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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Thursday, December 30, 2010

City Directories: 1887-1925

I don't know about you, but I'M excited!!  Rick Crawford, Supervisor of the Downtown Library's Special Collections, tells me the San Diego City Directories for 1887 through 1925 are now available on-line.  Now you'll NEVER leave your computer.  Click HERE to get started.

Happy New Year 1956!!

Bob Richardson shares a photo of his folks and some other San Diego State faculty members toasting the new year.  Click HERE for the big picture.

Is Your 11th Grader College Bound?

Click HERE to see the two-page ditto that I took home in 1961.

Happy Birthday Walt Harvey!

Dave Ponsford '69 was invited to Walt Harvey's 92nd birthday party last September.  Click HERE to see a bigger photo of the event.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crawford High Newspaper

The Crawford High School Cluster has a student paper again, after several years without one.   Click HERE to read the November issue and HERE for December.

Jackson Elementary School: 1953 to 1959

I probably should have used one of Steve Cauthen's pictures since he's the one who's sharing his Jackson Elementary class photos, but William Braxton "Joe" Dyke was just too cute in his Cub Scout uniform.  Click HERE to see all of the photos.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Class of '65 Packpackers

Still haven't figured out who these Class of '65 backpackers are?  Click on GEEZERS for the answer -- and the story of the photo.

December 15, 1960 Pacer

"They always call him Mr. Football, they always call him Mr. Team.  He can run and kick and throw.  Give him the ball and just look at him go."  OK, you can sit back down now and click on December 15, 1960 Pacer to read about Jim McCorquodale and all sorts of other stuff from the Pacer sold ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO!  Aren't you glad you're sitting down?

Muir Elementary School Kindergarten 1951

I'm not sure if Louise Neil is in the Muir Kindergarten 1951 photo shared by Barbara Kiloh Rubin '63, but she's in the Montezuma 2nd and 3rd Grade 1953-1954 photos.
Maybe you're there too!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

6th Grade Camp

Click HERE to register as a Sixth Grade Camp alumni on the Outdoor Education Foundation web site.  That way you'll get invited to their big party.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Avast Ye Maties!!

Janny and Ken Burton '72 post for a photo aboard the Carnival Splendor.  It may have been the high point of their trip, but they'll certainly have something to talk about in the years to come.  Click HERE to see the photos Ken took -- and a few that I added.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Talk Padres with Bill Center

I had to figure this out on my own, but -- apparently -- every Thursday at noon you can go on line and talk baseball with Union-Tribune writer Bill Center '63.  I'm pretty sure you have to stick to baseball, so don't go asking him about how he aced Mr. Billings' Chemistry test or his date with Vicki AND Virginia Stack.  (You KNOW I'm making this stuff up as I go along, don't you?)  Well, not the part about chatting on-line with Bill about baseball.  Click HERE -- and wait patiently until next Thursday at noon.

Crawford Foundation Fundraiser

The Crawford Foundation is sponsoring a fundraiser at the Panda Express on 58th and University on Wednesday November 17th from 11 AM to 9 PM.  20 percent of what you spend will go to the foundation -- but I'm pretty sure you have to show up with an official flier.  Click HERE to download the flyer.  If you can't figure out how to download it, email Victor Perez or Jana Glasgow Ditmars

Best 50 Prep Athletes

Three Colts made the Top 50 High School Athletes of the Last 50 Years, published in the October 9th Union-Tribune.  One was from the 1960s, one from the 1960s and 1970s, and one from the 1970s.   Click HERE when you get tired of guessing.

Campus Lab School 1955

Bob Richardson '61 shares a couple of photos from the October 9th get together marking 55 years since his class graduated from San Diego State's Campus Laboratory School.  Click HERE to check them out.

In Memoriam

An on-line guest book is now available for Michael Wrightsman '66, who passed away October 15th.  Click HERE if you'd like to share a memory.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

San Diego Harbor: 1932 and 2010

Tuesday was so spectacular Nancy and I drove out to the Cabrillo Monument and she shot some pictures.  When I saw the results I went to my USS Saratoga collection and pulled out a photo from 1932.  I was surprised to see it was taken by our friend Lee Passmore, who some of you remember as the Tarantula Man.  Click HERE to check out the results.

Horton's Variety & Hardware

Bob Richardson shares a photo from 1954 that's redolent of a Norman Rockwell painting -- AND wonders if any other folks have fond memories of Horton's Variety Store and building model airplanes.  Click HERE to participate.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

That Crazy Ernie Cowan

Photographer Ernie Cowan '62 moved north early on as an employee of the San Diego Union.  He later served Escondido as a council member and as mayor.  You won't believe his latest adventure.  Click HERE to read the whole story.


Crawford made the front page of the U-T last Saturday.  Sadly it was the story of the football players who didn't make grades.  Still, it was nice story about Homecoming with quotes from #1 Colt Susan Marshall Gordon '64.  Click HERE to read it for your own self.

Peanut Butter Chews

We've finally uploaded the San Diego City Schools Cafeteria Peanut Butter Chews recipe, courtesy of Debra Rogers Park '72.  Marcia Williams Carver '76 jumped the gun and whipped up a batch.  The verdict?  Yummm.  Oh -- did you want the recipe?  Click HERE.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Crawford Foundation

Every little bit helps.  If you're a Von's (or --  in Northern California  --Safeway) shopper, Crawford Foundation member Susan Marshall Gordon '64 hopes you'll take the time to sign up for the Escrip program, which will benefit Crawford.  Click HERE to sign up.  Remember to type in Crawford Foundation.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Doesn't Seem Like A Half Century!!

She's smiling NOW!!!  A year's hard work has paid off for Sharon Culver Considine '60 and her talented reunion committee.  Click HERE to check out some photos from the Friday Night Mixer at Old Town Mexican Cafe and the Saturday Night Gala at Bali Hai.

The Responsive Guitar

Ervin Somogyi '61 has gone from ASB President to world-renowned luthier.  Click HERE to go to The Responsive Guitar page of his web site -- and make sure you watch the gorgeous video.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Convair Aircraft of the 1950s

That's John Muir 5th Grader Ron Jagodinski pointing at the Convair XFY-1 Pogo Stick.  Ron also sent along snapshots of the B-36 Peacemaker and R3Y Tradewind.  Click HERE to check them out.

Jazz West Colts

That's Joe Dyke '65 on trumpet at last week's gig in the Turquoise Room at the Riviera Club.  Click HERE to see a 22-photo slide show featuring two other Colts -- Doug Kvandl and John Oatman, both Class of '68.  (Hint:  Click on the first little image to activate the slide show)

In Memoriam

Laverne Sather Christina '68 passed away in Huntsville, TX on October 11th.  Click HERE to sign the Guest Book

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Town 1876

Downtown San Diego was known as New Town when this photo was taken in 1876.  Click HERE to see a larger view, and what details I was able to cobble together.

Camp Cuyamaca Songbook

Susan Marshall Gordon '64 shares the 12-page booklet she brought back from camp in 1958.  Click HERE to enjoy.

Cuyamaca Memories -- And One Other Thing

Lyn Gillis Parker '65 has three great memories of Camp Cuyamaca.  Click HERE (and scroll down) to learn what they are.  Lyn would also like to gently remind you that it's been three years since her grand-daughter and daughter-in-law were killed in a traffic accident.  The foundation Lyn established in their memory has donated $26,000 to charities in Lyn's neck of the woods.   Says Lyn, “Thank you for considering a donation & please join us Saturday, October 16th at Santa Fe Park on  “Route 66” in Needles for the 2K, 5K and 10K runs, raffles, auctions, games for kids, and community BBQ"  Click HERE to learn about the photo at the left.  (Lyn's the hottie in the middle)  Email Lyn if you have questions.

Restored San Diego State Mural Dedicated

George Sorensen '69 was in town this week for the dedication of the restored mural his father painted in 1936.  The San Diego U-T did a nice article on it.  Click HERE to enjoy it.  George says he's going to give me a little more warning next trip so we can get together.  Perhaps you'd like to join us.

Tony Kent Charger Party

Friends of the late Tony Kent '74 will gather on Sunday to watch the Chargers-Oakland game at Nico's Steak & Chop House, 2015 Birch Road, in Chula Vista.   (Hint:  It's across from AMC Theaters at Otay Ranch Town Center).  The doors open at 11 AM.  Contact Kim McGee if you have questions.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Motor Mania

Starbucks buddy Ande McCarren had never heard of Mr. Walker and Mr. Wheeler -- and she's riding shotgun while her grand daughter Stephanie Wheeler has her Learner's Permit.  Incredibly, you can view this 1950 classic at home -- if you've got a fairly new computer and cable or DSL.  Click HERE to enjoy it.

Campus Lab School 1956

Jim Butler graduated from Helix in 1960, but he graduated from San Diego State's Campus Lab School in 1954.  He forwards the 1954 photo AND one from 3rd Grade in 1951.  Click HERE to check them out -- and help us add captions.

Miss California Gets Lucky!!

Click HERE to see photos of Miss California 2010 Arianna Afsar and Stud Muffin Ron Dixon '64.

Owen Western's BIG in 3-D

Remember when "Wes" Western '63 shared the 3-D photo of his wife Erin among the flowers at Lake Murray.  After a couple of power luncheons in Hollywood it looks like you'll be seeing a lot of Owen's work around.  Click HERE to get caught up.

JFK Motorcade Video

Paul Van Cleave '75 shares a video his sister took when President John F Kennedy's motorcade went from San Diego State to MCRD via El Cajon Blvd.  Click HERE to check it out.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Stephen's Custom Jewelry

Hi, I'm Lisa!!  My husband is Stephen Koonce, a 1969 Crawford graduate.  We own Stephen's Custom Jewelry in Escondido.  The current issue of The Escondido Magazine has a nice article about our business.  Click HERE to check it out.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Maid of Honor, Taxi Driver, Grandma

Barbara Hinrichs Vester '61 poses with her granddaughter Ana.  Last week she gave Bob Richardson a ride to the Oakland airport.  In 1964 she was Maid of Honor when Bob married Carole Smithson.  Click HERE to read all about it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oscar's at Euclid and El Cajon

Colin Fort '60 says he was a DMO at the "Circus" Oscar's. That took me back a half century to the scene in "No Time For Sergeants" where Andy Griffith as Will Stockdale proudly announces that he is the barracks PLO. Click HERE to take another look at the Oscar's photo and read what Colin has to say. Click HERE to watch the PLO scene from No Time For Sergeants.

Camp Cuyamaca

Tuesday's request for Camp Cuyamaca alumni who might want to be on the field at PetCo Park this weekend took me back to Bob Richardson's page of photos and memories. I've added some of the emails received this week AND posted the Camp Palomar songbook and Ken Burton's Camp Marston photo at the top of the Memories Page. Click HERE to go there.

Howard Rozelle Mystery Aerial

I'm hoping Betty and Bob can figure out this Howard Rozelle photo from 1946-1947. I always thought it was Chula Vista, but I'm secretly hoping it's Kensington, overlooking Mission Valley. Click HERE to be magically transported to the San Diego Photo page and see the shot enlarged.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Boulevard Sign

Brent Clingman '73 was president of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Association for 15 years. He forwards a video about Simon Andrews, who designed the boulevard sign. Don't be surprised if you hear Simon mention Brent Clingman. Click HERE to watch.

Oscar's Drive-In

You've seen it before, but I've found and scanned the original. Click HERE to see an enlargement of the Oscar's at Euclid and El Cajon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Campus Lab School 1955

Bob Richardson shares his 6th grade class photo. Hey -- isn't that Natalie Ault. Click HERE to see the photo enlarged.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don's Hamburgers

Here's a photo I took in 1959 that might bring back memories. Click HERE to see it enlarged.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

El Cajon Boulevard

Do you remember Glenn's? This photo is one of many you can find on the El Cajon Blvd Web Site sent in by Judy Lyle MacInnes '62. Click HERE to check it out. It even has a video produced by Crawford High. Don't give up. There are great photos and articles about the State Theater, and the history of Highway 80, and restaurants.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Aztec Drive-In

Wanna see a couple of shots of the Aztec Drive-In? Click HERE. I don't remember the Aztec. I DO remember Keith's Drive-In on El Cajon, which looked a lot like this. If you visited Keith's today you'd be on the bridge over the 805.

Winlow Street Rules!!

These '70 grads have been BFFs since before they could walk. Click HERE to see the big picture and learn their identities.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Dallas Texans?

Yup, that's who came to town on October 7, 1962 to play the Chargers in Balboa Stadium, a game attended by Mike Linder '66. Mike also shared his San Diego Padres 1959 Junior Boosters Season Pass. Click HERE to see it all enlarged. Do you know what became of the Dallas Texans? Do you know the name of the 1959 Padres baseball park?