Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Photo:  Van Stein

Following an entertaining if long-winded song and dance routine by this dandified street gentleman-poet, I ask, "Can you boil it down to a simple message?"

He thinks about it momentarily and responds with one word:  "Dignity."

Pasadena was founded, in the early 1870s, as "The American Colony of Indiana" by a group of wealthy men from Indianapolis who, tired of cold winters and the afflictions of such, went on to develop the West's ritziest resort town.

Eventually the founders desired to establish a post office but the Postmaster General rejected the name "Indiana Colony" so they adopted the Native-American Chippewa word for "Crown of the Valley."