Fifty out of 750 former students from the San Bernardino High School class of 1959 gathered Thursday, Sept. 26, to celebrate the 60-year anniversary of graduation.
People looking in from outside the event might think this reunion to be a nostalgic scene from the 1985 film “Back to the Future” with musical hits like “Mr. Sandman,” “Pledging My Love” and “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” setting the tone.
The event was held just outside of Highland at The Mill Creek Cattle Company in Mentone. On the menu were ribs with mashed potatoes and gravy followed by cake celebrating the aforementioned reunion.
Linda Auzenne, who put the event together, described some of the events that happened prior to her high school years including the food rationing using a Red Stamp/Blue Stamp system, which allowed Americans a certain amount of food. The Red Stamp covered meats, butter and cheese. While the Blue Stamp provided canned fruits and vegetables along with soups, baby food, etc.
Auzenne commented on “how much easier her generation was able to get along socially in high school,” compared to today’s generation.
She also said that it was “a golden time” for her and her classmates following the conclusion of World War II.
Bill Cox came all the way from Arkansas to reunite with his former classmates. He reminisced about cruising up and down E Street and onto Highland Avenue in the 1950s and early ‘60s.
“It used to be like the movie ‘American Graffiti,’” Cox said. “We would stop at the original McDonald’s and the A & W. It was a regular route, every Friday and Saturday night. Norton [Air Force Base] was busy and the Air Force guys would join in.”
He also described racing his car, a 1959 Chevy, “between the lights,” occasionally against a police officer.