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Local journalist to discuss Stanford's effect on development of Palo Alto

STANFORD--Local journalist Ward Winslow will discuss how Stanford and its early professors affected the growth of neighboring Palo Alto in a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in Tresidder Union's Oak East Lounge.

Winslow's presentation, "Stanford-Palo Alto Connection: The Influence of the University on the Development of Palo Alto," is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society to commemorate Palo Alto's 100th birthday. The city was incorporated in April 1894.

Stanford professors set up Palo Alto's municipally owned utility systems and several served long terms on the city council and were active mayors. Palo Alto was the cradle for development of radio telegraphy and electronics, and the unified school district, with help over many decades from Stanford faculty and staff, has been a leader in educational innovation.

Winslow has been observing the Stanford-Palo Alto connection since he moved to Palo Alto with his family in 1941. After doing graduate work in political science at Stanford, he joined the Palo Alto Times as a reporter in 1948, initially covering local news and prep sports, then politics and county government. He was associate editor for 15 years. When the Times merged into the Peninsula Times Tribune in 1979, he became editorial page editor and then managing editor, retiring in July 1984.

He is author of Palo Alto: A Centennial History, published recently by the Palo Alto Historical Association. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The lecture is free and open to the public.



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