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moved -- or just have fond memories of San Diego in the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018

I LOVE this cartoon and plan to run it each and every Easter.  

Robert Corio shared on Facebook this photo of his sisters Judy and Jane in front of the family home on Streamview.  I'm guessing it was in the '50s.

Where was Crawford's Trophy Case?

I thought it was in the library -- Pam Burroughs '63

As I remember, the Trophy Case was in the gym lobby.  I frequently gazed at the trophy with my name engraved on it:  "Most Sit-Ups by a Member of the Pep Band" -- Doug Kvandal '66

The trophy case was in the building where the assemblies were held.  It was in the foyer before entering the seating area.  I remember this because I used to go with Mrs. Knudson, the Choral Director, to pick up the trophies used for music awards.  In fact my name was on one or two of them.  Woo, woo -- Stephanie Rose Petersen '74

I thought the trophy case was in the lobby of the auditorium -- Barbara Bright Wilder '62

Friday, March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

I thought those of you you remember Pep Boys might like to know how they got their start.

Melanie Dunn taught English at Crawford for a while.  Now she operates Patisserie Melanie in Hillcrest.  Click HERE to read the article in Night & Day.  Click HERE to read another piece in Eater San Diego.

Jean Peacock Graham '71 shared on Facebook this photo of her little sister Melinda '76 in front of the Crawford Trophy Case.  Was the Trophy Case in the gym or the office?

Paul McCartney was the featured Beatle on the cover of the KCBQ Big Survey of March 22, 1964.  Click HERE if you want to see the list of popular songs on the inside pages.  (Spoiler alert:  1-5 were all Beatles tunes)

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

Remember when you would wear green to school so you didn't get pinched.  In later years I did not wear green in hopes I WOULD get pinched.  Sadly, I have no plans to leave the house tomorrow so I may have to pinch myself.

If you were born at Mercy Hospital it might have looked something like this postcard submitted to Facebook by Jean Graham.  Her mother sent the card overseas to her dad on the occasion of her sister's birth in 1945. 

Click HERE if you'd like to read all six pages of the March 14, 1968 Golden Anniversary Pacer.

Eddie Basko ’62 died of medical complications on February 14th in Redlands, California.

Belated Passings

John Patrick “Jack” Fares ’64 passed away November 1, 2016.  Jeanne Fares reports that her brother had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia the previous April.  She noted that Jack led a healthy lifestyle, always striving to stay physically fit and was at the height of his adult fitness when this senseless, awful disease attacked.

Dan Felice ’68 was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in October of 2016 and passed away on February 2, 2017. He his survived by his wife Marica, his daughter, two sons and 6 grandchildren and two brothers -- Michael Levas

Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018

I've forgotten who it is that gently chides me twice a year when I mention Daylight Savings Time.  Turns out it's actually Daylight Saving Time.  At any rate, the law requires you to stay up until 2 AM Saturday night and set your clock ahead.  (Just joking -- someone out there is going to take me seriously)

Doug Kvandal '66 shares a photo of Coach Dick Draz and himself at last Saturday's Aztec basketball victory over nationally-ranked Nevada.  Maybe a coincidence, but a nice video about Coach Draz is circulating on local media.  Click HERE if you'd like to watch it.

Ironically the Aztecs face Nevada again tonight in the Mountain West Semi-Finals.  You can watch it at 6 PM on the CBS Sports Network. 

During a question-and-answer session, Justinz Duhimbaze (second from right), a refugee from Uganda and a student at Crawford High School, shows students at Bayfront Charter High School what he and his friends used to use as a soccer ball. “Exiled Voices” is touring schools through June.

One year ago, the stories of 13 young refugees from around the world played out on the stage of downtown’s Horton Grand Theatre via dance, spoken word, song and other original creative works.  In the time since Intrepid Theatre premiered “Exiled Voices: The Refugee Art Project,” a number of those works’ subjects — who were all Crawford High School students at the time — have graduated or moved away from San Diego.  In partnership with the youth social-services nonprofit SAY San Diego, Intrepid has launched a school tour of “Exiled Voices,” with hopes of bringing a condensed version of the project to as many as 20 campuses around the region this year. 

Click HERE to read the entire article from the San Diego Union-Tribune

Jean Patrick Graham '71 shared this photo of herself, Denise Green and Bonnie Henriksen in Mrs. Martin's Honors English Class.  Her query on whether Mrs. Martin was still alive brought out a discussion on Facebook.

There are now 48 entries in the Oscar's Drive-In Album on Greg May's Vintage San Diego Facebook page.  Sadly, none of them feature the restaurant we frequented on Menlo and El Cajon.  The image above is a colorized shot of the "original" Oscar's on Euclid and El Cajon.

We did NOT learn the identities of Norm Black's surfing buddies (above).  In the meantime, on Facebook, Betty Greenwood Houbion '64 wonders if you know the name of the 1960 Grad below.  I'm not sure if she has the name or wants the name.  By the way, both photos brought a notice from Facebook to me (the site administrator) of complaints about inappropriate photos.  I don't know if someone ratted me out, or if it was the Facebook algorithm.

Greg Montanero '66 passed away February 12th.  A Celebration of Life will be held March 24th, from 9 AM to Noon at Featheringill Mortuary, 6322 El Cajon Blvd.

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

The talk this week about arming teachers took me back 40 years to when Gary Keefer and I were both teaching at Hale Junior High.  I was covering the Old West in my US History class and decided to bring in my Winchester 94 to show the kids the "Gun That Won The West."  Gary spotted me toting the rifle and said simply -- "Discipline Problems?".  (You couldn't do this today -- I can't believe I did it then)

In 1957, when I was 14 going on 11, I listened to the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres on my crystal set -- and Rudy Regalado was my favorite player.  Eight years later I was interning at the Washburn and Justice Ad Agency and Rudy walked in the door representing XETV Channel 6.  It was like I was meeting the pope.  Rudy died on February 12th at age 89.  Click HERE if you'd like to read more about him.

This Bizarro cartoon was published the same day the UT ran an article about Ace Parking suffering because folks were using Uber and Lyft.

Class of ’72 pals Skip Weitzen, Craig Hodgson, Bill Davis, Tony Flores lunched together at City Tacos in La Mesa  last Thursday.

Norm Black '68 hopes you can help him identify these surfing pals of long ago.  He thinks their names were Art and Mike.  The photo was taken at La Jolla Shores

Click HERE to read the Golden Anniversary Pacer issued on February 29, 1968.

Joel Bercuson ’62 passed away of heart disease while living in Solana Beach on September 13, 2017.   He is survived by sister Marsha Bercuson '64 and brother Alan ’73.