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June 16, 2004

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Short Takes Short Takes (June 16, 2004)

Reminiscing over rhubarb

While chi-chi boutiques pop in and out of Menlo Park's Santa Cruz Avenue, Ann's Coffee Shop keeps serving up the rhubarb pie and meatloaf sandwiches.

An Almanac staffer recently had breakfast there with her mother and was delighted to see that not much had changed in the 20-some years since they'd last eaten there. Particularly the orange booths.

In these fast-paced times, she observed, it's nice to take a moment to tip raisins, brown sugar and milk into your oatmeal from small silver pitchers, or to languidly stir a banana milkshake.

Others seem to think so, too. At 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, the 50-plus-year-old place was packed, with seniors side by side with men in suits and shaggy-haired students wolfing down French toast.

A last tune for the Gipper

The Commanders Jazz Ensemble that served as the honor band at former President Ronald Reagan's funeral on Friday is part of the entertainment lineup at Atherton's Big Daddy Jazz event at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Father's Day, June 20, says Big Daddy chairwoman Marguerette Paponis.

Reporter-baiting

How to make absolutely sure that a journalist writes about something? Have your lawyer send a broadly worded cease-and-desist letter to reporters who weren't doing anything in the first place. Last week, the Almanac got such a missive demanding a halt to speculation, inquiries and rumors about actress Michelle Pfeiffer, her TV producer husband David Kelley and their two kids, who reportedly bought a home in Woodside this spring.

Since no one at the Almanac was looking into or writing about the Pfeiffer-Kelley family's new digs, the newsroom staff was faintly amused by the threatening letter, which revealed information about the children while purporting to protect their privacy.

Let's just say that if ethically challenged paparazzi were calling local schools to find out if the Pfeiffer-Kelley children are enrolled, they weren't working for this newspaper.


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