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.

Gyasi Zardes

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 This website is a must place to visit for anyone wanting to relive growing up in the South Bay.


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.


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.

2017 LHS Summer Reunion Party

It has been quite awhile since I posted anything new on this particular blog. But just in case anyone still monitors it from our class or other LHS alumni, I want to let you know the latest regarding this year’s edition of the LHS Summer Reunion Party hosted by Gini Yegsigian and coordinated by Ron Secory (62) the past few years.

The date has been set – October 7, 2017.

Here is the latest info from Ron. For those of you who are familiar with this party from previous years, note we have expanded the years to include the Class of 1965. So this year, the last year it will be hosted at Gini’s, classes from 1961-1965 are invited. That basically maxes out Gini’s home for the expected number who will be attending.

Here is the latest flyer.


Below is some additional information from Ron.

Hello Classmates,

My first note is to say that we have not heard from anyone in the ’65 class. The contact I had from Juliene has not responded to my email. So if anyone knows who is the contact point for ’65, please have them get in touch with me.

I have attached a flyer for you to send with your emails to your class. There will be more details on the next one about “The Hills” hotel where Gini is coordinating to block a dozen or so rooms for LHS people. Out-of-towners loved this and we had 10-12 people stay there last year including myself. They discounted the rate by about $20 per night. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and dance floor and we all meet on Fri night for a fun pre-party. Please include this info in your email to classmates.

Important items to note:

  1. This is the last year at Gini’s home. There may still be parties after that (we hope) but none at her home. A big thanks to her for hosting this for 4 years. So don’t miss this one.
  2. 2-3 more flyers to come with more details as we plan. Just look for them as we will spread them out.
  3. As I have been in charge of trying to keep track of those coming and those not; those who have paid and those who have not…we are changing the procedure slightly. As is mentioned on the flyer, we want all payments/checks to go directly to me instead of Gini. This will make it easier for me to tally. Please point this out in your emails.
  4. Any information, concerns, or questions can be sent directly to Gini or me if you like.

Hope to see all of you there.

Ron Secory  ’62

For those of you who have not attended previous Summer Reunion Parties, you have really missed out. Ask anyone who has attended in the past, and they will definitely confirm that this is one LHS alumni party you do not want to miss!


Hope to see you all there.

Take Care,

Don Stouder(63)


Another Trip Down Memory Lane in So Cal

I never really tire of looking at old photos and videos of what Southern Clifornia and the South Bay looked like fifty-plus years ago. This was not the last time we saw rain, but sometimes it seems like it.


This link to a slew of old photos was emailed me by classmate, Janet Sapp, or CrusinJan as her email handle reads. I thought you might enjoy them as well as I did. Most of the pictures not from the South Bay, but they certainly bring back many memories for me.

Thanks, Janet!

Lot of still photos, but worth it, some real gems here all the way to the end.


If you have some favorite links to old photos and videos you would like to share, include the link in a comment or email it to me.

Until next time…



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.



Selected Photos From the 2016 Reunion Party


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).









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


Remember Our Beach Hangout – 26th Street?

Like me, I bet you all have fond memories of hanging out at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach when we were in high school. That was pretty much Leuzinger’s beach.

But, I bet few of you know its history. I didn’t until classmate, Janet McClelland, emailed this article.

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Why it took nearly a century for Bruce’s Beach to get its name back

Posted on May 28, 2016 by Sam Gnerre

Bruce’s Beach. (May 2016 Daily Breeze photo)

Bruce’s Beach, the terraced 270-by-200-foot hillside park at 26th Street and Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach, has a stunning view of the ocean.

It also has a tragic history.

The story of Bruce’s Beach begins with South Bay pioneer landowner George Peck, who owned large swaths of property in San Pedro as well as the northern half of Manhattan Beach.

When Manhattan incorporated in 1912, the progressive Peck set aside two blocks of beachfront area between 26th and 27th streets to be available to minorities, who otherwise were denied access to local beaches.

Charles and Willa Bruce, undated wedding photo.

Charles and Willa (sometimes known as Willie) Bruce were the first African-Americans to buy land at the beach, moving from New Mexico to purchase two adjacent seaside lots in 1912.

“Colored people’s resort met with opposition,” read the headline of a June 27, 1912, Los Angeles Times article, describing the resistance faced by the Bruces before they even started building their planned resort.

“Wherever we have tried to buy land for a beach resort we have been refused, but I own this land and I am going to keep it,” Willa Bruce was quoted as saying in the story.

Despite community opposition, the Bruces set about establishing a resort at the site for all to use, beginning construction of a beach lodge in December 1915.

Willa Bruce at Bruce’s Beach. Undated 1920s file photo.

Work proceeded slowly. Building materials would disappear and various “accidents” would occur at the site. Eventually, even with the setbacks, Bruce’s Lodge was completed.

Peck also helped the couple build a fishing pier on the property.

In 1920, the Bruces bought another adjacent lot with a two-story building on it that they refurbished for dining and dancing purposes, and their resort was complete.

The area began to attract other African-American families; several others had moved in to the neighborhood by 1920.

Their fellow Manhattan Beach residents viewed the situation with growing alarm. The Bruce’s Beach area was cordoned off, and its users were harassed if they ventured outside of the beach’s boundaries.
The Ku Klux Klan, at its powerful peak in the 1920s, was rumored to be behind some of the harassment.

Mrs. Willa Bruce, right, and son Harvey Bruce with his wife Meda, at Bruce’s Beach. Undated 1920s file photo.

An attempt was made to plant liquor was planted on the premises so that the owners could be charged as being in violation of prohibition. Mysterious fires occurred, and the fire department always seemed slow to respond.

When these various underhanded attempts to dislodge the Bruce’s Beach residents failed, the city turned to a plan offered by a North Manhattan real estate agent. He told officials that the property could be condemned by the city through the eminent domain process, on the pretext that the city wanted the land for a public park.

On January 7, 1924, the Manhattan Beach City Council passed just such an ordinance, even though Live Oak Park, a much larger and less hilly park had been built nearby just recently.

Four African-American families, including the Bruces, sued the city, alleging that the ordinance was aimed at forcing them out.

The legal battle came to a head in the summer of 1927. Even though the resort officially was closed because of the condemnation, African-American families continued to flock to the beach.

Police began making arrests, taking 25 beachgoers into custody on Memorial Day. On July 4, 1927, 19-year-old  UCLA student Elizabeth Cately was arrested. She later sued, saying she had been held for five hours in jail in just her wet bathing suit with no charges being filed.

Four more men were arrested on July 17 for using the beach.They challenged the arrest in court and were convicted of trespassing.The city later dropped the case after the men appealed.

Finally, the whole resort was torn down in 1927, and the only beach in the county at the time allowing blacks was no more.

The lawsuit finally was settled in 1929 for far less than what the plaintiffs in the case had asked for. Some of the families bought other non-beachfront property in the city, a condition set down by the judge as part of the settlement, but the embittered Bruces left town.

The land remained undeveloped for the next three decades. In the 1950s, fearing that the Bruces’ heirs might sue to get their land back if it wasn’t being used for a park, city planners decided to go ahead with building one.

In 1962, a contest held for the public to rename the park, which had been known informally first as City Park, then Beach Front Park, since the 1929 takeover by the city.

Residents chose the name Bayview Terrace Park, which remained its name until 1974, when the City Council decided to rename the park for its then-sister city, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Parque Culiacan, before the name change. (March 2003 Daily Breeze file photo)

On March 16, 1974, dedication ceremonies were held to introduce the park’s new name, Parque Culiacan. Mayor Mariano Carlon of Culiacan was on hand, along with the usual passelful of local dignitaries.

Over time, disenchantment with name began to grow.

During the 1980s, Culiacan became known as the headquarters city for the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world. It was an association Manhattan Beach didn’t anticipate when it formed the sister city bond in March 1963.

Manhattan Beach selected another sister city in 1989, Santa Rosalia in Baja California.

Another factor for the renaming was the growing realization of what had happened to the original Bruce’s Beach in the 1920s.

In 1956, Manhattan Beach resident Robert Brigham wrote his Master’s thesis, “Land Ownership and Occupancy by Negroes in Manhattan Beach, California, which told the  story of Bruce’s Beach in depth, and local historians began to reference it. Jan Dennis retold the saga eloquently in her 1987 book, “A Walk Beside the Sea: A History of Manhattan Beach.”

The civic group Leadership Manhattan held another public contest to try and pick a new name for the park in 2003.

From the submissions, the group came up with Freedom Park, Harmony Park and Friendship Park as possibilities,  but the city council turned all of them down in April 2003. It decided to keep the Parque Culiacan name, but to install a plaque acknowledging its history as Bruce’s Beach.

The renamed Bruce’s Beach was dedicated in 2007. (May 2016 Daily Breeze photo)

As knowledge of the park’s past began to spread, an even stronger movement to change the park’s name gathered steam in 2006. After a period of public debate, the City Council voted 3-2 on July 5, 2006, to change the name to Bruce’s Beach.

On Saturday, March 31, 2007, the dedication ceremony renaming the park was held with Bernard Bruce, Charles and Willa Bruce’s grandson, in attendance.

“Growing up, Bruce’s Beach was part of my dreams. When I told folks that my family once owned the beach here, they would laugh at me. They didn’t believe African-Americans owned beaches. Now everyone knows about Bruce’s Beach,” Bruce told the audience at the dedication.

A movement to get George Peck’s original Manhattan Beach summer cottage on Alma Avenue and 27th Street preserved and moved to Bruce’s Beach failed in April 2015, and the house was torn down to make way for condominiums


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

(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


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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