A belated thank you to everyone who wished me luck 25 years in this press group, a month ago to the day, and over 35 years of business, coming in two weeks. Your comments, and there were dozens of them, were very kind.
Many have spoken of your love of newspapers – print or online – as much as of my work. That’s why, after excising outright flattery, I’m going to extract some of the comments and offer some answers. Well, that and the fact that I’m back from a short vacation and need a column quickly.
These people live among you — and subscribe to a newspaper!
Ron Scott: “Wow, you’ve been here half my life. I just turned 50. I have read your articles from the beginning and I still read them. I hope you are here for much longer too! »
I can’t stop, I won’t stop.
Natalie Stalwick: “You added a couple of times to your pace and made it work well even when it looked like it was a geographic stretch. Your column supports the belief that there is an Inland Empire. Please continue.
I’ll have to keep going, if only in the hope of finding out where the Inland Empire is.
Mary Pineda: “I read your column every time it comes out. I moved to Southern California over 40 years ago and you have taught me more about this area than anyone I know.
You’re welcome. But how did you get through the first 15 years without me?
Dave Coleman: “Congratulations! I still pay and read the paper every day – just on my phone, in bed, before I start my day. Thank you for being “a part of my life” for 25 years! I think the local columnists are the best part of the newspaper.
I like your way of thinking.
Claire Stover: “Thank you, lifer! One of the benefits of online journals is that I can always follow you from over 400 miles away.
That’s a good thing, because our carriers can’t launch that far.
Lois Robbins, formerly of Pomona: “Congratulations on 25 years, David! I pick up the local paper here in Nebraska and no one comes close to the columns you write. I am so happy to be able to put the Daily Bulletin online! »
I’m glad you can too, because I’d really rather not move to Nebraska.
Dot Cosentino-Phillips: “Congratulations on 25 years! You are a continuous shining light during good times and difficult times.
And here I was afraid of being a dim light bulb. Thank you.
Nadine Evens, Yucaipa: “I just wanted to congratulate you and how much I have enjoyed your column in The Sun for all these years.”
From July 1, you will be able to say that you have read me in The Sun for three years, as well as occasional earlier appearances. Birthdays are piling up.
Elizabeth Adame, Riverside: “Congratulations on your 35th anniversary as a journalist! I’m relatively new to your column, but I sure appreciate your addition to Press-Enterprise. »
From July 1, you will be able to say that you have read me in the EP for two years. And I sure appreciate being added to your diary.
Richard Lewis, Jurupa Valley: “I have just read your overview of your 25 years with the local newspaper – newspapers now! Congratulations! I’m one of those rare people you’ll see reading a spread out newspaper while having breakfast or traveling.
Are you inviting me to your house for breakfast?
Craig Chubbuck, Beaumont: “25 is a big milestone for anyone. I’m a print junkie and to amplify the importance of your column to me, it’s the first read of my day when your column pops up. You are an asset to our Inland Empire.
Better a plus than the first three letters.
Hal Tanner, Menifee: “I really appreciate your humor and your ability to expose political corruption without vitriol. Your communication skills are welcome and very necessary. I hope you continue to “live the life” that you obviously love. I will vote for your continued public service.
Please direct all campaign contributions to our mailing service.
Marcy Colley: “Congratulations. I’ve read everything since you started. Now don’t ask me to remember them all.
Sometimes people tell me they liked that morning’s column, and I’m so focused on the next one or two that I can’t remember what I wrote about.
Joy Forsythe: “My day is never quite complete if I can’t read my morning paper with my coffee. I have enjoyed your articles so much for all your 25 years. I’ve been through your travels, both far and near, and I’ve actually done some of the things you’ve talked about in your articles.
I hope you haven’t been to any San Bernardino City Council Meetings, Joy. Better to leave them to the professionals.
Roxa Higgins, Highland: “I love your column. I’ve been reading the paper since 1965 when I was 10 and my grandfather gave me the section with Dear Abby and the comics to shut me up in the morning The San Francisco Chronicle at that time, then we moved to Los Angeles and it was the Times, then the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram, now it’s the Press-Enterprise on my iPad Start at page A1, everything during.
That means Roxa must have found me a few weeks ago when they referred me to page A13.
Tom DeSantis, Temecula: “I’ve been an avid daily reader for over 30 years. (Although a traditionalist, I have to admit that the tablet format with the newspaper layout is a wonderful improvement over struggling with the print version at the kitchen table.) And now I’m also learning more about distant places like La Verne and Upland each Morning.”
We bring the world to you.
Steve Ipson, Upland: “It reminds me of my dad’s advice that if you’re unhappy with your job, you’ve been unhappy for a long time, so find a job you love. »
Some people never find that job. Many are in customer service.
Patrick Leonard, Claremont: “I’ve been reading newspapers since I was 9 years old. I read the newspaper for your columns as well as the other columns, things you still only get with the newspaper.
Like the sticky ads you have to peel off – ugh.
Phillip Friedland: “Congratulations on your longevity. Getting paid to write has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world.
To quote the late comic novelist Pierre DeVries“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
Paperwork aside, David Allen loves to write on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Email [email protected], call 909-483-9339, like davidallencolumnist on Facebook and follow @davidallen909 on Twitter.