George and Anne Marie Novinger Former Glendale...

George and Anne Marie Novinger

Former Glendale residents George and Anne Marie Novinger of

Tehachapi recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a

weeklong family beach party at Cayucos, a 1950s beach town on the

central coast of California.

With lots of body-surfing, games, slide shows and delicious food,

there were few complaints from their children and grandchildren.

A Novinger Trivial Pursuit Game was played and won by daughter

Mary, while many of the family slept through it. Traveling the

furthest were son, Tom and family from Vienna, Va. The most

enthusiastic body-surfers were daughter Barbara and granddaughter


Touch football was played by most of the group, including the

grandchildren, with few permanent injuries. Ron told jokes, Michiko

and Jill cooked delicious breakfasts, Sarah peeled a ton of potatoes

and Saya sang songs and played the guitar.

Annie and Mike played a mean game of pingpong and made several

market runs. Mike was an especially fine barbecue artist.

Commemorative beach towels were given to each guest.

George and Anne Marie met at Occidental College. They eloped and

were married in Las Vegas in 1954. George was a teacher, football and

swim coach and vice principal at Hoover High School from 1955 to

1982. He was principal at Tehachapi High School from 1982 to 1992.

Anne Marie was director of Student Health at Glendale Community

College from 1975 to 1995.

The couple now owns the Apple Shed, a restaurant, bakery, gift and

book shop in Tehachapi.

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