Remembering Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker (born 10 March 1951, died 27 October 2010) was an American photojournalist and technologist.

As an addition and counterpoint to Chris’ biography on Wikipedia, this page gathers writings about Chris that, being self-published, may not meet Wikipedia’s criteria for reliable sources.

  • Gulker, Chris (1994-12). “Walking on Fifth Street“.

    So why would I, lifetime unionist, cross a picket line of friends and colleagues this past November? [»»»]

  • Winer, Dave (2001-02-15). “Notes from the O’Reilly P2P Conference“. Scripting News.

    I also saw Chris Gulker yesterday. I introduced him to my friend Alex Cohen, now at Open Design, as the man who taught me everything I know about publishing. [»»»]

  • Winer, Dave (2002-01-19). “Another homecoming“. Scripting News.

    Chris Gulker taught me about content management in 1992 when he was the systems manager at the SF Examiner. [»»»]

  • Gulker, Chris (2002-12-16). “The View from Silicon Valley: Bloggers come in from the cold“. The Independent.

    Did we huddle from the chill of the frozen economic terrain hereabouts? Yup… and maybe it was a good thing; we’re the same people who did the actual work that resulted in the greatest legal creation of wealth in history. And we have our eye on next year… [»»»]

  • Gulker, Chris (2006-10-26). My brain and some news about same.

    Some months ago I began to notice that my left arm was behaving oddly. I was making more typing mistakes than usual, and I was having a hard time in the gym working the weight machines with my left. So I saw the doctor; he suspected a pinched nerve or orthopedic issue and sent me off to an orthopedist. [»»»]

  • Foss, Kurt (2006-11-08). “Acrobat 8: Behind the credits – Chris Gulker“. Kurt Foss’s Blog.

    Chris and I both came to the worlds of technology and software from backgrounds in journalism and news photography, and our paths crossed numerous times. In the early 1990s, we linked up and travelled to Australia and New Zealand together to participate in several digital imaging and publishing workshops sponsored by a large Pacific Area newspaper publishing organization. We were also both part of a “Virtual Newsroom” team that used early digital cameras, film scanners and related desktop publishing tools to cover and distribute photographs digitally from a trailer at the 1992 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. [»»»]

  • Ammann, Rudolf (2009-09-08). “Chris Gulker, Web Publisher“. Tawawa.

    Gulker was closely involved in two seminal Web events: the San Francisco newspaper strike of 1994 and the emergence of the weblog community some three to four years later. [»»»]

  • Gulker, Chris (2009-10-06). “An Addendum 15 years after the fact“.

    In a number of web accounts I have been painted as a guy who crossed the picket line. I, did, in fact, do that, as did every other manager at all three struck entities — The Examiner, Chronicle and S.F. Newspaper Agency. [»»»]

  • Holmgren, Robert (2010-04-06). “On being interviewed and interviewing“. Captions.

    Chris’ good cheer shines through even allowing for the health issues that have been visited upon him. I’ve often remarked that one of the main benefits of my commercial photography was the opportunity to meet and converse with so many wonderful people. Today Chris reminded yet again of that simple pleasure. [»»»]

  • Winer, Dave (2010-08-02). “Moving on for the last time“. Scripting News.

    Chris’s work led to a project we did together in the fall of 1994, when the San Francisco newspapers went on strike. I saw this as an opportunity to get hands-on experience with the web. I signed up to work on the strike paper. Chris was on the other side of the picket line, he was doing the website for the management paper. Didn’t matter that we were opponents, we shared what we were learning, and the pace of learning was, at that time, incredibly rapid. [»»»]

  • Getze, Jack (2010-08-02). “The Other Man“. The Crimes of Austin Carr.

    Chris Gulker probably did a better job raising my boy than I could have. Chris was always calm, patient, and understanding. Using only love and positive reinforcement, Chris taught our boy responsibility and courage, gave him love and self-confidence, and stood by him when the teenage years turned ugly. [»»»]

  • Goldbach, Bernie (2010-08-04). “Chris Gulker’s Last Picture Show“. Inside View.

    I owe a lot to Chris Gulker and his sharing. Because of his online style and infectious advocacy of technology, I waded into the deep waters of Adobe Acrobat. I kept checking the main page of his website even when I could have depended on its newsfeed because I could see him through a webcam that he kept perched on his bookshelf. Because of the eight-hour time difference between California and Ireland, I mostly saw a dark room. I also watched him bring his Mac into the kitchen, cooking over a gas hob. Eight years after I first saw his abundant garden vegetable patch, I finally have tomatoes that might trump his best. [»»»]

  • Healy, Cathy (2010-08-17). “An unlikely story about brain cancer: Gulker, Healy, Mario“. Cathy Healy Covers the World.

    “We.” That was Chris and me. Because…in the Herex newsroom, GulkerHealy / HealyGulker always got their story. [»»»]

  • Gulker, Linda Hubbard (2010-10-27). It’s a wrap….

    With the Giants in the lead — and they didn’t dare lose tonight! — Chris died peacefully shortly after 7:30 pm tonight. [»»»]

  • Loftesness, Sott (2010-10-27). “Goodbye Chris…“.Scott Loftesness.

    He was such a good man, a wonderful teacher, and a very special friend. [»»»]

  • Gulker, Linda Hubbard (2010-10-28). InMenlo founder Chris Gulker: Mar. 10, 1951 — Oct. 27, 2010. In Menlo.

    Chris was both high tech geek and artist. [»»»]

  • Rosenberg, Scott (2010-10-28). “Chris Gulker, 1951-2010“. Wordyard.

    I wasn’t a close friend of Chris’s, but I tried to keep up with him over the years, because I owed him a great debt (which I talked with him about last year): he is more responsible than any other individual for turning me on to the Web fairly early, and the Web has been at the center of my work ever since. [»»»]

  • Kurt Foss (2010-10-29). “Chris Gulker, RIP: Apple, Adobe & Amazing GraceKurt Foss’s Blog.

    Many people knew Chris far better than I did, but all who knew him in some capacity — many only virtually, as witnessed by recent comments posted on his blog — are going to miss him. He enriched a lot of lives, and I count him among a short list of people I’ve truly admired and respected. He was a bona fide Renaissance Man and technology pioneer, and in addition, a genuinely good and humble person. [»»»]

  • Bill (2010-10-29). “Chris Gulkler, Hyperlocal Hero“. All Camino.

    I don’t know the Gulkers but I discovered InMenlo this past summer and thoroughly enjoyed its professional design, personal touch, and beautiful portrait photography as I scoured it for El Camino Real news. InMenlo immediately became an inspiration for AllCamino. Chris was an avid technologist and talented photo-journalist, and it shows in the web site.[»»»]

  • Nixon, Sue (2010-10-30). “Lost Friends“. Life in Burgundy.

    Linda and Chris have been an inspiration to many these last few months with their openness with regard to Chris’ illness and their determination to “live each day”. [»»»]

  • Searls, Doc (2010-10-31). “Way to die“. Doc Searls Weblog.

    I barely knew Chris, I knew enough to get that he was terrific guy, citizen, friend, photographer, blogger and much more. I don’t think it’s possible to die more consciously and graciously than Chris did. [»»»]

  • Hodge, Nick (2010-11-06). “Vale Chris Gulker“.

    Chris’ comments, and followup discussion when I visited 1 Infinite Loop (as an Adobe employee in late 1998) definitely changed my outlook on the world. [»»»]