Archive of Dennis Nugent

Dennis has written 5 article(s) for InMenlo.


Atherton resident Tod Spieker was one of six inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame last night at a ceremony at the the San Mateo County History Museum.

An outstanding swimmer at Menlo-Atherton High School and UCLA, and later in masters’ age-group competition, Tod has had a major impact philanthropically on aquatics locally and nationally.

He started swimming at the Palo Alto Swim Club when he was eight years old. An All American at both M-A and UCLA, his specialty was backstroke. Following his graduation from UCLA, where he was a four-year letterman, Tod went into the real estate business on the Peninsula.

Accepting his award, Tod said he was honored to be included with this year’s inductees and thanked the many friends and family in attendance. He cited the benefit of “great coaches” who were also “great mentors,” including his coach at M-A, Bob Gaughran, who helped him develop his work ethic.

“Success for me came by out disciplining my competition,” he commented.

Since 1989, the Sports Hall of Fame has honored Peninsula residents who have inspired others with their athletic ability, coaching skills, and/or sports management skills and have raised the level of importance of sports on the Peninsula. The Hall of Fame, located at the San Mateo County History Museum, has grown to include more than 250 people including Olympians, professional athletes, coaches, and many others.

Photo by Dennis Nugent (c) 2019

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Opinion: Build restrooms at Menlo Park city-managed parks – or bring in portables

With summer arriving, many Menlo Park residents will travel to Fremont Park for the Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings. This event is popular, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoy attending. But I have a major concern about Fremont Park and other popular parks in the city. The issue: Numerous parks have no public […]

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Spotted: Chevron guys at Sacred Heart Prep golf tourney

Menlo Chevron owner John Conway (left) and General Manager of the service station, John Polenta, were among the participants at the 20th annual Sacred Heart Prep Golf Tournament held last Monday (4/16) at the Stanford University Golf Course. Menlo Park resident and event organizer Bob Budelli has been instrumental in the growth and success of this […]

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Spotted: Menlo Bike Club at Tour de Menlo training ride

There was a lot of Menlo Park at the first training ride for the Tour de Menlo, which was held today and offered three ride options. Participants included about 50 members of the Menlo Bike Club, most of whom joined Fast Freddie Rodriguez on the advanced ride. We can report that at least the intermediate […]

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View from the Bike Lane: Stop signs are not suggestions!

For over 50 years, I’ve been a recreational cyclist. Growing up in Menlo Park, my buddy Jim Bill and I would bike up to San Francisco along El Camino Real, including a side trip to Coyote Point. Some days we’d spent most of the daylight hours riding. A year ago, I moved back to Menlo Park […]

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