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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: Family flocks around their feathered friend

    Jimmy has a pet bird. Not a $1,200 Congo African grey parrot preening in a fancy cage, but a plain brown sparrow he found five years ago on the ground at his family's ranch on Stockdale Highway. "I...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Be prepared to fall in love, Grandpa Herb

    Columns about pets -- especially cats -- usually find an receptive audience, but Sunday's piece on the birth of Andrew Hunter Oliver, our new grandson, was overwhelming. I learned this: Those who...

  3. HERB BENHAM: With Sue gone, it's crackers, cheese or whiskey for dinner

    Sue is gone for two weeks. My wife would rather be with her sweet grandson than her husband with the wrinkly neck. Go figure. I'm on my own, which includes providing my own meals. Prior to leaving,...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Tears of joy for my grandson

    "Andrew Hunter Oliver Jr. "Born 10 p.m. 3/14/15. "Healthy, nursing, loved." This was the message I sent to my parents, friends and family last Saturday night. I kept it brief. There will be room for...

  5. HERB BENHAM: New Jeep puts Honda in rear-view mirror

    Heated seats. I have heated seats in my new car. Front and back. It's not the first time I've had heated seats in a car. Every car I've owned has had heated seats. Step into my fleet June through...

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