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.

Check out the Crawford High web site.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017


John McGuigan '64 is pretty sure if you're reading this you qualify for the National Park Service Lifetime Senior Pass.   He just shelled out $10 for his and wants you to know it's going up to $80 later this year.   Click HERE for more information.  I'm reminded of the incident at Dixieline Lumber many years ago.  A kindly clerk told his customer that she probably qualified for the Senior Discount. When the dust settled Dixieline employees were told, in the future, to give out the Senior Discount only if requested.



Ernie Cowan '62 made the news, sadly, in a Union-Tribune article about the suicide of popular Anza-Borrego Ranger Steve Bier.  Ernie, it turns out is President of the Anza-Borrego Foundation.  



Bill Center '63 got a shout-out from Padres' Announcer Mark Grant on get-away day in Atlanta last week.  Grant noted that the baseball writer now has a Twitter Handle @PadresCentral  I'm not sure what that means, but I bet I'll find out.



Yikes!!  It was 55 years ago -- April 6, 1962 actually -- that the Nomads played in the Crawford gym for April a 'la Mode.  Click HERE to revisit the invite.




"Runaway" was #1 on the KDEO Top 40 list from April 22, 1961.  I must have been busy studying.  I don't recall a lot of the songs on this list.  Click HERE for a bigger view.




Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017


I've had this cartoon on hold for months -- just waiting for Easter.



This 1948 aerial of University and Euclid has been making the rounds on Facebook.  I've added it to the Silverado Ballroom Page on my web site.  You might also want to READ AGAIN the Union-Tribune article on the restoration of the ballroom. (Be prepared to swat down the pop-up ads.)



Click HERE to read the 8-page April 13, 1967 Pacer, courtesy of Pat Edwards



Recognize any of these Cougar Track Stars?  Click HERE to see an enlarged photo -- with names -- of the 1967 7th Grade Track "D" Champs.  One of these Stud Muffins went on to pitch for the Boston Red Sox.


Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017


Rosie Hamlin died last week at the age of 71.  Not sure who she was?  A San Diego girl, she was the lead singer of "Rosie and the Originals", whose 1961 recording of "Angel Baby" became a huge hit. Click HERE to fight your way through pop-up ads and read George Vargas' tribute in the Union-Tribune.



Anyone have a golf cart in the backyard?  The one they've been using at Crawford has apparently bit the dust, and the school is looking for a replacement.  Let me know if you have ideas.



Phyllis Schwartz '72 was right.  The Jim Chilton in Sunday's Union-Tribune is the Crawford classmate who lived in her neighborhood.  Click HERE to read Jim's thoughts on financial planning.



Speaking of the Class of '72, it might be time to revisit the graduation photos submitted some years ago by Ken Burton.  Click HERE to travel back.



Friday, March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017



Dick "The Map Man" Cloward thought, if you liked the 1977 "Whimsical" Map of San Diego, you might enjoy this 1915 "Aerial" of the Panama California Exposition.  Click HERE for an enlarged version.


A number of folks were "certain" the mystery girl at 3626 Balboa Vista Drive was Barbara Brandt '64 -- or possibly her sister Kit Brandt '68.  Kit Brandt wasn't buying either of the guesses, so I guess I'll move on.


The Beatles held the top five spots on the KCBQ Top 40 of March 29, 1964.  Click HERE to check out the complete list.



I posted this 1959 Thomas Brothers Map Book a while back, but thought it might be worth another look.  Buckle up and click HERE to page through some memories.


Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017



The drinks are on me!!  Got my State Income Tax refund from California State Controller Betty Yee.  Hold on -- does that say $3.00? 



Gary Juleen '64 waxes rhapsodic about the late Richard Brosio, locker checks and getting busted for leaving campus -- and he shares a 1969 Free Press article about a Colt found with shocking contraband in her locker.  Click HERE for all the dirt.




Kathy Keeyes Antus '68 was in town last weekend to marry off her son, so she threw a party for her brother Joe as well.  Click HERE to see photos from a Class of '63 luncheon.



Here's the KCBQ Top 30 for March 22, 1976.  I recognize only a few.  By 1976 I had been teaching at Hale Junior High for seven years and -- ironically -- was out of touch of the musical preferences of teenagers.



The above and below photos popped up on Facebook last week aligned with the address 2675 Balboa Vista Dr, which should be in the Crawford attendance area.  The photo above had a May 1960 date on it.  Anybody recognize these folks?




John Burton '63 died on March 16th.  "My brother passed away of a massive coronary while doing what he loved best, putting his boat in the water to go fishing on Lake Norfolk in Mountain Home, Arkansas", said Dan Burton ’66

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017


You know you're getting old when you deliberately don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day and hope someone will pinch you.



This 1977 illustrated map of San Diego popped up on Facebook.  Click HERE if you'd like to see the enlarged version on my web site.



Notice the directions to the New Grossmont College Gymnasium: drive to the north end of Lake Murray Blvd.  This ad is from the March 16, 1967 Golden Anniversary issue of the Pacer.  It's 6 pages long and has corrections made by Editor-in-Chief Pat Edwards. 



If nothing else watching the World Baseball Classic taught me that Puerto Rico (above) and Cuba (below) have similar flags.  I wonder if you stare at one, then close your eyes, if you'll see the other.





These ads from the October 1954 Daily Aztec showed up on Facebook.  I've added them to the Jack-in-the-Box page on my web site.  Click HERE to take a look.





Karen Kees '62 sends word of the August 24, 2016 passing of her brother Ken '65.  Read more on the Class of '65 Obituary Page.



Shirlyn Potter Daddario '66 passed away February 1, 2017.   Click HERE to read a full obituary and/or sign the guest book.



Here's a new take on the Desert Isle cartoon genre.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017


Yippee!!  Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday.  Set your timepieces an hour forward.  Some of us will be getting up in the dark, but it's worth it because it'll stay light an hour longer.

Remember when people would say "It was deja vu"?  I blame it on Yogi Berra that folks started saying "It was deja vu all over again."  In an article this week in the San Diego Union Tribune a gentleman was quoted as feeling like "The white elephant in the room."  This is the second time I've heard this mixed metaphor and I fear it will become the norm.  I'm thinking about "Taking the bull by the horns -- and letting the chips fall where they may."



Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for the New Yorker, is stepping down after 20 years.  Click HERE if you'd like to read the article in the New York Times.



Who knew?  Israel cobbled together a team for the World Baseball Classic and, as of this writing, they've won their first three games.  They're giving credit to the Mensch on the Bench.  In the photo above, from an article in the New York Times, team members are trading caps for yarmulkes during the national anthem.  I love the World Baseball Classic.  In Monday's game, Chinese Taipei fielded a player with the last name of Hu.  It conjured up visions of Abbott and Costello's Who's On First. During the last WBC, as God is my witness, three players from South Korea batted consecutively -- all with the last name of Lee.



Crawford Soccer player Aweso Aweso was named a San Diego Union Tribune Athlete of the Month for February. 


Last week I showed this photo of a streetcar heading west on Broadway at 12th Avenue in the late 1940s.


Steve Keller '65 sent a photo of a San Francisco streetcar painted to honor what the experts call a PCC streetcar, which -- we learn -- operated in San Diego from 1937 to 1949.



Turns out San Diego ALSO runs a PCC streetcar on what is known as The Silver Line.  The schedule is cleverly designed to keep me from ever seeing the car in operation, since I don't drive and Nancy comes down on Mondays and Fridays.  Click HERE to check it out for yourself.



I've totally forgotten to post the Golden Anniversary Pacers.  Click HERE to read the issue from March 1, 1967.  Christa Petersen was voted March Girl of the Month.  I believe Christa is now a physician in Las Vegas.



I've just learned from Steve Ko that Nancy Zahalsky '67 -- twin sister to Gary Zahalzky -- passed away on December 13, 2013.