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03/20/19 11:49 AM #224    

John Davies

Frank, sorry to hear of Teri's passing.  I think she was a year behind us in school.  I remember her as quiet and kind.  I'm sure she made her mark on this world.  God Bless her and prayers to your entire family.....John


04/02/19 09:59 AM #225    

 

Manuel Avila

I am a tad late but it is time again for classmate BDay salutations. A toast to DeAnnaGassaway (Brooks), Dave Edmiston, John Marin and Sally Warfield. I will also add upcoming salutations to Shirley McCain (Nelson) and Frank Bachara. Hope this email finds you all in good health and fine spirits. I add my condolences to Frank and his Family for the passing of Teri. Like John, I have fond memories of her. Till next time, you all be good and take care of yourselves.  Manuel


04/02/19 02:44 PM #226    

Debbie Munguia (Knowles)

Hello Everyone!  I hope all is well and you're all in good health.  Marvin, I hope you're on the mend and doing well.

I finally posted the pictures from our "Just Because" Party...sorry it took so long to get around to it.  Life threw me a bit of a curve ball. The day after our party, my mother who was 96 years old and in a nursing home was taken to the ER and passed away two weeks later.  After dealing with funeral arrangements, my brother, sister and I had the daunting task of cleaning out her house with 60 plus years of "stuff" to go through.  Our goal was to have the house cleaned out by the 1st week in November and on the market before Thanksgiving.  We met our goal after hiring a lady who has an Estate Sale business.  We put the house on the market the week before Thanksgiving and it closed escrow 6 weeks later.  Now I have to figure out where to put the stuff I brought home from her house.  Dan and I finally emptied out the boxes in the garage from our move, now I've added more.  I'll get to it someday. 

I hope to see all of you at our 50th reunion next year!  Can't believe it's been 50 years!  We can't be that old...crying 

 


05/02/19 10:19 AM #227    

 

Manuel Avila

Happy BDay to Susan Willard (Whitton/McPhee), Janette Sanders (Ashworth) and Kathy Bermudez (Forcum). May they have many more. John, be sure you are sitting down when you imbibe the libations, would not want you to fail down with the sudden influx of alcohol! Janette and Kathy are old neighbors from the Acacia Court neighborhood when the Avila Family first moved into Tehachapi. I say first because Dad moved the family away our Junior year of high school and moved back later. We lived in a total of five houses in Tehachapi, twice on Acacia Court. Dad sure liked to move. Everybody take care.  Manuel


05/16/19 07:00 AM #228    

John Davies

Thanks for the pictures Debbie....they are great....reminds me of some other "kids" I know!!!  And thanks Manuel for staying on top of BD's....you are like a finely-tuned machine, man!!!  It gives me reason to have a celebratory beer (or two), which also helps to wash down all those prescription pills!  I don't know if I need the pills, but someone has to pay so the doctors can make their Mercedes payments!!!!  It's hard to believe summer is almost here again....reminds me of the olden days finishing up another school year.  I still remember Mrs. Spacke, my fourth grade teacher.  She always carried a yard stick with her when we went to PE or recess outside.  She would get everyone lined up for a foot race and at the count of three she would yell "Go!" and hit the end of her yard stick on the ground, sometimes breaking the stick.  Her yard sticks always had repair tape on them!!  She was a great teacher, one of the best!!  Why do I remember old stuff like this, but sometimes can't remember what day it is???  Well anyway, I hope everyone is doing well.....take care.  I look forward to hearing some old memories from the rest of the gang.....John

 


05/24/19 05:24 AM #229    

John Davies

Time marches on.  Doris Day's passing last week reminds me of 7th grade.  The LA Lakers had given tickets to Tehachapi Junior High School basketball teams in 1965.  Several coaches offered to drive us to the Sports Arena in Los Angeles to watch the game between the Lakers and Chicago Bulls.  Mr. O'Donnell was one of the drivers.  While the game was being played, Mr. O pointed out a lady sitting near the Laker players' bench.  He said "That is Doris Day.  She comes to all the Laker home games."  Being the out-of-touch person I was back then (and still am to this day!), I asked "Who is Doris Day?"  Everyone proceeded to tell me she was a famous actress, etc., etc.  When we got back home after the game, I immediately did an internet search......oh wait a minute, the internet hadn't been invented yet!!!  Well, maybe I read a magazine article or something.  Anyway, I got up-to-date on who she was.  It seems we are losing many of our childhood icons nowadays....time is definitely marching on!!  We ate lunch at McDonald's that day, my first visit to a McDonalds.  Hamburgers were 15 cents, fries were 10 cents, and sodas were 10 cents.....quite a deal!!  Well, anyway, just a memory from 50+ years ago....hope someone else remembers this event or other similar things that happened.  Be well everyone....John

 

 


06/02/19 08:44 AM #230    

 

Manuel Avila

My post this month is a little late but you probably did not notice or do not care. Had a thunderstorm here yesterday and the power was knocked out for several hours. Anyway, Happy BDay to Mary Ursua, Russ Ary and Dennis Yearton. John, I will wash down the meds with you on this celebration of life. Had I known Russ was in town last week or so I would have celebrated with him. John, thanks for all the memories you have shared with us. When you do it helps to knocks some of my old brain cells loose and remember also. Keep it up.  Manuel


06/06/19 12:40 PM #231    

John Davies

Manuel, as always, we all look forward to your birthday wishes and classmate updates and bits of wisdom each month!!  Being retired, I desperately await any communications from fellow humans.  The dog and cat are tired of me talking to them, and grandkids think of me as a dinosaur...they even ask if I saw some dinosaurs when I was a kid.  It is possible I suppose, but my memory is failing and I do not recall!  Remembering today as WWII D-Day and the great sacrifices and accomplishments made by a generation of amazing men and women, both in the actual war, and also the amazing people who stayed home in this country and made all possible sacrifices to achieve the ultimate victory that saved the entire world.  Our parents and grandparents were all participants and made it happen.  What an amazing TEAM they all were!!  I remember Manuel Casares and Robert Cote and the times I was able to run my finger over their names on the Vietnam Wall.  I am sure there are so many other individuals that are unknown to all of us, but BIG SALUTES to them all!  And big thanks to the class of '70 for being an the outstanding team and for being such great human beings.....John

 


06/07/19 09:34 AM #232    

Rick Davis

Very nice John and as always right on point.


06/30/19 09:20 AM #233    

 

Manuel Avila

John, very nice tribute to a generation of people who gave much to sustain a way of life and freedoms for which most now take for granted. Now it is time for the BDay salutations for the month. Happy BDay to fellow writer John Davies and old (as in time wise not age) neighbors Yolanda Vasquez (Gum) and Rick Davis. I see these names and a lot of memories briefly pop into mind. Actually, all the names I see when I open this site will bring back a memory or more. It makes me happy to remember and even more so that I CAN remember! You all take care. Manuel


07/04/19 07:06 PM #234    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks for the birthday remembrances as always.  You are like a human computer!!  I understand all the Tehachapi people felt a little "rumble" today from the earthquake out near Ridgecrest.  I hope everyone and everything is OK.  The rest of the world thinks California constantly rocks-and-rolls from earthquakes, but I honestly only remember maybe three all the time I lived there.  Hopefully they are done for another 50 years or so for all of our '70 classmates and friends and families.  It's hard to believe it has almost been a year since our last get-together...looking forward to next year.  Everyone please take care and let's slow down on these birthdays!!  I am so old that I still remember Jack Benny's 39th birthday.  Oh wait a minute, we are all still 39....well maybe for the 27th or 28th time!!!  But, well, anyway......take care all.....John

 


08/02/19 12:21 PM #235    

 

Manuel Avila

John, time to rinse off the dust of your favorite drinking utensil. We have to celebrate the BDay of the legendary Larry Morphis! There are many stories to be told about the man. Most of them true! Some of them may surface this weekend at the Old Timer's Reunion. The class of 69 is having their 50th Reunion, man are they old of what, this same weekend. I have heard from Mike Douglas and Randy Redelsperger(?) will also be in town. I look forward to seeing those who attend the Old Timer's at the City Park. Hope all are doing well.  Manuel  By the way, do not believe anything Larry might say about me. It will just be the celebratory alcohol speaking!


08/08/19 07:13 AM #236    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks again for your reminders of our march toward oldness....we are not anywhere near it yet, but it will occur someday!!  Yes, my glass has become a little dusty which is bad news for someone such as me who has cenosilicaphobia (I've been waiting to use that word for a long time now!!!).  And yes, Larry is a long-time legend who continues to lead the pack of superstars in our lives.  Happy BD Larry...I still remember 5th grade in Mr. Johnston's class....how about you??  Wish I could be there to see some of the oldtimers this weekend....hope you all have a great time!!!  I see that school is about ready to start again.....what grade are we in this year?  Oh yeah, 12th grade plus 50!!!!!  Man that's a big number!  I hope everyone continues to be happy and healthy!!!  Take care great class of '70......John

 


09/01/19 08:49 AM #237    

 

Manuel Avila

John, this month has quite a few BDays to celebrate. You can celebrate them one at a time or use a large single container. Happy BDay to Patricia McCain (Crawford), Paul Moore, Steve Helms, my neighbor Roger Longcrier, Tom Thompson, Carolyn Kirkendoll (Johnson), Glenda Killingsworth (Ursua), Ray Koehler and Bob Warner. I do not remember having so many BDays to celebrate last year but then I do not remember much of last week either! Hope all is going well with everyone.


09/03/19 12:16 PM #238    

John Davies

Manuel, I didn't realize there were so many birthdays from our '70 gang in August, and that they are all younger than me.  But why should I be surprized, because nowadays, almost EVERYONE is younger than me!!!  Yes, I will go slowly with the toasts, mostly because my body cannot tolerate too much "celebration" at one time any more.  Did anyone run into any of our old-time school mates at the Tehachapi downtown celebration last month?  Do they have any gray hair yet????  I can only imagine all the stories every one of them could tell us.  Being in Florida, I often miss the opportunity to be able to run into old friends from yesteryear....some of it seems so long ago now, but some of it seems like it happened yesterday.  Does anyone remember the old lumber sawmill out on Highline Road near where Curry Street intersects?  It was not too far from the junior high school we attended in 7th grade.  Recently I met a guy who not only knew where Tehachapi is, but also knew about the old sawmill where apparently he had an uncle or someone who worked there back in the 50's.  It is truly a small world sometimes!!  Well, enough of my prehistoric ramblings.  I'll go back to the "rocker" for another month or so.  Until then, everyone be well and happy....John

 


11/02/19 08:20 AM #239    

 

Manuel Avila

You probably did not notice there were no BDay greeting for Sept. or Oct. or you did notice and decided to be quiet about it. However, I am back from the mountains and ready to celebrate the BDay's of Sheila McTyre (Williams) and Susan Gilliland (Close). Lift them high John! About the saw mill. I was not here early enough for that but would have liked to have known its location. With the City being run by mostly new to towners, Tehachapi is rapidly changing to a small booming metropolis. We have our own super Walmart. You can see it from the freeway! Progress? I am too old for change even if I am a relative newcomer. My best to all. Manuel


11/04/19 06:35 AM #240    

John Davies

Manuel, it is good to see you are "back in town".  I assumed you were on your annual "mountain man" trek, but you were gone so long that I was thinking you had been attacked by a herd of rabid raccoons or something!!  Welcome back to the exciting world we have all been guarding while you were out in the boonies!  I see you brought the birthdays back up to date....I was becoming dehydrated!!  The Washington Nationals won the World Series, with neither team winning a home game.....so much for that "home field advantage" we always talked about back in our high school days, huh??!!  Now that I am retired, I was going through some old boxes and found a library book from THS.  I assume it is probably overdue to be checked back in.  I am afraid to notify anyone because I might owe, like, $72,000 in fines for not returning it!!  Should I just keep the book and not tell anyone??  Any suggestions from anyone would be appreciated.  Can anyone believe it is NOVEMBER already???  Another year almost in the books....hard to imagine where and how it goes so fast.  Hopefully everyone is happy and healthy and life is good.  Please take care and and someone drop a note here on the site when you can.....John

 


12/01/19 08:16 AM #241    

 

Manuel Avila

Time for the kind of monthly BDay greetings. We are celebrating the good health of Debbie White (Taylor) and Marvin Williams. I think Debbie has changed or deleted her email address so I hope she gets the messege. Marvin should be in good health from his surgery last year and giving everybody hell. Again! My advice to John about the library book is to personally turn it in to the NEW library and tell them he had a hard time locating them because they had moved three times since the last time he had been in. Might work! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and you are all doing well. Manuel


12/09/19 06:31 AM #242    

John Davies

Manuel, you once again have nearly completed another year's worth of birthday greetings!!  Thanks for remembering all of us....sure wish we could hunt down everyone in the class!!  Christmas is almost here.  I still remember sitting in front of the fireplace watching snowflakes drifting down from the heavens when I was just a little kid, as I'm sure everyone else does too....seems like only yesterday, but then it seems like a million years ago.  Of course, we are still kids, just big ones now!!!  We are completing 50 years of leading this world into new and uncharted waters.....yes we might have messed up a thing or two along the way, but otherwise we have left some great big footprints for the next generations to follow....lots of good things to build on.  The Class of '70 has made its share of great contributions to this world......and there'll be a few more to follow.  Thanks to everyone for being such great people, and caring human beings.  I am proud to be a small part of this great team.  Merry Christmas to everyone and let's have a HAPPY and HEALTHY New Year in 2020.  You are all the best.....John

 


12/11/19 10:18 PM #243    

Marvin Williams

Thanks for the birthday shout out, we can always depend on Manuel and John to keep us on track with the birthdays. I have recovered nicely but I did try to drag the recovery out as long as I could to avoid any physical labor that Diana would try to force on me, it appears that the sympathy river ras run dry! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you youngsters.


12/12/19 04:34 PM #244    

Frank Bachara

I miss you all. Just got back from Nashville for the wedding of our first grandchild. It was a special blessing getting to do the ceremoney for her but it does let you know that you are getting up in months.

Want to say I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year.

God Bless You Richly!


12/31/19 08:37 AM #245    

 

Manuel Avila

This is my last greeting for the old year and I will couple it with my greeting for the New Year.The last year has brought many changes into our lives. Frank B. celebrates the wedding of his grandchild. To add perspective, my 1st and probably only grandchld turned 10. Many others of you have celebrated the births of grandchildren and possible great grandchildren. Rick D, and Marvin W. havegotten settled into retirement and I hope all you others have also. I hope the New Year brings joy to you all. By the way, Happy BDay to Mary Herrera (Burns) and Dae Lantz. Many more to the both of you and for the rest of us.  Manuel


01/15/20 09:16 AM #246    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks for ushering in the New Year.  Can anyone believe it is 2020?  Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy year.  Hard to believe it has been 50 years!!!  Anyone up for another 50???!!!  Take care all...John


02/17/20 08:20 PM #247    

Debbie Munguia (Knowles)

Hello everyone!  Happy Belated New Year!  I hope all is well with all of you.  I just want to let you know  the reunion committee met last Thursday to discuss our 50th class reunion.  Time is flying by...seems like it was yesterday we were in the gym for our high school graduation. 

Once again, Roger and Debbie Longcrier offered to host our reunion.  They can throw a great party and  Debbie says she loves taking care of us old people.  Danny Yocum will bartend again making his famous strawberry margaritas.

The reunion will take place Saturday, August 1, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $25.00 per person.  As in the past, we will have a Meet and Greet Friday, July 31st at 6:00 p.m. at Don Perico's Mexican Restaurant.  We are not planning a breakfast on Sunday because the Old Timer's Reunion will be taking place at Philip Marx Central Park beginning at 10:00 a.m.  A few of us attended last year and it was like another class reunion.  Last year the class of '69 held their 50th reunion and quite a few of them attended the Old Timer's Reunion as well as people from classes before and after ours.  It was great seeing people we hadn't seen in years.

A flyer with information regarding the reunion will be mailed to everyone and it will also be posted on our website.  In the past, we have received numerous returned mailings.  If any of you are in contact with classmates who are not receiving reunion information, if possible, please get their address or email so we can update our mailing and email list.

Save the date and we hope to see you at the reunion!

Debbie

 

 


03/01/20 08:33 AM #248    

 

Manuel Avila

It is time to send BDay greetings to the special people of February but first. Thanks to Debbie Munguia (Knowles) for getting out the info on the upcoming Reunion. 50 is usually a special number for all events and milestones in our lives. Making it to 50 years old then 60 were major milestones for most of us. We have many classmates who unfortunatly did not make either one and we should remember them by celebrating their lives also. Now where was I? Oh yeah, BDays. Happy BDay to Debbie Munguia (Knowles), Jim Wright, Peggy Melton (Selby) and Tom Booth. John, raise one or two or several with me for these youngsters and the rest of you classmates can as well. Our website informs me it has lost contact with Tom Booth, Sheila McTyre, Sally Warfield and Debbie White. If anyone has contact with any of them, let them know what is happening with the upcoming Reunion. Again, thanks to Debbie and Roger Longcrier, we all know Debbie does most of the work, for once again opening up their home, Especially since they live one street over!  Manuel


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