HAL PLOTKIN'S METRO ARCHIVES

I wore many different hats at the San Jose-based weekly Metro newspaper for more than ten years, including serving as news and politics editor, and author of the paper's regular PublicEye column. My first cover story, about President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative -- or Star Wars plan -- was published on October 23, 1986.

Metro was my launching pad as a print journalist. I must express my thanks and deep gratitude to former managing editor Sharan Street who was a true joy to work with.

Most of my work for Metro pre-dated the Internet. Below you'll find samples of some of the articles I saved over the years, including a few sample PublicEye columns that also contain a few items written by other writers. The two stories at the top of this list are available online at Metro's site. All the other files listed below come from my personal archives, scanned in as images from their original clips as well as converted to adobe acrobat files. Most of these files are readable although the quality is sometimes low. You'll probably want to consider using the adobe versions if for some reason you want or need to print out any of the older files listed below.

 

 

Couple of Yahoos
April 11, 1996
Pre-IPO Profile of Yahoo Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo

Sunshine Superman
August 24, 1995
Profile of Activist/Entrepreneur Jim Warren

 

 

 



1980's

Late Aid
September 5, 1985
Red Tape Stymies Student Aid Program.
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Day at the Dump
September 12, 1985
The Building of Shoreline Amphetheatre.
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Building the Reagan Library at Stanford
March 14, 1985
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Next Stop, Managua
December 19, 1985
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Early Warning System
January 9, 1986
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New Wave Taxation
January 16, 1986
Federal Government Attempts to Tax Scholarships.
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SDI and Silicon Valley
October 23, 1986
Betting our Future on a Systems Experts Say Can't Work.
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1988 12th Disctrict GOP Congressional Race
November 5, 1987
Tom Campbell vs. Ernest Konnyu
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Konnyu Untangle This Mess
August 20, 1987
Campaign to Unseat GOP Congressman Ernest Konnyu
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Sorry, No Change
September 3, 1987
The Homeless on the Streets of Palo Alto.
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Pete McCloskey Profile
October 1, 1987
Brawl in the 12th Congressional District
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Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis Q&A
October 22, 1987
Massachusetts to Mars.
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Moral Regenerates
February 11, 1988
Ethics Classes Swell on College Campuses.
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Green Eggs and Miso
October 13, 1988
Green Party California Convention
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1988 12th District Democatic Party Congressional Race May 26, 1988
Anna Eshoo vs. Jim Garrison

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Police Chiefs Talk about Gun Control
June 30, 1988
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Daily Bread
July 14, 1988
How the Defense Department Bought off America's Newspapers.
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Last Ditch Glitch
July 7, 1988
Aftermath of 1988 GOP Congressional Primary
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Rx for Housing Ills
August 4, 1988

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1988 12th District Congressional Race
November 3, 1988
Anna Eshoo vs. Tom Campbell

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990's


Coming Unglued
October 18, 1990
A Look at Santa Clara County's Failing Mental Health System.
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Private Parts
February 21, 1991
A Peek Inside Palo Alto's Resident's Only Foothills Park.
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Played in Japan
October 12, 1991
Profile of Videonics, Inc.
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Sincerely, Tom Campbell
May 21, 1992
Profile of U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Campbell

by John Whalen and Hal Plotkin
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Cardinal Advice
September 3, 1992
Advice to incomming Stanford President Casper.
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1992 14th District Congressional Race
October 22, 1992
Anna Eshoo vs. Tom Huening
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The New Politics
November 4, 1992

John Vasconcellos and his Impact on Silicon Valley and California.
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Saving Silicon Valley
January 14, 1993
A Profile of the Early Efforts of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.


The Next Big Initiative
December 29, 1994
The Targeting of Affirmative Action.
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Contract on the Environment
April 20, 1995
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Indecent Proposal
June 22, 1995
The Communications Decency Act
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Dancing with Gazelles
July 27, 1995
The workings of the California Economic Strategy Panel.
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News Hole
August 3, 1995
The Aftermath of the Demise of the Peninsula Times Tribune.
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Right on the Money
November 22, 1995
A Look at the Hoover Institution's Partisan Agenda.
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SAMPLE PUBLIC EYE COLUMNS VARIOUS YEARS

Public Eye
November 12, 1987
John Vasconcellos, AEA

Public Eye
November 26, 1987
SJSU, Jockeying to replace GOP Congressman Ernie Konnyu.

Public Eye
December 10, 1987
Local political coverage.


Public Eye
May 19, 1988
John Dukakis campaigns for Dad Mike, congressional hopefuls spar.

Public Eye
June 30, 1988
Zoe Lofgren's election as supervisor, Pete McCloskey.

Public Eye
July 21, 1988
Bohemian Club, Competition from San Jose Mercury


Public Eye
August 25, 1988
More on the Bohemian Club Controversy, Bush vs. Dukakis in Silicon Valley.

Public Eye
September 8, 1988
Eshoo vs. Campbell, Hoover Institution Controversy, Dukakis San Jose visit.

Public Eye
September 29, 1988
Jesse Jackson vs. Michael Dukakis, GOP Rep. Tom Campbell's Support for Harsh Drug Penalties.

Public Eye
October 6, 1988
Former Gov. Jerry Brown runs for state Democratic Party Chair.


Public Eye — June 22, 1995
John Vasconcellos vs. Tom Hayes.





 

 

 

 

SDI and Silicon Valley
October 23, 1986
Betting our Future on a Systems Experts Say Can't Work.
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