Otto Slater, “the Mayor of Byrd Lane”, (1924-April, 18, 2015)

Goodbye, old friend

Goodbye, old friend

Otto Slater was “the Mayor” of Byrd Lane in Los Altos Hills. Before the last time I went to a Wallace Stegner reading (circa 1992), in San Francisco, I got the low-down from Otto: “I hear there’s a hoot-owl been sounding”. Nature-talk was a currency among a certain type of Los Altan,although I was a mere poseur. (Otto was also a retired Lockheed engineer and great-grandfather).

I ran a photo of his wife Lucy(d. 2012), Jed, Pucci and their old Mustang, circa 1988, a few months back.

I was his neighbor on and off for about 25 years.lucyjedpucci

The Ogden obituary says Wallace Stegner says that Otto has or had a green thumb up to his elbows.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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