With all of the talk of race, I’ve been thinking a lot about my experience growing up in San Jose, California, back when San Jose was known for orchards instead of silicon and software.

San Jose, when it still had orchards
Mr. Gilmore with my 8th-grade class
  • He was an old-fashioned gentleman. For dinner, he always had a flower, a bottle of wine.
  • His tape collection was enormous and it wasn’t just audio in opera, but also video, including every Star Trek program produced.
  • When Mr. Gilmore’s tape collection was offered for sale, a prospective buyer said, “I would have loved to meet the man who bought all this.”
  • Donald Gilmore was fond of saying, “If you can define it, you can measure it. If you can measure it, you can teach it.”

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