As if, for some reason,
Oceanside (the book) was
intended just for us, like the
Boardman piece written
about 45 years earlier, Richie tells the
story of our little town from its early beginnings only through 1960,
this time, however, with annotated images, and with some more recent
information appended. We should be both pleased and honored. But Richie
hopes his book "will reach many people, instill in them a sense of pride, and help them
recognize the importance of their hometown and its history." With this
work, Richie has earned the gratitude of everyone, young and
old, who will see it and who either lives or has lived in our little town
In doing his
research, Richie came upon and became a fan of
and he contacted me for help with the photographs, which I was privileged to
provide. (Click here to see
Richie had to say about our class website.) When the book came out in the
fall of 2004, I was delighted to see my name among the acknowledgments.
Update on Richie:
2013, Richie published his second book, a
companion volume entitled Legendary
Locals of Oceanside.
to read about it and find out how you can
get your copy.
And on April 28, 2012, our good friend, Richie Woods, was honored
with a "Public Service Award" by a local Oceanside civic group, the
of Oceanside, at its annual fundraising dinner themed this year, Oceanside
Past and Present. Among
other things, the
featured a slideshow of old photos, many of which came from Richie's book and from this website.
Click here to view the tribute journal ad issued in Richie's honor
by our class association to
support the event.
Click here for more