Richard Gardner (“Dick”)
Brother of Joan Gardner.
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Was at Marshall High School; attended Mar-Ken School during the Summer of 1944 and then in his senior year 1944-45, but left a few weeks before the end of the school year and ended up graduating from Long’s Professional School, Hollywood.
Richard Gardner writes:
Frank Prior and me [Dick Gardner] harassing Don Hause who is in the pit that was in front of the Mar-Ken school on Franklin Avenue. It was on the east side of the building and perhaps may have provided light to Mrs. Rummel’s chemistry and physics lab that was situated in the buildings basement. Frank was probably Don’s best friend at Mar-Ken. He and Bob Haynes fought for the school championship in 1945 when boxing was the school’s sole sport. I think Bob won the fight, but really claimed during the bout that Frank was really tough. Tom Ludowitz and I were Bob’s handlers while Don Hause and, I think, Frank’s brother Walt served in the same capacity with Frank. After the bout Frank was really puffing and told me that the cigarettes really sapped his wind.
Incidentally, interesting to see me in Levi’s. My father never allowed me to wear them when I was young. I’m guessing the association with times when his family was poor and the association he had with those kind of work clothes and those times. Oddly enough, after complaining while growing up that I wasn’t allowed to wear Levi’s, I finally got to wear them in my senior year. I have only one picture taken when I was in college with me in Levi’s and haven’t wore any since. Must be some sort of a psychological something or other.
[Photo and comments from Richard Gardner – August 23, 2005]