Are your initials D.M.? Did you graduate from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1964? Are you missing your class ring?
If you answered yes to those questions, someone in California would like to talk to you.
Diana Flynn of Oceanside, Calif., wants to reunite a SWD 1964 alumni with the ring that apparently was lost years ago at a California burger joint.
“It belongs to somebody,” said Flynn by phone. “It could be meaningful to someone.”
Flynn’s husband’s parents owned The Red Rooster, a popular hamburger spot in the late-1970s and early 1980s, in Oceanside. She recalled a conversation with them about a high school ring from Georgia that had been found there years ago, and when she was cleaning out her in-laws’ home recently (both are deceased) she came across the ring.
Flynn speculates that the man’s ring might belong to someone who joined the Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, which is about 10 minutes away from the site of the former eatery.
The ring is engraved with three initials. Flynn asked that only two initials be revealed so that anyone seeking to claim it would have to provide the third as well as other details about it.
Flynn contacted The Champion last week about publicizing the search, but this isn’t her first effort to find the owner. About three or four years ago, she said she contacted Southwest DeKalb High School and inquired if someone could look in a yearbook to possibly find the owner, however, she was told that couldn’t be done.
“I always wanted to get it back to its rightful owner,” she said. “It just tugs at my heart.”
Flynn, who said both she and her husband are from military families, wonders if the person who lost it or their family might like to have it back.
“You never know the back story,” said Flynn. “It could be really special to someone.”
Flynn can be contacted by calling (760) 945-3943.