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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: My vest-laid plans, poked full of holes

    Cold outside. It's sweater vest time -- what a look -- although there are friends who think vests are dorky and would prefer not to be seen with people who wear them. I own three, which is nothing...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Saving her life saved his too

    Caryn has a new kidney, Darren a new start and as of Oct. 25, when they were married, a new life together. Hard to know which had the bigger problem. Start with 55-year-old Darren Sauro. On Nov. 14,...

  3. HERB BENHAM: Computer virus spreads goodwill

    Recently a virus took over my computer and sent emails to everybody in my address book about a wealth management program offered through Wells Fargo Bank. My druthers would have been to blame it on...

  4. HERB BENHAM: My three ‘Sons’ episodes lead to seven, eight

    Read a great obit about an older woman from the South. Obits can be compelling. I like the ones where people use their best picture, the one when they were 21 and a knock-you-off-your-feet...

  5. HERB BENHAM: Pound opponent with your fists and intellect

    Violent and cerebral. I discovered my new favorite sport while staying with Erlend and Helen Clouston at their bed and breakfast, 2 Cambridge St., in Edinburgh.   It’s like “Sons of Anarchy,” the...

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