The Palo Alto Story Project -- a new initiative aimed at gathering community members' stories, reminiscences and reflections about the city -- launched last weekend at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.
More than 50 short stories from local residents (plus two dogs) were videotaped.
In this initial installment of videos, Palo Verde neighborhood resident Julian Gomez recalls the time a plane crashed into his family's car; Midtown resident Geri McGilvray explains how the mural of Venice on her garage door came into being; Ron Kane tells how a friend's Palo Alto auto shop helped spur his passion for restored vehicles; and Jill Rakestraw reminisces about the time when kids could ride the bus to University Avenue for 10 cents.
Also, a compilation video features local children sharing why they love Palo Alto.
The initiative is a project of the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online.
More Story Project videos will be posted at regular intervals on Palo Alto Online.
To contribute your own Palo Alto story at a future taping session, contact Karla Kane, editorial assistant, at 650-326-8210 or [email protected]