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SMITH: Santa Rosa High alum on Forbes' '30 Under 30' list

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 5:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 5:24 p.m.

Did you see which alum of Santa Rosa High (and Harvard) has earned a spot on Forbes' “30 Under 30” list?

It's Santa Rosa native Andrew Golis, now a senior editor and director of digital media for PBS's “Frontline” documentary series.

Andrew is the youngest of three children of the unretiring Pete Golis, a force at The PD from the age of hot type to the news tweet. Forbes praised Pete's boy for helping “Frontline” “reimagine itself for a post-broadcast future.”

One of the brightest young minds shepherding quality journalism from old media to new, Andrew earlier founded a blog network at Yahoo! News that within just six months was generating more than 100 million page views.

At the age of 29, he's become Golis 3.0.

By the way, if you Google him, don't overlook the New York Times' account of his marriage to feminist author, teacher and blogger Jessica Valenti, one of the Guardian's “Top 100 Inspiring Women in the World.”

AFTER MILES: Right now, people living on the streets or in cars in Sonoma County are fending off the cold with jackets, gloves, sleeping bags and other winter survival gear collected by high school kid Miles Levin.

The Sonoma Academy senior needed a 17-foot truck — Just Ask Rental loaned him one — to deliver more than 2,700 personal warmth items to the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless.

The delivery delighted the task force's Fawn Moran. “It's so cold, and the demand is soaring,” she said.

Miles, 17, picked up the holiday humanitarian drive from students at the former Ursuline High. He'll graduate this year, so, more than 5,000 coats and other items later, he's done.

But good news. Younger kids at Sonoma Academy have promised him they'll carry on.

BURGLARS DON'T HIT just wealthy folks.

On Christmas Eve, of all nights, someone broke into Art Rodgers' pickup and stole the tools the 58-year-old Santa Rosa handyman needs to do his work.

Dianna Coulombe ( is one of his grateful clients hoping there may be someone who just received new tools and seeks someone worthy someone to receive the old ones.

RHETORICAL BIKINI: Twenty years after she and a second harried, hysterical Sonoma County mother starred in the prime-time NBC show, “The Mommies,” Marilyn Kentz still cuts up.

She's 65 now, a grandmommy, and it's the slings and arrows of aging that have her fired up. Three times this month, she'll take on the symptoms of senioritis in a one-woman show in intimate venues in Santa Rosa and elsewhere around the Bay.

Kentz ( has booked a side room at the Cattlemen's in Montgomery Village for the Jan. 17 performance of “Will I Ever Wear A Bikini Again?”

It won't ruin anything for you to know the answer to the question in the title.

No, Kentz vows.

“Never, never again!”

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and

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