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Golfers Take Note
Attention All Alumni! Class of 68 is having an all class golf tournament starting at at 8:15 am., September 25, 2018 at Temecula Creek Inn and Golf, 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, Green fees $60.00 includes cart.

Want to do it? Email Judy Parker-Matz at judypm@aol.com. Come one come all girls and guys. Fun!, Fun! Fun!
Suspect Charged in Murder of Peter Bentz '67
A suspect has been charged with murder in the disappearance of Peter Bentz '67, who disappeared in San Diego in November 2017. Thanks to Dixie Crosby '67 for following up on the story.

Original Article

Class of '78 Resets Reunion Plan
Kathy Keithley and Brad Fagan '78 write: Our Sepember 15 reunion has been relocated to the Double Tree in Monrovia. BONUS: we are lowering the price of the reunion ticket to $89.00! The price includes a drink ticket, passed appetizers, and Charcuterie platters to start, followed by a carving station featuring Beef Tenderloin, Caesar Salad, mashed potatoes, desserts and coffee, all catered by Elements Restaurant, and held on the newly remodeled exterior patio.

We will be joined by the following former teachers: Roger Lockie, Emmett Hoolihan, Bill Martin, Sally Sears, Clare & Denny Marquardt, & Matt Byers(Matt is our generation).

Additionally, we will have an outdoor bar, a large photo booth, videos, and plenty of 70’s music! There may even be a few surprises!

For those that require lodging, we have discounted rooms just for our event at 15% off the lowest pricing. The property offers complimentary parking and easy freeway access.

It’s going to be a fabulous evening, one we will be talking about for years to come!

We have contacted all who have already purchased their ticket(s) to inquire if they wanted a refund of the difference, or to donate it to the teacher’s fund. If you have not been contacted, please follow the link at the end of this article.

More information on hotels, events, and to purchase your tickets.

Mark Oliver '77
Mary Oliver Friedrich reports that her brother Mark Oliver '77 died March 29, 2018.

"Mark had been on kidney diaylsis for many years. He passed away due to a heart attack. In his last year he was able to travel in his RV to many places, seeing family and friends," she wrote.

Ms Friedrich is also an enrolled member.
Former English Teacher Maynard Wilson Dies at 93
Barbara Lockie reports via Facebook that "Maynard (Buck) Wilson passed this week in Texas. He was 93. He and Roger (Lockie) coached 12 Championship Freshman Football teams. Buck taught English and was Yearbook instructor."
Never let it be said...
...that the TCHS Alumni News team procrastinates. (Or if 'tis said, say the only example is the publication of the following video slideshow from seven years ago.) The Class of 1960 reunion in 2010 in Pasadena was a classy affair with classy people. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. —RC





If your class has a similar video or a photo collection from your reunion, please contact me about posting images or links here. We can window content into the site or connect visitors to your own site. (Please don't just send undocumented images or video.)
Karen Hayes '59
Michael Hayes has reported the death of Karen Hayes, class of 1959 on 17 January 2018. He adds that "Karen followed TCHS football her entire life."
Jon Greene '60
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Reports on Facebook tell of the passing of Jon Greene, class of 1960, in February.

Jon served as a Los Angeles police officer for many years.

Jon was instrumental in organizing a class reunion in 1995. He arranged for a meeting facility at the L.A. Police Academy, an unusual reunion venue, but one much appreciated.

We'll have more information later.

UPDATE May 8, 2018: Jon's friend Francesca Gonzalez shared a tribute video on Google Drive. View it here.
Committee Seeks Suport for Grad Night
Lenore Tijerina Smith writes: Hey Temple City Peeps, come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while supporting Temple City Grad Nite 2018!! I’ve got tickets for sale, only $25 includes dinner, gambling, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 Bingo, green beer and fun!! Tickets: 626-497-3906 or follow the link at end of this post. Click image for more information.

Tickets

Class of '88 Save the Date
We have it on good authority that the Class of '88 is planning a 30 Year Reunion.
When: 7/21/2018 at 7:00 pm; Where: Tahiti Village Resort; 7200 Las Vegas Blvd.; South Las Vegas, NV.

You may learn more here or contact the Reunion Committee here.
Ron Blankenbaker '74
12/30/17—Darlean Dattola has notified us of the passing of her brother Ron Blankenbaker class of 1974.
Class of '78 Sets Reunion for Sept. 15
Kathy Keithley and Brad Fagan have announced plans for a Class of '78 reunion September 15 in Pasadena.


**CLASS OF 1978 & FRIENDS - 40 YEAR REUNION**

The class of 1978 is celebrating its 40 year reunion Saturday, September 15, 2018 in Pasadena, CA, and we want you to be there! For information, see tchsclassof1978.com
Kathy (Archer) Keithley (818-231-2138)
and Brad Fagan, organizers.

'67 Alumnus Peter Bentz Missing
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Peter Bentz '67 was last seen by a friend in Ocean Beach last November. He never arrived for a family Thanksgiving dinner. He does not have a history of unplanned absence and is normally in contact with friends and family. The accompanying notice was posted on Facebook in December by a fellow alumnus. Can you help friends and family?

UPDATE 1/24/18 — No further information in the case has been received.

UPDATE 6/14/18 — According to the San Diego Tribune, Bentz has been declared dead, and "a former acquaintance is being accused in the death.

"Police said then that it was unlike Bentz to simply disappear without contacting family or friends."

Police investigators eventually identified Brian Hancock as a suspect in the death. Bentz’s body has not been found.

The Tribune continued, "Hancock, a San Diego County resident, was already in jail on unrelated charges that included cruelty to a child, burglary and possessing drugs for sale. He was re-booked on suspicion of murder on June 8, when he pleaded not guilty to a murder charge with allegations he has past convictions for arson and burglary going back to the 1990s."

Hancock is being held in lieu of $2 million in bail, facing 75 years to life in prison if convicted. Police and district attorney officials did not discuss the relationship between the two men.
Former TCHS Teacher Martin Leska is Apparent Murder Victim
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Pasadena Star-News reports: Authorities on Sunday released the identity of an elderly man who was found stabbed to death inside his Temple City early Saturday, Dec. 16.

Martin Leska, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene once he was discovered by deputies suffering from at least one stab wound just after 6 a.m. Saturday inside his home in the 500 block of Alessandro Avenue, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and coroner’s records.

(UPDATE: January 10, 2018 — Members of a related Temple City site on Facebook.com have reported that a suspect in the crime was apprehended and to be charged with the crime. According to the Pasadena Star News, "Homicide detectives have identified a man already in jail in Orange County as a suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 83-year-old man inside his Temple City home last month, officials announced Thursday. Jose Rosales Casas, 28, is suspected of murder for the slaying of Martin Leska, whose body was discovered on the morning of Dec. 16 at his home in the 500 block of Alessandro Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials and Orange County booking records. He has been behind bars in Orange County since Dec. 15 due to an unrelated criminal case, records show." See also This report.

(Leska was a former science teacher at Temple City High School. Many former students have commented on a related page at Facebook.com.)

No motive or suspect description was known in the attack, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

“Detectives have learned that at approximately 5:50 A.M., Temple Station deputies responded to the location regarding a ‘check the welfare’ call,” she said in a written statement.

Deputies discovered the elderly victim had suffered, “at least one stab wound to the upper torso,’ Navarro-Suarez said. An autopsy was yet to be completed, coroner’s Investigator Rudy Molano said.

Public records indicated Leska had owned the home for more than a decade.

(The accompanying photograph is from the 1959-60 Temple City High School yearbook.)

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.


From the Pasadena Star-News 17 Dec 2017: 83-year-old man found stabbed to death inside his Temple City home identified By BRIAN DAY,San Gabriel Valley Tribune
PUBLISHED: December 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm
Reunion, A Poem by Dixie Crosby
Dixie Crosby '67 recently published the following poem via Facebook.


REUNION
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
old friends

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