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12/08/2020 - 10:49am

Dr. William "Bill" Newmeyer III has been a member of the Mechanics' Institute Board of Trustees for ten years. A retired surgeon, he is currently one of three Vice Presidents on MI's Board. Bill's interests include travel and reading. Dr. Newmeyer graciously agreed to an interview by phone.

How did you come to join the MI Board of Trustees?

During the 1980’s my medical practice was at 450 Sutter. Since the Mechanics’ Institute was close I de...

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12/02/2020 - 3:14pm

Mechanics' Institute Board of Trustee member Richard Laiderman has been with MI since 2001. He is the co-founder and Chairman of StandardC, a San Mateo-based software company. Richard is a semi-retired financial executive and holds a master's degree in Finance and Information Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A voracious reader, Richard enjoys nonfiction, especially history and science fiction. 

Since coming to the MI Board of Trustees...

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11/25/2020 - 1:31pm


Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Espionage & Intrigue
Anthony Horowitz Moonflower murders

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Hilary Davidson Dress in the age of Jane Austen: Regency fashion 746.9 D281
Owen Hopkins...

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11/24/2020 - 11:38am

Mechanics' Institute Board of Trustee President Lindsey Crittenden is a San Francisco-based writer. She also loves to swim, and she shared her recent experience about swimming in the San Francisco Bay.  

My exercise of choice has been, for some 30 years, swimming.  Lap swimming, in a pool, up and back, some sixty times.  I like the security of see...

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11/20/2020 - 10:57am

Native American Heritage Month is an ideal time to learn about the rich cultural heritage and the many contributions of our first people. Our national narrative has been greatly enhanced by a diverse cast of Native American voices, including Louise Erdich, Sherman Alexie, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko and many others. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, let's honor and remember the Native American people who helped shape our country's heritage. 

MI staff has compiled...

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11/17/2020 - 9:43am

The new Netflix series, The Queen's Gambit, has received largely positive reviews from critics and viewers. I have enjoyed the acting, the chess, the human drama and the music supporting the storytelling. Throughout the series, the beauty and power of chess shine and its powerful message about one individual's ability to change the world through kindness resonates.

In the first episode, we are introduced to the central character, 9-year old Beth Harmon, wh...

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11/12/2020 - 10:51am

Michael Crichton Sphere
Suzanne Rindell The other typist
Bobbie Ann Mason Feather crowns
C Pam Zhang How much of these hills is gold
Ivy Pochoda These women
Yaa Gyasi...

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11/12/2020 - 10:28am

If witches could ride, they'd choose hockey sticks, or they do in Quan Barry's new book, We Ride Upon Sticks. This pop-culture packed novel will plunge you back to 1980s Massachusetts to witness the Danvers High School Girls Field Hockey team make a dark pledge of amateur witchcraft - wickedly funny in a Stranger Things kind of way. There's a bit of 1692 Salem Witch Trial history here as well...speaking of history, Sharon Kay Penman's medieval story of King Baldwi...

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11/10/2020 - 4:42pm

All of us at Mechanics’ Institute hope that you and your loved ones are doing well. This year has brought challenges to all of us, and the future can feel unpredictable. And yet we have confidence that the Mechanics’ Institute will emerge stronger and nimbler than...

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