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Community - January 18, 2012

Peninsula magazine founder dies at 73

Theodore "Ted" Bache, whose letters and stories were frequently published in the Almanac, died Jan. 9. Mr. Bache, a 35-year resident of the Bay Area and, specifically, Menlo Park, was 73.

Family and friends invite those who knew Mr. Bache to a no-host gathering at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Parkside Grille, 884 Portola Road in Portola Valley, to "lift a glass to Ted's memory."

Born in New York City, Mr. Bache started his writing career at the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Telegram. He went on to work for Pan American Airlines.

Moving to the Bay Area in the 1970s, he founded and operated Peninsula magazine. He eventually formed a resume writing service.

An avid golfer, Mr. Bache was a Northern California Golf Association rules official and worked as a marshal at the Stanford University golf course. One of his favorite golf stories was of crossing paths with a young and soon-to-be-famous Tiger Wood on the Stanford course, said his daughter, Lisa Coates.

A self professed "crazy" reader all his life, he filled his life with stories, she said.

Mr. Bache frequently dropped by the Almanac offices to give reporters and editors tips and encouragement, according to managing editor Richard Hine. "He had high praise for the Almanac, saying more than once if he had to decide between canceling his subscription to the New York Times or the Almanac, it would be a tough choice," said Mr. Hine.

Mr. Bache is survived by his children, Lisa Bache Coates, Darrell Bache, Allison Bache Boudreau, and Christopher Bache; sister Gwen Gunther; brother Bob Bache; Geraldine Bache; three grandchildren; and longtime consort Margo Sensenbrenner.

Go to and enter "Ted Bache" in the search box on top to see examples of his letters and stories.