John Muir Middle School - Naturalist Yearbook (Los Angeles, CA)

 - Class of 1949

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Q' ....,. aa Ag? ir I -ff 'lf 54, j Y T ' - Ziifif li 'iii l',. ., . ii-ki it 'if ii i r 0 ill oo S Volume XXXII Los Angeles, California, June l6, l949 Number 5 A9 Teachers Praise Graduating Class By Don Devor When asked what they thought of the A9's the A9 homeroom teachers made the following state- ments: Mrs. Harrison: "The A9 class is made up of a fine group of young people. They have great possibili- ties." Mrs. Pollock: "The A9 class is a fine bunch of students. They may prove valuable additions to their high schools if they use their heads." Mrs. Toomey: "The A9 class seemingly includes students of varied interests and abilities. We may expect to hear many fine things about them in the future." Mrs. Mueller: "The A9's make a great class. The school is going to miss them greatly because there are so many leaders in the group." Mrs. Parker: "Some of the things I like about the A9 class are their loyalty to their school and their enthusiasm in drives. They have some of the best leaders l have seen in any junior high school." - Miss Miller: "The A9 class con- tains many fine boys and girls who should make splendid citizens in the future. My best wishes go with all of the A9's." Miss Thies: "My girls have al- ways shown an intense loyalty to their school. They have partici- pated in all organizational activity such as G.A.C., noon league games, etc. l hope they will always retain the fine spirit they showed here." Miss Reynolds: "They are a fine bunch of students. l have enjoyed working with them." Miss Newton: "l have not been too closely acquainted with them. They are a fine looking bunch of students." Typing Students Win Certificates By Jeanne Boehm Clickety-Click, Boy! look at those kids type. Why are they typ- ing like mad men? Why, because of the certificates that are awarded. So far six people have been award- ed 3O words certificates. They are: Jeanne Boehm, A95 Patricia Bearden, B95 Yvonne Ba- ker, A95 Charlene Harrison, A95 Barbara Kilpatrick, B95 Maurine Steiner, B95 and Barbara Pencille. Those who won 40-word certifi- cates are: Joanne Barton, A95 Shirley Hasson, A95 Frances Kean, B95 Bette Blevins, A95 Grace Mun- sey, B95 Marian Plankenhorn, B95 Gloria Wiedman, B9. CLASS OF SUMMER '49 HONORS JOHN MUIR AT GRADUATION EXERCISES GRADUATES TO RECEIVE DIPLOMAS FROM MR. OLIN DARBY, HONORED GUEST BY NORMAN EPPSTEIN Climaxing the summer semester of l949, the gradu- ating class of John Muir Junior High School will present John Muir, A Great American, as the theme of their gradu- ation exercises Four speeches will be given on his accomp- lishments. Our principal, Dr. Gerald M. Weller, will introduce Mr. Olin Darby, president of the Los Angeles Board of Educa- tion. Mr. Darby will present the diplomas to the graduating A-Nines, with the help of Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Herriott, our vice-principals. To introduce the speeches, Irene Alahuzos will give a talk on Muir's Boyhood and Youth, This will be followed by Muir, Scientist, Jack Murphy speaking5 The Writing of Muir, by Robert Emerziang and then, Muir's Contributions to America, by Barbara McGuire. Musical numbers will be: In the Heart of the Redwoods, by Baron- Grey5 On the Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe5 and Waltz of the Flowers from Tschai- kowsky's Nutcracker Suite. Next comes Trees and last, the Choir joins the orchestra to sing I Heard a Forest Praying and Mountains. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Don Hanning, student -body president, and the A-Nine gradu- ates will march to the Grand March from the opera, Aida. Speeches were written by Gay Davidson, Don Devor, Jack Mur- phy, Norman Eppstein, Dorene Johnson, Eileen Shepard, Virginia Buck, Julia Gulasci, Shirley Fergu- son, Carol Johnson, James Frye, LaVerne Burk, Pat Burke, Mildred Cranston, Sharon Durr, Arlene Her- man, Norman Hueston, Wayne Waldschmitt, Billy Farmer, Edith Kalloway, Barbara Palesano, and Dolland Parsons. Krause to Head Naturalist Staff Bob Krause, cub reporter this term, is making a big jump up to the Editor's desk next term. The retiring editor, Norman Eppstein, is showing him the different responsi- bilities of an Editor. THE NAT- URALIST staff next term is: Associate Editor ............ Ralph Cook Feature Editor ................ Nancy Rix Make-up Editor .......... Emma Garcia Boys' Sports Editor ........ Sam Taylor Girls' Sports Editor..Carol Sherburne Exchange Editor..Annette Ernerzian Specialties .................. Deloris Barr Copy Reader ........ Marian MacLean Les Wolf New Student Body President At the conclusion of much counting of votes, and stiff compe- tition, Les Wolfe, a B-Nine of homeroom lO5 was the proud vic- tor who will serve as student body president for the next semester. A revote had to be held for girls' and boys' vice president as the competition was so furious that the candidates were practically tied. When the results finally came out Don Lowe, from homeroom 706, was the vice president. Grace Munsey, a B-Nine from homeroom 2l8 now has the honor of serving as the next girls' vice president. Our next student body secretary is none other than Richard Hill, also a B-Nine, from homeroom 506. A9's Enjoy Games, Dance at Class Party By Virginia Buck There was fun and gaiety galore, as the A9 Class enjoyed their party on June the lOth. lt proved to be a huge success as games were played and good entertainment was enjoyed by all. The party was held in the gym where decorations were draped in every part of the room, which gave it that festive effect. For a little variety a grand march was held5 there was ballroom dancng also. All the A9 Homeroom teachers were invited. They were in charge of the party along with Miss Sch- waderer and Mr. Kristenson. Deli- cious cake and ice cream were served to all those present. The time of the party was from 1:30 to 3:30, and during these two hours the A9's had a wonder- ful time. John Muir Honored At Helms' Meeting On Saturday, May l4, Mr. Falvo and Mr. Nobbe accompanied by Dick Hill, John Neil, Don Lowe, and Charles Lugo, attended the first annual Helms' foundation meeting of Junior High School teachers and students, connected with athletic clubs. The program consisted of a talk by Mr. Helms and Mr. Howard Bell, the supervisor of youth serv- ice activities, and an exchange of ideas bf the teachers from various junior highs which were repre- sented. Great plans are being made for further meetings of this type on a semi-annual basis. The highlight of the meeting was the reference made to John Muir Jr. High as the "father of all junior high athletic clubs." Prac- tically every program mentioned was based on the John Muir plan. On display were all the John Muir athletic trophies. After the meeting was over, a delightful lunch was served to all through the courtesy of Helms' bakery. From Our Principals . . . DIair': Principals hafvc the fol- lofwing parting message' for the fl9's.' In your graduation program you hafve cho.v1'n to commemorate the life and zzchinfvrmenir of tha! great flmarimn 'Lahore name our .rchool .ro proudly heart-John llfluir. No holler trail rxislx for you lo follow than the ont' fwhifh he markad out for us. flx he hlazed this trail lo-ward the hoighls, he took fwiih him a hody mado .rtrong through clean and temperate living, an alert mind, an' ohnzrfuing eye, a fwillingnzxrt lo mov! hardship.r, a de- lerminalion lo hold alfwayx lo the goal sat, and a rnfverent spirit. fllong iwilh thou' qualifier fwoni a lofve for all lifving things, an appra- rialion of Ihr' hrauly of the outdoor fworld and a determination to pre- .rfrwo our mountains and forertx so lhal all man might than' them. .45 fwe hid you faretwrll, auf hold the high hope that eafh one of you may follorw thi: trail to tho upland: of lifving fwhcra thc highenrt fvaluci' uri' to he found. Oar hex! fwirhex go 'with you at you lea-vc ur. Sincerely yours, Celia P. Horriolf, Girls' Vice-Prin. Rzzssell S. Johnson, Boys' Vice-Prin. Gerald JU. lVfller, Principal



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TH E NATURALIST THE TNATURALIST Edited and Printed Semi-Monthly by Students of John Muir Junior High School at Los Angeles, California. NATURALIST STAFF AND PRINTERS NATURALIST STAFF Editor-in-Chief .................................................... Norman Eppstein Associate Editor ..... Feature Editor ........ . ....... ........................ B arbara Capps . ..................................... Nace Benun Make-up Editors ........ ...... J oyce Benveniste, Virginia Buck Boys' Sports Editor ....... ................................ D on Hanning Assistant ..................... ...... ...... H e rbie Nesmith Girls' Sports Editor ....... .......... G ay Davidson Assistant .................. ...... B arbara McGuire Exchange Editor ...... .......................... B ob Emerzian Specialties .......... .............................. . ...Don Devor .......Margaret Longo, Janice Latey .....Verna Boehm, Shirley McClain Presswork ................. ................ T ed Neel, Jerry Soest Copy Readers ....... Typists .................... Journalism Advisor ...................................... Mrs. Beatrice F. Gilbert Printing Instructor ............................................ Mr. Edgar Zimmer CUB REPORTERS Deloris Barr, Ralph Cook, Annette Emerzian, Emma Garcia, Bob Krause, Marian McLean, Jewel Mayesh, Jimmie O'Leary, Donna Rankin, Nancy Rix, Carol Sherburne, Sam Taylor. "FAREWELL A9'S" Dear A9's: You have been at this school for three years-three long, happy years which. we know you'll never forget. When you first came here as B7's you probably wondered how you could make friends in such a large place. Now you know. It wasn't hard at all. You are going to a much bigger school now, and you may feel the same there as you did when you were B7's here. But those days will soon pass and you will again become a graduating class. We give you our best wishes and glad memories for you to cherish the rest of your lives. -Jewel Mayesh REACHING THE HEIGHTS The time has come for us to say goodbye. Although our loyalty will eventually change to another school, we will always remember John Muir as the school in which we started on the long road through high school. When we came here three years ago we started as "scrubs" Now we have reached the top and are ready to go on to high school and start at the bottom again. Although we are sorry to leave we are glad that John Muir has such a good B9 class to take our place. Because we will always remember John Muir we are saying, "So Long" not "Goodbye." -Don Devor A9 Class Prophecy . By Joyce Benveniste What time is it? Oh, that's right, I don't have to worry about Mr. Haberman's scolding me again 'cause I finally got my "walking papers." What year is this? l959 already? Speaking of class mem- bers, I wonder what became of those "Dear Friends of Old?" I read in THE NATURALIST that to- night they are having a social ban- quet and reunion. Tonight I think that I shall "paint the town red" and show Barbara McGuire that I still have some of the "old spirit" in me yet. She has settled down with Chuck Stange and they're happy on their farm. Well, here I am at the party. I see that the entertainment is fur- nished by Clarence Goldberg and Gerald "Rattlesnake" Wunsch, the two cowboy heroes. What are those funny noises? OI It's clumsy Her- bie Nesmith still stepping on Gay Davidson's feet. My, but there are a lot of celebrities here! I see Norman Ep- pstein, the famous scientist, who has just come back from Africa after capturing a rare Lapland Lounge Lizard. Don Devor, the famous reporter, is getting the story. There's my old pal Marelyn Jenkins, the famous violinist. Allan Warsce and Anthony Dapello have been doing well on the L. A. Bruins. Diana Vardas is here with some of her famous models, among them, Norma Philips, Jeanne Jet- ton, Dora Dee McReady, and Daisy Wilson. There's Virginia Buck and her Carmen Miranda Review. In- cluded in her show are Arlene Judd, Romona Steeter, Barbara Moore, and Gloria Pulone. No one knows if any of these will come true, but we will all know one thing for sure. We will all be successful, even millionaires. How can we miss when we're mem- bers of the summer class of 'forty- nine? A9 Alphabet , By Janice Latey Adorable .. Bashful .... Cute ...... Dainty ........ ..............EiIeen Shepard .........Tom Dragna .. ........ Shirleen Huck ....Boletta Colburn Exotic ,,,,,,,,,,,, ..,,,,.,A.,... B ill Smith Fashionable .............. Diane Vardas Generous .,,.... ....... S hirley I'IaSSOt'1 Handsome ................ Don Henning lrresistable .......... Johnny DiPonzio Journalistic Kissable ..... Lovable ...... Manly ..... Nutty ............... Ooo-La-La Personality Quiet .......... Roguish ...... . Talented .. Useful ..... ...Robert Ernerzian ....,......BilI Macias ..Charles Atkinson ....Gordon Fosberg .........Nace Benun Valerie Waterman ..........Shirley Ferguson ......Jack Murphy ............Gary Allen .....lrene Alahuzos Sweet ......... .... .. ....... Mary Ala Clark ............EarI Dupre Versatile ............. Roy Quinsey Witty ...... .Charles Schneider Xellent ,.......... Rocco Aviani Yahoo! .,.. ....... J immie O'Leary Zany .... ......... M ardel King n' 5-3 1 j MT ' qi .ES at K wg J, .,,,..,QQ,7 l'IELLl E PIATURALIST Attention faithful C?i readers! tDon't all speak at once.l I have some bad news for you. I really hate to put you through this tor- turel?J but I guess I'cl better tell you-Wait a minute-don't tear up this column!! This is the last of the series of the prized and great Q7 manuscripts you have been col- lecting l?l Yes, yours truly has been asked to leave after a brief l?J story here if and when I make up seven years of work. Don't laugh so hard you make me cry. But getting on the serious i?l side, may I say that in portraying the lovable l?l character of Nellie Naturalist, I was not only express- ing the feelings of one person, but every one in John Muir. tl forgot my ideas from all the kids in Jour- nalism. That class includes every type of kid imaginable-they range from crazy to crazier. Oh! I'd better not waste pre- cious space telling about how much you're going to miss me, what you want to know is who is my "dream boy." Since I began writing this column l have another one, but l'II tell you the one I originally had in mind. He is none other than iI'll give you his full name-it's so short. You'Il probably know him. He attended Muir and Manual. lrah! rahli I2-5-I5-I4-l.l8.!-?" Mickey l3-3-3-I-IBI4-I2-5. Jun- nor. It's time to go makeup myself for Mike. There were so many question marks in this column be- cause l still haven't figured out the answer to this question, "To be or Not to Be-That is the question." -Nellie CiNature's enemy? Nat- uralist, Alias I0-l5-25-3-5 2-5-l4- 22-5 I4-9-I9-20-4 P. S.-Don't give up! If I made it through Muir you ought to be able to! Perfect A-Nine By Norman Eppstein BOY Hair ............................ Dan Beatty Smile ........ ............. J ames Frye Posture .,...... ................ D on Dias Personality .......... Johnny DiPonzio Brains ,.,-....,,,........... Bob Emerzian Sense of Humor ........ Chuck Stange Build .................... Cordell Swanson Sportsmanship ................ Ben I'IOke Athlete ........................ Dan Finch Bashful .............. Norman Eppstein GIRL Hair ..... ...........,...... J oyce Kates Eyes .... .,,.......Barbara Howell .....Shirley Hasson Smile ........... Posture ......,,... ...... J oyce Micheli Personality Brains ....... ..............Gay Davidson ...... Carolyn Kaneko ll

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