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On Deadline, Part the Second: My Top News Stories over 50 years

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus, on Mar 11, 2011

(Continued from March 9 column/blog.)

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Posted by John Furrier
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

The mt lion story was very epic. Oh yeah it was my dog Kelsey who treed the "big cat".

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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Change the date, and many of these stories are still relevant.

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Posted by Sonny
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Don't forget the Black Mamba scare!

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I think the biggest Palo Alto story, over the past 50 years, was the separation of Stanford from a direct connection with the so-called "military-industrial-complex". SRI was cut out of Stanford. ROTC was abolished on the Stanford campus. SLAC was prohibited from doing military research.

Palo Alto lost an enormous amount of wealth creation, due to the fact that leftist activists (including myself, at the time)opposed military research by Stanford. Shame on me.

We are all paying the price, now.

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Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
editor emeritus
on Mar 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

All good stories, but I was only peripherally involved in covering them, if at all. But keep 'em coming. Great recollections and I agree they were really important stories. And of course there was the story of the guy at Stanford who streaked a major basketball game -- it set a record for the number of viewings of his (waist-up) nude shot on the Weekly's community website, More viewings than the mountain lion story, even. -jay