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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: A short life that cast a long shadow over Taft

    It’s time for Lee Patterson to get to know his father, a phenom of track and field who died when the Taft businessman was a baby. There’s just one problem: He can’t bear to open the biography,...

  2. HERB BENHAM: It's any porch in a storm for disloyal outdoor cats

    Our cat disappeared recently. Vanished. Left, as if she had met with a better offer. Blueberry is a porch cat, her world consisting of a green rocking chair, a flat cat scratcher, a soft bed, and a...

  3. HERB BENHAM: Cyclists send thoughts, and photo, to injured pal

    At 6 a.m. Thursday we took a group shot of more than 40 cyclists to send to fellow rider Mike Aldridge, who is in the ICU at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno after being hit on July 9 by a...

  4. HERB BENHAM: LeBron James' future is in his past

    Every so often a sports story rockets from the arena, stadium, field or court and lights up a moonless night. A story that delights, charms and inspires. Thank LeBron James for the latest example....

  5. HERB BENHAM: Text typos: Pissibilities are endless

    I meant to type possibilities in a recent text but accidently substituted an i for the o and wrote pissibilities . There are websites devoted to text misfires. One woman wrote "I'm busty... Daily Deal!

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