Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield, Calif. ByKathy Cioffi May 12, 2022June 22, 2022 Sending lots of gratitude to the Beale Memorial Library and Bakersfield friends for an incredible event May 12. Being “in conversation” with a trusted pal – in this case, Rick Bentley, entertainment reporter extraordinaire – is the way to go! Rick Bentley, a friend since 1977 and our shared Kentucky New Era days, agreed to interview me, thank heavens! I wouldn’t dream of visiting the L.A. area without heading to Hollywood for a delightful lunch with Bruce Steele, another dear, longtime friend. Lynne Kemmer gave a wonderful introduction in the library’s local history room, a must-see for Bakersfield folks. Then off we went for a fabulous dinner (and powerful margaritas!) at a well-remembered Mexican restaurant. I just adore these friends of nearly 35 years! When in L.A., the first stop always has to be a visit with my godson and his wife, Kyle and Vunny. Check out Black Cat Comics, their virtual comic shop specializing in vintage toys and comics.