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Paul Saevig, '67 on March 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM said:

Something just occurred to me, and while it's a minor point, I think it mattered a lot. Often when you visit public schools, from the 1950s on, at least, there is a smell of trash, rotting apples and food that kids throw in the trash cans, and stale tobacco smoke. But not at SHHS, or very seldom even by our cafeteria or the canteen. The physical design of SHHS and the layout were so well situated for fresh air, that all that dispersed.

Of course, we did have the tomato paste smell rising fro Hunt Food, but not strongly every day. We got used to it. For a whole decade, we were all alone on that hill .. with views in many directions .. What a grace that was.

With only hillsides, mustard grass, tumbleweeds, the green foliage from hundreds of trees in the vistas, the eucalyptus windbreaks to the northwest and north, and not very busy Bastanchury Road, we seemed alone on the hlll, as if above it all, removed from the strife of traffic and intersections, trucks passing, shopping centers, trains, housing tracts for miles. SHHS was a visual idyll and coul feel serene.
Paul Saevig, '67 on February 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM said:

Thanks, Mary. We appreciate having that sad news. Now we have a memorial page for Toni, and maybe we can find a picture to go with it.

We don't forget our classsmates and friends who pass away.
Mary Pinkston (Christ) 1965 on February 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM said:

Wanted to let you know that Toni Hibbard passed away Nov 6 2012. She lived in LA. I am trying to get a copy of the memorial. I will forward when I do.
Dave Duncanson 62' on February 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM said:

You have me listed and pictured under featured Lancers but the photo is really my middle brother Dan "Potto" Duncanson class of 70. 50th reunion went well. All four brothers and sis are doing well in So Cal, Doug 65', Dan 70', Dennis 74' and Debbie 76'

PAUL: CO-rrect-ed, Dave! Where's YOUR picture? Next?
Tom Everly '65 on December 26, 2012 at 6:09 AM said:

Just found the website and was thrilled to see so many of my old friends from SHHS.
Even though I've been in south OC for the past 45 years, currently in Dana Point, I rarely run into anyone from school and don't care much for attending reunions. Still keep in contact with the Lindsay twins, Bill Cox & Lou Casaday and played golf with Wayne Redfearn last month and had a short reunion with Terry Hackett, both SHHS baseball teammates. Would love to touch bases with some of my old friends and maybe play a little golf with anyone who's interested.
Just retired from teaching and coaching middle school PE in Tustin after 40 years. Married 45 years with 2 daughters. But, enough about me. Would love to hear from anyone. I'm at Tom.everly@mac.com.
Happy holidays, everyone.
Dennis Maxson '65 on December 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM said:

Hi, Paul. I am sorry to report that my brother, Chuck Maxson '67 passed away on Nov. 16, 2012. His final years were plagued by the terrible legacy of the Vietnam war--he was a victim of Agent Orange.
Orrin Kiefer on November 21, 2012 at 3:46 AM said:

Hi Paul, just moved from Anaheim to Henderson, NV to be close to Jeanne's daughter and her only grandson. My birthday is January 20th. the calendar shows it as the 18th. Thank you very much for keeping us all informed. Also, great job you and Charles are doing with "Growing up in Fullerton". Best Regards, Orrin
Mike Davinroy on September 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM said:

Paul, you've been such a good friend to all of us. Thank you for the countless hours you've spent reminding us all of an important time in our lives. The Spoon will never be gone.

May God continue to bless you, and all of our Lancers ..
Candy Moore Gleason 1966 on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM said:

Thank you for the wonderful memories posted on the spoon. Over the years I have enjoyed pictures of Ranchtown, Jimmy Smith's Swim Club, old friends in high school and in present day.

You have kept memories alive on our favorites...movies, tv shows, songs, pass times, foods, amusement parks, neighborhoods, fashions, hair styles, cars, landmarks and Sunny Hills High Shool trivia.
Because of you I reconnected with my journalism friend Monica Maluy in NYC.
It has been a lot of fun reading the spoon. I will miss it. Thank you for keepingy the 60's alive for all of us.
Mike Riley '64 on September 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM said:

As a final note, I just wanted to add that Mrs. Rea is an amazing lady and it brought tears of joy to speak with her.
Mike Riley '64 on September 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM said:

Those of you who went to Golden Hill elementary school may remember our 4th grade teacher Mrs. Rea. Surprise! I just spoke with her this evening. She is 86 and doing well. Her husband Homer is doing well too. She has lived in the same house in Fullerton for the past 51 years. She remembered Allen Crutcher because Allen's father use to give her rides to Pomona college where she was attending classes. I thought Allen would find that interesting. She would love to hear from you Allen! My email is mar.nota.bene@gmail.com
Paul Saevig, '67 on August 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM said:

Mr. Robert Linn (history), Mr. Ron Goveia (Civics), Mr. Edmund Lasswell (math) and Mr. Wallace Esgate (German) were also very well-liked teachers.

Both Mrs. Julie Simpson and Mr. Linn taught at SHHS from the early 1960s until the mid-1990s.

Mr. Topper Smith is credited with starting the elite SHHS speech program, and has many fans to this day.

Mr. Fred Meier, Dean of Guidance (right?) is another great favorite of SHHS alumni.

You'll find the obituaries of some of these teachers in IN MEMORIAM/TEACHERS.
Paul Saevig, '67 on August 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM said:

Another 1960s SHHS teacher many of us loved was Mrs. Evelyn Root (Latin, French, and Spanish). Mrs. Root was a small, avian lady and a master teacher. She gave you your money's worth as a teacher. It would not be quite right to say Mrs. Root was all business, because she was warm and kind, and would chat with the class a little bit, but for the most part she kept things moving.

I was in her Latin classes and remember some of her pet phrases. One was, "Remember, Felix the Cat was a HAPPY cat! Felix, happy!" When she needed to confer with a student for a few minutes, she'd say, "The rest of you may chat! Go ahead: chat!"

She took some us under her arm. Years later a '67 girl/woman told me that Mrs. Root advised her, "Never marry a man who isn't at least as intelligent as you are!"

In those days, Mrs. Root had a son in Stanford Medical School and it was touching to see how proud and loving she was with him.
Paul Saevig, '67 on August 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM said:

Yes, I remember that counselor who was killed in a campus accident, Richard. He was Mr. Smith. It happened one school morning at 7:30 or 7:45 when a student drpve much too fast in front of the school. The counselor had just parked his car in a faculty slot and backed up a little to park straighter. He was either killed instantly or died soon after,

Some of the teachers '60s Lancers have mentioned as their favorites are Mr. Phil Bailey (agriculture); Mr. Ray Vaughn (music and singing); Mrs. Tate (English); Miss Julie Ritner, later Julie Simpson (English); her late husband, Stan Simpson (wood shop); Mr. Walt Bayler (physics); Mr. Gordon Traylor (math); Mr. James Reeder (math); Mrs, Margo Stuart (German); Mr. Gordon Sproul (chemistry); Mrs. Maxine Randolph (English); Mrs. Fran Obler (English); Vera FitzGerald, nurse; Mr. Gary Lines (music, band); many of the coaches, including Russ Hawk, Dick Skain, Wayne Payne; Gordon McCall, and others, along with some of the female PE teachers, too.

There has not been much mention or discussion of anyone except Coach Hawk, though.

One of the basketball coaches was named Gene Martin. He was a tall, handsome man with an easy-going manner, and about 40 at that time. By 1966 or 1967, he'd become an accomplished painter, and began selling his paintings in Laguna Beach and elsewhere. I don't think he taught much longer, and became a fulltime painter. The Fullerton Daily News Trubune ran a feature story on him in probably 1968. The title was "Gene Martin: The Picasso of the Courts".

A few years ago, I wrote to Coach Hawk via email, or one of his daughters, asking where we ould find Coach Martin the painter. (I'd already searched the Internet with no results.) Word came back from Mr. Hawk that Coach Martin used a different name as a painter, and that Coach Hawk would tell us later.

Apparently he forgot and we still don't know. Does anyone know the name Coach Gene Martin uses as a painter, please?

I forgot to mention Mrs. Joan Reiner (history); Miss Ruth Elwell (speech) and Mrs. Helen Ames (economics), who are beloved by Lancers to this day.

Were Mrs. Ames and Mr. Carl Ames related, or even married?
Richard Mohr, '64 on August 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM said:

How about teachers? Some may remember Carl Ames, a sub who really enjoyed dropping chunks of lithium into a bucket of water one day when he was filling in for Mr. Sproul. He taught Econ and Civics at SHHS when I was a senior. I subbed for him in 1992 and 1993 at La Habra High School. By this time he had MS and had to use a walker in class. I helped him stack the textbooks when the students turned them in at the end of the term. He had his gruff side but it seemed that his students really appreciated him. He still remembered Aaron McGuire and a few others.

I asked his students if they had ever heard his story from his Air Force days about the sergeant who wouldn't give them any Kool-Aid after they had slaved away loading a piece of machinery onto a truck during a very hot day. He hadn't, so I asked him about that and he eventually told them. Do any of you remember that story?

He told me that when he started full-time at SHHS, he owned a bar in Anaheim. One day while he was behind the bar, a couple of guys from school looked in through a window and said hi to him. He decided that it really wasn't a good idea for him to own the bar now that he was a teacher and so he sold it. Not bad.

A administrative credential prof of mine, someone who ran personnel at the Fullerton district office, told me in 2003 or so of his passing.

There was a teacher who died after he was struck by a car in the student parking lot in Fall 1967. Who else is there that we cared about back then?

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