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

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Friday, September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018

Here's some more biblical humor from Paula Kincaid.

Well, THAT was a quick 60 years!!  Click HERE to look at the entire program from the Hoover-Crawford football game of September 27, 1958.

Mrs. Truette Benge, the mother of Tom Benge, passed away this summer a little shy of her 94th birthday. She must have been the best Mom ever.  Tom shares this clipping from the March 15, 1964 San Diego Union, showing the unicycle-riding Benge clan, with Lois and her boys Ken '65, Phil '68, and Tom '70.

Friday, September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

Summer will change to Fall tomorrow at 6:54 PM, about the time some of you will be cleaning up your tailgate parties at SDCCU to watch the Aztecs play Eastern Michigan.  I'll be in the Barcalounger ready to watch the Padres

Not ANOTHER Jewish Holy Day!!  This is exhausting.  Apparently Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening.  Bari Weiss says "It's a 25-hour caffeine headache capped off by a lox-and-bagels binge."  Obviously there's a lot more going on.  Click HERE to read her opinion piece in the New York Times.

Paula Kincaid has sent me some cartoons of a religious bent.  I didn't get into trouble last week venturing into politics, so I might as well take it up a notch.  The cartoon above apparently is what would happen today if Jesus tried converting loaves to fishes.

This whole #MeToo movement has got me  a little nervous.  I did a spit-take with my morning coffee when I saw the above headline in Wednesday's U-T.  To paraphrase Woody Allen in Play It Again Sam, "I was nowhere NEAR the zoo".

It's time to resume posting the Golden Anniversary Pacers, this time for the Class of '69.  Click HERE to read the September 19, 1968 4-page issue.   

Marc Pomeranz '74 passed away May 12, 2018.  I learned this after the post office returned his alumni newsletter with a "no forwarding address" stamp, and I did a little on-line research.  I think Marc was living in what I assume was the old family residence on Redding St.

Carolyn Schneider Reyes ’78 died on August 17, 2018.  She loved crafting, baking, doing puzzles, bowling, traveling, including trips with her parents in their Airstream trailer, and bringing laughter and joy to others. Carolyn married Ken B. Reyes on March 10, 1984 in San Diego and had one daughter, Kara Lynne in April of 1990.  She is survived by, among others, her parents , husband Ken and sister Linda Schneider Crawford ’75.

Friday, September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018


How was your Rosh Hashanah?  Mine was hilarious.  I lost count of the number of folks who gently tried to explain the difference between blowing a chauffeur and a shofar (Ram's horn).  I won't reveal the name of the lovely lady who said "Either one works for me."

Have you seen the Liberty Mutual Accident Forgiveness ads on television?   Like a growing number of advertisements, they are humorous -- which is a good thing.  I got a laugh when I finally noticed the fine print below (you won't be able to read it) noting the fact that it wasn't available in California.

Ernie Cowen '62, who's starting to read a little like Ernest Hemingway, shares his steak drippings with a Gray Fox in his most recent Outdoors Column.  Click HERE if you'd like the juicy details.

Here's a new one.  A high school football referee has sued the San Diego Unified School District and a teenage Crawford High graduate, claiming $1 million in damages for injuries that he says the former student caused him during a game three years ago.  Click HERE to read the article in the Los Angeles Times.

I was at the San Diego Auto Swap Meet on Memorial Day at Qualcomm and found this Colts aluminum plaque. I had a translator help me speak to the guy and -- as the story goes -- he was renting a house and he found this in the garage. When we asked him where the house was or the address he said no more.  Anyway I purchased it for a dollar.  I recall making things in metal shop but I don’t recall this.  It’s 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”  -- Earl Asbury ‘64

Have you seen those bumper stickers for folks who run the marathon?

How about the ones for people who do the half-marathon?

They now have one customized for the rest of us.

Tom Van Doren '66 passed away September 8, 2018.  His classmate Don Levine remembered that Tom worked as a commercial fisherman in the south Pacific for eleven years until he was cut by a cable and got gangrene in his leg.  On a small air strip atoll the doctor wanted to amputate, but Tom wouldn't let them. He made it back to Hawaii, got care and kept his leg. He surfed his whole life, had a great smooth style. Loved his Baja surf trips. Tom was married for a while to Lynn Ballard.

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018

It's time to Blow the Chauffeur (I think I got that right).  Gosh, has it been sixty years since I told my classmates at Horace Mann that I wouldn't be in school the next day because of the Jewish holidays?  Be careful what you wish for.  I tripped on a garden hose, broke my arm, and didn't go to school the next day.  I've always felt that should get me part way to Honorary Hebrew.

Speaking of the Jewish Holidays, who's hungry for Matzo Balls and Chiles?  Click HERE to read the recipe in the New York Times.

The folks running the Class of '63 Reunion (to which the Classes of '62 and '64 are invited) need to hear from you NOW!!  Click HERE for all the information you'll require.

What have YOU accomplished lately?  Did you ever get around to cleaning out the garage?  Four years ago Sharon Culver Considine shared a photo of herself, an Ernie Wright statue, and Eugene Yang and Said Shaba at Colina del Sol.  Click HERE to get an update on what the boys did with the scholarships Sharon's group awarded them at that time.

I'm very reluctant to get into politics, but sometimes I can't help myself.  Last week the head of the California Democratic Party called for a boycott of In-N-Out Burger after learning that the company had donated $25,000 to the state's Republican Party.  Turns out a lot of Democrats thought that party loyalty only went so far.  The boycott was called off a day or so later.  Click HERE to read the story in the Los Angeles Times.

If anyone can figure out how much a flu shot costs at CVS let me know.

Here's a Henry Bliss comic published this past week.

Alan Cahan died on July 14, 2018.  He went in the Navy after high school and stayed for 20 years. 

Eric Selten '64 relays word from Tom Rubin '66 that his brother Dennis Rubin '63 died peacefully in his sleep on September 1, 2018.  Tom will send more details at a later date.

Denise Felix '66 passed away June 15, 2018.   She was born in San Diego on August 17, 1948.