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Silicon Valley Almanack

newspaper cover For the Week of
December 10-16, 1998

Cover: The Truth Is in Here
Silicon Valley prodigy Joe Firmage left his post at the helm of USWeb after writing 'The Truth,' a work which tries to prove that the high-tech revolution came from space.


News: Hot Wheels
A group of valley Corvette-lovers are fuming after allegedly being rooked out of their cars by a dealer who says business simply went bad.

Metropolis News Extras

  • San Jose: Just call it the Year of the Rat.
  • Los Gatos: The house that Julia Morgan may (or may not) have built.
  • Saratoga: National press takes on the local 'scum vs. swift' debate.

Public Eye: Mayor Hammer parties on.

Down Underbelly: Cybercritic looks for the ludicrous in public art and architecture.


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Tap Tap Tap Dogs: It's not easy being a novelist, says Frederick Busch in A Dangerous Profession, his new look at writers' lives and hard times.

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They've Got Issues: The Offspring veer to the puritanical and cautionary on new album, Americana.

Audiofile: Reviews of the latest CDs by True to Form, Chris Cain and Tiger Okoshi.

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Return of 'The Thief': A new print of The Bicycle Thief confirms the film's status as a cinema classic.

Peasant Power: Good battles evil in Austrian class-based drama The Inheritors.

Norman, Is That You?: Vince Vaughn pollutes the memory of Anthony Perkins in the remake of Psycho.

Clerks: The romantic classic The Shop Around the Corner is the source for You Have Mail.

What a Draag: Animated sci-fi cult favorite Fantastic Planet returns.

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The Sin of Kitchen Envy: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Cuisinart.

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Les Follies Bourgeois: A rambunctious new production pokes fun at an upwardly mobile San Jose.

Claps for Chaps!: Musical revue returns to The Stage with holiday additives.


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