[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
49°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 21
1914 - Signal newspaper owner-editor Scott Newhall born in San Francisco [story]
Scott Newhall


Now and Then in the SCV | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
| Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
Darryl Manzer

Darryl Manzer

Earthquakes are a part of living in California. I’ve got a few memories of being in a pool and having the water slosh back and forth during a “minor” one. I had just moved from Benicia in 1989 to Virginia when the Loma Prieta quake hit.

I was stationed in Connecticut in 1971 and missed the Sylmar shaker. Same with the 1994 Northridge quake. So now that I’m back, does it mean the quakes will go someplace else? I hope so.

When I lived in Virginia, folks would ask me what an earthquake was like. I couldn’t explain it. Not long ago they learned all about one.

Moving back West I did in stages. First stage was to Western Kentucky to a little town called Cadiz. It was recommended that we get earthquake insurance. You see, that town is about 80 miles from New Madrid, Mo. That is the place where the strongest quake in the lower 48 happened in 1811. It was so strong that for a time, the Mississippi River flowed backward and church bells as far away as Baltimore shook enough to make them ring. I know I’m going to hear about the big quake at Fort Tejon in 1857, but I do believe the 1811 one in New Madrid was stronger.

I got the insurance. Actually it was cheap, when I compare it to what I paid for hurricane protection in Virginia.

An earthquake policy here isn’t cheap, either. But it is worth it.

In 1898 there was a pretty strong quake that folks at the time blamed on all of the drilling in Pico Canyon. It didn’t get to the stage of folks gathering torches and pitchforks and marching up from Newhall in protest – but they were sure it was the wells in Pico.

FEMA photo by Robert A. Eplett, 1/17/1994

As in 1971, elevated freeways in the Newhall Pass fell in 1994. FEMA photo by Robert A. Eplett, 1/17/1994

With every natural emergency we feel a need to connect with family and friends who may have been affected by whatever calamity befell them. Earthquakes, brush fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, even a Tsunami when I was in Hawaii for a while gave reason to try to connect.

Those times, such connections are nearly impossible. Phone lines jammed and unable to reach anyone. I know that in the 1994 quake – the anniversary of which just passed on Thursday – we finally got information by calling my niece in Long Beach who had talked to family here in the SCV and all was OK, or good as could be expected.

What we saw on television in Virginia about that quake was enough to scare anyone but had the greatest effect on us ex-pat Californians. We could see the flames from broken natural gas mains burning in the streets along with water from fractured water lines flowing around the flames.

And the freeways were down. Like in 1971, that high connecting ramp from the 14 to the 5 had dropped. Worse yet was that anytime there was a new report, the East Coast TV used those shots to open and close reports on the quake.

The Pico Cottage in Mentryville, where the writer lived in the 1960s, was knocked off of its foundation and its porch roof fell off in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Photo circa 1995 by Leon Worden.

The Pico Cottage in Mentryville, where the writer lived in the 1960s, was knocked off of its foundation and its porch roof fell off in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Photo circa 1995 by Leon Worden.

A very graphic but terrible connection for us to see, and that one is etched deeply into my memory.

And then there was the picture of Pico Cottage damaged. Moved nearly six feet off the foundation and the porch roof down on the porch floor. I cried. Hadn’t lived there in 28 years but my home was damaged. A connection was nearly gone.

Mow that the holiday season has passed and the new year has started, have all y’all thought about those connections you only make at holidays or emergencies? Those little everyday connections mean so much, no matter what the occasion.

My dentist, Dr. Dell Goodrick on Lyons Avenue, went to Carpinteria High School – as I did, too, if only for one semester. We can talk about the streets and byways of that town and connect. His office is on a street I traveled many times each day to get to school and other events from Mentryville. Another connection.

These connections are important to all of us. I can drive to Mentryville and just stand in the parking lot, breathing in all of the rich connections of memories of a place I love. Is there a place like that for you? Is there someone or something you’d like to reconnect with or keep the connection going?

My sisters tell me that when we lived on Drayton Street in Saugus (I lived there from ages 2 to 3), we would go to the Saugus Café and I loved the pancakes. I don’t remember that, of course. But the other day I realized I had been going to that restaurant for more than 61 years. What a connection there. Hey, the menu is about the same, too.

So, leave the malls and connect with something more substantial. Call or visit a loved one or friend. Drop by a nursing home and take the time to talk to someone so they can have a connection, too. Go see Old Town Newhall, Mentryville, Hart Park, Heritage Junction or wherever. Maybe you’d like to see Fort Tejon and the many splendors of Gorman, Lebec and Piru. Take friends and family along.

In making those connections now, there is a connection when emergencies arise. Please don’t miss those connections. They might not come again.

 

Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley. He can be reached at dmanzer@scvhistory.com and his commentaries, published on Sundays, are archived at DManzer.com. Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Petzold says:

    Very nice piece with great suggestions.

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Monday, Jan 20, 2020
Did you sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan last year only to find that it doesn’t meet your needs? Not to worry.You still have time to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, or return to Original Medicare.
Friday, Jan 10, 2020
If you are a spouse or you know a veteran in need, please refer them to Blue Star Ranch, Serving Our Nation’s Veterans with Equine Assisted Therapy.
Friday, Jan 3, 2020
Tejon Ranch now forbids you on their conservation property if you belong to any one of several environmental organizations.
Friday, Jan 3, 2020
In his first monthly message of the new year, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin describes a new sense of community in the wake of 2019.
Monday, Dec 16, 2019
Each year, Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayment rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. For 2020, the Medicare Part B monthly premiums and the annual deductible are higher than the 2019 amounts.
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019
The city of Santa Clarita continues to be a forward-thinking city, providing residents with the resources and amenities that make Santa Clarita a great place to raise our families.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Castaic Union School District, in partnership with the Castaic Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, will be hosting a “Be Kind to Your Community” event at Castaic Lake (lower lake), Saturday, Jan. 25, and the entire community is invited.
Jan. 25: Team Up to Clean Up Castaic Lake
Arson investigators have said the Tick Fire is not currently considered part of a criminal investigation.
Tick Fire Not Part of Criminal Investigation
Residents and visitors rely on Santa Clarita Transit to get where they need to go, and riders will soon be able to expand their transit opportunities, thanks to the new bus transfer station at the Vista Canyon development located south of the 14 Freeway.
Jan. 27: Vista Canyon Bus Transfer Center Groundbreaking
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees will hold a Business Meeting Wednesday, Jan 22, starting with a closed session at 3:30 p.m. and followed by an open session at 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 22: Santa Clarita Community College District Business Meeting
A woman and a man were both arrested on Sunday on charges related to an attempted murder investigation.
Canyon Country Woman,  Newhall Man Arrested on Attempted Murder Charges
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday the creation of a new NonProfit Council designed specifically for local 501c(3) nonprofits who are members of the Chamber to keep our local non-profits on the forefront in charitable giving, advocacy and regulations.
SCV Chamber Announces Launch of Nonprofit Council
LOS ANGELES – The second annual Los Angeles Kings Festival – in which Kings Season Ticket members and fans can meet the entire Kings team – will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Staples Center.
Feb. 27: LA Kings Festival
A multivehicle traffic collision on Highway 14 resulted in all southbound lanes closed for more than two hours Monday night.
Multi-vehicle Collision Prompts Closure of State Route 14
Back in the 1960s, there weren’t any special education programs in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Hansen Family Continues Making Impact with SCV’s Special Needs Community
Castaic Union School District is excited to announce that online Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is now open.
Castaic Union Kindergarten Enrollment Now Open
1914 - Signal newspaper owner-editor Scott Newhall born in San Francisco [story]
Scott Newhall
The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board unanimously voted to recognize the week of Feb. 3-7 as National School Counseling Week across the district during Wednesday night’s board meeting.
Hart District: 1st Week of Feb. is ‘School Counseling Week’
Did you sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan last year only to find that it doesn’t meet your needs? Not to worry.You still have time to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, or return to Original Medicare.
Medicare: Not Too Late to Change Plans | Commentary by Cate Kortzeborn
The Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School hosted its annual Chinese New Year celebration with food, games and crafts at the Old Town Newhall Library on Saturday afternoon.
SCV Chinese School Celebrates Year of the Rat
The Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 21: Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission Special Meeting
Valencia, California-based Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Australia which has pledged $1.9 million in total to various bushfire relief efforts in Australia.
Carnival Australia Pledges $1.9M to Bushfire Relief
The Hart High School Baseball Program will host its annual Alumni Game and 2020 Hart Baseball Team Preview at the Hart baseball field in Newhall on Sunday, January 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jan. 26: Hart High Baseball Alumni Game, Team Preview
The Santa Clarita Valley Man & Woman of the Year Committee has set Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. as the deadline for nominations to the community's premier volunteer recognition event.
Jan. 31: Deadline for 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Nominations
The man who died after being found unresponsive at his home in Saugus on Saturday has been identified as Daniel Brett Bennett, according to Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office officials.
Coroner ID’s Saugus Death as Daniel Bennett, Former Rep. Hill’s Brother
A 37-year-old man whose legal name is Sexy Vegan has entered a no-contest plea in connection to a video he posted with a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Sexy Vegan Pleads No Contest for Video With Dog
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Angel Reinosa has been charged with falsely reporting that he had been shot by a sniper while in the parking lot of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on August 21, 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Angel Reinosa, Ex-Lancaster Deputy, Charged in Bogus Shooting
1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]
Dee Dee Myers
1967 - Original airing of Star Trek "Arena" Episode: Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks [watch]
Kirk vs. Gorn commander
%d bloggers like this: