Issue Number 9 - Fall 2002
Camden High School’s Electronic Newspaper
Issue available at http://www.cougarstales.com
Bulldozers will soon return to destroy more of the old Camden High buildings. Money provided through Measure P approved by voters in the fall of 2000 will enable remodeling to take place at the old school campus. Facing demolition this time it is the industrial arts wing. Standing close to Union Avenue and paralleling the practice fields, these so-called “shop classes” are slated for replacement as they “don’t meet the needs of the center” according to Gary Okazaki, superintendent of capital bond projects for Santa Clara County.
A total of ten million dollars will be spent making changes at the site. “The scope of the project is to have one multi-purpose facility in each of the ten counsel districts,” stated Mr. Okazaki. The two shop rooms to be leveled will make way for an auditorium complete with kitchen facilities. The room will be available for rent for various activities including wedding receptions.
When work is completed on the center in 2004 or 2005, the total square feet of interior space will have been enlarged by 23,000 to a total of 60,000. Building upgrades will include an extension of the office areas now present. Under consideration for this project is a display area for Camden High memorabilia.
A major art
sculpture is in the planning stages and will be ready for the grand opening of
the finished remodel in 2005. Developed
by the City of
Stutz, a native of
The construction firm for this project will be chosen in November with work to commence in January. It is hoped that a display area for Camden High memorabilia will be designed into one of the new buildings.
Mrs. Cully Plant
Mr. Osorio – English
and Mr. Gordon - Music
Sal Taormino ’61 and
Collin Lyons ‘62
Marry Ann O’Neil ’77 and
Patricia Ann O’Neil ‘77
Faculty, Director of Activities
Will Finck accepts donation of $500 for the Camden Foundation from the Tri-Year Reunion committee
Syndicate of Sound
Plays their nation-wide1966 hit “Little Girl”
John Duckworth (drums), Don Baskin ‘64
(Singer, Camden Alum.) Bob Gonzales ’64 (Guitar,
“Everyone calls me Shar”
Starting out a U.S.
History teacher in 1968 was a difficult time for Miss Sharlynn Mar. Lured from her hometown of
The decision to
move to the
Now living in the
Miss Mar enjoys
running into former students in the area but laments that they don’t include
their name and graduation year when they inquire, “Remember me?” Even though her experiences at Camden High are
decades past, Miss Mar reveals, “I still think of myself as a
Record Hop (1959-1964)
Hop began January 1959 and faded away in January 1964 as the Beatles changed
the face of popular music. Hosted by
Frank Darien, a former radio-advertising salesman and DJ at KSJO radio prior to
its rock music format, for all but the last nine months.
the time that Record Hop played, KNTV was watched throughout
Besides hosting schools, Record Hop has special programs such as the father daughter and mother son nights. Costume dances, including Halloween and Mardi Gras programs were popular. Sometimes KNTV would promote a new ABC show by having a tie-in. The Hop had a special 1920’s program to tie into a new drama that was set in that time period.
Broadcast from the same studio as the children’s program
Hocus Pocus at the studios on
“I remember Record Hop because my boyfriend went to it with another girl! I was such a longsuffering, 50's-trained good girl (translation: wimp) that I didn't break up with the jerk.” remembered Meg (Margaret) Mitchell (’63.)
of the program was a dance contest.
Everyday a winner was chosen and on Friday the daily winners of that
week would compete for prizes. Barbara Driskel Rogers (’66) remembers, “My
awesome older brother Jeff Driskel (’65) and Connie Pitcher (’65) were on
Record Hop together. Each week there was
a featured school. When it was
Cougars’ Tales would like to thank Jan Moellering, KNTV Programming Director, for providing information on Record Hop.
“Heard Around the Quad” is a collection of reminiscences
and other postings to the
S&H green stamps and Blue Chip stamps came up for
conversation. Many remembered the Blue
Chip store on
Camping gear was a popular trade item. John Holt (’65) remembers camping at
Guadalupe Dam with equipment from the Blue Chip store. “We camped at the dam at the far end by a big
rock. It was so safe in those days, kids could go anywhere and feel safe.” No need for campgrounds back, claims John who
remembers riding his “doo-doo bug” (soon to be termed “mini-bike”) at the site.
Brett Welch (’78) remembers camping in the same spot. “There was an entrance to one of the mine
shafts just below that spot. Tight fit
to get in but once inside, the original mine entrance had a ten foot ceiling.”
Steve Salvadore (’74) recalled “a
great selection of candy” at the Cobblestone store on Bascom, just south of
“Did anyone used to walk on the wooden flumes that ran
across the hills in front of Lexington Dam?” asked Ed Foley (’72.) These flumes used to line the hills to the
left as one drove highway 17 to
Darrel Ray (’66) remembered “those rare January days we
would get a little snow. Everyone would
go to Mel Cotton’s sporting goods and rent toboggans. Then we would drive that scary road to the
Kurt Nelson recalled the “racks of rollers used to roll your groceries to the drive-up window.”
“Food Fights, you had to keep your head down,” says Brett Welch (’78) “They usually happened in our day after a long spell of rainy days when the entire student body was locked up in the cafeteria. Tensions mounted, at first it wasn't anything too catastrophic, a piece of cookie or a lone pea. Then without warning, whomp! The unmistakable sound of chairs moving across the floor, screams, then the rapid plop of slop hitting the tables and windows. On occasion they would get nasty and the occasional tray would get air born like a discus. Does anyone remember the steamed rice served from a ice-scream scooper topped off with some kind of green colored glutinous gravy? Man, if you got tagged by that stuff your day was ruined. And Mr. Lee sure could silence one of those events. I can remember him on patrol for a few days after a food fight. He was like Patton on the front lines daring the Germans to lob another round of mortars.”
“I had forgotten about the chair scooting noise, just prior to the cafeteria going nuclear. I usually just went under the table.” Kurt Nelson ('74)
Added Mike Roe (‘72), “I can practically hear Jim Morrison's
voice crooning "The Crystal Ship" in my head while visions of Mr. Lee
angrily marching towards the cafeteria to investigate the latest food fight are
dancing before me...(weren't those the coolest?)” those of us from
the seventies assumed that food fights were an old stand-by but Judy Clark
Rarick (’66) said no such thing occurred during her years at
The pickle barrel in Cosentino's
Market (the old one across the street from where the store is now)
Lindey's Bike shop.
The Mayor Art Show (I was on it and won a gas powered airplane!)
The Fun House at the Boardwalk.
The Record Shop at the Plaza
Playing "Buck-Buck" in the quad during lunch.
Creek's" Picnic Area/Pool way up
Anyone who can answer yes to all of these is truly an old timer from the SJ/Cambrian Area!
These stirred memories of John’s Restaurant located near the original Cosentino’s market on Union & Bascom. The last T in restaurant was intentionally crooked. “Crappy steak and potatoes family dining as I remember it” says Mike Andrew’s (’72.) According to Deborah Paris Raiche (’72) and Ed Brick (’74) the parents of alumni’s John, Jimmy, and Jerry Brogotti (’71) owned the eatery.
Chuck Thompson’s Swim Lessons
Talk of the long-closed indoor pool The Plunge at the Santa
Cruz Boardwalk brought up memories of childhood swim lessons. John Holt (’65) ,
Darrell Ray (’66) and Kurt Nelson (’74)
were among the alumni of this school once located at
A number of Camdenites had memorable experiences in the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Funhouse (1920’s till 1971.) Most centered on the rotating drum and the spinning platform. David Byrd (’65) recalled that taller visiters could span the drum spread-eagle and rotate with the drum. Ed Brick recalled an adventure when he and some friends spent a cold night huddled in the discarded drum shortly after the attraction was demolished.
Ken Rush (‘72) recalled his experience with the drum, “The drum used to scare me to death, until my brother talked me into getting into it I was maybe 7 years old. I fell down and was being tossed to and fro. I remember crying and begging the operator to stop the drum. I can still picture the scene in my mind. The operator sat on a tall chair at the exit of the drum. He had a microphone he could talk into and be heard inside the drum. "Get up" his voice boomed like it was coming from heaven. "Just look at the picture on the wall" behind where he was sitting. His words were like magic to me, I stood up, looked at the picture on the far wall and walked along the inside of the drum until I found myself standing on solid ground. I had "found" the secret. I could now walk the drum. I sent the next several hours walking in and out of the drum at will. Ah, one of the few victories on childhood.”
Beverly Green Polyniak (’65) could have used some advice apparently, “Boy, do I remember that drum. I was never very coordinated athletically so the only time I tried to walk through it I fell. That was not fun. I tumbled and turned with the drum rotating. I had burn marks and bruises all over me and did I hurt.”
Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam
Nostalgic memories of the canned-meat
Spam? Those stationed overseas
such as Chuck Crowell (’59) and Jack Van Loan (’73) remember the stuff fondly
as does faculty member Herman Osorio who as a child lived on the
“Does anyone still have those test nightmares?” asked Kurt
Nelson (’74.) “Like you come into a
classroom all relaxed and happy... then zap! You get a test announcement and you know you
aren't prepared. You usually haven't even read the homework!” Mike Roe (’72) responded, “I always have the
same nightmare -- I'm back at Camden, and I walk into a class on finals week,
and I suddenly realize that I never went to the class for the whole semester,
and now it's finals and I am completely unprepared.” Gilda Perez Grozdanich (’75) added, “Mine just
consists of getting my locker my freshman year and going back my senior year
and being able to open it. I always wonder how I remembered the
combination. I wonder what that means?” I
remember when I was in my mid 30s I kept having a dream about
David Byrd (65) In those days, who didn't get embarrassed when they taught sex? I remember our Soph Science class was taught by Mike Jones, new PE teacher. For those who don't remember, Mr. Jones was also one of the football coaches, a former SJSU quarterback and a big guy. I will never forget the image of him "casually' sitting on the corner of his desk, describing the size and shape of the male testicle. He was on the verge of "bolting" the class. We, of course, sat with eyes front, grave expressions, taking detailed notes. I seem to remember that in Mr. Runcie's class a sheet of paper was handed out with all of this sexual fact stuff, which played very well in the corridors, and other rooms of the campus.
At The Drive-In
This looks like the drive-in off
John Holt '65 I would say it was the San Jose drive in .I
don't think the other drive in's are that old, not
even the el Rancho .San Jose was a pretty small town in the 1940's .Darrell Ray
Scruggs (’75) did some detective work and verified John and Darrell’s
suspicions, indeed, the drive-in pictured was the simply named Drive-In
Theater. Opening in
I remember the smell of cabbage coming from the fields while trying to watch the moves, it smelled terrible, plus the place was beginning to run down by then. Chuck Crowell ('59)
Larry Ray (of the Syndicate of Sound)was my guitar teacher for about a year over at the old
Guitar Showcase on
Talk about regular guys, John Sharkey
and I both got "cut" from the "C" basketball team on the
same day in 1963. At least he went on to be a star. Dave Byrd, (‘65) John
Sharkey (class of 64') was my
first love. We dated off and for three years...Did you know
that they wrote "Little
Girl" in one day? They wrote if for some sort of contest and they won!! That
is what got them on "Where the Action Is", 1966. Were all pretty proud of them. They had quite a
following. I spent a lot of time at Guitar Showcase, just lived around the corner on
The “Ernie Lee Special”
Is there anyone out there that got a "buzz" from Mr. Lee. Used to be that if you did something bad enough or bad enough times that he would take you across the street to the barber to have your head shaved. Probably wouldn't be as effective these days. Rob Fulton '73Yes He did do it and I was one of his customers!
We used to call it the Ernie Lee Special. It was kind of a badge of honor in a way. Because the style of the times was to have long hair, if we sported a short haircut, everyone knew you were "cool" enough to get in trouble.
A little history on the Ernie Buzz; This was during the days when the schools could enforce a dress code and tell the students how long or short their hair, skirts, or dresses could be. Girls were not allowed to wear pants.
So Mr. Lee used to let us get away with long hair...As long as we stayed out of trouble. But if you got called into his office for disrupting the class or something and you had long hair.... he would make you get it cut real short. Ken Rush, 72
Rob Fulton -So very true as to how you became instantly more popular and a tab bit more respected after "The Buzz"
You know I just thought of some thing every one used to do is -stuff love notes in the vents of the lockers. Darrel Ray
Remember how you could take a popcicle stick, slot it and use it to open those old combination locks that were on the lockers. Tom Shean (’73)
Sadie Hawkins dance “marriage” certificates Gilda Perez Grozdanich 75
You mean Like;
Bomono Turkish Taffy
Funny Face Drinks... Chinese Cherry, Goofy Grape, Lefty Lemon, Injun Orange, Freckle Face Strawberry, Root-n Toot-n Raspberry, and my favorite Loud Mouth Lime
Wacky Package cards, Crust tooth paste, Raw Goo Spaghetti Sauce and Peter Pain Peanut Butter.
Black Light posters
Free maps at gas stations
Mike Brown '74
baseball in the middle of
We wore Mardras blouses (the material that bled when you washed it over and over), culottes (the skirts that were like pants), blouses with button down collars...I remember empire waist dresses being in and wearing textured stocking/tights in 66'. Pea Jackets were in, you know the ones that navy guys wore...We couldn't wear pants so that was out... Barbara Rogers (66')
How about the Ben Casey blouses that buttoned down the side? I loved those! White Stag brand clothes, go-go boots, "elf" shoes, Funky Groovy brand clothes... Patty Nissonger
Nehru jackets.(you look like a priest)
Turtle neck shirts (dickies)
Hi Karate cologne
Home made bell bottoms,You tare the sides of jeans & so in a piece of fabbreck or leather..Leather ,,Stringy leather Pasley shirts. String leather braceletes, anklets Boto Bags (wine only) Ed Foley
Girls gym fire
Research has unearthed further facts
Those baggy suits were great, depending of course on your point of view... Dave Byrd ‘65
I don’t know about the girls but I do remember that you didnt want to be the one boy who was last and got the suit without the drawstring. Chuck Summers '66
I remember the family trips to
Kinney's Shoe Store on Bascom at
The second is probably better not
dwelt upon for long. Anyone recall the "Earth Shoe" craze in
the late '70's? I do remember the passionate discussions of the health
benefits of the negative heel design. Apparently they're still being made
today, so somebody must like them. I can't say I wore them for long after
Hate to admit it, but I wore them for a while,
along with my big bell Levi's . . .
Deana Williams '79
Famalares. Didn't they have kind of a wave to the sole? I was a big Bear Traps fan. The soles were all wooden, and they were platforms. I think I about broke my ankles a few times (not really), and they weighed a ton. Deana, were Earth Shoes the same a desert boots? I remember wearing desert boots, but I can't remember Earth Shoes. Janie Little Bevens 79I had the coolest blue suede platforms that matched my blue suede coat with fake Bare Traps and Ditto Pants - lived them into my early 20's. Loved those shoes. Gilda ' 75
I didn't forget those pointed toed shoes. but every time I think of them my toes start to hurt .and you remembered another thing I had forgotten ----Jade East Cologne - boy I used to spend hours trying to get that water fall just right . Darrell Ray 66
Can anyone tell me if the omelet restaurant in the Pruneyard shopping center is still there? I can't remember the name of it either. It's the memory thing, again.!! Jackie Clark (Johnson 73) (It was The Cookbook. – Eds.) But what was funny was my friends asked where I parked and I said, "In front of Bumbleberry's!!!" Anyone get that?! :) Guess I'm getting old. Joan Moga '78
Brett Welch ’78 - Mr. Purcell was the director of student activities and as senior prank in 1978 a few of us presented him a large gift prior to graduation. The gift was so large it denied access to his office on a Monday morning shortly before the end of the school year. It took the janitorial staff about an hour and a half to remove it. It was a huge pile of horse manure. The stack was about eight feed wide and about five feet high. No permanent damage, just an expression of appreciation for his "support".
I thought of my art teacher Mr McLaggan .and that coffee table I made .I must have made the metal frame in metal shop .I took colored bottles and broke them up and used them like tiles .at really looked pretty -sharp -.I remember I had a heck of a time getting Mr McLaggan to let me use glass for obvious reasons .it got put into the attic .and when I was helping my dad move there it was .wood shop I made a single water ski and a letter holder .we got a lot of use out of those things .those shop classes were a big help to me.- so who else made some neat stuff in shop classes ? Darrell Ray 66
I remember making a flamingo bird chipped and carved it out of a hunk of wood. Darlene '65
I made a beautiful chess set from brass & aluminum that found it's way into the 1978 yearbook. I remember burning every fingertip while polishing each piece to a mirror finish, just in time to be a Christmas present for my little brother. Russ Rodriguez (’78)
I remember in wood shop one of the guys had fairly long hair and was leaning over the lathe and it grabbed his hair and pulled a huge chunk out by the roots. Ken Rush (‘72)
One morning in 1963, I was a sophomore, we were all on the side of the pool under the 3 meter, Coach Worrel was on the deck above us and suddenly, green bubbles of pure cl2 came up in our faces. Coach Shatusky and another coach rushed twelve or so of us to the hospital. Coughed our guts out for two hours. One kid was in an oxygen tent overnight. Chlorine is bad stuff. Interestingly, swimming pools have played a major role in my career and as I have become proficient in pool operations. I heard later that Coach Shatusky blew the head gasket of a borrowed station wagon rushing us to the hospital. Dave Byrd (’65)
The cover of the summer issue of Nature
Conservancy magazine has a photograph of beautiful green fields and
hills. I was surprised to discover that it was a picture of the
Class of ’73 members will want to
contact their 30’th reunion committee members Jackie
Johnson Clark or Michael Cox for entry into the reunion database. Jackie can be reached at email@example.com, Michael Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Terrill (’58) is interested in
hearing from classmates from his era including Pricilla Hutchinson, Dale Harper
and Jill Chambers.
John Terrill, Class of 1958, (the first one!) would like to hear from classmates of that era. “Pricilla Hutchinson, Dale Harper, Jill Chambers, and ??? My waistline & hairline hasn't changed much… How about you?” Contact him at Jaunty2@Aol.com
Darlene (Bowen) West class of ' 65 is looking for Judy Heath class of '66 sister Melissa class of ‘67. If you have any information please contact email@example.com
David Patrick Cunningham died
Tina S. Kifer ’72 (Sheryl Leopard)
Jeff Teeple (73)
Doug Berthold (77)
Duane Simmons, age 43. Was killed on
Steve Baxley class of 1975 died of a heart attack May 29 at the age of 45. Steve had been working as a general contractor. He is interned at Oak Hill Memorial Park of San Jose.
Robert J. Smith 5-18-31
Coach John Anastasia died
Class of '70
The Camden Foundation awarded the
first annual scholarship to a graduating senior of
Early on it was decided that a
student body member of the recently reopened Branham High would be the
scholarship recipient. This was due to
Branham’s being the primary high school for Ida Price students, who made up the
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At the Branham awards ceremony held last
May, Gary Hubbs spoke briefly to the crowd gathered in the auditorium. He described the Camden Foundation,
explaining how the foundation came into existence and its goals. The award winner was not pre-informed making
the scholarship the sole surprise award of the evening. Jennifer Penner was
all smiles when her name was announced; in fact she jumped up and down in
excitement. After the ceremony Ms. Penner told Cougars’ Tales that the award was especially
important to her because her mother Chrisine Bartel Penner (’71) had attended
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On July second, a barbeque fundraiser
organized by Mary Ayers (77) was held at the Armadillo Willies located on the
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The Camden Foundation is proud to
announce its most ambitious project yet; a presentation by Dr. William Steele,
the founder and director of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in
Children. The presentation is scheduled
for December fifth at the
Besides bring the author of numerous publications on subjects including teen suicide prevention, working with families in crises, trauma response violence prevention/intervention and developing nationally distributed video programs on these subjects, Dr. Steele was one of the first Americans selected to provide trauma and loss training to Kuwait's first counseling group following the Gulf War in 1993.
A certification program developed by Dr. Steele has trained thousands of professionals as child trauma and loss consultants. He has developed programs for pre -school , a group program for children 6-12, individual programs for children and adolescents 6-18 and a program for parents of traumatized children as well as for parents or adults who have been traumatized themselves.
The Camden Foundation is sponsoring Decembers program cost-free to teachers and professionals in related disciplines in
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Impress your friends with your Camden Foundation lapel pin. The foundation logo with it’s snarling cougar has made the transition to jewelry that is available for the meager cost of a year’s membership - $25. Also available are Camden Foundation coffee mugs. These hearty vessels, suitable for the beverage of your choice, feature the foundation logo on one side with a line drawing of the old alma mater on the reverse. Makes a wonderful conversation piece.
From sometime during the school year
of 1962 to the summer of 1964, I worked part-time in
outlet, it was owned and operated by pharmacist Lionel Leiter
and his father, and a small cadre of employees, who ran it with close attention
to detail and kept an impeccable store. It was a very personal place,
attentive to customers, who could request free delivery of prescriptions. Part of my job was to make the deliveries in the pharmacy's tiny Fiat, emblazoned with a Rexall Pharmacy logo. When the Fiat died, Lionel let us make deliveries in his Austin-Healy Sprite.
1963 Student Body President
Lionel was a stylish and sophisticated guy with a wry wit. Which was fortunate because as word got around that I worked there, a curious sideline business sprouted. On occasion, guys at school would take me aside and ask me to buy condoms for them, because they were too embarrassed to come in and buy them publicly. It got so that I sometimes took a half-dozen orders a day. Guys would come into the store, seek me out, and I'd make the sale discreetly, using a brown paper bag. Most guys, however, were too embarrassed to even enter the store, and instead took to parking behind the store by its trash area, which I visited nightly during the pre-closing cleanup around . They'd place their orders with me at school, and I'd fill them at night, behind the store, and ring up the sales in the cash register.
During summer, there might be 3-5 cars nightly, lined up behind the pharmacy at closing time. I'd haul out trash, and then go quickly from car to car, making the sales. Condoms were then priced at 60 cents a pack, although some cost 75 cents. This caused some confusion, because I sold from our stock drawer, not the front shelves, and often we might be overstocked with the more expensive brand. I got weary of hearing these guys complain about being charged 75 cents versus 60, and of having to make change in the dark. All this fuss, of course, was necessary because these Don Juans were unwilling to come into the store like big boys and make the selection they wanted. To end the hassle and pay myself something I started collecting a flat $1 fee for a pack of three, keeping the change. It was a seller's market, given the still-strict sexual mores of the early 1960s. So I started making a commission -- totalling maybe two bucks a night -- and Leiter's started to do a brisk business in condoms.
One slow summer evening, after we had
closed the doors, Lionel Leiter noticed me ringing up
my sales, putting cash in the till and making change. He asked me what was
going on -- more amused than anything, because I think he knew exactly what was
going on. I told him about the sales, and about how so many guys were ashamed
to come in and buy them in front of other customers -- the reason for my little
sideline trade. Lionel considered this for a moment, nodded, shook his head,
sighed and said, "Well, carry on. Let's hope it keeps 'em
out of trouble."
I suspect it made a big difference in some lives. I hope so, anyway.
Cambrian school district school
teachers got together for pizza in May this year. Stuft
Front from left: Becky Golitz – Bagby, Pauline Golitz – Cambrian and Bagby, Susan Piuk – Bagby, Sandy Kegley, Mary Odell – Metzler and Bohnett, Back row from left: Keith Imhoff – Bagby, Judy Long Botkins Palicio – Metzler and Bagby, Charlene Mudge Henley – Metzler, Norma Rose – Cambrian, Metzler and Bagby, Jan Bassetti Gleason – Cambrian and Bagby, Sharon Pelley – Metzler and Sartorette, Marion Jordan – Cambrian, Bagby and Bohnett, Sharon Burns Wittrock – Bagby, Marlene Vaugh Gottheiner – Steindorf and Bagby
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