Craig MacDonald- Historian, Journalist, Author


Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald, a contributor, has been a professional writer most of his life. From his start as a journalist writing freelance stories for newspapers and magazines during college (San Jose State University,) to his 30 year-career as a promoter, producer, editor and publisher,  MacDonald has written most every type of story and done it well.

Trained as an historian, the member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, has written 18 books on the West, including the widely-acclaimed, Cockeyed Charley Parkhurst-The West's Most Unusual Stagewhip.  Several of his books were selected by the California State Library and recorded for use by the visually-impaired.

He also is a professional speaker at national and state conferences as well as universities.

Stories on include:


Alameda - Alameda USS Hornet Ship Museum

Buena Park - Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show

California Beaches - Cal Beaches for the Birds

California Birds - Bird Watchers Flock

Carlsbad - Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad

Carson - Rancho Dominguez

Carson - International Print Museum

Costa Mesa - Pacific Symphony

Garden Grove - Stanley Ranch Museum

Huntington Beach -  Adventure Playground

Huntington Beach - Hollywood Beat, On Location

Huntington Beach - Hollywood Returns Bolsa Chica SB

Long Beach - Having a Whale of a Time

Long Beach - See On a Harbor Cruise

Monterey - Inspiring Monterey Bay Aquarium

Newport Beach - Newport Sports Museum

Rancho Palos Verdes - South Coast Botanic Garden

Redondo Beach - Semi-Submarine

Signal Hill - Signal Hill 

Temecula - Pechanga Golf Course - Journey

San Pedro - Marine Mammal Care Center

San Pedro - Maritime Museum

San Pedro - Port of Los Angeles

San Pedro - Famous Battleship Returns

San Pedro - White Point Nature Reserve

San Pedro - Hollywood, Fame at Fort MacArthur

Santa Cruz - Looff Carousel Celebrates 100 Years

Torrance - Western Museum of Flight

Wilmington - Drum Barracks Civil War Museum


Boyer, Don - The Power of Mentorship

Choy, Philip - San Francisco Chinatown-A Guide to its History and Architecture

Davis, Lenard - Lido Isle--An Illustrated History 

Davis, Lenard - Newport

Davis, Natalie K.Y. - Listen to Your Body

Eisenberg, Lee - Shoptimism: Why American Consumers Keep on Buying

Hardy, Phil - Singing for My Supper, The Greatest Self Help Book Ever Written

Harman, Dianne - Blue Coyote Motel

Iverson, Diane - The Mystery of Blackbird Pond

Lynch, David K., Ph.D. - Field Guide to San Andreas Fault

Mayer, Robert - Without Risk There's No Reward

Rubin, Jordan S. - Make a Positive Change In Your Diet and In Your Life

Saxton, Bob - Guru of Barefoot Running Shares Secrets of Shoelessness

Schaadt, Mike, Dr. Stefan Harzen, Dr. Barbara Brunnick - An Ocean of Inspiration The John Olguin Story


California - Free Concerts Lift Spirits

Costa Mesa - Orange County Fair

Costa Mesa - Orange County Fair: Pigs, Popcorn, Polkas

Costa Mesa - Woodstock and Elvis

Costa Mesa - Snoopy Holiday

Holidays -Thanksgiving Stuffed with Meaning

Huntington Beach - Golden Bear Exhibit

Long Beach - Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

Long Beach - Long Beach Scots Fest

Long Beach - Chill at Queen Mary

Seal Beach - Dewey Ship is Commissioned


California - A Golden Child is Born

California - Gold Rush Was a Difficult Time to Cope

California - Old West Christmas - Finders Keepers


Buffet - Samaritan Dave Buffet

Frey - Professional Golfer Adam Frey

Gauweiler - Master Chef  Paul Gauweiler Bakes

Greg - Hollywood Actor Bradley Greg

Hughes - Bob Stock, TWA & Howard Hughes

Kimoto - Bird photographer Rodney Kimoto

Kubat - Celebrity artist Dan Kubat

Lawson - Civil Rights Leader James Lawson

Lilies of the West - Band Performs

Mark & Willie - Samaritans to the Rescue

Masoner - Environmentalist Kim Masoner

Mondor - Father Christian Mondor

Stock - Medicine Show Founder Fred Stock

Sutton - Window Painter Greg Sutton

Radio Personalities - KNX 1070

Tourists - Corona del Mar Tourists

Operators - Telephone Operators


Antiques - King Richard's Antiques Mall

Art - The Other Hitchcock Exhibit

Art - Anderson Art Gallery

Art- Bill Anderson Like Horsing Around

Art - 50 Years of Printmaking

Boutique - Mumbi's Designs African-themed Boutique

Boutique - Naples Locker Neat New Store

Designer - Sugar Bomb Creator


California - California Bike Trail - Bicycle Tips

California - Major League Baseball

Long Beach - Future Olympic & Other Diving Champs

Long Beach  - Clowns, Olympians Make Big Splash

Los Angeles - L.A. Kings Parade at 5th and Figueroa

Huntington Beach - History of Surfboard Wax

Los Angeles - Three's Company: Staples Center

California - Only State with 5 Major League Teams /p>


Buena Park - Buena Park Theme Parks

Long Beach - Aquarium Penguin Watching

Long Beach - Aquarium of the Pacific enjoys receiving the Californian's contributions about people, places and things in the Golden State. C. MacDonald writes features, blog posts, and whatever he finds interesting during his daily life and travels. For more information about the author and his books, visit his website,

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