Una cronista in Pasadena

Dec 8, 2011

Yesterday I shared the sentiment that things happen at their own pace and sometimes this can be an ideal thing. My column Pasadena Chronicles/Las Crónicas de Pasadena is an example of this. I’d been thinking about writing a bit more, but didn’t know how that might happen.

I also had the opportunity to share some history with the ladies of the Centro de Educacion Popular and I was introduced by Raúl Borbón as a “cronista”. A light went on for me – a chronicler, yes I like that title. It’s a bit of history, a bit of narrative, and I think a bit of something to think about, too. All of this was good and helped me ready myself to write a column.
I was asked to write a column for Pasadena Now and think of a title and a logo. In this electronic age the preparing and sharing can happen at an almost blinding pace. What to do? As often happened a bit of history helped to guide me.
According to the USC Digital Library, “El Clamor Publico was the first Spanish language newspaper in California after the American occupation”. It was published between 1855 and 1859. It was founded by 19 year old Francisco P. Ramirez. The range of tone and topic was varied during its existence. There was another paper, La Crónica, that was published from 1872 through 1892. The wedding of Arturo Bandini and Helen Elliott was published in La Cronica in 1883.
And so Las Cronicas de Pasadena/Pasadena Chronicles and its logo reminds me of the stories and thoughts of those who came before us. I think the pieces fell into place rather nicely.

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