Point Loma High School
Foundation and Alumni Association


eUpdate August 2008  


Dear Pointer,


August in PL means sunny days and warm beach water. Our newest Pointer alums anticipate heading off to college, while the 'old dogs' reminisce about their days at PLHS at reunion events. PL is hard to get out of your system, and these eUpdates are our way of keeping you connected to your hometown and your alma mater. And you can always find something of interest (alumni gatherings, reunions, school news and events, archived eUpdates) on our website at PLHSFAA .


Our much anticipated updated Alumni Directory Book and CD are hot off the presses. If you ordered one look for it in your mailbox soon. Over 11,000 alums took the time to make the call to update their information.  Please continue to keep your info current via our secure Online Directory so we do not lose you.  And tell your Pointer friends to register their info! 


In this issue:

*Pointers open new restaurant at Liberty Station!

*NEW!  PLHS Alumni Logowear available online

*Alumni resources reconnect 2 long lost friends.

*NEW!  Dog Bites...Pointer success stories. 
 (Tell us whatyou have been up to since your PLHS days!)
*In Memorium
*Reunion updates

Save the Date:  Homecoming is October 24th 6:30pm vs University City High.  Stay tuned for more info!

Help us support PLHS programs and improvements.  Become a Member of PLHSFAA!

Enjoy August!


Kim Melhorn Jessop '73

Executive Director PLHSFAA



Greening the Point
Two Pointer alums return, bringing organic dining to Liberty Station
Providing the PL community with a high quality eating experience at a refreshingly reasonable price, Tender Greens has started a buzz since opening at Liberty Station* last month. This location holds an especially tender spot in the hearts of owners and Pointer alums Pete Balistreri '96 and Rian Bandenburg '96 who have dreamed of coming back to their PL community to open a restaurant since going to culinary school together in San Francisco and working in four-and five-star restaurant establishments (where the idea for Tender Greens took hold.)  Are we glad they're back!

Pete at Tender GreensTheir mission is to provide a fine dining experience that is fast and affordable, something that you have to "scratch your head to find" in San Diego says Pete. They made a conscious decision to run the entire operation using sustainable resources and quality organic foods, extending even to the biodegradable carryout containers and bamboo furnishings. They are already experiencing lines out the door and clientele who return time and again to enjoy the simple menu of consistently fresh and TG patiowonderful food and wines, the casual atmosphere and, true to their Pointer upbringing, a dog friendly patio!

When asked what they have carried from PLHS to this new venture, Pete said the experienceof playing baseball and football (under coach Bennie Edens and later on a scholarship at SDSU) have proved invaluable. "The kitchen is a team sport. Everyone is working together for the same cause."  They've also brought a taste of PLHS to the restaurant with the addition of California Chili Sauce made by retired PLHS woodshop teacher Bill Ingram.
It's a great place to share an afternoon or evening with friends, family or other Pointer alums, so get classmates together for an informal gathering in the patio while the weather is gorgeous in San Diego! 

Supporting your fellow Pointer alums is a delicious excuse to enjoy a meal at Tender Greens!  (You won't need an excuse to go back!)  

We have discovered several Pointers operating businesses out of Liberty Station (the old NTC site now revitalized with homes, retail shops, schools, and parks) and hope to feature some of them in future eUpdates.  





Reunion Updates and Alumni Gatherings


Reunions in August
     1948       August 27 and 28.  www.plhs1948.com
     1988       August 16  info@reunionspecialists.com
     1998       August 30  info@reunionspecialists.com    
Reunions in September
     1953     September 12, 13 
     1958     September 12, 13
     1968     September 18, 19
     1972     September 6
Reunion chairs are busy making plans for summer and fall events! Go to 
REUNIONS  for the most current information.

First Thursday gathering for Alumni and Staff

September 4th from 4-7pm
Wine Steals in Liberty Station. 

(Stay tuned for a full schedule of First Thursday events in next month's eUpdate.)






Alumni Association success: Reconnecting old friends across continents

by Gretchen Pelletier, PLHSFAA President 2008-2009

PLHSFAA Executive Director Kim Melhorn ('73) Jessop recently took a call from a woman named Karen who was hoping to connect again to a long-lost childhood friend, Bettina Luftner PL '79, knowing only that after junior high Bettina's family moved and she had attended PLHS.  Kim checked the Pointer database and found that Bettina's information was incomplete, but sister Nikki Luftner Nelson '81, had updated her information during our recent alumni update search.  Kim emailed a request to Nikki, to see if she could help reconnect Karen with Bettina.

If you've lost track, it's understandable - we do, too.  But not Kim, who uses the Pointer database to assist alumni and reunion chairs as they track down classmates.  Nikki was happy to tell her sister about Karen, and Karen was able to reconnect with her long-lost friend Bettina, now married and living in Sweden!  There were tears and laughter and the two continue to catch up long distance.     

Keep your information up to date so your classmates can find you!  Register your info at our secure
Online Database


Dog Bites 

-Pointers in the News 

Michael A. Morton Jr. '94 is replacing his father as president and CEO of The Brigantine Family of Restaurants, which soon will have 14 restaurants throughout the county. Mike Morton Sr. '61 will stay on as chairman of the board. Michael grew up in the family restaurant business, working on and off in a variety of hourly and management positions since he was 16. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from USC. 
Read More

Re-living History:  From an Article in the NY Times July 15, 2008

Pointers Make History at Yankee Stadium 

Just after Game 5 of the 1956 World Series ended, an exuberant Yogi Berra leapt into the arms of pitcher Don Larsen  '47. Larsen, a graduate of Point Loma High School in San Diego, had just pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. Thirty-two years later, David Wells  '82, who also attended Point Loma, would take the hill against the Minnesota Twins and pitch a perfect game of his own. Then, on July 18, 1999, it was Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium.  Read More


Famous or Infamous - What have you done since PLHS??


The notable grads page doubled in the new edition of the Alumni directory, however, our list of famous Pointers is far from complete.  So, we are giving you a chance to spread your fame.  Sing your own praises and tell us what you have been doing since your PLHS days so that we can all share in the Pride of being Pointers!  Tell us about your college days, your business, military service, artistic talents.
Whether you are famous (or infamous) for all the world to see, or just in your own mind, we want to know about it and will let other Pointers know too!



NEW!!!!  Pointer Alumni Logo Apparel
Available on line!

PLHS has teamed with Cuda Apparel to provide a wide variety of custom embroidered and screened items with your choice of color and PLHS Alumni logo. You can even add your grad year to the logo - a great idea for Reunion Classes! 
Click here to visit our PLHS Alumni 

       PLHS Alumni Apparel web site           


We offer these apparel items as a service to alumni. The school and PLHSFAA do not profit from the sale of these items.  You will be purchasing these items directly from the manufacturer. All embroidered items are custom made,and there are no refunds or exchanges.

If you have suggestions about additional items you would like to see, let us know.


In Memoriam:

Pointer Dog

Mary Jo Gonsalves Falante '45
Albert Decker 
Charles Garten '58
Betty Rockwell Otero '43
F. Richard Odom  '44
Gerald Garrison '46
Russell Baldwin '51
Michael Browne '65
Lee Erickson '69
Frances Aldridge
Milton Reynolds  '45
Sally Wilson Dutton '63
Michael Loftus '72
Lee Ann Geavely '60
Peter Simmons '48
William Sayles '40
Raymond Garcia '64

Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer.




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