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Herb Benham


Herb Benham has been at The Californian since 1987. He was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in Bakersfield. Benham graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He and his wife have four children - Katie, Herbie, Sam and Thomas. The Benhams live downtown in a 100-year-old-plus house that needs constant work. He is the author of two books - "First Kisses and Other Miracles," and "Sitting on My Fat Wallet." Benham started by doing the tennis column for The Californian and then 20 years ago became the feature columnist for the paper. He also teaches a writing class at Bakersfield College called, "How to write better, or at least less worse."

Recent Articles from Herb Benham
  1. HERB BENHAM: These beloved post office employees didn't just mail it in

    Tracy's gone; Chris is a short-timer. How's a downtowner supposed to get his friendly fix? It is the simplest of pleasures. Going to the post office. Buying stamps. Mailing a package. There are a...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Roofer never looks down

    A description of Donna Amparano sounds like the punch line of a joke. If it were, she'd be the first to laugh, if not tell it herself. Amparano is a one-legged roofer with a three-legged dog. What...

  3. HERB BENHAM: A dried-in-the-wool laundry rookie

    For Christmas, Sue gave me a blue vest from Nordstrom, made of extra-fine Merino wool. It's a beauty, neither too thin nor too thick. The vest started as a large. I own three vests but the moths...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Selling our city as a novelty for dad's birthday

    My dad is turning 90 in June. He wasn't looking for a party, but we're throwing one anyway. We want to celebrate the he's-alive-and-a-great-guy part rather than the he...

  5. HERB BENHAM: No man sells a truck until next one’s picked

    Former supervisor Trice Harvey emailed saying that he has had truck withdrawals for the last two years. Trice wrote in reference to the column in which Sue suggested that I sell the truck if I...

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