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Past articles by Karl:

Breck: When I’m 64

My granddaughters, as granddaughters will, participate annually in a festival at their school, and I, as grandfathers will, journey over Donner Summit, hang a left at San Francisco and just beyond SFO airport d → Read More

Karl Breckenridge: So long, Burt

Farewell to Burt Bonaldi, half the duo of Gaylord & Holiday. → Read More

Breck: Walking Wells Avenue

As the RGJ revises the Sunday print paper, I’m submitting this column that mimics one I wrote in 2001, with some minor changes for clarity: → Read More

Breck: Auto week in review

It has been written that on our journeys through life, that for all the good we do, all the charities we embrace, for our good deeds to others and bonhomie toward men and women, that the size and import of our → Read More

Breck: Of LaSalles, Ferraris and the payment on the window

A brief history of Reno car dealerships. → Read More

Breck: A Record column

The casual reader may recall that a week ago I sent out a plea for some info about a popular Reno lady named Nikki. This was in response to a reader’s query about a lady so named who made the grandest ravioli i → Read More

Breck: The building too tough to die

Last week, we read of hardware stores and the old Masonic building in downtown Reno — Sierra Street at Commercial Row — and had some interesting responses. A friend sent a story that appeared in the Nevada Appe → Read More

Breck: Of Reno’s oldest building, nuts and bolts

The buzz on the street this past month has been the preservation of Reno’s oldest commercial building, an edifice on the southeast corner of Sierra Street and Commercial Row. By all accounts it’s been standing → Read More

Breck: Of wreaths and shamrocks

Karl adds a new wrinkle to these oft-retold yarns of a Reno plane crash and a 92-year St. Patrick's Day ceremony. → Read More

Breck: Back when the Soap Box Derby coasted through Reno

The Derby came to Reno in 1937, and by 1958 it included 80 entrants, with a crowd estimated at 4,000 spectators. → Read More

Breck: "Buck" Wheat’s letter home

The fourth member of the Kingston Trio spends an eventful month in Reno in 1959 before joining the band. → Read More

Breck: Up on the rooftop, there arose such a clatter...

Decorating the house this weekend? You'll be taking part in a tradition that dates back to the 1930s in Northern Nevada. → Read More

Breck: It hasta be pasta — reminiscing about the Food Shop

The Food Shop, a family-run grocery and pasta shop, was an integral part of mid-century Reno. → Read More

Breck: A snow day!

Recollections of snow days past — trudging to school, hitching sled rides on passing cars, and Karl nearly wrecking a bus. → Read More

Breck: Paper or plastic? Retro groceries, part II

Part Two of our journey to 1950s-era grocery stores in Reno and Sparks. → Read More

Breck: Ten items or less, and other myths

Let’s hearken back to an era when downtown Reno actually had grocery stores, and most weren’t much bigger than a convenience store. → Read More

Breck: What's in an (alma mater's) name?

School naming honors should be limited to those who received at least one paycheck from a local school district, says Breckenridge. → Read More

Breck: Bringing the Bay to the BLC on the Reno Fun Train

Bay Area denizens would hit the rails for dancing, dining and drinks -- and that was before they even got here. → Read More

Breck: 'Swing and Sweat with Tony Pe-Chett'

To tell a Reno Retro story about a popular dance hall, Karl breaks his "no accordions" rule. → Read More

Breck: The movable mansion at California and Sierra

“Didn’t this house once face Sierra Street?”, “Wasn’t there a Chevron Station on the Sierra Street corner?” and “I heard it was moved … ” Yes, yes and sort of. → Read More