It’s a mystery what makes some Facebook ideas take off and other languish. Whatever the secret sauce might be, the recently created You know you grew up in Berkeley when… seems to have it.

The group was started a week ago by Trina Waldron-Hudson and already has ove 2,600 members. That already takes it past previous Berkeley/Facebook phenom Your Mom is So Berkeley, which we first wrote about in December 2009 (and still gets plenty of fresh content). Posts and comments have been flying in at a staggering rate.

They range from the specific (“being a ‘traffic boy’ at Jefferson”) to the historically minded (“Mario Savio making speeches”) to the enigmatic (“you called 644-2424”). Does this group have legs, or is it destined to run out of steam after a couple of weeks?

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. thank you fr: me 2u&thank you fr:U 2me..so proud of the group i created’you knw u grew up n BERKELEY when..’is such a big hit so cite you all(current member&up-coming members)are having such a blast&grand time sharing your experiences&or memories on the page..by banding 2gether we have united in a circle of making history!!we’re just 1 big happy berkeley fam bam LOL

  2. The most comments, 367 and counting, on any of the threads start with a BHS alum lamenting.

    Jane Webber Getting beaten up at Berkeley High. Why, oh why?
    August 4 at 9:39pm

    Not at all surprising to those of us who have experienced the beast within BUSD = Adult bullies.

    One astute commenter linked to scholarship on desegregation by David Kirp, ” Just Schools”
    a case study of five school district’s approach to integration. Kirp’s passages about the ideological framework determining the culture of Berkeley schools remains accurate today. 

    http://books.google.com/books?id=1mWGVhcq3KoC&lpg=PA336&ots=aEQzgrUniF&pg=PA148#v=onepage&q&f=false