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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: Cooking up reasons to visit restaurant store

    Talk about fun. Satisfying. This week I made two trips to J&E Restaurant Supply on East 19th Street. The first time I bought four Old Fashioned glasses ($2 and change each) and a stainless-steel...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Grandparent role fills my mind at Costco

    Sam and I met at Costco recently for lunch. He asked what I was doing for lunch and while we were fishing for a place to eat, I suggested the hot dogs at Costco for both a cultural and culinary...

  3. HERB BENHAM: Glow of movie screen warms our coldest month

    Don't despair. Gray days, cold days, January days. This is no time to take a knee, but an opportunity to spring to your feet and see a movie. Dismiss the darkness nibbling at the edge of your soul...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Giving back, but giving back precisely what?

    Couples were eating dinner recently and the conversation moved to public service. The woman who introduced the subject was married to a public service star, a man who gave his time, talent and sound...

  5. HERB BENHAM: Catching up and calamari in Carmel

    It is unwise, perhaps unsafe, to find yourself between me and a bowl of fried calamari unless you are a giant octopus with six waving arms. Not much can stop me except an aquatic miracle. Last...

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