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On Deadline, Part the Third: Now for the Top Three of my Top 10 stories

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Mar 14, 2011

(Continued from Friday, March 11, column/blog.)

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Posted by dott31
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

I remember those frightening days well. You have so much inside information that the general public had few or no references for. I remember that at one point there were threats or rumored threats to the Palo Alto Unitarian Church.

A book detailing your observations of and reflections on the spooks targeting Peninsula liberals would be of real service.


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Posted by dott31
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

I remember those frightening days well. You have so much inside information that the general public had few or no references for. I remember that at one point there were threats or rumored threats to the Palo Alto Unitarian Church.

A book detailing your observations of and reflections on the spooks targeting Peninsula liberals would be of real service.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Jay, thanks for your stories. They bring back a lot of memories. I don't think people today realize how contentious things were in Palo Alto politics during those years. The election of 1967 was a classic. The "Establishment" was sure to loose, but cleverly put up a ballot measure to recall the entire Council. 21 people ran for 11 seats and the "Establishment" came out on top of the "Residentialists". Here's a link that even quotes you about the fight between Debs and Cooley: Web Link


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Posted by Dawn Kepler
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I was surprised to see this old part of my life mentioned in 2011! Challenging times for my dad, Roy Kepler. Scary for my mother and siblings. (FYI, my dad wasn't a Quaker. He was an agnostic.)


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Posted by Ronald L
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I might mention the great flood of the early 1950 's, the building
of Oregon Expressway, the creation of Foothill's Park and the
closure of the yacht harbor.


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Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Mar 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

Thanks, Dawn, for the correction on Roy. I knew he was an agnostic but thought he'd come from a Quaker background.

Ronald L.'s stories are important, but I was just going into high school when the mid-1950s flood occurred. The Oregon Expressway vote in 1963 was a bitter fight, but I was working for other newspapers at the time. I did cover the closure of the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor, which I always felt was more of a political grudge match left over from the 1960s as an environmental issue -- although there were some important environmental (and cost-of-dredging) concerns as well.

But the harbor was a real challenge to use, with a narrow channel and mostly mud during low tides. One night I spent six or eight hours aboard a sailboat awaiting the incoming tide.


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