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On Deadline blog: Gary Fazzino's depth of knowledge reached far beyond Palo Alto

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Nov 1, 2012

I first met Gary Fazzino when in the early 1970s he took on the job of hosting the Monday night City Council broadcasts on Stanford University's student radio station, KZSU. I was then a reporter for the erstwhile Palo Alto Times.

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Nov 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

Hi Ducatgirl -- First, Gary and his three siblings were born in Connecticut and made a cross-country trip in the family station wagon with their parents, Sal and Dolores, in 1966, when they settled in Santa Clara for a year or so before moving to Palo Alto in 1967 -- the year he and Joe Simitian met on their first day at Palo Alto High School and quickly became best friends. As for his later-in-life fatherhood, I believe simple, deep love had something to do with it -- wise or unwise. An aside: My father was 41 when I was born and I lost him when I was 16 and he was 56, in 1956 -- I still feel sadness about losing him at that young age, his and mine. But my mother lived nearly another 20 years. Gary was a young, healthy 50-something with no hintn of future health problems. I did tell him at the time that I admired his courage, having had three sons of my own. -jay


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Posted by Daryl Savage
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thank you, Jay, for this poignant tribute to Gary.


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Posted by Wayne Fazzino
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2012 at 6:11 am

As Gary's brother, I want to commend you on your article. Thank you for honoring him and his memory. He lived a full life in the short time he was with us. He was a true public servant and will be greatly missed. I look forward to meeting you at the funeral next week to thank you in person.


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Posted by Carroll Harrington
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Thank you, Jay, you captured a side of Gary that no many people know. Whgagt a tremendous loss to Palo Alto but aren't we lucky we had all of those years.


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Posted by kyle
a resident of Southgate
on Nov 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

"He was deeply offended when a daily newspaper ran a headline saying he was near death."

What did that sentence add to this story? Nothing, but Jay can't quit sniping at the other papers in the community---even when he's writing about a beloved community leader's death. Jay has to drag his irrelevant baggage into this tribute to Mr. Fazzino! Notice, too, how Jay slams both dailies by not identifying the paper by name. Jay, try to develop some class in your old age!


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