Friday, February 9, 2007
Current summary: A 40-45 minute documentary, titled "An Echo of the Future", about the Bessey family of Sunnyvale in the 1920's. The father who made a fortune in the farm supply business funded his son's venture into electronics, which was a dismal personal and professional failure. This little nugget of the past is surprisingly connected to the present, as the radio boom at that time was a lot like the dot-com craze in the late 1990's. This piece of Silicon Valley pre-history is entirely unknown because of the City's 1960's efforts to fully delete its heritage. But the future is bright because Sunnyvale has learned the error of its ways, rebuilding its downtown, preserving a plot of farmland as a working orchard, and finally building a long-awaited museum.