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News - November 16, 2012

Around Town

GOODBYE, GARY ... Stories about Gary Fazzino's wide-ranging tastes and singular habits abounded Tuesday evening, when the City Council held an official ceremony in honor of the former mayor and Palo Alto's "unofficial historian." Fazzino, who died Oct. 30, at the age of 60, was characterized by friends and former colleagues as a man of exceptional knowledge and unconditional love for the city. This love was on full display in a speech he gave to the Palo Alto Historical Association in May (a video snippet of which was shown at Tuesday's event). "I can't think of another city, except of medieval Florence, that is as remarkable as this community," Fazzino said, citing Michelangelo, the Medicis and the Borgias as some of Florence's claims to fame. He then turned to Palo Alto. "In terms of technology, this really is the center of the world and has been for 100 years." Despite his often-cited encyclopedic knowledge of Palo Alto, Fazzino remained humble and took care never to sound like a know-it-all. This may have had something to do with his recognition that Palo Alto has no shortage of geniuses. A regular analyst of local elections, Fazzino pointed out during one of his Election Day punditry riffs that Palo Alto has "one of the most talented groups of citizens" for a city of its size. "Sixty percent of the citizens think they're smarter than I am, and 90 percent probably are," Fazzino said.

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