- Mr. Thomas was a strong advocate of locally-focused journalism, always willing to leave regional and national stories to others while concentrating both the news and advertising columns on local readers. At a pre-publication meeting with then-Mayor Ben Tarver in early January 2000, Tarver told Mr. Thomas that while he looked forward to a new newspaper, he felt that it would be short-lived "because this is a small town and in six months there won't be anything left to write about."
Mr. Thomas set out to prove him wrong, and he did.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Dr. at the corner of Easton and El Camino Real. (Photo credit: Pleasanton Weekly)