Villanova Preparatory School - Villanovan Yearbook (Ojai, CA)
- Class of 1955
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ln September, a few days after, the fall term
opening, the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas
of Villanova stood still with the news ofthe sudden
death of its'4Very Reverend Provincial, His demise
.struck Villanova with the realization that an in-
tensely interested friend was removed from this
earthly scene. P . ,
Villanova Preparatory School, part of the wide
Province he ruled 'as o dearly beloved Provincial,
desiring to perpetuate his name in California,
solemnly and affectionately dedicate this i955
Villanovan to the memory off Father Joseph M.
Dougherty, O,.SgA., Augustinian Priest, Educator,
Dormitory and Administration Building
His Eminence, JAMES FRANCIS CARDINAL MCINTYRE, Archbishop of Los Angeles
VERY REVEREND HENRY E. GREENLEE, O.S.A
Rector Provincial of the Augustinian Order
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fx'----' Headmaster and Prior
My dear Students:
As your headmaster reviews student events of the past year endogenous with
their lofty aspirations, fulfillments, and disappointments, he is looking with satis-
faction on the Iaurels the members of Villanova's graduating class brought to their
Alma Mater. On the gridiron, the hardwood, diamond, track, courts and stage, and
in the pool, rallies, music, oratory, iournalism, banquets, benefits, crusades, missions,
assemblies, socials, council, dormitory, classroom, and chapel you have contributed
a measure of honor to Villanova.
Villanova is proud of you and your achievements. Conferring your diploma
with an emphatic commendation externally does not express fully the inward
sentiment that we actually experience. We regret seeing you march from the
campus. We have tried to mold your mind, character, muscles and conscience. We
know your worth now. Like fond parents glancing after their sons parading to war,
we wish we could enioy having you around longer. But off to higher climbs and
loftier fields you must direct your steps.
Your future will be important to you and others. But when it all comes to an
end, it will not even be noted by possible observers on a high flying stratocruiser.
How trivial are man's works here! Nothing will endure but the spiritual results of
your life. Think chiefly of this!
May God benignly bless you, shelter you from dangers, and lend a lamp to
your feet to light your paths.
Farewell, and Godspeed.
Very Rev. Wilbert R. Kirk, O.S.A.
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REV. ROBERT E. McGRATH, A.B., O.S.A.
Chaplain.. .grew up in this territory . ..
graduated from Villanova way back in '28
. as a result always falls back to that
familiar saying, "now in my days" . . .
usually can be found trying to locate a
new hideout for the school safe's combin-
ation . . . teaches Speech, Civics, Ameri-
can History, and Religion lll . . . moderator
of Fathers' Club, Sodality, and Junior
Class . . . Father's cigars, unfortunately,
may soon necessitate an anti-smog law
here in the Oiai Valley.
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REV. JOHN P. McGUIRE, A.M., O.S.A.
Came to Villanova when school first
opened . . . left for a few years but got
homesick . . .does no active teaching now
. . . can always find work to be done
around the school . . .always has a smile
for everyone . . . lives in classroom build-
ing to make sure no one will "borrow it"
. . . can usually be found riding around
in sleek, "new", baby-blue "custom".
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REV. SAMUEL E. D'ANGELO, A.B., O.S.A.
Former Navy chaplain . . . hails from back
east around Boston . . . scourge of the
freshman class . . . has given up trying
to improve the penmanship of lower
classmen . . . teaches Religion ll, Latin I
and ll, and Speech I . . . makes weekly
excursions to surrounding mountains . . .
claims to have conquered the Topa Topa
REV. LAUREANO GUTIERREZ, B.S.E., O.S.A.
Came to us from Spain after a few years
in the Philippines . . . became disciplin-
arian this year . . . also athletic director
and moderator of Freshman Class.. . can
usually be seen carrying a black book
filled with lug lists . . . always ready to
give out with a lengthy speech when the
occasion calls for no speech to be made
. . . teaches Religion l, Spanish l and ll,
and Typing . . . also excells at running
other cars off the road with his "slow and
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REV. THOMAS J. McLAUGHLIN, A.B.,O.S.A.
First year at Villanova . . . inherited school
darkroom and moderator of PREP TIMES
and VILLANOVAN from Father Monte. . .
always around to take pictures with his
trusty "Brownie" . . . teaches Religion
IV, Plane Geometry, Chemistry, and Phys-
ics . . . "hidden cause" of the many
explosions heard within the chem lab...
is noted for his ardent desire to help
willing l?l students after school.
BROTHER JOHN BRESNAHAN
M.S. in L.S., O.S.A.
Became Prefect of Studies this year . . .
finally moved from barracks . . . in his
tenth year of teaching at Villanova . . .
teaches English lll and lV . . . no one
dares be late for his classes . . . became
varsity tennis coach this spring . . . always
on the prowl for donations to the missions
. . . anytime you need him, the best place
to start looking is in the library since he
is first and foremost, the school librarian.
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MR. JOSEPH E. HUDOCK, B.S.
Always promoting good cause among
students . . . first year at Villanova . . .
still fighting to retain his rights as a
bachelor . . . when weekends roll around
can often be found trying to hop a ride
to Van Nuys . . . teaches Trig, Solid
Geometry, Algebra I and ll, and Speech
ll . . . moderator of Sophomore Class
. . . rarely seen doing any exercise except
the little that he puts in counting his
income from the candy store which he
operates down in the rec-hall.
MR. RICHARD S. SALTER, B.S. in ED.
Head football and baseball coach . . .
also takes "B"s and "C"s in basketball
. . . recently welcomed first addition to
his family . . . not a boy though, so some
disappointment . . . always there to lend
a helping hand . . . also always the last
one to class . . . teaches Biology, World
History, Mechanical Drawing . . . always
a carload of boys on his homeward trip
each evening to Ventura . . . moderator
of Senior Class and Lettermen's Club.
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MR. WILLIAM C. ZAPPONE, B.S. in ED.
Varsity basketball coach . . . took over
J.V. football also, and directs the J.V.
baseballers along with the cindermen . . .
his great aim seems to be to perfect the
"fast break" . . . isn't awake in the
morning until he downs his "cup" of
coffee . . . still sports a Montana license
on his Buick despite the fact that he has
been here three years.
MISS MARY REARDON Director of Music
Holds the distinction of only woman on
the faculty here every Tuesday rain
or shine or lack of pupils only lady
at Father and Sons Banquet.. .she had to
play piano for Glee Club . . . vies with
Brother John for distinction of longest
number of years teaching at Villanova.
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WILLIAM NORMAN BERG r
917 East Matulrla St
F otball JV 3 4 Sodallty 4
Bas etball Cees 2 Prep Tlmes 4
Baseball JV 2 Vlllanovan 4
Four year commuter from Ola: works hard to
learn and seems to have learned everythrng
supports every school actrvaty loves school
and very seldom misses a day proud that he
Iuves an Ola: wull probably always lrve there
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JOHN WUERSCH BRALLIAR Duke
Box 217 Sombrero Ranch
Student Body President 4
Football 2 3 4
Basketball 2 3 4
Baseball 3 4
Swimming 2 3
Sodalrty 2 3 4
Lettermen s Club 2 3 4
Halls from Arrzona popular student body
presrdent makes at a habrt to garn All league
basketball honors plans a future rn medlclne
gurl In every port says John honor
chref of Hop: trrbe mechanrcal drawer extra
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JOHN PAUL BUENZLI Rabbl
472 Dalehurst Ave
Los Angeles Callforma
Swummung 2 3
Class Offlcer 4
Sensor Court Judge 4
Football 2 3 4
Bas etball Bees 3 Glee Club 4
T ck 2 3 4 LettermensClub 4
T nms 2 3 4 Prep Tlmes 4
Drama 3 4
Bousterous good humored four year man
from Beverly Hllls claims Pontiac as the best
makes Louella Parson s column a hablt
hard and butter ludge of Sensor Court terror
ofthe Freshmen known as the summer school
Spanlard looks forward to a bright future
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71 1 Canada
Football 2 3 4 Track 2 3 4
Bas etball l 2 3 4 LettermensClub 3 4
Tenms 3 4 Prep Tlmes 4
Four year day hop from Ola: moderate and
reserved well luked by all holds one slde
to every argument has own stalwart sup
porter of Brums of U C L A changed hus hanr
style once hrs fnendly personalnty should
carry hum far
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16530 Ventura Blvd
Baseball 3 4 LettermensClub 4
Swrmmmg 3 Glee Club 4
Qunet slncere friendly always wnlllng to grve
a helping hand about has fast ball pretty
good huh9 hrtter of frrst home run In base
ball season Brother Johns favorute land
onlyl French student bound to be a hut
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ERNESTO DAVILA MORENO Chuef
Calle Hrdalgo 48 P O Box 4'-15
Magdalena Sonora Mexico
Football 3 4 Sodaluty 4
Baseball 3 4 Band 4
Lettermen s Club 4
Bug man from Mexrco worth has welght un
laughter pantomnme comedy a specralty
has greatest accomplishment Iearnmg Englrsh rn
two years remember you better dont and
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MICHAEL F FARRELL Moses
25 Calleguas Rd
Football 2 4
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Lettermen s Club A
Boarder for four years magored In arts and
scnences of pnllow throwrng and water frghtrng
lost my book says Muke one of Father
McGuures rrght hand men always close to
Brother John lnved across the hall from hum
w always be a rancher
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THOMAS VICTOR FRANCE Nero
207 North Ventura St
Football JV 2 3 Track l
as etball C es 2 3 Drama 4
Baseball 2 3 4
From Ola: ram or shme for four years leadmg
actor In school dramas worst dancer best
wa least :mutated most popular a funny
lane for every srtuatnon out for every sport
eyes future on Broadway
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6335 N Charlotte St
San Gabrrel Calrforma
Student Councnl 2 3 4
Football JV 3 4
Baseball JV 2 3
Athletuc Manager I 2 3
Rufle Club 3 4
Sodallty 2 3 4
Drama 3 4
Prep Tlmes 4
Lettermen s Club
ROBERT HENRY HERNANDEZ Bo
1010 Lexmgton St
Class Officer 3 4 almty l 2 3
Football 2 3 4 Drama 3
Basketball 3 4 Glee Club 2 3
Baseball 3 4 Vlllanovan 4
Lettermen s Club 4
Comes to us from Delano la town he clanms ns nn
Callfornual mmble with the fnngers on the
piano very agile on the baseball dlamond
ready smnle slow frown hero of sopho
more Buology class leaves Vullanova to become
a first class pharmacist
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Four year boarder the cool cat and rucochet
dancer at the St Catherines dances clock
watcher an every class a great debater
always can get a blmd date for you fond of
gurls musuc and steak un that order hopes
for a career tn lournallsm
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106 E Barnett St
Football 2 3 4
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allty l 2 3
Carefree non chalant but full of pep IH the
clutches four year day hop holds speed
record for Ventura Ola: hop never late for
frrst perrod lust doesnt show up football
hrs favornte sport plans on Santa Clara for
engmeerung sure to be missed especially by
others who have shared the road to Ventura wlth
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Ave Reforma :,l'l:'l240
Mexlcall Bala California
Student Body Vnce Pres 3 Sodallty 2 3 4
Glee Club 4
Lettermen s Club 2 3 4
Prep Trmes Edutor 4
Co Edrtor 4
Senior Class Presudent 4
Class Offncer 3
Football 2 3 4
Basketball 3 4
Baseball 2 3 4
Mr Mambo from Mexrcalu a sharp dresser and
a fast worker football has sport but mayors
m basketball and baseball too tops hrs class
nn studues as well as sports bound for Loyola
to take up busmess
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2525 Greenfield St
Football 4 Drama 4
Baseball 3 4 Lettermen s Club 4
Talkatuve frlendly prlde of Rellglon class
often heard boastmg of being barracks checker
champlon has trusty Packard makes the weekly
trrp to Arcadla a fond lover of cards as well
as checkers abuluty to catch on qulckly wall
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Pesquelra y Manuel Doblado 4134
Navoloa Sonora Mexlco
Foo ball J V 4
Baseball JV 2 3 4
Small full of pep another four year boarder
Davnla s bodyguard a favorite with Nord
hoff gurls has adapted well to U S ways
srgn language a favonte class pastime
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Baseball JV 4
Makes sure everyone knows he halls from Ecuador
often seen burmng the mudmght onl studylng
on the honor roll as a result whlz at
Chemustry soccer favorite sport entertauns
wuth hrs accordnan looks to Mechamcal Engm
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JOHN DONALD PURL .lack
Route 2 Box 10 Vlllanova Rd
Football JV 2 3
Basketball Cees 2 3
Track 2 3 4
Lettermen s Club 4
Sodaluty 3 4
Drama 3 4
Prep Trmes 4
Publlc speaker number one can prove at by hrs
trophues loves to hunt can t prove he has hut
anythlng though a speedster on the clnderpath
always lookung for footprunts on the classroom
cenlmg Inves rnght off the Vnllanova campus
almost a boarder plans on Vullanova Unuversuty
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2205 Santa Rosa Drlve
Las Vegas Nevada
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Two year man from Las Vegas Tech where he
malored In cards and dlce seems to get llttle
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seen at afternoon classes gamblnng to be a
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WARREN JAMES REEDER Warren
326 Dalton St
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Now see see fond of the great Mexncan
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1442 Llzzle Sl
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Hrs frrsl and last year at Villanova frnendly
laclfurn and a sense of humor plus wears a
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JAMES ANDREW RYAN ay
7701 Hosford Sf
Los Angeles Callfornla
Another flrst and only year man al Vnllanova
comes from Chicago to us vnu LA gamed
popularrty fast volleyball all year round
always seen studying for a les? fond of
gurls who own Cadlllacs wlll to learn and
perseverance should carry hum far
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225 Cherry Drlve
Lettermen s Club
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Class Officer 4
Football 3 4
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Baseball JV 4
Raucous as can be always full of laughter
makes has Merc a full tame hobby a ack
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Left to Right, Bottom Row: R. Amouroux, T. Knott, B. Scovi e
Orrantia, F. Torres, T. Vett, R. Lopez. Middle Row: F. Rivera, D Fortier
T. Ginella, B. loughman, R. Stewart, R. Holroyd, C. Weigman. Top Row
' G. Mulvihill, A. Torres, F. Bacon, M. Daily, R. Fortmeier, J, Ossorio
The Junior Class, having the distinction of being the smallest class in the
school, tries to make up in spirit what it lacks in size, Scholastically, we are average,
and we are proud of the few members of our number who do represent us often on
the Honor Roll. Athletically, our class has certainly made a name for itself. Two
members have attained All-League honors and others help provide the backbone of
the school teams.
Other activities were not neglected by our class. The Tidings drive, due prin-
cipally to one of our very spirited members, was a success for us. The production
of "Brother Orchid" had several Juniors in the cast and behind the stage. The
Missions were not neglected by us, the Sodality gained many members from our
ranks. Socially, we added to the school's social calendar with our Christmas Ball.
The final dance of the year, the Blue and White Ball, was also sponsored by the
In the difficult year that we know lies ahead of us as Seniors, the Class of '56
will continue to strive to make up in spirit what it lacks in size. It hopes to leave
behind a reputation for true school spirit in its support of Villanova, both the school
and the activities which go to make up school life here at Villanova.
When we arrived here two years ago, great things were prophecied for us.
We have now reached the mid-point of our high school career, and it is an ex-
cellent time to stop and take stock of the situation.
As the keynote we can point with pride to the outstanding record of scholar-
ship which the Class of '57 exhibits. A third of our class has consistently achieved
the magic "B" average necessary for Honor Roll standing, even though we were
dealing with subiects more difficult than previously encountered. The field of athletic
endeavor was not neglected because of academic application. Sophomores have
been numbered on the teams of every sport which is played here at Villanova.
Our budding lawyers have been seen in Senior Court sessions and our potential
orators were representing us in the public speaking contest. As future Catholic
gentlemen, many of us enrolled in the Sodality and faithfully attended the meet-
ings. Socially, we not only supported school dances by our attendance, but in April
we sponsored the Sophomore Cotillion. Our support of the Missions also was
We look back on the past year with satisfaction, and we look ahead to our
remaining years at Villanova with hope. We have two years left, two years in
which we plan to leave an undying record-a record for the greater honor and
glory of God, of Villanova, and of the Class of 1957.
left to Right, Bottom Row: R. France, W. Shallenberger, S. Eyraud, L.
rrell A Biewend, J. Barona, H. Oliva, P. Gagon, A, Martin, F.
Ritter J Salgado, M. Parke. Middle Row: R. Niemeyer, D. Bryson, M.
Berry W Wargin, R. Tourtelot, W. Moore, J. lanyon, N. Johnson, W.
Randal J Czuleger, K. Keesler. Top Row: W.MueIlenhott, W, Nugent,
ters P, Kiseskey, L. March, W, Roberge, C. Ruiz, B. Theurer, J.
Rivera C Torres.
Left to Right, Bottom Row: R. Moreno, M. LoPresti, M. Miller, E. Henry
R. Araiza, H. Orrantia, J. Demaret, D. Rupp, A. Arreola, D. O'Doherty
F. Dorner, T. Vinson. Middle Row: M. Donley, R. Traviss, T. Nally, J
Harmonson, G. Dolan, L. Bralliar, F. Huning, A. Pozos, R. Simpson, P
Wilcox, D. Mclntyre, D. Niblo, Top Row: F. Lopez, J. Heller, J. Asebedo
M M H. Miller, P. Samuelson, F. Vinson, T. Larrabee, B. Wells, A. Alvarado
J. Carr, A. Hoover.
How well we remember our first days at Villanova. The thought of starting out
at a new school aroused curiosity and wonderment. But soon the newness wore
off and except for the continual reminders of the Seniors, we felt like veterans.
Class elections were held once we got acquainted. We chose Anthony Pozos,
as President, Larry Bralliar, Vice-President, Dennis Niblo, Secretary, Arthur Hoover,
Treasurer, and John Demaret as our Student Council Representative.
Scholastically, about a third of our class was regularly represented on the
Honor Roll. One of our number represented Villanova in the Lions Club Speech
The coaches became well acquainted with many of our class as we tried out
for the various teams. Many made the J.V. football squad. The Bee and Cee
basketball teams numbered many Freshmen. Freshmen were the mainstay of the
J.V. baseball team, and the track squad had its share of frosh.
We swelled the ranks of the Sodality and we overwhelmingly supported the
Missions. We attended the dances and we cheered on the Wildcats.
Now as we look over the past year, we see how fast it has gone for us. We
sincerely hope that our next three years will be as enjoyable as this, and during
these years we will try to uphold and keep the fine name our class has attained
so it will redound to the honor of our school. We are the Class of 1958!
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Bud Daily, Tackle
Nelson Sorem, Right Half
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John Bralliar, Guard
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Loft to Right, Bottom Raw: P. Gagon, 8, Lourito, R. Fortmeier, R. Lopez, S. Fuller, A. Torres, N. Sorem,
R. Hernandez, M. Mee. Middle Row: D. Mclntyre, Mgr., W. Nugent, M. Daily, J. Ossorio, T. Schlotman,
J. Buenzli, G. Mayo, C. Torres, B. Theurer, E. Davila, M. loPresti, Mgr., K. Keesler, Mgr. Top Row:
J. lanyon, Mgr., D, Fortier, C. Weigman, M. Farrell, T, Ginella, J. Brallior, R. Stewart, W. Davis,
E. Tweet, J. Burke, E. Martinez, Coach Salter.
With the opening of school in September, Coach
Salter found about twenty-five hopeful aspirants
on hand for football. Most of these had been on
the varsity squad of the previous year which had
not had too impressive a season. They proved to
be the nucleus of a hard fighting eleven which
ended the season with a record of five wins and
The season opener pitted the Wildcats against
the Moorpark Musketeers. Plagued by penalties
and suffering opening game litters, the Villanovans
dropped the game 20-13. Despite the defeat, such
men as Martinez, Stewart, Ginella, and Schlotman
were outstanding in their play. Taking on Santa
Clara next, the 'Cats found themselves, and hold-
ing the Saints scoreless, they went on a rampage
to tally 28 points. Again it was Martinez who led
the team to victory. It was the beginning of a
four-game winning streak for the Wildcats.
A trip to Cate the next week resulted in an easy
34-7 decision for the Blue and White from Villan-
ova. Hosting the Simi eleven the following week,
the Wildcats tallied the second play of the game
and went on to a 33-7 win.
Traveling to Santa Barbara Catholic, the var-
sity eleven led by the fine quarterbacking of Stew-
art, after a slow start, managed to rip open the
Cardinals' defense. Martinez went wild in this
game to score the four touchdowns and one of
the three conversions. Sorem, Fuller, and Hernan-
dez corfstantly made gains through the Cardinal
line. The Wildcat hard charging linemen, led by
Ginella, Daily and Buenzli, helped to gain the
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Stewart plunges over tor a touchdown with a quarterback
sneak in the 33-7 rout of Simi.
Under the lights of Carpinteria stadium, the
Wildcats met the Carpinteria Warriors in what
was the Tri-Valley League game of the year. Some
1500 spectators witnessed the two evenly matched
teams battle it out. Off to an early seven point
lead, the Wildcats looked good. But Carpinteria
soon crossed the goal but failed to convert. The
third quarter Martinez went over to make it 14-6.
The Warriors came back to score. The fourth
quarter the 'Cats led 14-12. The Carpinteria eleven
finally took the lead for the first time with a
quick score. They led 18-14. The Wildcats started
a steady drive and made it within yards of the
Warrior goal when a fumble and penalty stopped
them. Time ran out before the Villanovans could
score. Deiected and defeated, despite their fine
play, the Wildcats left the field on the short end
of the final 18-14 score.
"We've got the bucket," was the chant after
the annual Villanova-Nordhoff rivalry. The Wild-
cats brought home the traditional bucket after
Martinez and Sorem, co-captains in the Nordhoft game, pair
up for an end run. The Wildcats won, 18-0.
losing it last year to the Rangers. The 'Cats' de-
fense did not let the Rangers score at all, while
our offense found big holes in the Nordhoff line
and took advantage of them. Stewart tallied
two of the touchdowns and Martinez crossed the
goal for one. The whole team magnificently
showed their ability and determination to win in
this last game of the season.
The '54 gridiron season was the best Villanova
has had since the Tri-Valley League was formed.
Three of the squad, Martinez, Stewart and Ginella
were named to the All-League team. Five, Bralliar,
Sorem, Fortmeier, Daily and A. Torres, were given
honorable mention on the team. Martinez led the
league in scoring with 82 points and he averaged
9.9 yards each carry. It was truly a great Villanova
team, certainly a reflection of Coach Salter's
coaching abilities and the spirit which we hope
will bring to Villanova future teams of such stature
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Clara man pulls him down. Villanova won, 28-O.
Alphonso Torres comes in to give Lourito some help to
down cz Simi ball carrier, The Wildcats took the game,
Sorem doesn't seem able to elude ci Santa Barbara
Catholic tackler in this play. Villanova won though, 27-6.
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Wildcat win over Santa Clara.
lt looks like it didn't take much to stop Martinez in this
play. But Nordhoff had a hard time stopping him as he
led the team to an 18-O victory and the "Bucket,"
Hernandez tries cutting in for a few yards. They got him
though, but the Wildcats took Simi, 33-7.
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left to Right, Bottom Row: R. Araiza, G. Dolan, B. Scoville, J. Heller, R. France, T. Nally, E. Henry,
J. Orrontia, J. Kuhn, J. Demaret. Middle Row: F. Dorner, Mgr., H. Orrantia, J. Carr, J. lnzalaco, B.
Kohler, W. Shallenberger, J. Rivera, S. Eyraud, D. Niblo, A. Hoover, W. Muellenhoff, F. Ritter, H.
Oliva, M. Miller, L. Farrell, Mgr. Top Row: A. Martin, Mgr., F. Torres, L. March, R. Peters, L. Bralliar,
W. Berg, N. Johnson, W, Wargin, D. Bryson, P. Samuelson, T. larrabee, M. Parke, R. Amouroux, W.
Randal, Mgr., Coach Rice.
The Junior Varsity, starting out the season
under the supervision of Coach Fred Rice, who
was succeeded in mid-season by Coach Bill Zap-
pone, finished with a record of two wins, two
losses and a tie. With the exception of eight re-
turning lettermen, the Junior Varsity was, as a
whole, made up of inexperienced Freshmen and
The Kittens encountered the Santa Clara Saints.
The Saints came from behind in the final quarter
to end the game with a 6-6 tie. Next the J.V.'s
shut out Cate with a 13-0 victory. In this game
John Carr made the first tally by recovering a
fumble in the end zone. ln the last quarter Art
Hoover passed to Muellenhoff, who ran 20 yards
for the final touchdown.
The Kittens met Cate for a second time and
again came out victorious by 27-6. Twice in this
game touchdown plays were nullified by penalties.
Hoover, Muellenhoff, Ritter, and Neal Johnson
played very well.
Although the Kittens had great spirit, they
bowed to Carpinteria by a score of 20-6. Villan-
ova's only tally was made by Bob Amouroux, who
fell on a fumble in Carp's end zone.
Finally, they played Nordhoff in the annual
rivalry to end the season. The J.V.'s were unable
to break through the Rangers' defense and were
defeated by an unfortunate 12-O.
Maybe the Kittens didn't end their season with
a very good record, but they did show some out-
standing players. Art Hoover, Fred Ritter, Dave
Bryson, and Neal Johnson did quite well in the
backfield, while Bill Muellenhoff, Bob Amouroux,
Francisco Torres, Bill Berg, and Joe lnzalaco held
the line. Most of these men will be back with us
next year when we expect a much better record.
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around end against Cate as
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The Kittens have the ball in this picture but they
didn't get very far with it as the Cate defense
Johnson was on his way for a big gain
against Carpinteria, but he couldn't outrun
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Standing: Coach Zappone, N. Sorem, E. Martinez, J. Bralliar, B. Loughman, R. Stewart, J, Ravetti,
R. Hernandez, Father Gutierrez, Athletic Director.
The Villanova Varsity basketball team opened
the season by participation in the Nordhoff Tour-
nament. After defeating Moorpark in the opener,
they dropped a close game to Santa Barbara
Catholic 46-45. This dropped them from the tour-
ney. Another tournament at Santa Ynez followed
and the Wildcats grabbed third place in the
After the Christmas holidays league play began
and the Villanovans took Moorpark 59-49. Coach
Zappone's veteran cagers then went on to defeat
in succession Nordhoff 55-52, Simi 59-41, and
Thacher 50-32. This ended the first round of play
in the southern division of the league.
The beginning of the second round brought the
Wildcats their only league defeat .as their tradi-
tional rivals, the Nordhoff Rangers, downed the
'Cats 72-59. But this didn't stop the Villanovans
as they went on to take Simi 54-41, Moorpark
40-37, and Thacher 60-40. With a seven win, one
loss record in league play this brought the Wild-
cats the southern division crown of the Tri-Valley
League. A playoff with the Santa Barbara Card-
inals, northern division champs, was necessary to
determine the league champion.
Held at Santa Barbara, the league playoff
matched the Wildcats against a team which had
beaten them three times in non-league play. But
this was not to hold back the Villanovans as they
took an early lead and held it at half time I9-l4.
The third quarter found the Cardinals catching up
and pulling ahead, but the Wildcats soon rallied
to surge ahead. With the final minutes running
out, the Cardinals again put on a drive and tied
the score with but seconds remaining. As the last
few seconds ticked off, a Cardinal dropped in a
quick shot and the Santa Barbarans took the
Two Wildcats made the All-League team. One
of them, Bralliar, had scored 379 points during
the season. The other, Stewart, had tossed in 364
points. Ravetti, team captain had always played
steady ball. Martinez, Sorem and Hernandez were
reliable when called on to give their share towards
victory. Again, as in football, we had a team
which will be long remembered at Villanova.
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R. Amouroux, E. Henry. Standing: D. Rupp, Mgr., D. Mclntyre, Mgr.,
R. France, D. O'Doherly, G. Dolan, P, Samuelson, L. Farrell, A. Hoover,
This year's "Cees" acquired second place in
league competition by winning 5 games and losing
Although it was thought that the Kittens would
win the championship, they were handicapped
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gt A- Q b it was usually by a thin margin.
A if , The Kittens really showed their flying colors
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,,,,,,,,,..u.....,..,..... . 55-30. ln this game Freshman Art Hoover scored
2l points. The "Cees" then dropped two games
to Simi, 32-28, and Moorpark, 31-30. Their spirit
undaunted by these two defeats, the "Cees"' came
home to down Thacher 29-26, and Nordhoff 34-
21. Getting off to a cold start in a return engage-
ment with league champions Simi, the Kittens were
turned back 24-2l in a thrilling overtime game.
The "Cees" ended up the season with victories
over Moorpark 42-38, and Thacher 39-30.
Special mention should be given to Art Hoover,
Bob France, Bob Amouroux, Tom Vett and John
Carr, all of whom united to give Villanova one of
the best seasons in recent years. The subs were
also very important and many times came through
with a much needed basket in the final seconds.
ln his third year as "Cee" coach, Mr. Salter de-
serves the applause and praise of the entire student
body for his untiring work building boys today, for
Lett to Right, Bottom Row: R. Hernandez, E. Davila, E. Martinez, G. Mayo, J. Ravetti, P. Springer,
W. Davis, K. Keesler, Mgr. Middle Row: D. Mclntyre, Mgr., Coach Salter, M. Donley, Mgr., R. Fort-
meier, R. Stewart, B. Loughman, D. Bryson, A. Torres, M. Berry, J. lanyon, Mgr. Top Row: A. Hoover,
C. Torres. F. Torres, M, Parke, W. Muellenhott, T. Vett, F. Ritter.
Coach Dick Salter has whipped the 1955 edition
of the Villanova Wildcat nine into a powerhouse
team. ln league competition they have taken three
straight by decisive scores. ln practice games they
have shown the same power against non-league
teams. These early season results augur a cham-
pionship team at Villanova this season.
The pitching staff is especially strong with Ron
Stewart already sporting a 3-O record in league
play. Seniors Bill Davis and Paul Springer are also
on hand if Coach Salter needs them. "Chief" Da-
vila is behind the plate and he also swings a
mighty bat to drive in the runs. Bob Fortmeier,
Fred Ritter, Bob Hernandez and Ed Martinez round
out the infield. Chasing flys, we find John Bralliar,
Jerry Mayo, and Nelson Sorem all contending for
the left field spot. Alfonso Torres seems to be set
in center, while Jack Ravetti roams in right field.
The bench is strong with Art Hoover, Mike Parke,
Dave Bryson, Carlos Torres and Francisco Torres
ready to go in to plug any weak spots that may
Already Stewart has set a school record with his
l7 strikeouts in the Simi game. He has received
plenty of support from his teammates'bats and he
has even aided his own cause with a hit now and
then. Martinez, Davila, Hernandez, and Torres
have been especially effective in their hitting.
Coach Salter has few worries as he works out
his squad these days. Still green in spots, he hopes
they will come along and give him and Villanova
the league championship which has been so elu-
sive for Wildcat teams so far in the '54-'55 sports
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Left to Right, Bottom Row: M. Miller, Mgr., G. Orrantia, J. Orrantia, F. Huning, L. Bralliar, J. Carr,
D. O'Daherty, R. Amouroux, F. Lopez, D. Rupp, Mgr. Middle Row: J. Demaret, H. Olivas, J. Barona,
D. Niblo, J. Harmonson, W. Wargin, P. Kiseskey, B. Scoville, P. Gagon, R. Araiza. Top Row: R. Traviss
C. Ruiz, R. Moreno, W. Moore, R. Simpson, L. March, S. Pere, M. l.oPresti.
The Junior Varsity, with Coach Zappone at the
helm, consists mainly of Freshmen and Sophomores.
A large number of candidates turned out for the
team and this gives hope that we will have good
replacements for the departing varsity players
With only two games played so far this season,
there is not much evidence as yet as to the true
worth of the squad. The first game was a heart-
breaking loss to Thacher 16-15. A second game on
their home field found the Kittens coming from
behind to defeat Moorpark ll-lO. ln both of these
games, it was the excellent pitching of Bob Traviss
which gave Coach Zappone great hope for many
wins in the remaining games of the season.
Outstanding at the plate so far, has been Jose
Barona. He leads the team in hitting and he also
serves well behind the plate as catcher. John Carr
and Dennis Niblo show great promise and may
possibly be ready for varsity play next year.
Sharing the pitching chores with Traviss are Bob
Amouroux, Tim Schlotman and Dennis Niblo. Lester
March has been playing first and doing a good
iob there. Other positions are still not definitely
captured by any specific player since the season
is still young. The team is eager and despite the
loss marring their record, they have hopes of the
With the yearbook going to press before the
completion of the track season, there can be but a
summary account of what appears to be a better
than average track team. Already the cindermen
have turned in impressive marks. Under the guide
ance of Coach Zappone the three squads have
developed well. To date the Bees seem to be the
strongest. Neal Johnson and Terry Larrabee are
fine sprinters. Ron Lopez, Bill Nugent, Andrew
Alvarado and several others round out the Bee
The Cees have turned in some fine field per-
formances by Bob France, Grant Dolan and John
Carr. The Varsity is small but mighty. Tim Schlot-
man does well in the shot put and the hurdles. An
early season iniury has sidelined Jack Purl, last
season's All-League nominee. He should be ready
for the league meet in May and come through
with a win in the mile. Tom Ginella, the squad
workhorse, is doing well with the shotput. Lack of
experience handicaps other varsity squad members.
It can be safely said that with the experience
and training that the next month will bring, the
cindermen will be sure to walk off with a share
in the honors and points at the coming league
meet. The Bees have made an early start. The
other squads need only follow their example. In
all events, this should be a memorable track season
Lett to Right, Bottom Row: J. Barone, F. Ritter, R. France, G. Dolan. Middle Row: R. Peters, S, Pere,
J. Carr, R, Traviss, J. Purl, D. Niblc, R. Simpson, A, Alvarado, W. Nugent. Top Row: A. Martin, Mgr.,
B. Theurer, T. Larrabee, N. Johnson, E. Martinez, J. Burke, M. Berry, R. Hernandez, R. Lopez. Absent
from picture: T. Schlotmon, T. Ginella.
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Villanova's netmen are small in number this year, but so far they have man-
aged to win a few matches. With the loss of Coach Rice, Brother John has had to
step in and give the boys a few pointers about the game. With consistent practice
they should be able to take at least a second place in league competition.
Returning from last year's squad there are two seniors, John Buenzli and
Jim Burke. Buenzli's serve is his point getter. Burke does well in doubles. Also a
veteran from last year's team is Bob France, who has improved greatly. He teams
with Burke in the doubles. Newcomers Graeme Ossorio and Juan Salgado are taking
their share of the sets and should improve as the season progresses. Jim Czuleger
is a steady player, but as yet has not been in any competition matches. Dave Bryson
recently ioined the squad and may give it the added strength it needs.
With the Oiai Valley famed for its tennis players, Villanova hopes to share
in that glory with her own outstanding players. Practice and perseverence should
produce them, if not this year, then we hope it will be next season.
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to Rught Bottom Row R Hernandez J I laco E Davtla J B nzll J P l E Mdrtlnel
Sorem Second Row B Theurer R France J Ravettl P Gagon W Nugent Thlrd Row R Fortmeler
Dally R Lopez G Mayo A Torres F urth Row J Ballar W Da T Schlotman J Bu e
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Villanova Varslty lettermen have unnted themselves In a club In order to be rn
a better posltlon to promote and support school acttvltles With Coach Richard
Salter as thenr moderator, they have sponsored one dance thus year and they have
asslsted nn the sellnng of tlckets at the basketball games
Servnng as Presldent of the club thus past year was Eduardo Martinez Nelson
Sorem fulled the offnce of Vnce Prestdent and Ronnne Stewart assumed the secre
tarys post Reallzlng their great potentnal for promoting school spmt the club
hopes at wlll be un a better posltuon next year to play a greater role an campus life
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Villanova Sodality members Tam Vett, Bob Her-
l nandez and Nelson Sorem lead the procession
i of the Villanova and St, Catherines Sodalities
from Assumption Church in Ventura. The occa-
sion was the Holy Hour commemorating the
close ofthe Marian Year.
Due to the zealous efforts of Father McGrath, the Sodality of Our Lady has
flourished this year at Villanova. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, De-
cember 8th, thirty-three new members were received into the Sodality. The day
was further dedicated to the Blessed Virgin by a Holy Hour at Our Lady of the
Assumption Church, Ventura, California. The St. Catherine Girls Academy Sodality
also assisted at this Holy Hour commemorating the close of the l954 Marian Year.
The primary purpose of the Sodality is spiritual-the honoring of the Blessed
Mother of God. By this devotion to Our Lady the sodalist aids himself in living
an exemplary Catholic life and better directs himself to his eternal goal.
Villanova Sodality members gather with their moderator Father McGrath for their annual photograph.
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Left to Right, Seated: W, Berg, J. Purl, E. Martinez, N. Sorem, J. lnzalaco, T. Vett. Standing: R. Lopez,
G, Mulvihill, J. Buenzli, P. Springer, B. Loughman, T, Schlotrnan, J. Burke, F, Bacon, A. Hoover
Leaning on table: R, Hernandez.
Journalistic minded students have an opportunity to give bent to their talents
in the school publications, The Prep Times, the monthly newspaper, and The Villan-
ovan, the school yearbook.
This 1955 edition of The Villanovan is the tangible result of their labors. lt is
presented to the Student Body and friends of Villanova as a record in word and
picture of the past school year. Though far from complete in its coverage, it is
hoped it will be cherished more as the years go by, serving to recall a memorable
year at Villanova.
Through the past year the iournalism staff has also been regular in their pub-
lication of The Prep Times. By means of this newspaper a monthly summation of
campus news is presented and recorded for future reference. Villanova students
attest to the popularity of the paper by their eagerness to receive it and their
avidity in reading it.
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Villanova students who prided themselves on
their dramatic abilities had an opportunity to
display their talents in the production "Brother
Orchid." A popular play about gangsters and
monks, it offered both comedy and dramatic sus-
pense to the audiences.
ln the lead as Brother Orchid was Tom France.
ln supporting roles as gangsters were Jerry Mayo,
Paul Springer, Jack Purl, and Tom Ginella, Tim
Schlotman portrayed a bartender and Joe lnzalaco
characterized an ltalian fruit vender, As Brothers
in the drama were Frank Bacon, Jerry Lanyon,
Milton Daily, and Byron Theurer.
T, France, M, Daily and F, Bacon as Brothers in the play
discuss a pressing problem,
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The play was directed by Mr. Woody Chambliss
of Oiai. Backstage John Buenzli handled the sets
while Chris Weigman pulled the switches on the
lights. Mike Farrell and Bob Niemeyer assisted be-
The audiences at both performances of the play
were pleased and thoroughly enioyed the actors'
superior characterizations of their roles. lt is to be
hoped that the presentation of a dramatic produc-
tion will be an annual campus activity at Villan-
T, France, T. Schlotman and J. lnzalaco re-enact a tense scene
of "Brother Orchid."
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To divert from the routine of study,
dances are held at various times during
the school year. The past year has
been punctuated by the Senior Dance
in November, the Holiday Ball before
Christmas, the Sock Hop in January, the
Sophomore Cotillion in April, and the
Blue and White Ball for the Seniors in
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MOTHERS' CLUB OFFICERS
Lett to Right: Mrs. Mary Sorem, Secretary, Mrs. Nadine
Merrill, President, Mrs, Aileen Berg, Vice-President.
FATHERS' CLUB OFFICERS
Left to Right: Mr. Kenneth Nugent, Vice-President, Dr
James Moore, President, Mr, James Dolan, Secretary
Standing: Father McGrath, Moderator and Treasurer
ln the background of Villanova activities, but always ready to give their
wholehearted support when called upon, stands the Fathers' and Mothers' Club.
Their prime interest is to help make Villanova a better school tor their sons and
the future students of Villanova.
The Christmas Party and Dance in December, the Fathers' and Sons' Banquet
in January and the Barbecue in May, are all promoted by these interested parents
in order to raise funds for the various proiects they inaugurate. Without their helping
hands Villanova would lack many improvements.
Jordan Olivar, head football coach of Yale University, was
the guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Fathers' and Sons'
Banquet in the Palm Room of the Miramar Hotel, Santa
The annual Villanova Barbecue
Our words of gratltude seem lnsufflclent to truly express our ap
precnatnon of those who have been so kmd as to and us un the productuon
of thus yearbook by therr fmancral assistance We lust their names here
In thus annual and hope It woll be In some way a testlmony of our gratl
tude to them Without their help we can truthfully say that thus edltlon
of the Vlllanovan may never have come Into exlstence May God reward
them for thesr generosity and thoughtfulness
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Very Reverend Kenneth J Kennedy O S A
Reverend Jose Veloz Santa Paula Calif
Mr and Mrs Harold Berg
Floyd B Brallnar M D
Mr and Mrs A J Buenzll
Wayne R Chappell
Mr and Mrs Charles Czuleger
Mr and Mrs John Czuleger
Mr and Mrs Frank S Dorner
Dr and Mrs ClaudeG Drace
Mr and Mrs R E Farrell
R A Fortler
Mrs Stella Gagon
Mrs Florence Gavm
and Mrs Fred Gholson
and Mrs JamesA Gmella
and Mrs WallaceL Harduson
and Mrs James A Henry
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Mr and Mrs W H Hoffman
Joseph M lnzalaco
Dr and Mrs J Dykes Johnson
Mrs Jeanette Keesler
John A Lagomarslno
E G Laubacher
J G Laubacher
Mr and Mrs Thomas E Laubacher
Mrs Helen McCormnck
Mr and Mrs A S McGonugle
Mr and Mrs George D McGrath
Mr and Mrs EdwardS Merrlll Jr
Mrs JamesW Moore
Mr and Mrs Fred Nlblo Jr
Mr and Mrs Kenneth Nugent
Mr and Mrs Henry John Oliva
James C OMalley
Mr 8.Mrs LucanoE Orrantla
Mrs J R Crrantla
Mr and Mrs Joseph P Reardon
Mrs A M Richards
Mr and Mrs George Rutter
Dr and Mrs FranclscoS Rivera
W F Roberge
Mr and Mrs O H Rordor'
Nelson D Rupp
Edward A Ryan
Mrs Esther Patro
Mr and Mrs Anton:oS Pozos
Mr and Mrs John H Purl
Sr Juan Salgado
Carl G Samuelson
W:ll:am H Shallenberger
KennethR Slmpson Jr
Charles E Spr:nger
Mrs Roberta S Theurer
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Mr and Mrs Oscar Torres
Mr and Mrs Fred Tourtelot
Mrs Edgar Tweet
Mr and Mrs M:ke Vulov:ch
Dr and Mrs James Warg:n
Mrs A Bullock Webster
Mrs M We:gman
R N Combs Weld:ng Shop Ola:
Domest:c Laundry Ventura
H:ckey Brothers Ola:
House Paper Company Ventura
Jordano s Incorporated Santa Barbara
George Macleod Construct:on Company Ventura
Oaks Hotel Ola:
Frank Keenan Owner
Harry J Drewery Manager
Ola: Electr:c Company Ola:
Ola: Lumber Company Ola:
Ola: Pharmacy Ola:
Ola: Realty Company Ola:
Rank:n s Sport:ng Goods Ventura
Franz and Franz Rexall Drugs Ventura
Rosa s Restaurant, Los Angeles
Jack Rose, Ventura
S E Rykoff 8. Company, Los Angeles
John Sexton 8: Company, San Francnsco
Weber Bak:ng Company, Santa Barbara
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