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Friday, September 28, 2012

I EXPECT IT'S GONNA be a beautiful day in Pacific Beach.  Hopefully Nancy and I can sneak into Green Flash for breakfast on our way to the Midway Post Office.  We're going to mail the newsletter renewals for the Class of '63.  Did you know there are two '63 grads living on Mercer Island, Washington?  I wonder if they know each other.

It seemed as if I was getting email corrections almost before I sent out last week's Fry Day missive.  Interesting that folks noticed that I had put Barbara Jensen in the Class of '61, but didn't spot the fact that I had her funeral in a hospital instead of a church.

I can't stop laughing at the latest "adventure" of my pal Jeff Dalrymple.  He got himself a coupon that promised $20 worth of food at D. Z. Akins for only $10.   He then invited his friend Peter Johnson to motor in from Lakeside for lunch a week ago Monday.  They made sure they ordered at least $20 worth of food, only to learn that the coupon was not valid on September 17th.  "Why isn't it good on September 17th," he asked the cashier.  "Jewish New Year."  If you visit the Amigo Spot on Saturday night you can ask him for a rim shot.  He's the drummer for Live Jazz.

Do you remember your locker combination?  Mine was 38-24-36.  Oh, wait -- that might have been the answer to a different question.  That topic came up at Starbucks yesterday,  Also, we wondered high the numbers went on a Master combination lock.  Guess we know that now.

Don't you just LOVE Nancy Miljas' artwork?  Anyway, the First Thursday party for October 4th is just around the corner.  6 PM, Amigo Spot, King's Inn, Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley.

The Boys Scouts of America invites you to honor Ash Hayes at the 2012 Friends of Scouting Distinguished Citizen's Award Dinner, 6 PM Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Red Barn, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos.  The cost is $100 per person or $175 per couple.  Click HERE to email an RSVP to Linda Bailey.

Crawford Foundation member Susan Marshall Gordon '64 shares the news that the Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 12th at 3 PM on the football field.  DO YOU HAVE A CONVERTIBLE you can drive for the Homecoming Queen and Princesses?

Here's a Bruce Brown ad from the Golden Anniversary Pacer of September 27, 1962.  I wonder if this is the movie I saw in the Hoover High auditorium.  I remember Bruce Brown bringing his movie projector and narrating the film.  Click HERE to read the rest of the Pacer.

Friday, September 21, 2012

LOOKS LIKE IT'S gonna be a beautiful day in San Diego.  Nancy and I visited Mom yesterday at the Renown Alzheimer's facility on Tommy Drive.  She seemed a little better than last week, but I'm pretty sure she no longer recognizes me.  Fry Day promises visits to the post office, bank and library and maybe a nice drive somewhere.

It always seemed like the hottest day of the year took place during the first week of school.  Of course, that was when school started in the middle of September.  Last weekend's scorcher sent me on a Google search for the hottest day ever in San Diego.  I ended up on my own web site.  Click HERE to read once again the memories of folks who survived The Hottest Day Ever in San Diego.

Don Anderson '64 would love it if you popped over the bridge this weekend and watched him raced his '64 Bobsy-Porsche (that's the two of them above) at the Coronado Speed Festival.

Wow!!  The Coasters and The Contrasts on one great weekend at the Cinnamon Cinder.  Click HERE to check out the great photos I found on Jan Tonnesen's Flickr page and read some of the comments.  Did you know the Cinnamon Cinder had been a bowling alley.

Dave Sleet '61 asks on a regular basis if I've come across anything on his old band The Cascades.  I keep thinking I should be asking HIM for stuff.  I found this ad from the Red Coat Inn on Jan Tonnesen's Flickr page and added it to the University Lanes page of my web site.  Click HERE to take a look.

Last year we took a look at the collection of Pacers from 1970-1971 donated by Velinda Clanton Peterson '72.  This year we'll look at the 1971-1972 series.  The first issue was already on the web site, donated by Ken Burton, so we'll start with that one.  Click HERE and enjoy.

Rod Petersen '61 passed away "a year ago" according to his daughter.  I've posted some of what she shared on the '61 Obituary Page.

Barbara Jensen '62 died September 9th of heart failure.  Services are being held at 1:30 PM TODAY at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5075 Campanile Drive.

Friday, September 14, 2012

IT'S STILL DARK IN PACIFIC BEACH, but they say it's gonna be a scorcher in San Diego.  Nancy and I were at the Amigo Spot TWICE yesterday.  Once for lunch with the Class of '63 Reunion Committee and again in the evening to hear Paul the Guitar Player (I forgot his last name).  The hotel was hosting a Clown Convention and it turns out that Veronica the Desk Clerk and Rosa the Hostess are both terrified of clowns.  A sit-com ready to be written.

Once again, Elaine Robinson Davis '61, who allegedly lives in Montana, will be part of the local art scene.  She will be participating in the 7th Annual University Heights Arts Open this Sunday, September 16th from 11-5.  Her studio is located at 4576 Maryland St.  Her work will include both San Diego and Montana paintings.  She hopes you'll stop by and say "hello".

Tim and Peggy Crowe Castagna have been missionaries in the Philippines for 27 years.  They're planning a two-month visit to San Diego next Spring and want to know if, perchance, the Class of '73 will be having a reunion at that time.  

GRACIOUS SAKES ALIVE, people sure can be testy!!!  I heard from a lot of folks who pointed out that Earl Altschuler is not in the middle of the photo above.  It did occur to me that he looked really good, but I just assumed he'd had some "work" done.  Guess that's Earl on the right.

CRAWFORD'S FOOTBALL TEAM made the front page of last Saturday's U-T Sports Page, just like the good old days of 1961.  Well, not exactly.  Turns out they lost to San Pasqual Academy, a school with 101 students -- 39 of them boys.  It's a nice article, nonetheless, talking about two schools' efforts to "keep a team on the field".  Click HERE and enjoy!!

A while back my long-time pal Jeff Dalrymple, who didn't go to Crawford but plays at the Amigo Spot on Saturday nights with George Fogelman '63 and Doug Kvandal '66, sent me a photo and running commentary he copied from his Facebook account.  It showed a concert, featuring a band called The Contrasts.  Jeff was of the opinion that it's members went to Crawford.  I made some inquiries and was soon inundated with so much information I felt like I was back in 8th grade science with a volcano experiment gone horribly wrong.  The photo above features Bill Keller on sax, James "Skinny" Bolan on rhythm guitar, Don "Little Donny" Arnold on drums, Jan Tonnesen on lead guitar and the late Kenny Jiamba on bass.  Apparently they knew each other at Horace Mann.  Don Arnold was Class of '69, Jan Tonnesen's family moved and he went to Helix.  All the rest are Class of '68.  I have every hope of unscrambling this mess and sharing much more about The Contrasts.

School's back in session, so it's time for the Golden Anniversary Pacer, issued on September 13, 1962.  Click HERE to read all four pages.

Friday, September 7, 2012

A WOMAN TAKES HER GRANDSON to the beach and turns her back on the child long enough to spread out the beach blanket.  A giant wave thunders on to the beach and takes the tyke back with it.  Horrified, the woman drops to her knees and beseeches the heavens to return her precious progeny.  Incredibly, the next wave deposits the child at her feet.   She clutches him in a heartfelt embrace then, holding him at arms' length, again raises her eyes to the skies.  "He had a hat" she said.
I was reminded of the joke as Nancy and I sat on the curb last Friday answering questions from the Paramedics.  We had decided to visit the Tall Ships on the bay after dropping off subscription envelopes at the Midway Post Office.  I swerved to avoid a car that stopped in front of me on Rosecrans and took out a number of trees in the center median before hitting one that stopped the car and set off the air bags.  Nancy and I emerged without a scratch, although I was missing the top button on my $10 Albertson's Hawaiian shirt.  

A good time was had at the Amigo Spot last night by both the Class of '66 contingent and a cadre of '62 classmates who gathered to fete a visiting Helga Ritter Skinner.  They may have convinced her to leave her Tennessee lair for the reunion next month.

It's back to the Midway Post Office this morning to deliver 576 copies of the September Crawford newsletter.  At noon Nancy and I are being treated to lunch at the China Inn by Penny Bobrof and Lynn Routt Swanson.  (No I don't know why,  I'll have to assume it's my good looks)

Stan Keniston '66 shares a link from KPBS entitled "Meet Crawford's New (And Only) Principal".  That's right, the campus has reverted to a one-size fits all school.  Click HERE to read the article.

Susan Weetman Belair '68 spotted her classmate Earl Altschuler (that's him on the right) in a recent issue of the North County Times.  Click HERE to read the article.

That's John Schroyer '70 behind the wheel of his 1929 Mercedes Gazelle.  Says John, "With a Mustang II chassis and new Ford motor, this car zips along on any freeway".  He also says you can find him on "any given Sunday in front of the IHOP in Martinez, California.