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, July 27, 2012

How the time flies!!  Next Thursday is the First Thursday get together at the Amigo Spot.  I only heard from one person interested in showing off their automobile, so I guess I'll put the car show concept on hold.

Tuesday will mark the 10th Anniversary since Marla Bennett, daughter of Michael and Linda Ackerman Bennett, was the innocent victim of a terrorist bomb.  Marla's legacy was outlined by Diane Bell in yesterday's Union-Tribune.  Click HERE to read her column.

I'd heard about it, but I hadn't seen it.  Apparently you can print your own postage stamps.  At least I think that's what Dave Sleet '61 has done.  Don't even have to use the correct postage either.

Bill Rainey '62 shares a bit of trivia.  The officer in charge of the Rolando Park School Patrol was the brother of English Channel swimmer Florence Chadwick.

Jim Smith '63 was down from Montana for Over-the-Line, so a bunch of his classmates got together for lunch at the La Mesa Brigantine.  Seated: Martin "Tuffy" Stutz, Barry Houck and Jim Smith;  Standing: Ron Kroepel, Bob Kerns, Mike Alexander and Sharon Jarvis Daigle.  

At the request of brother Ken, I have added to the 1963 Obituary Page excerpts from an obituary for Duane Becht '63 published in Southern Utah's The Spectrum newspaper.  I've also added an ON-LINE GUEST BOOK if you'd like to share your memories

Tom Christensen '63 found his copy of the Pirates Little League team and discovered that his mother had put the players' names on the back.  Click HERE to take another look.

Misty Mellett '65 is back in town after 35 years of residence in Santa Barbara.  She's a San Marcos girl now and would like to hear from old friends.  Click HERE to send her an email.

Dennis Robberecht '68 poses with his "new" '37 Ford, powered by a Corvette engine.  That just doesn't sound right.  His wife says they enjoy traveling around their Sacramento neighborhood.

Tim Abbey '71 got so many requests for the Horace Mann LP he's gonna try to convert it to a digital format so it can be shared with more folks.

Steve Gunderson '75 (that's him on the left) appears in The Nightingale, currently showing at La Jolla Playhouse.  I don't get out much, so I didn't know the play is set in China -- and the actors are supposed to be Asian.  Click HERE to read all about it in Monday's Union-Tribune.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fry Day July 20th

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You know it's time to clean off your desk when you have instruction manuals for two different cameras, produced 40 years apart, by a company that is going out of business.

Subscribing to the quarterly newsletter were Diane Dowling '61, Pomela Stewart Furtkamp '61 and Janis Irvine Ricards '64.  Thank you ladies.

From Spokane, Washington -- home of the finest San Diego Burritos -- Tim Abbey '71 sends word that his wife discovered a treasure while getting ready for a yard sale.  It's an LP entitled Horace Mann Junior High Advanced Band and Advanced Orchestra, Mr. Carlyle Hume, Director.  Tim's willing to send it to the first interested person, or perhaps to the person with the best story.  Click HERE to email your request.

I am in receipt of Henry F. Bugenhagen, Architect, a gorgeous coffee-table iBook published by his son Bill.  Henry designed many homes and businesses in Pacific Beach and La Jolla, including the condominium complex above for Sandy Shapery '61.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fry Day July 13th


July 13, 2012

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The San Diego Aston Martin advertisement in this week's Union-Tribune only had a web address.  As a matter of fact, the web site didn't list a street address.  It DID have the following statement, however:  Aston Martin San Diego is San Diego's only Authorized Aston Martin dealer.  We've invested heavily in our facility, which features a state-of-the-art showroom and a high-end, comprehensive service department.  The aim is to provide our clients with nothing but the highest quality automobile experience now and in the future.  I'm thinking they're trying to weed out the less-than-enthusiastic buyer. 

I've been using 29 cent postcard stamps and 3 cent stamps to mail postcards, but the 32 cent stamps finally came in.  It looks like the artist was inspired by my clothes closet.

Subscribing to the quarterly newsletter were Margaret Bemis Dennison '59Shirley Ann Wright Crower '61, Jim '63 and Nancy Ford Mass '64, Ronald Gehlken, '64, Roberta Kleine Fine '64, Bill Paxton '66

Nearly 3000 people graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas last May.  One of them was  Colleen Hulette Bevilacqua '64.  You can read all about it in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Norm Black '68 shares an aerial photo of the Waldo Canyon fire on June 26th as it approaches his house in Colorado Springs.  Click HERE to see the enlarged photo -- and Norm's email

Rolando Park 1956
Safety Patrol 1956

Piggly Wiggly baseball 1958

The Class of '62 reunion committee was notified of the passing of Cathy Angelo in January 2012 from lung cancer.   Her neighbor has written a lovely remembrance, which I've posted on the Class of '62 Obituary page.

Greg Reed '64 died July 1, 2012 after a six-year battle with lung cancer.

Chet Carney shares the sad news that Larry Myles '74 lost his battle with cancer on July 9th.

Friday, July 6, 2012


July 6, 2012

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It's still overcase at the beach, but I'm betting the weather will be much nicer than the cool mists of July 4th.  Maybe I'll even get a parking spot at the Green Flash for breakfast.

How was YOUR 4th of July?  As usual, Pacific Beach is Ground Zero for Independence Day Fireworks.  I stayed in and read, which is a good thing because I couldn't have left if I wanted.  Cars in the alley were blocking my garage.  When it was time for bed I felt like I was bunking down in the bus station, the crowds outside my window were so close.  It was worth it, though, to hear a large group attempt to sing our national anthem.  I KNEW they weren't going to be able to hit that high note.

I heard on KPBS radio that a new public bathroom -- or comfort station -- has been opened in Ocean Beach.  Like the Sistine Chapel, the ceiling has been adorned with a painting.  Great!!  Now I'll NEVER hit the urinal.

Who is Mike King?  Every week I get a bunch of bounced Fry Day emails.  If the same address bounces two weeks in a row I delete it from my address book. bounces every week.  The problem is, I don't have this email address -- or a Mike King -- in my address book.  Maybe it's a Michelle King -- or your secret email address.

Thank you Brent Heramb, Robert and Sue Roskos Mardon and Alan Osborn -- all Class of '64 -- for subscribing to the quarterly newsletter.  You're keeping me solvent.  Well, almost.

Doug Kvandal '66 and his new organ will be back tomorrow (Saturday) night with Live Jazz at the Amigo Spot.  I'm not talking about his Hammond organ either.  On Easter Sunday, after a very short stay in the hospital, Doug rose from the almost dead with a new heart.  Come by and say hi.  They start at 7 -- and vocalist Lisa Hightower is well worth the visit.

George Sorensen '69 sends proof that San Diego's Best Burritos are in Salem, Oregon as well as Spokane, Washington.  Aiberto's has outlets in San Diego County so I guess you're free to take the taste test.

Here's some folks gathered to celebrate Wayne Zucker's 60th birthday on June 28th. From left, Jeff Lee '66, Debbie Mitton '70, Annette Godels Conway Marxen '71, Butch Hiller '71, Gary Gallerstein '70, Bernie Feldman '70, Wayne Zucker '70, Rob Seidman '70, Scott Silverman '72, Karen Simpson Seidman '69, Steve Hoke '70 with his son McKinley, and Robbi Mintz Campbell '71.  Click HERE to see an 8 x 10 version.

Bob Mardon '64 shares a couple of his Little League photos:  the Pirates (above) and Universal Electric (below).  Click HERE to go to the web site and see larger versions.  Get back to me if you can supply names.


Duane Becht '63 passed away Sunday morning, July 1st, in the arms of his girlfriend Janey Peters and brother Ken nearby.