Subjects of TC's iconic 'Cradle of Liberty' photo reflect on experience


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Veronica and Keith Wharton participate in the 1998 “Cradle of Liberty” dedication. An event commemorating the statue’s 20th anniversary is scheduled for the Fourth of July.

It may not reach the iconic status of the photo of the sailor kissing the dental assistant in Times Square at the end of World War II, published in Life Magazine. But one powerful Town Crier image from 20 years ago also reflected those post-war times and spoke to the hope for a better future represented in the faces of young children.

Artist donates profits from Gallery 9 exhibition to Humane Society


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Animals and nature are sources of inspiration for Los Altos artist Nicole Jakaby. She is donating profits from the sales of her paintings this month to Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Artist Nicole Jakaby has loved two things for as long as she can remember: animals and nature.

Jakaby used to volunteer as a dog socializer at Humane Society Silicon Valley, but when the physical demand of the job became too much, she found another way to help out – through her art. She plans to donate all of the profits from her exhibition of animal and nature paintings displayed this month at Los Altos’ Gallery 9 to Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Celebrate Earth's resources with creative repurposing


Imagine this: If all people on our precious planet consumed food, clothing and goods at the rate Americans consume, we would need more than 5.1 Earths to sustain us. The problem is that we have only one.

The products we consume impact people and the planet throughout their lifecycle: from extraction, production and distribution to consumption and disposal. Businesses are producing products to maximize profits. Consumers are purchasing to minimize costs. But the costs to the environment and our future are often not included on either side of the equation.

Morning Forum of Los Altos explores 'Mozart and Mythology'


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Robert Hartwell, Ed.D., professor of music and media studies at Foothill College, took the Morning Forum of Los Altos on a musical and historical journey May 22 with his presentation on “Mozart and Mythology.”

Hartwell, chairman of the music department at Foothill, teaches classes in music history, music of multicultural America and contemporary American culture. He is committed to welcoming the uninitiated into classical music, co-authoring a three-volume series on the history of Western music.

Film features Hiroshima survivor who preaches message of peace


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Los Altos Hills resident Nobuko Saito Cleary, from left, Stanford University Professor Emeritus Barton Bernstein and Japanese historian Shigeaki Mori meet recently at Saito Cleary’s home to discuss the events that led to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945.

Shigeaki Mori remembers the day he was “inside the mushroom cloud,” when the atom bomb hit Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. The 8-year-old boy, thrown into a stream, couldn’t see his hands in front of him in the pitch-black darkness as he got out of the water and wandered in fear amid the chaos and carnage around him.

That infamous day, which cost nearly 150,000 lives, continues to consume Mori at age 81. It inspired his life’s purpose as a historian. Still-lingering physical ailments are constant reminders of that day nearly 73 years ago.

Museum marks Memorial Day at Shoup's 'Cradle of Liberty'


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Co-presidents of the board of the Los Altos History Museum Eleanor Watanabe, from left, and Linda Eckols, join with Fran Henderson after placing a Memorial Day wreath of red crepe-paper poppies at the “Cradle of Liberty” statue in Shoup Park. Henderson is the widow of Bill Henderson, whose volunteer group commissioned the statue in 1998. Los Altos will celebrate the statue’s 20th anniversary with a July 4 event in the park.

Los Altos History Museum officials commemorated Memorial Day by bringing a wreath of red crepe-paper poppies to “The Cradle of Liberty” statue in Shoup Park, honoring the sacrifice of U.S. war veterans.

Eleanor Watanabe and Linda Eckols, co-presidents of the museum board, placed the wreath at the statue, joined by Fran Henderson, widow of World War II veteran William C. Henderson, co-founder of the group that commissioned the statue for the park. A “Salute to Vets” event is scheduled July 4 in Shoup Park to mark the 20th anniversary of the installation of the “Cradle of Liberty,” statue, created by sculptor Rebecca Joy Truman and installed in Shoup Park July 4, 1998.


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