Please email your address/phone number changes to Elaine Barrows Kemp
Fellow Sevilla Toros,
Your reunion team have put together another wonderful friendship gathering for all Sevilla High School Alumni!
This will be a time for all to renew friendships and make new ones and a time to share in the stories of our times at Sevilla High School.
The following is information for your reunion:
May 20 - 22, 2016
Cost for Attending:
Includes Saturday night dinner & Sunday Breakfast Buffet
Holiday Inn Orlando Celebration
5711 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida 34746
Guest Room Rates Per Night: $73.00 NIGHT all rooms are double plus Tax
NOTE: Rate is good 3 days before or after!!!!
Reservations Phone Number: (407) -396-4222, ask for in house reservations
Reference Number: SHS REUNION
QUESTIONS? Contact Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete and send the attached registration form to Stella by April 1, 2016.
We look forward to seeing you in Kissimmee, Florida in 2016!
Sevilla High SchoolAttendees:
Alumni Name_____________________________________________________ Class of__________
_____(number of persons) will be attending
Cost - $80.00 per person
**Full payment is due no later than April 1, 2016
Checks should be made payable to "Sevilla High School Reunion""and mailed with this form to:
Stella DyerA bank account in the name of Sevilla High School Reunion exists for the purpose of helping to defray the costs of Reunion 2016. Any and all contributions are more than welcome and are very much appreciated!
2425 E. Durango Drive
Casa Grande, AZ 85294
We look forward to seeing all of you!!
Save the Date for our next gathering of friends and classmates
To get your transcripts, go to www.dodea.edu/stu/trans.cfm and that gives you information about Prometrics and where you need to call for any questions you may have. For transcripts go to: www.getcollegecredit.com and go to section that says military downloads and the first on the list (if more than 5 years) request transcript form dodds and print, fill out, scan and send it back to them via scanner or mail. Call and check on it in one and a half weeks if you haven't heard from them.
(Thanks to Jamie Kehe for this most recent update!)
I have the best memories a kid could ever want to have. We lived in a castle outside of Alcala
right down the road from the bullring for two years. I used to ride my donkey, Casper, to town
to get vegetables. My family had the most wonderful Halloween party at the castle one year. We
had horses and it was just the best time. Then we moved to Santa Clara and lived at I-3A. I remember
the pipa man, teen town, my sister's drill team..I still have her hat.... I remember walking home for
lunch. I remember listening to Armed Forces radio on Saturday mornings for stories. I remember that
the Smith's across the street had one of the only TV's. I think that is where I learned my love for
reading not having TV to watch. Sadly I cannot remember any of my teachers. My best friend was
Debbie Mongeon and we are still in touch to this day. Her brothers are Kenny, Danny and Terry. I went
to first, second and third grade there. If anyone can remember my family I would love to hear from you.
I was able to contact a few of my sister and brother's friends and I am very thankful for their response.
My sister, Jean, passed away from cancer in 1997. She only lived three months from diagnosis.
My brother, Mike, lives in Phoenix. Dan lives in Shickshinny, PA and I am in the middle of nowhere in
Greenville, Ohio. We moved her from Rome, NY when my father went to Viet Nam and never left.
How I long for those beautiful beaches of Trafalgar and Punto Bria. We had such an unusual
experience so different from the rest of our family back home and it was hard going to a place (Ohio)
that we had never heard about except in school.
Well I know I am rambling so I will stop now. I will always cherish the life we had back there...it can
never be duplicated and people here do not understand how wonderful and magical it was for a kid.
I sure hope to hear from someone!
You must go and see it if at all possible and pass this on to all your Seville friends your parents, siblings for 2/12 hours
of our favorite town....
Just saw the new Tom Cruise movie - Knight & Day. Kind of a fun action film. Had seen the previews and knew
part of it was filmed in Sevilla. I saw a lot of familiar landmarks and then they ended up running with the bulls. Did I miss
something or did Sevilla add that to compete with Pomplona....... I think they just took artistic license - to the rest
of the world Spain is just one big festival.....LOL.
In hopes of planning the next reunion, I reach out to those that attended and those alumni that would like to
attend future reunions with your thoughts and ideas on how we can make the next reunion better. A survey
is needed for location and ideas from all SHS alumni. Please email me at email@example.com with
your thoughts and comments.
Here are the locales that have been presented at this point and the year is 2012.
Photos from 2010 reunion will be coming soon.
Thanks again to everyone, VEGAS was a blast !
We now live in Charlotte NC. It will be 2yrs. this month. It was our daughters, wish that we move here, after they return
from Costa Rica., where she and her husband were busy in the ministry work. My husband Roger and I moved to
Rochester NY. right after oiur wedding in Sept.6,1969.
I met my husband in 1967, on the rock of Gibralter. He was stationed at the Rota, Navel Base. We dated until he
got orders for Viet Nam. He returned in 1968. He then continued, to go to Pen State. We were married, in Alamogordo NM.
where my father was stationed, upon our return to the states.
We had two beautiful children. Our daughter, Heather in 1963 and a wonderful son Todd. Sadly,we lost our son to
an auto accident, in 1999. It just about killed us. If it hadn't been for all the support from friends and familey,we
would have likely gone mad. Our son was only 22. The blessing is that he had a little girl, Ashley, she is the apple
of our eye. She just turned 13. My where has the time gone. But here we are.
I too, like so many others that went to SHS, I have many solid memories. My love for Spain and our life there, has
never left my heart. I really treasure the gift of living there. We were in Sevilla, from 1965 _ 1968. Amazing how time
flies. Sometimes I catch myself, saying,oh !! to be 19 again.
I am looking sooo, forward to seeing everyone, that attends the reunion.
Yes,I too, remember teen town and Manuel and the parties. Drill team, and tag foot ball. I have so enjoyed, looking
at the pictures of the past reunions. I hope that I can remember most of my class mates. Well, guess I'll fine out soon.
Forever a SHS, Girl,
James Kelly (Kelley), Port St Lucie, Florida
I am so grateful for my years at SHS and for my experiences at the reunions. I am also so very grateful for the roles many of you continue
to play in my life. Wish Duane and I could be there with you to share in all the festivities but please know that our hearts are with all of
you! Be silly! Laugh your hearts out! Dance and have fun! Make every day an adventure and create new memories.
Laurie Clark (Class of "66)
I was in Sevilla along with my sister Ginger '66 and brother JR from 1962-1965. The bonds we formed with friends have lasted all these years.
I hope we will have a BIG reunion like we did in '99 so we can all be together one more time. Over 200 attended that year.
My love to all,
Pam Childress Groce
The web site address is: www.sharingdannysstory
We do have a small issue with this reunion and that is one of ...where are all the ALUMNI? At this time our school, Seville High School, only has 11, yes, only 11 signed up to go! Seems to me, we had just a tad bit more people attend our school through the years! I do know that this would be the 50TH Anniversary for the class of 1960!! Friends, this is going to be a GREAT reunion at the SunCoast Casino and Resort! Room rates are a cheap $ 45.00 every night except Friday and Saturday which will be $ 100.00 per night. With Sunday thru Thursday being $ 45.00 take a break from the everyday life, kick back and enjoy the stories and friends from your past for a few days! We'll be having a great buffet and dance on Saturday evening and let me tell you...the food is fantastic!! This resort has its own bowling alley, theater, entertainer floor shows, and to top it off....Angel Park and the Badlands golf course is on each side of the hotel! Oh yes....there is also a swimming pool on site to get a tan! What more could you ask for.....nothing more than YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATES to party with!
We encourage each and everyone of you to make your reservations prior to April 30, 2010! The dates for YOUR reunion are; June 4 - 6 2010 and like I said earlier....the rates for Sunday thru Thursday are only $ 45.00! So come early and enjoy! To make your SunCoast reservation call 1-866-636-7111, use reservation ID:10SHC06 when placing your reservation! Don't forget to mail Stella, your registration form for the weekend event.
The Sevilla High Reunion Team
There is a problem though. Only about a dozen have registered with Suncoast Hotel & Resort. In order to keep our discounted price
for this Reunion we need more of you to make that step to attend.
Some of us will be there on Thursday, June 3. Cost for that night is only $45. In Las Vegas that is an exceptional price! Cost for Friday
and Saturday is $100.
Take a look on line at http://www.suncoastcasino.com to see where we will be staying.
If you've not signed up yet, I strongly encourage you to do it now. For your fellow alumni who are still not on-board, talk to them today
and let's get together!
Remember, the first Class of 1967 member who signs up at and attends will receive a surprise gift!
Daisy Jones '64
Patricia Conlon Watkins and Lane
Linda Shans Maseda and Fred
Paul Wagner and Keri (daughter)
Eugenia Helmick Wright
Mary Gracia Hamilton
Lee San Miguel
Stella Castillo Dyer
My name is James Johnson (b. 1956). I was known as Johnny Johnson. We live in Santa Clara from 1960 to 1965.
We lived at J-6-B, just a block or two from the school. I attended Kindengarten at San Pablo. I attended Santa Clara
Elementary from the 1st through the 3rd grade (1962, 1963, 1964). I would like to join your group with the hopes
of contacting others.
Stella Castillo, Minerva Lara, Lee San Miguel,
Norm & Joyce Florez
Class of '68 Toros planning the activites
for the 2010 reunion.
Someone out there may remember this picture of our first grade class (Ms. Gordon) in '59.
I am Pamela Anthony's oldest brother. I went to high school with some of the Castillo's
at Travis AFB, California where I graduated from in '71. I'm hoping to go to the reunion
in Las Vegas next summer.
Thanks. Michael Lipkin.
That is exactly what I did when I found this website. As I looked at pics of reunions, I think you must have found another
teen town! My dad had the pleasure of sponsoring many of those Friday nites. We were there from 58-61 and lived in Santa Clara somewhere.
Sadly, my brother(Andy Wallace- 63') passed away in 05'. I remember so many names and faces!
Sharon Wallace-65' (aka Shari Binder)
Dan Pannucci, Les Wollam and Chip Furlong
in front of Danny's hilltop home
Dan , Les and Chip
at the beach in a hotel on the Pacific Ocean
I visited Danny & Chip in CR for a week.
Danny has a really lovely home which Chip designed
and built for him. It's high up in the hills so the views are
great. Have had great time running all over with them.
Since we are 1/4 of our class I guess I will call it a
Costa Rica SHS mini reunion
National Geographic Magazine said the area where Chip
lives and Danny has a house has the best climate in the
world. I am convinced they are right.
Les Wollam '61
July 22, 2009
(This email was sent to me from Luis Guillermo who lives in the Santa Clara housing area.
He evidently has browsed our web site and is trying to tell us how much it has changed.
Because I no longer read Spanish, I used a translation web site on the internet and find it lacking as I am sure you do.
If you want to send me a translation of Luis message to us, please do so and I will be more than happy to post.
And I am sure Luis would be pleased to have a response to his email.)
hola, mi nombre es guillermo,tengo 34 años y vivo en el barrio de santa clara, sevilla desde el año 1970, (mis padres llegaron casi cuando fueron
desalojadas las casas militares)
yo vivo en la casa J 53 B calle francisco vazquez coronado en una esquina actualmente, cerca de la entrada de la urbanizacion.(estrella del sur
despues de buscar fotografias de el barrio de santa clara en internet, di, por casualidad, con varias webs donde hacian referencia a santa clara.
he leido todo lo que he podido de su pagina, y la mayoria de las pèrsonas que escriben en su web dicen lo mismo, no hay fotos de santa clara
entre los años 59 al 70.
ahora, por si les interesa, paso a relatar la realidad de la urbanizacion santa clara
puedo confirmar que la escuela de santa clara existe todavia, hoy en dia es otro colegio llamado SAN AGUSTIN, de curas religiosos, donde
yo estudié hace tiempo.
la urbanizacion santa clara logicamente todavia existe!! puede verse con google maps, ahora hay una funcion que sigues ampliando hasta
que se ven las calles y las casas actuales y existentes.
la mayoria de las casas estan reformadas y algunas ya no existen puesto que vendieron los terrenos a empresarios que construyeron
the ball field hoy en dia existe y es un parque cerrado
entre las calles hernando de soto y alonso de pineda existia una explanada la cual hoy es un club privado social llamado CLUB SANTA CLARA, entre j24 y j23 creo leer h9 o m9, donde en los años 70 y 80 fue el antiguo club social santa clara.
a mediados de los 80 se construyeron unas piscinas para el club social en la explanada y finalmente se traslado el club santa clara a la explanada completamente (campos de futbol etcc)
en la explanada situada cerca de la calle fray juan perez (si mira el mapa de la entrada a la urbanizacion, arriba a la izquierda), hoy en dia esta igual, es una explanda sin construccion ( por ahora)
la casa h 24 en calle vicente llañez pinzon fue un supermercado de comestibles donde yo compraba coca cola y pasteles, hoy en dia no existe (vivienda privada y reformada)
en el "jumidero serra", hoy en dia existe la iglesia de santa clara
en la casa e20 esta la d8 calle fray francisco de pareja, donde hasta hace unos 10 años vivo un general famoso llamado "general merry", donde de pequeño yo jugué con sus hijos
the hosing office hoy en dia existe pero son vivienda privadas.
en la calle martn alonso pinzon en la casa del final m13, sirvio como casa de la urbanizadora santa clara, la cual se quedo con toda la urbanizacion en 1970 aproximadamente, hoy en dia no existe
en la casa j14 calle gaspar perez de villagran, vivio un ministro de la trancision española llamado alfonso guerra
en frente de ball field (arriba en el mapa) habia un rectangulo que supongo correspondia a un islote verde, hoy en dia es un colegio llamado LOS ROSALES (colegio publico), y es la competencia del COLEGIO SAN AGUSTIN (colegio privado)
en el mapa, a la derecha de ball field, habia una explanada, la cual hoy no existe, hoy hay un centro comercial, (donde tienen hoy en dia las oficinas la urbanizadora santa clara, la cual adquirio toda la urbanizacion en 1970) y un instituto publico
abajo del mapa, en la entrada, hay una explanadas verdes triangulares, las cuales hoy todavia existen
la fabrica de cerveza llamada cruz del campo en frente la garden city santa clara, ya no existe, hoy hay un centro comercial (poligono industrial calonge) y mas lejos cerca de una via de tren esta y todavia existe el (poligono industrial store)
la avenida de santa clara (abajo) hoy en dia se llama la calle "avenida de las villas de cuba"
y la carretera que estaba en direccion a sevilla capital hoy en dia tiene 4 carriles y se llama "avenida de kansas city"
bueno, espero les halla servido de algo contarles el estado actual de la urbanizacion santa clara, donde antes de vivir mi familia y yo, estuvieron ustedes.
me gustaria saber si es posible quien vivio en mi casa en el numero J53B, es una ilusion que tiene mi madre y yo, y a su vez, tener fotografias de esta urbanizacion en la epoca desde 1959 hasta 1970.
hoy en dia es una de las mejores urbanizaciones de sevilla, pues ya no se encuentra a las afueras de la capital.........ahora es sevilla capital!!
postdata: 1º(se algo de ingles pero hubiese tardado bastante mas en escribir y no puedo permitirme esto ahora con mi trabajo, espero lo entiendan)
2º EN LA WEB FLICKR pueden encontrar informacion sobre militares y fotos de san pablo sevilla, tambien pueden ver el mapa de entrada a la urbanizacion santa clara buscando al usuario Sarge-Jack
muchas gracias y espero su respuesta
saludos desde España, Sevilla, GARDEN CITY SANTA CLARA 2009
after looking for photography of the quarter of Santa Clara in Internet, I met, by chance, on several webs where they were alluding to Santa Clara.
I have read everything what I have been able of his page, and the majority of the persons who write in his web say the same, there are
no photos of Santa Clara between the 59s to 70s.
now, for if they are interested in, I happen to report the reality of the Santa Clara urban development
I can confirm that the school of Santa Clara exists still, nowadays it is another school called SAN AGUSTIN, of religious priests, where I studied
some time ago.
the Santa Clara urban development logically still exists!! it can turn with google maps, now there is a function that you keep on extending
until there are seen the streets and the current and existing houses.
the majority of the houses are reformed and someone of them do not exist already since they sold the areas to businessmen who constructed
the ball field nowadays it exists and is a closed park
between the streets hernando of copse and alonso of pineda existed a raised area which today is a private social club so-called CLUB SANTA CLARA,
between j24 and j23 am thinking about reading h9 or m9, where in the 70s and 80s the ancient social club was a Santa Clara.
in the middle of the 80 a few swimming pools were constructed for the social club in the raised area and finally holy egg white
moved the club to the raised area completely (fields of football etcc)
in the raised area placed next to the street brother juan perez (if it looks at the map of the entry to the urban development, it arrives at the left side),
nowadays it is equal, is an explanda without construction (for the time being)
the house h 24 in street vicente llañez pumphandle was a supermarket of eatables where I was buying coca tail and pastries, nowadays
it does not exist (private and reformed housing)
in " jumidero serra ", nowadays the church of Santa Clara exists
in the house e20 this it d8 is kept silent by brother francisco of partner, where until approximately 10 years ago I live a famous general so-called
"general merry", where of small I played with his children
the hosing office nowadays it exists but they are a housing deprived.
in the street martn alonso pumphandle in the house of the end m13, served as house of the holy clear urbanizadora, which remained
with the whole urban development in 1970 approximately, nowadays it does not exist
in the house j14 gaspar is quiet perez of villagran, there lived the minister of the Spanish trancision called alfonso through war
facing ball field (it arrives in the map) there was a rectangle that I suppose was corresponding to a green islet, nowadays it is
a school called THE ROSEBUSHES (school published), and it is the competition of the SCHOOL SAN AGUSTIN (private school)
in the map, to the right of ball field, there was a raised area, which today does not exist, today there is a commercial center,
(where they have today in
day the offices urbanizadora Santa Cllara, who acquired the whole urban development in 1970) and an institute published
below of the map, in the entry, there are one green triangular raised areas, which today still exist
the brewery so-called cross of the field opposite the Santa Clara garden city, already does not exist, today there is a
commercial center (industrial estate calonge) and further next to a this route of train and it still exists (industrial estate store)
the avenue of Santa Clara (below) nowadays calls itself the street " avenue of the towns of vat "
and the highway that was in direction of sevilla cardinally nowadays has 4 rails and is called a " avenue of kansas city "
good, I hope that it finds served them something was told them by the current state of the Santa Clara urban development, where before
my family and I to live, you were.
would like to know if there is possible who lived in my house in the number J53B, it is an illusion that my mother has and I, and in turn, to have
photography of this urban development in the epoch from 1959 until 1970.
nowadays it is one of the best urban developments of sevilla, since he is already not to the outskirts of the capital ......... now it is sevilla
1st (something of English but it had been late more enough in writing and I cannot allow myself this now with my work, hope that they should understand it)
2nd IN THE WEB FLICKR they can find information about military men and photos of san pablo sevilla, also they can see the map of entry to the Santa Clara urban development looking for the user Sarge-Jack thank you very much and I wait for his response greetings from Spain, Seville, SANTA CLARA Garden City 2009
(submitted by Les Wollam)
Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.
I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.
It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.
The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.
The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.
No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.
The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.
They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.
At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.
It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.
By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.
And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.
Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.
I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.
Hi. My name is John Madden. I arrived in Sevilla with my family in October of 1959, and left in July 1962, attending the elementary school on the air base. I found the SHS web site while trying to find aerial photos of San Pablo Air Force Base, and to see if Santa Clara housing still existed.
I find it amazing how I want to reach back into time and recapture moments that really can't be recaptured. But being able to mentally relive a portion of my extreme youth makes me realize how much is crammed into our three pound brains. I've read through a lot of postings and have recalled many other memories of my time there.
I remember living in a small apartment heated by drab green kerosene heaters in the fall of 1959. I think the apartment complex was name Felippe Segundo Quince (not sure about spelling but it was probably Phillip the 2nd, number 15). We soon moved into a large, three story house in Seville. The house was within walking distance of a large park, in which I first learned to play "putt putt" golf. I remember always being excited about going to the Exportadora where I could go to the little magazine store and buy comic books. I remember how disappointed I was when the price on them went from 10 cents to 12 cents (Did they think we were made of money?). I remember another store there where I could buy track and railroad cars for my HO gauge train set, and a bar Dad took me to at which I had my first "cherry coke."
I believe we lived in Seville until early 1961 when we moved to Santa Clara housing. We were on the back street, near the back corner of the housing area (N-4-C???). About 100 yards of wheat field separated us from the squalor of "stink village" which I frequented to buy "boombas" and the little purple firecrackers. A group of my friends and I played in the wheat field, making paths within it when the wheat was still green and high enough to hide us. That stopped one day when a Guardia Civil grabbed us and took each of us to our homes. From what I remember, Mom said that we either had to go to court or pay a 100 peseta fine. We paid the fine and I stayed out of the field from that time onward.
My housing unit, with a German woman upstairs and the Chestnut family on the other end downstairs was surrounded by hedges, which someone seemed to keep well trimmed. I was in love with Donna Chestnut, but alas, she was two years older than I and barely knew I existed. My sister Pam and her sister Patty were best friends, which just accentuated the great divide between 4th and 6th graders.
I spent a lot of time catching the lizards that seemed to love sunning themselves on the hedges and trying to dive in and hide when I walked by. I climbed up on our carport one day (verboten) when Mom and Dad were gone, looking for the fat lizards that I could see peeking down at me. I took a large stick up with me to clobber them. My last swing ever, I lost my balance, fell through the bamboo of the roof and hit the steel garbage can (no lid on it) with my cheek, cutting it. It bled more than I thought possible. I got a trip to the base dispensary, no stitches though, just a big bandaid. I think my Dad figured the thrill of the fall was enough punishment and I never went back up…..I just got longer sticks for use from the ground…..
I ran into Donna Brizzalaro in school and found that she had been at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota at the same time that we had. I was amazed that anyone else was moving around like we were.
I had Mrs. Harrison for 2nd grade and I remember being embarrassed to death when one of my classmates (Peter ??) told her that I had said I'd like to kiss her. Though I thought she was pretty and I had said it, at seven I didn't want the whole class to know. Peter was on my do-not-call list for a day or two.
I had Miss Kane for third grade and Mr. Lightell for fourth. I remember the morning of February 15th, 1961, sitting at my desk, looking out the window because on that day there was supposed to be a total solar eclipse (at least for Madrid). But Sevilla that day was overcast and I was disappointed that I could not tell that anything was happening. For whatever reason, I fixed March 15th, 1962 in my head as the date of the eclipse and it wasn't until perhaps 40 years later, when writing a "letter to my great-grandchildren" that I actually looked up the date of the eclipse and saw that the February '61 eclipse was the only one that fit that time period and location. I now wonder how many more of my memories have been "doctored". I remember hating to go to Spanish classes, because why would anyone want to speak Spanish? Yet I was envious when a couple kids in the class were moved up to a more advanced class.
I remember going to a lot of movies at the base theater as well as Sunday Mass in the same building. My Dad had a part time job as the theater manager and I got my fill of used carbon rods from the projectors. I also got to look through all the half tickets that were collected. Apparently, if you found one with numbers that added up to 21 you got to kiss a girl. I got a pocketful of 21's but never got the girl.
I started a stamp collection and somewhere got a catalogue of US stamps. Thinking I could get them all at the Post Office on base, I took a bus to the base. For whatever reason, I walked home from the base. As a parent now, I'd be nuts. I was no more than 9 and I think it was seven miles back home.
I remember walking along the divided highway, past the Estrella Sur brewery and into Santa Clara housing to home with my sheet of orange ½ cent Ben Franklin stamps.
I was playing little league baseball when Joe DiMaggio paid us a visit. I had no idea who he was, but I got his autograph on my baseball glove, just like everyone else. I continued to play with that mitt, greasing it up with Vaseline every couple weeks. Eventually Joe's name was gone. I still have the mitt and the memory though.
I remember riding the bus to school one morning and a bunch of boy scouts were showing bright new 1959 Lincoln pennies without the wheat ears, which had just been replaced by the Lincoln memorial. The '59 pennies still hold that memory for me in my coin collection. While living in Seville, I took a blue air force bus out to school. One day, on the bus, some boys were telling a "joke". This was 1959 or 1960. The joke was "say black eyes backwards". The person hearing the joke would then say "eyes black" which would be followed by "yo sho is". I thought it was hilarious and turned to a black student to tell him. Oops. I had no idea about race being a problem with anyone. I got in trouble. I didn't know that whites and blacks didn't get along. In first grade, I kissed two black girls who lived in my housing block at Ellsworth and it was no big deal. Later, a black airman that worked with my Dad, named Bobby, was severely injured in an automobile wreck between the base and Santa Clara. That was the first time I'd seen my father cry. What I did like about the incident though was that an older white boy told the bus driver about what I had said and to whom. He obviously had an idea of how things were outside my little area of the world at that time. I guess, as portrayed in "South Pacific", you've got to be "carefully taught to hate."
I remember the big flood in the spring (I don't remember the year). Huge bundles of cork bark had washed up beside the road into Seville. I remember hearing about how bad the flooding was for the people in "stink village".
I'll cut this off here, but I feel like I'm just getting started. It's like the time was a whole 'nother life and so many things are still vivid: fishing
in a little stream with Edward Urbanik, a cub scout meeting with Danny Bivens, playing "monkey brothers" with Larry (Harrison?) on the playground
and drawing pictures of airplanes with a million bullets coming out of them, finding a brick building with a well inside it on the edge of the housing area,
an electric line down by the baseball field while we played, running around with my best friends David Thatcher and Darryl Hutchinson and on and on and on.
It is really interesting to hear from others about their experiences at the same place and roughly the same time. I also have really come to understand
how "youth is wasted on the young."
My permanent email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I was in 2nd grade 1959-1960 with Mrs. Harrison.
3rd grade in 1960-1961 with Miss Kane
And 4th grade in 1961-1962 with Mr. Lightell
If you need to cut or edit this, I understand. It got a bit longer than the "hello" I had planned.
SHS in 1967
and (sadly) as it is today
1965 Prom King and Queen Robert Martinez and Ann Shotliff
and again at the reunion in 2008.
Stella Castillo Dyer
Class of 1968
Hello, my name is Daniel (Nick: Xarlie), and I'm an airsoft player, from the team IV Brigada Celer (www.clanivbc.mforos.com).
The High School and another buildings, stills being there, in ruins, but there they are. Me and many airsofters think many times what
was the appear of those buildings many years ago, and what were their real function. We go there to practice Airsoft all weekends,
that's why I'm interested in know the past of those buildings. So, Can you send all pictures you have from when those buildings
were active? I'll be very pleased if you make me that favour, nobody knows the real story and it's very difficult to find information
about it. Beforehand, thanks so much.
My name is Mary Munro, now Mary Munro Salvador. We were in Sevilla '65-'67 ( or close to those years). I found this message board while trying to find Santa Clara on Google Earth....it is still there I gather. I was only in High school for a few weeks before we had to go stateside. I went to the High School as
an 8th grader tho.
My best friend was Pat Lee. Anybody know where she is? I remember Anita Swan, Dawn Dingledein too,
I knew she had cancer and didn't live long after we left. I am going to have to jog my memory.
...Mary Hampton and her brother Pete....
How I loved Sevilla! Teen Town, the pipa man, walking to Sevilla from Santa Clara, watching the apartments
being built for 3 years and not being finished when we left......LOL My brothers playing baseball, the girl scouts,
trips to Granada and every where else in Spain, my father being a boy scout leader, everything about living
there was wonderful! Well, except for the gypsies stealing our clothes...LOL
Mary Munro Salvador
Thank you to all for attending the S A Reunion and hopefully we'll see all and more in 2010 for the next one. I hope it was enjoyable and memorable for everyone !
JoEllen Osborne '65
I have so many fond memories of Spain. I'd like to be able to piece those memories together with the people I knew and the places themselves - - in anticipation of one day returning. I lived in Seville, Spain (Santa Clara) from '65 to ~early '68 (6 to 9 year-old Air Force brat). I believe we lived at E-13 Santa Clara. If you or anyone you are in contact with has a Google earth link to where Santa Clara is located, I'd be most thankful.
To all those air force brats that are listed as planning to attend but are not yet registered, quit procrastinating. Time is running out. This past year has been a time of tremendous change both good and bad for me...the bad. My oldest son, Russell, passed away last Mother's day from liver and kidney failure as a complication of Hepetitis C which he got from a transfusion as a teenager...a mother should never have to bury her child. Actually, we did not bury him...he was cremated according to his wishes and his ashes were scattered on the ocean off of diamond head in Honolulu...a beautiful ending to a precious life... the good, I have two other children, one in Hawaii and one in Michigan. Russ lived with me in Mississippi and after he went to be with the Lord, it was a no brainer deciding which child I wanted to live closest to..So I have moved to Hawaii and it is so beautiful....am still working too hard...I still own my bail business in Mississippi and am now helping my son with his bail business in Hawaii and am contemplating expanding to Alabama and Tennessee....am looking forward to a break from it all and looking forward to seeing you all in San Antonio, so get those registrations in.....
Dianne Wimberly Carpenter "61
OK, everyone. I've made all my reservations, have you? Bill and I
are arriving on Tuesday, May 27 and will be visiting some friends in
the area for a couple of days.
Our hope is that, since we'll be there before he leaves, we want to visit with JERRY BALL, if that's at all possible. We're not leaving until Monday, June 2.
Can't wait to see you all.
We arrived to Sevilla in 1966. Felix and I attended only one year of school at the High School, 1970. I was just recalling some of the events at the school with some friends just a few days ago. In particular the food fights at the cafeteria, Felix caught hell for that. We were sent back state side but returned to Spain for my final two years of high school. 1972-1973, while my parents and other sibs were in Moron de la Frontera, Felix, Alex and I were in Zaragoza as a dormies and then in Madrid, 1973-1975, when dad got transferred there from Moron de la Frontera. Felix died in 1990 from complications of AIDS. Alex retired from USAF and settled in FL and I retired from USN and settled in WA. Since graduating from HS is running into friends from HS in some of the most unexpected places has been a grounding and wonderful experience. Hearing a foul language saying in Spanish, in a book store at a community college in VA and turning to find a fellow student from Zaragoza, walking on the beach in Virginia Beach and being picked up and given a bear hug by a fellow student from Zaragoza, feeling that I was getting stalked in a grocery store in Seattle and finding out it was a class mate from Madrid, getting a call out of the blue at home from Texas and talking to a class mate from Madrid. These are great experiences and I hope to have more of those in the future.
Georgie Kelley '74
I'm very excited and can't wait to see everyone again... the class of 64 will be represented by one of the "Pink" girls...., however,
sister "Mike" (Carole) has health issues and will not be attending. I will either bring the old pictures I still have in an album or scan
them and bring electronically to show everyone. Some of the people I've been able to pinpoint, but others not so...
I went back to Sevilla 2 years ago for a vacation in May and the weather was in the low 100's.... was too hot to travel around much,
so stayed in the center of town near the bullfight ring and took short walks to old haunts. Did find many familiar sites, but didn't go to
out old housing as I was afraid it would be greatly changed.... kinda wanted to remember it like it was in my teenage years....
Looking forward to being there with all of you... Please email in advance if you wish to talk over old experiences before we see one
another in San Antonio.
Wanda "Pink" Mull
Hi, my name is Sarah and I live in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
My mother-in-law found a Sevilla High School ring many years ago, at the beach. It is a large gentlemans ring, 10k yellow gold with a yellow/orange stone with the Sevilla High School motto and year 1969. Inside the ring are the initials A.W.B . I would love to locate the owner and return it to him or his family.
Cocoa Beach is close to Patrick Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center.
I hope you can help me locate the owner of this ring.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL and hope to see everyone in 2008 in San Antonio !
Keep those registration forms coming and lets plan on having a great reunion. Get those dancing shoes and
socks ready for our "Sock Hop" on Sat. night, (dance and costume contest with prizes).
Stella Castillo Dyer
class of 68
Ahhh, those were the days. Prom 1965.........where else can you see crepe paper curtains?
Glad you asked, but I can't remember. Maybe someone out there knows.
She wasn't my date. I think we were getting some superlative or something. I know I had
a great time at Sevilla High School, but many details are blurry now.
Gary Sigler '65
I'm guilty! I've read most/all of the emails posted and I've just bypassed commenting. Now I feel like unloading (so to speak).
Mike Bishop was a friend in the early 60's. I saw him again in the early/mid 90's and sat at his kitchen table with Jerri and talked
of "old times". Now he's suffered the ultimate loss-a child passing before him. We all feel his loss as if it was one of our own.
I refrained from commenting at the time since his pain must have been enormous. Now I'll say "we love you Mike" stay strong
(as I know you are).
Ruthie Flowers and I danced a number of dances at the last reunion. My wife commented at that time how wonderful a person she was.
We'll miss Ruthie. She certainly was outside the mould and a breath of fresh air. God bless.
Ray Chase was the best thing that ever happened to us all. Thanks Pat, for keeping him "sane"????? we ALL owe you both a
debt that can never be repaid.
There are others that we've known that have gone before us, and there will be more. Remember them.
For those that remember my sister Patricia, she is still living in ESPANA and has a small jewelry shop in Fuengirola. If you're
headed that way, please email me and I'll give you her number. She'd love to hear from you! (oh. BTW. She's now a Spanish Citizen!)
Keep the faith-keep the memories and VIVA ESPANA.
Michael A. Hammel
Class of '63 (barely)
Margaret Collier Furry ('63)
Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is Alvaro Palma. I´m originally from Seville and I grown up in what is today Santa Clara neighborhood,
which you once knew as San Pablo.Since I was a young kind I was deeply fascinated by the fact that the same streets
that I walked every day where populated by american soldiers and their families. I always wonder how would be the
live for the families in such a different country back at that time. When I grown up I enjoyed looking at the different houses
and try to imagine the live in my neighborhood as an American enclave. Little vestiges areleft from that time, a part from
the houses and a tiled wall map at what I reckon was once the entrance to the complex (still showing the original
distribution the street and now sadly under the threat of graffities).
The desire to know more made me to start to research in the Internet and your website is one the only two sites that I found
with relevant information (the other one being http://www.3973cds.com/3973cdshome.htm), but with very few pictures of
San Pablo back then. I wanted to contact you in order to know if you could let me know where i could find more information
and pictures of the area when it was part of the American base. Do you have more pictures? Do you know of someone with
Thanks and best regards,
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.,
talks with Waverly Light and Power Headquarters general
manager Glenn Cannon, right, during a plant tour, Saturday,
Aug. 18, 2007, Waverly, Iowa.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Wanted to share a great moment. Last Saturday we went to the Waverly Power
and Light to see Barak Obama and this nice picture with Glenn was on Yahoo.
I hope this link works as there are some other really nice pictures.
Merriem Hammer Wombacher '62
Fight Black! Fight Red! Fight, Fight Black & Red!!
I lived at santa clara sevilla 66-68. My name was Sharon McLean and had long red hair. I dont have any year books, but see a lot of familiar names. Of course , some of the best memories we all had were of Spain and those teen years. I too , remember hitching rides, going to teen town,down town, Feria 4th of July, and just having a pretty great time.
Some people i remember - debbie layman, one of my best friends-dawn dingledein ( died at age 15), jimmie, steven, mike , another debbie, leslie , LINDA, ( I saw leslie and wrote linda after spain) danny, martha, frank tom. sandy & cathy pat. and more.
If anyone remembers me, I would love to hear from you.
Sharon McLean '71
Just in case you haven't seen it, here's a link to a web site about Morón AFB in the mid-60's which has brought me very fond memories of my early years.
Class of 1980
In 1970 my dad was on TDY in Thailand (Urdon AFB), so my mom, my sisters, my
brother and I came to Spain for that year. (My mother is Spanish and her
parents lived in Seville so we stayed with them that year). In 1971 my father
was sent to McConnell AFB (Wichita, Kansas) and we all moved there for one
year.. When my father retired in 1972, we all came back to Spain. (My parents
and my two sisters and my brother). And I've never gone back to the States.
I studied at Translator's School at the University of Granada, and now I translate movies and tv shows for dubbing and subtitling purposes. I also teach translation techniques at the University of Sevilla and at CEADE (a private college associated to the University of Wales). My dad passed away eight years ago. And my two sisters, my brother and my mother also live in Seville. I married a Sevillana 21 years ago, and I have three daughters. (Lola -18, Ángela-16 and Isabel-15)
I attended Santa Clara School in 1970 (2nd Grade). All I remember about this year at Santa Clara is that my teacher was Kenneth McGraw. Back then everyone called me "Chico", which is quite funny because I began to grow and now I'm 6.5 feet tall! I have attached a class photograph of that year. (I am the tall kid with glasses next to the flag)
My name is Michael Bowers and I lived across the street from Teen Town and the elementary school in Santa Clara from 65-68. I attended the elementary school the second half of the third grade. I was too tall for the elementary school desks so they got me a desk from the base. I remember my first Spanish teacher's name was Senorita Hinojosa. The next year I went to school in the old barracks on base. I have so many memories of Spain and would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
I remember my first male teacher Mr. Lynch in the fifth grade. He told us he had a library of Playboy magazines in his bathroom at home. I also remember Miss Calhoun. She drove a convertible sports car (I think it was a Triumph) and wore a big orange floppy hat with a sun visor built into the front. Does anyone remember playing four square or socco at recess?
A few of the people I remember were Debby Mungion (my first girlfriend), Debbie Spencer (became my girlfriend when Debby M. moved), Vince Santana, Steven Viets, Linda Coffman (another girlfriend, who baked me a cake), Gordon Dunlap, Steve Tubman, Michele Brown, Geraldine Laymen (my last girlfriend in the sixth grade). I had a girlfriend a few years older than I was who asked me to the Sade Hawkins dance. I don't remember her real name but her nickname was Herman. I was good friends with John Hurt whose father taught at the high school, had a beard, and drove a Volvo station wagon. I used to spend weekends at their villa, swimming in their pool and singing folk songs while Mr. Hurt played the ukulele. Sometimes we would sleep on a float in the pool at night.
I remember the Pipa man who walked through Santa Clara selling sunflower seeds and candy. We would also buy fresh fruit from the fruit man who drove a three wheeled vehicle with a fruit cart attached to the back. There was also an old barber who would go door to door giving haircuts. I hated getting haircuts from him because he would always cut you with his straight edged razor. I remember stealing a candy bar from the snack bar across the street from the pool on base. Even though no one found out, it bothered me for so long I swore I would never steal anything again.
During the summers, I remember taking swimming lessons, arts and crafts, hiking, and Judo.
I remember hitchhiking to the base and spending most summer days at the pool playing Hearts and Spades. We would sometimes get a ride home with my father or hitchhike back to Santa Clara.
I remember taking Square Dance lessons and Flamenco lessons and putting on a show at school.
I remember when Terry Spangler was killed by a car on the highway in front of Santa Clara and they named the baseball diamond Terry Spangler Field in his honor.
I remember no air conditioning and sleeping with our balcony doors open. Some nights the wind would blow from Stink Village down the street and the smell was really bad.
I remember when there were problems with the water supply to Santa Clara and we would have to go to the base and fill up jugs, or boil the water before we could use it. I also remember when the commissary would run out of milk and we would have to use powdered milk. Tasted horrible in cereal.
I remember going to Feria in Seville and playing arcade games and winning small bottles of liquor. Our maid stole some of the bottles so I decided to take them to school with me. They were in my lunch pail in my locker in the classroom and leaked all over the place. The teacher smelled them and took them away from me. I remember watching the go-go dancers in the club the base would set up downtown during Feria. There was a hole in the wall between the men's and women's bathroom and we would watch the dancers change clothes. This was really exciting for a 10 year old.
I remember the six day war in Egypt when the wives and children living on military bases around Israel were flown in to San Pablo and stayed in the vacant wing of the school. We all brought clothes and food for them since they did not have time to pack anything before fleeing.
Dear Fellow Military Brats,
I received this link from a friend from Mountain Home High School (Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - who also attended SHS at the same time I attended Madrid High School). For our senior year, we both wound up in Idaho and graduated together, both of us missing Spain! This is a greeting from your compatriots over on the Madrid High School Class of 64 website, www.mhs64.org. You are welcome to visit and view our growing site with many photos of Espana from that era.
As a fellow USAF brat and also a 68 graduate of Virginia Tech, I would like to express our sympathies and condolences to those of you who suffered horribly from the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Losing a child is the most cruel thing a parent should never have to endure. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have a much larger support group in the Military Brat community than you may realize. I'll post this sad news on our message board so any of our members whom you may know can get in contact with you.
We have, however, heard from many former SHS students and/or graduates, some of whom used return addresses on their cards or letters and some of whom did not. We've tried to reply to as many of you who have written as possible, but have missed several of you, not just because of the absence of return addresses but also because our record-keeping has been less than sterling, for which failure Jeri and I hope you'll forgive us.
If you'll visit www.michaelbishop-writer.com , though, you'll find a message that (if you haven't already seen it posted elsewhere) will provide a little background on our current situation (and that, I believe, of many other families of the victims of the April 16 shootings) and also on our son Jamie. It's a mini-obituary and a brief tribute to several of Jamie's talents. We all miss him ferociously. Again, thank you for your expressions of sympathy. They mean a good deal.
My name is Matt Szetela. I found your e-mail address on the Sevilla HS link. My family was in Sevilla June 59 - June 62. I attended the 7th grade at the "NEW" high school there in Santa Clara, before we returned to the States.
Having examined most of the web-site, I notice there are not too many photographs. Some of the ones my family has were misplaced or destroyed. I did however, just recently discovered "Google Earth". Examining closely the images, I have detemined that not only does Santa Clara still exist, it has been upgraded somewhat. The house my family resided in is apparently still there, as is the high school. (I don't know if it is still a school or not).
The buildings at San Pablo also are still standing. It appears that the landowner has ploughed up the fields, but has kept the buildngs. Maybe he thinks the USAF is coming back.
Needless to say, I desire to be a part of the Sevillanos that are still around. I have many fond memories that I could also share.
Skip Smith's ('61) father painted this picture which always hung
in the entrance of their home in Sevilla. Les Wollam ('61) asked
Skip to sent a photo of the painting, which Les feels captures the
soul of Sevilla.
Thank you Les and Skip for sharing it with us.
This Christmas Jacy is not only walking, but running and trying to scale the family Christmas tree. She will be 2 in March and our miracle granddaughter is doing well. Thank you again for all you did for all of your fellow Toros and especially our little Jacy.
I had the wonderful opportunity to go back to K.C. this summer for an Art workshop. It was just as wonderful then also. I got to go to the Art Institute and study architectural rendering in Manhattan Kansas.
Hope all is well with you and that you have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Sally (Rapacik Simmer, Sally '69)
Cathy Bowers, Class of '70
(Class of '65)
Carl "Waco" Moffett
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closed it down to "care-taker" status at which time he was moved to
Zaragoza Air Base.) The whole time I attended Zaragoza High School
(as a dormie until my family moved up there.) I believe some of the early
yearbooks from 58-64 era that I've posted are from when school was
associated with and located in Sevilla.
Madrid High School Web Pages
Class of 1965
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