For people who attended Crawford High School or would have attended if they hadn't
moved -- or just have fond memories of San Diego in the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Here's yesterday's Bizarro cartoon

I'm worried Bob Richardson's '61 Reunion photos may have gotten lost in the shuffle last week.  He's at the right in this shot, which I think was taken by Paul Dean.  Click HERE to enjoy them all.

Speaking of reunions, '62 grads who attended the '61 reunion will have their own reunion on September 22, 2022 at the Bali Hai -- and they've invited the Class of '63 to join in the fun.  Email Lynn Routt Swanson or Jerry Smithson to get in on the ground floor.

Class of '72 members Roberta Myles Markey, Anne Corio Westerfield, Mark Westerfield, and Phyllis Schwartz recently lunched at the Off Shore Tavern on Morena, site of their 45th reunion.  Phyllis says the 50th will be at a new, fun location.

Click HERE if you'd like to take a look at photos I took of movie marquees 40 years ago.

My classmate Ed Gabrielson died September 18, 2021.  I was lucky to have spotted his obituary tucked away in last Sunday's Union-Tribune.  It listed only his birthdate -- July 19, 1944 -- and the date of his death.  I've posted two photos to the Class of '62 Obituary Page, neither of which show the red hair and freckles I remember from our high school years.


Friday, October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021


I LOVE the stuff Sandie Robbins Knox shares on Facebook

San Diego Union-Tribune photographer K. C. Alfred caught this shot during Monday night's thunder and lightning storm.  It looks toward Coronado from Mount Soledad.

Can't make it to New England for the Fall Colors?  Ernie Cowan suggests you take a drive up to the Eastern Sierras.  Click HERE for the details.

Pictures are coming in from the Class of '61 (and '59, '60 and '62) Reunion.  Click HERE to see an enlargement of this photo plus a Google slide show from Bob Richardson that has names.

Original Colt Hank Williams '59 was looking for a Crawford High decal to put in the back window of his restored '56 Chevy.  He said the school doesn't sell them.  I'm not sure exactly what he's looking for but I got this image from Sally Brett '63.  Click HERE for an enlargement.

Dave Sleet shares this poster from when he was a drummer for the Nomads.  He also was a drummer for the Cascades.  Apparently he decided NOT to bang on drums all day.  He has a PhD and works for the CDC.  (Hey, that could be the first line of a good song!)

Nona Beckham Eichelberger sends word that her brother Gary passed away September 11th.  He lived in the Seattle area.  

My friend Judi Romano Hetrick ’67 passed away October 4th. She had been fighting cancer and beating it until a different, more aggressive, kind took her from us -- Laralee Richardson ’67

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

You ever quit going to a certain restaurant because the music was too loud?  I have.



Crawford vs. Mission Bay
7 PM • Crawford Stadium

Pre-Game Alumni Party
5:30 PM • Inside the South Gate

Alumni parking behind the gym • Enter from Spartan Drive
Senior Tickets $2.00
Special Alumni Seating Area
Tour of the school

Ethnic food and drinks for sale by ASB Clubs
CHS gear for sale by ASB and the Crawford Foundation


I got a cryptic email this week noting the passing last week of Wendy Wangsgard at age 83.  I didn't know she taught at Crawford.  Turns out she didn't.  Here's a photo, circa 1967, of Ron Davidson, Bill Jones, Wendy and me at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas.  Ron and Wendy were PE coaches at Horace Mann.  Bill was my neighbor at College Village Apartments.  Ron died on August 5, 1968 in Vietnam.

Gary Mitrovich sends word that his cousin-by-marriage, Martha Gail Davis Mitrovich '61, passed away this past August.


Friday, September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021


I see that Steve Martin got partial credit for yesterday's Bliss Cartoon.  They've written a book together, entitled A Wealth of Pigeons.

Ernie Cowan says the White-Crowned Sparrow, and other birds, should have arrived in San Diego this week if they're on schedule.  Click HERE to read his column.

I can't help myself when Greg May posts car photos on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  This brand-new 1963 Chevy Bel Air station wagon was photographed, I suspect, on the Sunrise Highway turnout that offers views of the desert.  Click HERE for a larger view.

Aerial photographer Jimmy Erickson was, for a short time after WWII, a business partner of my late friend Howard Rozelle.  Howard found him difficult to work with and something of a blowhard.  Jimmy claimed to have been the first to take an aerial photograph.  He also claimed to have been Charles Lindbergh's roommate when the latter came to San Diego to oversee the construction of the Spirit of Saint Louis.  Turns out Jimmy may have been telling the truth.  Click HERE to check out the results of research I did last year.

Click HERE to read the September 24, 1971 Pacer.  That's EXACTLY 50 years ago!!  Dang!!

Crawford teacher Mary Lee Anderson passed away peacefully on September 8th at the age of 97. Mrs. Anderson graduated in 1947 from San Diego State College with a major in English and a minor in French, earning an M.A. in English Literature from Syracuse University.  She taught English at Woodrow Wilson Junior High and then at Crawford High School for over thirty years, retiring in 1985.  She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She remained active in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for women in education.  Her husband, Harry Lancelot Anderson, a noted bibliographer of piano recordings, died in 1990.   

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Click HERE to look at the Faculty Obituary page

Thank you Linda Roberts Ponsford '70 for telling me of Mrs. Anderson's passing.

Friday, September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Yesterday's Bliss cartoon

This stunning photo of the Geisel Library was taken during last week's lightning and thunder storm by UCSD photographer Erik Jepsen.  Click HERE if you'd like to see an enlargement.

Sixty years ago?  How did THAT happen?  Click HERE to read the September 21, 1961 Pacer

Remember the Football Carnival in Balboa Stadium that opened the prep football season?  Click HERE to read the program from the September 23, 1961 game.  

My brother Joe Keeyes ’63 passed away Thursday, September 16th, at 3:30 AM.  His daughter Karen was with him and said he was completely at peace.  This was all pretty sudden.  Joe has been in a private home for assisted living care for a few years now and seemed very content and happy there.  Not long ago he just stopped eating and drinking but then he bounced right back and was at the table eating two helpings of breakfast and glasses of OJ.  This past Monday he stopped eating and drinking and was so weak he could not even suck the drink through the straw.  Wednesday morning the hospice nurse said it was time to let him go, that he had transitioned and would probably pass by night.  Joe's son, Jon called this morning to let us know he passed -- Kathy Keeyes Antus ’68

Belated Passing

Donna Kade Miller ’63 died July 31, 2017  After graduating from Crawford, Donna went to nursing school at LA General, graduating with honors.  She married fellow Colt Mike Miller and they had four children.  She was an ICU nurse at Scripps for 17 years, then got a Master’s Degree and went into home health care services.  She was a beloved baby sister.  I miss her terribly -- Gail Kade Grundman ’59

Friday, September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021


Courtesy of Sandie Robbins Knox '61

The August 23rd Golf Tournament at Rancho Bernardo raised $13,000 for Colt sports activities.  Pictured above are Butch Higgins '65, Susan Marshall Gordon '64, Maureen Doyle Miner '65, and Terry Percival '65.  Click HERE to check out a bazillion photos -- AND videos.

Looks like Editor-in-Chief Pat Edwards got an A-Plus from Mr. Parry for the September 15, 1966 Pacer.  Click HERE if you'd like to read the 4-page issue from 55 years ago.

I wonder if any of the folks who produced the Pacer above were in Jim Teeter's classes at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School.  Click HERE to take a look at Grades 4-6.

Friday, September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021

(Hint:  Looks like someone has arrived in Hell in a Handbasket)

More than a handful of folks thought this was Fritz Ziegenfuss and that last week's shots of the 1956 San Diego Commencement were actually 1965.  I did a little research and it turns out that the 1965 Commencement was held in Aztec Bowl and not the Open Air Theater.  I've included the snippet below, from the June 12, 1965 San Diego Union, that shows Jim Schrupp '61.

Last week I shared the colorful crowd photo from the 1962 Crawford-Mission Bay football game.  Here's the other color photo from the 1963 Centaur.  Click HERE if you'd like to see an enlargement.

Click HERE to check out the 1956 Horace Mann Cougar loaned to me by the late Larry Mabee '61.  I'm trying to do the math.  9th Graders from 1956 would go on to become Crawford's first graduating class in 1959 -- I think.