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DECEMBER Although traditionally the month of Christmas trees, holly berries and Santa Claus (for those JC age and under), VJC students started out the month by remembering another day, the second anniversary of Pearl Harbor, by digging deep into their pockets to buy that extra war stamp or bond. . . . Pirates were sad that the wind was blowing away the " little red schoolhouse, " but no weeping was evident because of the forced one-day vacation. . . . Dr. Clark and his mighty (?) volleyball team accepted the challenge of the WAA volleyball sharks with the WAA ' ers coming out on top. . . the Christmas cantata entitled " A Letter from Home, " written and staged by Louise Scott, and compiled and directed by Addie Belle Long, was presented in an eve- ning performance by the music and drama departments. . . . the young ladies (gals) wore their prettiest formals and the lads borrowed dad ' s best tie to dance in a winter wonderland of ice and snow (synthetic, of course) at the annual Christmas formal. . . . the Pirate Press did itself proud by publishing a special Christmas servicemen ' s edition to send to all the former Pirates in the U. S. and abroad. . . whew! " No more lessons; no more books; no more teacher ' s dirty looks " for two glorious, carefree weeks of Christmas vacation. JANUARY Well, gang, back again to the old grind. January marked the beginning of the end of the first semester. Guess what happened then — that was the end — period! Yep, those final exams were terrific. . . . students were over- whelmed by the additional five minutes allowed between periods. . . victorious Prep football players were guests at a Ventura Lions club luncheon with Coach Jeff Craveth. . . . second semester election time — ASB candidates were introduced at a matinee dance in the boys ' gym, and — hey, Walbridge, stop kissing those babies! . . . necks were craned to the rear of the auditorium as Mr. Phillip B. Robertson, garbed in the dress of a Palestine shepherd, made his way to the stage blowing an antiquated bagpipe-like instrument to present an assembly of musical hits of 1944 B. C. . . . Ventura cagemen downed Santa Barbara by a small margin. ... in a special assembly for boys. Major Arthur L. Knight, AAF, explained the advantages and procedure of enlisting in the Army Air Forces as an aviation cadet of air crew training. . . VJC bid fare- well to Larry Ver Husen, dean of men for the last five years. . . . Joseph Ellis spoke on Java, making interesting comments on the people, their habits and customs, and describing the islands and the animals found on Java. ... to those gals with the necessary " internal fortitude, " Registered Nurse Ellen Vogel offered a career in the noble profession of nursing. . . . Pirate prep cagers met Santa Paula — we won! . . . after the departure of Milton (MOLE) Poulos for the Marines and Nick Chakires for the Air Corps, campus capers and cut-ups were noticeably less — yes! . . . some mighty brave guys took Army Air Corps tests. . . . portraying the woes of a director trying to put on a play, a one-act comedy farce, " Rehearsal " by Christopher Morley, was presented in a girls ' assembly by the dramatics department under Miss Louise Scott. . . . receiving their high school diplomas, eight lucky, lucky JCers were graduated in mid- term. . . .
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of the ground and eliminate the " trash gremlins " , local school government officials ftjoard of commissioners) initiated a " Clean Campus " drive. . . . " Buy a stamp; hear your favorite recording, " was the offer of the " War Stamp Stomps " held in the Jaysee jerks ' hang-out (the student union, no less) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. " Pistol Packin ' Mama " really did her bit toward pushing the drive over the top. . . . class officers were elected — there were hardly enough thirteenth and fourteenth grade studes to fill the bill; at least there was not much difficultv in deciding who were to be candi- dates. ... a motion picture of an epic drama of savage jungle life, " Beyond Singapore, " was shown by Captain Harry Schenck in an assembly. . . . the Tri-Y ' s and the Bible club organized for the year ' s activities. . . . painting an intimate picture of life in the South Pacific, Lieutenant Colonel Altpeter USMC, former Jaysee English instructor, in a visit to our fair campus, spoke of every- thing from fox holes and " tales, " bulldozers and " bull-gangs, " to jungle tactics and hula girls. . . . with Gene McCook and his " Jive Bombers " providing the accompaniment, the Gingham and Cords dance was held in the barn. . . . taking their cue from Dick Tracy (or maybe it was the Lone Ranger) Jaysee campus " Big Shots " brandished their fire rams, killing off some of the already sadly depleted male population (they were " just playin ' , " of course). . . . noted violinist Yehudi Menuhin opened the Ventura Concert series with a recital in the auditorium. . . . using rationing as the theme. Associated Women Students went " all out " in their efforts to alleviate the man-power shortage by staging the first Backward dance of the year, where Wally Fowler reigned as " King Wolf " . . . . because migratory workers filled the need, the students were not called for harvest work — no reflection on our lemon and walnut picking intended. . . . NOVEMBER With dreams of turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie already taunting VJC studes, the last month of fall made its appearance. . . . do-re-mi-fa-so rang out as the a cappella choir, girls ' trio and soloists practised for the first musical assembly of the year, . . . the hills behind VJC were in flames! Of course, none of the students would think of cutting classes unless they were badly needed, but our JC " men " did a swell job of helping (with the moral support of the coeds). . . . P-I-R-A-T-E-S Rah! Cheer leaders, Jimmy Hendrickson ' s reet little band, and guys and gals yelling until their throats were sore, all helped to make the first bang-up pep rally of the year. . . . studes of JC rushed home and with trembling fingers opened and peeked into envelopes containing first- quarter grades. . . . VJC ' s dream team under bright lights, strutted their stuff for a rootin ' tootin ' crowd of football fiends and fans. . . . there was no excuse for JCers losing their way in the moonlight after the dimout was lifted and the lights went on again in Ventura by the Sea. . . . twenty AWS members thrilled over a train ride and the AWS-WAA conference and as an added feature, the cadets (drool-drool) of Compton JC. ... an interesting talk on China was given by Rev. Phillip Yung Lee, brilliant native of Canton, China. . . . Prep football squad was getting " in the groove " for meeting the Oxnard Yellow- jackets and the Fillmore Flashes. . . . plenty of familiar selections, as well as those not so often heard, were included in the operatic Artist series program presented by the All-Star Columbia Quartet, Nino Martini, Igor Gorin, Josephine Tuminia and Helen Oltheim. . . . Ahhhh, now for that Thanksgiving dinner and two whole days ' vacation!
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FEBRUARY Put that hatchet away, Junior — you ' re bound to hit yourself over the head with it and ruin the HATCHET. Besides George Washington was quicker on the draw and got the cherry tree before you had a chance at it, or you would have doo ' d it. . . . Twelfth grade carnival was acclaimed a big success. . . . the first w hispers of a VJC annual for 1944 got around. . . . Dale Lythgoe was elected to take AMS president ' s post vacated by Howard Fisher. . . . Frank (Patrick Henry) Guthrie, Mary Jane Brown, and Mike McCabe ran a close race with Frank finally coming out ahead in the Ventura section of the annual Lions club speaking contest. . . . three-hour Army-Navy tests were given to aspiring future GI ' s. . . . sweet little valentines circulated between " love bug bitten " boys and their " sweetie-pies " and visa versa. . . . the Ag depart- ment entered the cattle judging contest. . . . big sports dance was held after the last basketball game of the season (and stag tool). . . . hup-2-3-4, hup-2-3-4 could be heard above the pattering of little feet and the groans of the foot-sore as fem marchers as well as our army-bound he-men took part in mass military drill every other Wednesday. . . . studes brought books for sailors that were shipping out and tapped their toes to the music of the Camp Rousseau dance band when they gave us one solid hour of jump and jive with a little boogie added for seasoning. . . . with food the main object of their attention, the high and mighty (few) upper division studes organized at a pot-luck luncheon. . . . Washington ' s birthday came in handy for fagged Pirates, who enjoyed an afternoon siesta on that day. ... no tea was served at the WAA " tea " , but there was plenty of luscious cake, and varsity stars were awarded to out- standing players. MARCH Hey! Winter was supposed to be nearly over with March coming in like a lion to blow away any threatening clouds that dare show their " puffy pusses, " but alas — drip, drip, (need 1 say more?). . . . despite the drizzly rain, there was one heavy date that 75 VJC coeds did not miss — the date with dad for the Father and Daughter Banquet. . . . " You say you ' re heading for Arizona " was a typical wisecrack heard as T.B. tests were given to all twelves. . . educational but interesting (!) was Alonso Baker ' s speech on " American For- eign Policy " given at a student assembly. . . WOW! what a show — the " Dimouts of 1944 " made a smash hit with seabees and sailors of Camp Rousseau and the cadets of Mira Loma. . . . the same performers including Pete Beaman, Gene McCook and his band, Priscilla Peters, Mary LeRoy, Pat Dinely, Virginia Dyer, Catherine Gate, Jimmy Hendrickson, Bettie Higgins, Ida Madrid, Johnny Mae Rae, Ernie Smith and Peggy Raysor gave a Red Cross Benefit show in the JC auditorium. . . . Hi-Y came to life on the last lap, and organized elevens and twelves into one group. ... a student assembly featured Joy Robinson, entertainer. . . . one of the Artist series, Lubeshutz and Nemenoff, famed Russian pianists, presented a delightful pro- gram. . . . the lettermen (VJC wolves) sponsored a come-if-you-can-get-a-babe- to-come-with-you sports dance in the big gym. . . . reviving the old drill team spirit, thirty girls learned special GI marching technique from Mrs. Carr. . . . four little country gals on the Pirate Press Staff ventured to the big city (L.A.) to attend Newspaper Day at USC and afterwards fearlessly to join the " bobby sock army " to drool over Frankie (swoon-swoon) Sinatra.
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