Continued from Memories Emails ...
Hi Steve et al,
Now in my senior year, Dick Bartolomei, Bob Bregante, Norm Gravelle asked "Why are you still here? Did you stay back?” Since I hung around Stedman, Burke, and Fred Blagg, they thought I was class of '58. Dana Morgan and some of the “car guys” I met in Kleemeyer's auto shop class knew I was class of '59 because I attended in the summer of '58. Jack Howell and I were in Mr. Poole's drafting class, and we both went on to have careers in related fields. My first job was with Land Title as a mapmaker. Looking back, it seems like a whirlwind time at Sequoia…but I did manage to meet some fine people and got a first stepping stone from Mr. Poole’s class.
And Mr. Kleemeyer inspired my passion of cars -- I still have the '50 Olds 88 I bought in April of '59 from Bill Leonhart! I'm so looking forward to the 50th reunion.
Larry Ewing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Hi Steve, It has really been fun reading all the memories! Each of them brings back even more memories for me as I'm sure they do for all of us. It seem like I must have eaten a million burgers at Graf's before walking up and down Broadway at lunch!
I was saddened to hear of Jim Danz's death. I knew he wasn't well because a friend of mine here (I live in
Enough ......... but thanks for all the forwarding; it has really been fun seeing all the familiar names and catching up with them. Anyone else living in
Bonnie (Dean) Herron (email@example.com)
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Hi Steve…Norma Lou (Huskey Carney) has passed a few emails along to me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and written memories. We really aren't 50 years older! There must be some horrible mistake. I don't know about you, but I'm still 25 (as long as I don't look in one of those dreaded magnifying mirrors. They definitely need to be outlawed.) Where ARE the wrinkle police when we need them? Anyway, Walt and I just celebrated our 41st anniversary, and I'm still teaching. I must be crazy, but I enjoy the little munchkins.
Keep up the good work. Am looking forward to hearing more about and from our classmates. What a great group.....................Hugs......
Joan Elwood Marwitz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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I can remember where both the theaters were located, but not the names. The one on Broadway was the nicer of the two, if my memory is right.
I also remember Me and Ed's Pizza!!! They claim to fame was that they used 7 cheeses on their pizzas, I think! I never have been able to figure out what those 7 cheeses would have been though! It was my first experience with "real" pizza, and I LOVED their pizza! Before that the only other I had tasted was a frozen anchovies one and I after tasting it I thought I didn't like pizza!
But, the best hamburgers were at Graf's on El Camino Real right across the highway from Sequoia! Carolyn's Dad would let us girls come in the back/kitchen/grill area and get our hamburgers hot off the grill. I was impressed that he made his own french fries there, too. He had a machine that even peeled the potatoes! Now I live in farming country in eastern WA State where they grow LOTS of potatoes, and where there are 2 processing plants that make most of the French fries, etc. for McDonald's and Burger King, etc.!
I also miss the bakeries on Broadway; I think there were at least 3 within a block or two from Sequoia's campus! One especially made the best brownies. They all made wonderful almond coffee cakes, I have never found a bakery that made them that way since, or a recipe for one in any of my recipe books.
I grew up living on
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I’ve gotten hooked reading everyone’s comments about their early years living in the
I will try to keep this short for fear of running everyone’s printer out of ink. Some of you may remember me. I was kind of a motor mouth—still am!
My family moved to
My wife, Toni, and I have been married for 47 years and raised 4 great kids. We lived in
Cruising El Camino was a regular activity with us, usually in Rick or Werner’s Old’s. We seldom used mine since it was sort of a junker. Rick and Werner’s cars were really nice cars. Werner’s had tuck and rolled upholstery ( remember that?). On one of our cruising events I met Toni and two years later we were married.
Now to the burger and drive-in joints: Jiffy and Zestos were just the beginning. Just up the block was Graffs 19 cent burgers, owned by Carol Graff’s parents. It was directly across the street from the entrance to Sequoia. Two blocks north across El Camino was Rusty’s-home of the 15 cent burger!.Then another block north on the corner of Whipple was the Peanut Stand.Then on to the granddaddy, Sugar and Spice drive in. We spent a lot of memorable hours at these places. Rick, Werner and I just loved to cruise and hang out at these drive ins: Mels, Sugar and Spice, Kings, Marquads, and if we had the time we’d head to
I remember shortly after Toni and I were married, Werner came by all excited about a new movie called “American Graffiti”. He said it was about us! We got in the car and went to see it. I have a copy and enjoy watching it when I want to go back.
Toni and I are looking forward to the reunion and visiting with old friends.
Keep the memories coming…………..
Curt (and Toni) Talbott (email@example.com)
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Welcome back, everyone. Let’s begin with Redwood City’s “other” theatre:
(Stay tuned: Right after I send out this edition of “Memories,” I will be sending out a second email that should be fun for many of you. My thanks to John Tognoli and his brother Robert for making it available.)
Now, back to that “other” theatre:
Hi Steve, I will have to admit that the main memories I have of theaters in RC was the Bay Shore Drive-In Theater, but that was indeed a different life time.
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You know that
Dee (Daloe) DeBenedetti Barmore
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Hi Steve--really fun remembering the theatres. I wonder why I am the only one to mention the drive-in? Am I the only that went there? (Well, hopefully you had a date, Mike!) As I remember, it was just across the freeway (101?) after taking Whipple. Maybe it was called the Starlight. Maybe someone can chip in on this one.
(Also, I know that Yoshi went to Stanford, but I think I remember seeing Bill Ray there, and maybe also Ted Hitchcock. If anybody knows where there are, I would like to correspond with them.)
PS - Does anyone remember Mr. Spellinberg? He would go to Fox Friday nights, and yell at the kids to "keep the volume down."
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I think Mike asked about the drive-in. It was the Starlite?? And I think it was in
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I think it was the Starlite Drive-In just across Bayshore Freeway off of
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And, now, a word about the trivia quiz, which was nailed by most of you (especially those of you who checked out the ads at the back of the yearbooks! No fair!). I’ll just give the answers I was looking for…and include your other answers and personal comments rather than listing the duplicate responses. Very few got Stickney’s “Hick’ry” House, preferring “
Cheaper by the Dozen….complete the blanks:
1. LESLIE Salt Company
2. FRANK’S Tannery
3. Redwood City TRIBUNE (newspaper)
4. SEQUOIA OR KAUFMAN’S Men & Boys (two possible answers…same place, though!)
5. FERRIS Miles Dodge (his daughters were a year or so ahead of us: THEY WERE JOCYLN AND CECE, REMEMBER?)
6. Blue RIBBON Ice Cream
7. Keith COLE, Photographer to RC Elementary Schools
8. DOWN’S (BY THE RR STATION ON
9. Flowers by SAT’S, where thousands of Jr. Prom wrist corsages were purchased!
10. HOLMQUIST Hardware, at Main & Stambough Streets (MR. HOLMQUIST ALSO HAD TWO DAUGHTERS AT SEQUOIA, HELEN, AHEAD OF US, AND BARBARA, A YEAR BEHIND, I BELIEVE.)
11. SUGAR & SPICE Drive-In Restaurant, where we all “cruised.”
12. Stickney’s HICK’RY House
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Some selected responses to the trivia quiz for more detail, more memories, & more stories:
2. S.H. Frank Tannery
4. Schneider's M&B
5. Ferris Miles Dodge (Was Irene his daughter?--our class? -- NOPE, see above.)
11. A&W Drive In
Glenn Joesten, Yreka
Actually, it was the S.H. Frank Tannery--we have a painting one of Mom's friends (Katherine (Wheaton) Frank--also a Sequoia grad--Class of 1935) painted. My dad was disappointed that we were up here in Yreka when it burned--it had been the fire waiting to happen for years and must have been quite a show. As I remember, it had been shut down for years. When I was on the RC Police Reserve (1962-65), I recall many trips out there to run transients out.
Where was "Sugar & Spice"--I don't recall it--I remember "Kibby's" down somewhere between
That's the one--I came close on one name-- not to be confused with the "Peanut Farm"--Bar out at the west end of Jefferson at Canada Rd.—My folks almost bought land in that area in 1946--then found the house on Avenue del Ora.
Peanut Farm story:
A fellow who worked with my Dad at Peninsula/City Title kept getting calls from those who had drunk too much there--wanting a Yellow Cab to get home. "Herb" couldn't convince them that they had the wrong number. So, he would say he'd have a cab out there in a half hour or so, then hang up. Finally he got a call from Yellow Cab--they had gotten enough complaints after these guys had sobered up and checked at the Peanut Farm--and found "Herb's" number written on the wall by the pay phone. They apologized and made certain they had the correct number there.
Last time I went up 280, the building was still there--
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A note from beautiful, downtown Gridley:
OK Steve, Here are my guesses - well, some of them I looked up - my memory is beyond redemption. (Nevertheless, perfect score, including Hick’ry!).
I am thoroughly enjoying all the memories that everyone is contributing. I thought I'd throw a few out there. I came to
Most of my enduring memories have to do with being involved in music. Treble Clef and singing in the halls at Christmas, A Capella choir and the music days at Cal and COP. Singing Amen, Amen with 1800 other voices as we left the auditorium and climbed onto our buses for the ride home. For those of you who remember Mr. Clark, I "found" him a couple of years ago living in
I also remember eating lunch at Graf's. Imagine, a hamburger and drink for a quarter. Wow. A quarter bought a lot in the 50's...a loaf of bread, a quart of milk, entrance to the movies, lots of gas, entrance to the swimming pool on a hot summer day.
I hope you've considered putting all the memories together for our 50th. It is so much fun to read them.
Ione Cheesebrough Cunningham
Ione’s Chaper II, in response to my email:
Well, Steve, there is a chapter two to this memory. Sixth grade is over and we've moved to McKinley. Guess what? McKinley fell under the same ax as John Gill and a part of the main building is closed for remodeling to comply with the Field Act. Four of the 7th grades are being housed at the high school in the bus garages and, yes, I'm in one of them. For those of you who remember the bus garages, thank my dad, again. They were dark and cramped and were like....bus garages. But we did get to open the big garage door on hot days and get out for lunch a few minutes early because we had to walk a block to the cafeteria, so it wasn't too bad. However, those same bus garages, fixed up a little more, became classes for the high school after McKinley was through with them so we got to enjoy the experience all the way through high school. Ione
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Bonnie Selvitella, in response to my question about her “whereabouts”:
Hi Steve, No I don't live in RWC, I wish I did. I moved to
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OK, Steve…You are challenging us!! My 'younger' husband has a great memory of RWC. (Class of '60).
I love reading all the news and having memories jogging through my head! Just found the 7th & 8th grade pictures from
Looking forward to more updates!
Shirley (Meredith) Souza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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I live in
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8. Down’s (by train station) and B&D (El Camino near
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