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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Growing up in Compton, California in the 50s and 60s, by his own admission Albert Camarillo was not a particularly good student. “But a light went on in sixth grade when I had my first male teacher,” he recalls, sitting in the living room of his Menlo Park home. “Another inspiration was my older brother who excelled as a high school student.”

Al did his undergraduate and graduate studies at UCLA, where he was mentored by Juan Gómez-Quiñones. “Initially I was going to study marine biology, but that changed quickly,” he chuckled. “I switched to political science but changed again to history, taking the first Mexican-American history class when I was a junior. That became my academic passion.”

After getting his Ph.D., Al came to Stanford where he has remained. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano Studies and has received numerous awards and fellowships over the course of his career.

The moniker, Chicano Studies, he views as a “historical phenomena of my generation that’s lost it’s salience as ‘more acceptable’ phrases were adopted.” Terminology aside, he is incredibly fulfilled “by the huge expansion of a field of study that I helped create.”

“Today there are 1,000 people teaching Mexican American history in higher education,” he said. “When I stared there were a couple of dozen. You can’t understand American history without knowing about our country’s second largest minority group.”

Al will soon be wrapping up his career at Stanford. “I’m teaching my last classed in the winter/spring quarter,” he said. “My wife and I look forward to visiting all of our grandchildren. And I still have a couple of books in the making.”

Photo by Scott R. Kline (c) 2018

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More on The Oasis from author of the book on Camp Fremont

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The building that houses The Oasis, which will close on March 7, has a history that predates its 60 years as a beer garden. Emails Barbara Wilcox, who wrote a book about Camp Fremont during World War I: “[The building] was one of several Camp Fremont YMCAs during the war. Every unit had its own YMCA. […]

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Menlo Park beer & burger institution, The Oasis, set to close March 7

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The Tougas family, who operate The Oasis, announced via Facebook that the much beloved Menlo Park beer and burger spot will close on March 7. Here is their announcement: “To all of our loyal customers and to the greater Menlo Park community, “It is with heavy heart that we announce the closing of our beloved […]

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Elephant seals strutting their stuff at Piedras Blancas captured by photographer Robb Most

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to head to Piedras Blancas to see elephant seals, particularly since that day just happens to be the peak of the mating season, according to the Friends of the Elephant Seals website. If that wasn’t InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most’s exact thought, it’s close enough. Accompanied by […]

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Freewheel Brewing Company celebrates the legacy of Malcolm McGinnis – and its 5th anniversary

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On Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, Freewheel Brewing Company will celebrate its 5th anniversary and the legacy of its founding brewer — and Menlo Park resident — Malcolm McGinnis, who passed away in September, 2016. There will be a special bottle release of Gone Fishing. All proceeds from the sale of this […]

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Spotted: A heartfelt note of hope

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A neighbor discovered this note while out walking her dog near the fire station in west Menlo Park. It’s heartfelt and touching. And that seemed reason enough to share.

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For Ted Robinson, becoming a sports announcer was always number one priority

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Editor’s note: It was great to hear Atherton resident Ted Robinson’s commentary during the short track speed skating competition at this year’s Winter Olympics. Given that this is the 11th Olympics that he’s had announcing responsibilities, we thought it would be good to rerun an interview we had with Ted back in 2012 where he […]

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Spotted: Dazzling display of ranunculus at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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How could you not stop at Tony Cozzolino’s dazzling display of ranunculus flowers at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. It may still be winter but the “rose of spring” had arrived! Equally dazzling were his tulips, many of which were still sealed shut, waiting to open until they landed in a buyer’s home. We […]

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What’s going on with the new “senior zone” signs on Santa Cruz Avenue?

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Motorists and cyclists may have noticed new “senior zone” signs on Santa Cruz Avenue between Sand Hill Road and the “Y” where SCA and the Alameda split. We’d covered Ron Snow and the neighborhood organization, SAFE, last August and figured he’d know about the illuminated signs. We were correct. “The senior signs are rooted in […]

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Three-time Menlo Park Mayor Billy Ray White dies at age 81

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Billy Ray White, a community activist in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park and three times the city’s mayor, passed away on Jan. 26 at age 81. Services have been held. Many of the people Mr. White worked with salute him in an obituary that appeared in the AlmanacNews. Photo courtesy of the Menlo […]

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Spotted: Valentine’s Day balloons at Carpaccio’s

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We stopped by Carpaccio’s shortly after the lunch rush this afternoon to check out the always festive balloons that make this Menlo Park’s most Valentiney restaurant. Note for those who avoid eating out on these kinds of holidays: The balloons will still be up tomorrow, February 15!

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