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Ralph Pearce

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Looking Back: Riding High on an 1880's High Wheel Bicycle

A California Room clerk's experience restoring and riding bikes from the 1880s.

Ralph Pearce
07/29/2020 - 4:00 PM

Looking Back: San Jose's Public Library

We will be celebrating 140 years of service on Friday, May 1, 2020!

Ralph Pearce
04/30/2020 - 2:30 PM

Looking Back: The First Black Player in Japanese Baseball

A Negro League Ballplayer Joins a Japanese Team in 1936

Ralph Pearce
02/26/2020 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Los Gatos's Oak Meadow Park and Wildcat Railroad

This month we visit Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos, California

Ralph Pearce
01/29/2020 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Remembering Craig Coleman—Artist, Drag Queen, and Friend

Remembering the amazing life of my friend Craig Coleman.

Ralph Pearce
12/23/2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: A Local Mexican Bakery (Panaderia)

Take a look back at a Mexican bakery in a Downtown San Jose neighborhood.

Ralph Pearce
11/26/2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Oh Thank Heaven for Our Neighborhood Convenience Store

A look at the role and history of a neighborhood 7-Eleven in San Jose, California.

Ralph Pearce
10/30/2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Revisiting Our Childhoods through Toys and Television

Image: Left: One of the many vintage toy display cases that line Time Tunnel Toys.  Right:  Time Tunnel co-owner Joe Castro strikes a Godzilla pose. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce  A Vintage Toy Store As…

Ralph Pearce
09/25/2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: A Devilish Good Drink; Remembering Orange Julius

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, besides orange juice we had orange flavored soft drinks like Orange Julius and franchises were purchased and buildings erected just to sell the frothy, ice cold beverage. 

Ralph Pearce
08/28/2019 - 10:27 AM

Looking Back: The Home Run King and a San Jose Baseball Team

Back in 1990, I read a book called The Rise of Japanese Baseball Power by Robert Obojski.  I became fascinated by the long history of Japan's love of the game (from the 1880s), the ongoing…

Ralph Pearce
06/26/2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: 1960's Hippie Era Import Shops

I was driving down Meridian Avenue the other day, and noticed a large development near Saddle Rack Street.  Suddenly an alarm went off in my head and I thought, “Did they just tear down Paramount…

Ralph Pearce
05/29/2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Tribute to a Boy Who Jumped Out of a Peach

Back in 1990, I took a Japanese kite-making class as part of the San Jose Japantown Centennial.  The image on my kite was the Japanese folk hero Momotaro, often referred to as Peach Boy in the United…

Ralph Pearce
04/24/2019 - 9:00 AM