“Maybe their time is past”: Dr. Seuss’s godson (& Redwood City native) supports book critics

Michael Thompson says he’s proud of his godfather but supports Seuss estate’s action on offensive imagery. By Kate Bradshaw Michael Thompson knew his godfather as Uncle Ted. But to many, many others, Theodor Seuss Geisel was best known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss. Thompson, who now lives in Redwood City, said he was around 3 years old when Geisel dedicated his book “If I Ran the Zoo” to him. That book is one of ...

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Inside The Queen’s Gambit: Exploring the unknown Bay Area origins of the Netflix hit

Addiction, obscurity and how Walter Tevis’ childhood experience at Stanford shaped Beth Harmon’s backstory. (Original 650 illustration by Kaz Palladino / Awkward Affections) If you’re having a hard time purchasing a chess set for Christmas this year—blame Walter Tevis. Yes, the surge of interest in the age-old game (and the ensuing retail run on chess sets) has been squarely attributed to the recent success of the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, which is based ...

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Take a trip to the early days of the Grateful Dead via this new psychedelic graphic novel

Grateful Dead Origins dives deep on the band’s beginnings in Palo Alto and around the Bay. (Image via Z2 Comics) “It’s very weird.” Yep, trying to nail down the logic behind the Grateful Dead’s enduring popularity is a tricky proposition. After all, how exactly did a group of mismatched oddballs from the San Francisco Peninsula vault their unlikely band to global fame, garner a one-of-a-kind devoted fan base and trailblaze a massive counterculture that ...

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Remembering Silicon Valley’s trailblazing “Troublemakers”

Stanford historian Leslie Berlin discusses her new book on the forgotten figures of tech history By Emily Olson Bunch of troublemakers: early Silicon Valley engineers responding to a reporter’s question—“What do you think of Texas Instruments?” (Images Courtesy of the Computer History Museum) It’s possible to explain the history of Silicon Valley using only two types of characters — and no, we’re not talking binary. There’s the “innovators … the typical heroes in our story of technological process,” as Atlantic Senior ...

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