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Friday, October 26, 2012

A number of you have asked about Mom.  Nancy and I -- and Nancy's 45-year old autistic daughter Lisa -- visited Mom last Saturday at the residential Alzheimer's facility where she resides.  She actually seemed a little better.  She was eating her dinner and seemed happy to see Nancy.  Me not so much.  As they say -- good days and bad days.

A got such a chuckle out of the Halloween card sent to me by Stephanie Rose Petersen '74, I thought I would share it.  Great minds think alike -- or maybe it's off-color minds. 

Richard Bouman '59 shares the following:  "About 50 years ago or a little more on Halloween night a disc jockey on one of the popular radio stations at the time -- KCBQ, I think -- was talking about "The Ghost of Wheatstone Canyon”.  He said a lady lost her two sons during World War II and every Halloween night at midnight she would come out and look for them because they had lived in the canyon before the war.  He said it was off of Wheatstone St.  A buddy and I were out cruising and decided to go check it out.  Well, so did about 100 other people including some Crawford alumni.  If I remember right it was out Kearny Mesa/ Linda Vista way where the old Navy housing was.  The houses had been torn down but the streets and sidewalks were still there.  So my question is does anyone else remember this or is my old brain playing tricks on me?" 

(I've shared a page from MapQuest that indicates Wheatstone Street is at the northwest corner of Linda Vista, overlooking Tecolote Golf Course.  It may have been 1957 that a Miramar pilot bailed out and landed nearby on the Clairemont side of Tecolote -- JF)

Some years ago Yearbook Advisor sent me a CD of the 1959 Centaur.  I couldn't get it to work on my computer.  I was searching for something else and came across the CD.  Guess what?  It works great on my computer and would probably work great on a CD player if I had one.  Kelcie says they're available for $35 from the following years:  1959-1967, 1969, 1971-1972, 1974-1975, 1982 and 1985.  Click HERE to email Kelcie.

The Golden Anniversary Pacer is from October 25, 1962, featuring Donna Musil '63 as Girl of the Month.  I have not idea why, but I scrambled information from three featured ads.  If you can tear yourself away from Farmville, you might try to reassemble them:  Nicolosi’s Pizza House • JU-2-4340 • 7252 Broadway, Lemon Grove • Par Tee Miniature Golf • AT-2-5919 • 4009 El Cajon Blvd • HO-9-9901 • Lido’s Italian Food • 6255 University Avenue.  Oh -- click HERE to read the paper.

Here's the dope on First Thursday.  I might not make it, since my chauffeur is taking her daughters to the Grand Canyon or a week.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nancy and I were headed up I-5 earlier this week and we spotted the dome of the nearly-finished Central Library.  "What the heck is that thing?" she asked.  "That's where I hope to be this time next year," I responded.  "It's a mausoleum?" she replied.  "Don't get any ideas," I muttered.

Scott Shaw '68, one of the Colts who founded the original Comic-Con, returns to San Diego this weekend for the San Diego Comic Fest, being held at the Town and Country Convention Center.  He would love to have you stop by and say hello.  Actually, you better get a move on.  He and Greg Bear will be part of a panel appearing in the Garden Salon 1 Room at 1:30 today (Friday).  You can also call him on his cell phone -- 818-642-1967.  (Don't do it between 1:30 and 2:30 on Friday you nimrod!)

Coach Walt Harvey is surrounded by members of his 1961 CIF Champion football team:  Ron Newport, Ron Fox, Duane Farrar, Bill Montejano, Bruce Parker, Tom Whelan, Bill Rainey and Hal Posthumus.  Click HERE to see all 100 photos from the Class of '62 50th Reunion.

Click HERE to browse through the 6-page edition of the Pacer from October 22, 1971

Paul Guzik '71 died of a massive brain hemorrhage on October 5th.  He was born Paul Christopher Koulogeorgiou on March 1, 1953 in Sparta, Greece.  He is survived by his wife Patti Theodorelos '67.  Click HERE to read his obituary and/or sign the guest book.

Friday, October 12, 2012

IT'S PITCH-BLACK IN PB and it sounds like it's still raining out there.  Might be a good day to stay in the house since there are no pressing appointments.

Boy am I pooped, but not as much as the folks who did the real work at the Class of '62 50th Reunion last weekend.  Nancy dragged me kicking and screaming to get our picture taken Saturday at the Bali Hai.  Who was the photographer's assistant but Lesha Klein Sand '67? (You knew her as Lorraine in grade school and Lori at Horace Mann)  Her sister is Sarina Klein Nordmarken '63, her brother is Ron Klein '66 and her ex-son-in-law is Lorenzo Llamas.  Go to Google -- you'll figure it out.

FINALLY -- a "feel-good" story about Crawford High School!  You'll love yesterday's U-T article about this year's Homecoming King.  Click HERE to check it out.

Dave Nichols '61 is a regular at Portland's Rogue Ales bar, so when classmate Bob Richardson hit town George Sorenson '69 made it a threesome.  Click HERE to see more.

Hey, there's a big article on Setsuo Tajima in the Golden Anniversary Pacer of October 11, 1962.  The Senior Sketches feature Louise Neil and George Fogelman, whose birthday was last Sunday.  This is a six-page edition.  Click HERE to read all about it.

Click HERE to check out the KGB Boss 30 top hits for October 25, 1965.  

Last week's Fry Day email should have contained the October 8, 1971 Pacer donated by Velinda Clanton Peterson '72, but I was overwhelmed with early October activities.  Click HERE to check it out.

Friday, October 5, 2012

IT'S STILL DARK IN PACIFIC BEACH and I'm recovering from my birthday yesterday.  A huge crowd gathered on the deck of the USS Nimitz to help me celebrate.  Did you hear the 17-gun salute?  Actually they were there for the Change of Command Ceremony where VADM Dave Buss replaced VADM Al Myers as Commander, Naval Air Forces.  Nancy and I were assigned a personal assistant, one LT Joshua Freeze, who made sure our every whim was catered to.  A lot of folks were laboring under the illusion I must be someone important.  I think it was the Blue Angels shirt Nancy bought me at the last air show.

Stephanie Petersen put me and my pal Tom LaShell on the marquee last night for First Thursday.  Tom was also born on October 4th and -- once again - was a year older than me.

Look what Judy Leonard Kanne '60 spotted this week in Bryson City, North Carolina.  She's taking the Great Smoky Train ride.

Crawford graduates Bernadine Berlin Temple '62 and Nathan East '73 pose for a snapshot in Barcelona, Span before boarding the Dave Koz and Friends jazz cruise.  Bernadine named one of her sons Miles, which should give you some idea how she feels about jazz.  Nathan is a jazz artist known world wide.  Click HERE to read his biography.

The Bob Mardon page now has videos.  I don't have the exact details, but one appears to depict leaving the house for the '64 Prom and the other is entitled '64 Graduation Antics.  You'll recognize the motley crew above -- Bob Mardon, flanked by Mark and Mike Nesbit.  Click HERE to go the Bob Mardon Page.

Gretchen Pruden Taylor '60 forwards an article from the U-T about Dennis Mackrel, who may be Class of '81.  He's now the leader of the Count Basie Orchestra, which appeared at Anthology last month.  Click HERE if you'd like to read all about it.

History teacher Ray Wagner, who opened Crawford in 1957 and remained for 27 years, passed away September 24th.  He worked as the Archivist at the San Diego Air & Space Museum after he left teaching.  The museum will induct him into its Hall of Fame on November 17th.  Services for Ray will be private.  Click HERE if you'd like to sign the guest book.

Anne Boyd Lewis '66 died September 13th after a 13-year battle with cancer.  I've shared some of what her husband wrote about her many accomplishments.  Go to the Class of '66 Obituary Page.