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Robin ChapmanTuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley Picked warm from a tree, a California apricot tastes, some say, like manna from heaven. In these pages, Robin Chapman recalls the season when the Santa Clara Valley was the largest apricot producer in the world and recounts the stories of Silicon Valley's now lost orchards. From the Spaniards in the eighteenth century who first planted apricots in the Mission Santa Clara gardens to the post-World War II families who built their homes among subdivided orchards, relive the long summer days ripe with bumper crops of this much-anticipated delicacy.Television journalist and the author of four books, Robin spent ten years covering stories in the nation's capitol. She was a news anchor and reporter for KRON-TV in San Francisco, WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., KGW-TV in Portland, and WESH-TV in Orlando. She now lives and works in her California hometown, Los Altos.