VIDEO Streetwise: 'Tell us about your first kiss'


"Tell us about your first kiss?" Asked at the Stanford Theatre, downtown Palo Alto. Interviews by Mike Lata. Photographs by John Squire.

Linda Li

Midtown, Palo Alto


"Haven't had mine yet."

Curt Weil

Crescent Park, Palo Alto

Financial Adviser

"A lovely young lady. She was 6 years old. Her name was Barbara."

Raad Rabeh

Monroe Street, Sunnyvale

Fencing Coach

"It was probably one of the best experiences of my life."

Ed Murphy

Downtown Palo Alto

Tennis Coach

"Must have been a kissing cousin. I had cousins in Texas and they would come over to visit. They were all girls. Probably when I was 10 or 11 I kissed my cousin."

Geetha Swamy

Middlefield Road, Menlo Park

Software Architect

"That was our wedding day -- that night. Because we are from India and don't do anything before marriage, strictly."

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Ugh ... boooooo!

Boo, boo, and triple boo, for asking personal questions and posting full names.

Why not ask people what they think of corporations's rights to free speech, or the activist Supreme Court. In fact, why is this necessary at all.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I have never been approached by these reporters or tv reporters to be photographed or videoed and my comments edited and soundbited into a comment which may or may not be my view on a particular subject. However, I was once interviewed by a reporter after a meeting where I had made a point which the reporter obviously found worthy of following up on. When the newspaper article was printed, my point was reported, but in such a way as to make me sound really narrow minded. Context and time to think about an answer before being put in print is never considered by the editors, just what makes interesting reading.

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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:45 am

Many years ago I was asked by these "surveyors" what I thought of the new women's skirt lengths (they were getting shorter).

Since they print the names and locale's of the people they probably don't want to get too personal (beyond first kiss to first sexual encounter for instance) or too controversial (abortion for instance) and risk people getting harassed.

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Posted by Kimura
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

What a charming little video. Brought me back to my first kiss (college, a charming upperclassman).

I don't see what the fuss is about the question. The people answering it had interesting recollections. I assume if someone didn't want to answer it, they would've declined.

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