What’s this about you not understanding women?” she playfully said to her husband, pointing to the text Miguel sent her on the way home from school. “I was just setting Miguel straight on why old school is […]

Cheers! Down the hatch! Bottoms up!

The 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1933. It repealed Prohibition, which started in 1920. In the ensuing decades, it appears locals have more than made up for the 13 years when alcohol was illegal. Here is a partial list of old-school local watering holes (including some restaurants): The Abbey, The Black Swan Restaurant […]

I watched the Raiders-Rams game like a hobbit

The 2015 Oakland Raiders first preseason game ended with a victory over the visiting Rams, but most importantly, no major injuries. Second-year quarterback Derek Carr looked solid as did backup QBs Christian Ponder and Matt McGloin. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree, fresh off the sinking ship across the bay, as well as rookie Amari Cooper, both […]

Enrique vs. Miguel in old school-new school showdown

“So how was your first day of high school, sports fan?” Enrique asked his son, Miguel. “Well, I tore a hole in my backpack, but besides that it was cool,” Miguel said, locking his seat belt into place. “Man, it was brand-new! You know, when I was a kid, only dweebs had backpacks – no […]

‘Does anyone remember …?’ Part II

This is the second in a periodic series of Back in the Day columns that feature people, places, events or as in today’s offering, even animals that local folks may have either forgotten about, hadn’t thought of in a long time or never heard of at all. Wild Horse Jack Worley Jackson Catron (born July, […]

Backstage with my brother at Huey Lewis & The News

I’ve been to hundreds of concerts, but only a handful with my brother Kelvin. There’s Prince in 1984 and 1988, the Beastie Boys/Run-DMC in 1987 and Starpoint/Cameo in 1988. I can now add Eddie Money/Huey Lewis & The News to that list. The show was July 31 at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln and “local […]

Juan Corona mass murder trial moved to Fairfield in ’72

In 1973, when Juan Vallejo Corona was convicted of the grisly murders of 25 itinerant farmworkers, he was known as the worst mass murderer in United States history. His grisly “record” was only surpassed by serial killer John Wayne Gacy in 1980. The shocking saga began May 19, 1971, when Yuba City rancher Goro Kagehiro […]

Raiders training camp gets a makeover

What a difference nine years makes! The raucous, fan-filled Raiders training camp I experienced on Saturday at the Napa Marriott was a far cry from the first time I visited in 2007. Back then the Raiders were (in) famous for having closed practices. They would have certain days that fans could come, but there were […]

(Mildly medicocre) Monday morning mishmash

Sometimes I have column ideas that  don’t fill up my allotted space no matter how huge my font. So, I stitch them together and create a mishmash. It’s like gumbo, just not as tasty. Or fulfilling. Or good. Letters = free stuff Sometime back in the 1980s my brother Kelvin discovered, by accident, that if […]

August 03, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

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 ,

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

July 20, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 17, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 13, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 06, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 ,
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