Climax to the Poker Group’s 2017 Road Trip


In September, Leuzinger 1963 classmates, Gerald Miwa, Gary Crone, Shigeru Watanabe, Steve Mortenson, Norman Kajikawa (65), and I met in Santa Fe, NM to go on a week-long road trip in NM, AZ, and CO.

This video was shot and produced by Gerald. It captures what was described as the highlight of the trip by him and the others. I can see why. Unfortunately I headed for home one day early and missed out on the experience. My bad.

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2017 Classes of 1961-1965 Reunion Party Has Come and Gone


The 2017 edition of the Leuzinger HS Classes of 1961-1965 Reunion Party was held on October 7, 2017. As has been the case for the past few years it was hosted by Gini Gardner (63). About eighty people from these classes attended this year.

It was stated previously, that this would be the last party of this type that Gini would be able to host. However, for those of us who attended, the prevailing hope is something like this can be pulled off next year and in the future.

For us, the Class of 1963, our our 55th aniversary is coming next year. Those at the party that I talked with were universally in favor of having a Class of 63 Reunion in 2018. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this. Either email me (donstouder@ca.rr.com) or leave a comment below.

For those of you who were not able to join us, below is a YouTube video showing the group photo that was taken.

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Reminder: 2017 LHS Summer Party


The multi-class 2017 LHS Summer Reunion Party hosted by Gini Yegsigian is coming before you know it on October 7th. Now is the time to reserve your place. There is an attendance limit that is likely to be reached. The flyer below has all of the details.

Remember, this is the last year that Gini will be hosting this party. You do not want to miss it! Share this with your friends.

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In Memory of Classmate Dave Dukeman


Our classmate, Dave Dukeman, has passed away. For those of you that are not on Facebook, here is part of a recent post there.

“[He] served as manager of the College of the Redwoods Bookstore for 25 years. He also worked for more than 35 years as a small engine mechanic at Western Chainsaw in Eureka, which he always considered to be his fun job.”

 

OBITUARY: David Lee Dukeman, 1945-2017

David Lee Dukeman, age 71, of Eureka, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, May 21, 2017, surrounded by his wife and sons, after a battle with lung cancer.

Here are a couple of classmate comments:

Neil Obright David was a joy to know in David was a joy to know in high school and I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

Gerald Miwa: I am profoundly saddened by this news. I was not as close to Dave as some other classmates but, it seemed, every several years we connected as in El Camino, our 25th and 50th reunions and some email exchanges through the years. During these contacts Dave always made me feel welcome and it seemed the years since our high school life had not occurred. I will miss not being able to reconnect with him again. I will miss you Dave.

Gyasi Zardes – Giving Back to Hawthorne


I have to admit that I did not know who Gyasi Zardes was until I read an article about him in this morning’s LA Times.

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Since one of my granddaughter, Lucy,¬†plays soccer, I do follow her exploits, and to¬†a lesser¬†extent women’s soccer. But I do not know much about the sport beyond that. I do not follow the local Galaxy MLS team. Additionally, I have never even heard of futsal.

This article introduced me to Gyasi Zardes and the great work he is doing for Hawthorne and kids growing up there. Gyasi went to Leuzinger, staring in both soccer and football.

Reading this article brought back many fond memories of Hawthorne and the surrounding area. I was a coach at Memorial Park for the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Department during college. I also grow up in Moneta Gardens Рan unincorporated part of Hawthorne. Things were different then.

As it turns out, about a week ago I dropped by a life celebration for John Baker, the father of www.cougartown.com. This website is a must place to visit for anyone wanting to relive growing up in the South Bay.

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The gathering was held at the Fosters Freeze (yes its still there) near 119th and Hawthorne Blvd. This was the local hangout for Hawthorne High students, where we from Leuzinger tended to gather at A&W – at least I did.

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Almost right across Hawthorne is Chips restaurant – one of my favorite places to end a date. Much has changed along the boulevard since the 60s, but these two landmarks have endured.

Some Very Sad News


I am afraid I have to pass on some very sad news.

Derek, Ilona’s husband, passed away on January 1st. I am sure many of you knew Derek,¬†from past reunions.

He¬†had fallen about 3 weeks¬†earlier and was taken to emergency where they found dire health concerns.¬† He was in intensive care for about 2 weeks, then moved to a “recovery facility”.¬† It was more than he could come back from.

Below is a photo taken from a recent reunion in 2014. Derek is in the front row on the right.

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