The alto clarinet is considered an endangered species of the American band. Music publishers, composers do not include or write parts for alto clarinet and a musician from Alaska believes he is the only professional player in a long time to play it seriously as a chamber and solo instrument depts.washington.edu/uwwi…
Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave and unknown location in a cemetery in Palo Alto where his parents and tech royalty like David Packard were buried mercurynews.com/2015/10/1…
The "golden spike" the last spike hammered into the transcontinental railroad, was immediately removed and given to railroad baron Leland Stanford who put on display in Palo Alto, California. cantorcollections.stanfor…
Two generations of the car sold in most non-Japanese markets as Suzuki Alto weren't the actual Japanese Suzuki Alto, but instead rebadged versions of Indian Maruti cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
There is a 3rd musical clef called the alto clef that isn't used often. Its only used for a viola and sometimes a cello and a trombone makingmusicmag.com/explan…
Larry Tesler was working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) when he first implemented Copy & Paste in the mid 70s with Tim Mott. Tesler then left PARC to join Apple in 1980. His reason was Apple had clearly gotten the idea of computers, while Xerox still thought itself a copier company. wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_…
In an effort to protect his privacy, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg paid more than $30 million for four houses surrounding his Palo Alto home, including one he bought for $14 million, even though it was valued at the time at $3.71 million. money.com/mark-zuckerberg…
Silicon Valley began in Palo Alto because the inventor of the transistor wanted his new company to be closer to his sick mother's house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The first computer with a graphical user interface, the Xerox Alto, had a portrait-oriented monitor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xer…
A Stanford student arranged for groups of men from Papua New Guinea to carve The New Guinea Sculpture Garden on campus and raised $250,000 in donations. The carvers were the toast of Palo Alto, multicultural Stanford where they dined in mansions and performed with African-American drummers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
The worlds greatest modern architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Gio Ponti, Alvar Alto, and Willem Marinus Dudok all signed on to transform BAGHDAD, Iraq into a modern city. Oscar Neimeyer declined, as he refused to work for an anti-communist government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Paul Desmond - alto saxophonist in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and composer of the group’s seminal β€œTake Five” - gave all of the proceeds of his hit song to the Red Cross in his will. youtube.com/watch?v=tT9Eh…
Steve Jobs made his commencement speech at Stanford because it was less than 10 minutes from his home in Palo Alto. Stanford also doesn't offer honorary degrees as Jobs thought it would be funny to get his PhD in a day fastcompany.com/3043657/w…
Today I learned about a R&D company - Palo Alto Research Centre which was responsible for development of GUI, text editor, ethernet, LCD, laser printer, optical disk, OOP, MVC - all being elements of modern computing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAR…
East Palo Alto had the highest murder rate in the country in 1992. Its murder rate that year (172.7) was higher than any city IN THE WORLD in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
The opening alto sax riff on "What's Going On?" was unintentional (the saxophonist thought he was recording a demo). When Marvin Gaye heard the playback, he let the sax player go. When the player said he was "just goofing around", Marvin replied, "Well, you goof off exquisitely. Thank you." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…
There was a massacre at El Alto Bolivia where 68 dead and 400 injured, including onlookers and children while Protesting the privatization of Bolivia’s oil and gas reserves, nacla.org/blog/2015/10/30…
The world's highest major city is El Alto, Bolivia, with an elevation of 13,615 ft (4,150 m). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
A small-town mayor wrote to President Herbert Hoover to decry industrial technology as a "Frankenstein monster" that was "devouring our civilization". That small town, Palo Alto, grew into an economic focal point of Silicon Valley; it's the home of HP, Tesla, Xerox, etc. theatlantic.com/business/…
El Alto Airport in La Paz, Bolivia, was formerly named after President Kennedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
Ethernet is named after the "Ether" which was believed to exist our in space. It was also originally called Alto Aloha Network. ethermanage.com/ethernet/…
Palo Alto is named after a single redwood tree which is over 1000 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
There was a successful social experiment run by high school teacher Ron Jones in Palo Alto, California in 1967 that mimicked the group ideology and willingness of cooperation of the German people during the Third Reich. libcom.org/history/the-th…
Silicon Valley is in Mountain View because Arnold Beckman (founder of biotechnology company Beckman Coulter) built the first semiconductor research lab there to be close to his mother who lived in Palo Alto. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bec…
The Xerox Alto was the first computer with a graphical user interface, displaying a animated image of Sesame Street's Cookie Monster in 1973 books.google.ca/books?id=…
There is a famous saxophonist named "Alto Reed". Ironically, he plays tenor sax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt…
The Xerox Alto computer from 1979 had a networked multiplayer space ship game called Alto Trek web.archive.org/web/20060…
Palo Alto is not a "college town". Leland Stanford originally wanted nearby Mayfield to become the University’s hometown but it had more than a dozen saloons, and the residents refused to close them. Palo Alto was created to be a dry town. alumni.stanford.edu/get/p…
The keyboard of the Alto computer may have been the source of CamelCase en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xer…
"Donkey" from Shrek was modeled on an actual donkey named Perry, who lives in a Palo Alto, CA park sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
The Super Bowl was once played at Stanford University's Stadium in Palo Alto en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…

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