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February 2009


You would think that the stone for February would be something pinkish, or red, like the ruby (which is for July) in honor of St. Valentine's Day. But it is not.  It is a beautiful violet to purple stone called "amethyst" (which I can't pronounce).  The name comes from the German for "non-drunkenness", probably because in the 15th century it was thought that either wearing an amethyst while drinking or drinking from an amethyst cup (darn, I lost mine in the last move), would prevent intoxication.  One of the other uses for amethyst is as a love charm, so it seems it is an acceptable gem for this month.

February 22 is the birthday of President George Washington (remember we used to get out of school on that day, remember?). 
February 12 is the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln.  In fact it is his 200th birthday.  (We used to get out for that day too).                                     
Galileo was born on February 15, 1564.  That is about all the birthdays I know, except for the ones near the bottom of the page.
Also on February 15, quite a bit later, in 1903, the Teddy Bear was introduced. 

                                                                                         From Bill Swank I got this bit of history:
                                                                          What were the burning issues in America 100 years ago?
On February 9, 1909, the Supreme Court of Kansas ruled that it was not immoral to play baseball on Sunday.  Ernest Prather had been found guilty of playing ball on the Sabbath.  He appealed his conviction.  Justice Proter ordered his release from custody "on the grounds that baseball is a national sport and has no immoral tendencies."

Still on the subject of baseball, on February 9, 1971, pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige became the first Negro League veteran to be nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
On February 12, 1941 the first Gold Record was awarded to Glenn Miller for Chattanoga Choo Choo.
Mardi Gras is on February 24 this year, and Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25.
February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, And February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day.  Hope you are all inspired.

I received a really authentic looking e-mail a few days ago. The sender address was <stimulus at> (I didn't put the @      sign as it would make the address into a link, and I don't want anyone to click on it).  Since is a legitimate address, the     letter looks real.  And since "stimulus" is in the news all the time, and it is tax paying time, it is easy to accept this as genuine; IT  IS NOT!!!

This is the text of the letter, which also included an attachment at the bottom to download:  
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment.
Please submit the Stimulus Payment Online Form in order to process it.

A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To submit your Stimulus Payment form, please download the document attached to your email.

Note: If filing or preparation fees were deducted from your 2008 Refund or you
received a refund anticipation loan, you will be receiving a check instead of a
direct deposit.

Internal Revenue Service
I thought it looked a little "bare" since it didn't say "Dear Mr. (or Mrs.) Davila, and didn't seem to have anything to make it look really official -just seemed a little "off".  So I checked with  (urban legend/rumor site). 
I won't write all that they said here, but they did say it was a "phishing" scheme, and a good one because most people are dealing with the irs at this time of year.  If you got one of these e-mails, I urge you to check out this (click on it)   for the information you need.  Do not download the form; do not click on any thing that might be on the e-mail (including the "sent by" address at the top).

You are asked to forward the letter to
   I did that and got a reply from them, with a thank you, and a mention that the irs does not contact individuals by e-mail. 
                                                                    Photos from Yesteryear

Karen Young Bowling sent these pictures; they had been sent to her by Terry Brandt, who also attended our 50th Reunion. They had been next door neighbors in a Pacific Beach project between 1941 and 1955.

Terry and Karen                                                                     Karen, her mom, and her sister, LaDona  

First Saturday Breakfast Bunch
February 7, 2009
everybody welcomecocoeveryone welcome
           Next Breakfast- March 7, 2009  
                                                                       9 A.M.
                                                       5955 Balboa Ave. (at Mt. Alifan/Mt. Abernathy)

There was an almost overflow crowd this time at Coco's, 32 of us!  I don't think I need to say anything more about that, except that it was great to see everyone, especially on a rainy cold day like it was.
Here we are:
Class of 1956:  Betty Minga Brown; Joan Fredericks Hacecky & husband, Ray A. Hacecky; LuAnn Easterly Giegler & hubby, Don (Ill. class of '54); David Castle

Class of 1958: Marie Gilmour Davila and hubby, Bob (Tex. class of 1955); Sheila Mura; Pat Defore Barr; Aline Minga Brown & husband Don; Bill Swank & wife, Jeri Lynne (class of '66); Bill Lansville; Orpha Higley; Judi Michael Shacklett & hubby, John (class of '57, Grossmont); Wayne Lollis & Pam Priest Lollis; Walter Andersen & wife, Jody (class of '62); Linda Moreno Robertson; Alice Clune Spakes; Larry Beyersdorf & wife, Kimberly

Class of 1959: Christiana Hughes Wagner; Bill Curtis & wife, Mary Lynn Dudley Curtis (class of 1962); Barbara Grayson Bell; Rosemary Pleger Jackson; Carolyn Clune

linda         carolyn
Linda, Pam & Wayne, Alice, Bill Swank                         Carolyn Clune, Alice, Linda  

pam                 aline
Betty Minga Brown in green shirt                                         Aline Minga Brown; Joan Fredericks Hacecky;
                                                                                         LuAnn Giegler; Ray A. Hacecky
                   Mary Curtis talking behind her husband's back to Christiana Wagner, while Bill visits with Pam Priest Lollis

larry                       bob  
Glad to have Kimberly & Larry Beyersdorf back                                     Bob jokes with Jody & Walter Andersen.
and "All-timers, Don Geigler & David Castle                                            Mary & Chrissy still at it!

Clockwise, visible: Bill & Mary Curtis; Sheila Mura; Pat DeFore Barr; Jeri Lynne Swank; Aline Minga Brown & Don; Judi Michael Shacklett; Wayne Lollis (turned away) & wife, Pam Priest Lollis-still talking to Bill; Linda Moreno Robertson in back of Mary-top left.



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