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David Allen takes an alphabetical tour through 26 uniquely entertaining aspects of Pomona, California with this delightful series of newspaper columns that first appeared in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. This 10th anniversary edition, the first time in book form, includes updates, commentary, a foreword by broadcast journalist Steve Julian, and a new introduction by the author.
Pomona A to Z is available in many locations throughout the Pomona Valley including Downtown Pomona Owner's Association, The Pomona Historical Society, and The Pomona Library. Ask for it by name!
“In Pomona A to Z, author David Allen’s examination of the quirky side of the city, we learn that it was named after the Roman goddess of fruit (at the suggestion of a citrus grower), used to be known as Monkey Town, and is the home of a college created with the help of a corn-flake king (“K is for Kellogg”). Did I mention one area pioneer imported California’s first opossums? So, how would I rate Pomona A to Z? E is for Entertaining”Steve Harvey, former ‘Only in L.A.’ columnist for the Los Angeles Times
“For people new to the San Gabriel Valley’s easternmost big city, this book gives you a treasure chest full of history that you may yet discover in person if you take yourself on a tour...And what a fun book it is.”Steve Julian, Public Radio Host, 89.3 KPCC
“Reading David Allen’s Pomona A to Z is like finding Grandma’s old trunk in the attic, stuffed with memorabilia and anecdotes of long forgotten parts of your life. It’s a fun read with occasional splashes of David’s acerbic wit.”Larry Egan, Executive Director, Downtown Pomona Owner's Association
David Allen began his newspaper career in 1987 at the Santa Rosa (Calif.) News Herald. After stints at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Clarion, Petaluma Argus-Courier and Victorville Daily Press, in 1997 he joined the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, where he is a columnist and blogger. A native of Illinois, he lives in Claremont, which is Pomona-adjacent.