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03/01/17 09:06 AM #189    


Manuel Avila

The time has come to toast the BDay Classmates of the month and coming month, since I was notified via email. Happy BDay to Jim Wright, Peggy Melton (Selby), DeAnna Gassaway (Brooks) and Debbie Mungia (Knowles). Hope you have all received your Medicare information. I know I have. I wonder how they know I am at the right age to contact. I do know the programs I watch during the day has all kinds of information for Senior Citizens from Medicare to long term insurance to burial insurance to asbestos injury/death compensation. Maybe because I watch programs from the 60's, statistics show only old people watch them. Magic!

Good to hear from John. The rest of you feel free to jump in and let us know how you are doing. Hope all are doing well.  Manuel

03/02/17 06:40 PM #190    

Kathy Bermudez (Forcum)

Hi everyone, wishing the first ones to turn 65 a Happy Birthday. Think about the good old days often, where did they go. Hope everyone is doing well, love you all. Manuel and John, keep us going.

03/20/17 11:41 AM #191    

John Davies

A salute for the class of '70 is required this year.

A great group of people still running in high gear!

Ahhh yes, these kids of today have got nothing on us.

They ride their motorized skateboards, we ride the bus!


It wasn't so long ago we Tehachapi-ites were together in school;

The Beatles and Stones and Gilligan were all pretty cool!

We looked forward to hearing what Mr. Ed had to say.

Life was good -- seems like it was only yesterday.


Now "bad" means good, and "rad" means really good.

"Text me" means to type on your cell if you could or would.

"Google it" means to tell your phone something you're looking for.

It searches "data banks", giving you all the facts, and more!


Our car "dings" us if the seatbelts aren't on.

It tells us the gas tank is low, and how many miles we've gone.

It will park itself if we tell it to,

And it opens the garage door better than we could do.


TV now has six-hundred-forty channels to watch.

The remote control is so complicated -- one more thing to botch!

Then daylight saving time shows up, going one hour ahead.

Seventeen clocks in the house to change, before you go to bed!


Surely, we 70's gang are not like dinosaurs.

We helped build this world and open so many doors.

Our minds are as active and sharp as ever.

We AIN'T GOT old -- not gonna happen-- no, no, never!!


Now that everyone has been cheered up just a little??

Hopefully we keep the car in one lane, right down the middle.

But one thing's for sure --keep the iced champagne on hold.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all -- we surely don't seem 65 years old!!!!


Cheers and thanks to a great class of '70 and remembering all who were there!!!  You're all the best!!!!!!!....John




01/01/18 06:42 AM #192    

John Davies

Manuel.....we all love your input and "End of Year" assessment.....keep 'em coming!!!!  Now that the new year has arrived, I keep thinking about when we were still in high school we had the phrase "70 Rules"....still has a nice ring to it!!!!  Now it's 2018, and I am thinking that "18 Rules" just doesn't have the same ring to it....whaddaya think??  Actually "18 rules" sounds more like a list of stuff my wife created to keep me in line!!  Anyway, I wish a Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for being the great people you are!  I still get a smile on my face when I think back on all the things we all did during our school days.....all in good fun, of course!!  Take care all, and have a great 2018!!!....John


02/21/18 07:21 AM #193    

John Davies

OK, where is everyone??  I see some birthdays have come through.....Jim and Debbie and probably others.  Manuel, you are the birthday wish me reason to salute good people with my usual mug of cervesa.  Hope everyone is OK and enjoying the winter olympics.  I like the outdoor events.  I used to bobsled down the mountains in the Mountain Park in the winter when I was a kid.  I'm pretty sure I still hold the record for most trees crashed into!!!  Here we are almost 1/6 of the way through 2018....where does the time go??  Good health and happy times to everyone....drop a line to us old folk when you all have a chance.  Take care.....John

02/27/18 08:22 AM #194    


Manuel Avila

Here is the monthly BDay wish. Hope John did not suffer too much waiting for this. I try to wait until the end of the month so get everyone in. Happy BDay to Jim Wright, Peggy Melton (Selby) and Debbie Knowles (Mungia). Tip your favorite libation in honor of the BDay "kids." Hope Peggy is doing well with the stormy weather in her part of the country. We have had a couple days of light snow here in Tehachapi but it will only be good to help the weeds grow come Spring. I noted Lois Barrios updated her Profile. Jump in anytime to make comments in the Forum, Lois. Hope you are all doing well. Manuel

04/01/18 09:52 AM #195    


Manuel Avila

We have quite a few BDay's to celebrate for the month of March. John, it is good we celebrate with one libation for the month of BDays or else the last couple of BDays might get lost in an alcoholic haze! Anyway, Happy BDay to DeAnna Gassaway (Brooks), Dave Edmiston. Sally Warfield, Shirley McCain (Nelson), John Marin and Kathy Bermudez (Forcum). I snuck Kathy in early from April because she is an old neighbor from Acacia Ct. And I do not mean SHE is old. A toast to all you friends and classmates.  Manuel

04/29/18 09:42 AM #196    


Manuel Avila

It is not the end of the month but I had nothing to do this morning so I thought I would get the BDay salutations for the month in. Actually I have nothing to do most any morning! I did work in the snack bar at the old little league field yesterday for my granddaughter's team. There are now five ball fields in that area that had only two in the "old" days so it was busy with the kids and parents fueling before and after games. I worked so hard I went home and took a nap, as opposed to being at home all day and taking a nap. Let me get back to my salutations to the BDay kids, Susan Willard (Whitten/McPhee) and Janette Sanders (Ashworth). This drink is for you. Janette actually lived across the street on Acacia Court when the Avila's first moved into Tehachapi. A lot of kids in that neighborhood! All done rambling. I think I will go take a nap.   Manuel

04/30/18 05:22 AM #197    

John Davies

Manuel, you are up bright and early today with your must be like me and wake up really early, then never go back to sleep!!!  They say it is an old-age thing, but I don't know what that would have to do with US!!!  Thanks for your continued monthly birthday wishes for all.  Yes, I also remember those ball fields when there were only two.  So now there are!!  I think Janette's Dad was instrumental in building the big field.  Thank you for your service in the snack bar!!!  Hopefully the corn was popped to perfection!!  It looks like another winter is in the books...time to plant the cantaloupes and tomatoes!!  I hope all is well with everyone in the class of '70.  Someone please chime in every now and then with a remembrance of the old days or a piece of medical advice for these days!!  Take care everyone....John


05/01/18 04:25 PM #198    

Frank Bachara

Hello class of 70, I was wondering if we had a time and a place for the next class BBQ.I've had several people ask if I had heard anything yet. Hope it warms up soon and you all have a great summer. God Bless!



05/06/18 09:58 PM #199    


Roger Longcrier


Just a shout out to see who is interested in a “just because party” this year. We discussed having it the same weekend as the old timers picnic which is Sunday, August 5th this year. Frank mentioned he had some inquiries regarding getting together again. Let’s get the word out to determine if there is enough interest to move forward.  Deb and I can host again if that works. Look forward to hearing back from everyone.


05/07/18 11:21 AM #200    

Carolyn Kirkendoll (Johnson)

Hi All


Sound like a good idea a "just cause we want to party"...keep us all posted would love to attend


Carolyn Kirkendoll Johnson

05/16/18 11:39 AM #201    


Roger Longcrier

I’ve heard back from several folks and the “just because party “ is a go!!! As Rick said last year, “better small than not at all”.  The reunion committee is meeting tomorrow and invitations should go out next week. Reach out and spread the word as not everyone checks the website. Look forward to seeing everyone.


05/21/18 11:12 AM #202    

Carolyn Kirkendoll (Johnson)


06/01/18 08:54 AM #203    


Manuel Avila

Time again for BDay celebrations.  A toast to Mary Ursua, Dennis Yearton and Russ Ary. I will also make an early toast to Rick Davis and Yolanda Vasquez (Gum) whose BDay's are approaching. May you all and all the rest of us have many more! Invitations for the "Just Because" Reunion should be out thanks to Debbie Longcrier. Roger's name is on the invitation but we all know it takes a person with administrative skills to get things done and if I remember correctly, most of the men in our class seem to lack them. Tell it like it is I always say. Until next time, take care. Manuel

06/18/18 09:36 AM #204    

John Davies

For the rest of us to become 66, no matter how unacceptable it is, it is still believable.  But Yolanda becoming 66......ain't no way, never, never, not!!!!!  Thanks to the reunion committee for putting together the annual get-together, and for Roger, uh I mean Debbie for organizing everything!!  You know, it's a pretty darn great group of people, that class of '70, and it's always great to see everyone.  Manuel, it's possible we missed a birthday toast or two along the way, so let's do a couple of extra ones at the reunion just to be sure it is properly covered....and hopefully everyone will join in and make it a group thing!!  Man, I'm hungry already.....where's Larry and Danny and their assistants???  Hope everyone is well, and remember those things that we think are bumps in our lives, are really just those thumpers on the road, meaning we are not staying between the white lines!!  Thank goodness they are keeps me awake!!!  Take care everyone.....John


07/01/18 08:46 AM #205    


Manuel Avila

Here is a Happy BDay salute to my drinking partner John Davies. May he and everyone else have many more. Hope everyone who is planning to make the Reunion has let Roger (Debbie) know and has also notified Parks and Rec you will be attending the Old Timers picnic. There will be other familiar faces there. It will be a good time for all. Until next month, Manuel

08/01/18 08:23 AM #206    


Manuel Avila

Time for a BDay wish for Larry Morphis. I seem to remember celebrating with him many time before this and some of the celebrations may have been for his BDay! Who can remember that far back though. And who cares! You will be getting this notice right before the Reunion. It will be good to see the people who can make it and to those who cannot, I hope to see you for the 50th.

08/12/18 09:23 AM #207    


Manuel Avila

James Francis ODonnell, 1937-2018

James Francis ODonnell, 1937-2018

James Francis ODonnell, 1937-2018


July 25, 1937 - Aug. 6, 2018

Mr. James ODonnell (Mr O) was a teacher in Tehachapi, Mojave and California City for many, many, many years. Though he had no children of his own, he had a huge family of friends and ex-students he referred to as his Kids.

Many of those Kids considered Mr. O their father figure/mentor and stayed in touch with him, visiting often. He was well loved and will be remembered for his sense of humor, his kindness and always wanting to help others.

Mr. O requested instead of a traditional service we have a picnic-type get-together and exchange stories and enjoy our memories of him.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Veterans Building, 15580 O St. in Mojave, from 1 to 4 p.m. we will gather to remember this great man and dear friend.

Hot dogs, one of Mr. O’s favorites, and drinks will be served. If you’re able to bring a side dish or dessert it would be appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, work is being done to set up a scholarship in Mr. ODonnell’s name.

Mr. ODonnell’s name.

08/14/18 08:36 AM #208    

John Davies

I am saddened to learn of Mr. O'Donnell's passing.  He had such an impact in my life and so many others as well.  My salutes and respect and appreciation go to him at this time.  What an amazing human being....a life well-lived!! 

I wanted to thank Roger and Debbie for a job well done (once again) hosting the "just because" get-together.  Everything was to perfection.....including all the people who were able to make it to the party.  I am so thankful to have seen and talked with everyone.  Even though it has been almost 50 YEARS (is that possible?), it seems almost like yesterday when we were all just a bunch of kids!!  I don't get to Tehachapi very often, so it is always fun to drive around and see the sights.....some things haven't changed at all, some things have changed a lot, or are gone completely.  We (Pam and I) were amazed at the number of windmills that have been added.  Maybe it will be free energy for the locals one day, huh??  Ha!!!  I even saw remnants of the old Tehachapi "T" up on the hillside.....could use a little paint!!!

I am honored to have been part of the get-together.  I wish we could convince a few more of the '70 gang to participate.  Until we meet again, please take care and be well.....John



09/01/18 09:46 AM #209    


Manuel Avila

It is time for the BDay congratulations for the month. This is probably the busiest month for the class! Before I forget, easily done nowadays, I agree with John about Mr O'Donnell and his influence on our lives in the 7th and 8th grade scholastically both positively and negatively. For some, his influence extended beyond class. OK, now a toast to Patricia McCain (Crawford), Paul Moore, Steve Helms, Roger Longcrier, Tom Thompson, Carolyn Kirkendoll (Johnson), Glenda Killingsworth (Ursua), Ray Koehler, and Bob Warner. It was a pleasure to see some of you at Roger and Debbie's home for the Reunion. Like John again, hope to see more classmates at the 50th Reunion. Thank you Roger and Debbie for opening up your home for the Reunion and to "Yoke" for his attentiveness to his bartending duties.   Manuel

09/02/18 10:39 AM #210    

Rick Davis

I attempted a response to the news about Mr. O'Donnell weeks ago, but as is often the case my electronic abilities are weak at best. After reading Manuel's post I thought the "post response" option might not provide any resistance-we shall see. Mr. O was without question the best and favorite teacher in my life. He taught us so much, up to and including discipline! I could not count the field trips and memories associated with this man who dedicated his life to his students. I was deeply affected at the news and at this point think of it as one of the most devastating memories of my life. Among other things he introduced me to chess and to this day remain obsessed with mastering the depth of the game. Thanks Mr. O for all you did and all the memories.

09/13/18 03:12 PM #211    

John Davies

Thinking back about O'Donnell stories, it seems that everyone would be able to tell at least one.  I recall him as the lone teacher in my life, who operated on the "demerit system", highlighting our failure to conduct ourselves properly.  Our conduct grade in 7th grade was based on his tally of demerits during the grading period.  I can still hear his voice saying "John, that will be two demerits for...........!"  Those words got my attention quickly.  Probably others in the class remember those same words.  Rick, you and I and many others could probably write a book about all our experiences with Mr. O'Donnell.  I am grateful for the time spent with him, and the knowledge and wisdom he passed along to all of us.  I remember signing someone's yearbook in 7th grade, and next to Mr. O'Donnell's picture someone wrote:  "2 good 2 be 4 gotten" true!!  We were all so fortunate to have had so many great teachers along the way.  Thanks for the memories........John



11/02/18 08:51 AM #212    


Manuel Avila

I am a little late with the BDay congratulations. My excuse is that I was in the mountains for the month for my annual trip. We need to raise a toast to Sheila McTyre (Williams) and to Susan Gilliland (Close). Here is to many more! I have nothing to report at this time. Some or most of you probably are thinking I usually never have anything to report! Take care, Manuel

11/03/18 08:35 AM #213    


Tom Thompson

Well, Manuel, I think you have inspired family (Bob and Fern, Linda, Bobby and Tommy first came to Tehachapi when I was in the middle of kindergarden. There was no room in the school so I never went to kindergarden. First and Second grade was spent at Monolith because we lived in the Ashe tract. We had bought a house there because my dad knew Sam and Esther Ashe. They live in the one house that had wood siding. During that time, i got to know a lot of kids, the Tilleys, Meltons, Arys, Mccains, Foxes, Allreds and many others. I remember the heavy snows and being able to walk over our backyard fence. My Mom worked at Trustees and I would occasionally walk across the airport property to visit her when she was working. We moved to Novato for Third and half of Fourth grade. When we returned, i was put in Mr Krafts class. Sat next to Deanna Gassaway and behind Jeannie Anderson (had a crush on her). I remember going to the park with my parents and Mr Kraft to discuss my “Left Handedness” and whether or not to try and change me. It was decided not to, and here I am, still left handed in a right handed world. We left again after 6th grade, but we kept coming back to visit friends. Our other home was Inyokern, where my Great Grandfather started this little town. Still go to Tehachapi occasionally. 2 years ago, my sister, Linda was buried there in the eastside cemetary and now my Mom is there also. Tehachapi meant a lot to our entire family. Between fourth, fifth and sixth graye i remember, tom Booth, Manuel, Roger, Patty and many others. We played and all had fun. What a time in our lives. Sixth grade came was also memorable. Check the pics I posted 8 years ago. Those guys had to be friends. They lived in a cabin together for a week!


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