The legendary 1260 KYA was the radio home of many of the most talented announcers in the history of the industry. Bay Area listeners were entertained over the years by stars such as Emperor Gene Nelson, Johnny Holliday, Tommy Saunders, Russ "The Moose" Syracuse, "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue, Jim Stagg, Chris Edwards, Tony Bigg, Peter Tripp, Gary Schaefer, Bwana Johnny, Norman Davis, Bob Mitchell, Casey Kasem, Ed Hider, Mike Cleary and Bill Holley, and legendary newsmen like Tony Tremayne, Larry Brownell, Brad Messer and John Ferriss. Learn more about these and other illustrious KYA alumni!
This is Us, Paly 64 Survey is Now Up & Running! Certain to be a nostalgic trip down our very own Paly & Palo Alto Memory Lane, it's located at the top leftside of our Home Page. It's a very easy survey to complete (if you can remember that far back!) and you can submit your answers all at once or a few at a time. You can also edit, delete or add to any or all of your responses too. The best part, though, will be seeing how your classmates respond...
Paly Olympians - 10-21-17 at Grand Opening of Peery Family Athletic Center
From left, Sean Nolan '90 (water polo 2000 Olympics), Suzy Jones Roy '66 (swimming 1968 Olympics), Lily Zhang '14 (table tennis 2012 and 2016 Olympics) and Rink Babka '54 (silver medal in discus, 1960 Olympics.)
Paly Class of 2014
2012 & 2016 Olympian - Table Tennis
Paly Class of 1990
Water Polo - Sixth Place - UC Berkeley
Sean, a goalie, was a member of the USA Senior National team from 1994-2000, competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A three-time All-American (1992-1994) at UC Berkeley (CAL) Nolan graduated in 1993 with a degree in political economies of industrial societies. He led the Bears to NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992 including making two mach-saving blocks at the end of regulation in the ’71 title match against Stanford. The 1992 NAA championship match is considered by many to be the greatest title match in NCAA water polo history as Cal won 12-11 in sudden-victory to preserve a perfect 31-0 record. At Paly, Sean was name a first-team All-American his senior year after winning the CCS Championship for the first time in school history.
Dave Schultz & Mark Schultz comparing their Olympic Medals
Paly Class of 1978
1984 & 1988 Olympian
Wrestling: Gold Medal 1984, 82 kg (181 lbs)
1981, 1982, 1983 NCAA Champion
1982 NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler
1985 World Chamionships: Gold, 82 kg
1987 World Championships: Gold, 82 kg
Colleges: UCLA (one year); U. of Oklahoma (three years)
Dave, left and Mark when both were assistant coaches at Stanford (1985)
Paly Class of 1977
Wrestling Gold Medal: 74 kg (163 lbs)
Oklahoma State and U. of Oklahoma
"My brother was a saint," Dave Schultz told the San Jose Mercury News in 2010. "He was the greatest ambassador that the wrestling world has ever known. It didn't matter what country you were from. If you were a wrestler, you were his friend. It's amazing how many lives Dave touched. Wrestling will never see someone like Dave Schultz again. He was one of a kind."
Paly Class of 1982
1980 Olympian - 100 and 200 meter breaststroke
(U.S. Boycotted Moscow Olympics)
The highlight of Terri’s 20-yr swimming career was qualifying for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team In both the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke. As a high school varsity swimmer, she won the Central Coast Section Championship and breaking the CCS record in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley in 1981. Terri was named “Most Outstanding Varsity Swimmer from 1978 – 1982. She attended Arizona State University on a full swimming scholarship where she was a three-time NCAA All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 and 400 medley relays. In 1987 she represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games and won a bronze medal in the 100 meter breaststroke.
Suzy Jones Roy
Paly Class of 1966
100 Meter Breaststroke: 11th
200 Meter Breaststroke: Alternate
400 Meter Medley Relay: Swam breaststroke in preliminary heats for U.S. Gold-medal winning team
World Record: 110 yard breaststroke, 1966
Suzy (Susan) Jones Roy is a Palo Alto native and feels she was born in the right town at the right time for a competitive swimming career. The nearby famous Santa Clara Swim Club with Coach George Haines spurred her on to make the Olympic team on her second try in 1968. Suzy’s swimming career took place pre-Title IX before here was high school or intercollegiate sports competitions for women so she did not compete in swimming while at Paly. Suzy became a trail blazer forging the way for future women athletes to have equal opportunities in sports as the men.
Winning the 1965 AAU Cross-Country Championships -- NYC, November 27, 1965. Ron won again in 1966!
Paly Class of 1956
1964 Olympian -10,000 meters
Nothing but fond memories. It was my good fortune when Dad moved our family from San Francisco to “Mayfield Township” in 1946. Palo Alto still had a small town feeling. The large open tracts of land adjacent to Mayfield made it almost country; a marvelous place for a nine-year-old to grow up. Paly High brought me together with Coach Forrest Jamieson. It was the perfect storm. He molded me into a successful runner, starting me down the road toward bigger accomplishments. Had our family remained in The City, it’s not likely Ron Larrieu, the runner would have ever existed.
Rink at Olympic Trials - 1960, Stanford University
PALY CLASS OF 1954
DISCUS: SILVER MEDAL
WORLD RECORD: 1960
Menlo College, USC
That Tear – is priceless to acquire. The prerequisites are few but demand conviction, courage and commitment.
That Tear – has a vision: The view of the dream of excellence and the focus of hard work and demanding improvement.
That Tear – you see from the eye of the Olympian is in fact the True Spirit of the Games, never to be seen any place else. No other sport or assembly can claim it. Only a camera can capture it.
That Tear- may be irrelevant to others since they cannot buy it. Only the Olympian has earned it. This true expression from the perfection, pride and privilege of dedication to have struggled, knowing they had done their best at that moment in time. The entry fee is free.
That Tear – in fact is the Olympic experience. The spirit of the lasting reminder of one’s wonder of their inner self; both collectively with one’s soul and the Olympic Flame that will never burn out.
That Tear – the spirit of true emotion will be with the Olympian for life. That is God’s gift – greater than the medal itself.
Watch for more Olympians to be added -- the Paly "year of the Olympians"...an exceptional year...
Paly 64 Gathering in Roseville CA! It was truly a lot of fun, put together at the last minute...we had a great time! We sort of made a 71st birthday out of it too! Good spirit, good friends, good memories!
We got together on 11/29/17 at Buca De Beppo in Roseville, CA. Group photo L to R is: George Shields, Adele Faville, Tom Minor, Penny (Gray) Hennings, Bob Burnley, Sharon Vecsey-Minor, Karen (Kohles) Martinelli and Donna Adams, plus our 'Honorary Guest'!!!
The New Paly Gyms are completed and in service!
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