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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Friday, July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

ONCE AGAIN, there's not a lot of news in the Colt Corral.  Summer visitors have made it increasingly difficult to find a breakfast spot without a 30-minute wait.  Lately Nancy and I have visited the Loma Portal Denny's and the adjacent Swami's


Newsletter subscribers from the Classes of '69 and '74 should receive their renewal envelopes in the mail shortly.  They went in the mail yesterday.  If you want to save the price of a stamp you can renew -- or start -- your subscription using the Alumni Newsletter Order Form.

Last Saturday's Union-Tribune had a nice article about Stephen Bishop '69.  Click HERE to check it out.

Try to control yourself ladies.  I just came across this 1964 photo of me and my '56 Chevy, and have added it to the Cars We Drove To School Page.  I'm pretty sure I got the "Chrome" wheel covers and Mickey Mouse sidewalls at Pep Boys.

I may have shared this photo of Caesar's in Mission Valley before, but it popped up again this week on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  It was taken by Virginia May.  I wonder if that was Greg's mother.  It later became Rusty Pelican -- or Lusty Perican, as Jeff Dalrymple's Japanese girlfriend called it.  The entire space was razed and is now Gordon Biersch.

Remember Pioneer Chicken?  I didn't remember that it was Take Out.  The Pacific Beach store is now "my" Starbucks.

Dennis Atherton '61 passed away on June 20th.  That's all I know

We've just now learned of the passing of Richard Saunders on December 10, 2013 -- a day short of his 70th birthday.  You can read more on the Class of '61 Obituary Page

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

LOOKS LIKE another hot and muggy day in San Diego.  Perhaps Nancy and I will stick close to the beach.  We'll breakfast at the first place that has parking.  (We're writing off the Waffle Spot for the rest of the summer -- always a 30 minute wait)

Ted Hazlewood '63 shares an article from the June 19, 1956 showing him and some buddies overseeing construction of the Oak Park Little League Field.  Click HERE to see an enlargement.

This 1966 view of Highway 80 and Grossmont Center appeared this week on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook.   Click HERE if you'd like to see it enlarged, along with some other Highway 80 shots.

Barbara Weissenberg Insel '62 forwards a recollection of Rona Goldfarb written by one of Rona's friends.  I've posted it to the Class of '62 Obituary Page.

I've posted memories of Bob Jordahl on the Class of '65 Obituary Page.

Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

WHO’D A THUNK IT?  A number of folks out there have been suffering over the years because of my bad grammar.  “I've bitten my tongue for years over your misuse of pronouns,” says one.  “I . . . choked when I first read your grammatical gaffe. Sally Rice Fox deserves high praise for holding you to the fire," wrote another.  I assume he meant holding “my feet” to the fire.  “We've lost so many good things from our language, I am determined to preach about this as long as I have breath,” emailed a third.   I’ll try to do better, but -- thanks to social media -- I think the SS Good Grammar ship has sailed.

I couldn't resist sharing this Bliss cartoon from earlier in the week.

Louie Schwartsberg '68 hopes, if you're headed to Disneyland, you'll check out Soarin' Round The World, the ride film he directed at California Adventure.   "It opened on Father’s Day and I am told it is the most popular ride at Shanghai, Epcot, and Anaheim," says Louie.

The Junior World Golf Championships are taking place in San Diego this week and Colina del Sol is hosting the Under 6 Division.  Click HERE to read a cute article about golfer Trey Amico, with raves about the remodeled Colina del Sol.

The Affarations met again, after 50 years, on June 30th at the Downtown Cafe in El Cajon.  Click HERE to get your questions answered.

Bob Lutz ’64, the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, has been selected by the American Bar Association Section of International Law to receive the Section’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 5, 2016.

This Bill Reid photo of Mission Valley West, taken in the early '60s, popped up this week on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook Page.  We're looking north at Courtesy Chevrolet, DeFalco's Market, and the ice skating rink.  I think that's Holliday Farms in the foreground.  Click HERE, if you have Facebook, to see a larger view, plus some additional closeups.

Robert Jordahl '65 passed away July 13th after a 10-year battle with cancer.  I hope additional details will follow.

Friday, July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016

I LOVED this vintage photo of Disneyland that popped up on Facebook last week.  I believe that's a 1958 Ford station wagon approaching the parking lot.  And parking is only 25¢

Speaking of Disneyland -- and Knott's Berry Farm -- Sally Rice Fox '74, channeling my 8th Grade English Teacher Beatrice Bruner, took issue with what I wrote last week.  Said Sally, "I guess I'm a bit of a pedantic prescriptivist when it comes to pronouns, so I hope you don't mind my asking whether your use of the subject pronoun in an object phrase in this sentence was intentional:  I was unimpressed, my father having taken my sister and I there on more than one occasion." While it wasn't intentional, I'd do it again, I wrote back -- because I think it sounds better than "my sister and me" or even, "me and my sister".  Sally recommended the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves," which I downloaded to my iPad and am currently enjoying.  Just a clue, the complete title is "Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation".  It brought back a memory of George Hall, who taught with me at Hale Junior High.  His trip to Las Vegas was sullied by the fact that the "Don't Walk" pedestrian signs in Sin City had no apostrophes. 

Pamela Saffeels Hodge '62 checks in from Durango, Colorado.  I've placed her on the Class of '62 Email Page.

Oh, man -- I had to choose from a bunch of interesting stories before I decided to donate my family violin to William Braxton "Joe" Dyke '65.  "My music program at Flying Hills Elementary School could really use your Strad copy," he says.  

Arthur Borden '68 celebrated THREE birthdays with Smokey Rogers, and shared the photos with us. In fact, I've had to start a separate Smokey Rogers Page.  Click HERE to check it out.

A contingent of 1970 classmates meet in Santee on the 5th Wednesday to listen to Guy Gonzales and his Gypsy Swing Cats.  Click HERE for a larger photo with names

Steve Gunderson '75 is one of five local Creative Catalyst winners.  Artists receive $10,000 to $20,000 fellowships. Click HERE to learn more about the project Steve has planned with the San Diego Ballet.

Linda Zweig '75 is probably at home in a darkened room with a wet cloth on her forehead.  The San Diego County Fair spokeswoman oversaw media relations for the 26-day 2016 event that set attendance records.  Click HERE to read the article in the San Diego Union Tribune.

Steve Ko sends word of the belated passing of Janet Dalby Mars '66 on July 25, 2008.  Mary Gale Rogers was able to find an obituary, some of which I've shared on the Class of '66 Obituary Page.