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Slide back in time with Charles Phoenix

By Diana Sholley Staff Writer

Take a unique trip across the California of yesteryear, without packing, travel costs or taking time off work.

Saturday night at the Wally Parks National Hot Rod Museum at Fairplex, pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix will share his special take on the Golden State.

“The Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show” is both entertaining and educational. “Those who come will laugh and learn something at the same time,” said Phoenix, who was born and raised in Ontario. “It’s history disguised as humor, or maybe it’s humor disguised as history. Either way it’s Americana, and talking about how special it is.”

Phoenix, who collects old slides from the 1950s and ’60s, has reinvented the classic living-room slide show into a hip celebration of classic and kitschy mid-century Southern California life and style.

He roasts and toasts mid-century tourist traps, landmarks, theme parks, space-age suburbia, car culture and festive fashions.

“Like those families who like to dress their kids alike and then get their picture taken?” he said, with a laugh. “I say, what better way to support a psychologist?”

For Phoenix, such photos are a huge part of the Americana he loves so dearly and is compelled to share.

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