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.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Sometime today you might want to stop by the Colts Who Died In Vietnam Page for a minute.  Make sure you watch the Colts at Fort Rosecrans Video produced by the Multimedia Visual Arts School at Crawford.  Say a silent thank you to all of the men and women who we honor on Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Field of Screens

Have a question about a San Diego County drive-in theater?   Jay Allen Sanford probably answered it in his Field of Screens article in the July 6, 2006 Reader.  Brew up a cup of coffee and turn off your phone 'cause you're gonna be busy for a while.  Click HERE to go way back in time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lee Cook '66 presents the Joe Grease Band

Las Cajones is the new CD from Lee Cook '66 and the Joe Grease Band, with a tribute to the old Bostonia Ballroom in El Cajon.  Lee says the place was owned by Smokey Rogers and Cactus Jim Soldi.  Jim Jr., who played with Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs, plays lead guitar on this album.  Click HERE to read the "back" of the album, download tracks or to purchase the album.  Lee says a "substantial percentage" of the monies will go to help returning veterans.

El Cerrito Heights

My buddy Willie Skinner brought over a January 1942 National Geographic and asked if I could copy two photos out of it for the La Jolla Historical Society.  While paging through the magazine I spotted a photo of a neighborhood that looked familiar, probably because I could spot the Chollas Towers in the background.  Laura Marchese Stephenson '69 knew immediately where it was, as did Barbara Gurling McAlexander '64.  Bob Richardson '61 was then able to add a current shot of roughly the same area.  Click HERE to see what I've cobbled together.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sandy Shapery: Preservationist of the Year

I knew Sandy Shapery '61 built the iconic Shapery Towers and I knew he once owned the Victorian Hinkle House in Pacific Beach, but I sure didn't know he'd been preserving old homes for 40 years.  Click HERE to read the nice article in last Sunday's Union-Tribune.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

USS Saratoga: CV-3

You can get pretty good deals on my book about the USS Saratoga CV-3 on Amazon  If you're willing to pay full price, I have a couple of copies on hand that I can autograph.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Linda Zweig

Wow!!  Who knew??  You can watch an episode of Huell Howser's California Gold AND get to check out Linda Zweig '75.   Actually it's Episode #103 of California's Golden Fairs and, I believe, was shot on opening day of last year's Del Mar Fair.  Linda is spokesperson for the Del Mar Fairgrounds and does a great job.  Click HERE to watch (and get ready to figure out how to turn down the volume)

Maynard's by the Sea

Turns out the late, great -- totally crazy -- Maynard Heatherly was the first husband of Marion Caster Baker, the San Diego State majorette who was depicted in neon on the front of the Campus Drive-in.  Click HERE to read all about Maynard and the bar that bore his name.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Anne Marie Parent Richardson

Anne Marie Parent Richardson '64 passed away May 1, 2011.  A celebration honoring her life will be held at 4 PM, Saturday, May 21st, at Cottonwood Golf Club.  Click HERE to go to the Class of 1964 Obituary Page to read what her cousin Marc Parent had to say.  Click HERE to sign the on-line Guest Book.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Iconic Majorette Dies

Marion Caster Heatherly Baker died of Alzheimer's Disease on March 25, 2011.  She was the model for the neon majorette on the Campus Drive-In.  Click HERE to read all about her.

KGB Top 30 for May 3, 1971

Number 1 was "Chick-A-Boom" by Daddy Dewdrop.   Never heard of it.  I recall Numbers 2 and 3 -- "Joy to the World" and "Me and My Arrow".  Click HERE to read the entire Boss 30 KGB List.

Pacer for May 11, 1961

Jim Pieri was elected ASB President, Dave Steimke's Austin-Healey was Car of the Month, Sandra Ann Rogers and Ernest Justin Dronenburg, Jr were the Senior Sketches, and Gymnast Dave Sleet was voted May Athlete of the Month.  Click HERE to read all about it!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Arizona Surprise Artist

Bill Grigg '70 resides in Surprise, Arizona where he enjoys drawing and painting animals, portraits, landscapes and Southwestern scenes.  One of his works has been chosen for display at the West Valley Arts Gallery, in Glendale, Arizona, from May 6th to June 17th.  

What, No Majorette?

The announcement this week from one Aaron Clippinger that he has the neon from the Campus Drive-in, minus the majorette, made me think it's time to take another look at the Campus Drive-in Page.  Click HERE.

Three Hot Surfer Chicks

Here's Karin Lynch '73.  If you want to see Pam Fallgren and Kristi Lynch, both Class of '71, click HERE.  

Remember Cigar Boxes?

They were GREAT for storing stuff.  That's where I found Fry Family negatives from the 1940s, a lot of which were still in the envelopes belonging to the original photo processors.  I've shared some of them with you on the Memories Page, including a couple of inserts that were included with the negatives.  Click HERE to take a look.

Joe Randazzo Obituary

An obituary appeared in the April 28th issue of the Beach & Bay Press for Joe Randazzo '60 who died of a heart attack at his home in Pacific Beach on Sunday, March 27th.   In the meantime you can take another look at the page I posted to the web site last August featuring photos of Joe's Chevron Station and a link to a nice story about Joe in the Beach & Bay Press.