The Rose Bowl Game Is Dead

The Granddaddy of Them All Was 121 Years Old. It Was Killed By Two Chronic California Diseases

The Rose Bowl game, an annual sports spectacle embodying cherished California conceptions of beauty and inclusion, is dead.

It was 121 years old.

The causes of death were two chronic California diseases—greed and our winner-take-all culture.

In Pasadena, the hometown of your columnist, city and game officials remained in denial, claiming that the Rose Bowl was very much alive. They noted that the old stadium in the Arroyo Seco will continue to be called “Rose Bowl” and will host college football playoffs for many years to come.

But the Rose Bowl itself—a post-season football …

Hey California, the Peafowl Isn’t Your Scape-Bird | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Hey California, the Peafowl Isn’t Your Scape-Bird

These ‘Foreign Invaders’ Have as Much a Claim on the State as Anyone

Why don’t you just fly my pride and me to Martha’s Vineyard?

Because we peafowl are tired of being California’s leading scapegoat—I mean, scape-bird.

You Californians like to pretend you’re more humane …

Quit Playing Games With Our Health

Can Californians Take COVID Gathering Guidance Seriously If the State Still Plans to Host the Super Bowl?

When is California going to stop playing COVID games?

Your columnist is a devout follower of state public health officials and their guidance. I wear two masks in public settings and …

Two Would-Be Supreme Court Justices and Me | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Two Would-Be Supreme Court Justices and Me

How Do You Cope When Two of Your High School Newspaper Friends Show Up on the Short Lists for the Nation's Highest Court?

The stakes of the presidential election are huge and global. The results may determine the future of public health, the republic, even the planet.

The stakes of the presidential election …

Pasadena, California, Was Born in Indiana During the Cold, Damp Winter of 1872 | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Pasadena, California, Was Born in Indiana During the Cold, Damp Winter of 1872

The Midwesterners Who Founded the ‘Crown City’ Were Seeking a Colony Where Their Lungs Could Heal

In May 1872, after suffering through another extremely cold, damp winter, a group of 150 middle-class neighbors from Indianapolis, Indiana, decided to leave home. The group included lawyers, doctors, journalists, …

L.A.’s Revelatory Light Rail for Nerds

The Gold Line Has Become a Brain Train, Linking Educational Institutions From Pasadena to East L.A.

My train line is smarter than your train line.

I’m a regular rider of “The Brain Train,” officially known as the Gold Line on the L.A. Metro system. The Gold …