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Dixie Crosby '67 recently published the following poem via Facebook.
A Poem by Dixie Crosby
the faces have
grown older but
I know that voice
and I recognize
the walk, after all
these many years
and this is my past
where no one knows me
it was magic, pure magic
were we ever really
that young? we were...
and those were the days
where did we go?
and who did we know...
it never really mattered
when push comes to shove
it is only love that prevents us
from being shattered
I find it odd that as years pass by
we suddenly connect
with our past
and stranger yet...
and with some regret
I lost sight of what really mattered
the best antiques
to collect are
memories are threads that
hold together the patchwork
of so many old friendships
embrace the memories
for this one special night and
allow them to soar & delight
was she nice?
was he mean?
was she really prom queen?
well, it was always
just a toss
of the dice
someday we'll look back
laugh nervously and
suddenly change the subject
we were so young!
we never knew who's heart
we had the power to wreck
years pass by, the more you need
the people you knew when
you were young
and I, for one
loved every moment,
and thank God for Corky Dunn!
those were the days my friend
we thought they'd never end
we'd sing and dance forever and a day
we'd live the life we choose
we'd fight and never lose
for we were young and sure to have our way.
--© 2017 Dixie Crosby, TCHS '67
The following registered alumni have addresses in states in the path of Hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey or H. Irma. For reasons of privacy, we cannot further specify the locations of those who may be in the area affected by the storm. We wish them well in this difficult time and hope they will check in by posting an update in their profiles or by commenting on this article.
Texas: Dennis McLain, 1955; Carl Conger, 1957; Elinore Pascoe Cumings, 1959; Elaine Kempsky Kincheloe, 1959; Homer Cox, 1960; jim Graham, 1961; Ray Watters, 1962; Joseph Glockner, 1962; Roger Osborne, 1966; Richard Veit, 1966; Gene Miller, 1968; Christy Hinshaw Buchanan, 1971; Michael McLaughlin, 1972; Mark Holderman, 1973; Sue Cutler Leininger, 1974; Deb Edis Teuscher, 1976; Marivic Tabora, 1979; Tim Gil, 1980; John Bozzi, 1981; Debra Kohnle, 1981; Mike Johnston, 1982; Gabriel Field, 1983; Jami Flint, 1984; David Lee, 1986; Danielle Jaberg, 1987; Patricia Zahm, 1988; Karen Koski Kraft, 1991; Braxton Gregg, 1992.
Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, which were on the storm path, are home to Steve Gerhart, 1965; Donald Paul, 1990; Steve Gerhart, 1965; Donald Paul, 1990; Ray Finkle, 1962; Cheryl Kane Roe, 1971; Richard Schilling, 1981; Greg McDonald, 1988; Sue Scorcia Vititoe, 1989.
And now with H. Irma, we add Florida: George Olney, 1957; Kent Altman, 1957; Doug Lindsey, 1959; Beverlie Bigenwalt Falley, 1960; Harmon Heed, 1960; Bob Divale, 1962; Don Birkemeier, 1963; joan Bartlebaugh, 1966; Linda Paternostro Huntley, 1967; Barbara Varnes, 1977; Glenn Davis, 1978; Sherry Weaver Cirmo, 1978; Corinna (Susie) Reidelbach Miller, 1982; Craig Goolsby, 1982; Kim Brodersen Smyers, 1986; Lee Leschi Ferreira, 1986; Eric Arenas, 1993; George Lopez, 2001.
Irma is headed north into
Georgia: Gary Lineback, 1972; Tod Jones, 1973; Sheree Friedel Gossling, 1974; Jim Spillers, 1981; Omar Contreras, 1990; luke lin, 1995; Lindsay Ellingsworth, 1998; Billy Wyatt, 1999.
Alabama: Michael Abrams, 1970; cherie lytal, 1981; david douglas, 1983; Marie Norum Powell, 1986.
South Carolina: Roger Heineman, 1959; Bill Morris, 1981.
Of course, if you're listed herein but have moved, please sign in and change your address; your friends are worried for no reason. (Updating your address will not correct this article, so please sign in and append a comment.)
Save the Date!
The Class of 1967’s 50th reunion will take place from 5:00pm to midnight, September 30, 2017 at the Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel. The order of events will be cocktails (no host), dinner, live band, dancing and reminiscing.
Cost is $100.00 per person. Dress is casual.
Email us here
for ticket order information and form.
We will update this article with comments, and we welcome yours (registration required). See also our Facebook group
: temple city high school class of 1967: The Beginning (you’ll need to be a Facebook user and join the group to see all information).
This building nearing completion in Temple City has drawn considerable attention on Facebook, etc. Few if any of the comments are complimentary. If you were at this corner, what would you be seeing? Suggestions have included a prison, an office building... Weeping is an acceptable response.
TV station KTLA reports "Victoria Cecilia Castellanos, a senior at Temple City High School, will reign over the 128th Rose Parade. Castellanos, 17, is involved in musical theater, volunteers with animal groups and the American Legion and enjoys creative endeavors like writing short stories, reading and painting.
"Other 'princess' finalists include Maya Kawaguchi Khan, of Arcadia High School; Natalie Rose Petrosian, of La Cañada High School; Audrey Mariam Cameron, of Blair High School; Autumn Marie Lundy, of Polytechnic School; Lauren Emiko Powers, of Arcadia High School; and Shannon Tracy Larsuel, of Mayfield Senior School.
"Castellanos will preside over this year's parade, themed 'Echoes of Success,' and will attend the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2, 2017. The Rose Queen is also expected to make more than 100 other media and community appearances throughout the year," KTLA reported.
Image credit Tournament of Roses.
Martin Moreno and Richard Curtis recently shared this article on Facebook. Author Aram Tolegian of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune has summarized the trials and triumphs since the last TCHS championship in 1986.
Pasadena Star News
The website Backgroundchecks.org nas named Temple City the 48th safest place to live in California in 2016 in a list of 50 among the state's hundreds of communities, saying "Located in the west San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, Temple City is a diverse community of 35,500 residents. Temple City is both an affordable place to live, by Southern California standards, and a safe place to call home. The violent crime rate is 105.1 (per 100,000 residents), and the chances of being involved in a property crime are under 1%."
IMHO the future of TC looks bright. I hope those of you in So Cal will go and support them. Note announced alumni activity in beer garden Saturday night (beer optional of course).
Here's a link to more activities at the Camellia Festival. Saturday night is the time to reconnect with classmates. This year's festival runs from Friday 2/26 through Sunday 2/28, 2016. Click the adjacent image to display or download the flyer describing a fundraiser event on Friday 2/26.
Little League District 18 will be offering Batting Clinics for all players 4 thru 18 years of age, Baseball and Softball. The clinics will be held August 17-19 at Temple City National Little League – Millham Field - 6256 Oak Ave., Temple City, CA 91780 (Longden School, corner of Oak and Longden). The clinic will be led in part by former TCHS and professional baseballer Steve de Angelis.
Time is reserved for TC National from 4 to 5:30 PM each day and an open session will be held from 7:45 to 9:15 PM.
There will be 3 classes a day (9 total) with each class comprised of 40-50 kids. Leagues that have expressed an interest in participating have been assigned to a specific day and time. On all days walk-ins are welcome. This clinic differs from all others; parents, managers and coaches are invited to participate in or just watch the training and receive hands on training to the adults on how to teach hitting.
There is no charge to attend these classes.
Event Details (Press Release)
The TCHS baseball team’s postseason run didn’t quite pan out, as Hemet posted a 2-0 win in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship June 5 at UC Riverside.
As Aram Tolegian reported in the SGV Tribune: "Temple City head coach Rob Nelson said 'I'm so proud of what they accomplished. We weren’t supposed to be here. There’s teams sitting at home tonight who were supposed to be here. This is why you play the game."
TC (18-10) was a wild-card team at the outset of the playoffs after its third-place Rio Hondo League finish. But the Rams managed post-season upsets to reach the finals.
SGVT: Tolegian Article
Chris Frans Basham reported the May 30 induction of Steven Lindsey into the Hall of Fame on Facebook. Follow the link below for more information on TCHS' premier astronaut.
Chris says she missed the ceremony but is happy to be pictured next to Lindsey's banner.
According to NASA and Wikipedia, "Lindsey has flown five missions in space for NASA. He served as Pilot of STS-87 (1997) and STS-95 (1998) and Commander of STS-104 (2001), STS-121 (2006) and STS-133 (2011).
STS-87 (November 19 to December 5, 1997) was the fourth U.S Microgravity Payload flight and focused on experiments designed to study how the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes, and on observations of the Sun’s outer atmospheric layers. Two members of the crew performed an EVA (spacewalk) that featured the manual capture of a Spartan satellite, and tested EVA tools and procedures for future Space Station assembly. During the EVA, Lindsey piloted the first flight of the AERCam Sprint, a free-flying robotic camera. The mission was accomplished in 252 orbits of the Earth, traveling 6.5 million miles in 376 hours and 34 minutes.
STS-95 (October 29 to November 7, 1998) was a 9-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment and retrieval of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and investigations on space flight and the aging process. The mission was accomplished in 134 Earth orbits, traveling 3.6 million miles in 213 hours and 44 minutes.
STS-104 (July 12 to July 24, 2001), designated assembly mission 7A, was the 10th mission to the International Space Station (ISS). During the 13-day flight the crew conducted joint operations with the Expedition 2 crew and performed three spacewalks to install the ISS Joint Airlock Quest and to outfit it with four high-pressure gas tanks. In addition to installing and activating the Joint Airlock, the crew also performed the first spacewalk from Quest. The mission was accomplished in 200 Earth orbits.
STS-121 (July 4 to July 17, 2006) was an ISS visit and space shuttle checkout mission. It was the second flight after the Columbia disaster (STS-107) and was considered one of the two Return to Flight test missions before resumption of normal shuttle operations. Lindsey served as mission commander on the flight.
STS-133 (February 24 to March 9, 2011) was the last flight for Space Shuttle Discovery.
A veteran of five space flights, Lindsey has logged over 1500 hours in space."
More from Kennedy Space Center
From our Dead Presidents file: After about an hour on Ancestry.com last fall, I confirmed that Temple City founder Walter Pablo Temple’s father, F.P.F. Temple, was the son of Jonathan Temple and Lucinda Parker (1779-1856), who was the daughter of Caleb Parker and Hannah Garfield (1750-1816), who was the daughter of Thomas Garfield 1713-1774.
That same Thomas Garfield was also the father of Solomon Garfield (1743-1807, cousin of Hannah), who was the father of Thomas Garfield (1773-1801, who was the father of Abram Garfield (1799-1833), who was the father of James Abram Garfield (1831-1881), who was the 20th and the last “log cabin” president of the United States.
Thus, if Ancestry.com and its members are to be believed, Walter P. Temple was Pres. Garfield’s third cousin. Of course, Garfield is better known to history as a target than a president (see Wikipedia
). He died from complications of a gunshot wound in 1881 after serving less than a year.
Had anyone kept track, we might all have attended Garfield High School!
BTW, Pres. Garfield's wife Lucretia died in South Pasadena in 1918, so the SG Valley connection went beyond ancestry.
And BTW, the little leaves in the graphic are the same ones advertised on TV by Ancestry.com, so if any of our readers are Ancestry nerds, they might like to check my work and fill in the gaps, or, of course, refute and chastise me. :-)
(This item is revised from an earlier report elsewhere on the 'net.)
More about James A. Garfield
TCHS Alumni Assn. will be recruiting registrants during the open reunion Feb 21 at Temple City Park (Las Tunas at Kaufmann). We'll be hanging out near the libary entrance from 7 to 10 PM (Mom insists we be home early). If the reunion organizers have a welcome booth, we'll try to piggy-back there.
Our registration list now includes about ten percent of all former students (even the HS administration does not know how many students have actually enrolled). We hope to achieve a major increment during the festival. If you wish to share the experience (shades of 1969), we will allow second-party registrations just this once, so bring your contact list.
You can also enroll via the Join link at the top of any page.
While you're thinking about TCHS, this is also probably a good time for registered members to update their contact data.
See you soon!
A group of alumni have organized an all-class reunion to be held 7-10 PM, Saturday, February 21, at Temple City Park (Kaufmann at Las Tunas). If you're there 4:30 to 9 PM Friday you can also hit the Food Truck. Click the adjacent icons to enlarge the flyers with more information. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Your correspondent met with several old friends and acquaintances and met some new ones, too. All in all, the event seemed to be a success and bears repeating. -RC
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