A sunny, warm welcome to the inaugural issue of Central California Life magazine!
While looking for a quote to explain why becoming a publisher has become my passion, I never expected my inspiration would come from a Roman philosopher born in Como, Italy, centuries ago: “True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, in writing what deserves to be read, and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.” Pliny the Elder, who lived during 23-79 A.D — and often escapes recognition for another famous quote, “Home is where the heart is” – articulates perfectly what Central California Life magazine is all about. Your stories deserve to be told.
This passion for publishing has been life-altering. When you read the stories in this first issue, you will understand why. I first encountered Bob Marcotte via email nearly a year ago, and we finally met in person in April of this past year. He is a remarkable man, and his story about his wife’s battle with cancer, “The Final Hours,” will give you an inside view of what hospice care and love is all about.
Bud Elliott, who is on our cover, became a part of many of our daily lives while he anchored KSEE 24 news. He sat down with our editor, Kelley Campos McCoy, to talk about his years as a newsman, his views on the state and business of journalism, and his plans for retirement. You may be surprised.
Faith Sidlow will inspire you as she shares her first triathlon experience. Faith also writes about one of my favorite chefs and artists, Roy Harland, who graciously allowed us to publish his famous recipe for angel hair sun-dried tomato pasta.
Food lovers will enjoy this issue, too. We were invited to the world-famous Pebble Beach Food & Wine show and sent our food editor, Amy Guerra, to cover the event. We have dedicated several pages to food in this issue.
Mike Scott, who is truly the voice for anything to do with our beloved pets, shares the story of PAWS, a mother-daughter team rescuing some very special animals in Fowler.
Nick “the Pagmeter” Papagni, our high school sports expert, talks with Bullard coach Donnie Arax about how he turned the school’s football program around. Papagni also helped us set up the story about Jeanne Randall, who has truly danced with the stars. Monica Prinzing wrote that beautiful piece.
Reflecting our publication’s mission to cover stories across Central California, we have two correspondents, Mallory Soares and Judith Menezes, who will report on events happening along the Central Coast and in Kings and Tulare counties (respectively). Their stories – on the Farmers’ Market in San Luis Obispo and Star Restaurant in Hanford – appear in this issue. In the near future, additional correspondents will write about the people, places and events in other parts of the region.
In our Spotlight section, you will see highlights of noteworthy events, milestones and more. Information about events coming up in the Central Valley, including the mountain areas, and along the Central Coast can be found in our Calendar of Events.
We have so much to share, and not everything can fit within these 100 pages. For an enhanced experience with more photos and more events, visit our website: www.CenCaliLife.com. If you are a social media junkie like me, you can also like us on Facebook or Twitter and get real-time information on events and happenings in Central California. Reach us at facebook.com/CenCaliLife or @CenCaliLife.
My commitment is to tell stories from Central California that are worth telling, in hopes that, by sharing these words, we will be inspired to engage with and become more connected to each other.
I am honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful writers, photographers and graphic artists. Please see our featured contributor’s page to learn more about some of the many talented people who have helped in making this publication. I also want to personally thank our editor, Kelley Campos McCoy, for putting into words our vision and mission. With her guidance and that of our editorial board, I bring you Central California Life magazine!
“The mission of Central California Life magazine is to spotlight what makes this region a unique and integral part of the Golden State. We do this by telling the stories of the people who live, work and play here—artists and entrepreneurs, farmers and elected officials, educators and athletes, and so many others who call California’s heartland “home.” From short profiles of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences to in-depth stories about our history and more contemporary matters, our team of experienced writers produces content that is informative, relevant and interesting. Their work is complemented by talented photographers and graphic artists. We also provide comprehensive event listings, restaurant reviews and art and entertainment news. We are the only magazine that covers the central San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, and count among our targeted readers those who live both within and outside the region.”