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Herb Benham

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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: 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Sue sets me straight - my posture's in a slump

    Last week, my wife told me I had bad posture. "You're handsome and fit," she said. "Then I see you sitting at the table. It's not pretty." Pretty is my word. Pretty is the word I use to pretty up...

  5. Herb Benham's 'On His Rocker' - On a new shirt with a special cell phone pocket

    It's hard to know where to store your cell phone. But Californian columnist Herb Benham is trying out a possible solution: a new T-shirt with a special cell phone pocket. Join Benham as he tries to...

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