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Blog 49 April 22, 2015

It is Fiesta week in San Antonio, tho’ “week” is a misnomer. Back in our day Fiesta kicked off on a Monday afternoon at 5PM with a pilgrimage at the Alamo. I saw it a few times and recall a simple ceremony. This year, it started Thursday of last week and ends Saturday evening of this week and offers opportunity to eat and drink all over town.

Monday night, Penny and I went down to the San Antonio Cavaliers’ River Parade for the first time in about twenty-five years. As a child, it was magical. To a seventy-something adult, it was not much. What I remember as exciting floats are now little more than barges with various people standing on them and very loud, not necessarily good musicians playing music we will probably never hear again. That sounds negative, but the thrill was gone. On the other hand, we were with a congenial group, and it is still so easy to drive down town, park, and walk to the river.

Over the next few blogs, I am going to post a few photos that people sent for inclusion in the history. Many of them I had to crop and cut out others in the photo, but this is a good place to include them. Here goes:


These smiling people are Jane Rupe (Love), Gerry (Guly) and Wayne Gabehart, Rucy Krisch, Ann Johnston (MacEwan), and Jean Tate (Pearce).

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Tommy and Patsy Hatch Patterson          Jack Davis


Bob and Roselyn Mahaffey Cheline

Blog 38 November 24, 2014

Time flies when you are having fun, doesn’t it. So I must be having a hilarious time—I just have not realized it. Has been a month since I last posted. Best intentions and all that. When a thought comes to mind, I usually jot it down to write about. I have a bunch of comments to send along, but I cannot find my paper with the notes. Does anyone remember Sophie Tucker on the early days of television? She billed herself as “The Last of the Redhot Mammas” and was a definite plus size. I recall one skit on a TV show. She sang a memorable ditty: “I Brought My Harp to the Party, But No One Asked Me to Play.” That is sort of how I feel not finding my notes, but in this case, I can’t play my notes.

From memory, then, a few odds and ends.

Marcia Pittman/Rock Mogas: Marcia and Rock hooked up at our last reunion. I heard from Marcia the other day that they began dating and have just become engaged. No date for the nuptials has been set, but both are very happy. Congrats and felicitations to Marcia and Rock.

Laura Moore Brusenhan and Groucho Marx and Gonzales Gonzales: Laura sent the website url for an enormously funny clip from a time many years ago when Gonzales Gonzales from San Antonio appeared on Groucho’s TV show with the opportunity to say the secret word and win $100 (wow!). This was the appearance that launched GG’ movie career. Here is the website: http://www.chonday.com/Videos/funny-mexican-guy-with-groucho-marx#.UfVbmBN44QQ.email


Advance scoop! I asked recently if anyone remembers the Class of ’54 gift to the school. I had two responses that were totally different, and I intend to post the replies to the class to see if either sounds right. Ron Bridges wrote “Our 1954 gift to the glass was a gold curtain for the auditorium. Check this out but I remember the moment when it was announced.” Ben Williams wrote: “My memory of our class gift was a piano for the auditorium. It was a full 8′ grand piano, not new, but we had it reconditioned and it looked and sounded great. One of our students, name forgotten, convinced Miss Mattie Sharp Brewer that his senior class research project should be a piano concerto, rather than a paper written in English. He played it for the class and for all the music related faculty members. Ms Brewer wanted to try and verify it was all original. All of the faculty members thought it was fantastic.”

Jack Davis, sir! You made the presentation. Does either sound familiar? My gut feel is that we probably had funds for a curtain. Giving a reconditioned piano would certainly score high marks for originality. I doubt either is still in use after sixty years. And what about the original piano composition? Only David Mills might have pulled that off. We need to ask David.

I have not checked lately to see how many have been reading the blogs. I do get nice comments periodically, though great lapses probably has damaged the circulation.

It is Thanksgiving week. I send along best wishes to all of you and hope you have a memorable holiday. Penny and I are leaving in the morning for a few days at South Padre. I am a bit ashamed to admit that having lived almost three quarters of my life in Texas, I have never been to the valley.

Take care for now. I will return with more pictures and maybe my lost notes.

Blog 33 September 5, 2014

Seven weeks! From August 7th to September 18th, 1954—that is seven weeks—the number one song played on juke boxes, by disc jockeys, and sold in the stores was “Sh-Boom” by the Crewcuts. Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Jo Stafford, and Eddie Fisher also had number one hits over the course of the year.

Top movies: The five highest grossing movies in 1954 surprised me:

  • White Christmas (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Kirk Douglas, James Mason)
  • Rear Window (James Stewart & Grace Kelly)
  • Demetrius & the Gladiators (Victor Mature, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine)
  • The Caine Mutiny (Humphrey Bogart, Fred McMurray)

If you want to see the top twenty films and the gross sales, go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_in_film

Class Day: Who can remember the Class Day on one of our very last days of school before graduation? Bob Blake sent me a program he found tucked away in his Monticello. I am inserting the four pages below and posing some questions. I vaguely remember the program, and others do as well, because several people have remembered a dance by Aleen Smith, Connie Mayes, and Shirley France. Here is, in all its mimeographed glory:




Can anyone answer any of these questions?

· How did one get on the program?

· Why did Bill Crocker give the invocation and Shirley Inselman the benediction, even though Paul Medley is listed as the class chaplain? I would guess that Shirley sand The Lord’s Prayer.

· What was the class gift that Jack Davis presented on our behalf? We had a senior gift committee of five people (see last page of program)

· Did Joe Coreth write the class poem? If not, who did, and why did Joe recite it? Does anyone have a copy of it? (Maybe I should ask, does anyone care?)

· Who were scholarship recipients? I was not one of them.

Finally, look at the last page, which is good for a chuckle.

  • What did the courtesy committee do? Really?
  • Were we all card carrying members of the class? Did it take five people to design the card or sign them or pass them out or check to make sure we were legal attending the prom or what?

Well, I am poking a bit of fun, as I am sure all of that was important to us back in the day. I vaguely remember going to the Olmos Theater to see some inspiring class movie about a singer with broken legs. Quite honestly, my preference would have been Marilyn Monroe or a John Wayne oater.

I do hope someone will shed some light on the questions above and add some of your own.

Sad to note: A friend from the class of ’55 recently passed me some news about Gary Valentine. Gary lives in Australia and suffers from severe dementia. The tales told were distressing. Remember how well Gary could sing? I knew Gary from elementary school on. Rumor had it that Gary’s father was the emcee on the nationally broadcast radio show, Dr. I.Q.  Or he may have been Dr. I.Q. I don’t know that was ever confirmed.

And closing with a couple of photos:


Bill Hundley, Fritzie Connally, Larry Byrd, John Patmore


Louise Dobbins, Mary Helen Bass, Janet Walker  (aka Rawlings, Bell, and Mathes)