Former legislator Adrian Fondse in the orchard near his home in Ripon. (Photo: Alex Vassar)
Just over an hour south of Sacramento on Highway 99 is the small farming town of Ripon. East of town are miles after miles of almond groves. Driving past rows of trees on a nearly empty road, you may come to a small clearing with a sign noting that you’ve arrived at “Fonz’s Place.” And it literally is.
A crew member dressed as Santa on deck in the Coral Sea, 1971. (Photo, Shutterstock)
This Christmas, I (and I hope many Americans) will be thinking of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who are facing not only the ongoing war but also the emotional strain of being away from their families at such a time.