[Best of the Santa Clara Valley 1997]

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Best of Reader's Choice: People and Places

Radio Personality

First: Howard Stern
KOME (98.5 FM)

Second: Greg Kihn
KUFX (94.5 FM)

Third: Lamont & Tonelli (tie)
KSJO (92.3 FM)

Kim Vestal (tie)
KARA (105.7) FM

TV News Anchor

First: Maggi Scurra
KNTV--Channel 11

Second: Elaine Corral
KTVU--Channel 2

Third: Doug Moore
KNTV--Channel 11

Local Politician

First: Susan Hammer
Mayor of San Jose

Second: Tom Campbell (tie)
State Assemblyman, 15th District

Elaine Alquist (tie)
State Assemblywoman, 2nd District

Third: Jim Beall
County Supervisor, District 2

Irritating Local Personality

First: Lamont & Tonelli
KSJO 92.3 FM

Second: Susan Hammer
Mayor of San Jose

Third: Alex Bennett
Ex-morning-show host (KITS 105.3 FM)

Place to Get Married

First: Villa Montalvo
15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga (408/961-5800)

Second: Mission Santa Clara
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara (408/554-4023)

Third: Church

Place for an Illicit Tryst

First: Fairmont Hotel
170 S. Market St., San Jose (408/998-1900)

Second: A Vehicle

Third: Hotel De Anza
233 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose (408/286-1000)

Place to Take a Date for Over $50
Category disqualified due to ballot tampering.

Place to Take a Date for Under $20

First: A movie

Second: McDonald's

Third: Taco Bell


First: Vasona Park
298 Garden Hill Dr., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Second: John Morgan Park
540 W. Rincon St., Campbell (408/866-2105)

Third: Memorial Park
Stevens Creek Blvd. and Anton Way, Cupertino (408/777-3120)

Alternative to Driving

First: Bicycling

Second: Walking

Third: Light Rail

Excuse for Being Late to Work

First: Traffic

Second: Sex

Third: Overslept


First: Salvation Army

Second: American Cancer Society

Third: United Way


First: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library
180 W. San Carlos St., San Jose (408/277-4846)

Second: Sunnyvale Library
665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale (408/730-7299)

Third: Santa Clara Library (tie)
2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara (408/984-3097)

Campbell Library (tie)
77 Harrison Ave., Campbell (408/866-1991)

Historical Building

First: Winchester Mystery House
525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose (408/247-2101)

Second: Ainsley House
300 Grant St., Campbell (408/866-2119)

Third: St. Joseph's Cathedral
80 S. Market St., San Jose (408/283-8100)

Example of Government Waste

First: Quetzalcoatl statue

Second: Welfare

Third: Politicians

Use of Local Tax Dollars

First: Streets/highways

Second: Schools

Third: Parks

Place to Impress a Visitor

First: Los Gatos

Second: Downtown San Jose

Third: Highway 9

View of the Valley

First: Mt. Hamilton
End of Mt. Hamilton Road, San Jose (408/274-5061)

Second: Los Gatos hills

Third: The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga (408/741-0763)

High-Tech Start-Up

First: Yahoo!
3400 Central Expwy., Santa Clara (408/731-3300)

Second: Netscape
501 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View (650/254-1900)

Third: NetManage
10725 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408/973-7171)

Solution to Apple's Problems

First: Sell the company

Second: Bill Gates/Microsoft

Third: Steve Jobs

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From the Sept. 18-24, 1997 issue of Metro.

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