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, August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018

School starts on Monday at Crawford, but the first football game will be played tonight -- and most of the other schools in the county started last week.   Crawford is picked to finish second in the Central League this year.  Maranatha Christian will play at Crawford tonight at 7 PM.

On Tuesday a man led police on an hour-long chase that went through San Diego, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, National City, Chula Vista, and Otay Mesa.  Must not have been in that order, because he came to a halt after hitting spike strips while exiting northbound I-5 at Balboa.  I mention this only because the man reached speeds in excess of 100 mph -- IN A FORD FIESTA!!

You know how I love unusual obituaries.  Don Cherry died April 4 at age 94, but his passing is just now being noted.  He was good enough at golf to play in the Masters.  He sang well enough to have a hit single, Band of Gold.  His first wife was Sharon Kay Ritchie, Miss America of 1956.  I've saved the best for last.  He earned over $800,000 as the voice of television's Mr. Clean.  Click HERE to read the whole obituary and listen to Band of Gold as well as a video of him singing with Bing Crosby and Dean Martin.

You know you're getting old when they're tearing down schools that you remember being built.  I previously mentioned the destruction of the 1977 version of Hoover High.  The artist's rendering of the new school (above) is wonderfully reminiscent of the original 1930 building.  Turns out they're also dozing Wilson Middle School.  The original brick structure was built in 1924 and torn down in 1964.  The new school, seen below in a drawing, looks pretty snazzy.  I always thought the schools built in the '60s and '70s looked like minimum-security prisons, which -- come to think of it -- they were.

I'm not sure who Elizabeth Wood is, but she's put together a lovely collage of old matchbook covers (and a few images from my web site).   Click HERE to check it out on Facebook.

My favorite cartoon artists are on fire this week.  You would have had to have seen Thelma and Louise to appreciate that last one.

Rod Miller ’69 died July 25, 2018 of ALS.  He was retired from the City of San Diego.  He is survived by, among others, sisters Pam Miller ’71 and Jody Miller Tobias ’74