March 10, 2011

During Saturday afternoons football games at Division Avenue High, a classic white convertible was part of the scene

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This 1962 photo propels us back to those crisp fall Saturday afternoons of our high school days and the excitement of watching the Blue Dragons play football. Perhaps you can hear echoes of coach Jerry Jewell screaming instructions to his players.

This priceless picture was provided by Pat Stanley Share, class of 1962, who wrote: "From left to right it's Janet Trama, face covered unknown but am guessing Susan Kilbride, Linda Kaiser, me, unknown and Suzanne Propper." The photo was taken in the Division Avenue High School parking lot.

Isn't that convertible a beauty? The girls are sitting on one owned by Gordon Parker, father of quarterback Gary Parker '62. According to Gary, who lives in Georgia, the car was a white 1960 Pontiac Bonneville.

Marilyn Monsrud Frese '63 remembers it well. "Gary's dad used to let him drive it for our special dates such as proms. It was also used in homecoming parades."

We thought those days would never end.

From the blogger: See comments below as to the year and make of the car.


Anonymous said...

I believe the car is a 1959 Chevrolet, with the "cat's eye" taillights.

Anonymous said...

Howard Whidden Class of '62

I well remember Gary's dad's Bonneville and this ain't it! It was his pride and joy. We had a '59 Chevy (not a convertible) and the gull wings tail were the same as the convertible in this picture.

Anonymous said...

Jack Jacobsen,'62
It may have been Mr. Erbacher's car.

marilyn Monsrud Frese said...

Guess I was wrong. I don't remember there being more than 1 white convertible at the Homecoming parades. But it was a Bonneville for sure.

JonB said...

Not only a Chevy, but an Impala!

Corinne said...

The car in the picture is indeed a 1959 Chevy Impala. It belonged to my Dad and he graciously allowed me to use it on "special occasions". The photo is in the 1961 DAHS yearbook on page 144 which means the photo was taken in the Fall of 1960. The white Bonneville is pictured on page 100 of the same yearbook. Both GREAT cars and great memories. By the way, my Dad is 96 and still sharp as a tack though, thank goodness, he doesn't drive anymore. Corinne Norgren Burns, Class of 1961