Around the time that UC Santa Cruz opened, the Sentinel's city editor, Jim Kruger, wrote a piece wondering if the new university would change the essence of Santa Cruz.
Ultimately, he predicted -- correctly -- that Santa Cruz would not become strictly a university town -- that there was so much more here that being a university town would only be part of the story. Sure, UCSC dominates Santa Cruz in some ways, but it's also a surfing town, a beach town and a tourist town.
And then there's something Kruger couldn't have predicted -- a geek town. This weekend the techies will take center stage at Cruzioworks -- at the old Sentinel building -- for the inaugural "TechRaising." The event will feature a variety of workshops in which entrepreneurs start by pitching their ideas on Friday night and then spending the weekend developing and refining them.
The featured speaker will be Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. He'll speak Saturday at 10 a.m. -- but the "TechRaising" will continue all weekend, starting at 6 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday.
The Mercury-News has taken note, with tech writer Peter Delevett saying: "The stereotype may hold that the economic pillars of Santa Cruz are surfing and hemp, but some locals will tell you the tech industry is thriving there."
For information, go to the TechRaising website.