Saturday, October 4, 2014

Message from John Johnson, BHS '67

John Johnson asked that I post this...

A good friend of mine has made a couple of trips to Sudan. He has been helping in humanitarian aid to the Nuba people. The Nuba people have been attacked since the current government took over. The Nuba people are self sufficient farmers, but the government has bombed their fields and they have not been able to plant their fields for over 2 years. The Nuba people have had to flee into the mountains in the area and hiding in the caves. But they are starving to death. My friend, Chris Ward is planning another trip around the first of the year to take food, oil, and medical supplies. To accomplish this mission, they need $150,000. They are at about $13,000, so there is a long way to go. If you feel that stopping this genocide is important please go to this web site and donate.

Thank you,
John Johnson

Friday, October 3, 2014

Where Are They Now? Bob Hazeltine, BHS '67

Stumbled upon this July 2014 video yesterday of Bob demonstrating copper enamel!

He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and tells a bit more about himself in the vid so check it out...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Please Keep Mike Gould, BHS '67, in Your Prayers

Mike Gould had a stroke last week and his wife wanted his friends to know he is at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa Arizona.

We are praying for you, Mike!

Banner Baywood Medical Center
6644 E Baywood Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 321-2000


Nancy Hartley Freeland
Prayers going up

Linda Peterson Everett
My prayers are with you, Mike.......

Carol Nicholls Lebrecht
Sending prayers for Mike!

Robbin Perry Moore
Sending prays, lots of them.

Patti Thomas Dobrowolski
Such a nice guy - sending prayers

Betty Wareham Worland
Prayers being sent!

Cathy Nicholls Coyle
Prayers for Mike for a speedy recovery.

Starr Johnson
Prayers for you Mike and your family and Dr's for a speedy recovery.

Kent Barcus
Prayer for Mike's health and family, and that his trust in the Lord be restored and strengthened along with his body..

Shari Deuel Johnson
Oh no! Sending positive thoughts and well wishes to an old friend. Get well soon Mike

Carol Brown Baker
What a shame, I hope he gets through this ok.

Ron Stein
Praying for Mike and family

Judy Rayl Smith
Praying for Mike Gould

Andrea Moxness
Good thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike!

Alma Tackett Carson
Lord father God I lift Mike up to you right now and speak healing over his body and come against any side effects from this stroke in Jesus name and I pray that your peace will be with his family Amen.

Russell McElveen Sr.
Mike, I pray for a healing in Jesus name amen. From Burbank high we all love you. God bless you and your family in Jesus name amen.

Michael Torres
Praying for Mike to have a full recovery!!!

Deanna Lloyd Jennings
Blessings to you, Mike for a full recovery and for strength and comfort for your family. My heart goes out to all of you.

Dona Foy Porcaro Bruckner
Be well my friend, I miss seeing you but have find memories of our Saturday runs to Taco Bell for bell burgers and being at Kyle's

Teri Hill Clark
Yes, be well our friend ... many, many memories from high school and beyond.

Donna Luce Neitman
Mike Gould, know that my thoughts & prayers are with you my friend!

Jeanne Barron Aikman
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you Mike.

Sue Sergent
Praying for a speedy recovery, Mike.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dennis Lee McComas, BHS '67 (1948-2014)

This is shocking news for our class and we will keep Dennis' family in our thoughts and prayers.

Dennis Lee McComas
December 5, 1948 - August 28, 2014

On August 28, 2014 Dennis McComas woke up not feeling well, and before he knew it he had suddenly become ice cold and couldn't breathe right. 911 was called and the paramedics came right away, but on the way to the hospital his heart stopped.

They ran him into the ER and had 10 people frantically working on him, but he didn't pull through. It was a massive heart attack, and nothing could help him.

The family is in shock right now and are trying to keep our mother together. If you would like to help with the funeral expenses, please go to GoFundMe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BHS '67 + FRIENDS REUNION Aug 1, 2015

It's never too early to plan for a party, so save the date, Saturday, AUGUST 1, 2015, for our annual reunion up at DeBell's Canyon Grille at 4 PM.

Also, join the fun Friday night at Bob's Toluca Lake on JULY 31, 2015 at 7 PM.

More 2014 photos here:

On Facebook? Here's the event link:



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dean Hutton, BHS '67 (1949-2014)

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Oh I'm so sorry to share this with you... Please keep Dean's family in your prayers

Dean William Hutton

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:30 am

Port Townsend, Washington Nov. 2, 1949 – July 26, 2014

Dean William Hutton passed away in Port Townsend on June 26, 2014. He was 64.

Dean was born on Nov. 2, 1949 in Santa Monica, California. He graduated from Burbank High School and obtained a B.A. in history at San Francisco State University. He then began a career in firefighting, first in the California Department of Forestry, then at the Ukiah Fire Department. He served as firefighter, captain, paramedic, and battalion chief before retiring in 2002. Dean loved working at the fire department and was integral to starting the department’s paramedic program.

Dean was an avid backpacker and shared his love of California’s Sierra Nevada with many, especially his daughter. The Port Townsend community meant a lot to Dean, who enjoyed having breakfast at the Food Co-op, walking the town paths, and talking with Ernie, Michael, Roger, Viva, Bill, Janie, his neighbors and many others. Most of all, Dean loved helping others, and family members said that he will be dearly missed by themselves and his friends in both California and Washington. He is survived by daughter Mattie Hutton and son-in-law Justin Badlam of Washington, D.C., and brother Alan Hutton of Tucson, Arizona.

“Going to the mountains is going home.” – John Muir

In lieu of flowers, donations to the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation are welcome:


2008 Email from Dean

Jeanne Barron Aikman
I'm so sorry to hear this.

Mary Ogle
Shocked & saddened. We'd just reconnected & I knew he was in poor health & undergoing more surgeries but this is sad. At least he made it to his daughter's wedding a couple months ago. He was so proud of her & so happy that he was able to travel & be at her wedding. Thoughts & prayers are with Mattie & the rest of the family.

My sister Janet & I recently reconnected with Dean and he's been in poor health for several years. Injured on the job as a fireman and had many surgeries. Last time we spoke a month ago he had another surgery scheduled....
He's at peace now & out of pain.

Starr Johnson
Very sorry to hear this. He was so young. May he R.I.P

Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
What is going on with your class of '67? So many of your classmates have passed on. I don't think the class of '66 has lost as many as you guys have... I am stunned...

Neal Steven Hershenson
Dean Hutton was the Best Man at my wedding to Sayoko forty (40) years ago in Eureka, CA. We celebrate knowing and loving him, but we are stunned and diminished by his passing.

Linda Everett
Dean was my first boyfriend back in sixth grade at Emerson. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a great guy.

Shari Johnson
Dean and I went through school from Emerson Elementary to Burbank High. Always had a secret crush on that cute boy. I will always remember what he said to me at a reunion. : )
I'm saddened but will always have some wonderful memories of Dean.

John Ferguson
Thanks for sharing

Lucinda Zeigler
Thank you for the update

David Hourigan
Heartbreaking. Dean was one of those people you never forget. He had a great sense of humor.
He will be missed. A huge loss for the Class of '67.

Fran Henriksen
So very sad..

Kent Barcus
Dean was sharp and funny; condolences to his loved ones and friends..

Don Ray
What a shame. Such a good guy.

Betty Worland
This news is so shocking. My deepest condolences to his family and his many friends! This is why our reunions are so important now! You just never know and I embrace the time I get to spend with all my classmates. You were all a big chapter in my growing years. Cathy Emmett Palmer, does anyone know what happened? RIP, Dean.

Cathy Emmett Palmer
Betty, all I know is what was posted.

Diane Ward
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Betty Worland
Cathy, I guess he had been sick for awhile. Read a comment that mentioned that! Very sad to hear! Thanks Mary Ogle for the update! So sorry to hear this news! I remember him well at BHS but never knew what happened to him. so sorry to hear he has been sick but like you said, he is at peace now and out of pain! Again, my deepest condolences to his family and all his friends. ♥

Mark Pollock
We were all better off for his having been our friend

Betsey Nash
So sorry for him & his family.

Jim Grasse
A huge loss for the Class of '67.

Dona Foy Porcaro Bruckner
So sad!

Dani Marie Kleist
Sorry to hear of his passing.

Steve Raine
So sorry to hear about this. Takes me back to basketball days.

Annette Dayman
My sincere condolences to his family, I knew him at Burbank High a super guy!

Linda Duffendack Oxley
My parents and Dean's parents were very good friends for many years during our years at John Muir and the first couple of years at Burbank High School.
We planned our first boy-girl party together at our house on Grinnell. Probably when we were in 7th grade. I remember Dean's father set up a disco mirrored ball that shot wonderful light all around the room. And I think my dad made hamburgers for everybody. Dean and I spent hours pouring over our 45's to select just the right music to play for dancing at the party. I especially remember "Peggy Sue" because we called it the "chance dance." Dean thought because it was so fast that no one would be able to dance all the way through it.
A great guy. A good friend through junior high and high school early years. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers go to his family!

Diana Ziegler Larsen
I'm so sorry. RIP.

David De Hart
I am shocked by this news. Dean and I reconnected on Facebook about 5 months ago. I was so happy about communicating with him. I had not seen him since he was a fireman in Ukiah. We played a lot of basketball together in Burbank and I loved his wonderful sense of humor. He always treated me so well. We had an awesome mind bending trip to Big Sur while he was at SF State I will never forget. He was a stand up guy and nice to everyone. RIP old buddy.

Betsey Nash
Yes, loved his spirit, evident even in high school.

Joan Nobile Ortega
Rest in Peace, Dean.

Robbin Perry Moore
So sorry to hear about Dean. Life is so short for some. He will be greatly missed.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Struck by a Duck by Dave LeSueur

Another hilarious column by our alumni, Dave LeSueur!


Have you noticed how difficult it has become to make an appointment with your doctor? When you call, you get a recorded message that always begins “If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911.” This is for people who call the doctor’s office because they can’t remember the phone number for 911. Then it will say “Please listen carefully to the following options, as they have recently changed.” Five minutes later you finally get to “Press 5 to make an appointment “ – and they put you on hold.

This happened to me yesterday, and while I was on hold I began thinking about “the phone options which have recently changed.” I also called for an appointment last week. Have they changed since then? How often do you change them? Why do you change them? Who decides to change them? Did you hire a sadistic assistant (who has read Fifty Shades of Grey more than a dozen times) to randomly change the options just to mess with us? Who is this assistant and where does he live? Does he have any pets? When I am irritated and on hold, I can go to a very dark place.

The good news is that soon no one in the doctor’s office will have time to change the phone options. They will be too busy learning the medical codes of ICD-10, a new medical classification reference. The doctor uses these codes to record why you were treated (ear infection, kidney stone, etc.).The government decided there were too many situations not covered by the current codes and is increasing the number of codes from about 15,000 to 150,000! Most of the changes make sense, but some of the new codes are very odd. Here are some examples.

W61.62XD: Struck by duck, subsequent encounter. (As one blogger pointed out, maladies that rhyme should be given immediate priority in the ER. I believe the rhyming section of the medical codes was written by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.)

W55.32XA: Struck by other hoof stock, initial encounter. (In case grandma got run over by a reindeer.)
W55.41XA: Bitten by pig, initial encounter​. (That’s what you get for eating a ham sandwich in a pigpen.)
W62.0XXA: Contact with non-venomous frogs. (Usually involves girls looking for handsome princes.)
V91.07XD: Burn due to water skis on fire, subsequent encounter​. (Wouldn’t the water prevent a fire? Owner’s manuals now include a warning “not to ride on water skis that are on fire.”)
V95.43: Spacecraft collision injuring occupant. (If the other spacecraft is being driven by an illegal space alien, you’d better hope you have uninsured motorist coverage.)
V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter. (How does this even happen? And how many subsequent encounters can you have with a jet engine before you’re dead?)
Y93.D: Activities involving arts and handcrafts. (This code was just added because of injuries happening to protesters trying to block employees from entering Hobby Lobby stores. Most of the injuries involved crochet needles or hot glue guns.)
S10.87XA: Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter. (The technical term for this injury is a “hickey”.)
G44.82: Headache associated with sexual activity. (Not tonight honey, I have a code G44.82.)
W22.02XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter. (This happens when dumb people use smart phones)
V80.731: Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar. (This is how you know the universe is against you.)
Y92.146: Swimming pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause. (Wait – they have swimming pools in prisons?)
Y92.241: Library as the place of occurrence of the external cause. (For some reason, no University of Colorado student has ever been injured in a library.)
Y92.253: Opera House as the place of occurrence of the external cause. (Opera patrons can get rowdy if the opera is already four hours long and it still ain’t over even though the fat lady has sung.)
Y23.1 Hunting rifle discharge, undetermined intent (The “Dick Cheney’ code.)
R46.1: Bizarre personal appearance. (The “Lady Gaga” code.)
I believe doctors will eventually like ICD-10. Under the old system there were too many situations not covered by a code.

For example, last fall, I had an appointment to get a flu shot at the Doctor’s office. I parked my car and started walking toward his building. All of a sudden, a duck darted out of the bushes and ran into my leg. I tripped and fell, hitting my head on a post. My hair and clothes were a mess, but I went into his office anyway.

“Hi,” I said. “I am here to get a flu shot, but now I think I need to see the Doctor too.”

The receptionist looked at me. “What happened?”

“Well,” I said, “I was struck by a duck and walked into a lamppost.”

A nurse leaned over and whispered to the receptionist “He certainly has a bizarre personal appearance. I don’t know how we’ll ever code this one.”

David LeSueur lives in Littleton Colorado with his wife, Mary. Their yard is full of bunnies and squirrels, but no ducks.