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Category Archives: Sacramento

Kyle Guy Guards the Social Media

When the Kings drafted Kyle Guy I looked at stats and his bio and learned in high school he’d been Mr. Basketball in hoops-crazed Indiana. I also noticed several videos of Guy and a young woman. I clicked one called: “Reading Kyle Guy’s Hate Mail” filmed in early 2019. He and fiancée Alexa Jenkins munched […]

Also posted in Basketball, Jimmer Fredette, Kyle Guy, YouTube

Summertime Love for Sacramento Kings

I like living in Lubbock year round and rooting for my alma mater Texas Tech Red Raiders in football and basketball but recently surrendered to my fifth wife, Melanie, who’s from Sacramento and during the seven months I’ve known her has been pestering me to buy a second home here so we can watch her […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, De'Aaron Fox, George Thomas Clark, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings

“Meet the Golden State Killer” is Published

What would Joe DeAngelo reveal if he were aggressively interrogated? Would he admit to a dozen murders and more than forty-five rapes, most of which are solidly linked to him by DNA? Author George Thomas Clark places a fictional seeker of justice in DeAngelo’s Sacramento jail cell and uses the latest factual information to confront […]

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Joe DeAngelo, Murder, Rape, Santa Barbara

Happy Hairston in Shower

On a fall evening in 1967, Rick Barry isn’t at Sacramento High School. Neither is Oscar Robertson. Barry after two splendid seasons with the San Francisco Warriors is sitting out this one in order to later earn more money by playing in the wild new American Basketball Association of multi-colored balls and three-point shots. I […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cancer, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain

Gable on the Links

On a hot summer afternoon in the early sixties I’m standing on the green of a Sacramento public golf course and preparing to line up my putt when I glance right of the green at the maintenance man carrying a long sprinkler head. He’s sweating and looks tired and gray like Clark Gable did before […]

Also posted in Clark Gable, Golf, Movies

Brief History of a John

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Dating, Divorce, Marriage, Nevada, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery

Bondsman Bails Prostitutes

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bail, Murder, Pimps, Prostitution, Slavery

Jail for Juvenile Felons

There’s a pretty picture on the postcard: San Francisco Bay provides a serene, blue backdrop for a hill with a group of shining buildings on it. The writing on the other side acknowledges the setting’s superficial beauty but offers a warning: San Quentin prison may look good on a postcard but is not a nice […]

Also posted in Crime, Juvenile Crime, Murder, Prisons, Rape, San Quentin, Theft

Here’s Bobby Chacon

This story appears in the boxing collection Death in the Ring

Also posted in Anaheim, Armando Muniz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Chacon, Boxing, Burt Reynolds, Carlos Palomino, Danny Lopez, Dementia Pugilistica, Disneyland, Johnny Carson, Ken Norton, Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali, Tony Lopez, Yaqui Lopez

The Point of Emmanuel Mudiay

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football” –

Also posted in Basketball, Chris Webber, Denver, Emmanuel Mudiay, Sacramento Kings, Toronto, Vlade Divac, Willie Cauley-Stein

Drought is God’s Punishment

Until last week I thought the drought that’s squeezing California resulted from natural weather fluctuations, and didn’t want to be political or presume to have scientific insight so rarely mentioned climate change and then only as a relatively minor factor. I should’ve known there was a much simpler yet more ominous explanation, and Shannon Grove […]

Also posted in Abortion, Bakersfield, California, Kern County, Kern River, Religion, Rick Perry, Texas, Weather

Michael Carter’s Historic Launch

I remember Michael Carter’s final shot put, of course, no one present will forget that, but first I felt the wind getting stronger throughout that late afternoon in June 1979. I was wearing a tank top, instead of something more protective and professionally appropriate, and the weather gods lashed me as well as several thousand […]

Also posted in Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Michael Carter, Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers, Shot Put, Track & Field

After the Fight

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alcohol, Boxing, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Prostitution

Brawling with Dwight Braxton

In July 1982 I was a part-time laborer who took improper medications and lived in north Sacramento, an old and wretched place for people who could do no better. I think those circumstances contributed to the rather bloodthirsty tone of this piece: My desire to watch Dwight Braxton ply his fists to an opponent’s flesh […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Michael Spinks, World War II

Another Rogers Family Tragedy – Reggie Dies

This book is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Cocaine, Donald Rogers, Drugs, Football, Reggie Rogers, UCLA

Pursuing Pipino Cuevas

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Newspapers, Pete Ranzany, Pipino Cuevas

Norman Rockwell Explains

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring” To see “The Problem We All Live With,” please click here

Also posted in Advertisements, Art, Crocker Art Museum, Norman Rockwell, Painters

Middle of River

Don’t go in the American River, kids in our neighborhood were often told. There are branches, rocks, and an undertow you can’t see. Here, read today’s newspaper; another boy’s drowned. We still couldn’t stay out and swam whenever we wanted, never meeting danger until mature enough to drink Friday night. The cops yelled, hey you […]

Also posted in Alcohol, American River, Rivers, Short Pieces - GTC

Maris Prime Rib

In mid-sixties Sacramento a restaurateur, exhibiting either grand generosity or manifest ignorance of human hunger, offered eat all you want prime rib lunch on Sundays. Two fast-growing adolescents and I, salivating after a hot afternoon of schoolyard baseball, scurried into an establishment that, a few years earlier, had presented Roger Maris the baseball he hit […]

Also posted in Adolescents, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Food, George Thomas Clark, New York Yankees, Roger Maris, Short Pieces - GTC

Vigilant Couple

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in American River, Housing, Marriage, Mental Health, Murder, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC, Vigilantes

Middle of River – Part 2

(This poem has been rewritten in prose in posted July 24, 2012.) stay out of american river kids in neighborhood often told there’s undertow you can’t see branches either here read today’s newspaper another boy’s drowned still couldn’t stay out of water nor could other kids swimming whenever wanted never meeting danger until mature enough […]

Also posted in Alcohol, American River, Poetry - GTC, Rivers

Old Newscasters Never Die

The chronology unfolded about like this: I recently visited my hometown Sacramento, which I’d left in 1991, and was as ever moved by familiar places laden with ancient memories, and shortly after returning to Bakersfield I wondered what had become of several television newscasters from my youth. And in particular I was interested in Harry […]

Also posted in Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Comedians, Harry Martin, Jay Leno, John Wayne, Media, Paul, Paul Newman, Stu Nahan, Television

Odds on Jimmer Fredette

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Brandon Knight, Demarcus Cousins, Jimmer Fredette, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Alcohol, Auburn, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Burbank, California, California Youth Authority, Carmel, Cars & Driving, Chico, Clint Eastwood, Coast Ranges, Construction, Drugs, Electricians, Errol Flynn, Families, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fresno, George S. Patton, George Thomas Clark, Grass Valley, Hollywood, Interstate 5, Los Angeles, Manual Labor, Marijuana, Media, Mental Health, Monterey, Newspapers, Pacific Ocean, Rocklin, Rolling Stones, San Francisco, Seattle, Sierra Nevada, Stephen Stills, Stockton, Television, Unions

Shooting Baskets in Dreams

Generation after Hal moved from two small dingy rooms connected to old house in battery-stealing part of town, he thought dreams had disappeared so was saddened to see himself there shooting baskets. Old friend sat behind and watched errant shots. Damn ceiling’s too low to shoot right. Friend should’ve agreed but only stared as Hal […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Basketball, Dreams, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Housing, Mental Health, Short Pieces - GTC, Sleep

Clippers Carve Kings during Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving night I made my first visit to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles since New Year’s Day when the defending-champion Lakers hosted an aroused and hot-shooting group of young Sacramento Kings who would’ve prevailed if Kobe Bryant, with customary flair, hadn’t swished a three-point jumper a millisecond before the final horn. The capacity […]

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Las Vegas, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

From Tennessee to California

In the summer of 1978 I lived in a small old room at the rear of a dreary house in north Sacramento, one of the worst parts of the Golden State’s capital city. Fortunately, I didn’t know I’d have to stay there several more years until a modest inheritance temporarily rescued me, and was delighted […]

Also posted in Albuquerque, Amarillo, Arizona, Arkansas, Asia, Bakersfield, Barry Switzer, Baseball, Basketball, Buck Owens, Cars & Driving, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dogs, Doug Atkins, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Johnny Bench, Memphis, Nashville, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pete Ranzany, Pipino Cuevas, Rivers, Southeast Asia, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Vietnam

Golf Course Braces for Wild High School Reunion

Sacramento, CA – Officials at scenic Ancil Hoffman Golf Course, which stretches along the American River east of town, issued an emergency decree this morning after police informed them that a (publicly-unnamed) suburban high school, notorious for its rowdy alumni, plans next week to attack the links with ten foursomes celebrating forty years of parole […]

Also posted in Alcohol, American River, Education, Golf, Tiger Woods

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Basketball, Cars & Driving, Civil War - American, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Grambling University, Grapevine, Highway 99, Jim Cleamons, Kentucky, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Luke Witte, Mississippi, New York City, Niagara Falls, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State University, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Racism, Roberto Clemente, Siege of Vicksburg, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Ulysses S. Grant, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Woody Hayes

The Battle for LeBron James

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Chicago, Cleveland, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Lebron James, Los Angeles, New York City, Tyreke Evans

Eyewitness Account 1975: Lynette Fromme Tries to Assassinate President Ford

I witnessed the following incident on September 5, 1975, and this article  appeared four days later in the student newspaper at California State University, Sacramento.  A few revisions have been made. SACRAMENTO – Blinds were drawn over the windows on the east side of the hotel, keeping out the glare of the mid-morning sun.  Some […]

Also posted in Assassinations, Charles Manson, Crime, Cults, George Thomas Clark, Gerald Ford, Lynette Fromme, Murder

Wilt Would’ve Been Seventy

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, Wilt Chamberlain

Fantasizing on Highway 99

Pretty soon you’ve got to drive from Bakersfield to Sacramento.  You are, of course, thankful you don’t have to start further south in Los Angeles and thus crawl up and down scorched and barren mountains that separate the city of glamour and poverty from the rest of the state.  Your journey, instead, will take you […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, California, Fresno, George Thomas Clark, Highway 99, Sports, Travel