Articles

A sample of articles that span topics such as San Jose/Silicon Valley history, cities, and 20th Century Irish History as well as some personal family history.

For President of Ireland – San Jose’s Ex-Mayor Tom McEnery – Irish Central

In two weeks nominations close and we’ll know the final field for the October 27 election for President of Ireland. If ever there was a year for an Irish-American to give it a go this was it. First of all, the field remains as it was on August 15 when I wrote that Ireland is seeking a half-way decent candidate for President. Michael D Higgins leads in the polls, but a third of the electorate is basically saying, “Can we have another choice, please?” Read more

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Remembering the Kennedys

Remembering the Kennedys  

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From Saigon to Hanoi

From Saigon to Hanoi  

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Get to Know: Tom McEnery, Hillbrook Grandparent and Former San Jose Mayor

Get To Know: Tom McEnery, Hillbrook Grandparent and Former San Jose Mayor  

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Saigon: The Second Look

Saigon: the Second Look  

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Saigon: The Original

Saigon: The Original  

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Presidential bellwether on far side of Atlantic AS BALLYBUNION GOES, SO GOES U.S. ELECTION

By Tom McEnery The evocative and heartfelt endorsements of Sen. Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy for the Barack Obama candidacy came as no surprise in one small town. It is perhaps the only place in the world with a statue of Bill Clinton, testimony to his help with a big issue there. This town that sits on the western tip of Ireland is Ballybunion, and the statue is a salute to the long efforts of an American president to create peaceand hope for many. That was then, this is now. There, beside the mouth of the mighty Shannon River, the … Continue reading

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California Leadership The Democrats’ Lost Opportunity

By  Tom McEnery   Taking on an entrenched and popular incumbent is a dubious prospect for any Democrat, at any time, but courageous and thoughtful people in the Democratic Party — from President Bill Clinton to a young Gov. Pat Brown — have tried and succeeded. This year, in California, there is a difference. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, is no Clinton. He is no Pat Brown. In this sort of election, in which a relatively unknown challenger takes on a well-known incumbent, a couple of things are supposed to happen following a fractious primary — namely, … Continue reading

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Schwarzenegger Has His Head Examined An Intellectual Biography of our Governor

CALIFORNIA By Kevin Starr Kevin Starr is University Professor of History at USC and California state librarian emeritus. His most recent book is “Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003.” Less than a year and a half after California’s historic recall election, Sacramento’s wastelands are littered with the bleached bones of legislators and pundits who, unable to move beyond a cliche-ridden dismissal of a bodybuilder-movie-star-turned-governor, have underestimated the raw intelligence and honed intellect of the Austrian immigrant at California’s helm. To examine the intellect of Arnold Schwarzenegger is to seek to discern the influences that have shaped — and continue … Continue reading

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The San Jose That Might Have Been

A former mayor of San Jose imagines Silicon Valley with a little more Hart in its world. By Tom McEnery / Edited by Jenny Desai There had never been a New Year’s celebration like it in anyone’s memory. Well, perhaps old Martin Murphy’s 50th anniversary party in 1881 came close, but today was very, very special. Every national media outlet was on hand: ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, and all the rest, as well as the foreign press. It was like a combination of millennium events, the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a Super bowl party all rolled into … Continue reading

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