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, June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022


Summer's here and it's time to go to the beach!!

I've retrieved some snapshots I took at La Jolla Shores in June 1962.  Click HERE to check them out 


Tragically, on the first day after graduation the Class of 2022 lost a member when basketball player Woodlain Prudhome disappeared in the surf off Mission Beach.

Dick Cloward '60 recalled a similar incident when Glen Carraway '59 was lost while swimming off La Jolla Shores on April 15, 1960.  Click HERE to read more about Glen Carraway.

Turns out that 19-second Channel 8 video of Crawford in 1958 was followed by a 5-minute story done in 1978 -- and it's in color.  Click HERE to travel back.

Some years ago Bob Richardson '61 wrote about Aztec Villa, a portion of the old Frontier Housing where a lot of San Diego State professors and their families lived.  The recent publication of the 1950 Census may have muddied up his research.  Click HERE to take a look at Bob's original story -- and HERE to read about some changes.

Friday, June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

The latest Outdoors column by Ernie Cowan '62 encourages you to Sit and See.  Click HERE for the full story.

A recent Channel 8 Throwback features a 19-second video of Crawford's campus getting cleaned up prior to opening in 1957.  Click HERE and have a look via YouTube.

The Vintage San Diego Facebook page showed a bunch of color shots of a San Diego State Homecoming Parade from the 1950s.  I was able to find the exact date and transfer most of the photos my web site.  Click HERE to check it out.

Mark Hamm '68 passed away at home in Cottontown, Tennessee on May 31st.

Friday, June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022


John Montello shared this Gary Larson cartoon from 1987

John Horner '65 visited recently from his home in Virginia and snapped this photo of the construction at Crawford.  I can't be sure, but I think this is in the general area as the iconic photo below.

We've added Bill Ross '65 to the Colts Who Served Page.

Annette Godels Conway forwarded the story about Dale Irby

I decided to share eight photos from my years teaching at Hale Junior High in the 1970s.

Here are the Pacer Graduation Issues from

June 4, 1962 -- 60 Years Ago

June 7, 1967 -- 55 Years Ago

June 9, 1972 -- 50 Years Ago

The Crawford Foundation says Roy Wayne III '72 passed away May 27th.

Friday, June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022


Last week we added a photo of Larry Vansworth to the Colts Who Served page.   

This week we share:

All six of his Darnall Elementary class photos

And a nice photo of the winners -- VFW Ship 1774

This is NOT an obituary.  I just thought I would throw in Larry's yearbook photo to complete the K-12 adventure

Friday, May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022


This took me back to Mrs. Bruner's English Class at Horace Mann.  I STILL get lay and lie mixed up.

I've added this photo of Larry Vansworth '64, taken outside Pleiku, Vietnam, to the Colts Who Served page.

This should be immediately recognizable as Torrey Pines State Beach, but the photo was taken in 1946 and the sailor was probably happy to be home from the war.  Click HERE for a larger view.

I STILL don't have a photo of the Oscar's on Menlo and El Cajon, but this gorgeous night shot of the Oscar's on Pacific Highway will have to do.  You can see it slightly enlarged, and look at some other stuff, on the Oscar's Page.

Click HERE to read the May 24, 1962 Pacer, from 60 years ago.  That's a photo of the 62-63 cheerleading squad on the front page.

The May 25, 1967 Pacer is a 6-page issue, two of which are devoted to the del Potrillo literary supplement.  Click HERE to check it out.  Guess what potrillo means in English?  (answer at the bottom of this post)

The Crawford Foundation reports the passing of Bruce Lamb '68 on April 17, 2022


Potrillo means Colt.  Perfect!!

Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022


This Bliss cartoon was posted the same time as the Crawford aerial photo below.  I believe Emma was #2 on the most popular girls' names of 2021 I mentioned last week.

Dick Cloward ’60 checks in with news that The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is finally re-opening to the general public. Wednesdays, Thursdays, plus the 1st and 2nd Saturday of reach month from 11-4. No appointment required. For more information visit Admission is always free and no  donations are expected.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Cowan are literally Empty Nesters.  In last Saturday's Outdoors column Ernie details the departure of their Wild House Wren chicks.  Click HERE to read all about it.

Aerial photos of the Crawford campus never get old.  Click HERE to see an enlargement of this 1957 photo and two others, that I shared last on May 3, 2019

Remember the Upper Cellar?  I went there when I was 18 (going on 13)  and it was my first time out on the town.  I wonder if anyone paid the $2.00 and went on to run a successful coffee house.

My brother, Vito Danna ’66, passed away on April 7, 2022 from Esophageal Cancer -- Carol Danna Kinney ’72

Friday, May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

Apparently The Raven has fallen off the wagon.

Janet Jensen Collins spotted this coffee cup at a Denny's.  I'm not sure what it means, but it's unique enough to share.

Did you see that the Social Security Administration released the most popular baby names for 2021?  I went ahead and researched the most popular names from 1951 -- 70 years ago.  William and James are still around, but the once-popular John is just a distant memory.

That's Gary Juleen '64 on the right.  Do you know the guy on the left?  (Answer below)

The May 10, 1962 Pacer had news about the ASB officers for 1962-1963.  Click HERE to get the skinny.

Looks like the May 11, 1967 Pacer also had news about ASB officers for the upcoming school year.  Click HERE to get the scoop.

Ron Mollick ’62 passed away May 7, 2022  in Newport News, VA where he resided most of the last 54 years.   He graduated from San Diego State with BS and MS and earned his PhD from North Carolina State University.  He taught biology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News from 1968 to 2011. We have two daughters and six grandchildren.  He was able to have both daughters on hand in his final days and died peacefully in my arms.  He was very fond of recalling his youth growing up with his family in San Diego, on Esther Street and his days as a student in Southern California -- Beth Mollick

My dear friend and classmate Carol Heimrich passed away on April 6, 2022 in Santa Monica, CA.  She died of complications, while receiving treatment for cancer.  Carol was very active at Crawford during our three years there.  She was voted "Most Likely to Succeed " in our Senior Year -- Louise Neil Abdelnour '63

Charles Michael Kuner ’69 died at home in Topeka, Kansas on May 8, 2022. Jenny – his wife of 37 years, the mother of his children and the music in his life – was at his bedside.   Mike was born in San Diego. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University in 1974, majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. In June of 1977, he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, followed by doctoral work at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.  Mike became an avid home winemaker, producing his own label, The Preacher’s Cellar.  He appreciated his family’s indulgence while the kitchen was taken over by bottles, fermentation tanks, assorted equipment, and the smell of fermenting grapes.  Mike used a quote attributed to Albert Schweitzer: “The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.” The indelible traces of love left behind by Mike Kuner in the lives of so many will multiply love in the world like sweet grapes on an unending vine.


Actor Christopher Lloyd is on the left.  You remember him from the Back to the Future movies.  I loved him as Jim Ignatowski in Taxi.  Gary doesn't say what their relationship is but I suspect the Julian resident is Lloyd's apple pie connection.