Sans Fran’s


edit to add:
Fran Hinson, in his shop, 497 Lytton, circa 1970, courtesy Palo Alto Historical and Guy Miller archives:

Beacom said. It is particular to every time and place. From her own childhood, Beacom remembers the reliably warm greeting she used to get from Fran Hinson, the late owner of the old Fran’s newsstand on Lytton Avenue. Hinson and his sister Ruth welcomed kids into their shop to read comics, inviting them behind the counter to pick out penny candy. “We never bought the comics, but they were nice to us,” she said. “Who knew how important those adults would be in our lives? “Forever in my mind will be the smell of red licorice, tobacco and newsprint together and the independence of being able to walk to Fran’s.” (from PAW, 2011, on teens, Kenrick)

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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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