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01/25/21 02:24 PM #938    


Kenneth (Ken) Marschall

Good story!  Thank you -- and "KB" -- for your service in law enforcement.  I expect that many of us have similar tales of how funny nicknames came about.  I first met Chris Bragdon (also PHS class of '68 and on this forum) around '64 while at Marshall Junior High.  Been lifelong friends since.  He lived only a few blocks from me when we were in school.  One day he got a letter addressed to a "Cis Bugdon," and we had a good laugh.  Ever since, I've occasionally called him "Cissy."  He replies with a made-up nickname for Ken that I can't repeat here.

03/21/21 06:36 AM #939    


Philip Denslow


Margo (Feinstein) Connally sent in a bunch of Elementary Class photos from Luther Burbank School. A group shot of the school's Teachers from 1956 is included. You can see them as part of the Do You Remember? page.

Thanks, Margo!

--Phil Denlsow

03/22/21 03:52 PM #940    


Kenneth (Ken) Marschall

A great trip down Memory Lane for those who were in those classes!  I wish I knew what happened to my elementary school class pics (1st grade at Mar Vista Elementary in Whittier, 2nd through part of 5th at Paradise Canyon Elementary in La Cañada [1957-1960], and Longfellow for the rest of 5th, and 6th ['60-'61]).  I remember all my elementary school teachers' names.  I also remember what a novelty it was to have a male instructor when I entered Marshall Jr. High.  I had never known anything but female teachers.

Funny how such class photos seem to disappear over the years.  They would never be deliberatly thrown away, yet almost all of mine appear to have vanished.  I do have a long, panorama B&W class photo taken in front of Marshall stashed away somewhere.  I don't recall what year it is, whether 7th, 8th or 9th.

03/24/21 07:07 AM #941    


Camay White (Arad-Tullis)

Hi Ken - I have Longfellow photos - 1st -6th - I had Mr. Minto in 6th grade at Longfellow.  Who did you have? Mr. Minto took me outside in the hallway for passing a "love note" to Larry Rollins!  Was Julie Jensen in your class - I always wondered what happened to her.  Take care,


03/24/21 03:41 PM #942    

Donna Terry (Casteel)

Hi Camay!!! I would love to see those photos!
You and I had many classes together at Longfellow.
I had Ms. Weeks in 6th grade.
I remember Julie Jensen quite well--she is who I named my daughter after!! Have not heard anything about or from her.
Sure do miss those days!
Donna Terry

03/25/21 02:02 PM #943    


Kenneth (Ken) Marschall

Hi Camay,

At Longfellow I had Miss (Mrs.?) Hearn in 5th, which would have been from New Year's on in 1961 (we moved from La Cañada to Pasadena over the Christmas-New Year holiday in 1960).  Eileen Cole was in that class, I remember.  For 6th I had Miss (Mrs.?) Talbot. 

I remember more of those 6th-grade classmates -- Bill Armstrong, Charles Lee (Lees?)...  the SRA Reading system... watching John Glenn's first orbital flight coverage on a B&W TV that was rolled in, doing art or watching films on rainy days....

03/25/21 08:17 PM #944    


Camay White (Arad-Tullis)

To Donna and Ken - will try to get my pictures posted in the next couple of weeks - (I'm not good at all this computer stuff).  Re- Miss Hearn - We called her "Hernia Hearne" but I remember her passion for teaching us patriotic songs.- and speaking of Eileen Cole... I traded my original Barbie from 1959 (Brunette) for her red head bublble cut Barbie around 1961 - wonder if she still has her as it is worth some $$ - I still have my original box.  And Donna - I remember the giant redwood tree in front of your house.  I still pretty much remember where everyone sat in my 6th grade class and remember seeing the fire from our classroom window near Hastings Ranch-Sierra Madre in 1962.  Thank you for writing - good to hear from you both.  Maybe we can find some other fellow Longfellowites? Take care

03/31/21 10:09 PM #945    


Miles Wagner (Wagner)

I finally retired on March 12, 2021  from San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services.  I was the only staff member not working Covid-19!  Long career as a first responder but I am glad it's over......  Well, not completely.  

Anyone wondering why San Bernardino County did't do real well on Covid-19 should just look at the turnover in Public Health.  They are now on their 4th Director of Public Health since this started.  And my old office kept getting more tasks assigned.  It's the part of emergency management I can do without  (lack of training amd interest on the part of Public Health). 

Moved to Wellington, NV.  That's east of Lake Taho and Carson City, NV.  Very quiet with almost no street lights.  I lived in northern Neavada for over 10 years and like the area.  Community is friendly and glad to see new people.  Mostly agriculture.

If anyone is ever in the area, send me an email.  It's less than an hour from Reno.  I'd love to sit down and talk!


04/01/21 07:12 AM #946    


Modie (Martin) Katz

Miles, congratulations on your retirement and move to the country. Hope you enjoy the quite life. 

04/01/21 10:15 AM #947    


Charles Cockerill

Miles welcome back to Nevada! Kathy (Gleim) and I moved to Nevada in 1979. We are (mostly) retired as well and live in Washoe Valley adjacent to Tahoe and between Reno and Carson City. God's country!

04/02/21 10:48 AM #948    

Barry Chisholm

Hi Miles,

Thank you for the news and congratulations on joining the ranks of the retired!  I'm hoping you enjoy the retirement gig with all the newfound choices and opportunities it offers.   I'll long remember you as a friend and neighbor in Sierra Madre and at PHS.   It was great talking with you at the 50th!   Take care and best wishes, Barry

04/05/21 08:36 AM #949    


Philip Denslow


Michael Blumenfeld sent in two great Elementary School photos from Daniel Webster School. Grades 4 and 6. You can see them as part of the Do You Remember? page. 



04/19/21 04:36 PM #950    


Gary Hesse

Classmate gets a Star on the 'Walk of Stars' !!!

Have never thought about it before - some of our classmates have received acknowledgement for their careers, achievements, skills, and such, but has any of us ever gotten their own Star on the 'Walk of Stars' ??

Well, last evening, Sunday, April 18th, a Star was unvailed for Barry Schwam at the dedication of Sierra Madre's 'Walk of Stars' in front of the Sierra Madre Playhouse, with which Barry was associated for a number of years!  

Congratulations to Barry  and to his widow, Lydia Bangston!!

The next time you're in SM, stop by the playhouse and enjoy a magic moment of rememberance of Barry; anyone in our class who knew Barry will definitly have at least one memorable rememberance of our gifted classmate!


04/20/21 06:53 AM #951    


Modie (Martin) Katz

What a great memorial for a gentle soul. 

04/25/21 01:01 PM #952    

Sherry Wenger (Wenger)

And a timely message from the relative of Bill Mardian's Armenian family. A few of us were asking about him at our last reunion and I'm glad he settled in the beach area. For some reason, we were always assigned seats next to each other in fifth and sixth grade, and even on the bus, he and Jim M. would lecture me about surf breaks and the sanctity of the San Onofre Surf Club. Good memories!

06/13/21 01:33 PM #953    


Gary Hesse

Again, sorry to be the bearer of sad news - was sad to read yesterday of the passing of Bill Crowhurst last month - I had just seen him prior to his passing in SM - he seemed fit and quite alive - we were talking about coming through the Covid-19 restrictions and such!

Here is a link to the article which was in yesterday's local news:

p3,  v15.24  —  Sierra Madre  —  Mountain Views News (

He was a good friend and I feel a real loss  - personally, to our class, the community, and to his family.

The link provides the e-mail address of his sister Nancy should you wish to pass along condolences or a personal memory of Bill to share with the family.

07/10/21 10:22 AM #954    


Margo Feinstein (Connolly)

Dear Classmates,

Many of us have either battled cancer and/or lost loved ones or friends to various forms of this terrible disease.  I was lucky to benefit from earlier research, and I beat breast cancer decades ago.  Sadly, several years ago, I lost a sister to non-smoker lung cancer.

For many years, I have volunteered for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN).  We are a non-partisan spin-off of American Cancer Society.  We are mainly volunteers whose lives have been touched by cancer.  We do their legislative advocacy at the Federal, State and local levels.

Normally in fall, we do a National Lobby Day in DC where we advocate for a set of cancer-related bills. Our donors sponsor “Lights of Hope” bags for $10 each with messages to Congress/the public about cancer-related healthcare to support our lobby work.  In past years, tens of thousands of decorated bags were displayed in the National Mall in DC in conjunction with a very moving evening of speakers, including members of Congress.

For the second year in a row, we are doing advocacy work via virtual meetings due to pandemic restrictions.  Our displays this year will be in local communities.  I have arranged for many bags sponsored by donors via my page link to be displayed all over a large front picture window from August 17th-September 18th at the American Cancer Society (resale) Discovery Shop on Locust in Walnut Creek, in the East Bay.  After that, the manager hopes to recycle the decorated bags as shopping bags for small items bought in the store.

This year has been financially difficult for ACSCAN, which operates on a shoestring budget with very few paid staff.  Unfortunately, cancer never “takes a year off” due to the pandemic.   .   .    .

Below is a link to my page.  Please consider sponsoring bags in memory, in honor, or in support of cancer patients, advocating to Congress for research funding, or reminding others to get screened. The donations go via secure link directly to ACSCAN for our life-saving advocacy work.

If you donate and make a list of messages for your bags, please 1) omit the last name of any living patient you mention to protect the person’s medical privacy 2) email me a list of what you want written on each bag at  We will decorate them as you wish (simply due to space limitations on each bag) and email you a photo of your bags. (I have friends who will help to decorate them, as needed.)

This link is followed by examples of bags sponsored by donors to ACSCAN via my page this summer:

2021 Lights of Hope:  Margo Connolly--American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (

Thank you for reading this far!  Wishing you a great summer and the best of health always!

Margo (Feinstein) Connolly

07/11/21 06:09 PM #955    


Carolyn Gray

Thank you Margo for what you are doing! You are appreciated.

07/12/21 08:57 AM #956    


Margaret Hansen (Bruce)

As others  have said thank you Margo for what you are doing!!  It is deeply appreciated by this breast cancer survivor classmate.  

07/12/21 03:34 PM #957    


Gary Hesse

On this past Sunday evening, 7/11/2021, I was fortunate to attend the Celebration of Life for our classmate William ‘Bill’ Crowhurst, who passed away in his sleep on May 17th of this year.  Organized by his two sisters, Sue and Nancy, it was held in the Rose Pavilion Gazebo in the Descanso Gardens, a most fitting location in which to acknowledge Bill’s life contributions which were shared by so many – classmates from his years of education, colleagues from his work at JPL, Automobile Club (as a location evaluator of restaurants and lodging), the entertainment industry, members of his church, individuals whom he had helped in AA, and many family members and friends.


What left the greatest impression on my attendance was the overwhelming sentiment of Bill’s contributions to others, his positive attitudes, determination, faith, and love of family and friends.


Also in attendance from Bill’s years of growing up on “Rabbit Hill”, err – Upper Hastings Ranch,  were our classmates Randy Huth, David Fair, and Robert Grube, with whom Bill and I shared time and experiences at Don Benito Elementary, John Marshall Jr. High, and Pasadena High School before all of us spread out to further our educations in scholastics and life!


Just prior to the conclusion of the evening I glanced past the speaker’s podium towards a clearing in the immense oak trees through which I could see the blue sky and the sun’s rays peacefully setting over the San Gabriel Mountains.  Moving through this beautiful setting of a day’s end was a passenger jet going from east to west and leaving in its’ wake a spreading contrail….I couldn’t help but think that it represented Bill’s essence continuing onward while leaving a subtle message that “Bill was here” in its’ wake!


Bravo Bill, You Did Good!!

07/14/21 06:26 PM #958    


David Fair

Bill had an amazingly broad network of friends. Several speakers commented that Bill had "at least 27 best friends."  A complex person, he was always loving of others and of fun.

Rob Grube wasn't there,  However, other Hastings Ranch PHSers were, including Gordon Burk and Monique van der Harst.

Bill will be missed by many, including me, David Fair.

07/18/21 04:28 PM #959    


Gary Hesse

My mistake David, I mistook Gordon for Robert; it's been a long time!!

07/24/21 03:54 PM #960    


Miles Wagner (Wagner)

Happy Birthday to Michael May!

I am enjoying retired life in Wellington, NV.





07/25/21 10:32 AM #961    


Rudy Castro


I wanted to share my upcoming adventure and invite you to follow along and take part if you wish.
I was asked to join the Fire Velo bicycle club's 3,000 mile, 40-day fundraising bicycle ride across the country from Los Angeles to New York for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  We will be raising funds for Firefighter Cancer Awareness, Firefighter Mental Health, and the Gary Senise Foundation.  I will not be riding a bicycle; however, I will be driving one of the support vehicles with the riders each day.  All the participants are active and retired firefighters.
If you would like to donate to this great cause, please go to  It is very much appreciated.
We will be leaving on Sunday, August 1 from the Santa Monica Pier and arriving in New York on Thursday, September 9.  We will be attending a memorial service on Saturday, September 11 at Ground Zero.  We will also be stopping at other significant locations along the way (Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA, and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C.).
If you would like to check our progress, please visit the website often for updates.
For me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as well as a personal quest, as I will be traveling in honor of my niece who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
I will have access to email and phone if you wish to reach out and I will respond as time permits.
Warmest regards and thanks in advance,
Rudy Castro
33 years of service with:
City of Pasadena Fire Department and
Los Angeles County Fire Department



07/26/21 11:25 AM #962    


Rodrigo Marin (Marin)

Congrats Rudy on your time and service in the Fire Dept. Good Luck and Be safe on your trip. We contribute to the Tunnel2Towers charity for those first responders and sevicemen.

Rod Marin

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