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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
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Historic houses in Los Gatos, California
Jonal entry 1194 | July 22 2011
On Monday, July 11, Carl Essex and I met
for our monthly walk-and-talk at Forbes Mill in Los Gatos, the San
Jose suburb featured in several earlier Jonals stretching back as
far as last Christmas. Carl chose it as a place closer to where I
live than his "turf," but didn't specify the walk we might
take. I assumed (incorrectly; most assumptions seem to be incorrect)
that we would go one direction or the other of the Los Gatos Creek
Trail that passes through the property occupied by the Forbes Mill,
which is a historical museum. Instead, Carl had years ago taken a
walk around the town of Los Gatos to see the historical housesmost
of which are Victorian in period and style. And since he still had
a map from that tour with descriptions of the historical houses, that's
the tour we took. Thus, the video below is much different from the
ones that have gone before. At one point I compare the street we are
on with Cape May, NJ, the town in which I took my final year of college
undergraduate studies and degree, and which boasts the largest collection
of "in situ Victorian houses east of the Mississippi." San
Francisco is also famous for one of the largest collections of Victorian-style
The map below shows (by the red asterisk and arrow)
the location of Forbes Mill and the section of town we toured. .
Update on Mount Umunhum, the subject of the
previous Jonal. As seems to happen so often, a few days after
I sent out the video and accompanying text about Mount Umunhum, a
local television station carried a report about it, revealing that
although it has been government property since an Air Force base occupied
the western slope of the peak from the days of the Cold War (the 1950s)
it has now been turned over to a preservationist group for redevelopment
as a park and permanent space. As much of the remains of the AF base
still must be removed, the peak remains closed to public access. Federal
funds have been allocated for much of the remaining redevelopment.
The report also stated that my description of how the peak got its
name (from the humming of the radar equipment used there for decades),
is erroneous. The documentary claimed that it was an Indian name describing
the spiritual significance the mountain held to those ancient people.
If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose
says: "I'm cheap!"
Thought for today
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing
more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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