Thursday, May 11, 2006


A new view

Last night I attended the annual Window on the River Park event that celebrates Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. I’ve been involved with the river park on and off for many years and last year it was my pleasure to handle the grand opening event [50,000 people – were you there?] as part of my day job – president of McNutt & Company, Inc. Public Relations. The Window event was held on the 16th floor terrace of Jeppesen, a company you may not have heard of, but one that probably affects your life. It supplies pilots all over the world with the aeronautical charts you see them carting onto the plane in those black briefcases. The local office – which was located in Los Gatos until about 5 years ago – handles corporate and private flight plans. You may recognize the names of a couple of their best clients: John Travolta and Dolly Parton. It was fascinating to tour their office. It operates 24/7 to put together flight plans and accurate weather forecasts for every possible route around the globe you can think of. I hadn’t thought about the need for pilots to get permits to fly over countries and was surprised to learn that they are charged a fee for every minute they are in foreign air space. Looking at the view of the valley from the terrace reminded me of the geography lesson I used to give to my daughter. I always told her that you can’t get lost in Santa Clara Valley. All you have to do is look up. If you see brown mountains, you’re looking east. If you see green mountains covered with trees, you’re looking west. And if you look to where the green mountain foothills dip down to make a V, you’ve found Los Gatos. And this is my husband pointing the way home.

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