Al Albertazzi

What’s the best gift anyone ever gave you?

Let’s take a break for a few minutes and not talk about ebola, the elections, ISIS, the Mideast, climate change or anything else newsy. The days are growing shorter, the ni ...

When the gold ran out the orchards took over

A while ago I received a four-page letter from a reader. The letter was unsigned but the delicacy of the handwriting leads me to think that the writer is a woman, so I’ll use ...

Early juries had compassion for 2 women who killed

Chivalry wasn’t dead in the early 1900s, and two cases of women who killed and walked away illustrate the point. There were mitigating circumstances, of course, and there was ...

Reader Input: Auburn awash in rich history

Thank you, Gus Thomson, Anne Papineau and Al Albertazzi for all your articles on the history of Auburn. There is so much Auburn history you could each write about it every day an ...

4 score and a lot of great memories of foothills

When you’ve hit the age of 80 and still live in Auburn, there’s a lot that you can look back on. There are a lot more people in town, traffic’s faster, prices are ...

Stalwart citizen’s ‘Blue Monday’ involvement shocked Auburn

Many of Auburn’s citizens were in a state of shock and disbelief on Nov. 1, 1892, a day that became known as “Blue Monday.” They found it hard to believe that the ...

Spanish Flat: One of Auburn’s richest gold fields

You’ve probably been there but didn’t know it. If you’ve been to the post office on Nevada Street or to DMV or the train station, you’ve been to Spanish Fla ...

Masons, grocers, undertakers and native sons: a short history of Auburn’s Willment Building

All old buildings have had many lives and sometimes changed their faces to meet the times. Auburn’s Willment Building hasn’t changed its looks much, and it has an addit ...

Where the streets split – Auburn’s triangle

There’s an odd-shaped piece of land, a triangle among all the rectangles, in the heart of Auburn where Lincoln Way and High Street part company. Today it is a garden and gift ...

Reader Input: Restore the Auburn Ravine Trail Plan

I appreciated the article by Al Albertazzi about walking along Auburn Ravine (“A time-honored walk along Auburn Ravine,” Journal, Feb. 19). That is the same area I fr ...