This collection is the fruit of Charles Hillinger's nearly 46-year dream job spent traveling the United States as a feature writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, which resulted in 6,000 human and general-interest stories. He traveled, came home to write, and hit the road again.
The California revealed here is not the stereotypical land of movie stars, sensational trials, or tourist snapshots, but instead a remarkable patchwork of out-of-the-way places and everyday people. Former Los Angeles Times columnist Charles Hillinger hones in on what makes each county unique, such as Johnny Heinold's First and Last Chance tavern in Alameda County where Jack London first began writing his stories.
"Charming and off-beat true stories"
For 46 years, author Charles Hillinger journeyed around the world writing human-interest stories for the Los Angeles Times. He also helped to create and produce special features for the popular NBC television show Real People. From these experiences comes California Characters, a collection of stories about intriguing, eccentric, or simply amazing individuals.
"Ordinary People Make History"