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.

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Friday, February 22, 2013


Word came last night from Jim L Smith '63 of the passing of his sister Meredith Smith Sutherland '61 from the complications of MS.  Also surviving is Connie Smith Harrison '60.  I assume additional details will follow.


Click HERE to read the Pacer from February 21, 1963.   Senior Day promised a trip to the Cinerama Theater to see "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm".  Be still my heart!!



I'm not sure Anne Roskos Roffelsen '63 got to see "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" but she did attend the 1963 ASB Ball.  Click HERE to learn what it said on the inside of the invite.



Judy Bale Pitts '64 passed away February 13th, according to her husband Gary.



The quilt above is one Judy Martin Bennett '68 made when she was nine years old.  Click HERE to visit her web site and see what else she's put together.   Click HERE to visit the National Quilt Museum web site, where 30 of Judy's quilts are on display.




Cheri Lynch Hamilton '71 has written a book about her daughter Bethany, who still surfs after losing an arm in a shark attack.  I guess Bethany has her own book, too.  Click HERE to email Cheri if you'd like to purchase autographed copies of either book.



Richard Mooney '74 shares a photo of the Car He Drove To School -- a 1958 Nash Metropolitan.   Click HERE to revisit the "Cars We Drove To School Page".



Friday, February 15, 2013

IT'S STILL DARK IN PACIFIC BEACH, but my heater has turned itself off and we're supposed to have a day that's warm and sunny.  Nancy's still hoping for Eggs Benedict at Green Flash, parking permitting.  Last Friday we had the Western Potato Scramble at Good Time Charlies.


Steve Brownell '64 has added a remembrance to the Faculty Obituary Page under the photo of his mom -- Senora Frances Brownell, or Archibald, depending on when you had her for Spanish.  She died in her sleep on Christmas Eve at the age of 101.  Click HERE to go there.



I'm not sure what I was doing on May 11, 1962, but Ann Roskos Roffelesen '63 was attending what I assume was the Hoover Junior Prom featuring The Nomads.  Click HERE to check out the program.


Speaking of Hoover High, remember when it, and all of San Diego's secondary schools, were multi-storied and brick?  This is the Hoover I recall, although the photo actually appeared in the 1932 Dias Cardinales yearbook.



Stan Keniston '66 sends word of the death of his classmate Chuck Gilbreth on April 18, 2012, while riding his bike on Montezuma Road.  Click HERE to read a U-T article about prosecuting the driver.



Speaking of the Class of '66, this photo leaped out of the Centaur.  I thought at first it was "tongue in cheek". but Mr. Juel's overhead projector might welll have been "the latest in audio-visual equipment" in 1966.



Click HERE to read the February 10, 1972 Pacer.  The Winter Baseball team featured a young pitcher named Chuck Rainey, who went on to some repute with the Boston Red Sox.





Friday, February 8, 2013

IT'S DARK AND BLUSTERY in Pacific Beach this morning, but I don't hear any rain on the roof.  Nancy's hoping we can park and dine at Green Flash for breakfast.  Then it's nothing to do and all day to do it.


First Thursday at Nicolosi's last night was a success, although Nancy and I arrived 10 minutes early and were called out for being late.  We sat at a separate table and were joined by Mike Van Horne, whom Nancy hadn't seen since he was in a high chair.  Nancy was best friends with Mike's late sister Nancy Van Horne '62.  Turns out I once dated Mike's cousin, Mary Van Sickle.  That family should have started a moving van company.



IT WAS A LITTLE BIT like meeting up with Deep Throat in "All The President's Men".  Nancy and I went to an undisclosed location in Balboa Park to look at a sample of photos, correspondence and other park memorabilia dating back to the 1920s.  I'll work on making sure the San Diego History Center gets it.  In the meantime, you might enjoy the 48-page souvenir guide pictured above. Click HERE to access it as on Picasa.  I think you can select slide show once you get there.

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE.  I emailed Jeannie Baker Stewart '63 and eventually heard back from her husband Gary G Stewart '63.  He WASN'T the Gary Stewart who palled around with Hoover Class of '63 grad James Pitt.  He let me know it was Gary M Stewart '63.  He then gave me phone numbers for Gary M's brother Bob, who graduated from Crawford in 1960.  I left a message for Bob in the afternoon and he returned my call in the evening.  In the meantime I got an email from Gary M Stewart saying someone told him I was looking for him.  I checked to make sure he wanted to be reconnected with Jim Pitt, which he did.  They connected, talked for half an hour, and will be getting together soon to tell more tall tales.



SPEAKING OF '63, reunion chairman John McMullen is ramping up for their October reunion.  He's forwarded the missing list to class members and has heard from MaryBeth (you knew her as Mary) Humphreys Marinesi and Kare (you knew her as Karen) Mueller Brown.  Maybe you can help out.  Click HERE to check out the Class of '63 Missing List.


BOY, IT'S ALL ABOUT '63 isn't it?  Click HERE to read the Pacer from February 7, 1963 -- 50 years ago.


Patricia Troy '63 passed away January 26th.  You can read more, and sign the guest book, on the Class of '63 Obituary Page.  Click HERE.





Friday, February 1, 2013

IT'S STILL DARK IN PACIFIC BEACH, but not as so cold.  Nancy and I are going to run the Class of '71 newsletter renewal notices down to the Midway Post Office then head back to Pacific Beach for an 11:30 lunch with Lynn Routt Swanson and Penny Bobrof at Good Time Charlie's.  You're welcome to join us.


Turns out Ann Roskos Roffelsen is Class of '63 -- not '65.  (I thought she was a little young to be attending the 1961 Prom).  This week we'll look at her invite from the Class of '63 Junior Prom.  Well, I think it's the Junior Prom.  Click HERE to check it out.  I'm sure I'll here quickly if I've made another error.

James Pitt grew up in Del Cerro and went to Hoover.   His best friend -- Gary Stewart -- went to Crawford.  Gee, it's like the Blue and the Grey in the Civil War.  Turns out there were TWO Gary Stewarts in Crawford's Class of '63.  I don't have phone numbers for either.  Do you?



Bob Adams has checked in and is now on the Class of '64 Email Page.  He says "Hola!" from San Carlos, Nuevo Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.  (That's it above) He didn't exactly say "Come on down!" but I bet he'd be happy to see you. 


If you missed the Ken Kramer episode in which he interviews James Daigh '64 about his photo of JFK in front of Rudford's Restaurant, you can watch it on your computer.  Click HERE to give it a go.


Bill "Cappy" Paxton '66 has apparently just discovered the photos of San Diego State that Bob Richardson took in 1973.  Bill was excited to see his family home.  Click HERE to read some of his other recollections.

Ann Bank Villarqui '69 (you knew her as Pat) is the Colt trying to remember the rock concert she attended in the summer of '68.  " I had just moved to San Diego, and my parents' friends' daughter took me to the outdoor venue with her," says Ann.  "It was definitely Taj Mahal, and maybe Led Zeppelin" 



George Glover '73 has fond memories of Aunt Emma's with his dad, with his Crawford buddies, and -- at the Chula Vista Aunt Emma's -- with his daughter.  Click HERE to return to the Aunt Emma's page and read the rest of the story.  Maybe if I get a spare moment I'll add my Aunt Emma's memories.

 Tom Tice checks in from Rio Rancho, New Mexico and can be found on the Class of '73 Email Page.


Looks like the First Thursday gatherings are back, but not at the Amigo Spot.  They're returning to the Nicolosi's on Navajo Road, just east of Jackson Drive.  6 PM, Thursday, February 7.