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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
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.
Class of '88 Save the Date
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.
'67 Alumnus Peter Bentz Missing
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.
Former TCHS Teacher Martin Leska is Apparent Murder Victim
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.
Alumni News Needs Your Help
We’ve had a complaint that the recent Class of ’77 reunion was not sufficiently reported on this site. We posted news of the reunion in our calendar in August. We’re sensitive to such comments, so we did a little homework.
We did a Google search for tchs high school reunion 1977 with time set to past year. Temple City ’77 appears second in the list of results (as of this morning 9/24/17). There are also numerous other mentions in search results. (Note that “TCHS” is not a unique acronym. E.g., Tates Creek HS, KY; Traverse City HS, MI; Trinity Catholic HS, CT; Todd County HS, KY; Tuba City HS, AZ; Tell City HS, IN; Tuscaloosa County HS, AL; Technical College HS, PA; and many more.)
The event is mentioned in at least two Facebook threads/pages.
We have no link to the school, nor do we have anyone on their staff sharing news. Reunions are independently organized, and if they don’t keep us apprised of plans we are unaware of events.
Finally, although we can send bulk mailings on behalf of event organizers, we do not publish our address lists in order to keep our promise of confidentiality to registrants. And unregistered users can see only the public sections of the site and do not receive group mailings.
We would be pleased to appoint class coordinators, as we have mentioned often in the past, but the silence of potential partners is deafening.
We can only do what we can do. Register, and we can do more together.
Alumni in Harvey-land, Plus Irma
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.)
Spam and our Brothers and Sisters Around the World
We do not send spam, and we wish others would follow the same policy. Unfortunately that is not the case.
We've been bothered since 2010 by someone who sends spurious member registrations to our server, apparently in an attempt to gain some sort of benefit we cannot fathom. No harm is done, and they do not get any benefit, but they keep doing it. Sometimes you'll see their phony names in the New Member list. We delete them as we spot them, but we cannot watch the site 24/7.
Based on the spelling of the phony names, we infer the attacks are coming from Russia. The poor scoundrels are more to be pitied than scorned, as that is apparently their best shot at earning a living. (Russia is, of course, famous for inventing what others have already invented. A 1950s joke said that the most successful Russian inventor was Comrade Reguspatoff. Think about it.) So, Pоссийский Γовноед, иди в жопу!
(If you understand Russian and are not among the culprits, our apologies. Superior culturally aware insults are invited.) -RC