“Record Breaking Donations for the Bus Pass Project for the poor. Longtime Stockton resident Paul Fairbrook began 2019 in a generous way. On January 3, he purchased 850 RTD bus passes to provide transportation for clients at St. Mary’s Dining Room, the Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services, Community Partnership for Families, Family Resource & Referral Center, Stockton 209 Cares, and the Gospel Center Rescue Mission.”
Editor’s note: In August, 2023, Paul Fairbrook and Mel Corren discussed their shared WWII experiences in a conversation filmed by Cyndy Green and available for viewing here.
Mel Corren was born in Stockton in 1924, attended local schools, served in Europe during World War II, and after returning home joined his family’s furniture business, M. Corren and Sons. In 1961 he and his brother Hillard opened The Brothers, a home furnishing/design studio, which ran until they both retired in 2000. Mel, his wife Harriet, their two sons, two grandchildren, along with their respective mates, make up their far-flung family. His literary accomplishments are the memoirs “I’ve Live It, I’ve Loved It” and “Schoolboy, Soldier Boy”, both on Amazon, as well as a collection of short stories. At 96, he remains active in civic affairs, including his ongoing advocacy for the revitalization of Stockton’s historic downtown district. Mel was honored as Stocktonian of the Year for 2015.