Gary Dayton '49/'50
Imperial Beach CA
note, I have changed my email address
6-13-13 From the '58 page.
Good morning from Mexico, Linda. Thanks for putting
forth the suggestion to share more than obituaries on our
website. I enjoyed what Bob Fisher had to tell, and hope
others will contribute.
I discovered the very interesting website below on line
while looking for the home my grandmother owned when we
first moved to Monrovia in1944. The house is at the corner
of Mayflower and Hillcrest. I found it along with 127
other historically significant homes. I recognized many,
and shared the site with my sibs and a few classmates.
Lorna Blomgren Atherton found her family home and Diane
Muller Graham found her grandparents' courts. Who knew that
Monrovia had so many homes which are architecturally
significant? I'm sure our classmates will find homes in
their old neighborhoods--and maybe even their parents'
In the same website, it's possible to view some of
Monrovia's "Lost gems"--structures which have been destroyed
to make room for "progress". Many of them were part of our
lives--especially the library and the Lyric Theater. Some
were toppled before our time.
Please post this so others can enjoy the photos.
Sheila Lorimore Clarke
5-25-13 Here is a link to a historic box factory
still run with steam. Fascinating video, thanks Bobby, great buddy
of Neil "Pete" Peterson, I met him through Pete. Worth the time to
I found some more real interesting information on the
above at their website, worth a look.
5-22-13 Sons Gary and Bruce flew in Sat
and out today . Bruce drove to Reno from Elko NV and they flew down
to San Diego. Gary is still a bit sore from his knee surgery, (see
pix below) but they were walking to the beach and riding my bikes
all over the place. Gary barbequed ribs, corn and potatoes. Sister,
Nancy, brought "Lemon Cheese Cake". Nancy also took pix of the
family and furnished her VW for the boys (58 & 60)to use, also a Box
Kite to play with at the beach.
Bruce & Gary Jr in back, Barbara, Gary with cat Dena.
Pix by Nancy.
Mild success at flying the kite in the light breeze.
See what happens when you don't send me what you have
Pat, '49, turned 82 this week, sure glad I am not
5-14-13 I had to take this out of a multi pix frame,
I couldn't find the digital copy. '50s 40th and 3 great guys in
their own ways. Sadly the last to go was Richard Edwards. Richard
looks like the head of GM here.
5-12-13 Looking back. More old pix.
A Clifton pix of Jerry Furey, he lived across the
street from me. He and wife Rita are both gone.
Joe Coombs, & Noel Tamietti. Noel just died, Joe has
been gone many years. This pix was take from our window in Mazatlan
in '74. Barbara & I picked up Joe in Reno and flew to fly to Nogales
AZ and catch a train to Mazatlan with the rest of the group. Joe was
late getting to the Reno airport as usual. When we got to Nogales
the train had already left. You couldn't fly single engine in Mexico
at night, back then, so we had to stay over night. We flew down in
the morning. Joe wanted to take the train back, but he had to leave
the way he came in so he had to fly with us again. Joe was MAD about
'41, and head of Trico, the engineering company that did all of
McCulloch's work starting with Lake Havasu City. Noel, Phil Eggstaff,
Tommy Griffin, Milt Cox, Neil "Pete" Peterson and I were all
partners in Trico, that is the bunch from MAD.
This pix was taken at our W. Covina house, sadly only
Gene Alley and I are left and we will be 82 this year.
Denny and Wauna Selleck at our '73 reunion at Lake
Havasu City AZ. Sadly they are gone.
Sally Grey Palmer, Wauna Selleck, Barbara Dayton,
Lorraine Alley. Long Beach Marine Stadium in the '50s. Sally and
Wauna are gone.
Dick Leonard and Neil "Pete" Peterson, LHC AZ '73
reunion. Great friends, sadly gone.
Barbara and Gary Dayton. about 1950 Corona Del Mar
beach. So far, so good, we will be married 62 years in June.
Gary, Corona Del Mar about '50, can't do that any
Ron Lee, Kenny Palmer & Neil "Pete" Peterson, in the
Navy, all gone.
Bob Lee and Pete at Marine Stadium with the Cracker
Box Pete, Kenny Palmer and I bought. Bob and Pete are gone.
Jerry Ableson, Pete and Kenny in the Cracker Box. All
Cracker Box just before we bought it. Denny Selleck
with ski line, Denny found the boat for us.
Gary, Kenny Palmer (very sick with cancer), Pete.
Pete and I were on the second "Old Fart Tour" in '98. Brain cancer
got Pete in 2000.
Gary & Pete in La Conner WA at Chris and Elaine
Clawson's, heading back south on the '98 OFTour. Pete's '38 Chevy
Street Rod. That trip was about 6,000+ miles as I remember.
Jack Caward, Barbara & Betty Peterson, Sleepers
meeting in Laughlin NV. We lost Jack later.
Gary, Denny Selleck, Jerry Ablesen, Pete. OFTour '98
in Vegas, stayed at Denny's and then up to visit Jerry. Denny, Jerry
and Pete are gone.
Kenny and Sally Palmer, '73 Havasu reunion, both
Barbara & Gary '73 LHC reunion, we flew in from Elko
Kenny & Sally Palmer; Milt & Inez Cox; Wauna & Denny
Selleck; Betty & Phil Eggstaff; Dick Leonard and Pete; Barbara &
Gary. Milt & Inez plus Barbara & Gary are all that are left of that
reunion in '73.
This is our old gang, the Pasadena girls, Lorraine,
Mardy Conrad, Barbara, Betty & Elaine
In the back, Gary, Gene, Pete, Allen Conrad,& Chris
Clawson. That must be about 1999.
Chris Clawson at the wheel of the "Leading Lady", she
was powered by an Allison airplane engine, Chris used to drive it
and the "Miss Balboa" that his uncle owned. Pete and I used to take
a few rides in the "Lady". Both boats ran out of the Balboa
Pavilion, by the Fun Zone. We knew Chris from our wives, 5 Pasadena
girls, all stayed married. Chris's wive Elaine died a few year ago,
Pete left Betty Peterson in 2000, on other girl died a year ago.
Betty, Barbara and Lorraine Alley are still with us.
Chris & Pete at Chris's Trawler, "Old Fart Tour" WA.
Barbara, Donna '57 & Jerry Smith at our house.
Truth in advertising, Elko NV "Cat House", there were
7 of them in town. When I was running Spring Creek development back
in the early '70s I tried to buy " Gift Certificates" to Sue's, the
biggest House in town. She wouldn't sell them to me. I figured that
would make great Christmas gifts as those who I planned to give them
to wouldn't dare use them. Another House was "Betty's D&D" for drink
and diddle, you had to live there back then.
Pix taken from our porch at the condo we lived in
from '88 to '95. Illegal's running up the beach.
5-2-13 I ran across this pix looking through some old
files. My cat isn't this COOL.
Maybe because I am not this cool either??
4-29-13 Looking at our old house in Lago Vista TX,
that big tree on the corner was a living Xmas tree that I planted
back around '86. I found it on Google Earth, no idea how old the pix
is but that tree is getting huge. I shot it off screen.
4-28-13 Son Gary had half of his right knee replaced,
they didn't want to do a total as he is only 60.
I think he may have caused a shortage of staples in
Reno. Today he said he wasn't using crutches any more, just a cane.
He also had some broken screws taken out of his left leg. It was
broken from a motorcycle accident a few years ago and the screws
held the rod they put in. He got both operations done at the same
visit. I am guessing the cross lines are to help line up the
closure. That looks like it's a good foot long. He is glad that is
in his rear view mirror.
4-15-13 This has been a
trying few weeks. I got a Dell refurbished Optiplex 740 with Win 7,
it had a problem and I had to reorder and send it back. The second
one came in and is fine. I forgot that I had bought another Dell
from Dell and it had Win 8, ( hated the Win 8) that had problems and
was sent back before these refurbished ones from Walmart. The next
problem after I got this one working and loaded in my many software
programs. Next problem was the Front Page software that I use to
publish this had nothing in it. My laptop had some old (10-14-11
) files in it and trying to get it to work I had to dump a bunch of
files from the server. That is history. I started back loading the
files from the server which happens to be in Monrovia a week and a
half ago. This process was a frustrating bad joke. I would start it
and check every few hours and once in a while it would load in some
at a snails pace of 5-8 kbs/sec. At the very end I got it up to 18
kbs/sec, still real slow. But this afternoon I finally got it all on
this desktop and hopefully can start publishing again. I have been
sitting on a Review from Jim Regan for over a week during all of
I didn't, but I did think about it!!!
3-30-13 Sad news, old
friend and Trico partner, Noel Tamietti passed away this morning.
His wife, Nancy just called with the news. No service and cremation
is all she said, they had no friends up in OR where they have been
living and all the kids had been there to visit at the end. Noel,
and I were minor partners for many years, he went back to Treadwell
Engineering in Arcadia. Noel was 90, born on Dec 24th 1922 to Mar
30th 2013 We used to go to Punta Bandera for 4th of July many years
back, there was a big group of us, including Pete and Betty
Peterson. Pete and I set off the 3&4" rockets and had a ball doing
Noel and Nancy at our house
4-29-05, Noel's brother was Paul who had Mercury Fence.
3-25-13 The "Highway men" Enjoy.
Kris Kristofferson , Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash.
Live 1990 This must be way over an hour long, maybe two. Filmed at
This isn't a clip, it is a concert.
3-18-13 Talking to Barbara's
oldest sister today she told about her grandsons luck. He is a
Border Patrol on our border here in San Diego. He was out in the
heavy fog a few days ago and the illegal's like to make a run for it
in the fog. It was so foggy that 3 jumped into the back of his truck
thinking it was their pick up truck. He just got out and arrested
all 3, they had loaded themselves. I guess the old saying "Onward
through the Fog" doesn't always work. I wonder if they will admit
how they got caught back in Mexico???
Imperial Beach aerial view from a Century 21 post card.
We back up to the dark open space, right center. Not a very big
town. The south end of San Diego Bay is at left center. The pix doesn't
show all the way south to the condo on the beach where we lived from '88
to '95 when we moved to 5th St. That is when I retired.
2-3-11 Did you lose
Is there a reward?
Be sure to watch the 4 year old on the drums below. I
probably have watched it 20 times, any time I need a smile.
7-31-10 What are your 4 year old kids up to? Click
below to see this one in action. Every time I need a smile I watch
this little guy. I think I need to get some greats a drum set.
Kathi Henry '53 did this card and sent it to Barbara as a Mothers Day
card and for me to scan for her page. What a talent.
If needed download
the free Power Point viewer from this site
I found this
doesn't seem to always work with AOL, if you have
that problem download
Firefox from here, it works great. I use it to monitor the
Barbara thinks this is me every time she goes
in my office or the garage.
This is hard work.
Our curb art address, fun things at the beach. The sloop is
from a painting of our old sloop "Bluejeans". Below, the artist at