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12/01/19 08:16 AM #240    


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 #241    

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 #242    

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 #243    

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 #244    


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 #245    

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 #246    

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!




03/01/20 08:33 AM #247    


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

04/02/20 08:35 AM #248    


Manuel Avila

BDay greetings to DeAnna Gassaway (Brooks), Dave Edmiston, Shirley McCain (Nelson) and John Marin! With the virus lockdown, not sure how you BDay people were able to celebrate. The lockdown did not affect me much. Since retiring, I have not gone out much. I am not allowed to go shopping. Only allowed to go out and pick up my granddaughter from school. Since the schools have closed and will not reopen this year, I am now trying to teach Core Math to an 5th grader. Both of us are frustrated! You classmates who live in the hard hit  areas of the virus be very careful! Hate to remind you but your age alone puts you at risk. Stay safe. Manuel

04/06/20 06:07 AM #249    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks for the birthday updates.  Since all the restaurants are now closed, I am relegated to going to the nearest McDonalds drive-thru and ordering a large unsweetened ice tea which I then raise in a toast to honor all our great classmates who are celebrating another year on this planet.  My little “pea-brain” still struggles with the fact all of us “kids” are now in our upper 60’s.  I truly hope everyone is healthy and surviving this whole Coronavirus thing.  Who would’ve ever thought something like this would ever happen??  I hope we get through it soon....I can only paint the back door so many times before it won’t close any more!!!!  Well anyway, everyone please be healthy and safe and drop a line to some of us Old will give us some comfort knowing there are still humans living exciting times in this world!!  Take care....John

04/16/20 12:57 PM #250    

Debbie Munguia (Knowles)

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are all safe and healthy considering what's going on in this world.  Who would have thought that our new way of life is "Social Distancing."  Since the experts don't seem to know how long COVID-19 is going to last, it was a unanimous decision by the reunion committee to postpone our 50th reunion until next year.  Any thoughts or suggestions?  Hopefully, next year our lives will be somewhat back to normal and there will be plenty of toilet paper in the stores. 


Take care, be safe, and stay healthy!




05/02/20 09:35 AM #251    


Manuel Avila

It is time to celebrate the current BDays of our classmates. Celebrating with John and a glass of tea is a great way to do so. I have read on the internet alcohol consumption has increased because of the virus but I chose not to partake of this current fad. I hope this virus has not had any extreme undo hardships for any of you. The "lockdown" orders in CA did not affect me much because I did not go out much to begin with. However, it did affect Tracie because she now cannot leave the house to get away from me! Happy BDay to Susan Willard (Whitton/McPhee), Janette Sanders (Ashworth), Frank Bachara, Kathy Bermudez (Forcum) and Shirley MCain {Nelson). John, lift that tea glass high!

06/03/20 09:18 AM #252    


Manuel Avila

I am a tad late with the BDay wishes for last month. I was just "zoning" out at the computer and realized I had something to do. The Covid virus seems to winding down and I still hope it has not affected anyone. I have a friend in New York who thinks he had a mild case and he said it knocked him down mentally and physically for a long time. Anyway, I hope the month has been good for everyone. Happy BDay to Dennis Yearton, Mary Ursua,Russ Ary and Rick Davis. Manuel

06/13/20 01:47 PM #253    

John Davies

Manuel.....thanks as always for your monthly reminder of how old all the OTHERS are getting!!  I feel bad for THEM!  Well, anyway, I hope everyone is surviving all the COVID stuff and all the unrest we are witnessing around the country.  I am not smart enough to profess being able to understand all the different viewpoints, but hopefully, we all will see a better world after all the scenarios are played out.  I am happy to finally see a few sporting events going live again.  I am about burned out on 1973 World Series reruns and 1961 I Love Lucy shows.  I can only watch so much TV before I go crazy (which is a short trip even in the good times!).  I am sorry for the 50th reunion delay, but I think Debbie (and the committee) were right to point out we would be better off waiting until next year.  Just think, we will all have more stories we can tell....well, if we can remember them!!!  It is still hard to imagine it has been 50 years since we graduated HS.....time has gone way too fast!!  Thank you to everyone in the class of '70 for being good people and good friends to all of us.  Why am I thinking about Mr. Ganzfried and Miss Christianson and Mr. Jasper and Coach Carll and Mr. O'Donnell, and....and......and on and on?  Wow, they and ALL our other teachers and coaches left a footprint in our lives.  What great people!!!  Hats off to the entire gang of people who made our entire school experience one that would carry us through our lifetimes!!!  We have been so fortunate......take care everyone......John


06/14/20 08:33 AM #254    

DeAnna Gassaway (Brooks)

Thank you Rick and Manual for your heart felt posts sharing memories from the past and encouragement for today with the difficult times our country is facing!

I look forward to the reunion next year and hope everyone attends!

Yes, the teachers and coaches were so special. I remember Mr. Gamble always called me and others out of class if we didn't sign up for choir. I had the opportunity of playing a classical piano solo at a church I grew up in and played organ for as well as playing keyboards for a few special services at churches in Tehachapi... such a blessing that Mr. Gamble showed up. I use to sing duets with him at church... I was always too shy to sing solos.

I am back practicing piano/keyboards again! I use to play years ago in LA and Orange County with some extremely talented world class musicians... I had to make a real livinng... instead of pursuiing a music career I went back to school and became a graphic designer after my two sons graduated from high school.

Love all you special classmates with all my heart and pray God blesses all of you!!!


I'm available for  graphic design, etc. to help with the upcoming reunion!




06/30/20 07:53 AM #255    


Manuel Avila

Thank you John and DeAnna for the comments they submitted. The comments help others have some insight how we think and in DeAnna's case some of her life in "early" Tehachapi. Like John I hope the Covid is not drastically affecting you lives. I did get tired of watching the protests on the news but it gave a break from news about the Covid virus. Anyway, Happy BDay to John Davies who is now as old as us old people! Hope all are doing well. Manuel

07/31/20 08:25 AM #256    


Manuel Avila

I have only one known BDay to celebrate this month, Larry Morphis. I consider him one of my oldest friends, no pun intended. The reason being he and I were long distance running partners in 7th grade. Both of being at the back of the pack during a run in PE, we struck up a conversation and have continued to converse intermittently over the years. We even have kids the same age. I kind of digressed there. Larry might have different thoughts on this but who is going to listen to an old guy! Hope all are doing well. Manuel

08/19/20 06:41 AM #257    

John Davies

Manuel, thanks as always for the “youthful” reminders of this year and yesteryear!!  I also remember running laps around that dirt field in 7th grade.  I can still hear Mr. Dorrington’s raspy voice imploring us to “cut the chatter” and pick it up on the lap speed.  I remember the gym was actually the cafeteria that had to be converted back and forth during basketball season.  We were flexible in those days.....but nowadays the flexible-ness is gone....well I am speaking for my own body....I realize there are still many agile members of the ‘70 team who have not aged very much!!!  Digressing, I think that school is now an elementary school, right?  Ah, those were the days when we were there, huh?  Well, enough of my faded distant memories.  Maybe someone can chime in with some new old stories.  Until next time, everyone please stay healthy and safe from all this COVID garbage.  Take care....John

09/01/20 10:23 AM #258    


Manuel Avila

It is time to celebrate our classmates but first I would like to comment on John's comment about our first Jr High. Not only do I have good memories of Tompkins, so do my two children and granddaughter. They also attended classes there when it changed to an elementary school. John, I also remember the cafeteria. For basketball practice, we would have to run "forever" to get in shape to play on "normal" basketball courts. Getting back to business. Happy BDay to Patricia McCain (Crawford), Steve Helms, Roger Longcrier, Paul Moore, Tom Thompson, Carolyn Kirkendoll (Johnson), Glenda Killingsworth (Ursua), Ray Koehler and Bob Warner. Many more to you all! I appreciate the updates sent by Roger, thanks Debbie, and Carolyn.  Manuel

12/01/20 09:46 AM #259    


Manuel Avila

Do not know how all you in other states are faring with the Covid restrictions but I hope you are doing well and staying healthy. If you are in any way close to being as "healthy" as me, then you will appreciate the term "getting old ain't for sissies." The restrictions in CA have not severely impacted my lifestyle. I never went anywhere anyway. But I would like to have the option of going out to eat once in awhile. All I can think is, It will not be like it used to be but it will be better than it is now.

Now, to why I contacted you all. Happy BDay to Susan Gilliland (Close), Debbie White (Taylor) and Marvin Williams. Stay safe, stay healthy.  Manuel

12/04/20 05:27 AM #260    

John Davies

Manuel....good to hear from you.  We all eagerly await your monthly BD recognitions.  Yes it’s true this old age stuff ain’t for sissies...glad to hear you are on track to be around another 30 - 40 years.  Hopefully we all will celebrate that “triple digit birthday” hurry though!!  I think we will all be glad to get past all the medical this year has brought.  Please everyone take care and don’t let Santa beat you up too much!!  Good health and happy times and a return to “normalcy” in 2021.....John

12/19/20 02:36 PM #261    


Manuel Avila

Dear Classmates, I have very sad news to share with you. Frank Bachara passed away at home in Calif. City of Covid. No words can express my great sadness with his loss. I feel sadness for Michelle and his sons and their loss also. I ask that you all post memories of Frank as I will. He will always be remembered by those who have been blessed to share his life.

12/28/20 06:49 AM #262    

John Davies

It is so sad to hear of Frank’s passing.  I don’t think I have ever met a nicer or more down-to-earth person.  Prayers to Frank’s family and loved ones.  This dampens the joy of Christmas, along with all the COVID stuff everyone else continues to endure.  Let’s hope for a “funner” new year in 2021.  Thanks to Frank for being part of our lives, and thanks to all the “gang of ‘70” for all the love and happiness you continue to bring to all of us.  Happy and healthy New Year in 2021 to all....John

01/02/21 09:36 AM #263    


Manuel Avila

Happy New Year! After last year it might be hard to keep a positive outlook especially if you are a "bah humbug" like me but if I can do it, it should be easier for the rest of you who have a sunny outlook on life to begin with. I saw an old post by Frank and was reminded of his great outlook on life. He is missed but not forgotten.

Happy BDay to Mary Herrera (Burns) and Dae Lantz! We have many more to celebrate! Take care my friends. Manuel

01/02/21 07:04 PM #264    

Debbie Munguia (Knowles)

Happy Birthday to Manuel Avila!

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