Point Loma High School Foundation and Alumni Association
eUpdate August 2008
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
*NEW! Dog Bites...Pointer success stories.
(Tell us whatyou have been up to since your PLHS days!)
*Reunion updates Save the Date: Homecoming
is October 24th 6:30pm vs University City High. Stay tuned for
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!
Their 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 wonderful 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
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
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
Reunions in August
27 and 28. www.plhs1948.com
Reunions in September
1953 September 12,
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
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
Keep your information up to date so your classmates can find you!
Register your info at our secure Online Database
-Pointers in the News
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
History: From an Article in the NY Times July 15, 2008
Pointers Make History at
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
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
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
NEW!!!! Pointer Alumni Logo Apparel
Available on line!
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
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
Mary Jo Gonsalves Falante '45
Charles Garten '58
Betty Rockwell Otero '43
F. Richard Odom '44
Gerald Garrison '46
Russell Baldwin '51
Michael Browne '65
Lee Erickson '69
Milton Reynolds '45
Sally Wilson Dutton '63
Michael Loftus '72
Lee Ann Geavely '60
Peter Simmons '48
William Sayles '40
Raymond Garcia '64
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