Around Town | June 15, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - June 15, 2012

Around Town

WHAT GOES AROUND ... Make a "positive impact" on every single person you meet, because "you never know how it could affect you in the future." Stanford University head football coach David Shaw told Gunn High School graduates last week that is "the biggest advice I have for you." And it came with a story. Years ago, Shaw had a summer job working in a rock quarry. "I worked extremely hard, from sun-up to sundown. It was hard, cruel work, and after that I realized I was not going to do manual labor for the rest of my life." Fast forward several decades when Shaw's boss, then Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, moved to the 49ers, and Shaw "really wanted the head coach job." Stanford benefactor John Arrillaga "could have put an end to my desire, but of course he gave me the stamp of approval. Why? Because I worked at his rock quarry all those years ago," Shaw said.

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