March 12, 2017: Remains of a sign for a bowling alley in Barstow, California. The bowling alley, located on Route 66, closed in 2016.
February 25, 2017: A Sherman tank redeploys at Fort MacArthur during the Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 fundraiser. During the night of February 24-25, 1942, anti-aircraft guns around Los Angeles fired about 1300 rounds during a suspected Japanese air-attack. The attack was a false alarm. Each February, Fort MacArthur recreates the night with a 1940s dinner dance and fireworks show. This year's event is on February 22, 2020.
Feb. 19, 2017: A World War II-era C-46 Commando aircraft sits on display at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale. The outdoor air-museum sits next to Plant 42. About 25 aircraft are on display. The park is open Friday through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Feb. 12, 2017: Full-size P-38 replica inside the P-38 National Association Museum located next to March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.
October 1980: Stretching exercise during an elderly exercise class in Scituate, Mass. From left are Andy Hyslop, Ruth Vinal, and instructor Nina Constandides.
Nov. 8, 2018: Looking down the spiral stairway located inside the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. From 1855 until 1891, the lighthouse guided ships into San Diego bay. Today the restored structure is a museum, part of the Cabrillo National Monument
March 23, 1982: Duane and Laura Spindler of Benicia, California, hug after the return of the USS Coral Sea to Alameda Air Station. The aircraft carrier returned from a seven-month tour that included 78 days in the Indian Ocean.
The carrier's return sparked a media event. Politicians were fighting for a share of the Navy's buildup during the Reagan years.
I covered the ship's arrival for the Vallejo Times-Herald. By staying after most photographers departed, I got this image of the Spindlers – which told the story.
Later that day, I offered this image to Associated Press but was told they had already moved a photo on the regional news wire. After I promised a better picture, AP moved this during a Northern California geographical split.
The next morning, this photograph appeared on the front page of many Bay Area newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury -News and Oakland Tribune.
The USS Coral Sea was decommissioned in 1990 and later scrapped.
Nov. 5, 2018: On Jan. 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established Muir Woods National Monument in 1908. The year before, owner William Kent donated the land to the Federal Government. Kent saved the virgin Redwood forest from a local water company that wanted to dam and flood the location. He suggested naming the site after naturalist John Muir.
March 30, 2015: Warning sign at OstrichLand USA in Buelton, California. The park features over 100 ostriches and emus that visitors can feed - with a special pan with handle. But I'm not going to try petting this ostrich.
My thoughts on images past and present.