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March 11, 2009 > Lake Elizabeth stories

Lake Elizabeth stories

By Praveena Raman

Local author Doug Tinney will present "Life and Liberty at Lake Liz" and autograph copies of his book at Fremont Main Library Saturday March 14. The publication tells the story of Lake Elizabeth from its inception to the present, intertwined with stories of those who enjoy its splendor.

In 2003, after graphic artist Tinney was laid off, he often spent his newly acquired free time walking around Lake Elizabeth. As he overheard various languages spoken by people he saw, he started wondering who they were and what had brought them to Fremont. The more he thought about it, the more convinced he was that they had wonderful stories. Soon the idea of writing a book took shape, but it was not until 2007 that he started his experiment to collect stories of strangers.

When he began researching, he found out "Lake Liz," as he calls it, is celebrating her 40th anniversary March 22. Armed with this information, he decided to write and publish the book to coincide with this occasion. The next step was to collect stories of people frequenting the lake. Although Tinney is not shy about talking to strangers, he decided that instead of approaching them, he would let passersby read a poster about his project and ask him questions if they were interested. Various times during the week he set up his poster at a spot near the ranger station and sat patiently, waiting. He found that people curious enough to enquire about his project readily shared their stories.

While "Life and Liberty at Lake Liz" reflects Fremont's diversity, it is more than just stories of people. It is filled with information about the park, its history and its wildlife. Supported with beautiful color photographs, it will delight the amateur bird watcher, local historian, anthropologist, naturalist and occasional visitor. This is a must for every resident and anyone who has ever strolled, walked, run or partied at the park.

Lake Elizabeth presentation and book signing
Saturday, Mar 14
10:30 to noon
Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1500

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