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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: I went vegan and didn't miss the meat

    I was not optimistic when I opened the cold case at Nature's Food Market & Juice Bar and looked at the selection that included an eggless egg-salad sandwich the turkey sandwich made with vegan turkey...

  2. HERB BENHAM: Sometimes the best medicine is your own bed

    A few days ago, Dad called. He had news. Dad calls are occasions, making me feel as if I have been promoted to favorite-son status and have leapfrogged my siblings on the depth chart. "You can stop...

  3. HERB BENHAM: Outer Rosedale to inner peace

    When I told a friend I was planning to walk home from Rosedale Automotive after dropping the truck off, he looked at me as if I were crazy. "Don't you have any friends that will give you a ride?" I...

  4. HERB BENHAM: Bono the boss in Ireland -- just ask Bruce

    Al Palitz, the pride of East Bakersfield High School and a recently retired Kaiser doctor, told me this story about a friend of his youngest daughter, Cordelia: "She's a darling 24-year-old red...

  5. HERB BENHAM: You’re never too old to take on a pup this cute

    Two missed calls in a row from my father-in-law, John, can be cause for alarm. When I looked at my phone a week ago Thursday, I punched the first of two voice mails. “It’s Thursday afternoon and we...

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