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Sergeant Ted Atlas, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office (ret.) was “born in San Jose in 1953, is a third generation native of the San Francisco Bay Area as his father and two grandparents were born in San Francisco. Ted Atlas has a BA in Geography from UCLA and is retired from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department. Since 1986 he has been the event management representative in the Security Command Post at San Francisco 49er games. He has also been involved in security at more than 20 NFL Super Bowls, as well as college football venues, the World Series and the NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball tournament.

Ted Atlas’ parents took him to his first baseball game in 1962 at Candlestick Park. He became a life-long Giants fan, often enduring the adverse weather conditions for which Candlestick Park became so well-known. Atlas recognized the iconic status that Candlestick Park holds in the hearts and minds of Bay Area sports fans. He used his interest in historical research to tell the story of the men who built the stadium, theplayers who performed on the diamond and gridiron, the performers who provide entertainment, the people who make the fan experience possible and most importantly, the fans, especially the kids who never forget their day at Candlestick Park.

The passage of time has not diminished his recollections of his first visit - how green the grass was, how white the bases, how great the taste of a hot dog. Atlas hopes this book will rekindle the same memories of the millions of fans who have taken in a game at “The Stick.”  Ted Atlas is the author of Candlestick Park.

According to the book description of Candlestick Park, “Opened in 1960 as the home of the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park is among America's most iconic sports facilities. It is a striking example of modernism and was the first reinforced-concrete stadium. The Giants' home for 40 years, it played host to two World Series, including in 1989, when it was infamously delayed by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Renovated to a dual-purpose stadium in 1970, it became home to the San Francisco 49ers. In 1982, "The Catch," one of the most famous plays in NFL history, heralded the beginning of five Super Bowl Championships. Candlestick Park was also home to the early Oakland Raiders, was visited by Pope John Paul II, and saw the last Beatles concert.”

A signed copy of the book is available from the author by email: ted.atlas@att.net

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About the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has 586 sworn personnel and a budget of $112,582,007.  The Sheriff's Office serves the communities of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of the County. The Sheriff's Office also maintains contracts with the Valley Transportation Authority and the Santa Clara County Parks Department for law enforcement services. With a total County population of approximately 1.7 million people, the Sheriff's Office has a service population of approximately 197,000.


The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1850, making it one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the State of California. There have been twenty seven persons serving in the capacity of Sheriff since 1850.


The Department is divided into 3 major bureaus; Field Operations, Support Services, and Administrative Services. In 1988 the County created a Department of Correction, so the Sheriff's Office no longer maintains the County Jail system. However, the Sheriff does provide supervisory positions within the Jail as well as staffing the Transportation Unit and Perimeter Patrol.


In addition to these functions, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office maintains a number of specialized units such as Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT). SERT is utilized in the resolution of extraordinary criminal events that are beyond the response capabilities of most individual deputies and warrant a coordinated team approach.  These may include hostage or barricaded gunman situations, the service of high-risk arrest or search warrants, dignitary protection details and the like.

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