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V-12s

Written by Gordon F. Lull

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From July through October of 1940, waves of German and Royal Air Force planes battled to the death in the skies above Great Britain, raining fire and destruction upon cities and towns, and challenging each other in skilled ferocity...

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Non-traditional Education

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. In this day and age, it’s never too late to continue your education; it’s even encouraged. For employers, employees, and the unemployed, going back to college has become a valuable tool in the professional world...

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Night Lights

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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The familiar buzz of a neon sign could be heard outside many a diner, bar, and theater in Bakersfield throughout the 1940s, and ‘50s. The glow emitted from these signs caused an electric stir in people. And it still does today...

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Kustom Kool

Written by Matthew Martz

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Back when Ed was still “little” and Barris was just the “prince,” Red Harden was among a handful that helped shape Kustom Kulture, influencing everything from pop culture to the cars we drive today...

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Citizen Kern - Ron Saylor

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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When he was nine, Saylor’s mother took him on a routine trip to the mall where legendary magician Chuck Jones just happened to be performing. The act left an impression. “I knew that magic would be a part of my life,” Saylor, who put on his first show at the ripe old age of 10...

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Black Gold & Guts

Written by Tracie Grimes

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With each piece of equipment they design, manufacture, and ship, Don Nelson, Mike Houghton, Eric Berger, Frank Lawrence, and Danny Henderson have a lot at stake...

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Bakersfield Look - Niki Reyes

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Making The Grade

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Kern County is bursting at the seams with schools. With 48 public school districts, the largest high school district in California, and a number of private schools, local education is kind of a big deal...

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Dream Wheels

Written by Anika Henrikson

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When it comes to cars, there are two things I know how to do: fill the gas tank and check the oil. And, to be honest, the only reason I know how to check my 5W-30 level is because I have been cursed by the car gods to own a vehicle that burns oil faster than a wok in a Chinese restaurant...

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Tracing Your Roots

Written by Matthew Martz

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Sitting amongst the seemingly endless columns of books that rest silently on the shelves of the Beale Memorial Library Genealogy Room, Shirley Jackson is hard at work assisting kindred explorers in finding the hidden gems that paint a portrait of their family’s ancestry.

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Past & Present History

Written by Camille Gavin

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For history buffs—and I’m certainly one of them—the past is a link to the present. And no one knows that better than Ken Hooper, president of the Kern County Historical Society...

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Keep Art Alive

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Before we learn how to spell, we know the joy of a fresh sheet of construction paper. Before we know how to write a book report, we are given paints and plastic scissors. And long before we walk across a stage to accept a diploma and enter the workforce, we have drawn our family pet, painted trees and suns, and learned the lyrics to “Wheels on the Bus...”

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A-ha Moment

Written by Tracie Grimes

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About to receive his master’s degree in social work from UC Berkeley, Jim Damian wanted to find work that he would love, but work that would also make a difference in the world. “Saving children, one child at a time” was his mantra...

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Citizen Kern - Hank Pfister

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Born into a family of tennis players, Pfister picked up his racket early and never looked back. “I really had no aspirations to be a professional tennis player,” Pfister said, laughing. “When you find you’re good at something, you tend to enjoy it—it was just something I had fun doing...”

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Bakersfield Look - Ian J. Anderson

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Ian J. Anderson, 27, Occupation: Food Bank Program Manager

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Wake Up! B-Town-So...What’s Your Excuse?

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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If we polled a million people, we bet nearly every single one would admit to occasionally putting the pedal to the metal on those days when they’re running a little late for work. Unfortunately...

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Wake Up! B-Town-How the People Who Wake You Up, Wake Up!

Written by Charlie Durgin

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will keep these strident performers from their appointed rounds. Come to think of it, neither will street walkers, interactive homeless people, or less industrious types on their way home from bars...

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Wake Up! B-Town

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Let’s get one fact straight—how you wake up (or, more specifically, how you start your morning) sets the pace for the rest of your day. Think about those days when you sleep through your alarm, jolt out of bed, hastily get dressed, and speed to work. You feel like you’re playing catch-up all day. What about the morning you forget your coffee? Seems like time is moving by at a snail’s pace...

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Expressions-Gita Lloyd

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Misty green eyes stare down through tousled blonde hair on a split canvas that hangs in the corner of Gita Lloyd’s living room. Brush strokes define a face that bears a striking resemblance to Lloyd’s daughter, Ursula...

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Let Them Grow

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know about babies: a baby’s brain at 35 weeks gestation weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh when it’s at full term (39-40 weeks)...

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