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.

Check out the Crawford High web site.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 29, 2015

I'M PRETTY SURE I KNOW WHAT NANCY AND I will be eating at the Waffle Spot this morning. Kitchen Manager Beto braced us last night at the Amigo Spot.  "How come you haven't ordered the Machaca con Huevos?  I put it on the menu just for you."  I'm a little concerned that my eating habits are being monitored by someone. They DID install security cameras last year.

SOMEONE is going to be looking for a babysitting job.  The 14-year old girl who pleaded guilty to starting the Coco's Fire has promised to repay $6 million to the county.

Dottie Johnson Vargas '60 can now go to the post office and buy a sheet of stamps with her husband's picture on it.  Click HERE for the details.

Observant Muslim students can now eat Halal meals once a week in the cafeteria at Crawford.  Sure is different from when WE were in school.  Oh, wait -- I just had a Fish Stick Friday flashback.  Click HERE to watch the KPBS video.

Dennis Bishop '61 shares another video featuring his brother Stephen Bishop '69.  Get yourself a beverage before you sit down.  This one is an hour long and starts with a mention of his high school group.  Click HERE when you're ready.

Ted Crooks and Betty Lewis were Mr and Miss Clean Campus, Jim Nettles and Jane Peters were featured in Senior Sketches and Bob Jordahl’s ’63 Chevy was May’s Car of the Month in the May 27, 1965 Golden Anniversary issue of the Pacer  Does anyone have the 1965 Graduation Issue of the Pacer?  I'd love to be able to share it on this site.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 22, 2015

I'm still not sure how this can be Memorial Day Weekend -- and May 30th is NEXT weekend.  Oh, well.  Once again I hope you will take time to remember on those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Click HERE to go to the Colts Who Died In Vietnam page, HERE to watch the video put together by students at Crawford, and HERE to read about my pal Ron Davidson, who coached some of you at Horace Mann.

Remember School Savings Stamps?  I just came across these, and some Green Stamps and Blue Chip Stamps.  Click HERE to take a look AND to read about the history of School Savings Stamps.

It doesn't look good for Anthony's on the Wharf.  The Port District is entertaining proposals from other eateries that can bring in more dough.  I'm trying to recall all of the Anthony's I've dined at:  La Mesa, Chula Vista, downtown La Jolla, Golden Triangle, and the wharf.  And that doesn't count the Fishettes.  Never made it to Star of the Sea or the one that's now Ruth's Chris Steak House.  Oh, I almost forgot -- click HERE if you want to read the article in last Saturday's UT.

Ernie Cowan '62 wrote a nice article in last Saturday's UT on the local Bushtit.  Click HERE to read all about it.

Joseph Coyne was San Diego's first police chief.  Detective Laura McGowan '78 is his great-granddaughter.  She joined the San Diego Police Department in 1986 and will be retiring in December.  Click HERE to read the article in the UT San Diego.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 15, 2015

HAPPY 51515!

IT'S WET OUTSIDE IN PACIFIC BEACH and supposed to get wetter.  Nancy and I may end up in line at McDonald's just so we don't have to get out of the car for breakfast.

As near as I can figure Nancy Taylor '72 is a STEM mentor, and we have a chance to vote on the project her kids produced.  Click HERE to watch the video and vote.  Voting is fairly complicated. You have to click on the Public Choice button, decide whether you want to use Twitter, Facebook or email to vote, make your choice, and then wait for them to send your ballot.  After I voted they wanted me to add them to my contacts list to make sure my ballot would get through their firewall.   Today is the last day ballots can be submitted.

Why am I showing a photo of our hated rival Herbert Hoover High School?  Turns out a whole bunch of Colts fondly recall summer school classes at the OLD three-story building.  Click HERE to watch a YouTube video taken in 1975 just before the old school was demolished.

"Wooly Bully" and "Gloria" occupied the top two spots on KDEO's Top 40 chart for the week of May 8, 1965.  Obviously, the Golden Age of music.

Wanna know what Bob Boone, Jim Cassie, Rod Collier, Bill Gore, Jack Watson and Lyn Upshaw had in common?  If nothing else they were School Representatives for Bob Coffman’s Tuxedo Shop.  Just one of many things I learned in re-reading the 6-page Pacer from May13, 1965.  Click HERE to read it for yourself.

Some of us still recall what used to occupy the site where the Campus Plaza Shopping Center sits today at 62nd and El Cajon Blvd.  Click HERE to read the article I snagged off Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page -- and tried to put together on my web site.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015

THE NEWLY-REMODELED WAFFLE SPOT had its Grand Opening yesterday.  I suspect that Nancy and I will check it out this morning, icky weather permitting.

I have the Class of '66 on a May-May billing cycle for the quarterly newsletter, so regular subscribers from that class should have gotten their reminder.  Click HERE if you've been thinking about subscribing and want more information.

Dave Sleet '61 is looking for annuals from his three years at Crawford.  Email him at if you have any suggestions.

I think Johnny Downs went by "Johnny Jet" earlier in his career.   Here’s my certificate for being a "Clean Your Plate Club" member from Johnny Jet back in 1954 --  Norm Black ’68

Norm Black '68 attended Marshall Elementary in 3rd Grade when he lived at 5343 Streamview Drive. The family then moved to the Territory of Hawaii for a year and on to Memphis, Tennessee. The Black family returned to San Diego and Norm was part of the first 8th and 9th grade classes at Pershing Junior High. Then it was on to Crawford and, after that, San Diego State.   Click HERE to see an enlargement.

Mike McKittrick '60 shares a couple of postcards from his days working at Mickie Finn's.  You can actually spot him in the middle, left in white sleeves, black vest and straw hat.  Click HERE to go to the Mickie Finn's Page and see both postcards enlarged.

Frequent contributors Sharon Cramer Sceper '68 and Bob Richardson '61 pose for a photo at the Sceper Ranch and Museum in Hayfork, California.  If I understand this correctly, Bob made the trip from Sacramento because they are both interested in genealogy -- and may have had ancestors who lived in the area.

Having worked with many reunions, I think the Class of 1970's choice of Marina Village for its function on July 25th is outstanding.  Committee Members Denise Daniels, Jane De Bolt Blackwell, Rene Hansell Clay, Kris Pruski Wood and John Pacheco pose for a snapshot.

Rick Cohen '66 sends word of the passing, on April 21st, of his classmate and friend of longstanding, Mark Kessler.  You'll want to read Mark's heartfelt memorial on the Class of '66 Obituary Page.

Linda Parker Smith '70 has passed away, according to her friend and classmate Linda Knott.  Private services will be held today.