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When I was growing up in Menlo Park, the Giants moved to San Francisco. My extended family would attend games together, and my two uncles, who both lived in the City, taught me baseball and sowed the seeds for the lifetime fan I am.

Twenty five years ago today, I was still technically living in Southern California, but my late husband Chris Gulker had moved north to take a job at the San Francisco Examiner, along with son John, who had started high school. They were camped at my parents’ home in Menlo. The plan was for me to follow when our South Pasadena home was sold.

But in a twist of fate, the magazine I was working for, Modern Maturity (now AARP the Magazine), was holding its annual meeting of editorial and advertising staff at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Boss Rob Wood knew of my passion for the Giants and granted me time off to go to game three of the World Series at Candlestick.

My job was to be a photo runner for the Examiner, so I had a press credential. (It is ironic that Chris was instrumental in turning the Examiner into a digital newspaper, eliminating the need for a photo runner who “runs” film to a person on a scooter every few innings to take back to the paper for developing.)

I was prowling around, enjoying the unlimited access to the Stick when the quake hit. I remember two things distinctly: It was like being on a ship at sea, and unlike quakes I’d experienced in Southern California, there was no noise. Or better stated, the noise of the crowd drowned out the sound of the groaning old stadium.

Making my way down to the field, the players were milling around searching for and gathering family and friends from the stands before evacuating the facility. It was surreal. But not as much as driving back to the Examiner with photographer Kim Komenich. Given that all the street lights were out, he used the muni rail tracks to get across the City in the swiftest mode possible.

I stayed at the paper overnight to pitch in. It was Chris’s work that made possible an all-Macintosh-produced edition, as the earthquake led to a power shutdown that idled the newspaper’s publishing system.

And I didn’t get to see the Giants play in the World Series until 2002, the Series that broke Giants’ fans’ hearts. Now we think we win every other year. Let’s go Giants!

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It all started with the Loma Prieta earthquake 25 years today for two fire fighters involved in search and rescue

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Editor’s note: The Loma Prieta earthquake struck at 5:04 pm on Oct. 17, 1989, recording a magnitude of 6.9.  Menlo Park sustained little damage, but the quake did prompt lasting changes to local search and rescue procedures as chronicled below. Twenty five years ago, Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Manny Navarro was off duty when […]

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Author Pamela Gullard tells the story of Menlo College’s 85 years set within each decade

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Ever wonder how the tiny town of Atherton got an institution of higher learning and what goes on behind its gates? A new book about Menlo College filled with over 100 archival photos and reminiscences of staff and alumni reveals the answers. Titled Through the Gates: Eighty-five Years of Menlo College and its Times, the book sets the […]

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Were you in Menlo Park or Atherton in 1967? Then Polk’s has you!

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Dave Waters posted this on the Facebook group, Do You Remember the (old Menlo Park). For those of us of a certain era, it’s a real jaunt down memory lane. Note: In somewhat of a quirk, children are listed separately from parents. Wrote Dave: “Here’s a link to a 1967 Polk’s edition. These are fun […]

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City of Menlo Park honors the Menlo Park Historical Association

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At last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Ray Mueller presented the Menlo Park Historical Association with a proclamation recognizing its accomplishments since 1971 in preserving the history of Menlo Park and in making its archived materials available to the public, including through its website Most recently the Association was instrumental in the creation of the […]

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Linda Janklow’s Peopleologie workshops teach history through hands-on activities

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Linda Janklow has a passion for history, and through her program, Peopleologie, she helps others discover their own. She defines Peopleologie as “an all-ages program promoting cultural literacy, celebrating community, and building connections to the world through history, humanities, anthropology, math, science, hand crafting traditions, and fun.” She stressed that it is not an art program, but rather a social […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Remembering Menlo Park’s Irish roots

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InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg took this photo of a four-leaf clover on a recent walk near Woodside. We thought it a good way to remember Menlo Park’s Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are links to some relevant InMenlo posts that talk about the link between the two Menlos, one in California and […]

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Remembering Shirley Temple Black, the gracious children’s theater ticket taker

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Growing up in Menlo Park, I, along with what seemed like the whole neighborhood, attended children’s plays, I think performed at Sequoia High School. What the plays were, I don’t recall, although I enjoyed them. What I do remember quite distinctly is one of the ticket takers, undoubtedly pointed out to me by my mother, […]

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The tale of Two Menlos on display at the Menlo Park Library through February

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During the month of February, a display at the Menlo Park Library entrance will feature the recently signed Friendship Agreement between the City of Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland. As many are aware, Menlo Park is named for the very old Gaelic village of Mionloch (anglicized to Menlough and usually shortened to Menlo), which […]

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Caltrain celebrates 150 anniversary of rail service with a stop in Menlo Park

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The Sons of the Golden West presented a plaque commemorating the Menlo Park Train Depot (1867) to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller as other City Council members looked on this morning. The occasion was the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad from Francisco to San Jose. Photo by Clay Curtin

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As one of his final duties as Mayor, Peter Ohtaki visits Galway City, site of Menlo Park’s historical roots

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We sat down with Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki yesterday, less than 24 hours after he returned from visiting Galway City, Ireland and only hours before he turned over his mayoral duties to fellow City Councilman Ray Mueller, who will serve for the next year. Our questions focused on his experience as Mayor as well […]

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