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Ryan McCarthy

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 , | 1 Reply

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 ,

BOTTG’s ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ a fine farce

Benicia Old Town Theatre Group has the world “old” in its name. It is appropriate as the group is now in its 51st year of existence. The building they perform in, the historic BDES Hall, is more than 100 years old. What’s new there? The latest production, “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” I had never heard of the show before and […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

This column will give you the munchies

Today, April 20, is 4/20, a counterculture holiday where many people celebrate (and use) marijuana. It evolved from a bunch of San Rafael high school stoners in 1971 who would meet at 4:20 in the afternoon by a statue, roll doobies out of their lids and get baked. I had never heard of the 4/20 thing until […]

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

Solano Rep’s ‘Picnic’ actually a theatrical feast

It was a really nice touch to be treated to an actual picnic when I went to review Solano Repertory Theatre Company’s latest production “Picnic.” Director Lindsay Stoltz-Karimian was my hostess and I know she was not trying to bribe a good review out of me with the tray of tasty fruit, cheeses, crackers and Trader Joe’s sparkling […]

April 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Military brats made memories

While my father, Master Chief Petty Officer Orvis T. Wade Sr., had a Navy career that spanned three decades, unlike many other families, we didn’t pack up and move that much. In fact, we lived in Norfolk, Virginia until I was 11 years old, moved to Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato in January 1976 and lived there until […]

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

My tribute band is coming together

Over the years, I’ve done phone interviews for newspaper articles on numerous celebrities including Little Richard, Ben Vereen, Lily Tomlin, Weird Al Yankovic and others. Recently, I interviewed Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. Well . . . not really. Actually, there were from Motley Crue and Rolling Stones tribute […]

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

Board games were catalysts for family fun

My family played board games a lot and it would sometimes lead to conflicts. I remember busting my dad cheating at Monopoly. He’d stashed Monopoly money ($500 bills) in his pocket before the game and tried to sneak them out to pay his Boardwalk hotel bill. Years ago I played a board game called “Picture Picture” […]

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

8 birthday candles on The Last Laugh’s cake

This column turns 8 years old this month! Consequently, today’s offering is all about the number eight. To kick it off, I will now use my Magic 8-Ball. Me: Oh, mystic Magic 8-Ball, will readers regret spending eight minutes reading this column once they are done? (vigorous shaking) Magic 8-Ball: It is certain. (more vigorous shaking) […]

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

Pro wrestling boasts enduring appeal

The 76,976 fans who attended WrestleMania 31 last Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara set a professional wrestling attendance record. The event featured some of the biggest names in wrestling, including The Undertaker, Sting and Seth Rollins. The enormous popularity of wrestling owes a debt of gratitude to Gorgeous George, a flamboyant golden-haired wrestler in […]

April 03, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

My guide to dining out

I enjoy eating out from time to time and what follows is my dining guide. You’re welcome: No tip is required. CHOOSING: Mexican? Chinese? Italian? You rarely hear anyone say “Let’s eat British” unless they mean fish and chips. The British have some nasty food. Jellied eels? Blecch! They have this stuff called stargazy pie that is like […]

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