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Two Menlo-Atherton High School grads, both of whom excelled in their professions, made the news the in the last few days.

Craig Rockhold (photo right) was identified as the man who was killed in a Caltrain collision on Saturday night, which Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said appeared to be an intentional act.

Craig, who played water polo at M-A and UCLA, was a very well respected referee of that sport at the collegiate level. He also coached swimming for the Stanford Masters Swimming Team and was a Pilates instructor at a number of local studios.

Another former M-A water polo player rose to fame strumming a guitar. Lindsey Buckingham (photo top) was fired by the band Fleetwood Mac prior to their next tour. Lindsey joined the band in 1974 along with fellow M-A grad Stevie Nicks.

Wrote Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone: “Now this is Peak Mac. Could this happen to any other band? Fleetwood Mac, the crew that loves breakup drama more than any other six or seven bands combined, topped their own standards on Monday, with the announcement that they’d fired Lindsey Buckingham. This split is more than one of the year’s strangest headlines – it’s a new dysfunctional chapter for the fivesome who wrote the book on packing up and shacking up. This is the most quintessential Fleetwood Mac move they’ve ever made. Any band can explode a time or three, but only these guys could break up continuously for 40 years, putting each other through untold agonies and then always coming back together for more punishment. The Mac is dead; long live the Mac.”

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M-A baseball coach David Klein is PCA top 50 “Double Goal Coach”

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Menlo-Atherton High School head baseball coach — and M-A alumnus — David Klein has been named a 2018 Double Goal Coach national winner by the Positive Coaching Alliance. David tells us that while the award lists Legends Baseball Academy, a program of the Menlo Park Legends, which he founded and serves a Managing Director of, […]

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Karen McCann turns political with new book, Women of the American Resistance

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We met author Karen McCann in 2012 soon after her book, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Live Abroad was published. Given her emphasis on travel writing, we were surprised when the Menlo-Atherton High School alumni reached out to us about her latest project, Women of the American Resistance, which includes both a book and […]

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Jim Rutter’s latest endeavor is all about sports – and you!

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Sports have long been part of Menlo-Atherton High School grad Jim Rutter’s life. Growing up, he played Little League with former 49ers quarterback John Paye who later was a fraternity brother at Stanford. “I wasn’t a great athlete but participated in football, wrestling and baseball at M-A,” he said recently at the Dutch Goose, seated […]

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Hundreds expected at funeral mass for three young men killed Halloween night on Skyline

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A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:30 pm today, Thursday, Nov. 9, at Nativity Church (210 Oak Grove Avenue) in Menlo Park for Matthew Cruz, Andrew Gonzales and Ricky Torres, followed by a procession to Skylawn Cemetery at 4:00 pm. A joint memorial and viewing service held was Wednesday evening at Nativity to an […]

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Two of the teens killed earlier this week were Fire Explorers – Menlo Park Fire District mourns the loss of promising lives

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The three teenagers — Ricardo Torres, 19; Andrew Gonzales, 19; and Matthew  Cruz, 18 — who were killed in a vehicle accident on Halloween night on southbound Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) were not only very close friends, two belonged to Fire Explorer Post 109 sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District, and one was the oldest son […]

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Spotted: Swim/water polo teammates from M-A circa ’67

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The Menlo-Atherton High School class of 1967 is holding its 50th reunion this weekend. Four who swam and played water polo together gathered for a pre-reunion lunch in downtown Menlo today: left to right: Jeff Lapiere, Frank Aronoff, Tod Spieker and Rob Jensen. They’re most famous teammate (Lindsay Buckingham) is MIA . Photo by Dennis Nugent […]

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Talking farm management (and sports!) with fourth generation Webb, Atlee Frechette

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We’d driven out to Webb Ranch to talk with Atlee Frechette, a fourth generation Webb who earlier this year got involved in the farming side of the business — there is also a horse side — for the first time. Along the way we talked volleyball and baseball. About the latter, Atlee is indeed named […]

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Here’s your chance to hear great bluegrass music – Menlo-Atherton High School style!

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The finest bluegrass pickers to emerge from the halls of Menlo-Atherton High School are getting together this Saturday, July 15, for a special show at Club Fox in Redwood City (2209 Broadway). Since graduating in 2004 and 2005, Ryan Breen (banjo), Henry Warde (guitar), Kyle McCabe (bass), and Andy O’Brien (mandolin) have developed into some […]

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Kim Young works with POST to preserve and protect Peninsula lands

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Looking back, Kim Young realizes she was too young to fully appreciate the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford. “I went straight into the program after graduating from Dartmouth,” she recalls. “Most of the people were older. It was a bit intimidating.” During her studies, which focused on poetry, she did meet writer and environmental activist Stegner, […]

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Ed Dobbs, local business owner and mentor to many, passes away at age 68

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Edward Francis Dobbs, 68, passed away on February 22 at his home in Redwood City after a short and aggressive battle with brain cancer. He will be missed for many reasons, but most certainly for his warm smile and his love of life. A memorial service for Ed will take place at Peninsula Bible Church (3505 Middlefield Rd) […]

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