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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 31, 2015

Remember "Dick and Jane"?  That ship has sailed several times.

My good buddy Jeff told me about the April 20th cover of the New Yorker.  I gather it came out shortly after Cuba and the US decided to be friends again.  Click HERE to see an enlargement of this vision of Cuba after American business gets a new toehold

It would appear that Greg May has added some new photos to the Streetcar Album on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page. Click HERE to check them out.  You may have to be a Facebook member. This shot was taken on Broadway in front of the old, old courthouse (I think). 

The June 15, 1965 issue of the Cougar Times, courtesy of John Pacheco, is the 6-page Graduation Issue.  It's worth checking out just for the great photos of Julie Hansell  and Louie Schwartzberg,   Click HERE to peruse the publication.

Victor Perez sends word of the passing of Beatrice Goodwin Karp '67 on July 22.  I have no other details at this time, except that her daughter Ilana Sharone Karp is a '95 Crawford graduate.

Raymond Kirk '68 passed away July 24th.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 5150 Wilson Street, La Mesa, at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow. Burial Services will be held Monday, August 10, 2015, at Miramar National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Click HERE to read his obituary and sign the guest book.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 24, 2015

Once upon a time, in a land known as East San Diego, girls would ride the bus to North Park and shop at Whitneys.   Greg May has added two photos of Whitneys to the North Park album on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page

Later on, driver's licenses in hand, those girls would go out in the evenings to the movies.  One popular venue was the Valley Circle Theater, about where BevMo is in Mission Valley today.  Greg May has two photos and a great Grand Opening advertisement for the Valley Circle.  The Grand Opening took place December 26, 1966.

From the collection of John Pacheco, here's the

Speaking of the Horace Mann Cougars, Vivien Messick Isom drove by the old school the other day and noticed that it was now "The Home of the Tigers".  She wonders if female faculty members didn't want to be thought of as Cougars.

Victor Perez sends word that Naida Groff, his Biology teacher at Crawford, has passed away.  Click HERE to go to the Faculty Obituary Page.

Lee Cook '66 shares the sad news of the passing of his classmate Carole Kudrna Coleman.  Click HERE to go to the Class of '66 Obituary Page and learn more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 17, 2015

The San Diego Union-Tribune will have completed all 100 of its 100 Memories of Balboa Park by the time you read this (I think).  The miniature railway was #94.  Click HERE to check out the series -- and HERE to revisit the photos on my web site.

Crawford’s Class of 1970 will have an “Icebreaker” on Friday, July 24th from 4-8ish at the Bahia Resort Hotel’s Tangier Bar (998 W. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego 92109).  (Free appetizers from 3-5 so come early if you can )

This ad from the November 3, 1971 Daily Aztec recently appeared on Facebook

I had a request for a Crawford "C" with a horse jumping through it and thought I'd share what I found with you.  This decal set was loaned for copying by Sally Brett '63

Class of ’64 girlfriends Meri Pierce Knight, Kris Gjerde Flynn, Bev Bachman Fritschner, Laurie Koosed Ratner and Janis Irvine Ricards get their picture taken at Fashion Valley’s True Food Kitchen on July 14th.

Another group of '64 classmates met at Claim Jumper, in Grossmont Center, on the 15th.  Left to right are Anita McDonald Perry, Nancy Gibbons Potts, Mary Hansen Herrmann, Kim Beavers Shannon, and Shirley Jackson Petersen

John Pacheco '72 has loaned me his collection of Horace Mann Cougars.  This one has no date, but I'm pretty sure it's March of 1968.  Click HERE to decide for yourself.

Robert Quinten '71 is alive and well.   The reports of his passing, according to classmate Victor Perez, date back to a time prior to the last class reunion.  Robert apparently thought it would be fun to spread the word that he had left this mortal coil.  His photo doesn't appear in the yearbook, so I've substituted an appropriate vizage.

J Mitchell "Joe" Simon '71, on the other hand, passed away in January 2014.  Details are hazy and not likely to be forthcoming.

Karen Kessler '75 sends word of the belated passing, on June 20, 2010 of classmate Dyan McCormack Wootton.  Dyan moved to Leucadia during high school and she graduated from San Dieguito.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July 10, 2015

Gary Mitrovich '76 was able to get this photo for me for a Hoover grad who was lamenting the disappearance of the East San Diego sign -- and East San Diego for that matter.  Retired police officer Mitrovich has written a book about the East San Diego Police Department  Click HERE to see an enlarged version of this San Diego History Center photo which shows the northeast corner of Fairmont and University.  I tried to share a Google street view link, so you could see what's there now, but Google has changed the program and I'm too dumb -- and lazy -- to figure it out.

San Diego Jewish World is apparently going through its bound past issues and sharing them on its web site.  This photo is from the August 9, 1957 issue celebrating the the Jewish Center Little League's North Park Loop Championship.   Front Row, from left to right: Robert Sassaman, Darrell Cohen, Tom Rossi, David Hansen, and Glen Lovell. Second row, from left to right: Junior Katz, Morris Winicki, Barry Penn, Howie Toole, Paul Levine and Mike Dale. Standing in the rear is Herman Cohen. Not in picture, Jimmy Kraus.  Click HERE if you'd like to read the article, courtesy of Jimmy "Not In Picture" Kraus '65.

Bob's Big Boy is alive and well in Michigan.  Sharon Cramer Sceper '68 took this photo in Petoskey, MI.  She and the hubby visited Mackinac Island where the movie Somewhere In Time was filmed at the Grand Hotel.

Carlos Amezcua '71 is back -- and KUSI has him.  I did a spit take with my Cheerios Wednesday morning -- and Carlos was pretty surprised too -- when they brought Coach Richard Draz into the studio as a surprise.

The Class of '75 reunion will still take place on August 8th -- but at the Mission Bay Hilton.  Email Ken Flagg  if you have questions.

My cousin John Murphy '64 passed away at home in White City, Oregon with his daughter and sister at his side. He had heart problems but died of pancreatic cancer -- Nelson Moore ’61

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 3, 2015

I got a kick out of this Bizarro cartoon from last Friday.

Greg May has added this photo to the Sports Arena Album on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page. I like it because you can spot the old Midway Drive-In at the left and, if you really blow it up, you can see that hamburgers are 22¢ at the Jack-in-the-Box just out of the picture (and still in business) to the left.


Members of the Class of '61 and '64 who subscribe to the quarterly newsletter should get renewal notices this week.   I really appreciate your support.  I no longer send subscriptions to all class members so, if you're interested in subscribing, click HERE for information.

Monica Pacheco Zech '72 got some ink in Diane Bell's Column yesterday with her snippet about ducklings being rescued in El Cajon.

Maurice Barringer is somewhere in Asia, but reads the Union-Tribune on line and spotted the obituary for his classmate Bob Fortin, who died June 13th.  Click HERE to go to the Class of '64 Obituary Page.  You can read what Maurice had to say -- and sign the on line guest book.

Counselor Lois DeLay passed away October 3, 2014, according to Joanne Dewey Urban '72.   "We shared the same birthday (different years), so I had the pleasure of celebrating many times with her."