.Hero and Zero: An abalone dinner and a macho biker confrontation

by Nikki Silverstein

HERO: Generosity abounds in Marin. Our civic-minded heroes this week pooled their creativity and talents to make a positive impact in their community. Nathan Cobert, President of the Marin Scuba Club, is an avid abalone diver. When his Terra Linda Rotary chapter held its annual fundraiser last month, Cobert offered to provide the ingredients for an abalone dinner. His donation inspired another Rotarian, Fan Tan Smith, to offer his culinary skills to prepare a lavish six-course feast featuring abalone and exclusive wine pairings. The dinner extravaganza went for a whopping $1400 at auction, with munificent Rotarians Brian McLeran and John Bottari taking home the gastronomic prize. The proceeds benefit the Rotary chapter’s scholarship fund for deserving Terra Linda High School students. Gentlemen, thank you for your service.

ZERO: Let’s consider neutering aggressive males in Marin. It might stop these testosterone-laden, cavemen throwbacks from physically assaulting folks. Our most recent candidate for surgery is the macho mountain biker who used brute force last week during a confrontation with a 65-year-old female hiker on a trail in the Lucas Valley Open Space. Preserve. A witness called 911, and the woman was rushed to the hospital with bruises, cuts and swelling to her head, arm, torso and leg. Don’t forget the tech CEO cyclist who pulled a guy out of a car to violently beat him, and the good doctor who grabbed one of his 50 guns to shoot the road rage man who tailgated him home. If these bullies won’t control themselves, we should help them. Snip, snip.

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  1. Re the “CEO cyclist”, your position is unbelievably stupid, if predictable. If defending your family from a road rage idiot is to be a “bully”, suggest you brush up on laws and the Constitution about our rights and obligations to stay safe in our per suit of happiness.

    Should we confiscate your scissors? Just wonderin’.

  2. Hi Bob,

    My position may be unbelievably stupid; however, you appear a bit addled. The CEO cyclist wasn’t defending his family when he was riding solo, got off his bike, pulled a man from his car and assaulted the driver at a busy intersection in front of many witnesses. I suggest you brush up on your cognitive reading skills and then we’ll have a discussion about the Constitution. Maybe a dictionary and and history lesson would also be beneficial for you. The term pursuit (not “per suit”) of happiness is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

    I only use my scissors to cut paper, I abhor physical violence and I don’t have an overabundance of testosterone, which makes confiscation of my office supplies unnecessary. Hopefully, that alleviates your concern for your testicles.


  3. OK, bad to beat someone unconscience, even if they were a little tipsy and brushed you with their pickup truck. Have you ridden a bike recently? On a busy, narrow road? Do you understand that a threat with an automobile is no less dangerous than with a gun? Speaking of guns, following someone home after an RR incident wold be a serious threat in most people’s minds. We’re you there? I wasn’t , but most rational people would stop following. I would guess the guy shot wasn’t rational to begin with. Nikki, your knee-jerk reaction are getting tiresome.

  4. Hi Dry Camp,

    Glad we have common ground on the cyclist assaulting the driver. I agree that the road rage guy was irrational and a threat, which is why I would I believe that the good doctor or his wife should have called 911 prior to retrieving one of his 50 guns. He had enough time. If he had stayed inside his house with the doors locked, he could have had his gun ready while his wife dialed the phone. There were several reasonable options; instead, he shot a man. Shot a man. With bullets. My reactions, at least in these two cases, are not knee-jerk. Boring, perhaps, but thought out.



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