POLL: Paly's Most Famous Grad?

Dozens of game-changing leaders have come out of Paly—here are perhaps the five most well-known.

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Charlie Breitrose February 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I grew up in the PA area an I didn't know Grace Slick went to Paly!
Aaron Selverston February 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Neither did I! Pretty cool, huh?
Terry Godfrey February 21, 2012 at 05:52 PM
How about Téa Obreht, author, The Tiger’s Wife ( NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST). She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35.
Aaron Selverston February 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Téa Obreht is a definite rock star.
Ronald Dotson February 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
A few other well known (in some circles) paly grads are Erle Stanley Gardner, Ron Wyden, The Donnas, Joe Simitian, Jon Huntsman, Sr., Dave Schultz, Ollie Johnston, John Markoff, Mark Schultz, David Eppstein, Brian Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Tad Williams, Jim Loscutoff, Allison Robertson, Torry Castellano, Joe Sebok, Kirk Wise, Whitfield Crane, Charles Haid, Rink Babka, Tom Stern, Bill Pidto, Rob Minkoff and ,although he didn't graduate, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan .
Bob Lee February 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Jeremy Lin's accomplishments have put Palo Alto High on the map. The last two days Ronn Owens of KGO has been discussing the racist slurs used against Jeremy. Mr. Owens has repeatedly stated that "chink in the armor" is a commonly used phrase and not racist. Mr. Owens thinks that it is absurd that anyone should object to its usage. He belittles Congresswoman Judy Chu for making an issue of this on MSNBC: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73077.html
Bob Lee February 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Mr. Owen's ignorance and racist position is appalling and despicable. It reeks of a double standard. The phrase below was commonly used, but do you think anyone could get a way with using it today? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigger_in_the_woodpile Why the double standard? "chink in the armor" is just as offensive and jarring to hear. (Is it okay to say " I got Jewed" or " What an Indian-giver" ? Not comparable, but the issue is what is acceptable and what isn't. It seems to be acceptable to be racially offensive to Asian Americans but not other groups. This needs to change.) Please weigh in and publicly call out Mr. Owen's on his racism.
Bob Lee February 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
This is California. There has been a long history of racism directed towards Chinese Americans and Asian Americans. Mr. Owen's is a Jew and very vocal about Jewish issues. When I called in to his show and asserted that "chink" is just as offensive as "nigger" and "kike", they would not allow me to even say those words on the air. Yet, Mr. Owens used "chink" dozens of times. The double standard and hypocrisy that pervades racism in America is absurd. Please use the platform you have to bring light to this painful double standard. It is important that we have an honest public discussion of this painful issue. Mr. Owens has tremendous power with his radio show. He needs to use that power wisely and not abuse it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IFMACtY5k0 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/19/jeremy-lin-snl-racist-jokes-linsanity_n_1287649.html?ref=mostpopular
Aaron Selverston February 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Bob, you're right about the double standard, although the ESPN reporter who wrote that headline did ultimately get fired. I did link to the NY Times article on this issue... that link is on the front page. For the purposes of this particular poll, however, am I correct in assuming that your vote is for Mr. Lin?
Mark Weiss February 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
i think henry m. gunn went to paly, although at the time nobody called it paly. it was called "Lo-Lo".
Jon Kinyon February 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Eric Valentine - multi-platinum selling music producer
Jon Kinyon February 24, 2012 at 06:05 PM
BTW: Grace Slick did attend Paly at one point but she graduated from Castilleja.
Mark Weiss February 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
eric valentine producer whose career was made by steve jenkins, who attended terman and then gunn then paly. by the way, there is now a file at palo alto historical association called "palo alto rock and roll archives" where we are compiling info on people like valentine(whatever is his real name, dodds?), jenkins, the donnas, tommy jordan - -it all started with jerry garcia mayoral proclamation in which bern beecham mayor said he would honor jerry -- whose art was being shown at a local gallery -- if we could prove he was part of the palo alto registry, which he was, as a teacher at local music store, dana morgan's i think it was, which i also think is the home of the current high tech beatles-rip off brand store
Mark Weiss February 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
when i told longtime GD pubicist dennis mcnally about he honor -- the proclamation, which despite press reports fell show of "jerry garcia day" -- he said, "it's about time; jerry's been dead for ten years, literally"


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