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Wayne's "Remember When" #51 (19 March 2019)

Remember When: In the 1970s I had a racoon family living at my previous home when I started my career at Palomar College. Probably not a good idea, but I became very attached to them. Eventually, the open fields and tangelo orchards were replaced by high density housing developments and my lovely rural house became surrounded by asphalt, houses & traffic signals--just like the crowded, urbanized city in LA County from where I came.

Wayne's "Remember When" #52 (23 March 2019)

Remember When: I reposted my 48 Ford Convertible image. I restored my car with parts from a factory in LA called Ford Obsolete. This classic Ford model was used in several very popular movies. Gee, I wish I still had my beautiful red car!

Wayne's "Remember When" #53 (1 April 2019)

Remember When: Restored Richfield gas station along historic Hwy 66 in Cucamonga, CA. I drove past this station many times in my American Graffiti days and before. I have fond memories in my 48 Ford convertible and 1950 Ford 2-door sedan during my high school, junior college, & university days in the late 1950s & early 1960s.

Wayne's "Remember When" #54 (25 April 2019)

Remember When: I just found my Frank Buck Explorer's Watch, my prized possession when I was 8! The phosphorescent dial even glowed in the dark. This marvelous toy was a prize in my box of Wheaties® in 1949. I never understood why a sundial would need a glow-in-the-dark dial.

Wayne's "Remember When" #55 (20 May 2019)

Remember When: Many years ago, after my lecture on hybrids, a biology student brought me an unusual "filbert hybrid" crossed with a rubber tree. I told her it was impossible. Then I cracked it open and a condom flipped into the air. I caught it with one hand and the class roared with laughter! Her mother made these at Christmas time for stocking stuffers. BTW, the popular spread Nutella® is made with hazelnuts!

Wayne's "Remember When" #56 (30 July 2019)

Remember When: During the 1980s I almost bought a wide-carriage manual typewriter at San Diego Office Supply. I had no use for a computer. Then I saw the Apple IIe & my life changed forever to digital. Superworks: PC Version Of Appleworks

Wayne's "Remember When" #57 (2 August 2019)

Remember When: This silver spoon & fork manufactured before I was born might be a collectible today.

Wayne's "Remember When" #58 (2 September 2019)

Remember When: From nails & bullet shells to pine cones: Some of my childhood collections on pathway to becoming a taxonomist.

Wayne's "Remember When" #59 (18 December 2019)

Remember When: It's probably time to replace my old washing machine. Parts are getting really hard to find for this model!

Wayne's "Remember When" #60 (11 January 2020)

Reflecting back on the most amazing photo in my 60 year career. It didn't require an extensive travel trip. It was at Pinnacles National Park in central California: A lichen that grows on rabbit droppings! See Lichen On Rabbit Poop

Wayne's "Remember When" #61 (25 April 2020)

This Deluxe Model 5 was maufactured between 1940 and 1949, skipping the WWII years of 1942-1945. Many term papers & reports were typed on it during my childhood, college and post graduate years at Colorado State Univ., Oregon State Univ., & Univ. of Miami. In fact, I was typing a report on it the night that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon!

Wayne's "Remember When" #62 (31 May 2020)

A corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) appeared in my front yard (20 April 2020). This is the symbolic red poppy worn on Memorial Day & Veterans Day to commemorate all the brave men & women who gave their lives in World Wars. In fact, this is the red poppy native to Flanders Field, Belgium where millions of American & Allied soldiers fought and died in WWI. The poem "In Flanders Field" was written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in 1915. In grade school I remember my dear grandmother selling red "buddy poppies" for the VFW and American Legion in remembrance of all those who fought and died.

Wayne's "Remember When" #63 (22 May 2020)

To keep busy during social distancing, Elaine painted an unusual Lagenaria gourd that I grew many years ago when I was a happy teacher at Palomar College. Click on following link to See Rattlesnake Gourd.

Wayne's "Remember When" #64 (21 June 2020)

HAPPY FATHER's DAY 2020. My father Paul Armstrong & my 1st car in front of my home in Arcadia, CA. Photo taken in the mid 1950s. I completely restored this old car with all new parts from Ford Obsolete in Downtown LA, including bumpers, chrome trim, dash, etc. I must say I truly miss my father (& my classic car). We logged many great memories together.

Wayne's "Remember When" #65 (23 July 2020)

I identified this beneficial metallic green fly with red eyes at my home in Twin Oaks Valley. I incorrectly thought it was the species I remembered from the 1950s in Arcadia, CA; however, The Wing Movement Of My Green Long-Legged Fly Did Not Match The Arcadia Fly From My Childhood! CORRECTION: Update 27 July 2020. The wings of Arcadia fly moved like oars in a rowboat: The fly in Arcadia was not a green long-legged fly. It was a "Boatman Fly" (Pogonortalis doclea) introduced from Australia. See following youTube video: Boatman Fly

Boatman Fly
(Pogonortalis doclea)
Family: Platystomatidae
By Graham Wise
from Brisbane, Australia
CC BY 2.0,

Wayne's "Remember When" #66 (17 October 2020)

Remember When: Two vintage cars I owned, worked on and drove during the late 1950s & early 1960s.

Wayne's "Remember When" #67 (11 December 2020)

Many years ago I led a group of botany students to the ice-covered summit of 10,000 ft Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel Range. I discovered that 2 students did not return on last ski lift that day. No one was prepared for sub-zero temperatures on the mountain so I had to call the Mt. Baldy Search & Rescue. As rescue team was preparing to leave, 2 weather-beaten, tearful students showed up in a car. They lost trail and hiked down difficult Devil's Canyon to the highway. This stressful field trip with a marvelous group of students had a happy ending!

Wayne's "Remember When" #68 (26 May 2021)

Just had 2nd melanoma excised 50 years after standing on top of Mt. Whitney (& other high mountains). Except for sun glasses, I unwisely & regrettably never used any protection from intense UV radiation.

Wayne's "Remember When" #69 (29 May 2021)

Remember When: Yours truly on another arduous alpine hike over 50 years ago without a hat. Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Baja Calif. in search of the rare, endemic San Pedro Martir Cypress, Hesperocyparis (Cupressus) montana.

Wayne's "Remember When" #70 (1 June 2021)

I have communicated with many prestigious naturalists during my career at Palomar College, but one of the most famous was Richard Dawkins of Oxford University regarding the fig & its symbiotic pollinator wasp. This is truly one of the most complex & fascinating relationships between a plant & an insect. See Wayne's Word Fig Page

Wayne's Remember When #71 (2 August 2021)

Remember When: As a railfan, I remember the marvelous, electric streetcars and steam engines of my childhood in Arcadia, CA during the early 1950s.