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moved -- or just have fond memories of San Diego in the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

May 30, 2014

Greetings and Salutations!!  How was YOUR week?  When I heard that Castro had been nominated as Secretary of HUD by President Obama, I wondered if he’d chosen Fidel or Raul.  Turned out to be Julian -- the Mayor of San Antonio.  I NEVER get these right.

“It’s looking tired and outdated,” said the headline in the U-T Building Section this week. Turned out they were talking about the Uptown District that replaced the old Sears store, the 1953 opening of which many of us recall with searchlights in the night.  The NEW center will be called HUB — Hillcrest Uptown Block.  I’m feeling a little tired and outdated myself.

Steve Stone ‘72 found his Oak Park 6th Grade Graduation program while going through his retirement papers.  I’ve posted it to the Oak Park Elementary School page.  Click HERE to check it out.

I got so caught up in the Memorial Day festivities I forgot to upload the May 21, 1964 Pacer, which features a nice little biography of Will C Crawford.  I guess it’s now the Golden Anniversary -- plus one week -- Pacer.  

“Mac” McLaughlin, pictured here in the 1961 Centaur, passed away May 1st — six days after his beloved Eleanor lost her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  They were living in Georgia near their daughter Carol McLaughlin Bachman.  Services are tentatively set for the weekend of July 24th at Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church.  I'll keep you posted.

John Dovey ‘64 passed away May 18 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Click HERE to view or sign the on-line guest book.

I’m not sure who Bonnie Blackwell is, but she has informed me of the passing of Michael Paul Ziliankoff '65 at Fort Bragg, California on July 27, 2011.  It’s still possible to sign the guest book.  Click HERE.


Monday, May 19, 2014

May 23, 2014

I’m trying to think happy thoughts this Memorial Day Weekend as I recall folks who did not return from Vietnam and am sharing this photo I took of Ron Davidson in the swimming pool at College Village Apartments, probably in 1967.  Some of you had him as a coach at Horace Mann.  He left teaching to join the Marine Corps.  I drove him to Camp Pendleton when it was time for him to ship out.  He was killed on August 5, 1968.  I hope you can make your way to the “Colts Who Died in Vietnam” page and watch the video put together some years ago by the Crawford AV class.  Enjoy your weekend.

Billy Woods ‘65 shares a couple of Horace Mann Intermural photos.  I think that’s 8th Grade Softball on the left and 9th Grade Football on the right.  Click on the red links to see bigger photos with caption.

Have you ever wished you could buy your way out of exercising?  Scott Shewmaker ‘74 says the old Crawford track will soon be razed and a new facility will be constructed across the street.  He and Yale Strom (that’s him in the front row third from the left) have organized a 24-hour marathon that will begin at 8 AM tomorrow morning May 24th.  If my math is correct, it will end at 8 AM on the 25th.  This will be a fundraiser for the Athletic Department.  Scott says they held several of these in the mid-’70s during the time Crawford’s Cross Country team was a regular CIF champion.  He’s encouraging classmates from the ‘70s and ‘80s to stop by, suit up and hit the cinders.  I think older folks can just bring a folding chair and their wallet.  You might bring a thermos of coffee after darkness falls.  Click HERE to email Scott or HERE to email Yale 

Hey Gary Juleen!  Doug Kvandal ’66 sees your Dennis Mitrovich '67 and raises you one. The photo above shows the band “Sequoya”, with Dennis on the right playing guitar, next to Joe Dyke ’65 on trumpet.  Doug is on the far right behind the Hammond B-3.   Says Doug, “We played mostly big venues as warm-up for the likes of Boz Scaggs, Neil Young, Gabor Szabo, and Sha-Na-Na.”

John McMullen ‘63 shares his 6th Grade class photo from Hardy Elementary.  I think he said Zeller Waymire was #2 in Row 2.  I believe John’s the last one in Row 3.  Surely we can fill in the names on this one.  Click HERE for the enlarged version.

Rod Dunbar ‘64 passed away from cancer in Norfolk, VA on November 4, 2011.  Rod served three tours in Vietnam in search and rescue with the US Air Force.

Just a reminder for those Facebook users who don’t want to get off the couch and turn on the computer, you can access the Colt Corral on your smart phone or tablet.  You may have to search for Crawford Colt Corral. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 16, 2014

How hot was it yesterday in Alpine?  Stephanie Rose Petersen doesn’t care. The ‘74 graduate is on an Alaskan Cruise.  “Brrr,” was all she said.

Kathy “Ka’chi” Lobo ‘65 is looking for a 1960 Horace Mann Cougar.  Here's the cover of Bob Richardson’s 1958 Cougar just to put you in the mood.  If you have a 1960 Cougar but don’t want to part with it, perhaps we could copy it and post it to the web.

Charlene Krebsbach Clark ‘64 was effusive in her praise after I posted her updated reunion flyer, then allowed as how there were two last-minute changes:  the Marriott reservation phone number (877-622-3056) and Web Site

I couldn’t resist this ad from the May 17, 1964 KCBQ Top 40 List.  I think I went to the Ice Capades at Glacier Gardens, but had no clue — and find it hard to believe — that they appeared at Westgate Park.  By the way, “Love Me Do” was the #1 hit that week.  You can read both pages if you click HERE.

1964 classmates Bob Boone and Ron Layton, with the rest of the team in the background, are pictured in the May 23, 1964 San Diego Union after capturing the San Diego CIF Baseball Championship the day before.  Ron Layton submitted the clipping.

Gary Juleen shares a photo of his band “Cheryl and the Progressives”.  We’re not sure of the date, but Colts in the band are — from right to left — Dennis Mitrovich ‘67, Mike Hoover ‘65 and Gary Juleen ‘64.  Cheryl was from Chula Vista and the rest of the band went to Mount Miguel.  I'll publish the rest of Gary's letter in the June 12-page alumni newsletter.

Sandy Liflander says her 1959 classmate Mary Lou Smith Erwin died on May 9th.  A memorial service will be held tomorrow (May 17th) at 11 AM at Living Faith, 7225 N Coyote Springs Rd in  Prescott, Arizona.  Click HERE to sign the on-line Guest Book.

Reid Cooper sends word of the recent passing of Margie Poe Snipes.  Click HERE to read a remembrance from Margie’s son Jonathan. (You'll need to scroll down a bit after you get there).

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 9, 2014

I didn’t know there WAS an Academy of Law at Crawford.  The Class of 2016, led by teacher Steve Luttbeg ‘66, will be part of a mock trial at the Jefferson School of Law, Hon. Dwayne K Moring presiding, on Thursday, May 15th, from 5:15 to 7 PM -- and you are invited.  A bus will leave Crawford at 4:30 PM or you can park downtown at the Padres Parkade.  The Jefferson School of Law is located at 1155 Island Ave.  The trial will be in Moot Court Room 219.  Click HERE to email Steve Luttbeg if you have questions.

The May 7, 1964 Golden Anniversary Pacer is an 8-page extravaganza, featuring ads for prom corsages, the Land of Odin, and the International Rod-Custom Show at the Electric Building in Balboa Park.  It also contains the ASB Election Sample Ballot.  Click HERE to check it out.

Char Krebsbach Clark ‘64 has asked me to share the above “flyer” with you, I believe to remind members of the Class of ‘64 of their 50th Anniversary Reunion coming up in September.  You can find a larger version on the Reunion Page of my Crawford web site. 

Shirley Strum ‘65 is off to Africa to study baboons — for the 42nd time.  Click HERE to read Monday's article in the San Diego U-T and HERE to read Shirley's UCSD Faculty biography.

Billy Wood went to Euclid and Horace Mann and now lives in Norman, Oklahoma.  He is still hoping to connect with his childhood buddy Donald McCormack ‘65 (that's him up above).  I think we tried once before without success, but maybe someone out there can help — maybe you know of a sibling that can aid in our search.