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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: No friend like an old friend, even if you can't remember him

    He showed up shirtless wearing an earring. That's confidence. Especially with someone you haven't seen in 40 years. Normally a reunion after a 40-year span warrants shirts, trousers, maybe even a...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Duo take mission of caring global

    How is this for a pickup line? "I said no the first time Clark asked me out because he told me he was not looking to have fun, but for a wife to go to India with him," said Jennifer Jensen. That...

  3. HERB BENHAM: Home travels to him for son's 30th

    For his birthday dinner, Herbie wanted something from Bakersfield that reminded him of home. We brought pit beef, garlic chicken, broccoli parmesan, potato salad, jalapeno cornbread muffins, Texas...

  4. HERB BENHAM: The rules on man kisses and side hugs

    A note from Will Winn on the column about getting a surprise man-kiss from a friend: "After finishing graduate school in Virginia Beach, VA, Karen and I ministered to a rural congregation in...

  5. HERB BENHAM: Free speech -- I'm thinking of a price tag

    I was finishing lunch at Sequoia Sandwich -- having polished off a small coleslaw, the chili and Gary's new ham sandwich, which features thinly sliced extra lean ham, a basil, garlic and parmesan... Daily Deal!

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