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Stanford Report, January 5, 2000

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POSTSCRIPT ON THE INAUGURAL BILL GATES lookalike contest at SLAC's Cyber Faire last month: The winner was ARTEN TRUNOV, 26, a program analyst contractor from Russia who downplays his resemblance to the Microsoft kingpin. "I wear glasses and anybody who wears glasses can be mistaken for Bill Gates," he said. Altogether five contestants entered the competition, with a game of Monopoly as the grand prize. The participants took part in a question-and-answer session with about 60 audience members who determined the winner. "It wasn't a real competition," Trunov said.

Arten Trunov

Photo by L.A. Cicero

STANFORD'S YEAR 2000 READINESS TASK FORCE had everything covered over New Year's weekend, including the addition of new network time clocks -- which at the stroke of midnight Greenwich Mean Time rolled to Aug. 17, 2019, instead of Jan. 1, 2000. "This does not affect network time service, as there are a series of secondary clocks still synchronized and providing the correct time," JAY KOHN, assistant director of networking systems for Information Technology Systems and Services, reported a few seconds later via e-mail to STEVE JUNG, director of Internal Audit and managing sponsor of the Y2K Operations Center. The two timepieces, which cost $1,000 each, will be fixed by the manufacturer.

ON THE Y2K SPIRITUAL FRONT ON MONDAY THE REV. PATRICK LABELLE, pastor of the Catholic Community at Stanford, kicked off the regular weekday Mass schedule for Winter Quarter with his own petition. "We pray to the saint of technology ­ whoever that may be," he said during the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass in Memorial Church.

CARDINAL RED AND CALIFORNIA GRAY: THE Cardinal football team has had its share of big-time backers ­ GEORGE SHULTZ, WARREN CHRISTOPHER and JOHN ELWAY, to name just a few. But at Saturday's Rose Bowl game, one particularly notable fan spent the entire game with PRESIDENT GERHARD CASPER. GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS worked the crowd with Casper, greeting Stanford alumni, friends and fans throughout the afternoon, and spent the second quarter sitting with him in the student section. After the game, the governor accompanied Casper to the Cardinal locker room, where they spoke with team members and shared some of the emotional moments that followed the hard-fought contest. SR