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 – an 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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Selected Photos From the 2016 Reunion Party


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I know many of you did attend this year’s edition of the now annual LHS Classes of 1961-1964 Reunion Party last September. But like me, some of you were unable to attend – our bad. From what I understand, once again, Gini Yegsigian hosted an awesome party with great food.

For those of you who did not make it, I have posted a few photos here to give you a little idea what we missed. By the way, collecting and labelling these photos was done by Ron Secory (62).

110t

124t

256t

298t

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1962

 1963

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I suspect it will not be long before the planning for the 2017 edition begins. Stay tuned!

 

How well do You Remember Your Oldies But Goodies?


Here is a quiz that I had fun taking. And unlike most of these types of brain teasers, I did quite well. I was mentally finishing the line or whatever, before I even read the choices.

 

1. When did ”Little Suzie” finally wake up?

(a) The movie’s over, it’s 2 o’clock

(b) The movie’s over, it’s 
3 o’clock

(c) The movie’s over, it’s 
4 o’clock

2. ”Rock Around The Clock” was used in what movie?

(a) Rebel Without A Cause

(b) Blackboard  Jungle

(c) The Wild Ones

3. What’s missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint?

Earth _____

(a) Angel

(b)  Mother

(c) Worm

4. ”I found my thrill…” where?

(a) Kansas City

(b) Heartbreak Hotel

(c)  Blueberry Hill

5. ”Please turn on your magic beam_____ _____ bring me a dream,”

(a) Mr.  Sandman

(b) Earth Angel

(c) Dream  Lover

6. For which label did Elvis Presley first record?

(a) Atlantic

(b) RCA

(c)  Sun

7. He asked, ”Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?” Who was he?

(a) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

(b) Charlie Brown

(c) Buster Brown

8. In Bobby Darin’s ”Mack The Knife,” the one with the knife, was named:

(a) Mac Heath

(b)  Mac Cloud

(c) McNamara

9. Name the song with ”A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.”

(a) Good Golly, Miss Molly

(b)  Be-Bop-A-Lula

(c) Tutti Fruitti

10. Who is generally given credit for originating the term ”Rock And
Roll”?

(a) Dick Clark

(b) Wolfman Jack

(c) Alan Freed

11. In 1957, he left the music business to become a preacher:

(a) Little Richard

(b) Frankie Lymon

(c) Tony Orlando

12. Paul Anka’s ”Puppy Love” is written to what star?

(a) Brenda Lee

(b) Connie Francis

(c) Annette Funicello

13. The Everly Brothers were…..

(a) Pete and Dick

(b) Don and Phil

(c)  Bob and Bill

14. The Big Bopper’s real name was:

(a) Jiles P. Richardson

(b) Roy Harold Scherer  Jr.

(c) Marion Michael  Morrison

15. In 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr., started a small record company called…

(a) Decca

(b)  Cameo

(c) Motown

16. Edd Brynes had a hit with ”Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb”. What TV
show was he on?

(a) 77 Sunset Strip

(b) Hawaiian Eye

(c)  Surfside Six

17. In 1960 Bobby Darin married:

(a) Carol Lynley

(b) Sandra Dee

(c)  Natalie Wood

18. They were a one hit wonder with ”Book of Love”

(a) The Penguins

(b) The Monotones

(c)  The Moonglows

19. The Everly Brothers sang a song called ”Till I ______ You.”

(a) Loved

(b) Kissed

(c) Screwed

(d) Met

20. Chuck Berry sang ”Oh, ___________, why can’t you be true?”

(a) Suzie Q

(b) Peggy Sue

(c) Maybelline

21. ”Wooly _______”

(a)  Mammouth

(b) Bully

(c)  Pully

22. ”I’m like a one-eyed cat…..”

(a) can’t go into town no more

(b)  sleepin’ on a cold hard floor

(c) peepin’ in a seafood store

23. ”Sometimes I wonder what I’m gonna do……..”

(a) cause there ain’t no answer for a life without booze

(b) cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

(c) cause my car’s gassed up and I’m ready to cruise

24. ”They often call me Speedo, but my real name is……”

(a) Mr. Earl

(b) Jackie  Pearl

(c) Milton Berle

25. ”Be Bop A Lula ….”

(a)  she’s got the rabies

(b) she’s my baby.

(c) she loves me, maybe

26. ”Fine Love, Fine Kissing  â¦..”

(a) right here

(b) fifty cents

(c) just for you

27. ”He wore black denim trousers and  â¦..”

(a) a pink carnation

(b) pink leotards

(c)  motorcycle boots

28. ”I got a gal  namedâ¦â¦….”

(a) Jenny Zamboni

(b) Gerri Mahoney

(c) Boney Maroney

Answers:

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here).

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1. (c) The movie’s over, it’s 4 o’clock

2. (b) Blackboard Jungle

3. (a) Angel

4. (c) Blueberry  Hill

5. (a) Mr. Sandman

6. (c) Sun

7. (b) Charlie  Brown

8. (a) Mac Heath

9. (c) Tutti  Fruitti

10. (c) Alan Freed

11. (a) Little  Richard

12. (c) Annette  Funicello

13. (b) Don and  Phil

14. (a) Jiles P.  Richardson

15. (c) Motown

16. (a) 77 Sunset  Strip

17. (b) Sandra Dee

18. (b) The Monotones

19. (b) Kissed

20. (c) Maybelline

21. (b) Bully

22. (c) peepin’ in a sea food  store

23. (b) cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

24. (a) Mr. Earl

25. (b) she’s my  baby

26. (a) right here

27. (c) motorcycle  boots

28. (c) Boney Maroney