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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 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

Whatcha doin' tonight?  If you're still a San Diego County resident . . . 

You could attend the first game of the Crawford football season.  Coach Michael Wright extends a personal invitation.  The Colts play Hoover at Hoover, just as they did on September 27, 1958.  This time the game starts at 6:30.   Click HERE if you'd like to take a look at the entire program from the 1958 game.

Or you could head up north to Lou's Records, 434 N Coast Highway 101, in Encinitas.  Lou is hosting a release party for the new album by Jack Tempchin '65.  It's a tribute to the Eagles' Glen Frey, with whom Jack wrote a couple of songs.  The title of the album will give you a hint as to one of them -- "Peaceful Easy Feeling -- The Songs of Jack Tempchin."  Click HERE if you'd like to read the article penned by George Varga in last week's Union-Tribune.

I'm hoping other Crawford grads were able to make it to the total solar eclipse.  I see on Facebook that classmate Edward Pease saw it from Madras, OR.  This was eclipse #4 for me!   When we were scouting some possible viewing sites in eastern Oregon, driving off-road on BLM land, we met the Crawford family (no relation to our high school) doing some fencing on their adjoining cattle ranch.  They invited my wife and I, plus daughter and 2 of our grandkids, to view the eclipse from a hilltop on their property.  The old buildings are from an abandoned homestead.   I have a video at  -- John McGuigan '64

This aerial of the Chollas Heights Naval Transmitting Station popped up on Facebook last week.  Click HERE -- and wait patiently -- to see an enlarged version.  Even enlarged, I can only spot two of the three towers.  Click HERE to take a look at the photos I took when they demolished the towers on November 10, 1995.

The Celebration of Life for Jeff Lee, who died July 3rd while mountain biking, will be held this Sunday, August 27th, from 2-4 PM at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road.   Click HERE to read some nice things in Troubadour Magazine.

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

My husband Jim Metts (SD High, '59) and I just completed hiking the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in the Oregon section (still have Washington to do!)  But while on the Trail with the 20 and 30 year old through-hikers, I got to wondering if any Crawford alums have done the Trail, or sections of it.  We were clearly the oldest people on the Trail.  Ernie Cowan (Crawford alum and a friend of ours from the Sheriff's Dept. Search & Rescue Team) wrote about the Trail in the August 5th Union-Tribune -- Cathy Kelley Metts ‘61  

Last Saturday three kids who met at nursery school at Campus Laboratory School met for brunch.  A top of conversation was, of course, why doesn’t our friend John who sends out the Fried Egg Crawford email devote thousands of more words and images to CLS?  In hopes of nudging this along, I’m sending a reunion photo of we three at a swank, trendy, and funky Palo Alto bistro last Saturday.  We are left to right: Robby Wilcox who retired from being a deputy sheriff in Colorado and decades with the Boston Aquarium, and is now living in Palo Alto. David Wade who did his first year at Crawford then moved to Palos Verdes High School when his dad, who worked at General Dynamics, moved his job up to LA. Dave is into super computers. And, George Sorensen, who is a senior technical writer with Nike in Oregon. We three went to school together from nursery, through CLS, then Horace Mann, and Crawford. Robby (who of course goes by Rob now) and George continued all the way through SDSU.  Hadn’t seen Robby since about 1973 until we met for a little lunch.

Gary Drake has posted some beautiful color photos on the Crawford Facebook page that appear to be the original dedication of the Rolando Little League field.  Click HERE to take a look.  Click HERE to view some Little League programs on my Crawford web site.

Here are some more great color shots of the San Diego of our youth that Greg Mays posted on his Vintage San Diego Facebook page last week.  

Here's a photo of Art Huebner's Texaco Station on the northeast corner of Park Blvd and El Cajon.  I LOVE the "State College 6" sign posted on the traffic signal, and the KSON "Newspaper of the Air" advertisement on the right.  Click HERE -- and wait patiently -- to see the photo enlarged on Facebook.

This photo shows a Mission Valley so pastoral I can't tell where it was taken.  I suspect it's looking north, with 395 at the left.  Click HERE -- and wait patiently -- to see the photo enlarged on Facebook.

This could be anywhere in the USA, but it's not.  It's the corner of Orcutt Avenue and Seaman Street in Allied Gardens.  This was part of a series of photos on Facebook.  Click HERE -- and wait patiently -- to look at them all.

Marc Friedman ’61 passed away August 13th at a local San Diego hospital.  Marc suffered a stroke approximately six weeks ago and never recovered.  His daughter called to let me know.   We were very good friends since we were kids and used to ride our bicycles over to each others house.  He lived two blocks from the old Pep Boys tire store at 30th and University and I lived on Bancroft St in the Normal Heights area and we rode our bikes to each others house frequently.  We lost contact after we graduated from Crawford and never saw each other again until our 50th reunion.  We developed our friendship again and stayed in touch.  The last three years Marc had been coming to visit us here in Montana for a week or so and was going to return this year until he let me know he couldn't this year because of his stroke.  Marc lost his wife a few years back and had been living in the Lemon Grove area.  Marc was an avid swimmer in high school.  One of Marc’s major accomplishments was when he tried out for the United States Olympic Swim Team.  Although he didn't make it, he placed high.  His daughter Shannon said she would let me know if and when his services will be held which I will forward on to you.  He was a great friend and will be missed. -- Don Greeno '61

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017

Doncha just LOVE vintage Kodachrome?  This photo of Balboa Park in the late 1940s popped up on Facebook this week.  The ladies are stylin' -- but check out the cars!   Click HERE to see it enlarged on Facebook.

Here's a 1955 postcard of Garden Grove, California.  Click HERE to look at 173 photos of Orange County and Los Angeles.

Nelson Moore '61 shares his Third Grade class photo from Jackson Elementary photo.  If you can help with names, I'm calling the top row A and the bottom row E.  E1 and E2 are Steve Kramer and Nelson Moore.  

Looks like the "Summer of Love" to me, but Bill Keller says this shot of his '68 Classmates Phil Catalfo and Michelle Lerager was taken in 1977.  They probably haven't changed much, since Bill says they reside in Berkeley.

Karen Erickson Moore ’65 passed away May 17, 2017 in Encinitas.  She attended Rolando and Andrew Jackson Elementary Schools, Horace Mann Junior High and Crawford High School.   She married at age 16 and moved to North County.   Karen was a teacher’s aide in kindergarten at Ocean Knoll School for seven years and a team mother, treasurer and board member for Northern San Dieguito Little League for 12 years.   She was a veteran crafter, dabbling in silversmithing, upholstering, stained glass, painting, sewing and much more.  She is survived by her son Kris Moore and husband Hubert Moore Jr.   Click HERE to sign the guest book.

Thomas Meza III '70 passed away July 14th.  Click HERE to read an obituary and/or sign the guest book.

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017

Click HERE to read about donating to the GoFundMe account for the Crawford Cross Country team.  The team has gone from 6 runners to 60 in one year.

Three Keeyes -- No Waiting.  Joe '63, Kathy '68 and Bob '67 got together near Joe's home in Chino Hills during Kathy's most recent trip west.

How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything, is authored by Mark PĂ©rez, but contains 170 funny illustrations by Scott Shaw '68.  It's available on Amazon.

Scott Shaw and his 9th Grade English teacher Joy Woodward.  Joy discovered some cartoons Scott drew for her in 1965 and they got together.  Says Scott, She was the same wonderful, funny and sarcastic person I'd known, and we got along famously, chatting much more about the world around us, rather than the good ol' days.  We plan on keeping in touch from now on -- the poor lady.

I gave up on the Padres last Sunday and switched to Ken Kramer in time to watch Gary Mitrovich '76 explain the significance of Boundary Street.  Click HERE if you've got an extra 26 minutes to learn stuff about San Diego street names.

This photo of the Campus Lab School at San Diego State should bring back memories for some Colts.  It popped up last week on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook Page.

Nelson Moore '61 forwards five photos from his days at Horace Mann.  Since I'm still unable to post to my web site, I'll post the photos as an album on Facebook.  "Nellie" shares the following for the photo above:  Horace Mann around 1957.  Softball champs.  Front row, left to right: Jim Console, Lee Young, Nelson Moore, Lance Consaul, (last person unidentified).  Back row, left to right: 4th from left is Larry Willis, 6th from left is David Pepper.  I'm wondering who the fellow is next to -- and taller than -- Larry Willis.  Maybe it's just the pompadour hairdo.