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Beachcomber: This 'n That 9-2-10

  • By Shel Segal

This week we will write a little bit about this and that. The weather, politics, sports, Latino nicknames.


Parents and teachers always say that as soon as school starts, the weather turns hot.

Well, they were almost right this year. The last couple of weeks in August have been scorchers. But here we are in the first week of September and it’s almost fall weather with the temperatures in the low 70s. Blame it on climate change and global warming.


Local Democrats kicked off the campaign season with the opening of the local campaign office on Garvey Avenue. About 50 people gathered to hear speeches, volunteer and socialize. Many of these folks only see each other during election campaigns. The Dems are getting ready for the November general election.

They are all upset over the millions being thrown into the campaign by Republican gubernatorial Meg Whitman. They were even more upset that the Whitman campaigned opened an office in East L.A., the heart of the Democratic territory.

“She’s just using the office as an expensive billboard,” said one Democratic party member.


High school and junior college football will start this weekend. I am hoping to catch the game between the Garfield Bulldogs and Bishop Amat Lancers at East Los Angeles College on Friday. Although the Bulldogs always have respectable seasons, it will be a tough game against Bishop Amat, the perennial football powerhouse.

By the way, we have a crew of “stringers” covering local football. They will be “tweeting” their scores at the end of local games You can sign up to receive the messages at You can also read about the games in our website at or in the following week’s Journal.

I am putting together a collection of Spanish and English nicknames. We all know that Bill is short for William, but did you know that “Memo” is a nickname for Guillermo, which is the Spanish version of William?

“Chuy” and “Jesse” are nicknames for Jesus. There are many nicknames and people getting so used to using them that they don’t recall the origin. Newborn babies are being given nick names instead of the whole proper name.

If you can identify the origin or proper name of the following four nicknames, I’ll get you a pair of tickets to the new AMC Theater: Paco, Lito, Cuco and Jack. Email your answers to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Sorry, I have only one pair of movie tickets.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked if anyone knew what “oleo” was. It was not a contest, just a question. I published the answer in last week’s edition. Ruth Willner correctly responded that “oleo” was margarine, until it was given some fancy marketing names.

In its initial form, oleo was a white in color, similar to lard. To make it look more appetizing and appear like butter, oleo was sold or given away with a yellow coloring agent.

All you did was mix the yellow stuff with the oleo and it looked like butter. It didn’t taste like butter. However, it tasted like lard. I suspect they have added some flavoring to what today is sold as margarine.

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