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, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

I love the artwork that sometimes accompanies articles in the New York Times.  This one came with a piece entitled "Move Over Wikipedia, Dictionaries Are Hot Again!"

A new restaurant is coming to Pacific Beach.  It's called the Waterbar and will be located in the spot previously occupied by Joe's Crab Shack, Rusty Pelican, and Halligan's 4 Fish.  PB Ale House has been featuring entrees that will be on the Waterbar menu.  I almost ordered the Tuna Melt, until I read the ingredients and recoiled in horror: "Orange Juice-poached medium-rare Wild Albacore, mayonnaise, pickle, dill havarti, on an open-faced brioche."  That is NOT a Tuna Melt!!  My friends had to hold me back.  I wanted desperately to get in the kitchen and bitch-slap the chef.

Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" was number one on the KCBQ Top 30 list from February 19, 1971.  CLICK here for a larger version that may be legible.

Bobby Freeman died January 23rd.  His 1958 "Do You Wanna Dance" symbolized music of the '50s. No, he didn't go to Crawford.  Some of us are of an age to bemoan his passing.

Greetings from Oakdale, California -- gateway to romantic Modesto.  '66 classmates Ken Burton and Richard Morse apparently met up in a bar somewhere between their respective abodes in Tracy and Sonora.  I know I shouldn't criticize, but the photo was taken without a fill-in flash with a Budweiser neon sign in the background.  I had to convert it to black and white for it to be legible.  Actually, it makes the guys look kind of distinguished.

Michael Downing '65 passed away January 17th.  There will be a memorial service in Las Vegas on Saturday February 18, 2017 at 1:30 at Grapevine Fellowship Church, 800 N. Bruce St., Las Vegas, NV, 89101.  Click HERE to read an obituary and/or sign the guest book.

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

Finally a little good news out of Crawford High.  The Union-Tribune published a nice article on Wednesday about Crawford's Soccer Program, and the two foreign-born players who have earned college scholarships because of it.  Click HERE for an enjoyable read.

Live Jazz will not be performing at the Amigo Spot Saturday night, so you might want to head over to La Mesa Wine Works and listen to The Jamacha Project, a quartet that is three-quarters Colt -- Chris Anderson '72, Barry Cogdill '73 and Mark Phillips '72.  Downbeat is at 6:30 PM.

Mark your calendars for the ArtReach Fundraiser at the Music Box at 2:30 PM on February 26th.  It features Sue Palmer, San Diego's Queen of Boogie Woogie, and The Shenanigans.  The Shenanigans are local folks, some of whom attended Crawford -- John Gunderson, Dave Good, Joe Dyke.   Jim Gunderson has graciously underwritten this event so that we can have an amazing afternoon of music while also benefitting the organization I co-founded and now head.  It is called ArtReach and our mission is to increase access to visual arts education for elementary school students, especially in schools that serve low income families.  Our free/very low cost programs connects students to practicing artists and sequential art lessons at schools that would otherwise have no access to structured art making.  I co-founded this organization with my sister Sandi Berman Cottrell. She too is a Crawford grad.  So, it's kind of a Crawford family affair -- Susan Berman Silbert '73

Tony Flores '72 shares a photo of himself and John Velguth '71 at La Jolla Shores in 1971.  Click HERE for an enlargement and -- if you're sitting down -- a recent photo of the dynamic duo (and Ray Sandoval '69).

My heart goes out to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller who lost his recent salary arbitration case.  A trio of arbitrators decided that he will only be paid $4.7 million in 2017.

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

This just in!!  Guy Gonzalez '70 will be sitting in on guitar tomorrow night with the Live Jazz Quartet at the Amigo Spot in Mission Valley.  7 PM. 1333 Hotel Circle South.  Come early and dine.  Be there or be square!!

I'm thinking about getting me some of them Jimmy Dean breakfast Delights.  The TV spots say they contain "real" ingredients while the print ads tout "genuine" ingredients.  I'm pretty sure this is an improvement over "fake" ingredients.  Reminds me of the "Genuine Imitation Naugahyde Seat Covers" I once purchased.

Remember when El Cajon Blvd. was Highway 80 and motels were called Auto Courts?  Me neither, but -- if you have Facebook -- you can look at a series of 1947 shots of the Blue Jay Auto Court, 5070 El Cajon Blvd, on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook Page.  Click HERE to see what's there today.

A wonderful 1952 photo of the Spreckels Theater showed up on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page last week.  I've enlarged it and posted it to my Vintage San Diego Photos web site.  

Sandi Patty '74 will make a San Diego stop on Friday, February 17th at Faith Chapel in Spring Valley as part of her Forever Grateful tour.  Click HERE for more information.

Ringling Brothers Circus hired local musicians to fill out their small traveling core players. I did several summers with the band.  It was a brutally tough chop-killing gig -- but FUN!  Plus I got to hang backstage with the clown band -- Joe Dyke ’65

Sally Bots Chew '69 is doing some serious downsizing.  She gave me her Jackson Elementary class photos, which I've posted to the Jackson Elementary Page.   Anyone who'd like the originals can contact me.

And she gave me her annuals, which I will re-gift to the person or persons who want them the most.

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

My taste in poetry generally runs along the "Man from Nantucket" lines, but I enjoy Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" each evening, and it ends with a poem.  They never rhyme, but what the heck.  Last Saturday's offering was "Theater" by William Greenway, which brought back childhood memories.  I'd be interested to hear what you think of it.  Click HERE to read and/or listen to it.

I forget the details, but there was a lovely collage of Anthony's Fish Grotto photos in this week's Union-Tribune having to do with the closing of the restaurant on the harbor.  I think you can win gift certificates to use at the La Mesa store.  Anyway, the shot of Mama Ghio sampling her "red" clam chowder made me think of my 1981 Miss Pacific Beach Anna Cawthon.  She was excited to have her own postcard in the rack at Anthony's and we went to check it out.  Alas -- it wasn't there.  Mama Ghio issued orders she didn't want that kind of thing in her restaurant.

Word that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting down, coupled with news that Circus Vargas is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds caused me to think it might be time to take another look at the the photo Bob Richardson shared some time ago of his sister at the Clyde Beatty Circus in 1949.  That's it below.  Click HERE if you'd like to see a larger version, plus a caption.

Bonnie Hinrichs Shipley '65 passed away January 15th in Tennessee, where she had moved to be close to two of her adult children and grandchildren.

Sigrid Overstreet Carlson '72 was born in Tennessee, but moved with her family to San Diego.  Her father -- C. S. Overstreet -- taught at Crawford.  Sigrid died January 6th in Huntington Beach.  Click HERE to read an obituary.

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

“The addicts pull up just after nightfall near a sedan parked along a busy street in this border city best known for murder.   One by one, they fork over fistfuls of cash to Sonia Garcia, who reaches into the trunk of her car and hands over the trafficked goods”.  Click HERE to read the Los Angeles Times article entitled “The ‘Krispy Kreme Familia’ and the black market doughnuts of Juarez”

Sharon Cramer Sceper '68 assures me she's not snow-bound in her Hayfork, California log cabin.  I suspect she might have cabin fever in any case.  She's not a Happy Camper that Dos XX beer has replaced The Most Interesting Man in the World Jonathan Goldsmith with The Most Interesting Man in the World Augustin Legrand.  You can cry in your beer together.  If you feel the need to commiserate contact her at

“Unfortunately, we’re probably the biggest provider of mental-health beds in San Diego County, in my jails,” said Sheriff Bill Gore '65 in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Click HERE to read the whole article.

World-class bassist Nathan East '73 got the whole front page of last Sunday's San Diego Union-Tribune Entertainment section.  Click HERE to read the article by George Varga.  (Be prepared to swat away some advertisements to get to the article)

Steve Fontana '69 thought you might enjoy the San Diego and Coronado Ferry tickets he discovered last weekend while going through some of his Dad's stuff.  

Karen Richter Tolvo '64 rode the ferry on August 2, 1969 and has the certificate to prove it.  It was the ferry's last day before the Coronado Bridge opened.  Hey, that's the same year Steve Fontana graduated.

Bob Smedley '64 passed away December 4th.  Click HERE to read an obituary

Robert Svet '65 is gone, says Harry Proctor.  Services were held on December 13th.  That's all I know.

Barbara Rizzo Moody ’67 passed away January 5th, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.   She leaves behind, among others, sisters, Ida, Joyce and  Gerrie.  Click HERE to learn more.

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th!

I thought Larry Willis '61 and any other woodworkers out there might enjoy yesterday's Bizarro cartoon.  That's Poplar Mechanics, not Popular Mechanics.

Tim Abbey '71 wonders if anyone has photos of Curley's neighborhood store on 56th and El Cajon?  "It used to be popular with Andrew Jackson kids," he says.

News that the Chargers will return to Los Angeles next year took me back to the 1960 April Fool's Edition of the Pacer, in which Coach Walt Harvey was "hired" as an assistant coach of the LA Chargers.  Click HERE to read the rest of the paper.

Ron Prager '61 retired last week as a Superior Court Judge.  Click HERE to read the article in the Union-Tribune.

Remember the kiddie railroad in Balboa Park?  I thought you might enjoy another look at the photos submitted a few years back by Bill Ross '65.  Click HERE to take a look.

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017

Here's my favorite Bliss cartoon from the last week.

Fred Koch is insisting he shouldn't be on the missing list.  He's living in the old family home on West Falls View Drive and actually taught at Crawford a while back.  I've placed him on the Class of '64 Email Page.

Here's the KDEO "Fabulous 40" list for the week of January 5, 1962.  Click HERE to go to my web page and see it enlarged.

Remember Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a 2003 shark attack while surfing in Hawaii. Bethany, daughter of Cheri Lynch '71, was back in the water a month later -- but it gets better.  Last Tuesday she advanced to the semi-finals in the World Surf League competition in Fiji.  Click HERE to read the article in the New York Times.

I tuned in briefly to last week's Oregon vs USC basketball game and noted that one of the announcers was Casey Jacobsen.  He turns out to be the son of Von Jacobsen '66.  Click HERE to read what Wikipedia has to say about Casey and HERE to read a 2001 Los Angeles Times article about the Jacobsen Basketball Family.

Lynn Routt Swanson wants Class of '62 alumni to Save The Date.  A 55th Anniversary Reunion buffet at Tom Ham's Lighthouse is planned for the evening of Thursday, October 5, 2017.  She's on a birthday cruise to the Mexican Riviera for a week so save your questions until she returns.