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Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor (May 13, 2005)


Superb exhibition on Stegner in Los Altos

Editor:

Kudos to the Los Altos History Museum for its superb exhibition on the life and work of Wallace Stegner.

Peninsula residents who love to read will know Stegner as a lion of literature and writing; those who care fervently about the environment of the West, California especially, will know him as a champion of its protection.

The musuem's presentation ties together all the pieces of Stegner's remarkable life, including work less familiar to those who knew him from his years at Stanford. I thought that I knew most of Stegner's major works, but the exhibition proved me wrong: I had no idea he wrote so eloquently about issues of race and poverty and diversity, nor that he had such hardscrabble early years.

The exhibition uses all the techniques at hand for a curator -- pictures, displays, artifacts, letters, and videos. On a sunny weekend afternoon, the viewing area of the videos (including a documentary of Stegner's life narrated by Robert Redford) had a full house, and the sound, which carried over to my wandering around the other parts of the exhibition, lent a resonance to the overall show -- a clever use of the museum's limited space.

My only regret is that I went so late in the exhibition's run -- it closes on June 12. I certainly urge readers to see this excellent how about a local resident who became one of the great American writers of the 20th Century. Benjamin McKendall N. Orchard Avenue



An easy way to support area businesses

Editor:

The function of any chamber of commerce is to provide a forum for local businesses to network with each other for the purpose of increasing their sales.

We are lucky to live in a city that has such a dynamic Chamber of Commerce run by competent professionals. They reach out to the community in large and visible ways, most especially the September Art & Wine Festival.

Last year, the Chamber experimented with a new concept called Market Place. It was held at Shoreline Amphitheater and was billed as a business and community showcase. As a local businessman who sponsored a booth at that event, I can tell you it was a fantastic opportunity for businesses, nonprofits and consumers to come together and strut their stuff in a very non-invasive manner.

This year, it is being held at the Computer History Museum and looks to be much more exciting. There are giveaways, prizes and food. It's not just for businesses; the entire community is invited. I urge all local residents to attend this event, Wednesday, May 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., to support the businesses that are so important to this city. Ken Rosenberg Mercy Street

Thanks to a Good Samaritan

Editor:

Last Thursday night I was driving on Evelyn just south of Mary when I noticed an injured dog in the middle of the street. I stopped my car and, thankfully, the car behind me stopped as well.

I want to thank the Good Samaritan who stayed with me, blocking traffic, until I was able to get the dog in my car and rush him the emergency vet. Whoever you are, I just wanted to let you know that Snowball's owners were found and when I checked with the vet, he was recovering nicely. Thanks so much for letting me help Snowball safely. I really appreciate your effort. Elan Winkler Nita Avenue


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