CORONADO -- Ken Kramer, the popular KPBS television host of “About San Diego,” will again ride in the Coronado July Fourth Parade. “It’s always a great honor and good company,” said Kramer of his invitation to attend.
The celebrity TV host, who is a household name throughout greater San Diego County, will be riding as the guest of the Coronado Brewing Company. He will ride in the Brewing Company’s iconic 1924 Ford Model T truck, “Olive Oyl.”
Popular TV show host, award-winning journalist and historian KenKramer will ride in the Coronado Brewing Company's 1924 Model T Truck July 4th. Photo courtesy of the Coronado Brewing Company.
Kramer’s television show documents San Diego history, its people and stories. The show has become one of the regions most entertaining and educational historical assets. The seasoned journalist with the folksy TV manner has made it his life's mission to explore the secrets and forgotten history of San Diego.
Greg Cox, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors honored Kramer not long ago. He likened the lasting effect and historical value of Kramer's TV shows to that of multiple museums combined. Kramer has often said that he believes Coronado has more history per square foot than any other place in San Diego County.
The Coronado Brewing Company’s iconic beer truck, “Olive Oyl”will again be a part of the July Fourth Parade. This is the truck’sseventh parade since coming to Coronado in 2008. Photo courtesy Coronado Brewing Company.
“About San Diego” airs on KPBS at 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights. It repeats Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and at other times throughout the week on the popular Public Broadcasting Station. The half-hour show frequently covers historical vignettes about Coronado dealing with the Hotel del Coronado, Tent City, JD Spreckels, the Wizard of Oz, the ferryboats and various personalities on the island. Kramer was spotted last week at the grand opening of the Village Theatre in Coronado.
Past parade celebrities have included the cast from “Father Knows Best,” Orville Redenbacher the popcorn baron, Clint Walker of the TV western “Cheyenne” (Mayor Robin Goodenough rode his horse), and Kirby Grant of another popular ‘50s TV show, “Sky King.”
Governor Ronald Reagan rode in the parade one year. And a special parade was created in 1970 for President Nixon and President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz of Mexico. Ken Kramer rode in the CBC Model T last year as well.
The late Orville Redenbacher was a popular participant in the Coronado July Fourth Parade for many years. He resided in the Coronado Shores until his death a few years ago. Photo courtesy Joe Ditler and Part-Time PR.