Monday, October 22 Program: “The Healthiest People on Earth”

Monday, October 22 Program: “The Healthiest People on Earth”

The Redlands Area Historical Society October 22nd meeting at the Contemporary Club House at 7:00 p.m. will feature John Howard Weeks discussing “The Healthiest People on Earth.”

Weeks is a retired longtime columnist for the San Bernardino Sun newspaper.   He has authored books on the Inland Empire, Mojave Desert, and San Bernardino Bicentennial that include county history. Weeks grew up in Loma Linda and is the great, great-grandson of Seventh-Day Adventist founder Ellen G. White.  Weeks earned degrees in English literature from the University of California, Riverside and Birmingham University in England.

Weeks latest book humorously compares San Bernardino, the entrepreneur fast-food capital for McDonalds, Bakers, and Taco Tia to name a few with Loma Linda, a noted “Blue Zone” of long-living health conscious citizens.   National Geographic research indicates blue zones are areas where people live ten years longer than average.

John Weeks became a local history encyclopedia on San Bernardino fast-food developers and their restaurants.  Growing up in Loma Linda with a heritage for health led teenager Weeks to explore a tempting San Bernardino and the vices of the new food industry.

Redlands today is the home of the last Taco Tia on Orange Street.  A 1960 Bakers is a converted coffee shop on Redlands Blvd.   Copies of “The Healthiest People on Earth” with signatures will be available.

Programs for the Historical Society are free and open to the public.