Gifts From San Jose

Metroblogging cities gave 7 gifts to the world. Though not an official Metroblogging city San Jose would like to join the party. We might not find enough boxes, wrapping paper and bows for seven gifts but…

Red Gift box: Safety
New York may be claiming the title Safest Big City in the country, but the murder rate in San Jose is less than half of that in NYC.

Blue Gift box: Climate
San Jose lies inland, protected on three sides by mountains. Our annual rainfall (October through April ) averages 14.4 inches, and the Fog that can blanket “the City” is not a frequent visitor here in the South Bay. Occasionally snow can be seen coating Mount Hamilton or the Santa Cruz Mountains, but almost never falls on the valley floor. The average Summer temperature ranges from the 50s to the 80s. In the winter the average temperature ranges from the 40s to the 60s.

Gold Gift box: Money
San Jose currently has the highest median income of any city with over 225,000 people, and our residents produce more U.S. patents than any other city in the U.S.

With our gifts you will stay safe and warm while you mingle with the well-to-do and MENSA qualified.

Green Gift Bag:
* Stephen Wozniak- co-founder of Apple Computer. Woz Way is a street in San Jose.
* Peggy Fleming- gold medal 1968 Olympics.
* Stevie Nicks- (Born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona ) performed with fellow San Jose State University student Lindsey Buckingham at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in the early 70s.
* Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry- Born October 18, 1926 in San Jose, although some biographies establish St. Louis, Missouri as his birthplace–but who are you going to believe.
* The Doobie Brothers- I met them back in the 60’s on10th street in San Jose.  I don’t remember what took place, but I’m sure we had a good time.
* Alexander Lee “Skip” Spence musician and singer-songwriter for Quicksilver Messenger Service, the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, and Silicon Valley based Moby Grape. After Spence freaked out and spent time in a mental institution he recorded the solo album–“Oar” — Led Zeppelin came out with “More Oar”  as a Tribute to the magical, crazy genius that was ‘Skip’–Unfortunately his mental illness was not controlled  and he became homeless wandering the streets of Santa Cruz and San Jose.

Tied up with a big Silver Bow: Greg Kihn
* He is best known for “Jeopardy,” which was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic. The Greg Kihn Band headlines the annual Kihncert, which takes place in San Jose. He is also the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. Greg is my favorite local morning DJ on KFOX.

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