Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Beware of local folklore!

Ok so last night I snuck away for dinner with my grandparents and the waiter tried to claim that his great grandfather (I believe), Harry Mosher, designed/built the quad.  Well, being a newly saturated wealth of information regarding Stanford, I knew instantly that Olmstead did all that incredible designing but I humored him.  He went on to tell us about how there was a street named after him, etc. (which there is...kinda like we heard from Chris Berka and the Marguerite, which everyone now thinks is named after the horse because of a newspaper article that may not be entirely correct).  As soon as I got back to the dorm I looked up Mosher and even though the waiter was slightly confused as to his relative's relationship with the university, Mosher appears to have been a fairly prominent figure in his time...in the chemistry department.  Shruti and I went on a wild goose chase through many fascinating Stanford websites (including the Sandstone & Tile on the 1906 earthquake, very relavant to Leslie Bone's presentation yesterday) and I highly recommend you check them out...and watch out for the Palo Alto claim to fame through Stanford...they won't get it by anyone in the safari :)


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