Stay tuned for more SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL golden oldies plus Fresno Barbwires published over the years. Here are samples:

My brother died for his country. Twice.
Larry Barbano, 1947-2023
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
Special Veterans Day Edition 11-11-2023

Letter to the Lord of War
For my bro Larry Barbano, 1947-2023
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-25-2023

The most dangerous animal in the world
John Chakmak vindicated: Prescient and relevant
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-11-2023

Tina Turner's Basketburger
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 5-31-2023

A. Barbano, Esq.
Photo: Debra Reid, Sparks Tribune



The Salvation Army Band played
Sinatra from a younger day
And the morning lasted all day
All day

Winter 1963
It felt like the world would freeze
With John F. Kennedy
and The Beatles
                                                        — Dream Academy, 1985*


Updated on All Saints Day 2023 / Feliz al Dia de Los Muertos

Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts:

Sorry I am not able to attend the Big 60th soirée for SJM '63. Instead, I offer you a trip down Amnesia Lane.

If you journey to the front page of my flagship website,, please click on "MEMORIES OF MEmorial." It's at the top of the page, right under the photo that makes me appear better than I've ever actually looked.

I will be adding all the pages from our last hurrah edition of the Red & Blue over the next few days. (The ancient pages have proved a bit fragile, kinda like some of us, myself included. They are worth a read.)

The Red & Blue included all of our teen last wills and testaments. I will be uploading all of them so everyone may remember the way we were.

I also have a surprise for Dr. Joe Capell.

As we did back in 1983, I encourage all to send quick stories of your lives, preferably accompanied by before (as in 1963-ish) and after (as in today) photos.

That suggestion applies to everyone in the class, including any who left before graduation or without it. I am also going to publish a list of our departed classmates. I know of some, so please forward anything regarding any of whom you have become aware. (Our first-lost also appears in the paper's last picture show.)

I would further appreciate a list of the lost whom the reunion committee or the auld school have been unable to locate. The Internet is omniscient, so let's put it to work. After all, we paid to develop it with our tax dollars. All information appreciated.

Please forward this as widely as you see fit as the above e-list I have compiled over the years is not very extensive.

I look forward to hearing from everyone.

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

With love and fond memories, I remain

Always your friend,

Andrew Quarantino Barbano, Esq.
<> (I refuse to subsidize Elon Musk and thus text and TweetX NOT)
(775) 882-TALK [8255]



*Lyrics from "Life in a Northern Town" by Gilbert Gabriel and Nick Laird-Lowes, Dream Academy, 1985

5-20-1963 Red & Blue Page 2
Red & Blue Page 4
Red & Blue Page 5
Red & Blue Page 6
Class of '63 Surprise Guests : Tennis, Math and (shhhh...) Sex

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe. Allelulia!

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Andrew Barbano is a 54-year Nevadan, editor of and; and former chair of the City of Reno's Citizens Cable Compliance Committee. He is the executive producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration and a longtime member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his opinions are strictly his own. E-mail

Barbwire by Barbano moved to Nevada's Daily Sparks Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
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