SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
April 2, 2008
Note From Cindy (Pearson) Gates Class of 71
Received this wonderful note from Cindy (Pearson) Gates class of 1971. I
wrote to her and asked her if I could put her note in the next alumni email.
Hi Doctor Waner,
Mom said she heard from you and she was so pleased to touch base with
Big Bear. She speaks to Irma Hartwell frequently and still holds Big Bear
close to her heart, as do I. She just had a second surgery on her hip and is
doing well. Yesterday when I called, she was making a poster for the
bulletin board at the rehab place where she is living. She was writing the
lyrics for the old song "Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative,"
an old Bing Crosby tune I think. That sums it up...she is such a fighter and
at the age of almost 89, still keeps current with news and people. My sister
Nancy (66') is responsible for her care in
San Diego. She is a blessing to me...both Mom and Nancy. Harold and Eileen
Graham visited Mom a few weeks ago which brought her great pleasure.
You will appreciate this as an educator. One time I visited Eileen and
Mom's classroom (I must have been in college at the time), and the first and
second graders were chewing crayons and falling out of their chairs. I asked
my mom why she found this interesting and how she could stand it. She told
me that she just loved the kids. Well, now I teach middle schoolers
(Language Arts, 7th and 8th grades), and guess what? They chew their pencils
and fall out of their chairs (and some fall asleep). It makes me
laugh....now I get it!
Anyway, thank you for the updates about the community. I am married to
a marathon man and appreciate following Ryan Hall's journey. What a fine
young man he must be...it must be the clean air and the camaraderie of the
mountain that makes him special. Love to you and your family, and thanks
Cindy Pearson Gates '71
Received this interesting note from Bill Cleary in Japan about a week ago:
Hi Al, It is graduation day today at my university, and the ceremony
will begin in a few minutes. We are also getting prepared for the move to
I am not sure if you have read the news, but I am working with the
famous LA lawyer, Mark Geragos, on the Miura case. I am getting famous over
here and am in a unique position to help the court sort out the issues
related to Japanese law.
It is also Good Friday here, and we want to wish you and yours a Happy
Note to Randy Perkins:
I wrote to Randy Perkins. class of 1971 with the following note:
Randy wrote back:
Here is a good story!!!! Remember two years ago when you gave the
check for $100,000 for the Bob Perkins Gym assembly. Ron Dobis selected a
student from the 7th and 8th graders to shoot free throws against you
during the assembly. Remember - he beat you???? He is now a freshman at
the high school and was first team varsity this year and ranked among the
leaders in the Inland empire among three point shooters. He has potential
to be a good one by the time he is a senior. His name is Owens David. We
will see how he does in the future? Good to hear from you.
(Editors note: Randy is competitive as ever. Randy is a big supporter of
the Steven G. Mihaylo Education Foundation and is one of main the reasons
for the capital campaigns success this year. Way to go Randy!!!!)
Send me their schedule next year and I will come watch the team. I am
now coaching the Bishop's High School girls Varsity team. We were # 7 in
the state last year and could be # 1 next year. You should see these girls
play. Talk to you soon.
I was visiting some of my fieldwork students in the San Bernardino area and
came across Karen (Marshall) Craig, class of 65, at Arroyo Valley High
School in San Bernardino. I had visited with Karen on several occasions.
She is doing a great job as principal in an inner city new high school and
was formerly principal of San Bernardino High School. We were bringing each
other up to date on happenings and she laughed and said, "I have to go out
to my car and get some pictures." She returned with pictures of her in a
race car helmet standing besides a race car. She received 30 minutes of
instruction from the Drive Tech NASCAR Driving School and then drove 137
miles per hour in a NASCAR racing car on the race tack. Karen and her
husband have a home at the river and she drives her supercharged Sea Doos at
70 miles per hour. If you hear a car coming up behind you - watch out - it
may be Karen going for the gold. Karen was a student of mine at Big Bear
High in the 60's. I am so proud of the work she has done at San Bernardino
High and Arroyo Valley High. Her sister, Jill Marshall, is a teacher in
Lucerne Valley High School.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE STEVEN G. MIHAYLO EDUCATION FOUNDATION
President Neal Waner gave the following message to the captains of the
capital campaign on March 5, 2008:
Total Pledges are now over $584,000. Total Paid this fiscal year is now
just over $231,000, that number will be over $481,000 when Steve's matching
check has arrived. Folks, that means we've added almost $500,000 to the
endowment in the past year. Wow. What progress!! You all should feel very
good about what we've accomplished thus far.
To all the alumni: If you have not had a chance to participate in our
capital campaign for the Steven G. Mihaylo/Big Bear High School capital
campaign you still have time. Just send in your contribution to SGM/BBHS
Education Foundation, Box 1529, big Bear Lake, California, 92315. Remember
every dollar you donate is matched by Steve.
The captains are:
- Alumni Team 1960's and prior: Dick Leroy - (Call Marie Wanke, 909-585-9898)
- Alumni Team 1970's and 1980's: Cathy Fulton - 909-866-2777
- Alumni Team 1990's and later: Carrie Boucher - 909-866-6099 (Call Carrie's mom, Barbara in Big Bear)
- Community Team #1: Tom Johnson - 951-415-3047
- Community Team #2: Loren Hafen - 951-830-4386
You can also get information from our web site: http://www.bigbearedufoundation.org/.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PAVERS COURTYARD PROJECT!!!
The pavers program for Big Bear Middle School has now been revived after a
two year hold due to the remodeling in progress at the Middle School. For
$30 you can have your name and message inscribed and your brick will placed
in the planter wall in the court yard of the Middle School. We now have
over 100 bricks purchased for the landscape project. Please follow the
SEND THE FORM TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AS DIRECTED BELOW
|Number of pavers requested: ______________
||Check amount: _____________________
(Please fill out a separate form for each paver.)
Please print clearly the message you want on the paver. You may request up to 12 letters per line for three lines. (Please see example below)
|First Line: _________________________________________________________
|Second Line: ______________________________________________________
|Third Line: (OPTIONAL)________________________________________________________
(Please do not exceed 12 letters per line.)
MAKE CHECKS AND SEND TO:
BBMS Student Council
P.O. BOX 1607
Big Bear Lake, California, 92315
Our spring sports are in full swing at the High School. The girls and boys
track team, girls softball and boys baseball are all off to a good start.
For more thrilling information on the High School sports refer to
Nice article in the Big Bear News edition on April 1:
Class of 1968 reunion in October
Our thanks to Lynda Gipson (McMinnis) for sharing her Timberline with
Big Bear News.
It was 40 years ago that new faculty members at Big Bear High School
included some now long-familiar faces, such as Mr. Bumstead, Mr. Hamilton,
Mr. Shepson and Mr. LeRoy, and many of those BBHS seniors are still in our
community today, if you were to take a glance at the 1968 Timberline-the
BBHS annual features Pam Thomas (Wisdom) as the Class of 68's Homecoming
Queen, Jim Blauer was voted Most Athletic, and the BBHS Ski Team (pictured
above), coached by Ed Stalcup, included Larry Poland, Shelley McGrath
(Egan), Bill Lindsey, Steve Blauer and Dave Huether.
For those in the Big Bear High School Class of 1968, the opportunity to
relive those memories of 40 years ago-including the football game when the
Bears beat Rim 32-18--will come with a class reunion cruise through the
Pacific Northwest in October. All BBHS alumni are invited to join the Class
of 68 for their 40th reunion, which is scheduled during BVUSD's fall break
(October 6-10), so that families can participate. For more information, you
can visit bbhsreunion.com or call Debby Hughes, to book your reservation by
April 4th, at 584-7525.
(editors note: This was a great class at Big Bear High School. They were
an athletic prowess in the Arrowhead League and had many scholars. This
should be a great reunion.)