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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)



Blog 24 June 18, 2014

Man Working! No need for a hard hat here, diligently working on the reunion project, which probably should be named “why did I think this would be a good idea?” On June 7, I sent out the email asking for changes to the preliminary class directory. There were over fifty responses, most arriving immediately, but a few still trickling in.  Most input was to add a cell number, although there were a few corrections that I believe were in the data base when I inherited it 25 years ago. I will be sending out revisions in a few days.

What is taking a lot of time is the class history portion. As mentioned in a previous blog, Yvonne Kennedy Bradfield scanned in each picture in the year book. That was a monumental task. The project now is to add the histories and obituaries that we have. As I look at the accomplishments we listed in the Monticello, I see all sorts of activities .It seems like most in the class were either on the Library Council or a Class Representative. Does anyone remember exactly what either group did?

I noticed some were a member of the Freshman or Sophomore Scholastic Society. But they did not progress from there to the Junior National Honor Society or NHS. One wonders, did they lose their scholastic enthusiasm? What did the Scribblers do? What was the JLC? Did you know that there was a Skating Club, a Chess Club? Mike Gill listed as belonging to the Institute for Space Travel, way back in 1954. That calls to mind Flash Gordon.

In the meantime, here several more photos.

Spin the Bottle….

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…and the spin points to Peggy Frazier. Who else do you see? Bettye Sue Conrad  4th from left and Carl Conn with a polka dot cap and Elizabeth White, complete with curls, two down from Carl.

And forever blowing bubbles….

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Don’t know who she is, but that is Joy Robertson seated and Harvey Clouser looking like he is doing a pushup. Billy Dube in a jersey, and maybe Hap Veltman with a bubble next to Billy.

And a little more staid…


Louise Dobbins, Mary Helen Bass Bell, and Janet Walker. Looking lovely, ladies!


Pat Freeman, Aleen Smith, and Connie Mayes after touring the old Municipal Auditorium, now known as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Comments anyone?