Eagle Theatre to Be Part of Packard Family Exhibits

The school’s Eagle Theatre will feature a 90-minute presentation about the conception of information technology corporation Hewlett-Packard (HP) Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. The event is organized by the Los Altos History Museum and is the first of four that will take place in the school’s theater.

According to Co-Chair of the Packard Exhibit Committee Julie Rose, the speaker for the night is journalist Michael Malone, author of the book “Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World’s Greatest Company.” According to the exhibit brochure, he will be discussing the inception of the company, mainly the “enlightened management, enduring quality and perpetual innovation” that created Hewlett-Packard. An autograph signing by Malone will follow the presentation.

“The Los Altos History Museum wanted to educate the community and the students and expose people to the history around us,” Theater Manager James Gibbs said.

From January 17 to June 22, the Los Altos History Museum will be holding an exhibit concerning the achievements and impact of Los Altos Hills residents Lucile and David Packard. There will be seven other presentations outside the one at the history museum.

“What’s happening at the high school are programs that complement and enrich the exhibit [at the museum],” Rose said.

Four of these presentations will take place in the high school theater, while the other three will be located in Los Altos Bus Barn Theater and the history museum itself.

According to Gibbs, this is the first time the Los Altos History Museum has rented the use of the Eagle Theatre. However, the theater can only seat 384 people, so seats will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“It’s great exposure to the community on historical topics, and it’s for anyone who knows of it, by word of mouth or by advertisement,” Gibbs said.

The event is not exclusive to the school’s students.

Rose said that despite this, she would “really love to see students come.”

The presentation at the school theater on March 12 will highlight Lucile Packard’s contribution to the community. On April 9, author Chuck House will lead a panel of five HP pioneers to share stories about the company, and on June 18, Julie Packard will talk about the role her parents played in the history of The Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Tickets to all four showings are $10 each and can be reserved in advance at losaltoshistory.org.