Time Machine 1970s --
South High School, Torrance
Who: Victor Lin, Jim Elliot, Steve Halpern, Kurt Ankerberg, Danine Cummings, soccer team What: School dance, streaking car lights, team portraits, prank Where: South High School, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA When:
February 1971 Why: It was humorous then
Names from the yearbook: Pete
Adamson, Mark Fehlman, Jim
Allen, Allan Garner, Kurt Ankerberg, Tim Jicha, Andrew Casey, Matt
Klasila, Wyatt Casey, Brian McLaughlin, Steve Donnell, Carlos Ortigoza,
John Ehman, Fred Parker, Kenton Parker, Doug Sakaki, Mike Shuler, Russ
Tercero, Ken Wright, Coach Bryant, Manager Scott Freeman; not pictured:
Gary Chan and Jim Stiles. From the pictures, it look like they had 20
nice jackets, but they actually had only two between them all. They had to
keep changing the jackets quickly for the photo sequence.
Is there something incongruous about a bunch of guys wearing shirts,
ties, and athletic shorts? I thought so, and I thought the picture of
them dressed like that was funny, but it didn't make it into
Kurt was my lab partner in chemistry and was on the soccer team.
For some reason (lost? stolen? tangled?), he was not wearing his
jock strap underneath his shorts that day. And for some other reason
(malice? mirth?), word of this got around to some pranksters on the
team. So these guys waited until Danine, who was organizing the photo
session, came around. They snuck up behind poor old Kurt, and quick as a
wink, pulled his shorts down to his ankles!
Danine whirled around to face away from them, and Kurt quickly
pulled up his shorts. I didn't catch the prank itself, but I took a
picture of Danine a few seconds later. That photo nearly made it into
the yearbook. The next shot on the roll shows Kurt stifling an embarrassed laugh.
Disclaimer for young people: Do not try a prank like this at your school. It is uncool and you can get into a lot
of trouble nowadays!