Edhat Founder Peter Sklar Dies

Changer of Santa Barbara’s Media Landscape Loses Long Battle with Brain Cancer at Age 50

Monday, December 10, 2012
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Peter Sklar, the software mastermind who changed Santa Barbara’s media landscape with the creation of the website in 2003, passed away on Sunday morning, December 9, at the age of 50. He had been battling inoperable brain cancer for more than a year, and died at his home due to complications from pneumonia, with his wife, Sue Foley, two college-aged children, Zack and Nick, and longtime canine companion, Molly, by his side.

Peter Sklar, founder of Edhat, with Molly by the Santa Barbara Mission.
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Paul Wellman

Peter Sklar, founder of Edhat, with Molly by the Santa Barbara Mission.

Having previously founded the successful web company, Sklar turned his attention to Santa Barbara’s general lack of online media in the early 2000s. He built into a vibrant community forum, first around a series of trivia questions, such as “How many palms are on Cabrillo Boulevard?” and then into a service that, to this day, combines news aggregation, citizen journalism, photo sharing, public commentary, and person-to-person recommendations with a steady stream of original blog-like content from such folks as Roger “The Scanner Guy” Dodger, who tracks all emergency activity like a hawk.

Evolving into one of the region’s most visited websites, went on to repeatedly win The Santa Barbara Independent‘s Best of Santa Barbara Award for Best Website, and Sklar took his success on the road, speaking at USC and launching more sites in the communities of San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Sonoma, Mountain View, and New Haven, Connecticut.


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Terrible News. RIP.

DBD (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Did you mean Sunday, December 9th?

LisaKaye (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Peter was a good friend and very creative, our prayers to his family

wsburns (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow!! We have a lost a really good man. Peter was a man with a powerfully creative vision. He loved Santa Barbara and all the fascinating treasures around every street corner. I will always be indebted to him for giving me a venue to share my random photos and eclectic stories. Peace to you on your next journey, Peter. Our prayers are with Sue and the family.
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powdrell (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Peter Sklar left us all too soon. But he leaves a wonderful legacy for the community to enjoy and remember him by.

Ehat's tribute:

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 11:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I never met Peter, but he was an inspiration when I started my own company. He will be missed.

nkc (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 1:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Tragic news. Way too young to go, for anyone. :(

My heart goes out to his lovely family and Molly.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 3:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is it that almost all big contributors to our world die young?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 3:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great guy - huge loss!

bloodydramaqueen (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 12:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is just heartbreaking. He gave us all so much. May God bless and heal his wife, children and Molly.

patrick58 (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 11:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I worked for Peter at coolmaps as a database consultant for while. This is very shocking and so sad!

dawicki (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 6:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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