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I have been an amateur photographer essentially my entire life, getting my first camera when I was eight. I got involved in digital photography in the mid-90s, when the first consumer color printers and hand scanners became available, and bought my first digital camera in 1999. I retired from a thirty-three year engineering and management career in aerospace in 2000. I thought it would be fun to teach digital photography. I have been teaching digital photography courses part time in adult education since then. I pretty much got in on the ground floor in the local area and currently teach several different classes, I developed, for two school districts. In 2006 I spent six weeks cruising Alaska as a volunteer Photoshop Elements instructor for High Seas Computing Services. I am currently part of the Adobe prerelease user beta test team for Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements and Photoshop.

Dylanfest 31


Dylanfest 31 is coming next Saturday, September 25th. 8 Hours of Bob Dylan songs performed by nearly 60 musicians who have great voices. 🙂

It runs from noon to 8pm. Below is all you need to know.

DON’T MISS OUT !

Dylanfest 31 is next Saturday, Sept. 25th. All you need to know, except it is absolutely fantastic. Thirty-first ANNUAL BOB DYLANFESTfeaturing ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER& HARD RAIN plus many special guests Torrance Arts Cultural Center, Outside at the Torino Plaza Sept. 25, 2021, from Noon til 8:00Award-winning singers/songwriters

Andy Hill and Renee Safier will bring their Annual Bob Dylanfest back to its popular Torrance setting on September 25th.With some 60 iconic Bob Dylan-composed songs, performed by the duo’s band, Hard Rain, and dozens of other musicians, this outdoor festival has become a must-attend event for fans from throughout Southern California and beyond.

The music—with no songs repeated—goes from noon until 8 p.m. on the Torino Plaza of the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive.Besides Hill and Safier and Hard Rain, there will be more than 40 accomplished musicians who will perform some of America’s most loved songs by Nobel laureate Dylan.

The selections include interpretations of material that cover a broad spectrum of Dylan’s musical styles.Here’s a taste of what you’re in store for, https://youtu.be/gBRBgZuYVSADylanfest Sizzle ReelA look at Andy & Renee & Hard Rain’s Annual Dylanfest held every year at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, in Torrance, CA. Dylanfest31 is Saturday, Sept. 2…youtu.be

This family-friendly celebration includes a free souvenir program and beverages and food for purchase. There will be plenty of parking, at no charge. What began as a small backyard party with talented Bob Dylan fans taking turns performing his music has evolved into an eight-hour festival attended by hundreds and featuring some of the L.A. area’s top musicians. This year will mark the event’s 31st appearance. Tickets this year are $30 online and $35 at the door. Buy them on the website, https://andyandrenee.com/dylanfest. Tickets for children under 7-14 are $10. VIP tickets are $100 and come with some extra goodies (Entry fee, Event T-Shirt, Andy & Renee & Hard Rain CD, Dylanfest Mug, Post-Dylanfest VIP Party, Dylanfest Shaker Egg, VIP Hanging Tag, and more}.

COVID PROTOCOLS: Andy & Renee and Hard Rain value and respect every audience member we’ve ever played for. Because it’s important to us that we all do what we can to keep each other safe from unintentional harm, we are following the covid guidelines set forth by the Beachlife Festival, as developed with Beach Cities Health District to provide the most up-to-date information and Covid-19 protocols for Dylanfest31. In an effort to keep our guests and artists as safe as possible, we have implemented the following policies for Dylanfest31: All attendees must provide the following, in order to enter the festival: 1. ID with photo & proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or 2. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours Dylanfest. The earliest you can take the test is Wednesday, Sept. 22nd. We will be checking documentation for every guest upon entry. Please be prepared to present your vaccination card or negative test result (a photo result saved to your phone is OK). T-shirts, CDs, DVDs and other memorabilia will be available for purchase at the show. Acclaimed chef Michael Shafer of the Award-winning restaurant The Depot will be selling casual food and beverages. (No outside food or drinks, please.) Tickets and additional information are available at www.andyandrenee.com or by calling 310 346-9383.

Renee Safier

www.andyandrenee.com

Do You Look Like Your HS Picture?

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Classmate, Rita Roney, emailed this video to me the other day. It is a collection high school pictures of celebrities. A few, I can recognize without being told, most of them, once the star is identified, I can see the resemblance. But there are a few that like the TV commercial for Liberty Insurance, I just don’t see it. The high school picture of Sony Bono looks like a 250-pound tackle.

I enjoyed the video and I thought you might too. Thanks a lot Rita!

Click Here to Watch the Video

August 20th Zoom Meeting


Hi Everyone,

As you know we had another one of our class get togethers via Zoom last Thursday. Not many of you showed up, but Dave Simpson and Gerald Miwa joined us for the first time.

At some point, Tina came up in our reminisces, and we recalled our 45th Reunion in 2008, that Tina and her husband, Phil Volk of Paul Revere and the Raiders attended.

That gave me an idea. Soon after the reunion, I made a DVD that was then distributed to all those who attended. The DVD also included a bunch of Gini Yegsigian’s pictures that she had taken back in 1962 and 1963. They show pictures of classmates from both years. Another interesting note, the first part of the video includes songs by Tina from her CD. Remember she was on the Dick Clark’s, “Where the Action Is” TV show as Tina Mason.

I thought you might enjoy watching the DVD, so I posted it on YouTube. Here is the link.

/Come join us next time!

Come Join Us


As I hope you have heard, we have been having a class get together via Zoom every few weeks or so. It has not attracted a large number of our classmates, but it has been fun for the few of us who have joined in.

If you have a camera and microphone on your device, that is all you need. A laptop is one of the easiest to use although Sharon joined us last time via an iPad. Personally, I think smartphones are too small, but they work as well.

Joining a get together via Zoom is extremely easy. I send out the link a few days ahead of time, and all you have to do is click on it on the designated day and time. Ask your grandkids for help if need be. 🙂 I send out the links via email, rather than using Facebook etc to better control the invitees.

Below is a screen shot of those of us attending the last one.

Starting at the top row, left to right, that is Jerry Charles, I’m the black square in the middle (my camera malfunctioned), and Steve Kasten on the right. Donna McLaughlin starts the second row, followed by Dave McLeroy, and John Hays. At the bottom are Ted Leverette, and Sharon Barnes. Carol Creighton also joined us, but had to leave before I thought of taking the screenshot.

Come join us next time! Even if COVID-19 was not messing everything up, these informal get togethers are a good to have fun and stay in touch.

Until next time…

2019 Party: Update Announcement


No, the date has not been changed; it still is September 28th. Yes, it is still going to be at Gini’s new home at

3739 Calle Casino

San Clemente. 92673

The change is Gini wants you to send your $50 RSVP checks, payable to her and to her home address.

Also, she has a block of rooms reserved at the Hills Hotel under Gini Garner Reunion, with Hong Madison as the contact for $129. This is a very good rate. I made my initial reservation independently for $179.

The Hills Hotel

25205 La Paz Road / Laguna Hills / CA 92653 / United States of America

+1 949-586-5000

info@thelagunahillshotel.com

29th Annual Dylanfest Coming May 5th


If you live anywhere near the South Bay, you really should check this out. I have gone for the past 10 years or so. It is 8 hours of Bob Dylan songs, with no repeats, and performed by 60 musicians. It is hosted by Andy and Renee and their band Hard Rain.

Go to the link in the above for more info. If you plan to go, let me know, I would love to meet your there for a day of music and catching up.

Below is a sample of the music you will hear at Dylanfest.

https://www.yout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBRBgZuYVSA&list=PL-7ul5GLbqL6LKfJHTyNEOuMrkvDrOEQ7&index=4&t=0s&fbclid=IwAR15zxunlQilJAoHc12LtSKCGqz7gxifwISc0XukGiDJopdqSa7G9iXraxg

Here is the link to their website where you can find out more about them and Dylanfest 29.

http://www.andyandrenee.com/

The Land That Made Me Me


This poem was forwarded to me from classmate, Suzye Lawson. She and I thought it would be worth sharing.

1950’s version of an E-Mail

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him since.

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

We danced to ‘Little Darlin,’ and sang to ‘Stagger Lee’
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they’d go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.

T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me,
Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We’ve come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

If you didn’t grow up in the fiftys,
You missed the greatest time in history,
Hope you enjoyed this read as much as I did.
If So, PLEASE FORWARD this note to
someone who will appreciate these memories…