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Friday, July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018



Seems like every other Fry Day is the 13th.  Probably my imagination.





This lucky fellow got his limit on the first day of Zucchini Season.



Does the new El Pollo Loco Say "Te Amo" commercial strike a chord with you?  Click HERE to take a listen.  Sounds a lot like Rosie and the Originals' Angel Baby from 1961.



Troy Murphree emailed me about the Photos From Mohawk Street page on my web site.  She's lived on Saranac Street for 16 years and is part of a community group called Mesa Colony, sort of between College and 70th north of Montezuma and El Cajon.  If you grew up there and/or have photos, he'd love to hear from you.   By the way, the Photos From Mohawk Street page was submitted by Jeannine Berger Passenhaim '60.  She's part of the 7th Birthday Party photo above that includes Diane Paine, Judy Bailey, Rowene Ashley, Barbara Ann Tthrailkill, Kathy Brown, H. B. Amey, Paul Montgomery and Charlotte Stout.


How's your hearing?  Mine is fine -- or maybe not.  I was interested to learn, while watching the Padres' play Arizona last week, that the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt was a Goat Lover.  Turns out he's a Gold Glover.  Some years ago my friend Vince Barrord, who went to Catholic Schools, was concerned when he heard that Rosary Workers were going on strike.  Who knew Rosary Workers even had a union?  Turned out to be Grocery Workers.




Faculty Member Asahel “Ash” Hayes died July 10th.  He was born July 28, 1923 in the small town of Sutherland, Iowa.  He served his country from 1943 to 1946 in the Army of the United States. He was a cryptographer serving in New Guinea and the Philippines.  After his discharge he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from San Diego Teachers College (now San Diego State University), a Master of Science In Physical Education/Exercise Science from UCLA and a Doctorate in Education from UCLA.  Ash spent twenty-seven years with the San Diego Unified School District in various positions, serving as the baseball coach during Crawford’s first three years.  He later was appointed to lead national programs as part of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Washington D.C. and ultimately retired as Executive Director.   He is survived by Juanita, his devoted wife of forty years, daughter Lynn Hayes Dougherty ’68, and a coterie of grand-children and great grand-children.  A Celebration of Life is being planned.



Bob Lutz '64 reports the passing of his twin brother on July 1, 2018.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Says Bob, "I lost my “womb-bro”, best friend, and soul brother.  My beloved twin lived in Santa Barbara and was courageously struggling for the last ten-plus years with COPD. He had a good and happy life, and was always positive and optimistic about life’s highs and setbacks.   As an artist and jeweler for almost fifty years (Big Sur Design in Big Sur, Little Rock, and Santa Barbara), he designed and manufactured beautiful and enormously-appreciated jewelry enjoyed by many throughout the country.  Tom supported environmental and liberal political causes all his life, and was an avid and well-informed policy wonk. He was a very good and decent man and leaves a huge vacancy in all of our lives".

Friday, July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018


Not a lot happening in Coltville this week.  Nancy and I drove by Crawford and, as this Google Streetview image indicates, they've repainted the school.  Looks good to me, but I was never a fan of the Red, White and Blue color scheme seen below.





The end of the world is near.  According to an article in the New York Times, over 500,000 pet owners have paid for Neuticles -- prosthetic testicles -- for their recently-neutered male Fur Babies "so their pet will maintain its dignity and self-esteem".




Honorary Colt Paula Kincaid shares this street sign, which looks European to me, and may not be a joke.  I think it's the international symbol for Watch Out For Idiots Looking at Their Phones Instead of Oncoming Traffic.



Click HERE to look at a 90-second 1978 Channel 8 video of neon signs along El Cajon Boulevard.



Carol Bielefeldt Wolfe '59 passed away June 21st and was laid to rest at El Camino Memorial Park on July 3rd.

Friday, June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018



I'm not sure how old Cindy Cohen Marten is, so I'm not sure what years she attended Horace Mann  Junior High.   She went on to graduate from La Jolla Country Day School and is now in her fifth year as Superintendent of the San Diego City School system.  Click HERE to read the article in the Union-Tribune.



Yonis Muya, a recent Crawford graduate born in Kenya, is featured in a nice Union-Tribune article this week.  He turned to boxing after watching his father beat his mother and being unable to help her.  Click HERE to read the article.


Paula Adler Sloan '68 asked,  "Where was the restaurant 1520 AD?"  I actually knew the answer.  The restaurant, patterned after the era of King Henry VIII, was located at 2633 El Cajon Blvd, where the Chicken Pie Shop is today.  From 1939 to 1969 it was the site of the Haynes Streamliner steak house.


Haynes Streamliner


Chicken Pie Shop



This can't be right, but I like it.  A 2014 Facebook post has resurfaced with renderings of what Hoover High might look like after its current remodel.  Looks a lot like the original school to me.  I better read that post again.




Gary Mitrovich posted this shot on Facebook.  It shows the #7 streetcar heading east on University at Euclid for the last time, on April 20, 1949.  In the Google Street View shot below you can see the same 2-story brick building peeking out at the left center of the photo.



Friday, June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018


Happy First Day of Summer!!  This always sounded wonderful in my youth.  Now I'm just depressed that the days will be getting shorter.



Speaking of depressed, a whole lot of folks are getting bounce messages when they try to email me.  Despite the messages, I AM getting your emails (I think).  I'm not sure how to solve this one.  I'll check with my web mistress.  Just one more aggravating technology issue.




Steve Epstein '68 says hello from the "Thank God It's Fry Day" pizza parlor in Chiang Mai, Thailand.



Ernie Cowan's latest wildlife column in the U-T is close to home -- if you live in Escondido.  He and his buddy photograph Grebes in Lake Hodges.  Click HERE to read the article.




Robert Zito '64 fondly recalls stopping at Don's Hamburgers after surfing, when you could get 10 hamburgers or 10 hot dogs for $1.00.  I wondered if he might have been thinking about Henry's Burgers in PB.  Turns out he was.  I get an awful lot of calls from people wanting a photo of Henry's too.  That's two burger joints I don't have pictures of.  Who knows, maybe something will turn up.





I think I'm late in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the graduation ceremony for the Class of 1968.  Turns out Kathy Keeyes has her photo and a shot of the graduates on the field at San Diego State already posted on my web site.  Click HERE to take a look.  I wonder if they're sitting right where the basketball court is at today's Viejas Arena.



Debra Mathis '70 died on March 11th, according to her brother Ed Mathis '66.  He says, "After graduation Debbie moved to Atlanta, Georgia to be near the hub of our family. She was never married. She worked a variety of jobs, but her real passion was cake decorating and her dogs. She moved to South Carolina later in life to take care of our ill Mother and Aunt."




Steve Shockome '73 sends word of the passing of his wife and classmate Georgia Cramer Shockome on May 22nd.  She was born at Mercy Hospital on March 24, 1955 and will be laid to rest one week from today (June 29th) at Miramar National Cemetery at 2 PM.  I think Steve would appreciate your presence.




Remember the four DeSanti cousins, all named Giovanna, featured in the January 17, 2014 Colt Corral?  I've just learned that Giovanna DeSanti Hauser '68 (in blue, and below) passed away March 18, 2017.  Click HERE to read the original story. 












Friday, June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018



Veronica and Archie 2018, as seen today by Harry Bliss


Ancestry.com is pitching their DNA test as the perfect Fathers' Day gift.  I'm wondering how it's gonna go over when somebody finds out that Pops isn't exactly their biological father.



Just kill me now.  I get to go to Starbucks twice a week, and on Thursdays I look forward to my "plain bagel, lightly-toasted, with butter."  Last week they were out of plain bagels.  I know my hearing is going, but I don't think the barista was very clear.  I somehow ended up with a Sprouted Grain Vegan Bagel -- and I don't think it was toasted.  Reminded me of the great line from the Odd Couple.  "You want a green sandwich or a brown sandwich? says Walter Matthau."  "What's in the green sandwich? asks Jack Lemmon."  "I don't know.  It's either old meat or new cheese."



It didn't get any better at Subway, when I brilliantly calculated that a Tuna Wrap would solve the problem of tuna squishing out of the bread and rolling down my shirt.  It almost didn't happen.  I couldn't answer the first question.  "What kind of tortilla do you want? asked the sandwich maker.  "A PLAIN tortilla!, I shouted.  "Sorry, you have to choose between Habanero, Spinach or Tomato Basil."   Aggghhhhhh!!!  I went with Habanero.




I turned down another Facebook friend request this week.  This time it was from someone I know and like.  Nothing good ever comes to me from accepting these requests.  Either I'm inundated with wiggling puppies or fresh-from-the-oven Pineapple Upside Down cake or -- worse yet -- political diatribes.  Email me if you want and explain why in the world you'd want to be my Facebook friend.  PS -- I rarely, if ever, post from my personal FB account -- just the Colt Corral.



Just when I've had it with Facebook, something wonderful happens.  Someone was fondly recalling Consuelo's Mexican Restaurants which eventually led to the best web site ever -- Classic San Diego Mexican Restaurants.



Bob McGehee, a '65 Point Loma grad, is looking for a photo of Don's Hamburgers.  This is the best I could provide.  The McGehees lived in the Crawford area long enough for brother Richard to graduate in 1960 then moved to Point Loma.



The June issue of the quarterly, 12-page Crawford Alumni newsletter is in the mail.  I've made the 1968 Pacer Staff the Playmate Centerfold.  Those of you who subscribe should be on the lookout.  Those of you who've been thinking about subscribing, or didn't even know there WAS such a thing, can click HERE for more information.



Holly Acosta Gray '71 decided to test out her new scanner.  She's forwarded a photo of her 1959 Kindergarten class from John Muir Elementary.  Click HERE to look at an enlarged version on the web site.



Friday, June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018



Both Colts on Tuesday's ballot cruised to victory.  Ernie Dronenburg '61 (above) will serve a third term as County Assessor.  Bill Gore '65 will retain his job as County Sheriff.




Pam Woodberry '62 was enjoying the sites on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee when she looked down to see this.  Turned out to be a different John Fry, the late founder of Ardent Studios in Memphis.  Click HERE to read more.



This photo popped up on Facebook this week.  Recognize it?  It's the old Mission Valley Bowlero bowling alley.  You might recognize it as the Scottish Rite Event Center.



Mike Roberts '62 has shared his collection of Euclid Elementary class photos, plus the 1955 Safety Patrol boys photos.  It's also the first time I've created a new web page with SeaMonkey software.  Click HERE to see how it came out.



It's been a while since I shared the decal collection of Sally Brett '63.  Click HERE to check it out.

Friday, June 1, 2018

June 1, 2018


I don't think he went to Crawford, but 19-year old Norman Xiong learned to play golf at Colina del Sol.  He has just turned professional and hopes this week to qualify for the U. S. Open.  Click HERE to read the entire article in this past Tuesday's Union-Tribune.



Here's the KCBQ Hit Parade Survey for June 3, 1958 -- sixty years ago.  Click HERE to check it out.  Many of my all time favorite songs are on this list.



Here's something else from sixty years ago -- the 1958 Guaranty Chevrolet Pony League team photo, shared a few years ago by Tom Christensen '63.  Click HERE to see an enlarged version with some names.



Steve Basko '70 passed away May 16th.   A memorial is to be held at the Mission Beach Women's Club, 840 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109 at 1:00 PM, Sunday, June 3rd.