EARTHQUAKE!!: If you're old enough to remember the March 10, 1933, Long Beach Earthquake, allow us to apologize for the small type size in our column. Here, let's try it this way: IF YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE MARCH 10, 1933, LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE, GIVE US A CALL! NOW, GIVE THE PAPER TO YOUR GRANDKIDS!
We have been writing about the Long Beach Earthquake since its 50th anniversary in, we're guessing, 1983. At that time, Long Beach was crawling with survivors of that quake, and we're pretty sure we heard from all of them. We have several hundred pre-email letters from people with startlingly vivid memories of the quake. We eventually had to tell people to stop, unless something really cool happened to them; not just "I thought a car had crashed into the house." Everybody thinks a car crashed into their house when an earthquake hits.
Now, though, we're all 30 years older, and if you're a survivor of the `33 quake and you were 10 years old when you managed this survival, then (sweet Lord let our math skills hold up under all this) you are 90 now.
So we're coming to you with hat in hand looking for your recollections, even if they only involve your thinking that a car had hit the house.
We know a lot of you are getting cocky and thinking, "No sharing of recollections yet; I'm waiting for the 100th anniversary." And that's fine. God admires your hubris. But we're not sure we'll be writing about earthquake survivors 20 years hence.
We know you're out there, and we're giving you a rather early head start on sharing your memories with us. All you have to do is download the latest version of Office Word, type up your memories of the `33 quake in 12-point Verdana Bold font using Associated Press style, NOT Chicago Manual of Style. Usage of the Oxford comma will result in automatic disqualification.
OR: You can write your memories down on a piece of paper and send it through the mail, or use the emailer, or just give us a call and leave your name and number and we'll call you back. Whatever's easiest for you.
Our phone number and email address are at the end of this column in tiny type.
OC FAIR BANDS: After last year's season-long slate of tribute bands, the Orange County Fair is bringing the real deals back to its Pacific Amphitheater stage this summer.
The first blast of acts announced for the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the July 12-Aug. 11 fair are pretty impressive.
Fair bookers release the season's bands just a few at a time. The initial barrage has the B-52s and X teaming up for the July 18 show; Weezer will play July 26; and ZZ Top will roughhouse fairgoers on Aug. 1. All showtimes are 8 p.m.
Tickets for these first three announced concerts go on sale Saturday at Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
You can also purchase them at the fair's box office, accessible from Gate 4 off Arlington Drive near Fairview Road. It's open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets for the B-52s/X and Weezer start at $29.50; ZZ Top tickets start at $38.25. Tickets include fair admission.