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  • 1. The WildcatterJuly 2009The Wildcatter is published bythe Alumni Association ofCalistoga Junior/Senior HighSchoolMAILING ADDRESS:CHS Alumni AssociationPO Box 953Calistoga, CA 94515CHSWildcatter@gmail.comEditorial Team:Lucia Greenfield, ’93(nee Tracy Oken, nee Lucia Oken)Cynthia Parkhill, ’86Alumni Association Board Members:President.............................................................................Everett Ball, ’49Vice President..........................................................Rose Rolleri Beck, ’65Secretary.........................................................Kelly Monhoff-Croman, ’88Treasurer............................................................. Pam Thomas Brocco, ’67Membership Secretary.........................................Vilma Moreno Dodds’88Scholarship Secretary.......................................................... Gary Heitz, ’63Members at Large:Sylvia Monfre Marciano, ’55Sally Page Houk, ’59Jack Rannells, ’51Teirey Tamagni Tagliaferri, ’79As many of you know Jack Ran-nells has done a stellar job as edi-tor of the Wildcatter since 2001. Due to a nerve disorder Jackdecided that it was necessary tostep down from his post. Cynthiaand I expressed interest and ulti-mately decided to become co-edi-tors. You’ll find more informationabout us in the “Where are theynow?” section of the newsletter.We’d like to extend our deepestand most sincere thanks to Jack forhis help. In truth, he was the thirdco-editor of this issue. He provid-ed us with a wealth of informationboth by providing an overview ofhow the newsletter is put togetherand providing much of the con-tent. Jack was always willing tohelp without reservation and hewas very gracious about doing so. We could not have put this news-letter together without him and areEditorial ChangesSee CHANGES, Page 2President’s LetterWhen our newsletter editor, Jack Rannells, decided to step down forpersonal reasons, I was so concerned that the Wildcatter would be nomore! Through the years Jack has supplied us all with a wonderful con-nection to news about sports, events, and alumni goings and comings andalways making it look so easy. He has shared his writing talents, his data col-lection and his substantial time expended because of the professional newsreporter and author that he is. I am sure he has the gratitude of all the readersbut particularly mine, since his work has made our Association so muchmore meaningful, and my job easier. The Wildcatter provides more thaninformation to the members, it also chronicles the history of our high schoolthrough the years and the efficacy of its educational teams in the successesof our alumni.Keeping our members informed is one of our basic functions and that isnow in the very capable hands of a team of co-editors; Lucia Greenfield, ’93and Cynthia Parkhill, ’86. I welcome these two ladies and wish them everysuccess. After reading the draft of this newsletter I was delighted to see ournewsletter will continue to be a super source of news. Jack, of course, hasand will continue to gather information and assist in writing some articles.My sincere thanks to Jack for the years of great newsletters and to Lucia andCynthia for taking over this important job. Please help them by sending innews items about yourselves and other alumni. That is what we are about:Contact, Connection, Friends — and support for new graduates! This yearwe again awarded $6,800 in scholarships and donated $500 to Grad Night tosafeguard our new graduates through their night of celebration.The history of the CHS Alumni Association on page 6 seemed to quietlyfade out after the banquet and dance in June l921. There is no mention of itsSee LETTER, Page 4
  • 2. Page 2 The WildcatterClassof’54hits55Fifteen members of’54 and twice thatmany high-rolling sup-porters celebrated the55th anniversary of theirgraduation from CHS atthe Peppermill casino/ho-tel in Reno May 8-10.Get-togethers ran fromFriday dinner to Sundaybreakfast, with Saturday’sdinner the main event. What happened in be-tween was everyone’sown business …. andluck.Lennie Friedlund wonhigh points as the orga-nizer.Ernie Hunt, the ever-humorous senior classpresident, emceed themain event. Dick Vermeiland other class membersremarked on the impor-tance of their parents andCalistoga’s sense of com-munity in their develop-ment.Class members camefrom as far away as Penn-sylvania (Vermeil) andAlabama (Peggy NanceLilliquist).Bill Lopez won brag-ging rights hands downfor greatest number ofdecendants. He and Arlishave 15 kids, 41 grands,and 28 greats. (And wethought Super Bowl ringsis what this class is allabout.)Vermeil and Don Luvisicontributed their winesfor the events.The ’54 gang alsoincluded Sharyn But-ler Sarzotti, VerdaCooley Combs, MarleneDevincenzi Orlob, PeggyNance Lilliquist, RonReynolds, Ada (Pinky)Smith Gingold, MarylnSmith, Frances SnodgrassWaligora, Mary Edna Ste-vens, and Ed Tedeschi.Norma Clayton Lusardiand Helen Schade Craft,who had been with ’54in grammar school, alsoattended.Other CHSers amongthe celebrants, by cat-egory:• Siblings: KennySmith,’49; Stan Ver-meil, ’55 (and wife TerriArchuleta Vermeil, ’60);Mary Ann Hunt Rulli,’57; and Norine StevensMoses, ’57.• Spouses: Carol DrakeVermeil, ’52; LouiseCarlenzoli Schmidt, ’57;Nelva Long Tedeschi,’57; Mickey Prince Lu-visi, ’57.• Offspring: TraceySchmidt, ’82; and StaceySchmidt Edds, ’82.• Friends: Beanie FisherRannells, ’48; and JackRannells, ’51.Did you notice thosefive members of ’57?That’s a sub-reunion.— Jack Rannells, ’51From left to right, front row: Mary Edna Stevens,Frances Snodgrass Waligora, Ada Smith Gingold,Verda Cooley Combs, Peggy Nance Lilliquist. Sec-ond row: Helen Schade Craft, Lennie Friedlund,Sharyn Butler Sarzotti, Ron Reynolds. Third row:Dick Vermeil, Bill Lopez, and Don Luvisi. Fourthrow:Ed Tedeschi and Ernie Hunt.truly grateful for his contributions. I’m pleased to say that Jack willcontinue to be involved with thenewsletter.You will see that Cynthia and Iwill continue to keep much of thecontent consistent with past issues. However we will also make a fewchanges. We hope you will likewhat you see. We welcome yourfeedback and suggestions for thisand future issues. We’re look-ing forward to serving our fellowalumni.—Lucia Greenfield, ’93(nee Tracy Oken, nee Lucia Oken)Changes,from Page 1
  • 3. Page 3The Wildcatter‘Bang, Bang, You’re Dead’ at CHSThe Calistoga Junior/Senior High School drama department took on vio-lence and bullying in our schools with its production of “Bang, Bang,You’re Dead.”I attended the final performance on Saturday, April 4, in the CHS BlackBox Theater. In it, five dead students forced their classmate to explain whyhe killed them with a shotgun.The emotionally-loaded, thought-pro-voking performances included percep-tions that guns equal power and seem-ing invulnerability. The main character,Trevor, had many things going for him.His ambiguous portrayal seemed an awk-ward mix of “victim” and “bully” and,truthfully, everyone was a victim of thistragic experience.The playbill included a list of Web sitesthat have resources to deal with bullyingas well as a check list for depression andsuicide that offered local contacts.Cast members also assembled on stageand read statistics about violence andbullying before inviting comments fromthe audience. Representatives with theCalistoga Family Center, a student assistance agency, encouraged commu-nity referrals.If you haven’t yet attended a performance by the CHS drama department,I would encourage you to show your support. The black box theater is asmall, intimate venue off of the high school quad.I would especially like to commend the drama teacher, Tyrone Sorren-tino, and the cast and crew for being willing to address head-on the contro-versial subject of school bullying. I welcome this opportunity to engage inopen dialogue, and hope that other CHS alumni welcome the opportunity aswell.­— Cynthia Parkhill, ’86What’s newat CHSn New superintendentEsmeralda Mondragon, 51, isthe new superintendent of the Cal-istoga Unified School District. Shesucceeded Jeff Johnson, who re-tired after 16 years with the district(Read more about Johnson’s retire-ment in the June 4, 2009 edition ofthe Weekly Calistogan).Mondragon has a doctorate ineducational leadership and 26years of experience as a teacherand administrator. Most recently,she has overseen 15 elementaryschool principals in the San DiegoSchool District. Her starting salaryhere will be $172,500 a year.Mondragon is a native of Mi-choacan, Mexico. She immigratedto the US when she was 18. Herhusband, Robert Grove, is a highschool biology teacher and trackcoach. They have three kids: Alex,24, a student at San Diego State;Maya, 18, a junior college student;and Jade, 7, who will enroll at CESthis fall.n Band a winnerThe eight-member CHS band wonfirst place among small schools atthe Music in the Parks competitionat Disneyland/Anaheim in earlyApril. Then they had a full day tosoak up the joys of the theme park.n Boom in college admissionsAn intensive counseling programby four teachers resulted in 59percent of this year’s CHS seniorsgaining admission to 4-year col-leges. That compares with 28percent in 2006, the first year ofthe program.College Coaches was started byteachers Ivan Miller and MarthaMcCoy. They have been joined byteachers Terry Reagan and Rich-ard Johnsen. They help studentsfill out entrance and financial aidapplications, write any necessaryessays, and ensure they are awareof the many deadlines as they ap-proach.n New gym optionsThe school board is consideringtwo proposals for a new gym-auditorium complex. A new gymwould be built in both cases. Oneplan would keep the existing gymtoo. The other would replace itwith a state-of-the-art communityperforming arts center.— Jack Rannells, ’51
  • 4. The WildcatterPage 4Jack AndersonJack Anderson, a teacher/coach in the early 1950s, diedFeb. 19, 2009 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.He attended the all-alums reunion last August. He was 82.Jack taught and coached at Herbert Slater Middle Schoolin Santa Rosa until 1987. He also co-owned Wikiup Ten-nis and Swim Club. He is survived by his wife, Bette;three sons; two daughters; and one sister.Linda Ashworth Pugh, ’65Linda Ashworth Pugh, ’65, died April 29, 2009. Surviv-ers include sister Gayle Ashworth Eberhart, ’71, of Calis-toga and brother David Ashworth, ’68, of Ukiah.Fred Hill, ’54Fred Hill, ’54, died Feb. 15, 2009. He was a resident ofSan Pablo. He was a retired truck driver. Fred is survivedby his wife Linda.Thomas McCaffrey, ’42Thomas McCaffrey, ’42, of Sonoma died Jan. 21, 2009.Tom joined the Army Air Force right out of CHS andwon air medals for his actions as a P-47 pilot during theBattle of the Bulge and elsewhere in western Europe dur-ing World War II.Tom retired after a career as a heavy equipment operatorin the North Bay. He was an accomplished woodworker.He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maude; one son;three grands; and six greats; and three sisters, includingHelen McCaffrey McCurdy, ’33, of Watsonville and Ger-trude McCaffrey Eisan, ’44, of St. Helena.Alex Ruiz, ’04Alex Ruiz, ’04, died in an auto accident near RohnertPark Feb. 14, 2009. Alex lived in Emeryville and was astudent at Expression College for Digital Arts in Berkeley.Alex was the lead singer of his own band, “Tear ItDown.” The band, including Vince Gutierrez, ’05, playedat a celebration of Alex’s life, attended by more than 500,at the fairgrounds. Alex was a top-ranked tennis player atCHS. He is survived by his parents and a brother at CHS,Jordan.Melba Willis Locey, ’32Melba Willis Locey, ’32, died in Santa Rosa March 29,2009. She is survived by son, Stan Locey, ’48, of Windsor.Barbara Jean Wolleson, ’51Barbara Jean Blakeley Wolleson, ’51, a little lady whoplayed a big role in her community, died at St. HelenaHospital May 16, 2009.Barbara and Charlie Wolleson, ’50, had been married 59years. For many of them, they ran an auto repair shop anda vineyard. Barbara served many years on the Calistogaschool board. She was a member of the local chapter ofSoroptomists International for 46 years.For years, Barbara and Charlie owned a sprint race car,but they dropped that after their son, Mark Wolleson, ’74,died of a heart attack while driving it in a race at the fair-grounds in 1981.Barbara is survived by Charlie; her sisters MarvieBlakeley Sears, ’54, and Shirley Blakeley Woodworth,’57; daughters Margaret Wolleson Canada, ’69, and SusanWolleson Freund, ’72; four greats, and eight grands.— Send CHS Alumni obituaries to CHSWildcatter@gmail.comIn Memoriam ...work for years until 1990 when a group of some ’48ersand ’49ers decided an organization was needed. The groupconsisted of Tom Thorndike, ’49, Pete Marciano, ’49,Tom McGreane, ’49, Bob Paris. ’49, Jean Kelly, ’49, KenSmith, ’49, Everett Ball, ’49, Gus Kelperis, ’48, GeneWalker, ’48, Red Gardner, ’48, Earlene Elder Perazzo,’48, Virginia Fisher Rannells, ’48. These are just a fewof those that were involved in making our organization asuccess. It took a number of years to build a roster of ad-dresses and maintain that list by mailings every 6 monthsand do something to keep everyone in touch. I think thepeople that attend the tri-annual reunions started in 1993love that contact and want them to continue. Plan on beingthere in 2011!Our first president was Tom Thorndike, then SallyBrown Manley and myself, each serving for a number ofterms. Each of us have had dedicated boards that madeour functioning efficient and fun. Consider running for theboard next June; officers are chosen from that group andthe easiest job is being president, so volunteer. You willhave a good time.Please send your dues for this fiscal year, July 2009to June 2010, with the attached form. We mail to 1,400people every six months and with printing and postageincreasing rapidly we need to cover the costs for this andtwo more mailings before the next fiscal year.If you have any questions or suggestions, please contactme.— Everett Ball, ’49evgloball@sbcglobal.net, 942-5571Letter,from Page 1Thank you ... to the volunteers who assembledthis newsletter. There would not be a newsletterwithout you.
  • 5. The Wildcatter Page 5Where Are They Now? Notes by and about alumnin 1920-1929Jan Short Petersen, ’29, celebrated her98th birthday in April. She is living in aboard and care home in Mountain Home,AK, and still does crossword puzzles.n 1930-1939Minnie Pfister Hunt, ’31, celebrated her95th birthday at the fairgrounds March29th. Instead of cards or gifts, she askedguests to bring food donations for theneedy. Net result: 430 pounds of eatables.“I’m very grateful,” Minnie said.Hazel Malugani Goss, ’38, was fetedby dozens of family on her 90th birthdayJan. 24. Her obvious highlight was havingclassmate Gladys Stockton Huntoon there.They hadn’t seen each other since CHSdays. Another classmate, Ed Williams,was there too. Hazel lives in Santa Rosa,Gladys in Napa, and Ed in Calistoga.n 1950-1959Ernie Hunt, ’54, has retired fromrefereeing basketball. But he’s hanging inthere for volleyball, baseball, and softball,where the ump/ref work is more station-ary. Ernie and Shimeko live in SuisunCity. He refs in Central California and theReno area.Stan Vermeil, ’55, runs Vermeil VintageEngines in Nevada City. He specializes inconverting 1928-34 Fords into roadsters.“They’re older than I am,” Stan notes.Wife Terri Archuleta Vermeil, ’60, helpswith the books. They live in nearby PennValley.n 1960-1969Bob Laguens, ’61: “Great seeing every-one at the last reunion. Semi retired (15-year-old daughter) and riding my Harleyaround Oahu, North Shore, Sandy Beach,Hawaii Kai, etc.“Off to Maine for the month of Junewith wife Debbi and daughter Christina.We then go to China in July for the totaleclipse (6 1/2 minutes). Will see the GreatWall, Forbidden City, Terra-cotta Warriors,Jade and Silk factories, plus the secondbiggest tidal swing in the World, (soundlike a herd of thundering horses comingin).If the next reunion is in 2011 it will beour class’s 50th. Look out!”Bobbi Enderlin, ’64, has lived in Beni-cia since 1987, is the office manager forBenicia Plumbing; is active in Soroptimist,goes RVing once a month, and after a hipand knee replacement is playing golf, linedancing, and feels like a new person! Sheand classmate Annie Bazzoli Lines areplanning a trip to Greece in 2010.Judy Frediani Flynn, ’64: “I’m on thecommittee planning the Class of ‘64’s45 year class reunion for this Septem-ber. Thankfully busy at work at Dr. JuliePerry’s in St. Helena. Planning for ourannual 4th of July family reunion, whichhad 70 plus people in attendance last year.Enjoyed Saturdays watching six granddaughters playing softball, on four teamsthis spring...thank heavens they were allplayed in one location, on the MiddletownHigh School ball fields! I enjoy quilting,gardening with hubby Steve and playingwith the grand kids, all 10 of them!”Norma Tofanelli, ’66, is an outspokenfoe of urban expansion into agriculturallands. She is a member of Napa CountyFarm Bureau’s Land Use Committee andhas accepted a role as a member of theWeekly Calistogan’s editorial board.n 1970-1979Marc Andrade, ’73, is working as achild care worker/mentor at a residentialhome for at risk youth. They are sent thereby the justice system as a last chanceto get out of that system. Marc is alsoin college to earn his alcohol and drugcounseling certificate in preparation tolicense through the State of California as acounselor.n 1980-1989Joe Decker, ’84: A former commis-sioned officer in the Army Special Forces(Green Berets), Joe is currently SeniorVice President and Regional Manager forthe Protective Services Department ofBank of America ’s Corporate Security.He has been published and quoted in newsarticles, professional magazines, and TVnews reports and lectures regularly onpreventative and responsive security mea-sures. He holds qualifications as a Califor-nia Licensed Private Investigator, CertifiedFraud Examiner, and Certified InsuranceClaim Investigator. Joe lives in Las Vegasand has his office in San Francisco.Cynthia Parkhill, ’86, is an editor andcolumnist for the Clear Lake Observer-HAmerican and Lake County Record-Beein Lake County, CA. She is also a self-advocate for Asperger’s syndrome and au-tism spectrum disorders. Recent columnsand radio appearances have included thetopics of bullying and sensory processingdifficulties.Michael Barrett, ’87: “I left the SanFrancisco Giants in December after 6years to take a Sales Manager postionwith the New York Jets. Tough to leaveSan Franciso, the Giants, and family andfriends but working for an NFL team andliving in Manhattan was too good of anopportunity to pass up.“The Jets are opening a new stadiumwith a capacity of 82,500 seats for the2010 season. I was brought in to help fillthe stadium by putting a season ticketholder in every seat. It’s definitely a chal-lenge with what’s going on in the econo-my and our aggressive pricing. Jets fansare a diffeent breed as they are a loyal,passionate, long suffering, and stubbornbunch. My job and daily East Coast inter-actions are entertaining to say the least.“Loving life out here and trying to takein all that Manhattan has to offer. No lackof entertainment, sights, culture, food anddrink, and crazy weather. It is truly thecity that never sleeps…and I don’t mucheither.”Sheree (Frye) Walters, ’87: “I moved toSeattle in 1990 to be closer to my folks,who had moved there two years prior.Seattle was an exciting place, where Ienjoyed many adventures, and had manydifferent types of jobs over the 17 years Ilived there. Bartending, being my favorite,led me back to Calistoga and St. Helenabriefly in 1996, where I bartended at theSilverado (right up until it closed) andAna’s Cantina. I spent a year in Portland,See Page 6
  • 6. Page 6 The WildcatterIt is the first attempt on thepart of the alumni of ourschool to organize. Classafter class has graduatedand the members of theseclasses, on leaving for otherlocalities, have been losttrack of, almost forgotten,perhaps. The meeting wasan attempt to organize thisbody of alumni in order tokeep it in closer contact withthe school.The banquet on Wednes-day night was a successfrom every point of viewand too much credit can-not be given to a few of theolder alumnae who workedso hard to accomplish theirpurpose. Particular credit isdue to Mrs. W.T. Van Voris,Mrs. C.H. Weed, Mrs. LorenBrown, Miss Gladys Eveyand Miss Lorena Bigelow,all of whom gave much oftheir time in planning thebanquet. The banquet washeld in the dining room ofthe beautiful new MountView Hotel of J.B. Ghisolfo.There was music anddancing for an hour two andE.R. Ganthier, principal ofthe high school, gave a shorttalk, mentioning the impor-tance of an alumni associa-tion and school with the newbuilding fast becoming areality.— Summary of article“Alunni Association is Now aReality,” June 10, 1921A look at CHS AlumniAssociation historyOre., then headed back to Seattle. I had awonderful opportunity in 1995 to travelthrough Europe with my best friend. In 1998,I sang and played flute with a rock band, andended up marrying one of my biggest fans!After my wedding, and giving birth to mylittle girl in 2000, I managed my husband’sband and booked several other local acts forabout 3 years. In 2007, after much plan-ning, we moved to Eugene, Ore., wheremy husband runs his own custom cabinetrybusiness, and I dream of the day I open mybed & breakfast! In the meantime, I am anoperations manager at a local “recycled art”company. Our daughter is 8 years old andin the 3rd grade. Looking forward to seeingeveryone at the 2011 Reunion!”Brent Berry, ’88, lives in Norman, Okla-homa. Graduated from University of Oklaho-ma law school in 1998. Now he is a litigationattorney for the firm of Carr & Carr in OKC.He is also on the Board of Directors of theOklahoma Association for Justice, which isthe largest trial lawyer organization in thestate. He has a son, Burke, who is 15. Hisparents, Greg and Sandy, moved to Hamilton,Montana, after leaving Calistoga, where theyhave a welding and sand-blasting business.He still tries to re-live the old glory days byplaying a lot of softball and basketball, andalso enjoys hiking, water sports, camping andplaying paintball.Jason Smith ’89: “After high school, Ienlisted in the Navy and did three six-monthdeployments on the aircraft carriers Forrestaland Independence . I was stationed in Japanfor two years. In 1994 I returned to Calistogaand enrolled in SRJC to study engineering.During this time I met my wife Chrysteewhile working at Bosco’s. I attended U.C.Davis from 1997 to 2000 and finished mydegree in Electrical Engineering. Duringthis time my first son Kolby was born. Aftergraduation I started working for AgilentTechnologies in Santa Rosa . My secondson, Connor, was born in 2002. In 2006, thedivision I was working in was spun-off intoa separate company, Verigy, that was to bebased in Germany . in 2007, my family and Iaccepted an offer from Verigy and moved toGermany for 1-3 years. We love the Germanculture and plan on staying here as long asthey will have us.”n 1990-1999Rachel Maib-Davies, ’91, gave birth to herfirst child March 28, 2009. A little girl namedRuby Zarana Davies. She and husband Geoffhave just released the first vintage of theirwine “Stellareese,” a 2007 Napa Valley Cab-ernet Sauvignon.Lucia Greenfield, ’93 (nee Tracy Okennee Lucia Oken), graduated from SFSUin ’98 with a BA in Drama (concentrationin Acting), traveled Europe and moved toNYC, where she attended Columbia and gother MA in Social-Organizational Psychol-ogy (concentration in Diversity) in 2005. In2006 she moved back to the Bay Area to benear her mother and grandmother. She cur-rently lives in Oakland and works in HumanResources. She enjoys spending time withfriends and family (including her boyfriendand pets), attending various types of artsfunctions/performances and gardening.Brian Sereni, ’96, and his fiance, LynnCardoza, ’03, plan to open Scoops andSwirls, an ice cream and frozen yogurt shop,next to CalMart this summer. Brian ownedthe Home Plate diner for seven years.Kara (Mulinix) Beckstead, ’97: “Myhusband Aaron and I were married in 2003.In June of 2004 our son was born, sincethen I have been a stay at home Mom. InJan of 2007 our daughter was born. For thelast three and a half years we have lived inClearlake. We enjoy camping and 4 wheelingas much as possible.”Berenice (Donald) Penfold, ’97: “Boughta house with my husband Bryan Penfold inSanta Rosa in October 2008. Moved in NewYear’s Eve, after months of construction andbathroom renovations, courtesy of brotherJames Donald (class of ’95). Still workingas an RN at Kaiser Hospital Santa Rosa. Justwelcomed a second son, Nicholas Matthew,into our family April 3. Jackson James is ourfirst, turning 3 in August.”n 2000-2008Rachel Mitrovitch, ’00, has been workingas a researcher at the World Health Orga-Where Are They Now? Notes by and about alumniFrom Page 5See Page 7
  • 7. The Wildcatternization’s regional office in WashingtonDC while completing a master’s degreein public health at George WashingtonUniversity.Jane Slusser, ’00, worked for PresidentObama’s campaign in Philadelphia andthen his inauguration ceremony in DC.She is a 2004 grad of Barnard College inNew York City and worked as an associatehistory editor for Oxford University Pressfor four years.Cody Thomas, ’02, and JenniferBurgstahler, ’04, welcomed Brianna LeeThomas aboard — all 6 pounds, 4 ouncesof her - at St. Helena Hospital May 16.They live in Angwin.Ryan Wycoff, ’02, has successfullylaunched Grant Street Vineyards, a familyowned and operated business dedicatedto producing high quality, small-lot winesfrom the heart of Calistoga. Aside fromtraveling, golfing and spending time withhis family and friends, he is also partof one of the leading wine marketingagencies in the world and has created hisown innovative social media consultingcompany.Curtis Madrigal, ’04, is the CalistogaPolice Department’s officer of the year. In2008, he made 111 arrests, issued 59 traf-fic citations, and was involved in severalsignificant criminal investigations. Plus apositive attitude.Alyssa Smith, ’06, started at first baseand was a captain of the Occidental Col-lege softball team this spring. She battedjust over 300 and was the cleanup hitter. Ajunior, she is majoring in biology.— Send your CHS Alumni Updates toCHSWildcatter@gmail.comPage 7Duesare payable as of July 1. But its never too late. Make your check payable to CHS AlumniAssociation. Mail it and this form to CHS Alumni Assn., PO Box 953, Calistoga, CA 94515.Please printname ________________________________ ______________________ class of _____first name and surname at CHS surname now, if differentspouse: _________________________________ ________________________if CHS alum, name then ____________________________________________ class of _____mail __________________________________ city______________________ state ______ ZIP_______phone ( ) ______________ e-mail _________________________________dues per member $10.00 $________voluntary donation to scholarship fund $________check total $________===============================================================Thanks Pam Thomas Brocco, TreasurerNow, tell us whats new!!Calistoga’s new community swim-ming pool complex opened in June. It includes a 6-lane laps pool with a1-meter diving board plus a smallerrecreation pool for toddlers and forbeginners’ lessons.The pool is in Logvy Park atWashington and North Oak streets. It has a staff of 45 for lifeguard-ing, teaching, and management. Amajority of them are CHS studentsor grads.The pool complex cost close to$4 million. It became a realityafter 20 years of fund raising andplanning. Major donors includeCalistoga Wildcat Athletic Boosters,CHS class of ‘54, Bill Shaw ‘69,and Dick and Carol Vermeil, ‘54 and‘52.— Jack Rannells, ’51Something tosplash about!Where Are They Now? Notes by and about alumniFrom Page 6
  • 8. The WildcatterPage 8TheWildcatterCHSAlumniAssociationPOBox953Calistoga,CA94515CHSWildcatter@gmail.comFindusonFacebook:CalistogaHighSchoolAlumniGroupJim Hunt, history teacher/football coach at CHSfrom 1978 to 1986, is about to become a publishedauthor. The kickoff for “They Said What? Astonishingquotes on American Power, Democracy, and Dis-sent” is set for August. It is a bruising collection ofquotes from politicians and other famous person-alities in 15 subject categories. “Some are unbelievable, some are shocking,some are incredibly disturbing — all of them leaveyou with the thought: They actually said that?”Hunt says. The book grew out of research that he started in1982 ­— midpoint in his 8 years at CHS. It is beingpublished by PoliPoint Press of Sausalito. A winner? Why not: Hunt’s football teams were. They had a 45-19-2 record. In 1978, he coachedthe second and last undefeated Wildcats team. Itranked No. 1 among Northern California smallschools. He is retired now, and he would be happy toautograph copies of the book. Contact him at 972Windsor St., Napa 94558 or HJimhunt@aol.com. TheWildcatterisproducedtwiceayear,inJanuaryandJuly.PleasesendalumninewsandotherupdatestoCHSWildcatter@gmail.com‘TheySaidWhat?’JimHunthastheanswer Alumni association scholarship winnersEmily Johnson, who plans to study marine biology at U.C.Santa Cruz, won the alumni association’s $2,000 top schol-arship this year. Winners of our $1,200 scholarships were RosemaryLilly, Angelica Mewhorter, Isabel Morgan, and Jordan Ruiz. Alumni scholarship chairman Gary Heitz, ’63 said all 35applicants were terrific. The 5 winners were selected by 15judges, who were open to consider a variety of attributesincluding grade point average, extra curricular activities atschool and in the community, special honors, alumni affili-ation, and a short essay that each student wrote about whythey deserve to win. These heartfelt stories detail the chal-lenges of school and home life, their hopes and aspirations,and their personal philosophies of life. Rosemary Lilly plans to study nursing at U.C. Davis;Angelica Mewhorter, international business at U.C. Berke-ley; Isabel Morgan, film studies at U.C. Berkeley; andJordan Ruiz, at U.C. Santa Cruz. The alumni association has provided more than $72,000in scholarships over the past 15 years.— Jack Rannells, ’51