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News - September 30, 2011

Around Town

THE PALO ALTAN AND THE PREZ ... Lucky local Sarah Lux was one of eight people selected to participate in a Q&A panel and meet President Barack Obama during his recent Town Hall meeting at the Computer History Museum, sponsored by Mountain View's LinkedIn. Lux, a native of Canada who says she is "living the American Dream," is the owner of Uforia Studios in the former A.M.E. Zion Church building on Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto. Lux was selected after she responded to a short survey sent to her via LinkedIn last week. Two days later, she received a call with the news that she'd be sitting in the front row during Obama's visit. The event took careful preparation, she wrote in an email to the Weekly. "We rehearsed for hours ... it was a real bonding experience. About a third of the participants were unemployed, the other third were in manufacturing or physical labor and the other third were small-business owners." Though Lux was ultimately not able to ask Obama the question she had prepared about health insurance for small businesses, she did get to shake his hand. "It was pretty surreal; he definitely uses moisturizer; his hands were amazingly soft," she said. To read about the Town Hall meeting, and see photos, go to and search for "Obama tackles jobs."

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