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Friday, November 30, 2012

I tried all weekend to send the Fry Day email to the Class of '64, but kept getting the cryptic and maddening "domain does not resolve" message.  Hopefully, folks who didn't get their weekly dose of Fry Day knew enough to come to the Colt Corral


Eureka!!  I was digging around for something and came across another cache of Title Insurance & Trust, excuse me -- San Diego Historical Society, excuse me -- San Diego History Center photos.  This one was taken by the great Guy Sensor around 1930.  It looks south on 30th Street at University.  I'm pretty we visited that bank on the right on a Horace Mann field trip.  Click HERE to see an 8 x 12 version -- and an enlargement of the directional sign on the corner lamp post.


From the 3-ring binder of Kris Pruski Wood '70 I've uploaded a couple of hand-colored rock posters and the remains of a Beatles ticket from the 1965 concert in Balboa Stadium.  You may have to drop a tab of acid to read the fine print on the groovy posters.  Looks like Jim Pagni was the producer on the above Byrds concert as well as one featuring The Association and Union Gap.  Click HERE to check them out.

Patty Humphries Grove '74 (I think she liked older men) spotted her neighbor Bob Moldenhauer '70 in one of the Blessed Sacrament photos.  She said he was in the 3rd Row wearing a "dashing" tie.  I've got it narrowed down to two boys.


Members of the Class of '71 Reunion Committee popped into Nunu's this week to talk about the 2016 Reunion and to celebrate a number of birthdays.  From the left are:  Art Reece, Bob Leidolf, friend Cindy, Phil Piscopo, Pamela Reece Farrar, Louis Galper, Victor Perez, friend Deborah, and David Feeley.  Photo by Irma Perez '74


Here's the Pacer for November 24, 1971, courtesy of Velinda Clanton Peterson '72.  I meant to post it last Fry Day, but who's gonna notice after 41 years?  Click HERE to read an insightful column by the late Hollis Gentry -- and don't miss the special coupon from Belmont Park


George Lewis '70 and "AM Forever" will be appearing at the Chico Club, on Friday, December 7th, from 8:30 to past midnight.  The Chico Club is at 73rd and El Cajon, not far from the old Comanche Bowl and Cinnamon Cinder.  Click HERE to check out their web site.


Not only can you enjoy the guitar stylings of Paul Caston at the First Thursday Fiesta on December 6th, but Paul will buy you a 16 oz draft beer, 12 oz domestic bottled beer, or a glass of house wine.  Of COURSE there's a catch!!  You have to EMAIL ME to obtain the coupon.

It speaks for itself -- if you can read it.  The final Amigo Spot First Thursday for 2012 is December 6th at 6 PM.  Thanks, as always, to Nancy Miljas for the great artwork.



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day

Have a nice Thanksgiving!!

I wonder what the late Bob Biehler '61 would think about classmate Sandy Shapery's latest automotive venture.  Bob, a world-renowned builder of custom hot rods, remembered the cool cars that Sandy fixed up.  Monday's U-T features an article about Sandy's efforts to recreate the Electriquette, the battery-operated carts seen at the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park.  Click HERE to read the U-T article and watch a video.  Click HERE to take another look at Bob Biehler's work.

Hostess is again teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and Twinkies are flying off the shelf.  Richard Lidbom ’62 recalls another Hostess product, however.  "I remember making 25¢ an hour for my Boy Scout troop in the late '50s walking door to door putting miniature loaves of Wonder Bread in mailboxes with an associated flyer.  (Mrs. Brunner would NOT be happy with that sentence.)  I also remember 'stashing' a few (6) of the loaves for myself.  I thought they were cute.  When I got home my father made me sit down and eat ALL of the bread at one time to teach me a lesson.  Yes, I was sick afterwards.   I remember that the ties on Wonder Bread were color-coded to tell the day of the week it was baked.  I found the table at Wikipedia:  Blue -- Monday; Green -- Tuesday; Orange -- Wednesday; Red -- Thursday; White -- Friday; Yellow -- Saturday."

David Bieber '69 has restored a Harley-Davidson 45 Solo WLA that he purchased in Montana in 1993.  Not only that, but he's produced a little video, starring family and friends, featuring the restoration.    Click HERE to watch the video.  Click HERE to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Foundation as part of Dave's Team.

Click HERE to check out 8 x 10 copies of the Blessed Sacrament photos from Kris Pruski Woods '70 for Grades 3 through 5.  Click HERE for Andrew Jackson Grade 6.

Lorna Longerbeam Odegaard ‘72 shares news of the Pat Brillo/Julio's story.  "One of the cooks that worked at Julio’s for years, now has his own restaurant at 3038 Adams Avenue, called Casa Adams.  He even brought along some of the restaurant furniture that was in Julio’s."  Click HERE to take a look at the Casa Adams menu.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

IT'S NANCY'S BIRTHDAY -- and Mariachi Night at the Amigo Spot.  Feel free to stop by and snag some Carrot Cake.  These are NOT your padre's mariachis.  Be prepared for "Black Magic Woman" and a litte Pink Floyd -- plus the traditional favorites.  

Susan Wilkerson McCasland '71 says she's stuck in southwestern Ohio, where there are ZERO good Mexican restaurants.  Lately she's been dreaming about Pat Brillo's, the favorite family restaurant of her youth.  "Who WAS Pat Brillo and what became of his restaurants," she asks.  I don't know, but I recall eating at a Pat Brillo's near the downtown library.  Nancy says she applied for a job at Pat Brillo's on 43rd and University, but they wanted her to work six 6-hour days.  "Hold on," I replied, "MY favorite Mexican restaurant -- Julio's -- was at 43rd and University."  Turns out the late Julio Arreola worked for Pat Brillo and later bought him out.  Click HERE to read an informative obituary of Sr. Arreola.  Click HERE to learn about the man who drug Susan to southwestern Ohio.

LOST AND FOUND -- Dianna Hill Hodges '63 is looking for her classmates Cynthia Williams Murray and Alice Krauss Workman.  Don Scott is now on the '72 Email Page, thanks to Nancy Wendland Pomeroy '74

The Class of '62 Reunion Committee had its final meeting, at Mike Rossman's Terra Restaurant.  Under the capable leadership of Beverly Swaim Wickstrom, the group realized a profit of $3,800, $500 of which will be donated to the Crawford Foundation.  The rest will apparently be spent on annual parties.  Nice!!  Lynn Routt Swanson receives kudos for the best Memory Book ever -- 60 pages of color photos and biographies.  There may be a few left.  The cost is $20.00 Contact Lynn at

Gary Cliser, who may be the John Fry of the San Gabriel Valley, has sent me a link to HIS web site.  I suspect you'll enjoy it as much as I did.  Click HERE to visit Southern California in the 1950s.

Here's a photo of the Rolando Park contingent at the Class of 1963's 20th Year Reunion.  Glenna Morrow Jacket, who donated the photo, is standing second from the right.  I think that's Mike Crawford kneeling, third from the right.  I wonder who the guy in the middle is, daring enough to sport no facial hair.  Click HERE to check out the enlarged version.

Barbara Lamb '63 was December Girl of the Month AND Homecoming Queen in the Golden Anniversary Pacer of November 21, 1962.  Miniature Golf was 25¢ a game at The Swing Club, 4302 El Cajon Blvd.  That's where I hung out.  Click HERE to read all about it!!

I received a flurry of emails earlier in the week alluding to the passing of George Brown '60.  So far I haven't gotten any details.

Ken Savary '61 passed away November 2nd.  A native San Diegan, Ken is survived by his high school sweetheart Sandy Siegler '62.  Click HERE to sign the on-line guest book.

Friday, November 9, 2012

WEATHER PERMITTING, Nancy and I are going to travel east to Alpine for breakfast with Stephanie Rose Petersen at her favorite place -- Janet's Montana Cafe.

NOOOOOOO!!  Just when I was imagining television without political commercials, I thought I heard the jingle bells of the Christmas season.  Turns out the light at the end of the tunnel was the headlight of an oncoming train.

Some 1970 Classmates gathered at the home of Patty Crohn Patterson on October 14th.  Standing are Bonnie Miner Kau, Helen Bruce Ireland, Barbara Alvarez, Jane Debolt Blackwell, Kris Pruski Wood, Denise Daniels Casinelli, Rene Hansel Riley-Clay and Patty Crohn Patterson.  Kneeling are "the twins" -- Belinda Solberg Bales and Melinda Solberg Bachstein.  Says Kris Wood, "We had fun catching up on each others lives and playing "dress up" with Silpada sterling silver jewelry (I'm a rep) and "Jockey for Her" clothing (Jane Blackwell is a rep).

Sharon Cramer Sceper '68 predicted I'd get lots of mail about the Proctor Valley Monster -- but I didn't. I DID get a lot of emails about whether or not Driver's Ed was still being offered at Crawford in 1971.  Sharon said she learned to drive in a simulator, another person got to practice correcting a skid in the rain at Jack Murphy Stadium, and someone else said they got to drive to the beach -- and saw the white deer in Mission Valley by the Presidio.  I'll publish all of the responses in the December 12-page newsletter.

The Golden Anniversary Pacer, from November 8, 1962, is awash in familiar names.  Mrs. Frances Brownell was named Channel 10's Teacher of the Week, Gary Stewart's hot rod was Heap of the Week, and Dave Duncan was Athlete of the Month.  Ruth Marie Leatherman and Jerry Dwayne Lovelady were the featured Senior Sketches, plus Joe Keeyes and Jerry Smithson got their pictures on the front page.  Click HERE to get the details.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Nancy and her daughters have been at the Grand Canyon this week, with side trips to Flagstaff, Jerome and Sedona.  I expect they'll get up at the crack of noon today to begin their trip home.

Fox 5's Krysti Wolski contacted me Tuesday evening.  She wanted to interview me about the great storm that hit Pacific Beach sometime in the misty past.  I told her she was probably talked about the freak storm that knocked a third of Crystal Pier into the sea in January 1983.  I told her I was heading out to dinner and would be unavailable for an interview.  I suggested she call Crystal Pier and talk to Jim Bostian.  Apparently Jim was unavailable also, 'cause Krysti and her camera man showed up on my doorstep after I got home.  I can't stay up past 10, so I don't know if the piece made the news.  I was still depressed to learn that neither Krysti nor her camera man had even been born in 1983.

Sharon Cramer Sceper's father was a postman in Linda Vista, Janice Ricca Hom's husband was a mailman on Wheatstone, and Barbara Bright Wilder has just MOVED to Wheatstone, but no one apparently recalls the "Ghost of Wheatstone Canyon" hoax mentioned last week by Richard Bouman.  Sarah Leddick recalls another ghost, however -- the Proctor Valley Killer!!

I think it was a month ago that Bernadine Berlin Temple '62 sent a snapshot of herself and world-renowned bassist Nathan East '73 taken in Barcelona, Spain.  Nathan's back in San Diego long enough for two performances with Fourplay (7:30 and 9:30) tonight at Anthology in Little Italy.   Nathan is second from right in the above group photo.  Click HERE to read George Varga's article about Nathan in the San Diego U-T.

Click HERE to examine the October 26, 1962 football program donated by Sarina Klein Nordmarken '63

The November 5, 1971 Pacer, donated by Velinda Clanton Peterson '72, has an ad for the California Driving School.  Was Driver Education no longer offered at Crawford in 1971?  Click HERE to read the paper.