David 'Mas' Masumoto

David 'Mas' Masumoto

My grandmother became a Gold Star Mother while held captive

My grandmother accepted the flag of a fallen son while held captive because of her face. A Gold Star mother loses her No. 1 son and spends the rest of her life bewildered because America is where they take freedom away from you. Yet despite the racism, my family returned to California and this valley, worked hard in the fields and struggled to re-establish their identity as Americans.

David 'Mas' Masumoto

David Mas Masumoto: Medal of humility

I had the great opportunity to attend the ceremony awarding the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in September at the White House. This is the highest honor bestowed on artists, scholars and writers who have labored a lifetime to create seminal works that impacted a nation and world. These were the best of the best in their fields.

David 'Mas' Masumoto

David ‘Mas’ Masumoto: The arts of our valley

I didn’t grow up surrounded by the arts – or so I thought. My family didn’t go to concerts or museums. We had a cheap landscape-painting reproduction hanging in our living room, and as a kid, I stared at it for hours yet found nothing. But we did farm, and I knew the colors of nature, understood taste and the flavor of peaches. I listened to pop music and danced with “American Bandstand.” I loved the sleek lines of 1950s cars (remember tail fins?).

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David Mas Masumoto: The value of struggle

While growing up, I wasn’t the brightest student and had some language and speech issues (for example, I thought the letters R and W were the same and could be used interchangeably). In school, my parents encouraged me to toil. They supported me yet never helped with homework and certainly not with class projects. Education was about hard work, exertion and trials. If I didn’t understand something, they quietly reassured me that struggle was good.

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David Mas Masumoto: Farm dogs

We have always had a farm dog. The first dog I can remember was appropriately named Dusty. Pat her short fur and a cloud of sandy loam dust always puffed into the air. I didn’t know her breed, farmers often did not pay attention to pedigree. We wanted a creature who barked at strangers, was kind to kids, and liked being outdoors.

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Strathmore wins CIF Southern California Regional Division 6-A bowl

Behind school records of 421 yards rushing and seven touchdowns by Joseph Garcia, Strathmore High beats Horizon Christian Academy-San Diego 62-22 in the Southern California Regional to earn berth on the CIF State Division 6-A championship, which the Spartans will host at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 against St. Patrick/St. Vincent-Vallejo.
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