REMINDER: Only 350 days until Taft's Diamond Jubilee -- The Taft Oildorado, Inc. celebrating Taft's 100th birthday, October 15 to the 24th, 2010 and dedication of Oil Worker's Monument.  The year 2010 will also be the 100th anniversary of the world famous Lakeview Gusher -- the grand daddy of all gushers-- between Taft and Maricopa -- that spewed out 9,000,000 barrels of oil over a year a half before it stopped flowing.

REMINDER: Only 350 days until Taft's Diamond Jubilee -- The Taft Oildorado, Inc. celebrating Taft's 100th birthday, October 15 to the 24th, 2010 and dedication of Oil Worker's Monument.  The year 2010 will also be the 100th anniversary of the world famous Lakeview Gusher -- the grand daddy of all gushers-- between Taft and Maricopa -- that spewed out 9,000,000 barrels of oil over a year a half before it stopped flowing. 
 
Reunions:  Class of 1950, April 30 - May 2, 2010, O.T. Cookhouse and Saloon    
                             
Readers' Responses

From Paul O. Jenkins from Cincinnati, Ohio
----- Original Message -----
From: Jenkins, Paul
To: Jenkins, Paul
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 8:57 AM
Subject: Richard Dyer-Bennet biography
You are receiving this message because you contributed to my biography of Richard Dyer-Bennet.  Thank you!  I am attaching a jpg image of the cover of the book, Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel, due for publication in December, 2009 from http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1213
The book is currently available for pre-order from www.amazon.the University Press of Mississippi com as well.
Thank you again for making the book possible. 
    Cheers, POJ
(NOTE:  While a student at Taft Union High School (1939 through 1942), there was a teacher on the staff by the name of Miriam Dyer-Bennet.  She taught in the social science department, and I had her as a teacher at Taft Junior College.  She also taught German.  Her son was known all over the world as a minstrel singer.  From time-to-time Richard would come to Taft to visit his mother.  When he did, he always entertained the students at an assembly singing his many folk songs and always very entertaining.  While in California, if you looked at the Los Angeles newspapers in the entertainment section you could find his advertisement for a concert in the Los Angeles area.)

From Mike Furtney, Class of 1956, from Los Angeles, CA.
    Pete,     Late night greetings from L.A.  I, too, remember the plane crash near my parents’ home on the Honolulu Oil main lease (actually I was down here attending USC, but I heard all about it from my younger brother, Steve, and my dad, who checked it out).  Don Prosser was the manager of some part of the Honolulu Oil operation and a very experienced pilot, as was his wife, Helen, who ferried bombers for the military during World War II – quite a pair of outstanding pilots in one family!  With respect to Daphne’s comment about the big oil fire north of Derby Acres, the man in charge of putting it out was former Taft Mayor Boyd Alexander, if we are talking about the same fire. 
Boyd’s father, Ford Alexander, started his oilfield fire-fighting company in the very early days of the area (around World War I or so, I think) and divided the U.S. with Red Adair’s original boss, Myron Kinley, effectively giving Ford Alexander exclusive rights to all big oilfield fires west of New Mexico, while Mr. Kinley had the same rights for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas.  Ford was also the technical advisor on the great old movie, “Boom Town,” which was filmed partially in Taft and starred Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Claudette Colbert.  In Bill Rintoul’s excellent book, “Spudding In,” there are some photos of Ford Alexander fighting a huge fire in a gas well that blew out in Elk Hills in the 1920s.
    Take care and pass my best wishes along to all the newsletter readers.
    Mike Furtney Class of 1956

 From Linda Talbert, Class of 1957, from Kauai, Hawaii
    Dear Pete:  Kauai, Hawaii is beautiful this time of year and is perfect for recovering from a broken arm which I did in the Canadian Rockies while mountain climbing last month.  I came over here to sit in the sun and heal, but have not been able to resist the Na Pali coast trail.  The cast comes off next week so I'll have some therapy in between other hikes in Waimea Canyon, some scuba adventures and some sailing trips.  It doesn't seem like I will be able to quit my active lifestyle anytime soon.  You know my father, Lee Talbert, is ninety six and still going strong!  He was the one who taught me to fly airplanes, rock climb, scuba dive, sail, and so much more.  And as sea scout leader he taught lots of Taft boys many skills also!  A wonderful man and a great father!!  Love,
Linda Talbert

From Trice Harvey, Class of 1955, from Bakersfield, CA.
    Pete Gianopulos wrote:  Big Brain: You and your computer are forgiven!!
    The News Letter this week was GREAT!!! Fun to hear statement from so many people about past events that I remember. I enjoyed our visit at the Taft High class of ‘54' reunion!!  Those folks wanted someone older and someone younger, to be there, and we did our JOB just fine!! There's so many of us who love how you keep us enjoying the  good memories.
Your friend, Little Brain

From Milt Stark, Class of 1950 from Anaheim Hills, CA
    Hi Pete,    Thanks for sending the voting procedure regarding Blake Emberson.  I voted for him several dozen times!!  His granddad Bill Causey ('51) is one of my good friends.  I hope Blake gets to play in that all-star game.  I have really enjoyed watching him play the last three years and hope to see him play in college somewhere.  Hard to believe the Wildcats scored 65 points against Arvin.  I hope they can score enough to beat Wasco.  I got the voting e-mail, but I didn't get a newsletter this week. 
Did you do a newsletter for Oct.16-17?  If so, please try getting it to me again.  Thanks.  I'm spending a couple of days with old friend Greg Orloff '50 this week in Santa Monica.  We are planning a mini-reunion for a few of our Class of '50 classmates in November.  In case you haven't been informed, the Class of 1950 60th reunion has been set for April 30-May 2, 2010 at OT Steakhouse.  I'm not sure when I will be in Taft again, but I am planning to see the Wildcats play in Tehachapi if that game is important in the playoff picture.  GO 'CATS!!  Keep up your great work for our town and our school.
    Milt Stark '50

Paul Woodward, Class of 2010  , from Taft. CA
     I was astounded by the press Taft (about the Wasco football game) got in the Californian. Thanks again Pete. Great job. Paul

From Dave Hollingsworth, Class of 1954, from Temecula, CA
    Pete,     I was unable to attend the ‘54 reunion - we went to the ND vs. SC game in South Bend instead. Is there an attendee lists ? I had sent them (Coker) a thumb nail sketch of what we were doing which was supposed to be in a listing ? I was just wondering if there was anything that was passed out and available ??
    By the way, we won the game, and we froze in the process. We play O St on Saturday - wish us luck !
    Thanks in advance,   Dave

From Roger Moor, Class of 1958, from Paradise, CA
    Pete:    If I remember correctly, the Bobcats beat Hanford 52-0 in 1956 in Hanford. Was 26-0 at half time. I was on the field for that one. Oh to be young again. LOL Enjoy the weekend reports.Roger Moor, Paradise ,Ca

From Sue (Gall) Noble, from Santa Maria, CA
    I didn't know all that (about the movie star-studded Hands Across America event).  Taft has always been a very giving town full of caring, hard working proud Americans.

From EvaJean (Shank) Williams, Class of 1941, Spokane, WA.
    Hi Pete,   Our little town of Taft must have a charm that the celebrities like. It takes them back to their roots.  That was quite a write up.
  
 EvanJean (Shank) Williams, Spokane, WA.
After Taft defeated Wasco 42-0, the following came in:

From Richard Williams, Class of 1964, from Pine Bluff, AR.
    Go, Taft, go!!!
 
Pamela (Romuld) Borth, Class of 1959, from Austin, Texas
YEA!!  Go, Wildcats!!
(NOTE:  Taft will play Tehachapi there on October 30.)