IN NOVEMBER Stan Mazor (attended ’60–’65) and his former Intel colleagues Marcian E. "Ted" Hoff, Jr. and Federico Faggin received the White House’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation for developing the first microcomputer. The medal is the highest U.S. award given to scientists, engineers and inventors. Another innovative Gator, Charles Hall (B.A., ’67; M.A., ’68), who gave the world the waterbed, has gone on to make waves with inflatable kayaks produced by his company, Advanced Elements. Earlier this year, Hall, Clayton Haller (B.A., ’95) and Ryan Pugh (B.A., ’08), all design and industry grads, received an I.D. Annual Design Review award for their AirFusion Kayak. A Gator designer of the fashion kind, Christopher Collins (B.A.,’03), made it work for 11 episodes on the latest season of "Project Runway" before he returned to the San Francisco-based line he runs with creative director Erica Tanamachi (M.F.A., ’07). Musical innovator Israel "Cachao" Lopez is the subject of "Cachao: Uno Más," a production of SF State’s DOC Film Institute that began airing in the fall on PBS’s "American Masters" series. Alumni Day’s panel of SF State film masters included visual effects artist Victoria Livingstone (B.A., ’85), sound engineer Christopher Boyes (B.A., ’85) and documentarian Steven Okazaki (B.A., ’76), who hold a total of six Academy Awards among them. If you were onthe edge of your seat reading Stieg Larsson’s novel, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," get ready to scoot forward in a theatre near you. Another Academy Award-winner, Steve Zaillian (B.A., ’75), wrote the screenplay for the soon-to-be- released American film version. Also in the riveting film department: Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas (B.A., ’04) wrote and co-produced "The Other City," a documentary on AIDS in America that opened in Washington, D.C. earlier this year and is screening in cities nationwide. Moving from the screen to the stage: Tony Award- winning conductor and music director Paul Gemignani (B.A., ’68) will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in January. Then comes February, the busy season for Roger Vincent (B.A.,’53), Abraham Lincoln presenter. A score minus five years ago the retired school teacher started speaking at schools and museums, where his audiences have included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Vincent is not the only education grad with a mission to bring history alive and an uncanny resemblance to a dead president. Fred Rutledge (cred., ’80), chief of staff for the California Center for Military History, makes the lecture circuit as Theodore Roosevelt. This year triumphs of the historic kind came to the San Francisco Giants as well as the University’s Creative Writing Department, which just claimed the literary equivalent of a sweep in a baseball series: Alumni Anhvu Buchanan (M.F.A., ’10), Roxanne Beth Johnson (attended ’02–’05) and Dustin Heron (B.A., ’05; M.A., ’09) took home all of the San Francisco Art’s Foundation’s distinguished 2010 Joseph Henry Jackson, James Duval Phelan and Mary Tanenbaum Literary Awards.
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