Saturday, March 20, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your High School Years

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) This week we travel down Memory Lane again - tell us about your high school years with answers to ten questions.

Put it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Here's mine:

1. What was your high school's full name, where was it, and what year did you graduate? San Diego High School, in downtown San Diego (12th Avenue and Russ Blvd.), 1961.

2. What was the school team nickname, and what are/were your school's colors? Cavemen/Cavers, and uniforms were Powder Blue and White.  "We are the Cavers, the mighty, mighty Cavers..."

3. What was the name of your school song, and can you still sing it? The Gray Castle. No, I had to look up the name of the song, let alone the words.  Here is a video with photos of the school as it was in the 1960s:

4. Did you have a car? How did you get to and from school? No car until I was 23. I took the bus both ways.  The good old Number 2 bus went south down 30th Street, west on Beech, south on 28th, west on B, south on 25th, and west on Broadway.  I got off at 12th and walked the four blocks north to school.  I often walked home from school (uphill!) if my book load wasn't too heavy.

5. Did you date someone from your high school? Or marry someone from your high school? Were you considered a flirt? No; No; and I was too self-conscious to flirt.  No dates until college.  I did have dreams about dating some girls.  I avoided after-school events and dances - Mr. Wallflower did not know how to dance despite the dreadful lessons back in elementary school, plus every girl was taller than me in high school.  

6. What social group were you in? I was in the outcast group - the nerds and geeks, with short hair and glasses, and heavy into math, physics, chemistry, etc.  We did talk about sports a lot.  Our school was fairly well racially integrated, but cliquish.  

7. Who were your favorite teachers? Mrs. Johnsie Posey (geometry, calculus), J.O. Peterson (chemistry).  Mrs. Posey had a beautiful southern accent (it was a novelty in 1960 San Diego) and was a fun and demanding teacher.  She prepared me well for college and an engineering career.  Mr. Peterson was a bit absent-minded, and half of the class was trying to make explosives in the lab.  

8. What did you do on Friday nights? I attended some football games in the fall in Balboa Stadium - the Cavers were really good!  Otherwise, I was home watching TV or playing family games.  By high school, I was into music - listening to the radio and collecting Top 40 surveys.  

9. Did you go to and have fun at the Senior Prom? Nope. Didn't go to the prom, although the counselors tried to line me up with a really smart girl. She didn't want to go either.

10. Have you been to reunions, and are you planning on going to the next reunion? I went to the 10th, and was essentially shunned by all the people I didn't know. I almost went to the 50th in 2011, but didn't because I figured no one will remember what anybody looked like!  

I really hated high school because I got picked on for being small, unathletic and smart. All except the learning part - that was fun!

See, that wasn't so bad, was it? Kind of true confessions time. Now write a post answering these questions on your blog or put a comment on this post.

Enjoy the memories! Or not...I'm surprised I survived!


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

We might have been friends, Randy. I certainly wasn't a cool kid, either.

Liz said...

Here's mine:

ByAPearl said...

Here's my blog post

Janice M. Sellers said...

Now we have a club of the formerly uncool kids:

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my post. As Janice said the formerly uncool kids club. :)

Randy Seaver said...

So it looks like the "uncool" kids gravitated to genealogy - a usually solitary activity with excellent show-and-tell results!