This week we are in Santa Cruz aboard Iowa Pacific for a ride on the newly re-opened 32-mile Branch Rail Line in Santa Cruz County.
This is the most recent train to rumble through the central coast but certainly not the first. Today we’re going to learn a bit about local railroad history, from Sandy Lydon.
We’ll also meet, Richard Hatfield, a different kind of engineer - one who’s battery powered motorcycle has set new world record; Jill Alexander, a Santa Cruz woman who is the only U.S. designer to be invited to U. K. Fashion Week and Laura Stachel, a local doctor saving lives around the world with her solar power plant … that fits into a suitcase.
In 2008, This is Us profiled 86-year-old Jack O’Neill, inventor of the wetsuit and philanthropist who lives in Santa Cruz, California.
In the 1950s, Jack O'Neill opened his first surf shop in a garage across the Great Highway in San Francisco, a sand dune away from his favorite bodysurfing break, where he sold his first wetsuits and a few vests he made from gluing together pieces of closed cell foam.
In July, 2011 This Is Us profiled writer, speaker, author and Hawaiian born part-time hockey player Guy Kawasaki. A noted Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Kawasaki was in the opening vanguard of Apple employees tasked with the marketing of the Macintosh in 1984. Currently the Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, Kawasaki gained fame for his ground breaking business book, “The Art of the Start.” A prolific blogger Kawasaki’s has parlayed his experience as a former Apple evangelist and Apple Fellow to share a fresh look at the world of business.