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, November 23, 2017

November 23, 2017

It's Turkey Day!!

Crawford beat Tri-City Christian last Friday 38-20 and will meet Vincent Memorial at Southwestern College at 7 PM Friday to decide the 2017 CIF San Diego Division V Championship.

Click HERE to read the November 22, 1967 Golden Anniversary Pacer.

James Knight Cooper '63 wondered if I had an email address for his classmate Mike Miller.  He'd promised to send this photo of Mike at Camp Palomar if he ever found it.  He didn't specifically tell me I COULDN'T share it with you all.

Gary Mitrovich posted this photo of an Auto Camp on his East San Diego Facebook page, noting that Auto Camps were the precursors to motels and were usually found on major highways.  This one was on University Avenue just east of 54th.  Gary says some of the Eucalyptus trees remain.  I've included a screen shot from Google Street view.  An aerial shot would reveal Crawford High just over the horizon.

Donna (it says Dohna in the yearbook) Gregston '68 passed away a year ago, although I can't find an on-line obituary.  Her friends are holding a Memorial Service for her this Saturday, 3 PM, at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas.

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2018

Crawford beat Army-Navy 34-16 in the Division V Quarter Finals and will meet Vista's Tri-City Christian in the Semi-Finals tonight at Crawford at 7 PM

Yesterday's Los Angeles Times had a nice story in the Sports Section about what happened to the Pen Pal Larry Nance Jr (above, left) wrote to when he was age 8.  Click HERE and be prepared to do battle with pop-up ads.

Click HERE to read the "Outdoors" column from Thursday's UT written by my '62 classmate Ernie Cowan.

Photos I hadn't seen before, from John F. Kennedy's trip to San Diego on June 6, 1963, appeared on Facebook this week.  Click HERE to take a look.  Click HERE to revisit photos on my web site.

Can you guess how many Beatles songs appeared on KGB's Top 30 Survey for November 15, 1964?  Click HERE to find out.

Frances Eddy Lynch ’68 passed away November 3rd, reports brother Lee ’72.  A Memorial will be held on Saturday, November 25th at St Andrew’s Lutheran Church. 8350 Lake Murray Blvd. 10:00 am. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

Crawford lost to Kearny last week 40-7, but apparently still qualified for the Division V Playoffs.   The first playoff game brings Army-Navy to Crawford tonight at 7 PM.

Click HERE to read all 8 pages of the November 9, 1967 Golden Anniversary Pacer.

I'm still a sucker for streetcar pictures.  Greg May just posted this shot on his Vintage San Diego Facebook Page.  It's looking south across the Georgia Street streetcar bridge north of the Zoo in the late 1940s.  That's Morley Field Drive down below.  Didn't we used to call it Upas?  Also from Greg's page is the photo below of North Park, looking East on University from 30th Street.  Smack dab in the center is the J C Penneys where I got my first job (not counting the one-day stint as a dishwasher at Aunt Emma's).  I got to print cards that said stuff like "Ladies' Pumps: $4.95".

Word comes from Sharon Bentley Ball '60 that her husband Don Ball '59 passed away October 30th, surrounded by his family, hospice care and chaplain; and had a private family service.  He will rest in peace at Riverside National Cemetery, wearing his Crawford Letterman's jacket over a Reunion shirt that has the names of his 1959 classmates on the back.  Click HERE to read more and share a memory.

Jim Martin '60 learned over the weekend that his ex-wife and classmate Jo Ann Jensen died on October 2nd in El Cajon.  "I don't have any further details of her passing," says Jim.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

Crawford's first Homecoming Game under the lights at the new stadium resulted in a 28-0 loss to San Diego High.  They play Kearny tonight at 6:30 under the lights at Crawford.

The 1961 Homecoming Game also pitted Crawford against San Diego, this time at Hoover.   Click HERE to check out the entire program -- and some other stuff.

Nooooooo!!  I thought I heard sleigh bells on TV Halloween night, and am sure I saw ToysRUs commercials LAST night.  Didn't they used to wait until after Thanksgiving before airing Christmas commercials.

What to do, what to do?  I just replaced a burned-out bulb in the lamp over my easy chair and was all set to purchase a new one to have in reserve.  I looked on the back of the carton and learned that the projected life of this bulb is 20 years.  At my age I'm not even buying green bananas.

The city recently established a homeless camp on property at 20th and B.  When I realized that was adjacent to B Street Hill I got to thinking about the old question:  "Which is steeper -- Laurel Street or B Street Hill."  The answer is "neither" -- according to an old article in the San Diego Reader.

Robert Dobkins '60 reports the passing of his twin brother Richard on October 28th from pneumonia.

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

It's been awhile, but I finally came across a cartoon that made me chuckle.

Have you been watching the World Series?  The name Brent Strom sounded really familiar to me.  Turns out the Astros' Pitching Coach was the 1966 Section Player of the Year at San Diego High School and later played for the Padres. So there you are.

Recognize this McDonald's?  Greg May didn't, and asked for help when he posted the shot on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page.   He got help in a hurry.   The shot looks west to 70th and University in April 1972, when the Golden Arches had Golden Arches.

The 2017 Colts are preparing for tonight's Homecoming, just like they were in 1967.  Click HERE to read the Golden Anniversary Pacer from October 26, 1967.

Class of '62 football players Bruce Parker and Ron Newport emerge from the tunnel at the Grand Opening of Crawford's Football Field.  Click HERE to see some great Facebook photos by Jenny Thai.  If you don't "do" Facebook, click HERE to look at the photos on Jenny's web site.

Colin Cole and Duane Farrar were in charge of check-ins at the Class of '62 55th Reunion held October 5th.  Click HERE to look at Lynn Routt Swanson's photos on Facebook.

Emma B. Leisure, my Senior Year counselor, passed away September 2nd at the age of 96.  Click HERE to sign the on-line guest book.  

Shelly Forester sends word that her aunt, Jeanne Boscow Iturri '64, died of cancer April 17th.  Jeanne's sister, Carole Boscow Swenson '61, is working on an obituary.

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

Crawford hit another speed bump last week at Clairemont High, losing 24-13.  They will host Coronado tonight at the Grand Opening of the new stadium.  6 PM for the ribbon cutting.  6:30 for the kickoff.   That's a birds-eye view of the stadium below.

Gary Mitrovich posted this postcard of the Imperial 400 Motel at 6624 El Cajon on his East San Diego Facebook page.  It doesn't look familiar to me, but I think it was directly across the street from Carnation -- and a block or so west of the El Cajon/Montezuma split.

This superb shot of the Campus Drive-In was submitted to Facebook this week by Richard Eveland.  Click HERE to check out some other Campus photos on my still-frozen web site.  There is hope the site will be repaired.  I'll keep you posted.

(Above) Steve Wood entitled this Colt Corral Facebook submission, "Class of '70 Studying for Finals at the Long Bar".   The names are  Steve Bonner, Joe Mendez, Lenny Como, Larry Richmond, and Paul Edge, but I'm pretty sure someone is missing.  (Below)  Here are some Class of '62 revelers in what may be the same booth (I'm trying to align the knot holes).  Left to right are John Allison, Linda Dawes, Charlie Tate, Duane Farrar, Bill Rainey and a mystery man. Duane Farrar donated the photo. Bill Rainey, if memory serves, said the photo was taken just prior to his going in the Army. The young man was Bill's guest and later became a Hollywood producer.   I post this photo every few years and it always generates the question -- what ever happened to Linda Dawes?   We still don't know.

I forgot to share the October 12, 1967 Golden Anniversary Pacer last week.  Click HERE to peruse all four pages.

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2018

The Crawford football team met its match last Friday when it lost to University City 47-7.  They play Clairemont at Clairemont tonight at 6:30. 

Have you seen the television ads for the Apple Watch that let you know you can access 40 million tunes?  I multiplied that by 3 to get the total number of minutes, divided by 24 to get the total number of hours, divided by 7 to get the total number of weeks, and 52 to get the total number of years.  If my math is right -- and it rarely is -- that's 298 years worth of tunes.  I better get started.

Do you remember the Heritage Coffee House in Mission Beach?  Me neither.  I guess I wasn't as "happenin'" as I thought -- and I lived a few blocks away.  Anyway, Union Tribune writer Logan Jenkins devoted his Wednesday column to a reunion being held this Saturday at the Single Fin Surf Grill, 3842 Mission Blvd, where the Heritage used to be.  I mention this only because the column contains some familiar names -- Jack Tempchin, Upper Cellar and Circe's Cup.  Click HERE if you'd like to peruse the piece.

Here are a couple of photos that recently surfaced on Facebook.  The stunning shot above is the Tower Bar, on University near Euclid.  It looks a lot like the photo below of Belmont Park.  I wonder if they're using  a drone to get these shots.  

Phyllis Schwartz '72 says 90-year old Mickie Geiger was the highlight of their 45-year reunion.  Pictured above are Phyllis Schwartz, Olivia Nava, Debi Soper, Carol Dana, Bernie Torretto, Roberta (Myles) Markey-- standing, Lynn Ziegenfuss.  Below are Missy Moss, Phyllis Naiman, Phyllis Schwartz, and Abbe Marlin

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017

The undefeated Colts have a game versus University City at Hoover at 3:30 this afternoon

Click HERE to read the football program from October 2, 1959, when Kearny met Crawford -- also at Hoover.

Bill Center '63 writes a nice article on about the relocation of the Breitbard Hall of Fame from Balboa Park to Petco Park.  Bryce Miller, in the Union-Tribune also covers the story, but gives Bill credit for the idea.  Click HERE to read Bill's story.   Click HERE to read Bryce's.

Gary Juleen '64 says he's checked off another box on his bucket list with this photo of him and Jerry Mathers.  They are both pictured below in earlier years.  Best wishes to Jerry Mathers.  The last photo I posted of Gary and an aging star featured Adam "Bat Man" West, who died shortly thereafter.

Dianne Clasen Huckaby '62 passed away September 5th at her home in Suntree, Florida.  She is survived by, among others, brothers Dick Clasen '60 and John Jones '69.  Click HERE to read a complete obituary and/or send condolences.