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January 2009

I like to find some special things in each month.  The birthstone for January is the garnet, which is one of my favorites, even though my birthday isn't in January.  I just love the color, which is usually like the color of Kilroy's brick wall (see above).

January 1 is New Years Day.

January 26th is Chinese New Year.  This year is the year of ox

There are many other important days in January, especially this year: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 19th, and it is followed by Inauguration Day on January 20th.

footballThe first Superball Game was played on January 15, 1967 ; Green Bay (35) defeated Kansas City (10)

The Eskimo Pie was patented on January 24, 1922

Our January Birthday Gang has lots of impressive company.  Besides Dr. King, Jr. they share their birth month with several historic figures : Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Sir Isaac Newton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Jackie Robinson.  Also born in January were Elvis Presley, Lewis Braille, Rubber Ducky & Ernie from Sesame Street, and Sherlock Holmes.

This is the time to eat black eyed peas, and make resolutions for the coming year. Darn! I didn't do either one. How about you?


We are fortunate to have two Santas in our class. Most of us know that Bill Swank has been Santa at Balboa Park for several years, as well as at Walter Andersen's Nursery.  Last year Bill Lansville became the Santa at the Wal Mart in Barstow, California.  He loved it, so he did it again this year. Way to go Bills.

Here are  a couple of pictures of Santa Swank at Balboa Park

                  santa                                       baby  

                                                                             Babies love him!!

At Walter Andersen's Nursery

entry                                            high-five

                          Triumphant Entry                                                                                                                         High Five!


Here is Santa Lansville in Barstow With His Family


                             With Mrs. Claus                                                                  Grandchildren: Kayla (14), Tre' (12) & Paeden (19 months


                        laura                                 anthony  

With daughter, Laura (and grandson, Paeden)                                       Son-in-law, Anthony (and Paeden again)



First Saturday Breakfast Bunch

January 3, 2009

everyone welcomecocoeveryone welcome

Next Breakfast, February 7, 2009

9 A.M.

5955 Balboa Ave. (at Mt. Alifan/Mt. Abernathy)

We had a big group here for the breakfast Saturday, even though it was a gray, rainy, crawl-back-into-bed-and-cover-your-head kind of day. There were 24 of us there!  And we had to be on good behavior, because we had two Santas there.  They were  disguised as human beings, but we knew who they were!

The brave souls that came out for a morning of  breakfast and conversation were:

Class of 1956:  Patsy Lilley; Betty Minga Brown; Raymond A. Hacecky; LuAnn Easterly Giegler & husband, Don (IL-1954)

Class of 1958: Marie Gilmour Davila & husband, Bob (TX-1955); Pat DeFore Barr; Sheila Mura; Orpha Higley; Pam Priest Lollis & Wayne Lollis; Walter Andersen; Judi Michael Shacklett & husband, John; Bill Lansville; Aline Minga Brown & husband, Don (OK-1954); Bill Swank & wife, Jeri Lynne Swank

Class of 1959: Christiana Hughes Wagner; Rosemary Pleger Jackson; Bill Curtis & wife, Mary (1962)

                orpha                                    thelma

             Bob, Walter, Wayne & Pam, Chrissy, Orpha                                             Pat, Sheila, Judi, Jeri Lynne, John Shacklett, Bill Swank, Bob

              mary                       betty  

LuAnn & Don Geigler; Bill & Mary Curtis                                                  Betty Minga Brown; Aline & Don Brown; Rosemary


Pam; Chrissy; Orpha; Bill Lansville; Patsy Lilley



January Birthdays 

Nora Castro Campos

Alice Carolyn Clune

Mary Engle Mariscal

Carol Gillitzer Harrison

Phill Hansen

Jerry (TEX) Hawkins

Wayne Lollis

Jane Rita Long Ditullio

Tom Reinshagen

Ronald (Sackrider)Shipley 

Cecil Shuffler

Click on a name to wish your classmate a Happy Birthday!!!

(Should your name be here? Let me know.   



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