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GEORGE PETER MURO 1925-2005
George Peter Muro, retired Hancock College Art Instructor, died Wednesday, August 10 in Prescott Arizona at the Margaret Morris Alzheimer Center.
George lived in Santa Maria for 50 years. He taught art at Hancock College for 38 years and was head of the Art Department.
George is survived by his daughter Renee Roach of Vancouver, Wa.; sons Jeff Muro of Cottonwood, Az. and Peter Muro of Canby, Oregon, his brothers Thomas Muro of San Clemente, Ca., Eugene Muro of Alhambra, Ca., sisters Mary Louise Sambrano of Palm desert, Ca., Virginia Watts of San Dimas, Ca., and Rose Gonzalez of San Clemente, Ca.
George was born January 4, 1925 in Los Angeles, Ca. and served 4 years in the navy during World War II and was stationed in Alaska. After leaving the navy, he attended San Jose State University where he received his B.A. degree in Art and then went on to receive his M.A. degree in Art from Stanford University.
He was quoted as saying he was most proud of his students who had taken his classes and rewarded him by becoming award winning artists who achieved prominent positions in the field of art. His passion for the arts was demonstrated through his philosophy,”If I can give people just one thing, I hope it will be awareness of their surroundings and the impact on their community.”
Among George’s other accomplishments include his planning the design of the Humanities Building at Hancock College, The Growth and Development of The Arts Department under his direction, and his artistic expression that was recognized not only in Santa Maria but also through exhibits at The DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, The Pasadena Museum (Norton Simon Museum) and The Springfield Museum of Art in Mo.
He was celebrated as man of the year on April 8, 1995 as a leader facilitating The Communities Cultural Identity with his art and design experience.
Funeral Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at the Orcutt Presbyterian Church, 993 Patterson Rd. in Orcutt at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers guests may make memorial donations in George’s name to The Alzheimer’s Assoc, of CA. Central Coast Chapter Inc. at 3480 So. Higuera St., suite 120, San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401, Attn: Lisa or Kay, or Santa Maria Arts Council, Individual grants, P.O. Box 5, Santa Maria, CA. 93456.
Joan Yanagibashi Ban just sent me some pictures she found buried in her desk. Go out to the class web page: Guess Who and see if you recognize who's in them. Then send me a note at Chat@Classof58.org. I think I recognize a few; two pictures appear to be taken at El Camino.
Gordon Langenbeck received the following note regarding Tetsuo Uno, from a veterinarian in Lancaster, CA, who now owns the clinic Tetsuo used to own.
I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but Dr. Uno passed away in 1999 of cancer. I never met him, but all of the clients still speak very highly of him.
Sincerely, Regina R. Allen DVM
Is anyone from Class of 58 planning on attending the Pioneer picnic (7/9/05)?
Charlie McDougal (respond to Chat@Classof58.org)
I recently took up the game of Golf and am having a great time and lots of fun. I have had about 10 lessons and am doing OK. I am looking for someone to play Golf with on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I usually play at Sunset Ridge but would like to try some other courses. I can go for 9 holes but 18 is not out of the question... Anyone out there that would like to get reacquainted and be patient with a beginner please e-mail me at Selamcslg@aol.com and I will get in touch with you. I am looking to have some fun and learning how to play better golf...
The Santa Maria Times reports that we lost two teachers from our High School Days this Month. Vernon Pinky Beberness and Robert Penny.
VERNON “PINKY” NELSON BEBERNES 1919-2005
Vernon “Pinky” Nelson Bebernes was born September 7, 1919 in Danaverke Nebraska, then moved to Solvang in 1921 where he was raised. He passed away April 13, 2005 at his residence in Santa Maria, CA.
Pinky was a member of the United States Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. He was a B-17 pilot for the Air Offensive in the Northern European Theater. He was a member of the 563rd Bomber Squadron, 388th Heavy Bombardment Group, also known as the Mighty Eight” a unit of the 3rd Division. he was stationed at Knettishall, England, station 136.
He has been a resident of Santa Maria since 1950. His teaching career started with the Orcutt School District in 1950, the Santa Maria High School from 1955-1967, then ended with Allen Hancock College 1968-2000.
He has coached various sports inducluding baseball, football, basketball & golf. He taught math, science and drivers education. He was the Assistant Dean of the Evening Division at Allen Hancock College.
Sports was his passion. He has been inducted into 3 Halls of Fame: Santa Ynez Wall Of Honor “Succeeded Excellence” Student/Athlete 1934-1938. Cal Poly Hall of Fame for Football and Baseball. In football, his record for the best punting average set in 1949 at 41.9 stood for 35 years. In baseball he earned the highest batting average in 1946 and tied for the second highest batting average in CCAA standings in 1948-1949. Pinky played professional baseball for two years with The Stockton Ports. he also played for the Santa Maria Indians.
Pinky joined the Santa Maria Country Club 1953. he has won numerous club championships. To date he has 24 holes in one. he was a member of the Southern California Golf Association Rules and Rating Committee.
Respect, honor, and loyalty, was how he lived his life. He had a great belief in people, and the gift to make you believe in yourself. He has touched many lives by his giving ways. There are no words to express how he loved his family.
He is served by his daughter, Debra L. Bebernes-Buckler, husband Keith, of Nipomo, Ca; son Kenneth Robert Bebernes, partner Chel, of Mariposa, Ca; brother, Kenneth “Mosse” Wm. Bebernes, wife Beverly, their 3 sons and their families, of Solvang, Ca; granddaughter, Danika Rae Silva, partner Brian, of Santa Maria, Ca; grandson, Robert Bodie Bebernes; great granddaughter, Kaiden Paige Wilkinson.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Denise Lee Bebernes, June 19, 1982 and by wife Bonnie Lou Bebernes, June 3, 2000.
A memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Cremation was requested with private inurnment to be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in memory of Vernon “Pinky” Nelson Bebernes can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 2944 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or the Children’s Hospital of LA Cancer Research Center, 4650 Sunset Blvd, LA 90027.
ROBERT LAURENCE PENNEY 1926-2005
Robert Laurence Penney died at Marian Medical Center on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the age of 79. He had been struggling with Parkinson’s Disease for several years.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Marion (Maloney) Penney, of 56 years.
They had six children:
John (who was stillborn), Brian Roberts of Santa Maria, Greg Penney of Ben Lomond, Alice Gillaroo of Santa Ynez, Mary Hershey of Santa Barbara, Matt Penney and grandson Robert Penney of Santa Maria, his sister Virgina Kirst and brother-in-law Ray Kirst of Huntington Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert was born March 9, 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1928. He attended high school there until his graduation in 1943. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard to serve his country in a time of war. He then enrolled at Loyola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1950, with double degrees; one in English, and one in Theology.
He received his California Teaching Credential, a Master’s Degree in Education, a Counseling Credential, and numerous specialties and awards.
Robert taught High School in three locations, including Santa Maria. He loved teaching , and saw each student’s potential. He was asked to head the counseling staff at the high school and finally at Allan Hancock College. His gift of seeing every student’s potential enabled him to council the undecided at Hancock, and later in his Church.
At St. Mary’s Parish, he was a Lector, President of many Societies, founder of the Christian Family Movements, and the first Prayer Group Community.
In retirement, he became the first director of the R.C.I.A. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, until Parkinson’s struck and kept him inactive.
Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2005 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Chet Bartlett.
Holy Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Pastor Vaughn Winters in St. John Neumann’s Church, 966 W. Orchard on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Association at 1600 N. Rose Ave. in Oxnard, CA 93030. (805) 925-2753
Randy Tognazzini has been keeping this London Tribune thing going with some interesting and fun follow-ups. The last... was an article by his brother Victor.
I'd like to share with you an interesting story Randy shared with me... about his family.
How the initials from his name, and those of his brothers & sisters, spelt their Father's name... in order by age I might add.
Our father was MARVIN
When friends asked my mother if she intended to spell TOGNAZZINI, you should have heard the fireworks!
When we sat down for dinner, my father would call "roll call" He would say MARVIN then each one would answer their name then we would have our dinner prayer. Later when I went to others homes for overnight, I was so amazed that they did not have roll call. After my farther died, and the family was all grown and had their own families, my mother would always have roll call on special occasions. My brother Milford was killed in Vietnam but someone would always answer for him such as his wife, or children.
To keep the London Tribune saga in sequence... I've added an article Victor Tognazzini wrote in the Santa Maria Times about Santa Maria... it follows the first two articles.. ... a couple articles down.
Up until now....adding at the top made sense....
Jean Rubel sent the following picture, said it came from Vera Lou Hale's Mother.
Now we need someone to tell us, who's who. I'll move it to the pictures web page and add the names... after we start getting some. I see think I Susie Holbrook, Ann Jordan, Olga Buss, Pat Paden, Jeanette Ferini, Jo Anne Cicero, and Anadelle Righetti. What year, what was the occasion, and who is the guy? Click on the picture if you can't see it at this resolution.
03/06/2005 Ron's lost 110 Pounds!
From Ron's Monna.... aka Monna Sheffield Ruskauff
From Barbara Battles Jordan
Date: March 3, 2005 9:37:06 AM PST
Subject: London Sunday Telegraph describes Santa Maria
Subject: The English view of Santa Maria
Just for your amusement, here's how the London Sunday Telegraph described Santa Maria in an article about the start of the Michael Jackson trial.
"Tomorrow, in Santa Maria, a down-on-its-luck central Californian town largely populated by migrant broccoli pickers, the "mad but not bad" theory of Jackson's behavior will begin to be tested to the limits. Every hotel room for miles around has been booked for months, local householders are renting spare rooms out to the media at $5,000 a week, and the town is a mass of crowd barricades and satellite trucks."
Follow up 03/04/2005: Randall Tognazzini sent the following:
Greetings From Santa Maria, California,
I could hardly contain myself when I read "The Bad or Mad Show" filed 30/01/2005 by William Langley. Ladies and Gentlemen a great fraud has been perpetrated on you and you should immediately issue discharge papers to Mr. Langley. His observations are not only untrue, they are ridiculous. In the section that begins "tomorrow, in Santa Maria.......", Langley portrays Our beautiful California City as down on its luck which is where the fraud comes in. He obviously never came here! He must have told you he was here in an attempt to pad his expense account. He was probably nowhere near Santa Maria. Maybe he thought we would never read his garbage but his statements made about rooms being rented for $5000 per week are lies, just as his remarks about the town being a mass of crowd barricades and media trucks. To describe the majority of our citizens as migrant broccoli pickers is an insult and hints of racism. Keep in mind everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. I demand you print a retraction.
Robert Hatch, President and CEO
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Santa Maria Times March 6, 2005
Johnny Cash, wrote “Ragged Old Flag,” which, he delivered in his inimitable voice, over the strains of an orchestral medley that included Shenandoah, Dixie and Yankee Doodle, interposed with the military roll of a snare drum in a rapid staccato beat.
Some critics wrote that it was “over-the-top patriotism,” and that it “dripped with patriotic fervor.” It spoke to me of freedom, of honor of glory and pride.
“I walked through a county courthouse square.
On a park bench, an old man was sittin’
I said, ‘Your court house is kinda run down.’
He said, ‘No, it will do for our little town.’
I said ‘your old flag pole has leaned a little bit,
and that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it.’
He said, ‘have a seat,’ so I sat down,
He said, ‘is this your first visit to our little town?’
I said, ‘I think it is.’
He said, ‘I don’t like to brag,
but we’re kinda proud of ‘That Ragged Old Flag."
I have taken pride in bringing stories of farms and ranches to the readers of this column, but I have never had the urge to write about “Neverland Ranch.” I will also leave – to those called to the quill and scroll – the reporting on the trial of Neverland’s celebrity owner; those who continue to provide a running commentary of the proceedings that are unfolding in our local “courthouse square.” I do, though, feel compelled to challenge the journalist’s description, carried in the “London Sunday Telegraph” that Santa Maria is a “down-on-its-luck central Californian town, largely populated by migrant broccoli pickers.” With apologies to the memory of the“Man in Black,” I offer these words to the fourth estate.
A journalist walked through our county courthouse square;
Surrounded by media vans parked everywhere;
He said, “I think this is a down-on-its-luck town
With migrant broccoli pickers standing all around.”
He said, “We even had to trim some of your trees
So our cameras could focus on celebrities;
But aside from your little courthouse view
You don’t have very much going for you.”
I would ask that chap to listen to this ditty,
And I’d tell him all about this “All America City”
I’d say, “I don’t want to boast,
But we’re kinda proud of what we have here on the Central Coast.”
This “central city” grew from the sweat of honest toil,
Of ranchers running cattle and farmers working soil.
In these wide and fertile valleys our forefathers planted seeds
Bringing plentiful harvests to meet our nation’s needs;
And as the population grew, so too the bounty of our fields
As farm and ranch experienced ever-higher producing yields.
The early days of cattle gave way to sugar beets and beans.
Then flowers, berries and vegetables and acres of salad greens.
The Santa Maria Valley Railroad transported the bounty in her cars,
There were more schools and churches than there were saloons and bars.
For fertile land, abundant water and clean air there is no match,
But along with agriculture, we had the “oil patch.”
For decades our industry could be expressed in words laconic,
Soil and oil – both vital – to our posture, economic.
Though industry’s staccato beat grows steadily with our nurture,
The driving force of our economy is still our agriculture.
In value to our county, agriculture holds respect,
Contributing one-point-five billion dollars through the multiplier effect.
But there’s more than just a strong and thriving, growing metropolis,
It’s the genuine kind of people, and that includes all of us.
Sure we have our broccoli “cutters” and most live here year around,
Unlike the “migrant” journalists who’ve descended on our town.
We have distinguished citizens and we have distinguished schools
And we cast a jaundiced eye on anyone who ridicules.
Our communities are blessed by the sum of all their parts
We’re home to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts,
We have Youth and Senior Centers, a Children’s Discovery Museum
And one for Natural History – you’re invited to come see ‘em.
Our neighboring cities share the wealth of this coastal Eden place,
Historic Guadalupe and Lompoc and Vandenberg’s Western Gateway to Space!
We are way out west in our nation, but it’s not the final frontier,
That’s the future we face as a people and we’re proud to face it here.
Here in our verdant valleys, where fields lay like a flag unfurled,
We produce the safest, most abundant and least expensive food in the world.
So we’ll defend the honor– with our good works, not our wrath –
Of this place that was found wanting by the “London Sunday Telegraph.”
And on second thought, I do want to boast,
Because I’m mighty proud of what we share on our Central Coast.
Victor Tognazzini is a member of the Farm Bureau and serves as the general manager of a
Santa Maria-based agri-business.
A big Texas hello is sent your way. I have been so happy to be able to see where and what so many of you are doing. I miss California but do love the Texas Hill Country. We are 50 minutes from Austin, Texas and 55 minutes from San Antonio, Texas. We have lakes and rivers all around us. We are 3 hours from the Gulf. So we can enjoy just about every water event we want to partake.
I try and make it to California every so many years and hope this is the year we get to go to what I still call home.
My husband is mayor of Johnson City but is not going to run this year. He has been on the council or mayor for over 20 years. He is retired from GTE management.
I am retired from the public relations department of the electric cooperative. I am busier now than I ever was when I was working.!!!!
We have 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, so we are very, very busy.
I would love to hear from any of you who have time to drop a line. I am looking forward to 2008 and planning on attending that reunion.
Marie (Hamilton) Roeder
On the last bulk e-mailing, the postmaster returned the mail for the following. If you happen to know their correct address, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gordon Langenbeck saw this in today's SM Times....
coach hangs up whistle
Legendary coach Barney Eames has stepped down as head football coach at St. Joseph High School after building up the program in three seasons at the helm.
"I think what's been said before is that we have always had good players and good coaches, but never a strong program," Athletic Director Dave Brunell said. "What Barney did is put our program together."
Eames' well-respected style - with a heavy emphasis on running the football instead of passing - became known as "Barney Ball" from his winning tenures at Hancock College and Santa Maria High School. He leaves St. Joseph just six weeks after guiding the Knights into the CIF-Southern Section Division X semifinals.
"I think probably in the last week or two we had discussed that. It wasn't that I didn't take him seriously. I just wasn't sure," said Brunell. "Earlier in the week he said he planned to do that."
Eames could not be reached Thursday for comment.
Citing personal reasons for his departure, Eames was immediately replaced by 27-year-old assistant coach Mike Hartman - who has been defensive coordinator for the Knights the last five seasons.
"We respect him a great deal. He's very knowledgeable," said Brunell of Hartman, a history and physical education teacher who has been with the St. Joseph football program for six years. "We decided we got what we want (in a head coach) right here, so we said, 'Let's do it.'"
Instead of a long, drawn-out process to find a new coach, Brunell and principal Joseph Myer decided to hire from within - especially liking the fact that Hartman is familiar with the program and is on campus during school hours.
Because Eames was retired except for coaching, he also spent much of his days on campus - resulting in the largest turnout of football players in the school's history.
"Barney did a fabulous job. Barney is a football coach. He's coached in five decades, and because he's retired he had the opportunity to study a lot of football and go to a lot of clinics," Brunell said. "He really puts his whole efforts into coaching. He is a football coach."
John Osborne, former St. Joseph and Hancock athletic director, hired Eames three years ago to help build up the high school program. Osborne said Eames agreed to a three-year commitment at St. Joseph when he took over from former coach Lance Fauria.
"He fulfilled that commitment," said Osborne, now the assistant dean of athletics at St. Joseph. "From then on, it depended on how much energy he had and what obligations and responsibilities he had. We knew (him stepping down) was a possibility, yeah."
Osborne also hired Eames during his second coaching term at Hancock College from 1993-2000, where Eames led the Bulldogs to nine straight post-season bowl appearances.
"He had a record previously of being an outstanding football coach at Hancock before and at Santa Maria High School," Osborne said. "He did a job that I thought no other community college football coach could have done. He did an outstanding job."
The respect for Eames is widespread throughout the area, from those who were on his coaching staff to those who played for him. Senior Casey Cathcart was Eames' starting quarterback this past season after transferring to St. Joseph as a junior.
"Well, coach was one of the better coaches I've ever had in my career. I've been playing for eight years. He really taught me a lot. He's just a great coach," said Cathcart, who formed a special bond with Eames throughout the Knights' regular-season and playoff runs.
"The relationship we had was really great. We used to always joke around a little bit. It would be fun kinda going to the sideline getting the plays. I'd always say, 'You think you want to run the ball?' It was (our) joke," said Cathcart, knowing Eames was partial to the run game. "It was great. I was so relaxed. He made me feel so calm out there. He's a really great guy."
The Knights, who went 11-2 last year and 9-3 the previous season under Eames, reached the semifinals this year - where their playoff run ended with a 21-18 loss to eventual runner-up North Torrance.
"I thought it was something real special. We always wanted to take that extra step," Cathcart said. "It was real exciting, and he was right behind us every step of the way. ... We really wanted to get that for him. We just couldn't pull it out."
Eames finished with a 23-13 record in three seasons at St. Joseph. He also coached eight seasons from 1983-1990 at Santa Maria High School, leading the Saints to a CIF title-game appearance in 1988.
"With Barney, there's a consistent track record in the way he operates in his program. His philosophy is simple. It's built on repetition, doing things the correct way," Brunell said. "There's not a lot of fancy plays, just a solid approach offensively and defensively. I think that's important."
"It will be a big loss," said Osborne. "But he put together a good staff. They were all on the same page at all three levels. I think we can continue to move forward and have a good, winning football program."
* Staff writer Scott Forstner can be reached at (805) 739-2278
Jan. 14, 2005