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

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Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

IT'S DARK AND COOL IN PB -- and I wish it would stay that way.   Well, at least the cool part. Nancy and I will give the Waffle Spot another run this Friday morning.  Last Friday there was no parking, so we peeled off to the nearby Adams Steak & Eggs.

This Harry Bliss cartoon from last week cracked me up.  I wonder if it's the first of a new genre -- gay Boy Scout cartoons.  Maybe he's metrosexual.

A few members of Crawford's Class of ‘70 met at Kaffee Meister in Santee Wednesday to hear Guy Gonzales and the "The Gypsy Swing Cats"  Pictured are L to R: Debbie Mitton, Patty Crohn, Barbara Alvarez, Wayne Zucker, Debbie Picon, Guy Gonzales, Geneene Thornton, John Pacheco, and Kris Pruski.  We plan to meet every fifth Wednesday   -- September 30th, December 30th, March 30th, etc.   All Crawford alumni are encouraged to attend.

Greg May continues to post great stuff on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  Here's a shot of the Carnation on Ohio and El Cajon Blvd.   Now if we could find a photo of the Carnation near El Cajon and Montezuma that the Crawford kids frequented.

Remember Big Oak Ranch in Harbison Canyon?  Greg May has an album of photos taken by Jerry May.  I wonder if that's his brother.  Would it have killed him to sneak some shots of the Swallows' Club?

Randy Robbins ’67 passed away at home in El Cajon on July 18th, according to his sister Beverly Robbins Lachman ’68.  He had been very sick with various ailments for more more than a decade.  He won four Emmys for directing The Young and Restless soap opera in the 1980s.

Friday, August 21, 2015

August 21, 2015

IT'S STILL DARK IN PACIFIC BEACH but it looks like it will be a beautiful day.  The Wingo Women have returned, so I'm hoping Nancy will take me to the Waffle Spot, even though the lobby at the "Winchester House" King's Inn is still undergoing a "remodel" and a special path is required to get to the restaurant.

Dana Moffat -- granddaughter of Mike Fry and Karen Kees --  and her three boat-mates, bought home the gold in the World Rowing Junior Championship on August 8th.  Now, Dana -- second from left in the photo above -- will be rowing in senior matches with the UC Berkeley rowing team. A much sought-after young rowing powerhouse, she was awarded a full-ride four year scholarship to Berkeley.

Remember "The Tin Man" that stood atop the gas station on 32nd and University?  Greg May has a photo of it on his Vintage San Diego Facebook Page and, better yet, a Ken Kramer "About San Diego" story on its history.

Greg continues to add photos to his Jack-in-the-Box album, including a few taken by yours truly and at least one from my web site.  

Alan Osborn '64 forwards a snapshot of his English class, taught by E T Ross in Room 202.  Maybe you can help ID some of the students.  Click HERE to get to work.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

August 14, 2015

IT'S STILL DARK IN PACIFIC BEACH.  It's going to get hot at the beach, but I won't get any sympathy from the folks in East County.  Looks like it's gonna be another breakfast with Uncle Ben.

If you've wondered why I haven't mentioned Nancy and breakfast lately it's because of the Wingo Women's World Tour.  Nancy, Lisa and Leanne have been exploring America's highways and byways for nearly a month.  This vintage photo was taken earlier this week in Estes Park, Colorado, which -- I hope -- means they're headed in a southwesterly direction.  I'm not holding my breath. They were headed west from Syracuse, New York earlier in the trip and decided to take a detour to Williamsburg, Virginia.

From my classmate Terry Walker '62 -- "Once again I will be hosting, as well as dancing and singing in the San Diego Follies “Hit Parade.”  There will be six shows over four days August 20 through August 23.  It will be held once again at the Lincoln Performing Arts Center in San Diego.  With the Palm Springs version  shut down permanently, this is the “only game in town” for us old codgers.  The theme will be “Top 40” countdown of the greatest songs of all time.  The show is produced by Christian Community Theater and its organizer Paul Russell, a member of Crawford’s Class of ’71.  There is a cast of over 60 and a 15-piece orchestra.  Fun for everyone."

Girls Galore from ’64!  Here is a photo taken Wednesday of a bunch of us who met at the Olive Garden in Grossmont Center for lunch.  Front row:  Mary Anne Graham Schofield, Gloria Blish Michealson, Anita McDonald Perry.   Back row:  Shirley Jackson Peterson, Gail Bell (Jim Bell's wife); Mary Hansen Herrmann, Kim Beavers Shannon, Nancy Gibbons Potts.  Some of us meet monthly for lunch and it is always a lot of fun.  Shirley Petersen comes down from Los Angeles every month and Gloria Michealson came from Arizona! 

My classmate Ron Jagodinski '62 forwards a photo, taken by his Mom around 1956, of two Admirals' Barges at Broadway Pier.  That's a British warship in the background.  Click HERE to see an enlarged version.

Do any of you remember this "classic" record?  It was a 33 1/3 RPM cardboard record in the middle of a 1966 MAD Magazine.  You tore it out and played it.  I used to have and actually put it in the middle of a book to keep it flat and then could never find it again.  Here is a picture of the record and I have attached the actual song.  Only MAD Magazine would have put out something like that way back then -- Rick Middlestead ’64  

(I wasn't sure how to share Rick's MP3 attachment.  I will attach and send it to those who ask.  Be warned, it's basically two minutes of intermittent belching -- John Fry)

Click HERE to read the January 21, 1966 copy of the Horace Mann Cougar Times, from the collection of John Pacheco '70.

David Ming '65 passed away July 1st.  That's all the person at the other end of David's email address chose to share.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 7, 2015

NOT MUCH HAPPENING around the Colt Corral this week, but at least no one sent me an obituary. I've dug into the files on my web site to bring out a couple Golden Oldies.  

Here's the KDEO "Fabulous 40" for August 9, 1963.

This Oscar's Menu dates from about the same period, I think.   Click  HERE to peruse all six pages and HERE to go the the Memories Page of my web site and look at some other Oscar's goodies.

From the John Pacheco collection, here's the Cougar Times for October 29, 1965.  There's only one article on Halloween, but several on new faculty members.  Oh, did I mention Governor Pat Brown visited the school?