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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Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

I'm almost certain to get the gift I've been praying for: no more Every Kiss Begins with Kay advertisements on TV

Among the songs Owen Western sent last week was Evergreen, made famous by Barbara Streisand.  I don't know if it was part of the 1962 Winter Concert or not, but I think David Gray is the soloist.   Click HERE and enjoy.

I recently went through a bunch of slides taken by the late John Suitts for a Sign Ordinance presentation to the Pacific Beach Town Council in 1975.   I've selected four that might be of interest to Crawford folks.  Click HERE to check them out.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 18, 2015

Yippee!!  Winter arrives at 8:49 PM on Monday -- and the days start to get longer.  

Crawford’s Basketball Team is 3-2 so far this season, with a 4:30 game this afternoon at Valley Center.  Why not head up early and stop by Bates Nut Farm.  You can follow the team’s progress on the MaxPreps web site

Unbeknownst to me the basketball team opened a GoFundMe account 13 months ago and has raised $2900.   Their goal is $6500.  Based on your response last year to the Soccer Team’s request I’m sure we can help them out.

Owen Western shares four songs from Crawford's 1962 Winter Holiday Concert.  Click HERE if you'd like to listen in.

Stephanie Schwartz Mashek '71 (my favorite waitress at Pied Piper Pies) is organizing a reunion of her Campus Lab School class.  If you were a classmate and want to attend give her an email (just click on her underlined name)

Billy John Wood would have indeed been a Cardinal instead of a Colt.  The dividing line (East/West) for Hoover and Crawford was Winona Street between 49th & 50th. I lived on Winona 1/2 block off of El Cajon Blvd and had a choice of Hoover and Crawford since I was on the "line".  I chose to be a Colt -- Jerry Ellis ’61

I had a friend who lived on 47th, a block north of University who went to Crawford -- Philip Lindsley ’70

The Keeyes family lived on 49th street just 2 blocks north of University Ave. and we were in an optional district for either Hoover or the brand new school aka Crawford.  So I would say was Billy pretty darn close to that optional area.  Our parents all graduated from Hoover but all three of us chose Crawford -- Kathy Keeyes Antus ’68

I lived one block south of El Cajon on 47th and was able to choose between Hoover and Crawford because I attended Horace Mann Jr High -- Judith Napolitano Dunham ’63

I had a look at the current district map to try to get an answer to the Billy Don Wood question.  Found something very strange.  Today if he lived on 47th street North of University he would go to Crawford, and if he lived South of University on 47th he would go to Hoover.  I always thought that Euclid was the boundary, but apparently I'm wrong.  I then tried to find an old district map but could not.  So, as far as 1965 goes, I don't have an answer for you.  What's really strange to me is that the immediate area that Hoover is physically located in is a "Hoover-Henry Optional Area" -- George Glover ’73

Loved the old photo of Redwood St.   My Mom still lives at 55th and Redwood. 34th is probably Hoover territory, for sure in the old days -- Susan Marshall Gordon ’64

If my Google Earth is correct, looks like that part of Redwood Street might put one in the San Diego High School district, or at the very least, the Hoover district.  Sadly, it looks very close to the site of the PSA crash, which of course has nothing to do with the older photo or your questions, just a sad observation on my part -- Sharon Cramer Sceper ’68

3422 Redwood is over by St Augustine High School, so I don’t think it would have been in the Crawford district -- Earl Asbury ’64

(My classmate Gary Schulte and I somehow both were thinking Redwood ran north and south and that this was Oak Park Country.  It remindedme a lot of the neighborhood my old buddy Gary Bonwell lived in on South Thorn St.)

Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

I made Billy Don Wood an Honorary Member of the Class of '65 some years ago after learning his parents whisked him off to Oklahoma after 9th Grade.  Lately he's been wondering if he would have been a Colt after all.  "I lived on 47th Street, a block south of University," he says, "and am wondering if I would have been sent to Hoover".  Does anyone know the answer?

The Winter Issue of the Alumni Newsletter is in the mail, so those of you who are paid subscribers should be on the lookout.    Click HERE if you might be interested in subscribing to the 12-page quarterly publication.

Sherri Schuler Lightner '68 was re-elected president of the San Diego City Council on Monday last. Click HERE to read the article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Jan Tonnesen posted this postcard of San Diego State College to Facebook.  Your guess is as good as mine as to what year it was published.

This snapshot showed up on Facebook this morning.  The address is 3422 Redwood.  Isn't that Colt Country?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 4, 2015

Julie Swann Paez '83 is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered in the San Bernardino shootings. Keep her and her loved ones in your thoughts.

Crawford lost to Coronado 21-7 in last week's Division V Football Championship game.  What a great season!

The Colts' Hoop Season got underway Wednesday with a 71-67 win over Olympian.  They play at Grossmont tonight at 7 PM

If you're old enough to remember going downtown to meet Santa in the 1950s you might enjoy some Bill Reid photos recently posted to Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  Heck, you might be IN the photos.

Poway resident Michael Mosteller '66 passed away October 7th.   Click HERE to share an on-line memory.

Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27, 2015

Today's the day the phone rings off the hook and I have to tell people they have the wrong number -- they haven't reached Fry's Electronics.  By the way, am I the only one that thinks of the Middle Ages or the Stock Market Crash when I hear the phrase Black Friday?

Crawford will meet Coronado tomorrow night at 7 PM for the Division V Football Championship, to be played at Southwestern College.  The Colts beat Vincent Memorial last week 23-19.

Thought you might enjoy this ad from the October 28, 1966 Daily Aztec that recently showed up on Facebook.

I first saw this night shot of Oscar's Drive-In on a T-Shirt at Nicolodeon, the record shop on Adams Avenue owned by Betsy Scarborough '63.  I was certain it was the El Cajon Blvd Oscars, but it turned out to be the one on Pacific Highway.  If you squint your eyes you can still pretend.

You never know who's going to enjoy something on Fry Day.  I certainly didn't think the 51st St Travelodge postcard would have a fan.  I was wrong.  My classmate Rhedis Breeden shared the following:  OMG....My parents owned the Travelodge at 5090 El Cajon Blvd and is where I grew up!!! Memory fails me but we moved either late Jr. High or beginning of High School at Crawford.  I wish it was still like it was during our days there.  Thank you so much for sharing as I do not have a picture of 5090 or even a post card.  Good memories.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 20, 2015

Crawford beat Maranatha Christian 33-12 last week to advance to the second round of the Division V Playoffs, against Vincent Memorial tonight at 7.  The good news is, the Colts were victorious in a previous game against Vincent Memorial.  The bad news is that it's hard to beat a team twice in a season.  I think tonight's game is at Lincoln.

Nancy has "The '50s" permanently playing on the Sirius radio in her Hyundai Tucson.  When "Mr. Sandman" came on recently she stated, "That song got Christine Loss elected 5th Grade President at Andrew Jackson".  Apparently Christine, or her committee, substituted "Vote Christine Loss" for "Bum, bum, bum, bum"  in the chorus.  Click HERE to sing along on YouTube.

Greg May has added a couple of El Cajon Boulevard motels to the Postcard Album on his Vintage San Diego Facebook Page.  I believe both of these establishments are still in business

Travelodge • 5090 El Cajon Blvd

Imperial 400 • 6624 El Cajon Blvd

Yvonne Evjen Piscopo '72, wife of Phil Piscopo '71, passed away on November 7th.    Click HERE to read her obituary.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 13, 2015

BRRRR.  IT'S COLD IN PACIFIC BEACH but my one-lung wall heater is trying to make things right.

Crawford ran up 28 points last week against previously unbeaten Vincent Memorial before settling for a 28-12 win.  They play Maranatha Christian at 7 PM tonight at San Diego High School.  This may actually be the first round of the Division V CIF Football Championships.

The Crawford Student Store needs a portable air conditioner.  Due to construction on campus they are now cohabitating with a very warm Slushie machine.  If you can help, or have ideas, call or text Susan Marshall Gordon at 619-865-3410

Ron Jagodinski and his neighbor Bill Dunable (Hoover '63) get ready to rumble in Ron's college ride, a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giuletta.  The snapshot said January 1964 on the border.  I've added the photo to the Cars We Drove To School page on my web site.

This photo appeared on Facebook last week and I shared it on the Colt Corral Facebook page, wondering if the blonde was one of the Roel Sisters.  Victor Perez answered in the affirmative, saying it was Debbie Roel, Class of '68.   But wait, it's a two-fer!! Victor says the other girl is Adele Rabin, Class of '69.  Click HERE if you want to see an enlarged photo.

The Veterans' Day issue of the Los Angeles Times had a nice piece by Tony Perry on the refurbishing of the USS Recruit.  We always called it the USS Never Sail at our house.  Click HERE to read the article.

Services for Cheryl McIntire O'Neill '62 will be held Sunday, November 15th, 2 PM, at Sycuan Resort.  Click HERE to read her obituary.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

The Crawford football team is unstoppable.  Last Friday they beat Calipatria 31-0, which makes four straight shutouts.  Tonight they play Calexico's Vincent Memorial at Lincoln High.  Kickoff is 6:30 PM.

Not much happening in Coltville, so I'm digging out the Golden Oldies.  Click HERE to look at a menu from Aunt Emma's Pancakes, courtesy of Ann Roskos Roffelsen '63

Sally Rice Fox sends word of the passing of Nancy Taylor '72 on October 24th.  Click HERE to learn more.

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015

Break up the Crawford Football Empire!!   The Colts beat Calipatria 40-0 last Friday, which -- if my math is correct -- means they've outscored their last three opponents 128-0.  They travel tonight to Pine Valley for a 6 PM face-off against Mountain Empire.

55 years ago Crawford traveled down El Cajon Blvd to Hoover for a game against La Jolla.  Click HERE to read the program.

Greg May has added 5 1959 shots to the San Diego State Album of his Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  This is the way it looked when I entered in 1962.

I'm wondering now, based on information sent in by Richard Cone, if the sign above might have been placed at Rolando and El Cajon, not far from College Village Apartments.  The advertisement below lists an address at 6525 El Cajon Blvd.  Click HERE to check out the web page sent in by Richard.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 23, 2015

Gas up the Edsel!!  The Crawford football team is playing Calipatria tonight at 7 PM.  Mapquest says it's a 2 1/2 hour drive from San Diego.  It's supposed to be a balmy 92 degrees.  I mention this because the Colt gridders manhandled Holtville 28-0 at last week's Homecoming Game.  They're on a roll.

This photo, taken in May 1941, showed up on Facebook this week.  I wonder where it was taken.  That looks like Mt Helix between the big sign and the old oval-style bus stop sign on the right.

Greg May has added another photo to the Palisade Gardens Album of his Vintage San Diego Facebook page.

Al Osborn shares a snapshot of his buddies at graduation in 1964.  Click HERE if you'd like to see it in Vista Vision -- and read the caption.

Last Saturday's Union-Tribune contained an obituary for Gary Foor '61, who passed away earlier this year.

Richard Cone '69 sent word of the passing of Charlotte Tenney, his classmate and fellow columnist at the Presidio Sentinel.  You can read two tributes to her on the Class of '69 Obituary Page.

We've just learned of the passing, in 2009, of Diane Gittings Presley in Eagle, Idaho.