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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Ceramics and applied physics. It’s not a marriage of disciplines that would pop up in most people’s minds. But the two pursuits are front and center in the mind of Menlo Park resident Hideo Mabuchi.

Hideo is a professor and department chair of the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University. “My scientific research tends to be esoteric, focusing on quantum optics — laser science and the applications of lasers in areas such as IT and biophysics,” he says

A long-time collector of Japanese ceramics, he started making ceramics himself just a few years ago. Explains Hideo: “I thought it would be fun to make things. But then when you get interested in something, it quickly becomes a major hobby. I sell only incidentally. Mostly it just hangs around in the corners of our home.”

Make that many corners, as a visit to his home attests. His work fills many a nook and cranny — and most of his garage.

Hideo works mainly in clay, which he wood fires at a Mendocino art center. “You need a crew tending it around the clock for two to three days, so you generally do it with one or two other ceramists,” he says. “You need to add wood every 10 minutes. It gets pretty hot — 2,400 degrees.”

Getting involved in ceramics has prompted Hideo to think about how he might merge his hobby with his work at Stanford. “I’m interested in the connections between science and craft,” he says. “Crafts people have a very hands-on understanding of fire. They know how to get the results they want.

“Conversely, at the undergraduate and graduate level, applied physics is getting more and more abstract and theoretical. That got my wondering if we should be bringing crafts back to physics and engineering.

“So, this Spring, we’ll be offering a class for scientists and non-scientists that will involve ceramics work and the studying of firing techniques. A kiln has been built on campus, and we’ll be looking at what goes on in the kiln.”

We ended our conversation with Hideo talking about becoming a MacArthur Foundation fellow in 2000 when he was 29 years old.  “The biggest impact, for me,  is the people you met through the program,” he said. “Sure, there was the affirmation to continue to do what I thought my life’s work would be, but I got to meet artists, writers, social workers. I’ve kept in touch and will be going to Cuba with a group of Foundation alums in October.”

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2015

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After 48 years, Joan Patch says good-bye to Menlo Park – but leaves the lights on

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Today, Joan Patch is moving from the house she’s called home in Menlo Park for 48 years, but she’s leaving the lights on — literally. Joan had lived in Menlo on Camino a los Cerros for about seven years when, in the early 1970s, she became aware that the street was very dark. “There’d been a few […]

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Brian Tucker of GeoHazards International works to save lives in developing countries

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There’s a  perfect storm growing in developing countries, according to Brian Tucker, CEO of Menlo Park-based, non-profit GeoHazards International (GHI). As their population grows, more and more people are concentrating in cities that are in earthquake zones. “If you look at the type of building in developing countries 50 to 60 years ago, structures like […]

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M-A grad Tom Stapleton travels 10,000 miles in 40 days in advance of 50th class reunion

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Tom Stapleton, who graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School in 1965 and now lives in San Antonio, devised a very novel approach to inspire classmates to attend their 50th reunion this fall. He hopped on his motorcycle — nicknamed the Princess and the Pea — and covered 10,000 miles in 40 days doing video interviews with classmates […]

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Menlo Film Contest winners announced

Team Skyrocket Presentations was the first place winner in the Menlo Film Contest, which had the theme “how parks make life better in Menlo Park.” Second place winner was Team Alexander Lazich and third place winner was Team Cohen.

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Menlo Park is fully “back-to-school” with MPCSD opening today

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Menlo Park City School District schools opened today, joining Los Lomitas schools and Menlo-Atherton High School, which began last week. Three fourth grade girls at Laurel were all smiles, and Isola the crossing guard was at her place once again at the corner of Oak and Oak Knoll. A new touch at that intersection are […]

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Coffis Brothers schedule Everly Brothers tribute on Aug. 28

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This event may be out of our usual coverage range, but we’re including it as we think it may have particular interest for M-A alums from the 60s who remember both school vice principal Jimmy Coffis and the Everly Brothers very well. Son Jim Coffis emails: “Last year in September, our sons, The Coffis Brothers and […]

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David Barry talks about the promise of Mist, the “world’s smartest sprinkler system”

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Brown lawns may turn green again if weather forecasters are correct in predicting a strong El Niño with heavier than average precipitation throughout California this fall and winter. At the same time, residents are urged to conserve. Enter the promise of a device named Mist, branded as the “world’s smartest sprinkler system,” watering just the […]

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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo announces ticket lottery for Papal visit

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Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo has announced  a lottery for a limited number of tickets to attend an address by Pope Francis before a Joint Meeting of Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Only constituents of the 18th Congressional District can participate. Ticket holders will be able to view the address from the West Lawn of the […]

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Menlo Park – the perfect staycation destination!

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So declares today’s San Francisco Chronicle in a special section labeled Silicon Valley. Our town is described as “the little Mayberry that’s the cherry on the top of Silicon Valley, where tree-lined streets and top-rated public schools lure families to live there.” Menlo Park establishments mentioned include the Rosewood Sand Hill and its restaurant, Madera; Refuge, […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo wraps up with lunch at Menlo-Atherton High School

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Staying at pace with last year’s record number of riders, 524 cyclists took part in the 10th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride today. Whether they chose 35-. 45- or 65-miles, riders started and ended at Menlo-Atherton High School where they enjoyed a BBQ lunch provided by Lutticken’s. Local riders included Kathy Gilles (top) who […]

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