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Letter: Fascinating column
February 28, 2013, 05:00 AM Letter


Darold Fredricks' "Rediscovering The Peninsula" columns are always interesting, but this week's column, "Electronic life on the Peninsula," in the Feb. 25 edition of the Daily Journal, relating to the emergence of electronics here, is particularly interesting to someone like me who came here more than 50 years ago to join the silicon parade. During my career, I was employed at four high tech companies, including three which Fredricks briefly covered. Of course, I was aware of all the companies that he included in his piece, so his entire effort was greatly appreciated.

For someone who lived elsewhere during the first 27 years of my life, "catching up" with the early years on the Peninsula is truly enriching.

Another aspect of his columns that are always appreciated is that, unlike a weekly column that appears in another regional newspaper, Fredricks' "Rediscoveries" do not focus primarily on "The Rich and Famous" people of bygone days in our region. Truly, the excessive focus on the 1 percent in the other column gets old -- fast.

When I arrived in Palo Alto (and Whiskey Gulch, in East Palo Alto), I was regaled with interesting and hilarious tales about the doings of the little guys of the Peninsula in the old days -- those stories were not only more interesting than the stories of the rich and famous, they were as interesting as anything John Steinbeck documented in his time.

Columns on the little guys of the old Peninsula would certainly be welcome.

Ruben Contreras

Palo Alto

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