Archive of Bo Crane

Bo has written 5 article(s) for InMenlo.


Have you heard about the famed counter culture publication from the 60s and 70s called the Whole Earth Catalog?

The Whole Earth Truck Store (WETS) was a 1963 Dodge truck that was not simply a store on wheels but also an alternative lending library with a mobile micro-education service. A catalog was developed to explain and market tools and things that the truck could not display.

The truck visited various communes beginning around 1968. Eventually, the mobile concept shop nestled into a store front in Menlo Park and was used as a tool catalog, which the store would mail to people who could contact the vendors.

The “whole earth” phrase came about in 1966 when Stewart Brand asked how come there hasn’t been a photo of the “whole earth.” Such a photo was taken in 1967 and Brand used it for his catalog the following year. That year William Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut, took the famous “earth rise” photo.

Brand drove the 1963 Dodge Truck. He graduated from Stanford in 1960 and turned 80 last December 14 (2018).

The Whole Earth Truck Store is listed in Polk’s Directory as occupying 558 Santa Cruz Avenue from 1969 to 1978. This same location — directly across from the entry/exit to the underground parking for Café Borrone/Keplers — was last occupied by Cindy’s Flowers. The building was demolished at the end of 2018.

The Whole Earth Catalog included three laws: 1) Everything is connected to everything; 2) Everything’s got to go somewhere; 3) There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Photos courtesy Bo Crane, who is a member of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

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Menlo Gates starting to take shape near Menlo Park Library, but additional funds are needed

The Menlo Gates project, long in the planning and fund raising, has finally begun construction, though funding is remains short $15,000 of the final goal. Construction is proceeding. The steel cross beams have been placed and the redwood covering comes next, weather and holiday permitting. By the end of the month, some or all of the […]

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100th anniversary of Armistice Day to be celebrated at Fremont Park

Beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 11, the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) will host an event at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that ended the Great War, now known as the World War I. The celebration will also include the 80th anniversary of the […]

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Revisiting Round Table Pizza just shy of its 60th anniversary

Two national businesses that our town of Menlo Park spawned are still alive and well. One was incorporated in 1998 and first set-up in a garage of a newly-purchased home at 232 Santa Margarita. Now headquartered in Mountain View, Google is part of everyday life. The other began in a California Water Service building on […]

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Great estates of the Peninsula is topic of recent talk sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association

Earlier this fall, Carmen J. Blair, Deputy Director of the San Mateo County Historical Association, gave a talk at the Menlo Park Library entitled The Great Estates of the Peninsula. Carmen was invited by the Menlo Park Historical Association, and her talk was part of that organization’s annual meeting. Carmen’s talk explored the Mid-Peninsula lifestyle during the late […]

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