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Jim Polese, 1914—2011

11/27/2011
Jim Polese, an expressive family man and self-made engineer whose seminal patent for klystron electron broadcasting tubes revolutionized the electronics industry in the 1950s, passed away in his sleep on September 20 at Stockstill House, in Point Reyes Station. He was 97. Compassionate and flirtatious, Jim left an indelible mark,...

The Valley’s reputable menace to vermin

11/27/2011
A late-Autumn heat wave beat down on Woodacre one recent weekday morning as semi-retired pest exterminator Rick Nielsen cracked the seal on a sweating Pepsi bottle, took a swig and began rummaging for his most treasured tool—a mirror—from the back of his black Dodge pickup. Dressed plainly in plaid and...

Citizen co-founder retires, the other reminisces

11/03/2011
Joel Hack, who created The West Marin Citizen four and a half years ago with a handful of local residents infuriated with the then publisher of this newspaper, retired last month, citing age and fatigue. “There’s only so many years left and I want to do something else,” Joel, 67,...

Jim Polese, 1914 – 2011

10/27/2011
Jim Polese, an expressive family man and self-made engineer whose seminal patent for klystron electron broadcasting tubes revolutionized the electronics industry in the 1950s, passed away in his sleep on September 20 at Stockstill House, in Point Reyes Station. He was 97. Compassionate and flirtatious, Jim left an indelible mark,...

Alice Rantos, 1933 – 2011

10/13/2011
Alice Rantos, an accomplished artist and homegrown garment maker who co-founded the first and only women’s knitting cooperative in Point Reyes Station, died on September 21 after a three-month battle with lung cancer. She was 78. A courageous single mother of four, Alice often worked three jobs simultaneously to make...

Alice Rantos, 1933—2011

10/13/2011
Alice Rantos, an accomplished artist and homegrown garment maker who co-founded the first and only women’s knitting cooperative in Point Reyes Station, died on September 21 after a three-month battle with lung cancer. She was 78. A courageous single mother of four, Alice often worked three jobs simultaneously to make...

Maddy’s Jam, and more, at Point Reyes open house

10/13/2011
Maddy Sobel has had neither the easiest nor the healthiest life. The product of a mentally ill mother and a good-hearted but heinously negligent art dealing father—he relied on trace amounts of Valium and wine to sedate his two infant children when they accompanied him on business outings—by 13, she...

Bill Kooiman, 1927 – 2011

09/29/2011
In the spring 1954, a young mariner named Bill Kooiman stepped to the edge of the S.S. Santa Maria, steaming north off the coast of South America, and tossed a bottle into the blue. In it, a note: “I would appreciate the finder corresponding with the undersigned.” Three years later,...

Bill Kooiman, 1927–2011

09/29/2011
In the spring 1954, a young mariner named Bill Kooiman stepped to the edge of the S.S. Santa Maria, steaming north off the coast of South America, and tossed a bottle into the blue. In it, a note: “I would appreciate the finder corresponding with the undersigned.” Three years later,...

In the dessert room, with Norman Solomon and Daniel Ellsberg

09/29/2011
Inside the well-appointed kitchen of Gary Birnbaum’s modernist Strawberry home, Democratic Congressional candidate Norman Solomon stood wide-eyed, absorbing the backdrop of his latest campaign house party. Outside the French doors, under the purplish flare of twilight, a spacious terrace looked out over Richardson Bay and the Tiburon peninsula. Solomon, respected...

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