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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: Moths flame out - finally

    For weeks, moths everywhere and now barely one besides the moth at work beating its wings against the windowpane. What happened? I asked Scott Begin, vice president and manager at Citizens Business...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Educator wins top honor for helping students help selves

    Jose Garza is one of those people you hear about now and will hear about five years from now. Nothing he has done or will do surprises. Success is in his DNA. Recently the 36-year-old counselor at...

  3. HERB BENHAM: What in the name of Gary have I done?

    I discovered recently I’ve been calling somebody by the wrong name for the last year. Perhaps longer because I’m not sure I’ve ever called him by his right name. I’ve been calling him Gary. His name...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Senior discount not worth cost to pride

    I was at the checkout stand at Floyd's, and a friendly woman with her hair pulled back, wearing a red Floyd's vest, rang me up. I bought a broom made from real corn straw, a white switch plate and...

  5. HERB BENHAM: Youth not wasted on the young in this case

    Vernedene looks so good, she almost made me want to give up drinking. She doesn't drink, smoke, eat sweets or, for that matter, sit down. Most people her age -- 96 -- do. They're not only sitting...