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Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016


Those of you who subscribe to the quarterly newsletter should be getting the December issue in the mail this week.  Those of you who changed addresses or went on vacation should be on the lookout for the September issue.  Your copies were just returned to me this week and -- readdressed -- put back in the mail.  Those of you get your renewal envelopes in December should see them shortly.  Click HERE If you'd like information on how to subscribe.



"The Dybbuk for Hannah and Dave's Wedding", with original music written and performed by Yale Strom '75, is at the San Diego Rep November 23 to December 18th.  Click HERE for details.  (A dybbuk is a restless, usually malicious, spirit believed to be able to haunt and even possess the living.)



1971 classmates Carmen Buckles, Leslie Benjamin Wichers and Rachel Raizel Schoenberg (you may have known her as Rhonda Berg) pose with their dates at a party in honor of Rachel, who is visiting from Israel for a month.  Click HERE to check out a larger group photo -- and help with the names.



Remember book covers?  It's a slow Colt news week, so I thought I'd reprise a post from a while back -- Dietra Davis Anderson's book cover collection.  Click HERE to take a look.




On on-line obituary for Ron Roche surfaced since last week.  Click HERE to check it out and/or send condolences.



Art Flores '69 passed away last week from cancer and heart failure according to his brother Tony. There will be no on-line obituary or services.  Click HERE to see what Tony put on the Class of '69 Obituary Page.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016


It's Not Fry Day -- It's Turkey Day!!





Ernie Cowan '62 took this photo of Wild Turkeys in the San Diego back country.  It accompanied an article he wrote in the Union-Tribune.  Click HERE to check it out.



Tomorrow is Black Friday, which -- for folks who love to shop -- is a quite the deal.  It always conjures up images to me of the Bubonic Plague, the Stock Market Crash of 1929, or Black Flag insecticide.  That's what happens when you get old.

And another thing.  When did the Republicans become Red and the Democrats Blue?  Growing up in the '50s red was associated with Communism.  It was "Better Dead Than Red" and "You Commie Pinko".   Somebody changed the rules when I wasn't looking.  That's what happens when you get old.

As God is my witness I saw a commercial last night selling a product that cures your dog's bad breath.  It showed all of the other dogs avoiding the poor pooch.  Funny, it didn't show the part where they all sniff each other's butts.  



What do Garth Brooks and Bob Brown '67 have in common?  Ron is the proud possessor of a Garth Brooks guitar, autographed on stage during a recent concert.  Garth thanked Ron for his 40 years as an employee of the Sports Arena.  You can watch the presentation on YouTube.



Click HERE to check out the football program for November 24, 1960.  This was a Thanksgiving Day game between Crawford and Sweetwater put together at the last minute as a benefit for Jeff Greenleaf '62 who was paralyzed during a football scrimmage on September 28th.


The KCBQ Top 20 Survey for November 24, 1956 -- Holy Crap, that's SIXTY YEARS AGO!  -- ranged from Elvis Presley to Margaret Whiting.  Click HERE to take a look.



When Karen Conley Brockman '72 read, in the Fry Day email of October 20th, that Sharon Sklar Smith '75 had relocated to a spot near her on Whidbey Island, Washington she reached out to the fellow Colt.  They met for lunch, and included Sharon's sister-in-law Pattie Pepper Smith '68.  That's Karen, Pattie and Sharon in the photo above.



Air Force map-maker Joe Falcone sent in his service photo, as did some others.  Click HERE to check out the updated page.



Ron Roche '70 passed away November 16th in Spokane, Washington.  If you live in the area, a Celebration of Life will be held for Ron on December 5th, 4-8 PM at St. Joseph's Parish Hall, 138 River St., Rockford, WA 99030.  Click HERE to read an obituary and/or send Condolences.


Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016



I LOVE the Desert Island cartoon genre.



What do Bill Walton and Nathan East have in common?  Apparently they both have fond memories of the Sports Arena, which is celebrating its 50th Birthday.  The basketball legend and world-famous musician are both quoted in an article in last week's Union-Tribune.  Walton went to Helix and Nathan East is a Colt from the Class of '73.  Click HERE to wade through pop-up ads and a slide show and read, in bits and pieces, the article.



Ahoy sailor!!  A bearded John McMullen '63 responded to my request for photos of Colts who have served in the military.  Click HERE to read John's story and see who else responded.



Nancy's daughter Lisa was in the house at the most-recent First Thursday Colt gathering at The Amigo Spot.  Jan Bremner Hall '66 got her picture taken.



Crawford played El Capitan on August 17, 1961 at Aztec Bowl.  I believe they were victorious in this the final game of what was an undefeated season.  Click HERE to look at the lineups.



Mary Gale Rogers '67 shares a photo of Mission Valley taken by her mother in 1944.  Click HERE to view a much larger version, and links to other photos of Mission Valley on my web site.



Rick Gross '64 passed away in 2013.  His family and/or friends submitted a lovely obituary, published in the Union-Tribune this week on what would have been his 70th birthday.  Click HERE to read the obituary and to learn why August 1, 1960 was such a special day in his life.  You can also leave a condolence.



David Erickson '65 passed away October 11, 2016.  He is survived by his wife -- and classmate -- Rose Marie Nauenberg.

Friday, November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016


I'll be thinking today about all of you who served your country, especially those sporting hangovers from last night's Marine Corps birthday celebration.  If you have photos of yourself in uniform I'd be glad to post them.  I've included below a portrait I had taken in 1946 while on liberty in Long Beach.  





The Aerial Photo Corollary to Murphy's Law is, "If you find an aerial photo of your old neighborhood, the edge of the photo will end with your house out of the picture."  Not true in the case of some aerials posted this week on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  The apartment I lived in from 1967 to 1970 is right down front in the photo above.  Click HERE to look at some enlargements.



The good news is that last Friday's football game was not Coach Wright's last game.  I misread an an email sent to me earlier.  The bad news is that the last game of the season was a 35-0 loss to University City.  Next year will be better.



The football program for the Crawford vs St. Augustine game on November 13, 1959 only cost a dime.  Click HERE to read it for free.




The Golden Anniversary Pacer is the issue from November 10, 1966.  Click HERE to read all six pages.  Scott Shaw!, who may or may not have legally added an exclamation point to his name, has enjoyed the last few Pacers from the 1966-1967 school year, partly because they feature some of his early work as a cartoonist.  Actually Scott! says he drew some cartoons while at Horace Mann and today is still in the business.  You can check him out on Facebook.




Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016


It's gonna get dark real early starting Sunday, but at least it will be light when I go out in the morning to get my paper.  And I get to try to re-set my digital clocks by going forward 23 hours.

I was really looking forward to the end of the political ads on TV until I noticed a trickle of Christmas ads on the first day of November that will soon turn into a torrent.



If you thought the driver-less car was incredible, you won't believe the TV ad I saw for the latest in snobby razors -- the R89 Grande Safety Razor by Mühle of Germany.  Apparently you twist the handle, insert a double-edged razor blade, twist the handle back and get ready to shave.  They also make chrome-handled shaving brushes.  There's a deja vu quality about all of this.  Did I mention it's $75.00?   I'll stick with the bag of cheap plastic razors I buy at CVS. 



I hope you can read the caption on this Bizarro cartoon from last week.



More than a few folks thought my 1946 Halloween outfit looked like a Klansman in training.  That made me think about the white poncho giveaway at the Chicago White Sox baseball game played in Anaheim on July 3, 2014.  When folks pulled up their hoodies it looked like a Klan rally.




The Colts fell to Kearny 19-7 last Friday.  Today's 6:30 game against University City will be the last for Coach Michael Wright.  Meanwhile, down El Cajon Blvd, Coach Jimmy Morgans' Hoover team has been outscored this season 405-0.  The article in the Union-Tribune was upbeat actually -- focusing on three Cardinal players who hail from Myanmar.  Click HERE if you'd like to read the article.



Click HERE to read the program from the Crawford vs San Diego Homecoming Game played on November 3, 1961.



Click HERE to read both the front AND the back pages of the Mighty 690 Top 40 list for November 7, 1958.  "It's Only Make Believe," by Conway Twitty topped the charts.


Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016



Boo!  Sorry if I scared you.  Here's  a photo of my 1946 Halloween outfit when the Fry Family was living in Navy Housing in Long Beach.  Remember when Moms dutifully put together our costumes? I wonder if I've shared this photo before, because someone asked who I was -- "the ghost of the Lone Ranger"?



Sad to report that the Colts came out on the losing end of a battle at San Diego High 6-0 last week.  A lot better than the 60-0 thrashing we took when I was a sophomore.  The Crawford Eleven meets Kearny tonight at 6:30.  At Kearny I assume.



Click HERE to peruse the 4-page program from the Saint Augustine vs Crawford football game held at Hoover on October 29, 1961.



John McMullen '63 was one of the few who got to go through last week's Class of '66 reunion links before they evaporated.  He was puzzled by the photo above, in which he's holding the megaphone at the top. He can't remember when it was taken, nor recognize any of the others in the photo.  (Take a number, John -- there's a lot of that going around these days)



Here are a couple of photos posted last week on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page. Above is the Lemon Grove Bowlero circa 1957.  I can picture it in my mind's eye in the distance as I drove south on College Avenue past College Grove.  Below is a color shot of downtown San Diego from the late 1940s.  I liked it so much I enlarged it and put in on the web.  Click HERE if you'd like to check it out.





Visitors to the Amigo Spot on Saturday night get their pictures taken by Nancy's daughter Lisa whether they want to or not.  Bob Richardson '61 (above) stopped by on September 17th on the day after his reunion.  Larry Okmin '64 brought his clarinet and sat in with the band on September 24th.  





Class of '66 pals Dan Burton (white hat) and Kemp Ipsen show off the 45-pound Wahoo they caught off Cabo San Lucas last May.




You may have seen on television the Sharp Hospital video telling the story of the stroke suffered by Joan Embery '67 and how they helped her recover.  Click HERE to watch the YouTube video.



Along the same lines is the story of Janet Chelberg Burgess and her recovery from breast cancer at Scripps.   The Mission Times Courier article was emailed to me by Janet's 1969 classmate Steve Fontana. 


Click HERE to read the 6-page Golden Anniversary edition of the Pacer published on October 28, 1966.



Barbara Cagley Thomas wrote this week of the passing on July 29, 2015 of her brother James Cagley '75.  He suffered a heart attack while training for a marathon.