Did Orange County's only Indian massacre really happen—or is it a necessary white lie?
I swear this heat is messing with my sleep, so that when I woke at four the other morning it was as if the accumulated bodily discomfort of the previous day's scorching here in Modjeska Canyon had stuck around, morphing into some kind of itchy psycho-emotional discontent, a near-existential nervous ... More >>
This evening, iconic Chicana author Betita Martinez will speak about her latest book, 500 Years of Chicana History, an excellent--if a bit too ¡QUE VIVA LA RAZA! for genteel (read: gabacho) historians--collection of pictures and facts at the Teamsters 952 Union Hall, 140 South Marks Way, Orange, a ... More >>
Woman or half-breed?As mentioned in my ¡Ask a Mexican! column this week, I'll be speaking tomorrow to the Anaheim Historical Society at what's now called the Woelke-Stoffel House but which generations of Anaheimers know as the Red Cross House. Address is 418 N. West St., Anaheim, (714) 292-0042, an ... More >>
In this issue, Gustavo Arellano explains why a century and a half after Juan Flores terrorized Orange County, historians still can't decide who he was in "Hero and Villain."While R. Scott Moxley begs the question: Were Mike Carona and Bernie Kerik separated at birth? Plus... • The Week ... More >>
As part of my research into the disputed story of Juan Flores, I bought a copy of Cosas de California, reminisces by one Antonio Coronel (pictured, in the Joe Louis-at-Caesar's-Palace-phase of his life) where he touches briefly on Orange County's original dirty Mexican. I thought it was going to be ... More >>