The Palo Alto Story Project -- an initiative aimed at gathering community members' stories, reminiscences and reflections about the city -- launched Aug. 22 and 23 at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.
More than 50 brief tales from local residents (plus two dogs) were videotaped. Click on a link below to view the video.
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@example.com.
Patterson's love of disc-jockeying was sparked by a tour of Stanford's radio station, KZSU.
Wanderman's got a log cabin in her back yard, which prompted a surprise visit one day.
Sanders recalls living in Escondido Village and how she and her children became good friends with people from across the globe.
Brooks, a fiddle player, felt instantly at home when he moved to Palo Alto and visited Gryphon Stringed Instruments.
She enjoyed one of favorite days with her father in Palo Alto, when they went to a Stanford game and ate at Swenson's.
Chave averted a fire from spreading in downtown Palo Alto by calling 911.
Riaz, a visitor from Pakistan, expresses her appreciation for the city that became her home for two months.
Moskowitz recalls her daughter's joy at walking in her first May Fete Parade.
Blitzer shares his most meaningful memory from his time serving on the Human Relations Commission.
Stienstra Vance met her best friend when they were both children growing up in Palo Alto.
Palo Alto resident Provo recalls the flood of 1998.
Kurokawa is a former Palo Alto Police Department reserve officer.
Brown and Bob-Waksberg are two friends who grew up playing basketball together at the YMCA.
Gigi Lenhart, a Palo Alto native, reminisces about when kids could walk across Highway 101.
Carlton's love of watching old films gave her a way to make friends in Palo Alto.
Yeh has a special fondness for Mills the Florist.
Rachel Palmer remembers getting her driver's license, and the fun she had with friends driving around Stanford University.
Jeanie Forte recalls when it snowed in Palo Alto.
Will Rogers and his housemates have pledged only to eat food grown within 100 miles of Palo Alto.
Crabtree recalls a fond memory of the Aquarius Theater in downtown Palo Alto.
Harnack talks about the surprising advice he received when his hero, documentary film director Werner Herzog, came to Stanford.
Pearson tells how her passion for preserving parks in Palo Alto got started.
Chiang reflects on his blog and the lessons he's learned in Palo Alto.
Gilbert reminisces about going with her father to Wilson's Restaurant and Candies in downtown Palo Alto.
Gomez tells of the time a plane crashed into his car on Embarcadero Road.
McGilvray explains why a mural of Venice is painted on her garage door in the Midtown neighborhood.
Kane's love of vintage cars was stoked by a Palo Alto auto shop.
Rakestraw recalls the time it only cost 10 cents for kids to ride the bus to University Avenue in Palo Alto.
Children reflect on why they love Palo Alto.