Eureka! Dan’s California Memory for the Los Angeles Times is Published (Part 2 of 2)

Holey Moley! As I do each day, I read the highlights from the Los Angeles Times daily online newsletter, Essential California. All of a sudden as I scroll to the bottom, I see my 100 words with my name spelled correctly!

Los Angeles Times
Essential California Newsletter

June 9, 2021

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC Los Angeles: Cloudy, 75. San Diego: Cloudy, 71. San Francisco: Cloudy, 62. San Jose: Clear skies, 67. Fresno: Sunny, 78. Sacramento: Clear skies, 74.


Today’s California memory comes from Dan Rothermel:

As a Jersey boy and 1970 graduate in education at Arizona State University, I interviewed for teaching jobs in California. At my interview for the Anaheim City Schools, innocently I asked the administrator if there was smog in Anaheim. Looking me straight in the eye, he said, “No.” Wanting to move to Southern California, I took the job. Once there, I had nothing but low-lying smog day after day for the first six weeks until the first Santa Ana winds blew through. When I saw the same administrator later, he smiled and said, “I never thought you’d really believe me.

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14 thoughts on “Eureka! Dan’s California Memory for the Los Angeles Times is Published (Part 2 of 2)

  1. Ahhhhh we are headed to sunny, or “June Gloom” Huntington Beach. Now with a pedestrian walkway over 101 to the sand, surf and pier. That was always the Promised Land for me; but I think Targe has Seasonal Affective Disorder, and he couldn’t take the sunless mornings. Walking in the the desert does not equal walking on beaches. Perhaps California is more for dreaming’.


  2. Hey Dan,

    I think he saw a fresh faced prospect (maybe just a little naive) who would make a great addition to his staff.
    A good judge of character on his part aside from a little white lie or maybe not so little!!
    Glad to see your story make to to Essential California.

    Hope you both are doing well.
    Had a nice conversation with Amelia last night.
    Let’s talk soon.


    Meyer Photography
    1302 Snowberry Drive
    Williamstown, NJ 08094


  3. WOW you’re famous!!!!!!!!

    Karen C. Lynge
    Office Manager
    Great Bay Marine, Inc.
    (603) 436-5299 Main
    (603) 380-9247 Direct
    (603) 436-9834 Fax

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