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Verne Robinson

Shared by Joe Ditler:

R.I.P. Verne Robinson. I just got word this old Coronado soul passed away today, Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

I'll never forget his deep Jim Croce-like voice or the way he could throw a tune together on an acoustic guitar.

Growing up in Coronado, Verne was older than I was, but we traveled in a lot of the same circles. Age didn't matter in this Neverland of our youth.

I always liked Verne.

I remember once coming back from a Pop Festival at Balboa Stadium, with Lee Michaels, Santana, Canned Heat, and a bunch of other terrific bands of that era.

It was only a week after Woodstock, and Santana was the rage.

We had all dropped a lot of acid, and just glued ourselves to the stage, listening to this incredible music that today is referred to affectionately as, "first-generation classic rock and roll."

On the way home, riding the Coronado ferryboat (yes, this was pre-bridge), I was standing next to Verne, and he began to spout some eccentric poetry I didn't quite understand.

He jumped up on the rail of the ferryboat and dove into San Diego Bay.

Immediately somebody yelled, "Man Overboard."

The ferryboat stopped, went into reverse, and then went back and forth for the longest time, trying to retrieve Verne's body.

The next day, at a keg party, Verne walked in, tall and thin, drop-dead handsome with dark curly hair, and completely unscathed.

Boy, was that a relief.

I had not seen Verne since the 1970s. My bad. I can't help but miss him now, especially knowing that I will never see him again.

Verne Robinson was a tremendous part of all our youth here in Coronado, in the '60s and '70s.

Rest in Peace old friend.

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04/16/20 10:17 AM #1    

Teddi DiAngelo (Reilly)

Shared by Bruce Johnson


Verne Robinson was a classmate of mine. He was special He was unique. He was immensely talented. You never knew what was going to happen. One early morning post-CHS he showed up in our front yard with a dead seagull hanging around his neck. My CHS bachelor roommates also knew Verne. No one said a thing...We have lost a true original

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