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Interview with Sac Town Magazine

Interview with Sac Town Magazine

Q & A Rail Historian Bill George Local historian Bill George takes us on an express train to 19th century Sacramento via his new documentary about the Transcontinental Railroad. He talks to Sactown about our city’s pivotal role in helping Americans realized the...

The Author, On ‘Grapes Of Wrath’

The Author, On ‘Grapes Of Wrath’

This is one of my favorite essays on writing. I though I would share it on my blog, it’s great advice for all writers! In 1953, as a student at Columbia, I wrote a paper on the ''Grapes of Wrath'' for a literature course. Although I knew John Steinbeck only through...

On E Clampus Vitus

On E Clampus Vitus

The "Clampers" started durng the Gold Rush. You can see their pranks everywhere! They wear red long-john shirts and call their leader the Noble Grand Humbug. They wear badges made from tin, and their motto is “Credo Quia Absurdum,” which means “I believe it because it...

The Subject Was Roses

The Subject Was Roses

The journalistic puns are already being employed; it’s a “thorny subject,” a “prickly issue,” etc. (I prefer “the subject was roses”) but the controversy over removing roses from Sacramento’s historic cemetery raises some serious issues. Here is a recent Sac Bee...