Melani Clark is the CEO of Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California. One of the just a few women in the country running a rail line.
Founded by her father, Norman Clark, Roaring Camp is 180 acre historic, old western theme park. Complete with several 100 year old steam engines.
And Clark is not just the railroad's CEO, she also takes her turn in the cab as a fireman. A job she started at just 19. At the time, she was one of the youngest female fireman in the country.
For the past thirty years Coach Jack Clark has been calling the shots for the University of California Rugby Team. During that time, Clark has led the Golden Bears to a staggering 22 National Championships. Players come and go but Clark remains and he has keeps winning national titles. A former offensive tackle on several outstanding Cal Football teams in the mid 1970’s, Clark fell in love with rugby in college. His passion and zeal for the game has translated into making the Golden Bears the most dominant team in college rugby over the last three decades.
This week This is Us explores the rich history of San Jose with former president of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, Jim Zetterquist.
San Jose was founded in 1777 and was once the state capitol. This city is the oldest civil settlement in the Golden State and it's chock-full of surprising stories. It's hard to imagine bear & bull fights playing our on the site of the Sainte Claire Hotel but they were a popular Sunday entertainment.
You'll also meet Terrie Williams, Ph.D an evolutionary biologist who is one with the dolphins; astronaut, Karol "Bo" Bobko who took flight aboard three different space shuttles and one of California’s most famous Rugby coaches, Jack Clark.
Watch and discover what makes San Jose one of the most surprising and fascinating cities in California. Ep. 504
This week we are on the campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. I sat down in the play area with 60 puppies, Puppy Raising Specialist, Sharon Kret and others to learn how the dogs are trained, how they change lives and how this amazing service organization got started way back in 1942.
We’ll also profile noted oceanographer, explorer & author, Dr. Sylvia Earle, who was named by Time Magazine as the first Hero for the Planet. The former Chief Scientist for NOAA, has spent so much time on the ocean floor, colleagues call Earl, “Her Deepness.”
Later in the show, we'll take a look at amazing career of Olympic hero Amy Chow. A gymnast and a member of the famous Magnificent 7, the first American team to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Amy is now a practicing pediatrician.