Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Menlo-Atherton High School held its 10th Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night at the Palo Alto Elks Club. Seven individuals and two teams were inducted spanning the years from 1965 through 2011.

The mission of the Hall of Fame is to recognize those athletes, coaches, teams, and community service individuals who, through their dedication, contributed immeasurably to M-A’s athletics. Each recipient must have made a significant achievement in his or her sport at the high school, college, professional or amateur level.

Individuals being inducted as coaches must have exhibited sportsmanship, leadership, and integrity. A team is inducted when it has achieved an outstanding record in league play, and recognized as a high place winner in post-season competition.

A particularly poignant moment occurred when co-Athletic Director Paul Snow inducted Rick Longyear, the school’s girls water polo (1995-2005) and swim coach (1982-2006). Rick passed away in July, and his widow, Sally  (pictured top with Paul and co-Athletic Director Steven Kryger) represented him.

When softball player Casey Beckstrom (class of 2001) was inducted, it was the first time a father and daughter found themselves in the Hall of Fame. Her father, Bob Beckstrom, (pictured with Casey, right), was inducted in 2016 as part of the 1960 Boys Track Team. While at M-A, Casey set nine school records in softball and was also a four-year varsity cheerleader.

The 1965 Boys Swim Team (pictured below), recognized as the “mythical national dual meet” champs, featured a slew of star athletes, including All Americans Gordy Gourdin, Russ Kidder, Jeff LaPierre and Tom Litfin.

But as Jim MacKenzie, a Hall of Famer himself, said in the team’s introduction:

“[Senior] Dick Roth (picture right) had just returned from the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo where he had not only won the gold medal in the 400 individual medley, but also set a world record in doing so, thus becoming the fastest all-around swimmer in the world. During the 1965 season he was a four-event All American, having the fastest times in the entire US in both the 400 freestyle and the 200 IM.”

Jim didn’t mention one notable fact about Dick’s Olympic performance in the 400 IM: He swam even though suffering from acute appendicitis. Dick talked about his feat in a 2012 InMenlo interview.

The 1985 Boys Soccer Team (pictured above) gave the school its first ever CCS title for that sport. Coached by Marino Mangiola, who was also inducted into the HOF on Saturday, the team outscored its opponents 41-6 during league play.

Pole vaulter Robert Crumpler (class of 1980, pictured above with his son), who went on to compete for UCLA, talked about coach Plato Yanucks’ influence on him. “He taught us to believe in ourselves,” he said. “That meant thinking you can get over the pole even if you failed just three minutes earlier.”

Other inductees included tennis player Alec Haley (class of 2010), football linebacker Shaun Paga (class of 2001), and volleyball player Diane Seely (class of 2011).

Photos by Lena Kalohitos (c) 2018

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Kids have fun at St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival

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St. Raymond School held its annual Pumpkin Festival last Friday and Saturday, and InMenlo contributing photographer Lena Kalotihos stopped by to capture some of the fun. This event is a particularly hit with the young set as these photos attest. Photos by Lena Kalotihos (c) 2018

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Shaun Paga enters the M-A Athletic Hall of Fame – and continues to lend his athletic expertise to the school

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While Shaun Paga was born 6,500 miles away in New Zealand, his roots in Menlo Park run deep. Moving to the United States when he was nine years old, he attended Encinal, Hillview and Menlo-Atherton High School. He married his high school sweetheart, and their three children attend La Entrada and M-A. At M-A,  he […]

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Capturing the Blue Angels photographically over the San Francisco Bay

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most and his wife, Timi, journeyed up to San Francisco last Saturday to watch the U.S Navy Blue Angels execute their aerial maneuvers. The aerial team was here as part of Fleet Week. Robb and Timi’s viewing spot was along the Embarcadero near the Exploratorium. We enjoyed viewing the resulting photos, […]

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Kids and animals happily interact at Jasper Ridge Fun on the Farm Day

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Jasper Ridge Farm held its annual fundraiser last Saturday afternoon, and it was great place to be if you were a kid who loves animals. The Montgomery Coe Band provided the background music to a variety of acuities that included equestrian demonstrations. The highlight was the visit with the farm animals, two different sessions for […]

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Learn about the State of the City on October 11

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Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki invites residents to the annual State of the City event on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Park James Hotel (El Camino and Glenwood). Doors open at 6:00 pm, with the formal program starting at 6:30 pm. Valet parking is available for $12.50; limited street parking so alternative modes of transportation […]

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It’s not Halloween without a visit to the Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch

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The Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open and as popular as ever with some new activities this year. We let our seven- and ten-year-old guides, who’ve been attending since they were toddlers, lead us on “what’s cool” for grade school age kids. New last year — and the first thing they wanted to do this […]

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It’s blessing of the animals day at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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About a dozen local pets came to be blessed at Trinity Church in Menlo Park this morning, but as the Rev. Matthew Dutton Gillett had said in advance: “Stuffed animals are welcome too.” That drew baby Olivia, her dad and a stuffed rabbit, who was promptly blessed by Aaron Klinefelter, the associate for children and family […]

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Eating pancakes and climbing on fire trucks makes for fun morning in Menlo Park

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The 18th annual pancake breakfast was held Saturday morning at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The always well-attended event starts with breakfast. Pancakes get flipped by fire fighters with Boy Scout Troop 222 assisting in the fire-house-turned-dining-room. The event is co-sponsored by Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, […]

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Heads up Menlo Park Dish walkers/joggers – entry closures in October

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Access through Piers Lane in Menlo Park to Stanford’s Big Dish will be closed October 22 – 25, 2018, due to the Lagunita Diversion Dam Removal and Creek Restoration Project. Access through Frenchman’s Gate on Junipero Serra Blvd. to the Dish will be closed through the end of October due to roadway construction in the […]

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Chantale Doinel becomes chef in a second career

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Chantale Doinel has been an esthetician in Menlo Park since 2000, and many know her in that role. So, it may surprise some to learn she’s also a chef. Her second profession is something that came initially out of necessity. The financial crisis of 2008 saw her business plummet. “Facials are thought of as a luxury, […]

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