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 protected]
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Paul Patterson
Patterson's love of disc-jockeying was sparked by a tour of Stanford's radio station, KZSU.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Drew Wanderman
Wanderman's got a log cabin in her back yard, which prompted a surprise visit one day.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Becky Sanders
Sanders recalls living in Escondido Village and how she and her children became good friends with people from across the globe.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Richard Brooks
Brooks, a fiddle player, felt instantly at home when he moved to Palo Alto and visited Gryphon Stringed Instruments.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Diana
She enjoyed one of favorite days with her father in Palo Alto, when they went to a Stanford game and ate at Swenson's.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: John Chave
Chave averted a fire from spreading in downtown Palo Alto by calling 911.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Raza Riaz
Riaz, a visitor from Pakistan, expresses her appreciation for the city that became her home for two months.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Susan Moskowitz
Moskowitz recalls her daughter's joy at walking in her first May Fete Parade.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Roy Blitzer
Blitzer shares his most meaningful memory from his time serving on the Human Relations Commission.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Susan Stienstra Vance
Stienstra Vance met her best friend when they were both children growing up in Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Suzie Provo
Palo Alto resident Provo recalls the flood of 1998.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Phil Kurokawa
Kurokawa is a former Palo Alto Police Department reserve officer.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Elissa Brown & Becky Bob-Waksberg
Brown and Bob-Waksberg are two friends who grew up playing basketball together at the YMCA.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Gigi Lenhart
Gigi Lenhart, a Palo Alto native, reminisces about when kids could walk across Highway 101.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Catherine Carlton
Carlton's love of watching old films gave her a way to make friends in Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Yoo Hsiu Yeh
Yeh has a special fondness for Mills the Florist.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Rachel Palmer
Rachel Palmer remembers getting her driver's license, and the fun she had with friends driving around Stanford University.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Jeanie Forte
Jeanie Forte recalls when it snowed in Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Will Rogers
Will Rogers and his housemates have pledged only to eat food grown within 100 miles of Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Charlie Crabtree
Crabtree recalls a fond memory of the Aquarius Theater in downtown Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Matt Harnack
Harnack talks about the surprising advice he received when his hero, documentary film director Werner Herzog, came to Stanford.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Enid Pearson
Pearson tells how her passion for preserving parks in Palo Alto got started.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Larry Chiang
Chiang reflects on his blog and the lessons he's learned in Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Carol Gilbert
Gilbert reminisces about going with her father to Wilson's Restaurant and Candies in downtown Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Julian Gomez
Gomez tells of the time a plane crashed into his car on Embarcadero Road.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Geri McGilvray
McGilvray explains why a mural of Venice is painted on her garage door in the Midtown neighborhood.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Ron Kane
Kane's love of vintage cars was stoked by a Palo Alto auto shop.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Jill Rakestraw
Rakestraw recalls the time it only cost 10 cents for kids to ride the bus to University Avenue in Palo Alto.
■ Palo Alto Story Project: Kids' Corner.
Children reflect on why they love Palo Alto.
on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:38 am
on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:38 am