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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: Coming to an Accord on beloved car

    I sold the 1991 Honda Accord with 165,000 miles on it last week. "You'll get another 10 years of service from the car," I included in every pitch I made. I didn't know if that was true, but it...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Worse than an empty wallet? A lost one

    I lost my wallet Monday morning. My black wallet, black like the dread in my wallet-losing heart. Losing your wallet is an uh-oh moment. It's akin to dropping your compass into a raging stream. There...

  3. James Dean: Too fast to live, and officer should know

    My favorite part of the story is that Otie Hunter, the CHP officer who wrote James Dean a speeding ticket two hours before the movie star was killed in an accident near Cholame, had no idea who he...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Dibs on crib - if I can find it

    A friend called and said she had everything we needed in order to set up a nursery at home for our new grandson. No matter that Andrew lives 220 miles away and his parents are staying put for the...

  5. HERB BENHAM: I'm ready to face toll of water conservation

    Concern about the drought is written across the face of California. Last week Gov. Brown called for a 25 percent reduction in water usage. In an effort to do my part, I've shortened my showers to 20...

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