Craig Jolley

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Craig Jolley
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Residing In Chatsworth, CA USA
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I'm starting up a nonprofit to pay education expenses for gifted, lower income music students. We hope to begin mentoring students spring 2015 with the thought of eventually covering music school tuition.

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I am a terrible dancer, but somehow I was asked to perform in the Rhythmette Revue. Some guys learned the steps the first day, but I had to come in for extra practice, still couldn't get the hang of it. Miss Stuckey wanted to kick me out, but I finally started to catch on, and by the time the show's run was over I had it down, could even smile on stage. I can still remember the routine to this day.

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Happy Birthday Craig. Hope your special day is happy and healthy

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Peter moved to Las Vegas in time for 8th grade at Fremont.  He spoke with a slight New York accent he lost over time.  I was one of his first friends. We took wood shop from Mr. McDowell, mostly goofed off during class, occasionally interrupting to plane a piece of wood, then smooth it off on the sanding machine. Our first project was a book rack that should have taken 20 minutes but somehow consumed 3 weeks to glue together.  After that a bread board with legs that weren't quite even I gave my mother for Christmas.
 
We only had 45 minutes for lunch, but we played basketball on the blacktop courts,  Sahara Avenue side of the school.  Peter and I were the same height, equal in ability (average), typically chosen third or fourth and guarded each other.  Russell Masek, a respected player, was ecstatic when I blocked Peter's layup once.  Peter allowed me to bask in glory, too much a gentleman to call the foul.
 
We didn't hang out together much at Vegas High, but I understand he was a ladies' man because of his looks and cool personality.  Nice guy, easy to be around.
 

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I never cease to be amazed at your ability to remember in such great detail - thx for sharing about Herbert!!

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Herbert and I were in 6th grade together.  I remember him as polite, quiet.  He had a distinctive, positive speaking voice something like Ray Milland. Herbert's calling card was playing drums, and I think it meant a lot to him.  He had to be excused from class a couple of times a week for band practice which irritated Mr. Hathaway (nicknamed him "Sticks") since Herbert would miss our history lesson or whatever it was. The students of Paradise School were scattered over a twenty square-mile area ("Paradise Valley"). Busses carried us to and from school. The after-school bus wasn't always waiting at 3:30 so Herbert would serenade us on his snare drum held in place with a strap around his neck.  He only knew one pattern, a military number that lasted 45 seconds.  He would repeat his piece until the bus got there. I can still remember it note-for-note.  Actually I can play it.

I suspect he played in a band at LVHS.  Maybe someone who knew Herbert in music will see the bit about drums and recall a friendship with him. 

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Brenda's father and mine occasionally played in a trio, typically $25 dances and weddings.  A dedicated old-schooler, Earl didn't much care for young wiseacres like me.  Brenda was close to her father but didn't mind, always seemed friendly.  We chatted at one of the reunions mainly about my mother whom Brenda felt close to.  As with Tina's mother Brenda gave Mom permanents in her home beauty salon.  I thought of her as sincere, shy, self-confident, more interested in hearing about others than talking about herself.

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