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Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

My favorite Bliss cartoon from last week

My favorite Bizarro cartoon from last week

The Colts lost last week 41- 0 at Coronado.   They play tonight at San Diego High at 6:30 PM

Here's the program from the San Diego vs Crawford football game played October 26, 1962 at Balboa Stadium.  

The Girls' Basketball GoFundMe account can still use your help.

Jim Clarke is now getting the Fry Day emails and is on the Class of '68 Email Page.

Newsletter subscriber Patrick Dewey asked to be placed on the Fry Day email list.  He's now on the Class of '73 Email Page.

Sharon Sklar Smith checks in from Oak Harbor, Washington.  You can contact her using the Class of '75 Email Page.

"Grammar, grammar, grammer," chided Susan Miller Grossman '61.  In referencing John Floodberg in the above photo, she maintains I should have said "that's he" on the left -- not "that's him".   I took some small solace in the fact that she was two out of three on her spelling of grammar.  

The Caspian Tern was the subject of last week's Union-Tribune article by Ernie Cowan '62.  Click HERE if you like to read the piece.

Barbara Alvarez '75 sends word that Jack Tempchin '65 will be performing tomorrow night at the "Love the Dove" Concert at La Paloma theater in Encinitas.  Click HERE for details and tickets.  What a coincidence -- I think Paloma is the Spanish word for Dove.

Jim Wehking, Jim Dyke, Mickey, Musselman and Doug Kvandal at last week’s Class of ’66 Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion.  Attendees were impressed with the presentation put together by Steve Ko ’68.   You can watch it -- THROUGH OCTOBER 24TH -- from the comfort of your own computer.

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016

I got a kick out of Steve Breen's take on the exploding Samsung Galaxy 7 phones.  This appeared in the September 15th Union-Tribune.

The Crawford Colts football team lost Friday's neutral conference game against Clairemont by a score of 29-8.  They will travel to Coronado to play the Islanders this evening at 6:30 PM

Basketball season is just around the corner, and Coach Dwight McDonald, Jr. is looking for financial assistance for his Girls’ Basketball program.  “We are setting the bar pretty high”, says Dwight.  “We are trying to raise money for bus transportation to and from games, and for shoes and equipment for our student athletes.  Click HERE to take a look at his GoFundMe page.

John Floodberg '62 (that's him on the left) was pictured playing the harmonica in an article in last week's Union-Tribune on the San Diego Parkinson's Association struggle for survival.  Click HERE to check it out.

It's probably too late to use this coupon for Don's Drive-In, which appeared in the Golden Anniversary Pacer for October 13, 1966.   That and the fact that Don's was demolished many years ago.  Click HERE to see a current Google street view.  Click HERE to read all four pages of the Pacer.

Boy, you don't see pink football programs very often.  This one was for the Crawford-Kearny game played at La Jolla on October 13, 1961.  Click HERE to check it out.

Pictured at the Class of '71 mixer/fundraiser at The Alamo in Old Town on September 30th are: Leslie Benjamin Wichers, Sue Eckert Smith, Lisa Kirk Hollingshead, Carmen Buckles Hiebing, Sandy Barber Pikula and Sharon Jobb Reynolds.

Caren Steinberg Brewer '76 thought we should know that her brother Allan '73 passed away December 5, 2013.  Click HERE to read an obituary.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016

Tonight's 6:30 kickoff against Clairemont at Lincoln is Crawford's Homecoming Game.  If I had more information I'd share it.

Click HERE to check out the program from an earlier Clairemont vs. Crawford football game -- October 9, 1959.

New reunion committee officers Victor Perez, Phil Piscopo, Robert Leidolf and David Feeley were photographed at the Class of ’71 Colt 45 mixer at the Alamo CafĂ© in Old Town, September 30, 2016.  

Recognize this car wash on University Avenue in 1956?  It's still there, on 34th Street just east of the 805.  Click HERE to see an enlargement, accompanied by the photo of a car wash at 6th and University that isn't still there.

Services for Dennis Bowman '62 will be held Saturday, October 8, 10:30 AM at Mission San Luis Rey, 4070 Mission Avenue, Oceanside.  A complete obituary, with an on-line guest book, appeared in last Sunday's Union-Tribune.  Click HERE to check it out.

Richard Spatz ’67 died of liver cancer September 28, 2016. He moved to Arizona twenty years ago after losing his wife Helen-Mary at the Family Fitness murders in 1993.  He survived by, among others, his sister Jude ’65.

Ernie Rea ’69 passed away from medical complications on July 7, 2016.   He was a lifelong friend of mine.  He took me to my first San Diego Charger game at Balboa Stadium in 1961.  We shared a lifetime of adventures and memories.  I miss him terribly -- Susan Harman Hammond ’67

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

Crawford was shut out by Monte Vista last week 23-0.  If my research is correct, their next game will take place October 7th at Lincoln vs. Clairemont.  This is a 6:30 kickoff and, because construction continues on the Crawford campus, will serve as the Colt Homecoming Game.

Certified Elder Law Attorney Phil Lindsley 70 will be among the speakers at the Successful Aging Expo, to be held at the Town & Country Hotel on Saturday, October 8th.  Click HERE for more information.

“There are Colts everywhere,” reports Ginger Irvine Barnard ’60 (that’s her on the left).  She was at Louise Green Millinery in West Los Angeles getting her copy of Advanced Style, Older & Wiser signed by the author Ari Seth Cohen.  Turns out Ari is a Patrick Henry graduate, and his mother (that’s her on the right) is Frances Levine Cohen ’67.

Bob Richardson, Fritz Ziegenfuss, and Fred Cairns at the Class of '61 55th Anniversary Reunion. Click HERE to see the rest of Bob's photos.  You'll have to squint to see the captions at the bottom.

Deep in the bowels of my Facebook Message app I discovered a missive from Pam Rossman Monroe with a link to an article about guitar maker Ervin Somogyi in Guitar Connoisseur Magazine.  Within the article is an additional link to a lovely YouTube video entitled The Responsive Guitar.  This all sounds vaguely familiar, but it's worth looking at again.

"Ask and you shall receive": Nancy and I were cruising the old neighborhood on Monday.  We were heading west on El Cajon and passed through the intersection at 52nd Street.  I could not, for the life of me, recall the name of the fast food place that occupied the southwest corner so many years ago. The answer is in an advertisement on Page 3 of the September 29, 1966 Golden Anniversary Pacer.  

"Imagine my surprise," writes Jackie Hearst Hadley, "to open your blog of September 23rd and see my twin brother's smiling face.   I know I should have let you know of his death years ago.  It took me a while to accept it and then I was a bit embarrassed for waiting too long. That being said, here is what I should have told you in 2012:  John Hearst died of lung cancer.  After high school, John joined the Navy and was an ADJ, 2nd class (jet mechanic) during the Viet Nam era, serving on the Constellation and at various land bases, including China Lake, CA.  After his discharge, John returned to San Diego and was an automotive mechanic.    Two friends from high school, Les Bunnell and John Purseglove, kept in touch with John over the years and were especially close just before his death. John's family, including his sisters Carlene '60 and I, spent time with him leading up to his passing. His wife of 35 years, Karen, preceded him in death by just a few weeks. He is survived by his sisters, many loving friends, his son Steven and 3 grandsons."

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

Despite last week's 34-21 loss to El Cajon Valley High School, Crawford remains atop the Central League standings with a 3-1 record.  Monte Vista will square off against the Colts today at 4 PM.  I believe the venue is Hoover High School, which is where we played our home games half a century ago.

Remember when the prep football season kicked off with a Football Carnival in Balboa Stadium?Click HERE to view the program from the carnival held September 23, 1961 -- 55 years ago.

Click HERE to watch Dick Draz' speech at the 2016 San Diego County Sports Officials Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  He's introduced by local sports announcing legend Bob Chandler.  A lot of people told me Coach Draz was their favorite teacher at Crawford.  One, however, compared him to the Devil Incarnate and another to a Nazi War Criminal.  I guess everyone doesn't react well to being screamed at while wearing a Speedo.  I made me think about my favorite student at Hale Junior High. She showed up one day wearing her new braces.  I told her she looked like a '57 Buick, which -- to me -- was high praise.  Turns out teenage girls are very sensitive about their physical appearance. Who knew?

Phyllis Schwartz' question about Debbie Soper appearing in the '72 Centaur as both a Junior and a Senior took Sharon Cramer Sceper '68 back to her days on the Pershing Junior High annual staff. Recalls Sharon, "By some very careful cutting, splicing and taping, I put the head and upper body picture of an insufferable know-it-all jerk guy sitting at the conference table. Below the table line are the skirt and daintily crossed legs of a girl, who only I know to be Irma DeGroot '68.  It passed by our advisor's careful scrutiny and editing, and went to press as is!"

Class of '61 mates recently met for lunch at D. Z. Akins.  From left are Al Palladino, Fred Dickson, Larry Willis, Gary Deines, Donnie Cummings and Nelson Moore.  I think the sign in the window says "Hooters".  Oh, wait -- maybe it says "Hot Food".

"One of San Diego County’s most delightful and colorful birds is the lesser goldfinch," says Ernie Cowan '62.  Click HERE to read the entire article published in last Saturday's Union-Tribune

AMAZING what you can find on the web.  Last week we pondered the Crawford obituary for Carole Naish, born in 1938.  I was of the opinion she might have gone to Hoover.  Bob Richardson, using I think, found Carole on the Prom Committee in the 1956 Hoover yearbook.   Bob says the color photo above was taken from the Southern Methodist University yearbook.

In the back row of the group photo are two of Bob's favorite teachers at Crawford -- Mr. James Gibbs and Mr. Lavier Lokke. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016

Crawford beat Southwest San Diego last week by a score of 30-6.  Tonight's game is a 7 PM kickoff against El Cajon Valley High School.

Better late than never!!  Ginger Irvine Barnard forwards a snapshot from last year's Class of '60 reunion.  Lela Kerth Schlitz is on the left and Sabra Clardy Bordas is in the middle.

Here's the first Golden Anniversary Pacer for the 1966-1967 school year, the issue from September 15, 1966.

Phyllis Schwartz may have too much time on her hands.  While perusing her '72 Centaur she noticed that her pal Debbie Soper

is pictured among the Seniors on Page 199

and also among the Juniors on Page 157

This was news to Debbie also, but she lost her yearbook in a Nebraska house fire in 1977.  Says Phyllis, "Deb and I want to know: was it a prank? an honest mistake? Does she have an identical twin born a year apart?"

From Pomona to Ramona.  Mary Jane Rogers, Bob Richardson, and Facebook's mysterious Nancy Jane all went to work researching the life of Horace Mann Principal C. Russell Henzie.  Bob learned that "Buddy" Henzie was president of the 1935 Pomona High Student Council and Mary Jane found a 1990 Los Angeles Times article in which Mr. Henzie tries to save the 300-year old oak trees on Highway 67 near his horse farm.  I'll try to put all of this together at a later date.

Here's a puzzlement.  Jana Ditmars forwards an obituary for Barbara Jean Naish, age 83.  The article said she graduated from Crawford.  Her little sister Patricia Naish Johnson '59 DID go to Crawford, passing in 2014. I'm guessing the oldest Crawford graduates might be pushing 75, so Crawford probably was still dirt when Barbara graduated.  Maybe she went to Hoover.

Vern Bowman sends sad news.  His little brother Dennis, from my Class of '62, passed away September 7th from Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Wrestling victories for Crawford and Coach Frank Smith were among Dennis' happiest school memories.

Edell "Del" Kelley Henry '63 died of cancer September 6th.  A Memorial Service will be held Sunday September 18 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Foundry Church 60 N.W. Foundry Avenue Bend Oregon 97701.  Click HERE to leave a message.

The Class of '67 Reunion Committee just learned of the belated passing of their classmate John Hearst on October 28, 2012.