M-A alumni

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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 in front of a part of the old Stanford stadium before it was remodeled. “It’s section R near the 40-year-line,” he recalled.

Jim should know such trivia as he’s been a volunteer Stanford Athletics Archivist for over a decade, not surprising given that he has roots with the school that go back four generations; his great grandfather was in the pioneer class of 1895.

But it’s only recently that he’s been professionally involved in sports. He joined the emerging social networking platform, YourSports, in late 2013 and was named CEO in 2015.

“The mission is to build a single, intergrated platform that wires the world to sports,” he said. “We want to connect each and every athlete, coach team, league, sports-related organization, event, trophy, venue, rivalry and object as well as all the ‘fans,’ ‘followers’ and ‘foes.’ Our database includes over a million sports-related entities.

Jim explained that it might be helpful to think of YourSports as a personal and professional networking platform that combines elements of Facebook, LinkedIn, IMDb, ESPN and Wikipedia.

“We have the courage of conviction that people relate through sports more than anything else,” he said. “It’s absolutely tribal. We don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface of an enormous global market.”

In addition to the YourSports website, a mobile is available on Apple’s App store and Google’s Play store. The company is also seeking investors for participation in a $3,000,000 Series A Preferred Round.

Photo by Scott R. Kline (c) 2017

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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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M-A grad Alan Masaoka is respected glass artist with many private and public installations

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Given his robost portfolio of private and public glass art, Menlo-Atherton High School alum Alan Masaoka surprised us: He didn’t go to art school nor even study art at either M-A nor the College of San Mateo. During a recent visit to his Carmel Valley studio, he explained: “I’ve always been interested in art and was […]

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Lifelong Menlo Park girlfriends double down on the Women’s March, walking in Oakland and The City

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One was not enough for a group of friends who grew up in Menlo Park and all graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. Julia Sommer, Rebecca Strehlow, Rachel Fox, and Leah Worthington (pictured above, left to right, at Oakland Women’s March on Saturday) crossed the Bay Bridge to also participate in the San Francisco March. There they were joined […]

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Jordan Stone is taking “solar suitcases” to Kenya as part of a PG&E program for students and teachers

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Menlo Park resident Jordan Stone may teach social science at Independence High School in San Jose, but it’s solar energy that’s taking him and two students to Kenya this February. “I got an email from another teacher about PG&E’s We Share Solar Suitcases® program,” Jordan explained. “It looked like a great opportunity to learn about solar design […]

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