Around Town
Publication Date: Friday Aug 23, 1996

Around Town

15 MINUTES OF FAME . . . What? No coverage from Time, The National Enquirer or the San Francisco Chronicle? Not yet, anyway. After a media deluge that included KCBS, KGO, Channel 2, the San Jose Mercury News, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Palo Alto Daily News, Kevin Kermanshahi is justifiably pooped. "Everybody has called me," he said. "The phone is ringing off the hook." The media assault started when news broke that Kermanshahi's missing black cat, Harley, had been found in Japan. Harley, a fixture at La Creme de Cafe where Kermanshahi is manager, was picked up mistakenly by a neighbor who mistook him for his roommate's cat, Suki. But all's well that ends well. Jeff Trabucco, owner of Suki, is bringing Harley with him when he returns from Japan on Aug. 23--most likely to a media deluge.

BLOOMIE'S BRIEF . . . Bloomingdale's CEO Michael Gould made a whirlwind visit to Palo Alto last Thursday and Friday to check on the progress of what will be Bloomie's first West Coast store. The store will open Nov. 8 in the old Emporium site at the Stanford Shopping Center. In addition to a VIP cocktail party in San Francisco and the requisite press interviews, Gould spent an hour touring both Stanford and Packard Children's hospitals with Stanford Hospital President Peter Van Etten, board chair Linda Meier and several oncologists and pediatricians. Stanford's new cancer center and Packard's SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) research are among the programs that will benefit from the estimated $500,000 to be raised at the Bloomingdale's opening gala on Nov. 6. Party favors from the cocktail party included Bloomie's caps with "California Here We Come" on the back, a chocolate 'B' and some self-tanning lotion. Don't they know the sun always shines in California?

AT LONG LAST . . . Several years ago, the Weekly did a story on Alice Craig, owner of the Antique Emporium in Palo Alto. Craig, a native of Sarvar, Hungary, was the only member of her family to survive Auschwitz. For 50 years, Craig has hoped to go back to Sarvar to erect a memorial to those who were taken from the town and killed. For the past several years, she has worked to raise money to erect the monument. Finally, at the end of September, Craig flies to Sarvar to see the result of her efforts: the dedication of a monument in Sarvar Castle Park. "After all these years, I am very nervous," she said.

NAMES AND NOTES . . Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has hired Andrea Kuduk to be the new studio director, succeeding Carol Olson, who is going to the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce . . . the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has named five new board members: Kerry Bouchier, Roberta Brosnahan, Steven Goldenberg, Nancy Hey, James McCarthy and Alexander Schilling Jr. . . . Palo Alto resident Gregory Crawford, who works for Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, received the Young Alumni Award from the Kent State University Alumni Association.




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