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Welcome to the home of the Tucson High School Class of 1960 web site. Please bookmark this page or make a note of the address: http://www.ths1960.com/.

En Español: Bienvenidos al hogar de la clase 1960 de la escuela secundaria de Tucson del web site. Bookmark por favor esta página o anote la dirección: http://www.ths1960.com/.


There were approximately 560 of us who graduated in 1960. Scores of others were a part of the class but either graduated elsewhere, graduated later, or didn't graduate. But, once a member of this class, always a member of this class. This web site is dedicated to all of those who were a part of the class for any length of time.

We intend to keep this web site alive as a continuing tribute to our class. It will be a place where you can always find e-mail addresses, photos from the past, and information about plans for the next reunion.


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Take a look, we have more than 200 classmates listed in the e-mail directory. You may be able to contact some friends that you have lost touch with over the years.

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E-Mail Directory

If your e-mail address has changed or if you are not yet listed on the e-mail directory page, you can be added if you send me an e-mail.

PaulD@THS1960.com



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There will be a 55th Reunion Planning Meeting on October 16th at 11:30am at The Sheraton Hotel on Grant Road. All classmates and spouses/significant others are invited to attend. We will have a room for ourselves and can order lunch from the hotel's restaurant menu. We found at the last meeting that the food was quite good and priced reasonably.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Gary Freeman by e-mail: Click on this link to e-mail Gary

 


August 28, 2014

Thanks to Gary Freeman for sending a new e-mail address for Malcolm Levin.



maljlevin@gmail.com



August 24, 2014

55th Reunion

 Photographer’s Guidelines

 

 

BACKGROUND

At previous reunions, professional photographers were hired to take and sell us photos from the reunion. The result at the 50th reunion was unsatisfactory for a number of reasons. People were not happy that they didn’t get their photo taken at the reunion by the photographer and those who did could not see the proofs before ordering from his web site. We were expected to order without seeing what we were buying. Few people ordered as a result.

 

Fortunately there were quite a few classmates and their spouses/guests who attended the 50th reunion and took photos. We were able to gather as many of those photos as we could after the reunion. Most of those photos were quite good. We were able to use them to produce a nice portrait of every classmate and many of the couples. Here is a list of those who took photos and sent them in to be used for making the portraits and posting here on the web site.

Jack And Cathy Yovanov
Esther Bustamante
Fran Tegarden and Harry
Lorna Castor and Fred
Patricia Delfs
Paul Deutsch
Steve and Sharon Lew
Yvonne Tellez
Natalie Clark and her Daughters

At a meeting held in Tucson after the 50th reunion, we discussed the photography issue and decided that we would handle the photography at the next reunion ourselves and not hire a photographer.

The plan is to recruit as many classmates as we can to take photos and send them in to Paul Deutsch and Patricia Delfs (who made the portraits after the 50th reunion). Those of you who volunteer to take photos will be assigned to cover certain areas and functions during the reunion. The more volunteers, the less work for any individual.

This page is designed to give all of the volunteer photographers some guidance in advance so that they will be ready and prepared to take good photos. Yes, we know that we are not professional photographers but the results we got at the 50th reunion were pretty darn good and in many cases, superior to what a professional photographer would provide.

 


 

We would like you to volunteer to be one of the photographers at the next reunion.

 

The plan is to recruit as many of you and your spouse or guest so we have someone covering each area of the facility. That way each would have an area to be responsible for photographing those in that area. Don't worry, you can have fun and take photos too. If you and/or your spouse or guest would like to be one of the photographers at the next reunion, please send me an e-mail. PaulD@THS1960.com.

 


 

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

 

To get crisp, clear photos of people having a good time at the reunion. We want photos that can be posted on the THS1960 web site and photos that can be used to make portraits to send to those who were there. Our intent is to get at least one good photo of everyone who attends the reunion so we can send them a nice portrait as a souvenir.

 

This is a collection of all the portraits we made from the photos sent in after the 50th reunion.

 

 

  

 

Here are some examples of the portraits we made after the 50th reunion.

 

Many of them were given the OOB treatment. OOB stands for Out Of Boundaries and is a way of giving the photo a pseudo-3D look. If you look at the photo of Bill Bravo playing the guitar where his elbow extends out of the photo and casts a shadow on the mat and the photo of Diane and Chuck dancing, you can see what an OOB photo looks like. It gives the photo a little something extra. We would like to do that to as many of the photos that we can from the next reunion.

 

 

 

 

Here you can see the original photo and then the OOB photo after processing in Adobe Photoshop.

 

 

 

Not all of them were given the OOB treatment. Some photos just don't need the OOB treatment like this one below.

   

 

 

 


 

GROUP PHOTOS

 

We will want group photos too. Here Lorna Castor’s husband Fred with his back to us is taking photos of the group while waiting for the professional photographer to show up.

 

 

 

 

We can and did produce a good group photo by ourselves. So we will hope to have the spouses and guests of classmates volunteer to take photos of the group while the classmates are posing.

 


 

HOW TO TAKE GOOD PHOTOS


Taking photos like these samples is easier to say than to do. The photos we used after the 50th reunion were taken by those who attended and sent them in. They were snap shots but many of them were surprisingly good. The hope is that with the help on this page and a little practice we can do even better next time.

 

Reunions have some brightly lit areas where you can almost always get good shots but there also some dimly lit areas where it is difficult to get good, non-blurry photos. The SECRET to sharp photos is dim light is, ta da, use flash and hold the camera so it isn’t moving. Again, easier to say than to do. Practice, practice, practice before you go to the reunion, especially if you have a new camera.

 

We want to get close-ups of people’s faces. Take the photo from 3 to 6 feet. Too close and the flash will wash out the features of the faces. Too far and it won't light them up enough.

 

Example of a good photo because it was taken in a dim room using flash. The people are close enough to be able to crop them. They are smiling. The photo is sharp, in focus, not blurry.

 

 

 

 

 

Below is an example of a bad photo. It is bad because you can’t really see anything interesting.

 

 

 

Here is another example of a bad photo. Why? Because the people are facing away from the camera. We want to see their faces not their backs.

 

 

 


 

 

Example of a good photo because it was taken with flash, it is in focus, Pauline and Lorna are smiling and close enough to read their name tags but not so close that the flash would wash out the picture. Notice, the names tags are showing and we can read their names easily. This is important so we can identify the person later when we go to make the individual portraits to mail to them.

 

 

 

Example of a bad photo because although the picture is in focus and properly exposed, the people are not smiling, not looking like they are having fun.

 

 


 

AFTER THE REUNION

 

Send your photos to me.

DON’T do anything to the files before you send them. Don’t make the files smaller. Don't try to “fix” them.

 

We want them just as they came out of the camera.

 

We will run them all through Photoshop to make them look as good as possible. You can make a copy for me of each photo and put them on a CD and mail it. Or you can e-mail them to me. Of course, you can make your own copies too and do what you want to them such as changing the size and cropping them but please don’t do any of that to the files you send me.

 

 


 

WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED?

 

You don’t need to buy a new camera to take reunion photos. If you have a camera that is at least 5 megapixels, it will do just fine. However, if you want to buy a new camera to take to the reunion, buy it several months before the reunion and spend time taking photos of people inside where the light is dim and using flash.

 

Cell phone cameras are OK for home snapshots but we are looking for better quality than a cell phone can provide.

 

You can buy cameras from $3.00 and up. You don't need to buy an expensive camera to take good photos at a reunion. But IF you want to buy a new camera, you should plan to spend at least $200 for a decent camera. Anything less will give results that are less than optimal.

 

Which brand? Any of the "name" brands should be OK. Canon, Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung, etc.

 

What size memory card should you get? The prices of these cards have come down so an 8 gigabyte or 16 gigabyte card would be fine and cost less than $30.

 

If you would like some suggestions on which camera would be best for you, send an e-mail to PaulD@THS1960.com and I will try to help.

 


 

HOW TO SET YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS

 

If you usually set your camera to Auto mode, try P mode for a change (if your camera has one). Or try S mode (shutter priority). Set your shutter speed to about 125th of a second.  Again, the goal is to get sharp, crisp, in focus photos. Auto setting doesn't always work well in low light.

 


 

HOW TO FOCUS PROPERLY

 

Most cameras work like this. You press the shutter button half-way down and then wait a second until the camera indicates that it has locked focus. It does this by making a sound and/or a light coming on. Some have a square on the screen that turns green when focus is locked.

 

Don’t take the photo unless the camera indicates that focus is locked. If it is not locked and you take the photo anyway, it will probably be blurry. If you can’t get focus lock, take your finger off the button. Move the lens so you have a nearby area of contrast (some light and some dark). Then try to lock focus again. Before pressing the shutter button the rest of the way, recompose the picture while holding the shutter button half-way down. Then squeeze (not jerk) the shutter button the rest of the way to take the photo.

 

Yes, squeeze the shutter button when you press it. Squeeze slowly and gently so that you don’t jerk the camera. When the picture is finally taken, it should come as a surprise to you.

 

Keep the camera steady. Moving the camera makes the pictures blurry. Many cameras today have an anti-vibration or image stabilization system. Make sure your camera has this feature turned on.

 

One last hint. After you press the shutter button, hold the camera in place for another second to make sure the shutter has closed. Then you can move the camera.

 


 

MORE EXAMPLES

 

Why is this not a good photo? The photographer wasn't close enough. The answer,  get a little closer. Flash is only going to light up the people if you are within about 6 feet. Any further, and this is what you get.

 

 

 

This is a good photo because? It is sharp, in focus, well lit, and the people look like they are having a good time.

 

 

 

This photo is not very good because? It is blurry and out of focus. When people are moving, the camera has to use a faster shutter speed to capture the photo without blur. When the shutter speed is too slow, this is what happens. If your camera has any manual settings, use the S setting and set it to 125th or 160th of a second. Use flash. Look at the picture you just took. If it is blurry like this one, the shutter speed was too low. Increase the speed and try again.

 

 

Here is a better one.

 

 

 

Here is a good photo. It was taken outside. There was good light. Flash was not needed.

 

 

 

Here is an excellent photo. It is in focus, properly exposed and showing people having fun.

 

 

 

What’s wrong with this photo? Of course, the top of John's head is missing.

 

 

 

ISO SETTING

 

How about this one? The photo is grainy. That happens because the camera decided to increase the iso (sensitivity) setting because it was in a dim room. If you set the camera to Auto iso, the camera makes all of the decisions. Normally, it is better to set the camera on the lowest iso setting and not on auto iso. If you are going to use flash, make sure the ISO is set to the lowest setting.

 

 

 

 

HAPPY PEOPLE

 

Here, two out of three are smiling. I suggest you ask them all to smile and then take the picture. (Don’t ask them to say “cheese.” Ask them to say something that will make them smile. “Say pizza.”

 

 

 

Great photo. Both John and Carol are smiling and looking happy. Flash was used and just right, not too close, not too far away.

 

 

WHITE BALANCE

 

What happened here? The photo is orange. Some cameras have a setting called White Balance. The camera needs to sense what type of light is out there. Is it incandescent? Is it fluorescent? Is it sunshine? Each has a different color temperature. In most situations, leaving white balance set to auto works fine. The camera can sense sunlight, incandescent light bulbs, fluorescent lights, etc. Occasionally it will guess wrong. In this case the photographer changed the white balance setting from auto to one of the other settings and that caused the camera make all of the photos come out redish-orange. I suggest you leave the white balance set to auto unless you really know what you are doing.

 

 

RED EYE

When you use flash, you will sometimes get "red eye". You've seen it in other photos I'm sure. Some cameras have a flash setting that will prevent red eye. However, even if you do get red eye, we can fix it in PhotoShop later. Don't worry about the red eye and don't discard good photos just because they have red eye.

ZOOMING

In good light you can zoom in and get good clear sharp photos. However you should be aware that when you zoom in the opening of the camera starts to close down and get smaller. Smaller opening means less light gets in. Less light means dark pictures. So when taking pictures indoors, don't zoom unless the light is really bright. Your camera's widest setting lets in the most light and that is needed in dimly lit places.

VIDEOS

 

Movies can be worth taking. If your camera can record HD video, even better. By all means, take movies. Send them in too. We will make a number of movies after the reunion and post them here so everybody can see them, even those who were not able to be there.

 

Videos recorded in good light can be quite good and would be used on the www.THS1960.com web site. Here is a video we made after the 50th reunion.

 

 

 

Again, if you intend to use your camera to take videos at the reunion, you should practice in advance.

 

Video hints:

 

Don’t zoom or pan while recording movies. Steven Spielberg might able to do panning and zooming but most of us should not try. Point the camera at people dancing or talking. Record. Stop, walk in to get closer, and record again. But don’t zoom or pan while recording.

 

Holding a camera steady while recording movies takes practice. Most hand-held movies are jerky and not enjoyable to view. So practice, practice, practice before the reunion.

 

 


August 20, 2014

Doug Cervantes posted a link on Facebook to some old photos from The Tucson Citizen archives. The Citizen Archives Link

 

I took the older photos, strung them together, and posted them here for all of you to see.






July 26, 2014

Thanks to Vikie Hariton Cutchall for alerting us to this article from the newspaper a few days ago.

2014-07-23T20:00:00Z 2014-07-23T23:43:14Z Mallamo rekindled Tucson High's fortunesArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Over the next 11 days, the Star will reveal our picks for Tucson’s best high school football coaches of all time. Our countdown continues today with John Mallamo, who helped return Tucson High to the top after a downfall.

No. 11: John Mallamo

School: Tucson High School

Years in coaching: 1956-1966

Local record: 79-30-4

Achievements: Tucson High was nearly bursting at the seams in 1953, ranking as one of the largest student bodies in the nation with around 6,800 enrolled. The district introduced two new schools, Catalina and Pueblo, and the effect on the Tucson football program was immediate and devastating. The Badgers stumbled to a 3-15 record over the next two years, causing the school to search for a replacement for the departing Jason “Red” Greer.

The Badgers found the one in Mallamo. The New York native had won two state titles with Buckeye High and spent time coaching at Phoenix Camelback before coming to Tucson High. He built the Badgers up through the trenches and slowly but consistently turned Tucson back into an Arizona power.

After going 16-10-3 over the first three seasons, the Badgers became a regular in the state playoffs and title picture. Aside from a 3-5-1 record in 1964 — Mallamo’s only losing season with the Badgers — Tucson won 42 of 45 games and appeared in three state championship games from 1962 to 1966. His crowning moment came with the 1965 state final, which he followed up with his best coaching performance.

The 1966 squad had to replace 10 starters, including seven All-State players, but behind a powerful line anchored by Bill Dawson and nicknamed the “fearsome fivesome,” Tucson went 11-1 with an admittedly less talented team and beat Mesa Westwood 14-7 in the championship.

Mallamo was named Arizona’s top coach and retired following back-to-back titles, becoming an assistant principal at Tucson High before leaving in 1971 to become Sabino’s first principal. He retired in 1980 and died seven years later at  67.

Memorable moment: After losing to Scottsdale Arcadia 40-7 in 1962 state championship and the state semifinals in 1959 and 1960, Mallamo told the Arizona Daily Star he felt like the Badgers were snake-bitten in the playoffs.

The Badgers finally found the antidote , steamrolling Yuma in the second half in front of a reported 18,000 at Arizona Stadium to cap of a 12-0 season with a 27-7 victory. All-American Lewis Cook scored twice in the fourth quarter and rumbled for 139 yards, and fellow back Davey Jones added 94 yards and a score . While the victory marked Tucson’s 10th title overall, the win was its first since playoffs were introduced in 1959.

From the archives: “I don’t remember seeing a better high school football team in Arizona. And I was attending Phoenix Union in the days when Union, Mesa, Yuma and Tucson High were producing some real great football teams.” — UA stadium manager Stub Ashcraft, on Mallamo’s 1965 championship squad, in the Jan. 5, 1966, Arizona Daily Star.

Big number: 404. During the Badgers’ 1965 campaign, the Tucson offense, spearheaded by Cook, racked up 404 points, the most in city and school history at that point. The record didn’t last long: Another undefeated Tucson High squad broke the mark just five years later with 475 points in the 1970 season. Still, Mallamo’s team sits second in Badgers history in total points as it averaged nearly five touchdowns (33.7 points) each game. Mallamo’s 1965 defense was talented in its own right, allowing a then-record 94 points all season.



 

June 19, 2014


I have discovered a great photographer in Tucson by the name of Hector Esquer. He takes photos in and around Tucson and he posted this one on Facebook recently. I asked him if I could post it here so that our classmates, wherever they live now, could see Tucson from A Mountain.






June 18, 2014

 

John Hoadley sent in his new e-mail address.

June 9, 2014

Dan Slagle sent his e-mail address to add to our list.

May 18, 2014

We had a 55th Reunion Planning Meeting in Tucson on May 8th. Here are the minutes so you can see the progress we are making. Please mark your calendar. The Reunion will be on April 24, 25, and 26, 2015.




Minutes from May 8, 2014
Tucson High School 55th Reunion Committee
Attendance:
Fran Tegarden Johnson
Robbie Phillipson Borth
Jan McKenzie Raffler
Patricia Delfs
Gary Freeman
Onofre Norton Schnack
Zia/Jane Chambers Bishoff
Malcom Levin
Sandy Padias McLaughlin
Sandy Eckburg Thomas
Ruth Warner McCabe
Dottie Wielang Rowley
Diane Dennis LaVetter
Paul Deutsch

Guests:
Harry Johnson
Dave Schnack

The group met for lunch in the dining room of the Sheraton on Grant on Thursday, May 8th, 2014.

Paul began the meeting at 1:25 pm by introducing and welcoming those in attendance.

The prepared agenda began with the status of hotel arrangements. Gary reviewed the plans for Friday and Saturday events. Friday’s reception will be in the Oasis room. The Oasis room is quite nice and can easily hold 100 to 110 people, noting that there is also outdoor space adjacent. A no host bar, a bartender and appetizers will be available. He added that the Sabino room is available for Saturday evening’s dinner/dance. A deposit has been made, we have confirmed 32 rooms, all of the rooms are suites and will cost $109 per night. There is parking at no charge. Friday’s food ‘appetizer’ costs will be about $26/per person, Saturday’s dinner costs will be approximately $44/per plate. Saturday’s dinner will be a sit down dinner. Menu choices currently are beef, chicken, vegetarian; however, these final menu arrangements will be made when a more accurate number of attendees is known. Friday and Saturday’s costs also include a 22% gratuity, 8% tax. The hotel is also offering gluten free as well, providing we give a 60 day notice. It is also planned to include on the “Save the Date” mailing, the hotel costs, projected dinner costs and to encourage the classmates to make the hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Discussion ensued. The hotel would prefer that no ‘outside’ food is brought in for legal liability and responsibility issues. However, the group agreed that a celebretory dessert availability in the hospitality room could be considered. Sandy Thomas noted that as she has in the past, she would be able to provide cake and cookies. Gary also indicated that the $26 per plate cost on Friday would include cold and hot items. He also felt that there is adequate time before our reunion to work with the banquet department at the hotel regarding further food arrangements. Gary will also check to see if fish could be included on menu for Saturday night. The times for Friday are 6pm to 10 pm, Saturday is 6 pm to 12 midnight.

As an aside, it was also reported that Butch has all the banners, etc…. from the last reunion.

There was discussion as to how the registration payments might be done; pay pal and other ‘internet’ options….Dottie and Bette will check into the feasibility.

The group also discussed at length the possibility of having ‘something casual’ at the Shanty on Sunday. Parking issues were noted, Gary agreed to check with the Shanty. He also mentioned that perhaps the trolley will be available by next April . He will also check with Lerua’s Mexican food. All agreed that the Shanty was such a success at the 50th because of Janice Postiglione’s work and dedication. She is missed.

Fran reported that THS would be glad to make available a tour of the school. There have been so many changes, the tour might appeal to some of the classmates.

Budget Report: Dottie gave the budget report. She reported that after disbursements the account includes amounts left from past reunions; the account balance will be used to subsidize some of the costs for the 55th reunion. The group voted to reserve $1500 for the next reunion as start up costs. Prior disbursements include a THS library donation, four memorial bricks from our 4 years and expenses for a plaque. Fran will explain later in the meeting. The group discussed costs for a DJ. It was felt that a DJ was not needed. Paul asked Gary to check with the hotel regarding AV and sound equipment. He also noted that he and others have CDs of our era’s music; the only requirement would be a sound system. This would save the cost of a DJ. Gary will check with the hotel.

Entertainment: Sandy and Patricia will work on this and report back at the October meeting. We were reminded that Bob Temple had offered his assistance….he is also missed.

Decorations: Jane Bishoff added that we have decorations from the 50th reunion available and she plans to keep the 55th very simple. She requested that the hotel set up round tables of 8, as these are more amenable to conversation. She has already developed plans. She was asked to come up with a budget expense amount to give to Bette or Dottie. There was discussion, it was felt that a good estimate of attendance would be 15 tables or 120 people for Saturday evening. Robbie Borth said she would like to help with the decorations. Fran Johnson has special THS centerpieces and she will send them to Jan Raffler who will be seeing Jane in June. This would be just an idea – not something we would have to use.

Photography: Paul and Patricia will check on the photography costs, including postage, etc. Patricia indicated that costs would be ‘around’ $250. However, they will check further and send their estimated costs to Bette/Dottie.

Master of Ceremonies: It was reported that Butch has once again agreed to be the MC. It was suggested that a ‘script’ of the evening events would be helpful.

Registration and Mailing: There was a lengthy discussion about when the first ‘save the date’ mailing and the subsequent registration packets should be mailed. It was agreed that the ‘save the date’ postcard would include as much information as possible, such as hotel room information, week-end plans. Gary reminded us that the sooner the hotel room reservations are made – the better!
It was noted that the first mailing would be in October and registration packet be sent the second week in January. A motion agreeing to the mailing dates was made, seconded and passed. The consensus was that a registration mailing in January allows almost four months. Fran stated that there will be email notices in addition to the mailings; she also estimated the postage and mailing costs to be $250. She added that there will be no sales of items such as T Shirts, coffee mugs, etc.

It was also reported by Fran and Paul that several classmates have indicated their interest in helping. Ruth McCabe would like to help with decorations, Sandy McLaughlin will also help where needed. Robbie Borth, Evy Arm Chipman will help with the mailings. Carolyn Biggam Anderson also expressed her availability as needed. Also Tom Baron, Shannon Carr Zetich, Paula Fischer, Linda Navarro, Felicia Sanders have added their names to help. Additional help is always welcome and appreciated! Registration help on Friday and Saturday is always needed!

At this point in the meeting Gary toured a few of the members through the banquet rooms and hotel rooms. The majority of the committee had toured the facility previously.

Publicity: Paul discussed publicity issues. He will continue to keep the THS website current for all pertinent information. He also mentioned that an article should be placed in the AZ Daily Star. Paul will also arrange to have a notice posted on the Badger Foundation and TUSD web sites.

He also raised the issue of ‘searching for classmates’ and noted the enormous amount of time expended in the past. It was agreed that we will not do any additional searches. Fran did note that with the first mailing planned for October, we might receive return mail which could be helpful.

Mini-annual: Following a brief discussion it was agreed that no mini-annual will be done. There was additional conversation about some type of updated information.

Patricia asked about those classmates who because of cost issues would be unable to attend. The group consensus was to keep the week-end costs to a bare minimum. It was also agreed that this will definitely be accomplished.

Memorabilia: Agreed to use what we haveS available from the 50th reunion.

Fran presented and distributed the programs from the October dedication of the mosaic murals that adorn the lobby of Tucson High’s main building. Our class of 1960 donated the first of the four mosaic panels. The artist was Charles Clement. Danny Romero was our senior advisor and assisted in this effort. Fran, as well as Butch, attended the dedication and was pleased to report that the panels look new, even after 54 years. She encouraged the group to visit THS and see the panels. Another note of interest – Fran reported that Jane Bischoff’s blue gym suit is ‘enshrined’ in the THS Badger Foundation office!

Next Meeting: The group agreed to meet on Thursday October 16 at the Sheraton on Grant.

Paul reminded the group that all budget projections for their respective responsibilities need to be given to Bette and/or Dottie as soon as possible. Fran also reminded the group that these budget projections are projections and probably not the final costs. Please keep that in mind.

The group agreed again to keep approximately $1500 for the next reunion. And, we should think about a next reunion in perhaps two or three years rather than five.

Appreciation was noted for their attendance and enthusiasm and adjourned at 2:45 pm.

Submitted,
Diane Dennis LaVetter

Items for October 16
Budget and Projected Costs
Committee Reports



May 17, 2014

For those of you who don't live in Tucson these days, here are two short videos that I made while there last week for the reunion planning meeting.









May 12, 2014

Inside the entrance to the main building at Tucson High School there are two offices: the Principal and V-Principal. There are some beautiful mosaics next to the doors.




Our class donated the first mosaic, the one to the left of the door leading into the Principal's office. Later, other classes donated the other mosaics and they've been there standing guard since the 1960s. Recently Fran Tegarden Johnson received a plaque from the school for our class from the belated dedication ceremony (which happened 50+ years after the plaques were put on the walls).

All of these photos are thumbnails, you can double-click on them to make them bigger so you can see the detail and read the words on the plaque.








April 29, 2014

Thanks to Dennis Couse for passing on a new e-mail address for Frances Jaramillo Apland.



mrvendor1@ca.rr.com



April 3, 2014

Sadly I must report that our classmate Bob Temple died this morning. He had been battling prostate cancer for the past year.




                                                                                       

This obituary appeared in The Arizona Daily Star on April 13, 2014:

Dr. Robert J. Temple 3/12/1942 - 4/3/2014 Robert Temple died April 3rd after a two-year struggle with prostate cancer. He lived these past two years with courage and dignity, teaching family and friends how to love and live despite obstacles. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judith L. Temple; son, Datta Khalsa (Mari); daughters, Rebecca Kepner (Craig) and Elizabeth Dafferner (Alec); sisters, Sue Temple (Ed Deasy), Judith K. Temple (Carl Schwersinske), Irene Temple (Mike Redmond); beloved grandchildren, Sibri, Cadi, Luke and Wyatt; nephew, Seth Fischer; nieces, Rachael Reeves, Sarah Martinez and Leah Schwersinske. Also extended family members of his wife's family, the Lukmire clan, who thanked Judy for bringing Bob into their family and livening it up. Bob brought spirit and wit to any gathering. He had a deep and far ranging intelligence, and was especially knowledgeable in the fields of music, medicine and literature. Bob was a talented pianist and cellist who enjoyed entertaining family and friends with selections from Bach and Chopin to boogie woogie. He was an avid cyclist; he and Judy logged many miles on the tandem. He rode in El Tour de Tucson numerous times, and on a vacation to Europe rode some of the stages of the Tour de France. Bob was born in New York City and moved to Tucson with his family in 1944. He attended University Heights elementary school, Roskruge Junior High, and graduated from Tucson High in 1960. His undergraduate work was at the University of Arizona; he received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins and also did his residence in psychiatry there. Before that point, he had interned at San Francisco General and spent two years working in a prison hospital for the Public Health Service in Dallas. In Baltimore, after his residency at Hopkins, he taught at Sheppard Pratt Hospital as an assistant professor, and also practiced psychiatry and supervised clinics there. After his time at Sheppard Pratt, he had a private practice in Columbia, Maryland for many years. Bob led a life of emotional and professional fulfillment. He and Judy enjoyed their family and friends, travel, good wine, and Judy's excellent cooking. His family and friends will miss his wisdom, his energy, and his compassion. His friend Annette aptly cited a quotation from Shakespeare in her condolences: "He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again." A Memorial Service will be held in Columbia on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Donations in Bob's name may be made to prostate cancer research, or to any hospice. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.



March 28, 2014


Sandy Eckburg Thomas notified us of another classmate's passing. This obituary appeared in The Arizona Daily Star on Sunday, March 23, 2014:

                                                                             

Carole Sue Skaggs Elias Born October 16, 1941 in Indianapolis, IN died March 16, 2014 at her home in Tucson. Survived by her loving children, Steve (Gerry) Elias, and Joanne (Harry) Kallipolitis, both of Tucson; granddaughter, Cassandra; grandson, Brandon, and great-grandson, Dylan all of Tucson. Brother, Dale (Jean) Skaggs of Paris, TX; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, William C Elias, parents, Ralph and Ruby Skaggs, and brother, Paul Skaggs. Prior to retirement, Carole worked for Southwest Gas Corporation for 25 years. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the Nile, L.O.S, Chautauqua Unit and Royal Order of the Jesterettes of Sabbar Shrine Temple, Elks Lodge #2532. Memorial Service 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Sabbar Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Sabbar Shrine Temple Transportation Fund, 450 S. Tucson Blvd., 85716. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.




March 25, 2014

If you lost your copy of the yearbook or haven't looked at your yearbook lately, take a look here:




(You can watch this full screen by clicking on the little flower just to the left of the word Vimeo. You can return to regular size by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard)

March 20, 2014

Kari An Salyer recently moved to Grass Valley, CA and sent us her new e-mail address:





kasalyer@yahoo.com


March 1, 2014

Did you attend the 50th class reunion in 2010? Even if you didn't, take a look at these videos. They are now remastered in stunning high definition video.

 

(You can watch these videos full screen by clicking on the little flower just to the left of the word Vimeo. You can return to regular size by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard)

Portraits taken by many of our classmates who brought their cameras

 

 

 

Thursday: Getting everything ready

 

 

Friday Evening

 

 

Saturday Evening

 

Sunday afternoon

 


February 20, 2014

The movies in the late 1950s. We went to drive-ins a lot. We didn't really care what was playing, did we?

 

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Yeah, right! But there were some very good movies made in those years. Do you remember? You do? Which movie won the academy award in 1960? Can't remember?

 

What about music? Description: Description: D:\My Web Sites\THS1960\vintage_record_player_album_change_hg_clr.gif  Which songs won Grammy Awards in 1960?

 

The answers are on the page we call Do You Remember,  Do You Remember  (about half-way down the page).

 



December 13, 2013


Ex-Tucson High, Pops maestro 'Bucky' Steele dies.

Charles “Bucky” Steele, the influential leader of the Tucson High Marching 100 band who spent 25 years at the podium with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, died Monday in the Tucson VA hospital’s hospice unit. He was 91 and had battled Alzheimer’s since 2007.


Steele took over the Pops Orchestra from founder Georges DeMeester, who had clocked in 25 years at the podium and was ready to dissolve the group if Steele hadn’t stepped up. Steele, with his wife, Jeanne, as his emcee, went on to build the orchestra’s financial support and audience for its “Music Under the Stars” concerts at Reid Park.


“What he did was he saved that orchestra from falling apart when he took over. It was ready to dissolve,” Steele’s successor, László Veres, said.


Steele, who was born on a ranch in rural Scottsbluff, Neb., and was raised around horses and livestock, came to Tucson in 1958 to teach band at Tucson High. It took him no time to immerse himself in Tucson’s music scene, taking jobs in any band that would have him, including the TSO, the Tucson Opera orchestra and the Flagstaff Festival Orchestra.


“His whole life was music,” Jeanne Steele said. “His first job was when he was in fifth grade with an adult band at kind of a dive in the middle of the countryside. They had the screens up so the beer bottles wouldn’t hit them.”
Steele led the Pops for 25 years before retiring in 1997 when he was 75 years old. He had a reputation for being something of a taskmaster among his musicians — from the Tucson High Marching 100 band members he led for 23 years to the professionals who moonlighted from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra to play in the seasonal Pops Orchestra.


“He liked to yell,” said TSO violinist Fran Veres, László’s wife, who played in the Pops under Steele in the early 1980s. “But everybody understood it because it was a job.”


“He could quickly silence 100-plus squirrelly students as well as all our horns and drums with one certain facial expression that we all understood very well,” recalled Robin Calkins Gwozdz, whom Steele made the first female drum major at Tucson High in 1977.


But Steele always did it with humor — often biting and sharp — and rarely did students take offense, Gwozdz said in an email interview.


“He was always inspiring. He brought in other artists for us to play with, and he would give us opportunities outside our comfort zones because he knew we were excited about trying new things,” added Gwozdz’s sister, Carol Calkins, who played piccolo and flute under Steele at Tucson High and on occasion in the Pops after she graduated in 1972. “He celebrated people’s talents and their unique possibilities.”


In addition to his wife of 44 years, Steele is survived by three sons, Bruce Steele of Oklahoma, Chuck Steele of Dos Cabezas and Steve Steele of Tucson; a brother, Joe Steele of Nebraska; a sister, Ruthanne Hooper of Nebraska; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road.


Steele was the sixth member of the Tucson Pops family to die in 2013. Dorothy Spence died in early June, and the orchestra lost its primary cheerleader and fundraiser, Dave Sitton, and musicians Richard Leek (double bass) and Rebecca Son (viola) in August. Violinist Harriet Cirzan died on Nov. 14.



November 25, 2013

I received an e-mail from Dina Dias Almazon letting us know that our classmate, Frank Yslas, passed away a few weeks ago.






November 9, 2013

I received an e-mail from Rudy DeLagarza with a new e-mail address:


rdelagarza03@gmail.com



October 13, 2013

Janice Brooks, now Janice Moore, notified us that she and her husband John are moving back to Tucson from Montana. Congratulations Janice, welcome home.




September 29, 2013


I found this posted on Facebook. It is the lunch counter menu from Woolworth from 1957. The most expensive thing on the menu was 65¢.






September 3, 2013

A message from Patti (Dunlap) Cota-Robles:

The refurbishing of the "T" at Tucson High was victoriously accomplished thanks to all of the loving support we received from THS Alumni. I have attached a flyer with the before and after pictures.

The "T" was illuminated last Thursday during the first football game of the season. There was a special ceremony and John Warnock, President of the Class of 1959, gave a short dedication. The Class of 1959 donated the original "T" 54 years ago. I am sure this "T" will last for another 50-plus years.

We have the names of all of the donors and we will give you a great "T" shirt in gratitude for your support.  If you donated to the refurbishment of the "T" please respond to this e-mail and give me your name, address, and the size of "T" shirt you want. Dickie and I will mail your shirt to you. The sizes are S, M, L, XL, XXL.

All of you wonderful supporters will also have your name put on a plaque that will hang in the main hall at THS. How Cool!

We Love You,

Patti (Dunlap) Cota-Robles


The Refurbished T





August 29, 2013

Our classmate, Mike Siegel, is to be inducted into the Badger Hall of Fame in October.


Mike was nominated by Gary Freeman and Gary sent this from the nomination letter:

Michael Siegel arrived in Tucson in 1954 from New York. He attended MANSFELD Junior High and graduated TUCSON HIGH SCHOOL in 1960. At THS he was in the first Advance Placement courses ever offered for Chemistry and Physics, WAS THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES FOR THE SENIOR FOLLIES, and the Baccalaureate Speaker at graduation.

MICHAEL earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, received a medical degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1968, spent two years as an National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellow in radiology at Temple University, FOLLOWED BY a two-year NIH fellowship IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE at Johns Hopkins University AND THEN FOUR years there as an assistant professor of RADIOLOGY/Nuclear Medicine. HE served two years as a major in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Siegel, a FULL PROFESSOR, has been on the faculty of the Keck (USC) School of Medicine for 37 years. He founded their nuclear medicine residency program, is the immediate past Director of the USC Division of Nuclear Medicine AND CHIEF OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AT FIVE HOSPITALS SIMULTANEOUSLY. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and contributed chapters to 23 medical textbooks. Dr. Siegel has been married for 47 years to Marsha. They have a TWO CHILDREN AND 7 grandchildren.

He INVENTED THE Amplatz Siegel Pneumatic Radiology Pressure System to visualize smaller arteries of the extremities on angiography. Dr. Siegel PERFORMED the world's first Multigated Acquisition Scan, (MUGA) a test to look at cardiac function without dyes or catheters AND THE FIRST THALLIUM SCAN in the US. BOTH OF WHICH NOW ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT 50% OF ALL NUCLEAR MEDICINE PROCEDURES PERFORMED DAILY THROUGH THE WORLD. He pioneered Peripheral Vascular PERfusion Imaging USED to determine whether a leg ulcers caused by NARROWED blood vessels can heal with medical therapy , rather than amputation.

Last June he was awarded the most prestigious honor given by the American College of Nuclear Medicine, a Lifetime Achievement Award. Leading up to their award, while Chief of Nuclear Medicine at USC, Dr. Siegel traveled the world sharing his expertise, making over 180 presentations at medical meetings.





August 25, 2013

I received an e-mail from Cenobio (Pete) Robles with a new e-mail address:


August 25, 2013

Cenobio (Pete) Robles also reported that he was looking at the obituaries on the Arizona Daily Star's web site and saw the name Gloria Galarza Duarte there. She passed away on April 28, 2013.

The obituary reads as follows:

Gloria Galarza Duarte peacefully went to be with our Lord surrounded by family. She is survived by husband, Andy Duarte; son, Raymond Pacheco; daughters, Gloria Pacheco and Tracy Cavazos; brothers, sisters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was a Tucson High graduate, retired from TMC after 38 years. Those who knew her loved her personality and good sense of humor. Her life was strong and so was her heart. Our lives are now torn all apart. We will miss you a lot and you are so loved. Our beautiful mom, an angel above. Mom rest in peace, we love you and God Bless you. Mass will be offered Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine's Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave.






August 6, 2013

Larry Ellermann sent in his new e-mail address.



July 25, 2013

From today's Arizona Daily Star in the Sports section: (read down the list until you see a familiar name):


Pima County Hall of Fame: Cats coach Lopez heads class of 14 set for induction
Andy Lopez has spent more time as the UA baseball coach than anything else. He has plenty of reasons to consider Tucson as his permanent home, and now he has another. The Pima County Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday at the Holiday Inn that Lopez, a three-time national coach of the year, is included in its 14-member Class of 2013, which will be formally inducted on Oct. 27.
"This is special," said Lopez, who has coached the Wildcats since 2001 and led them to a national championship in 2012.
"Our kids have grown up here, our kids have graduated from the UA, and we feel like this is home so it is kind of neat to be honored."

More than half of the inductees were, like Lopez, selected for their success as coaches, including longtime Pima College men's soccer coach David Cosgrove. Here's a look at them:
Henry Barraza
• Graduated from Tucson High and then the UA with a degree in education before going on to become a successful youth and elementary school coach in several sports since 1977.
Gary Clifford
• Before he became a member of the professional rodeo, Clifford played football and wrestled at Pueblo High from 1955 to 1959. He holds the single-season school records for points and touchdowns and the single-game mark for rushing with 206 yards.
Gary Cohen
• Once ranked the No. 34 tennis player in the country by the USTA, Cohen won a singles, doubles and team title with Canyon del Oro High from 1983 to 1986 and then helped Northwestern win its first Big Ten title in any men's sport in 25 years.
David Cosgrove
• Has been the Pima College men's soccer coach since 1998 and has led the team to 10 top-15 finishes nationally and more than 200 wins. Cosgrove, who also co-founded the Tucson Soccer Academy, led the team to the national finals most recently in 2011 and is a five-time conference coach of the year.
Paul Dull
• Won eight state swimming titles at Palo Verde High and, after serving in Vietnam with the Army, returned to Tucson to teach and coach for more than three decades where his biggest accomplishment was leading the Cholla boys basketball team to the 1993 state title.
Joel Favara
• Running back helped lead Tucson High's football team to back-to-back state titles in 1951 and 1952 and was selected to play in the All-American game before going to Oklahoma A&M where he suffered a career-ending injury and went into coaching.
Joseph Katusz
• Coached Pueblo High's wrestling team to the 1968 state title and had more than 20 individual state champions.
Bob Klingenfus
• Umpired numerous baseball games at every level over 50 years, including more than 80 UA-ASU games.

Chuck LaVetter
• Spent more than 35 years coaching, most of which came at Eastern Arizona College, where he accumulated more than 500 wins in men's and women's basketball.


John Mulay
• Crowned 14 wrestling state champions and won two team titles over 36 years at Pueblo High and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.
Joe Petroshus
• A three-sport standout at Tucson High from 1965 to 1969, Petroshus was an All-America, All-State and All-City half back in 1968. He went on to play football at the UA where he led the team in rushing as a junior but had his career cut short with an injury.
Tom Pierson
• Taught and coached for more than 30 years at Apollo Middle School, Rincon/University High and Sahuaro High where he is still helping out with football and wrestling
John G. Ruiz
• Coached Canyon del Oro High to six golf state championships and 13 division titles over 23 years in addition to being an assistant for the state championship football teams in 1976 and 1977.





July 15, 2013

Thanks to Steve Lew for sending me a new e-mail address for Sammy Lee.


samlee908@yahoo.com





July 11, 2013

Tom Baron has a new e-mail address:


tnbbaron1995@yahoo.com





June 24, 2013

Thanks to Esther Bustamante Jacobson for getting Rebecca Rico Mantano to send us her e-mail address.



rebeccamontano@aol.com



June 18, 2013

Once again some sad news; our classmate Janice Postillion passed away today following a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

Since the end of May, our THS classmate Janice Postillion had been vacationing in Europe with her husband, Mick Toney.  We believe it was last Sunday, June 9, that Janice suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

 

As you can imagine her family and friends are devastated.  It's been more than difficult.  Please join us in offering prayers and good thoughts for Mick and Janice, their family, friends and for all who love her.

 

One more note:  If you have access to Facebook, you might want to look at her wall.  People have posted photos and Janice, herself, posted two photos from their current trip. Her Facebook account is under Janice Postiglione.  Postiglione and not Postillion?  Some time ago Janice took back her family name, Postiglione.  (This may seem trivial, but she specifically told me that the “e” is silent in her last name.)

   





April 29, 2013

Some of us remember a classmate by the name of Mike Early. Mike died while climbing a nearby mountain on his 16th birthday along with two other Boy Scouts. A book was published a few years ago about that tragedy and the search that followed. It was written by the sister of one of the other two scouts who died that day. The title is "Death Clouds On Mt. Baldy."

Thanks to Butch Farabee for telling us about this book and letting us borrow his copy long enough to read it and scan the cover. Butch participated in the search and is mentioned in the book.

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April 18, 2013

Sad news again. I received information today that our classmate and drum major Fred Baker passed away last night.
This obituary was published in The Arizona Daily Star on April 18, 2013:

                                           

Fred S. Baker well known throughout southern Arizona, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in San Diego following complications from a heart transplant operation. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Virginia H. Baker, and their three children, H. Robert Baker, Katherine Hamilton Baker, and Frederick William Baker, and also by his daughter, Rebecca Clark, and his niece, Carey Baker. Fred was born in Tucson, Arizona on July 22, 1942. He graduated class of 1960 at Tucson High School, where he played clarinet and was drum major of the marching band. This helped cultivate his lifelong love of music. He then attended Claremont Men's College, graduating with a B.A. in Economics in 1964. Upon graduation, he partnered with his father in owning and operating a cattle ranch in Sonoita. Fred Baker was a conservationist in deed and spirit. This evolved as a natural consequence of his stewardship of the land as a rancher. In 1974 he was named Arizona's Range Manager of the Year, awarded by the Society for Range Management. He was appointed to seven gubernatorial commissions, among them the Arizona Governor's Rangeland Advisory Council, the Governor's Commission on the Arizona Environment, and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Fred served the cattle industry in numerous capacities, including as president of the Southern Arizona Cattlemen's Protective Association. In 1985, Fred transitioned from ranching into real estate, joining Headquarters West Ltd., where he would later be a co-owner. He worked to structure many land deals in ways that would preserve the beauty of the Sonoita area. Notably, he assisted in land exchanges that led to the creation of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Fred Baker's deep commitment to civic responsibility was evident in more areas than environmental conservation. As clerk and chair of the Board of Trustees for the Sonoita School District and as a director of the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association, he promoted education and recreation in his community. He served on the Empire Ranch Foundation Board of Directors, chairing their bylaws and nominating committees, and sharing his ranching expertise with docents-in-training. He was appreciated as a problem solver and an effective leader by those who knew him well. His family remembers him as a true individual. We will miss his sense of humor and his terrific smile. We will remember him for his ability to listen, his loving nature, and his devotion as a husband and parent. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Tucson Symphony.

April 14, 2013

You might want to take a look at the Badger Foundation's web site. Click on this link to go to their web site: Tucson High School Badger Foundation Web Site.


March 31, 2013 Updated

Other THS classes' web sites you may wish to visit:

1953    http://www.ths53.com/

1958    http://www.ths1958.com/

1959    http://www.ths1959.com

1962    http://www.tucsonhigh1962.com/

1963    http://www.alumniclass.com/tucson

1965    http://www.swtraffic.com/ths

1969    http://www.classreport.org/usa/az/tucson/ths/1969/

1975    http://www.reuniontime.com/reunions/az/tucson/ths/1975/

1980    http://www.thsclass80.com/

 

Some of the other schools in Tucson you may be interested in checking out:

 

Mansfeld http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Mansfeld

Roskruge: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Roskruge

Safford: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Safford

Alice Vail: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Vail

Spring: Alas, Spring is no more and there is no link to click on.

Sam Hughes Elementary School: http://www.samhugheselementary.org/

Miles Elementary School: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Miles/

Peter Howell Elementary School: http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Howell/

 

Tucson Unified School District: http://www.tusd.k12.az.us/

(Any others that should be listed here?)



July 13, 2012

 Here is the link to Tucson High School (now called Tucson High Magnet School)

http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/thms/

 

What's Tucson High like today? Take a look.



February 29, 2012

Did you loose your THS diploma? Would you like a replacement? (I sent an e-mail to each of the officials listed on the diploma but none of them responded, so I assume it is OK to make replacements.)

If you would like one made for you, I'll be happy to do it. All you have to do is send me an e-mail with your name as you would like it printed on your diploma and your mailing address.

 

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