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Home Town Pride, Jeremy Lin & Others

Original post made by Paly Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Feb 17, 2012

We are all used to the fact that HP was a Palo Alto startup and Facebook had its headquarters based in Palo Alto for years. We know we have Stanford University to help put us on the map.

But, we are the hometown of Jeremy Lin. Many of us watched him play basketball for JLS, Paly and NJB, and know he had pickup games at the Y. Some may have sent our kids on the bus to watch the State championship in Sacramento and then watched the game on channel 28 (I thinkit was). We know where he lives, his parents and his brothers.

Even for those who know very little about professional sport and NBA in particular, we still know about Jeremy.

We have other famous people connected to our town, like James Franco and Joan Baez.

Hometown pride is a good thing. We all feel a little united in sharing our memories of our hometown kids. Jeremy was one of us. He is, to some extent, our own offspring, our kid's friend, our neighbor, and many of us have special memories.

At some stage he will return home and at some stage, just like they do on American Idol, we will cheer him and honor him at some hometown celebration. We should all take some pride in this nice guy who has made it big. After all, in some small way whether we knew him growing up or not, we have helped turn him into who he is.

Jeremy, you are good for Palo Alto.

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Posted by Too much too much
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

This adulation is out of control. I hope he goes on to excel in something that is actually important.

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Posted by amen
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Agreed, 'too much'

This hype is based after seven games. SEVEN.

I'm sure he's a great kid/young man. That's great.

But it's way over the top. As if 99% of the fans had anything to do with his success.

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

I agree some of the media hype is way over the top, but nevertheless I think we can be proud of one of our own making it to the top of his chosen field.

For those of us who remember him in Paly, and for all of us who do our bit to make the Palo Alto community vibrant and supportive of all our youth, it is nice to be able to congratulate one of our own.

This is not about sport for the sport fans because it extends further than that. It is about hometown pride.

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