Martin Kryska at Dartmouth ski team banquet, circa 1986

I wrote about Martin Kryska(1964-1992) and posted an eerie screen capture from someone’s youtube about a cross country race in Colorado 30 years ago. Martin was one of 14 Palo Altans in my Dartmouth class, 1986 (two from Gunn, seven from Paly, three from Casti, two from Menlo). A lady who knew him in Colorado commented on my board that she knew and liked him. (I don’t get many comments here; I have a modest readership: 500 visitors this month). Martin was a skilled woodworker and artist besides being a national-class skier; I knew him slightly, in the way I knew about 800 of my 1,050 classmates from College and  350 of my 404 classmates from Gunn. So that comment from Maureen, as I took a peek at my stats and comment archive, sent me to see what else the internet now has about this great guy, left too soon:

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Martin, seated and a woman I can almost place — I may send this to classmates to get her name. Rauner digital Dartmouth. Bonus points if we know who shot this.


and: there’s also a book of Martin’s woodworks in the stacks at Stanford but you need a credential to access it.


and and: this is a weird footnote, but according to the internet, which is fallible it looks like Paul Kryska, Martin Kryska’s half-brother married his high school sweetheart, Anna Doss and maybe they live in Bay Area or Peninsula. Before I knew Martin, while I was at Gunn, I went on one date, a double-date, to see Ferrante and Teicher at Flint Cupertino with Martin’s half-brother and his future wife’s sister, who was half-Japanese. Here is F&T, who are both now in Heaven, playing the Cuban “Malaguena” well before those times:

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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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