Ventura College - La Revista Yearbook (Ventura, CA)

 - Class of 1944

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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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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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y. " APRIL ' JijA ii t ' lr ' - ' month of showers, flowers, and fools - APRIL so we ' re told. . . . gals from VJC aided the Ventura Red Cross chapter in going over the top by collecting funds at outdoor tables stationed down town and during intermission at the local theaters. . . . clamoring for boogie and more boogie, jaysee music fans ) " X (Z U-i-t v- ' ' Miss Rose Renick, blind pianist and entertainer, really " dug " their jive when she appeared in a program sponsored by the National Transcribers ' ociety for the Blind at Palo Alto. . . . Future Farmers enjoyed (and who wouldn ' t?) steaks of pre-war variety, beans, and all the trimmings at their A l x ' - ' - i monthly potluck at Seaside Park. The Future Farmers also held the last Green V A . Hand initiation of the year this month. . . . with the girls footing Ihe bills for the evening, the second AWS Backward dance with " A Night in Harlem " as its theme was staged in the boys ' gym — music was provided by the junior high dance band. . . . Katherine Dunham and her terrifically hot tropical review , hit Ventura to close the concert series. . . . about this time the cameraman H -fr-r . was busily shooting campus activities and school organizations for EL PIRATA. Hancock Ensemble of outstanding concert artists came to us through the 0 : V jc -- ' Vv-aJ I rp courtesy of the Allen Hancock Foundation at USC. . . . the Southern California oO- ' ' - ' tx y Telephone company brought us a movie and speaker. . . . unfolding the lives Uof a couple of average young people, " The Judge and the Dope Peddler " was presented in the auditorium by Henry B. Hall. . . . scholarships were offered I ' ' by various colleges to the " intelligencia " of the graduating class. . . . Sigmund i, - A.--v ' - »-A Romberg ' s masterpiece of musical romance, " The Student Prince, " appeared in the auditorium for a night ' s performance. . . . seniors were measured for caps and gowns in preparation for that day of days in June. t d MAr With new songs and stuff, the revised edition of the Jaysee " Dimouts ot 1944 " wowed the public again — this time proceeds went to help the American Legion in their activities for the service men. . . . the question of the month was, " Who is to be Queen of the May? " ... at the annual AWS Mothers ' and Daughters ' tea, Mrs. Ethel Gardner, costumed in Mexican dress, told oi her travel south of the border. . . . ditch day afforded fagged and bedraggled seniors a chance to take it easy — the beach providing a very popular destina- tion. ... in spite of the lack of enthusiasm during the preceding month, the ASB Spring formal went over in a big way. . . . football heroes, basketball sharks, track flashes, and baseball stars received due recognition for their efforts in a special award assembly. . . . seniors began to doubt whether the long and tedious rehearsals were worth it all. . . . studes got " on the beam " as they listened to Mrs. Carol Flanagan, representative of the Douglas Aircraft, Santa Monica, speak on ihe subject, " Flight in the Future " . . . giving them the same opportunity that would be given students at a music conservalOiy, a recital was presented by Priscilla Peters and Pat Dinely; and another, by Virginia Dyer and Jimmy Hendrickson. ... as the semester was drawing to a close, more midnight oil was burned in preparing postponed term projects and book reports. . . . Memorial Day- -a shortened schedule — and thoughts were along a more serious vein. . . . the Jaysee auditorium was the scene of the annual baccalaureate services for the twelfth and fourteenth grade classes. JUNE -j GfiflDUflTIOn

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