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Unlike Hollywood, Silicon Valley is not very good at celebrating its stars. So San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales has suggested spending $50,000 to kick off a planning and fundraising effort for a ``Silicon Valley Walk of Fame.'' Is it a tacky Tinseltown rip-off or a brilliant marketing strategy? Depends on how it's carried out."
"We have people calling all the time asking, `We want to see Silicon Valley, where do we go?' '' said conventions chief Dan Fenton. "This could be a piece of what we'd have available.''
Mercury News story [mercurynews.com]
When I was younger I always thought Silicon Valley was where they mined for silicon, in much the same way as one mines for diamonds, and that it was full of workshops where master craftsmen inserted the nuggets of silicon into the chip housing.
Well not as bad as confusing silicon with silicone and assuming that that's where the baywatch girls come from. It wasn't me by the way, but a cousin!
May be an opportunity for Sergey to put on his drag queen outfit again?
I've evidently lived a very sheltered life. There must be some aspect to this search engine business that people have been hiding from me. Or is this another new business experiment ("gDrag: organising the world's crossdressers")?
Its a little like trying to slum the Appalachian Rust Belt in one afternoon. LOL.
What I'd like is a nice lunch at Google, on the house of course. -Larry
joined:Dec 10, 2005
Are visitors asking to see it thinking its something like a theme park?
Good idea, long overdue.
If it's an actual walk, I'm curious what the criteria would be to get a "star" on it.
>>A museum would be nice.
There is the Hollywood Wax Museum, but what's compatible with one venue or industry might or might not be for another. It doesn't take much first hand exposure to the entertainment industry to be able to spot how "plastic" it is, and I think Silicon Valley doesn't really fall into that kind of designation, once we look past the VC hype. There are some very substantial people in tech and search - scholars and authors of white papers and innovators. That merits a different type of recognition than Hollywood's transitory glitz.
When you think of...San Francisco...you remember something, there is something specific...Bay area doesn't have anything
...except that one city. Went there once. Charming. Lots of dot commers. Can't think of the name, though.
Of course, promoting SF doesn't really help San Jose, they've gotta come up with their own thing, capitalize on the tech revolution, which spilled over into SF.
But silicon valley sucks. It's just a bunch of office parks and bad vibes. That's why it's hilarious when I get to write tourism copy about the area:
"Discover the bustling metropolis of San Jose, the airport, um, the buildings..." it's horrible! It's suburbia, not a destination. I never go there except under duress. (Work, conference, hub of transportation). So, if they can change that, then great :)