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Friday, February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

Remember when the teacher would flip the calendar from January to February and two bright red holidays leaped off the page?  Washington's Birthday would have been one of them.  Happy Birthday George!!

I'm not sure I get this, but it still made me laugh.

Hope you can read the details of the Class of 1969's 50th Reunion, to be held at Bali Hai on August 17th.

Vince Massullo and Dee Dee Rhea were the Senior Sketches in the Golden Anniversary Pacer published on February 20, 1969.  Click HERE to read all four pages.

Click HERE to read the KCBQ Top 40 from February 23, 1964 -- 55 years ago.

The East San Diego Facebook page of Gary Mitrovich saw this photo posted last week.  It's the East San Diego Carnegie Library, which existed from 1918 to 1964.  Nancy remembers it, but I don't.  Was it on Fairmount?  Click HERE for more details -- but not the address.

Also popping up on Gary's East San Diego Facebook page was this photo of Aliberto's Taco Shop on Fairmount and University.  My question is, what business occupied the barrel before Aliberto's?

Jaye Froehlich Koehler ’66 passed away on December 4, 2019 after a lengthy illness.  She will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with her husband of 32 years.  She is survived by, among others, Shirley Froelich Gleason ’61, Gary Froehlich ’65 and Keith Froehlich ‘68

James Kalleberg '70 died February 17, 2019.  That's all I know, and I wouldn't have known that if I hadn't gotten an email from his classmate Wayne Zucker.

Friday, February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

There's big doings coming up, if you're into the Hammond Organ, thanks to Doug Kvandal '66.  I can't quite figure it out, but the image above has all the info -- I think.  A freebie at Rosie O'Grady's in Normal Heights on Sunday at 9 PM and a $20 concert at Dizzy's on Monday, preceded by a free educational clinic at 7:30.  Contact Doug, if you have questions, at or 619-337-5005   This just in!  Click HERE to read a nice piece about Doug's Organ in this week's READER.

Two Ernies -- No Waiting

Ernie Cowan's Outdoor Column this week is entitled "Sourgrass brings back fond memories of youth."  It certainly does for me.  Sourgrass grew next to my neighbor's retaining wall and I would regularly grab a handful to chew and savor -- until I noticed the neighborhood dogs were using the site to mark their presence.  Click HERE to read Ernie's article.

Diane Bell's column in yesterday's Union-Tribune noted that County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg would have "four cute and cuddly Havanese puppies dressed to be ring bearers and flower-carrying bridesmaids for the first 30 couples who showed up to get married at the County Administration Center.  Click HERE to read her column.

The End of the World is Near!  Donut Bar, coming to a location very near me, will feature Donut and Beer pairings on Friday and Saturday nights.  And I thought Avocado Toast was the yuckiest thing I ever heard of.  I wonder who the lucky teenager will be who gets to hose down the Morning After detritus the next day.  

Ron Klein '66 shares a wonderful color photo of his classmates Charlie Neuman and the late Harry Butler in their Rolando Little League uniforms circa 1959.  Remembers Ron, "All of the uni’s were the same style only with different sponsor patches and, of course, different colors.  Eddie Herrmann and Bob Boone wore purple.  When I was 10 I was yellow (wool) and the next year we had a new sponsor so we were green and cotton like these.  Our sponsor was Greenwood Mortuary."

Remember DJ Art Laboe?  Me, too -- sort of.  Not only is he not dead, he's still on the air at age 93!!  Click HERE to read his fascinating history.

Turns out the 45th Anniversary Stone is Sapphire, so here's the Sapphire Edition of the Pacer for February 13, 1964 -- almost 45 years ago.  Click HERE to read the complete issue.

Tom Jauregui ’67 passed away January 18, 2019.  After high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Army.   He spent one year in Vietnam and was allowed to leave the military early to, again, follow in his father’s footsteps and join the San Diego Police Department, where he retired 34 years later.

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019

I got a chuckle out of this headline in Wednesday's U-T.  I wonder if they hired folks from the Roger Penske Racing Team.

This photo in the Union-Tribune certainly caught my attention.  Apparently the baby giraffe born last week at Safari Park was being ignored by its mother and the zoo staff decided they'd have to raise it by themselves.  First order of business was a cat scan.  Who knew there was a cat scan that would hold a baby giraffe?  Click HERE if you'd like to read the article.

The official word is out.  The Cohn Family is opening a restaurant in Del Cerro, if you consider Adobe Falls Drive Del Cerro.  It will be called Del's Hideaway, I guess because it's in Del Cerro and it's hidden away.  It was most recently called the Junk House, but some of you may remember it as  Nicolosi's.  Click HERE to read the article in the Union-Tribune.

I snagged this shot off the City of East San Diego Facebook page of Gary Mitrovich '76.  You're looking west on University at Fairmount.  Gary notes the tower was the location of East San Diego's first city hall and that the elegant home behind the trees was moved to a site near 56th and Adams.  (Yes, it's still there.  Nancy got a tour from the owners a few years back)  Click HERE to read more about the house AND see a current photo.

Hope you're sitting down.  This is what Crawford will look like in a couple of years.  Click HERE to look at the video, courtesy of Barbara Alvarez '70.  

I had forgotten about the College Theater.  This ad is from the February 6, 1969 Golden Anniversary Pacer.  Click HERE to read it.

I'm not sure I've seen this College Grove photo before.  It's taken from the 94 Freeway looking northwest (I think) with two of the Chollas Towers in the background..  J C Penney, Newberry's, and Walker Scott appear to be the major tenants.  Click HERE to go to the Facebook page I stole this off of.

Jacqueline Steiner died last week at the age of 94.  She wrote a song that began, “Let me tell you the story of a man named Charlie. …” made famous by the Kingston Trio.  Click HERE to read her obituary in the New York Times.

Terry Raymond Hanson ’60 died December 18, 2018.  She was a resident of Cambria, California.  She is survived by, among others, siblings Ken Raymond, Mike Raymond, and Lynn Raymond Waugh

Eileen Reichert ’64 passed away May 15, 2018.   That's all I got.

Ginger Kiesel Wildrick ’65 died at her home in La Jolla on December 17, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.  She flew for PSA, and later US Airways, for more than 20 years. 

While researching the death of Eileen Reichert Mary Gale Rogers learned of the passing of Russell Reichert, presumably her brother, on March 24, 2011

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

Here's an amusing Bizarro cartoon from last week.

If you enjoyed the 1972 eastbound trip on University to 70th St, you'll LOVE the return trip, which continues past 805 through North Park and Mission Hills halfway down the hill on Washington.  Why, yes, that is Palisade Gardens pictured above.  Click HERE to go for a ride.  (You may have to type University into the search option)

Maybe we need to start an Author's Corner.  Melinda Peacock Reinicke '74 wanted to make sure I knew about the books written by her sister Jean Peacock Graham '71 (that's her above).  Click HERE to take a look on Amazon.

Clyde Shellstrom's '49 Chevy was the featured Heap of the Week in the February 3, 1959 Pacer.  Click HERE to read the whole issue.

Remember Funky Quarters, at 5968 El Cajon Blvd?  They hosted some fairly-well known entertainers.  This lineup, which I think is from 1971, recently appeared on Facebook.

I was shocked to see my friend and classmate Gussie Crowe Thornton appear in the obituaries on the Crawford Foundation web page.  She died on January 24th at her home in Rogers, Arkansas.  I hope details will follow.

Nancy Biner McConnell '67 recently learned that her friend and classmate Linda Malone (above) passed away June 11, 2016.  She never recovered from the death of her twin sister Marjorie, noted Nancy.  You can read more about them on the Class of 1967 Obituary Page.