Hello, Hesperia. As you all know by now, our beloved editor, Peter Day, has left the Hesperia Star. I have been fortunate to work with him for almost five years. I was able to sit down and interview Peter at the Hesperia Star office before his last day, Aug. 12. What an experience for me — interviewing my boss. Peter was having his favorite chocolate milkshake and I was sipping on a diet drink. Star staffers Sharon Kulakowski-Strickland and Beau Yarbrough were there, too, so I knew I had better do a good job...
Peter was with the Hesperia Star for eight years and took a new job with La Cañada Flintridge Outlook newspaper. When Peter's ex-wife became ill, this wonderful man helped take of her, and still kept the newspaper going. The two have a beautiful daughter attending college, a graduate of Sultana High.
Peter also told me he started playing the guitar when he was 9 years old. In 1964, the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison inspired him to learn. In 1965, Peter's first contemporary song he learned to play — with help from his dad — was "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.
Peter has made a couple of CDs and been in a few bands. Two of his songs, "Giant Munchkin Dwarf" and "The Ballard of Earnest Angeley," were played on the Dr. Demento Radio Show. He can also play the piano and bass drums.
"My parents played Bossa Novas together," he said. "I grew up with music."
Besides music, I found out Peter loves to bodysurf in the ocean and that he's grown accustomed to life as a bachelor.
"Well, I have a washer but no dryer." Peter continued. "I hang my clothes up to dry or go to the laundromat."
Peter said it gets lonely at times but he has his cat, Stella. She's fluffy and very well fed.
"She listens intently to me at all times," he said.
Peter is also skilled at boiling water and makes a lot of macaroni and cheese. He loves prime rib and goes out to enjoy that meal. Peter said he can make rice in a wok and sweet-and-sour orange chicken. He's also well known for his tasty homemade salsa.
And now from the kitchen to friends: Peter's favorite neighbor is Flo Collier. She has been a true friend to him. Peter also said that Sharon and Beau are the best.
I jokingly asked what he would miss about me and he said, "I'll miss your warmth and bubbliness." Thank you, Peter.
Yes, this was our Peter Day I interviewed. A lot of what I learned about Peter on his last day, I never knew before. Sharon, Beau and Peter, this was a day I'll never forget. At the same time, it was sad to say goodbye to Peter. Good luck on your new venture, Peter — you are one of the best. Love, Charlene
P.S. Yes, Peter, you do have "dreamy blue eyes." Sharon and I both agree on this!