Herb Benham has been at The Californian since 1987. He was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in Bakersfield. Benham graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He and his wife have four children. The Benhams live downtown in a 100-year-old-plus house that needs constant work.
Benham started by doing the tennis column for The Californian and then 20 years ago became the feature columnist for the paper. He also teaches a writing class at Bakersfield College called, "How to write better, or at least less worse."
Herb's first two books, Sitting On My Fat Wallet (1993) and First Kisses and Other Miracles (1992) are available for $10 each at Russo's Books. Call 661-665-4686.
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Longtime Bakersfield Californian columnist Herb Benham returns with his third book, "That Was Easy: 15 Years of Collected Columns." This is a book that chronicles the transitions of one man's life. Each experience is universal, and Herb brings us closer with wit and a wry vision that opens the door to this world.