Kennedy, Nanty Glo Home Page webmaster and owner,
is a former teen and campus minister. He began his journalism
career as teen columnist for the Nanty Glo Journal
and its sister weekly newspapers from 1957 to '62 and
became the Journal's third editor in 1962 at age
20. He has edited other newspapers and magazines, and
more recently, webzines, ever since. His articles have
appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free
Press, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Christianity Today,
and many other publications. His Jonals appear here on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Complete index of Jon Kennedy's
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Stanford Hills and 'the Dish'
Jonal entry 1158 | January 15 2011
longest job I held in my adult working life was eleven years as a
campus minister at Stanford University and an additional year part-time
after my retirement from secular employment. The "world's most
beautiful freeway," Interstate 280 between San Jose and San Francisco,
wends through the Stanford Hills just west of the campus, through
university land once owned by California Governor Leland Stanford
and his wife Jane as part of "the farm." ("The farm"
is still an affectionate nickname for what is now one of the most
highly regarded universities in the United States, always contending
for that rank with Harvard.) And from I-280, the landmark of the campus
is "the Dish," a huge radio telescope intalled in the 1960s
on the highest open peak in those hills. Along with the Stanford Linear
Accelerator, a mile-long electronic beam acceleration laboratory also
begun in the '60s, which passes under 280 nearby, these marked Stanford's
entry to the highest rank in American scientific research and helped
give the surrounding Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley the reputation
it has long held as Silicon Valley, the area in the vanguard of American
January 13 my friend Carl Essex, an avid hiker, and I met on a drizzly
misty afternoon at a parking area on Alpine Road, which skirts the
north side of the campus and the hills, to hike to the Dish and beyond.
The weather was not amenable to good photography, as the clip above
shows, but the visuals are adequate to give a hankering for more in
I've muted the actual soundtrack which contained snippets
of casual conversation rather than the running commentary I provide
when I'm doing a solo video hike and replaced it with such a commentary
recorded later. Both the video and the voice recording done later
were made on my EVO camera phone.
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