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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

Don Christofferson sends word that Euclid Elementary will celebrate its 100th Year on Wednesday, July 5th at 9:15 AM.   I tried to find a link or someone to talk to without success.  Luz in the office said someone would call back, but that didn't happen.  I did a little historical research.  The earliest newspaper reference I found was from 1928.   Take pictures if you attend.  Oh, the invite warned that parking would be scarce.  Click HERE to look at some Euclid Elementary class pictures.

Some ladies from the Class of '64 (and an interloper) got together for lunch at the Marie Callendar's in Escondido on May 24th.  (Seated) Patti Wallis, Barbara Long, Teri Hunter, Eileen Reichert. (Standing) Lola Sather, Irene Delleman, Carlene Smelko, BJ Stebbins, Char Krebsbach, Cathy Seidman, Charlene Stebbins ‘59

The North American Soccer League is coming to San Diego and one of the owners is Bob Watkins.  I suspect that's the Bob Watkins from Crawford's Class of 1961.  Click HERE to read more.  Click HERE to read the article in the Union-Tribune.

Does anyone know ANYONE who can help me learn Dreamweaver?  Last month's system upgrade left me unable to edit my web site.  I built it with GoLive 6, which was purchased by Dreamweaver. A month of reading the book and trying various tutorials has turned me into a twitching mess.  A Google search for "Dreamweaver tutors near you" connected me with a plumber in El Segundo.  (I'm in Pacific Beach).

Friday, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017

Could you feel it when Summer arrived at 9:48 PM last Tuesday?  I thought I did, but it turned out I'd fallen asleep in my La-Z-Boy and was awakened by my snoring.

Jeez!!  A whole bunch of people wanted the 6" x 9" zip lock bags.  I gave them to Athletic Director Kelcie Butcher, who will use them for the "C" that goes on a Letterman's Jacket.  Hey, are there Letterladies' Jackets?

Who knew there was a College Grove Facebook Page?  I can't tell if this is a photo or an artist's rendering, but it shows  a Woolworth's at College Grove in the 1960s.

I enjoyed Barbara  Crooker's poem, Patty's Charcoal Drive-In, as part of Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac this past Tuesday.   Click HERE to read it for yourself, or listen to Garrison's dulcet tones.

Patty's Charcoal Drive-In took me back to Oscar's Drive-In at Menlo and El Cajon.  Click HERE to take a look at their menu.

Roy Sanks '64 passed away on June 14th in El Cajon after a brief battle with cancer -- Clarke Stillwagen

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

American Airlines is apparently rethinking its plans to make the space between seats even narrower.  The Los Angeles Times article in Wednesday's paper was illustrated with this photo by Frank Duenzl.  My first thought was that is was taken in Dubai, or some such locale, then I noticed the San Diego County Administration Building.  Things have certainly changed downtown.

50,000 seats for today's UCSD Commencement Address -- and additional speech -- by the Dalai Lama were snapped up in minutes Wednesday.  Takes me back to the surprise announcement in 1963 that President John F. Kennedy would speak at San Diego State's graduation.  Seniors who decided they WOULD take part after all were lined up late at night at Peterson Gym to get their caps and gowns.  Click HERE to look at some pictures.

Walt Tendler '74 took this picture at the County Fair.  It shows the Top 20 Seniors at Crawford High.  "If this doesn't show diversity," says Walt, "I'm not sure what does."

Does anyone have a use for 6 x 9 ziplock plastic bags?  I have a thousand of them that I no longer have a use for.  (The photo above shows one of the bags full of Sharpies.)

Seems a perfect time to trot out one of my favorite photos, of athletes and coaches, from the 1967 Centaur.  Click HERE for a larger view and you can make out the Red Coat Inn in the background.

Nancy and I cruised by 5967 Trojan last week and it looks like that's where this photo was taken. Nancy grew up a block away, on West Overlook Drive.

Alice James McCapes ’59, of Hemet, CA, died January 4, 2017.  She is survived by her husband Arthur and a whole lot of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Alice was very involved with her community. She was a senior officer in the TOPS weight loss support group where she helped countless individuals and was highly decorated. She was also active in the American Legion, post 53, with her husband, Arthur. Alice never let a moment go to waste. She was a swim instructor, Cub Scout leader, supported Little League, and was a dedicated and very hard-working dance mom. She was a very gifted crafter, and excelled in anything she attempted. She was, also, a master seamstress and loved making jewelry.  

Darrel Skinner ’62 passed away of a massive heart attack on May 11th, 2017.  He was a resident of Kimberling City, MO.  He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Jun 8, 1944.   He arrived in Washington State in 1957.  A petition for naturalization was made in San Diego when he was 15.  He married Elizabeth Murphy in 1965. “I guess it's that time in our lives,” says wife Betty.  “Just wanted to let you know.”

Vicky McVay Scherer ’64 passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017.  Born in Australia, she grew up in San Diego and is survived by Sisters Sydney '65, Judy '66 and Georgia '70

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

What were YOU doing 50 years ago this week?  The Beatles' Sgt Peppers album went on sale on June 2, 1967.

I was in Annapolis, MD for the graduation from the Naval Academy of my pal Ken Ptack (Hoover '60) on June 7th.  The next day I was best man at his marriage to Joanne Buscher (that's her in the pink).   They'll be celebrating 35 years of wedded bliss this week.  (I KNOW -- they've been married for 50)

We've come to the end of the student newspapers edited by Pat Edwards.  Click HERE to read his 10-page finale -- the Graduation Issue of June 7, 1967.

Greg May asked for help last week in identifying the location of this photo by the late Bill Reid.   A number of folks said it was 5967 Trojan, but I'm not sure.  An alert reader used the headline on the newspaper to determine that the photo was taken on October 13, 1954.

Pat Bell says her husband Jerry Bell '60 passed away April 25, 2017.  "Jerry enjoyed your newsletters," added Pat.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

George Glover '73 thought you'd get a kick out of this advertisement.  Too late now.

Check it out!!  Looks like the fair is about to open!  My friend Anna sent me some selfies she took Tuesday in Del Mar and asked me which was my favorite.  Wanna know how old she is?   I forget -- but one of her children graduated from college last week.

Kinda looks like Mayberry RFD doesn't it?  Actually it's a photo Nancy took last week at Old Poway Park.  If you've never been you should go visit.

Paul Russell '71 got some nice ink last Saturday in the Union-Tribune.   Click HERE to read about his Christian Community Theater and Christian Youth Theater.

I'm not exactly sure what the occasion was, but Gary Juleen '64 got his picture taken with Adam "Batman" West and Burt "Robin" Ward last month.   I thought I'd include a shot of what they all looked like in the '60s.

Here are a couple of photos that popped up on the Vintage San Diego Facebook page this week. Remember Mission Valley's Center Theater?  Looks like its official opening was February 17, 1965. We don't know who the fellow in the photo below is, but it's sure fun to look at the automobiles. Except for a new paint job, the County Administration Building hasn't changed, except I think it was City Hall then.