Posted by: John McGerr | February 28, 2009

Menlo Park

It was one a.m. in the morning when we reached San Francisco where we were met by Margaret and Frank Carney, our California cousins. Menlo Park is where they call home, a quiet spot not far from Stanford University. It was raining when we got up, much like it had done our first day in the USA. Like New York, movies and TV have made places here quite familiar. As we’d arrived so late the previous night we took it easy, settling for a short trip to see Stanford University and is named for it’s founders Leland and Jane Stanford. It has a nice look to it, red tiled roofs, yellowish stones walls, palm trees and statues and boasts some notable past pupils, including Ray Dolby – inventor of the Dobly noise reduction system, Vincent Cerf -co-author of the Internet protocol, Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page, Google founders, John Steinbeck, actors Ted Danson, Jennifer Connelly and Sigourney Weaver. They have a beautiful church there we wanted to see the inside of but there was one of five weddings that day in progress there so we didn’t get a look in, but outside we could admire a mural on the front of the chapel of Jesus preaching.



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