Monday, December 31, 2007

School 1967 vs 2007


Linda Mustion send the following to me today. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry!

SCHOOL 1967 vs. 2007

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.

1967 - Vice principal comes over to look at Jack's shotgun. He goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2007 - School goes into lockdown, and FBI is called. Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

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Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1967 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.

2007 - Police called. SWAT team arrives. Johnny and Mark are arrested and charged with assault. Both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

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Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

1967 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the principal. He returns to class, sits still, and does not disrupt class again.

2007 - Jeffrey is diagnosed with ADD and given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a learning disability

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Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1967 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is placed in foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself, and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

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Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1967 - Mark shares aspirin with principal out on the smoking dock.

2007 - Police called. Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. Car is searched for drugs and weapons.

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Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1967 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given a diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

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Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, and blows up a red ant bed.

1967 - Ants die.

2007 - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security, and FBI called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates parents; siblings are removed from home; computers confiscated. Johnny's dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

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Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Heather. Heather hugs him to comfort him.

1967 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2007 - Heather is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in state prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

2008 Rose Bowl Parade

Remember driving to Pasadena on New Year's Eve to find a good place to watch the parade the next morning? And by the time it started, you were so exhausted from being up all night, you could hardly stay awake!

Please add your comments at the end of these posts - i.e. what do you remember?? How was 2007 for you? What adventures are you planning for 2008? What's new in the zoo for you, McGoo - lol!

http://www.burbankrosefloat.com/
























Foreman and volunteer Burt Ballard, works on some of the main figures for the Burbank's 2008 Rose Parade Float Thursday
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Burbank Ledger
Published Dec 28, 2007 - 22:34:17 PST

New Year’s float about to blossom

Crew is putting hours of work in to ensure that every flower, berry and accessory will be in place for the Rose Parade.

By Rachel Kane
As the new year nears, hundreds of volunteers are putting the final floral touches on Burbank’s Rose Parade float entry. This year’s float, titled “Oktoberfest,” will depict flute-playing squirrels and a merry German beer maiden serving a man in front of a cottage. It will also feature a live Oom-pa-pa band and dance troupe called Die Gemutlichen Schuhplattler, who have been instructing 20 people who will dance alongside and on the float during the parade.

But during Deco Week, the time from Christmas Eve until the night before New Year’s Day when people, flowers and foliage descend upon the decorating barn, it’s all about troubleshooting and time-consuming decorating.
This year’s team has their hands full.

“This is the tallest float we have ever built,” said John Hames, Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. president.
The float raises and lowers on a hydraulics system but at its highest point is about 27 feet tall, with many movable parts and animated figures throughout. Float workers on Thursday made adjustments and hammered out the kinks in the movements of some of the doll figures that wave from the windows of the float’s cottage.

“They’re trying to lower the doll so that the doll pops out and waves, and right now, also, we’re busy decorating all over,” Hames said.
Nothing is ever final in the float-design game, and fine tuning is done up to the last minute. “You have to test everything out even if you think it’s going to work,” said Carol Cotter, decorations committee chairperson.

“It’s amazing how it was designed,” Cotter said. “It was a real challenge for them.”
Most of the dried items and some of the more than 26,000 flowers had been delivered to the float barn by then. Cocoa shavings, carnations, roses, chrysanthemums, cranberries and even cabbage have been incorporated into 2008’s design. Every detail of the float, from the trim on the cottage to the eyebrows of the beer maiden, must be covered in some form of vegetation or flower before it is judged Monday morning and hits the parade route Tuesday. But some parts of the design were more time-consuming than others. Robin Hanna spent an untold number of hours crocheting window curtains and dainty handkerchiefs from raffia, a kind of flexible straw-like material.

“I probably got about 12 hours work into one seat cover,” Hanna said.
Even with the volunteers and crew members working from 9 a.m. to a little past midnight most days, they are still cutting things close, said Steve Edward, design committee chairman for the Burbank Rose Float Assn.

On Thursday, the crew was behind in their work, but Edward was confident everything would come through.
“It’ll happen,” Edward said. “It’ll come together somehow. It’s all magic.”

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Burbank's 1932 Float





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And Cathy Nicholls Coyle just sent an email which listed a bunch of "REMEMBER THESE?" which you can enjoy seeing by clicking HERE!

Remember the trauma of loosing your skate key?

Remember Beenie and Cecil, the sea-sick sea serpent?

Remember "I Remember Mama" on television?

Remember doing the twist with your friends while listening to Chubby Checker on the radio?

Remember the name of your kindergarten teacher? Mine was Mrs. Winter at Miller - loved her and loved the class especially when I got to paint!

What do you remember? Post it in the comments below 'cuz we all want to know!


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Jon and Pam Kirkwood's Looper Email for December 2007

Email Jon & Pam at pamkirkwood@yahoo.com to receive their Looper email!

Dee Dee Daugharty '66 and her Christmas Doxies

"Merry Christmas Loop"...

Greetings Loopers...

It's a chilly morning here in Loopland... 37 degrees as I type... As the old saying
goes, "There is frost on the pumpkin"... This "Loop" will be a short one, cause it is from me, Jon...

Pam
found out yesterday that she was chosen to be on a jury for a trial (downtown L.A.) that is to last for
at least, 21 days! So, she won't be having much time for writing the "Loop"... Guess you are stuck with me.

There are just a few things we need to tell you about, so that is what I will try to do. I think I will skip the usual "Departments" format and just jump into it...

First of all, several of you sent us your December Birthdays that we had not mentioned last time, because we didn't know about them...So...here goes... Sorry
they aren't in order...I am not as organized as my wife is...Jim Barnfather '64 /Dec. 21, Bruce Williams '66/Dec.29, Joanne Knight James '65/Dec. 5, Chris Cullen Bartlett '68/Dec. 13, and Cathy Nicholls Coyle and Carol Nicholls Lebrecht '67/Dec. 1... Hope I didn't forget anyone, but we hope you all had or will have great Birthdays.

We also got a message from Janet Knight Morales '65 that Skip Higgins '64 was in terrible automobile accident the night before Thanksgiving on the road between Goldfield, Nevada and Tonopah, Nevada. Skip's car hit 3 horses who were standing in the middle of the dark highway (the horses are no longer with us), the roof of Skip's car was torn off and he ended up off the road...He was transported to Bishop Hospital and ended up with a badly broken right arm (he is right handed), he lost a little finger, he got a concussion and was pretty well banged up. Luckily, he is staying and recuperating with his brother and his wife in Reno. Skip's sister-in-law is a doctor and his girlfriend is a nurse... handy folks to have around at a time like this. He is thankful to be alive and would love to hear from any of you... Here is his cell phone and mailing info...

Skip's brother's address is:

571 Ridge St.
Reno, NV 89501

His home address:
PO Box #75
Goldfield, NV 89013

Phone 818 325-9131

He is a pretty tough Bulldog!

Pam says not to forget to Welcome some new Loopers...Okay, we will do that right now...

Carol Nicholls Lebrecht '67, George Nicholls '65, Christie Gibbs Nicholls '65, Jamie Barnett '65 and Christy Caleel Curtis '66. It is great to have you guys with us.

Oh, I almost forgot...The Burbank/Burroughs Picnic for 2008 will be on Saturday, June 28...Keep the date open...

Also, for you Christmas shoppers, Carole Wells Pane '63 has an unbeatable offer for all BHS alums...

Dear Pam,

Wow! Thanks for that great plug, Pam. I am so glad you and Jon are really enjoying the read. If anyone would like to purchase the book,CHASING SUNSETS, come by my house ((818) 729 - 1904, 536 East Birmingham Road) and it is half price - normally $24.95 from Amazon plus shipping or order it off of my website (www.chasingsunsetsthebook.com) - saying you are from BHS, and I will send it to you for half price plus shipping. STEERING YOU STRAIGHT has the same deal, 1/2 off of the regular price of $14.95 to BHS alumni. The new book is also fun to read, not only giving practical advice for those who may dream of taking a journey like this, but also gives a light-hearted look at things you need to know to become a real cruiser. (Why do I sell it so cheaply - well, until Oprah calls me, I am not going to make serious money on this book, so in the meantime, why not let those who have a dream - enjoy this dream - besides this offer is for Burbank High School alumni - after all we are related!)

We really enjoy our speaking engagements. We do it alot. And, would be happy to do it whenever-where ever. Depending on the interest of the group we do stories and pictures around the world or technical stuff - how you too can do it. Yes, you can - I do not know how to sail and I get seasick and I did it. Even our boat is available to do it in - it sits right across from the CHEESCAKE FACTORY in Marina Del Rey - all equipped and ready to go. What better way to spend your retirement than seeing the world and getting to sleep in your own bed every night!

Thanks again, Pam. It was nice to see you and have an opportunity to sit down and talk.

Carole Wells Pane'63



Kathy Augustyn Frazer '64 has a really nice thing her students at Hoover High are doing and we can help...

Hoover is planning the Hands Across the Battlefield collection for the month of January and then to coordinate with Mickey dePalo a packing party in February probably at school. We focus on things that pack easily: tablet word games (crosswords, etc), dice, cards, hard candy, tooth paste, tooth brushes,floss, razors, writing tablets, pencils (and those little sharpeners!!), packages of envelopes...nothing aerosol or "leakable". The last time we did this we had 25 cases to bring to Mickey's!!!! We even had some elementary classes that included
drawings and homemade cards. Any Loopland teachers who care to do that? Each classroom has a big, handled brown paper bag ready to fill up. Loopland can certainly fill bags too! Once the collection is complete we will need to get Mickey the exact addresses of our soldiers to receive.

We have some sad news to tell you about. Maggie Pike Lewis '64 lost her dear Mom last week...Here is a little note from Maggie. I am sure you will all join Pam and I in keeping Maggie and her family in our prayers...

DEAR PAM & JON, LOOPER'S & FRIENDS,

YESTERDAY 12-6 WAS A NOSTALGIC DAY FOR MY GEORGE & ME !!!! I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET THE HOUSE READY FOR CHRISTMAS!!!! INSTEAD I STARTED TO GO THROUGH SOME OF MY MOTHER'S THINGS & THE DINING ROOM TABLE LOOKS LIKE I'M ABOUT TO START A THRIFT STORE. THEN WE STARTED TO CHANGE ALL THE PICTURES IN THE HOUSE AROUND....TO MAKE ROOM FOR OUR NEW REFRAMED.... OLD PICTURES. (NOW THE ENTRANCE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A SHRINE TO MY YOUTH. THOSE PICTURES ARE IN THE GARAGE MUSIC ROOM!!!) WE SPENT THE WHOLE DAY IN OLD CLOTHES & ENDED UP PLAYING MUSIC FROM THE FORTIES & HAVING EGGS, HAM & TOAST FOR DINNER. WHAT A GREAT DAY! JUST THE KIND OF DAY THAT MY MOM WOULD HAVE LOVED. WE WENT TO BED EARLY & AS ALL LOOPER'S MUST DO....I GOT UP TO GO TO THE BATHROOM ABOUT MID-NIGHT. I NEW THEN THAT OUR DAY WAS ONE FOR MOM & SHE WOULD NO LONGER BE WITH US. SHE DIED AT 8AM ON FRIDAY 12-7, PEARL HARBOR DAY, WITH HER WONDERFUL DOCTOR BY HER SIDE. SHE IS NOW IN HEAVEN WITH DAD & I HOPE THEY ARE HAVING A MARTINI WITH JUDY BOLANDER & ENJOYING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS TREES. THIS MORNING WAS HARD & THEN THE DAY BECAME BETTER, AS WE UNDERSTOOD MORE ABOUT LIFE & PASSING. MOM WAS 93 YEARS OLD & LIVED EVERY DAY TO THE MAX. OUR VERY WONDERFUL FAMILY & FRIENDS HAVE HELPED IN SO MANY WAYS. MY DEAR FRIEND ELIZABETH MOON WAS RIGHT THERE FOR ME & TALKED ME THROUGH A HARD MORNING. SHE IS AN ANGEL & I CAN THANK JUDY BOLANDER FOR GETTING US TOGETHER AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS!!!! THERE ARE SO MANY ANGEL FRIENDS.....WE MUST BE HOGS, BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY.

WISHING ALL OF YOU A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON & NEW YEAR.

MAGGIE (PIKE) & GEORGE LEWIS

All of you who live in or are close to Loopland are welcome to join a group of us at Bob's Big Boy for a "post Christmas" get together with Peggy Melton Cyphers '65 (who will be in Loopland from Washington for the holidays),Gil Uribe '65, Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta '66 and AJ Culotta JBHS '64, Pam and I and hopefully, many others...We plan to get there around 7PM or if you get there earlier there are always the great hot rods to look at out in the parking lot...

Here is an update on Danny DeMonbrun '65 from Jim Greenfield '65...

Danny is out of hospital and at home. He must stay inside for a hundred days with no more than an hour outside and must wear a mask because of germs. Doc says are progressing well and he is confident things will be fine. He is talking about retirement possibly this year. He sounds good and very positive about the
entire situation.


Well, like I said, this is a short "Loop"...I am not that good at cutting and pasting, so...I am not going to put all of your letters on here this time.

Pam and I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas now, cause chances are...I may not get another "Loop" done before Christmas...

Take care and have safe holidays...

Love, Pam and Mr. Loooper, Jon

PS Check out the picture of Dee Dee Daugharty '66 and her "Christmas Doxies"...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Email from the daughter of Louise Trotta

Received a sweet email from Louise's daughter, Jennifer, which is also posted on the memorial page...









LOUISE TROTTA

Hi Cathy,

My name is Jennifer and my mom is Louise Trotta, I was 3 years old when she passed away, I am now 34, married with two children. Even though I don’t know you, I just wanted to say hi and that the memorial page that you have set up is very nice and thoughtful.

Thank you,

Jennifer Fowler Kuhn


Hi Jennifer

Thank you so much for writing.

And I am so sorry you lost your mother at such a young age, Jennifer!

In school, I remember your mother being a very sweet person - fun loving with a warm smile and a cute laugh.

So how did you mother die, Jennifer? It must have been around 1976? She was so young! If you write a little paragraph, I can put in on the blog so her other friends can read it. Thanks again, Jennifer. Doing the memorial page was the hardest thing and I wept many tears that day...

May the Lord richly bless you and your family,

Cathy


Hi Cathy,

Thanks for writing back. First of all I’d like to say that I have an older brother he was 6 and I was 3 when our mom passed away. He’s in the Coast Guard and is stationed in Cape Cod but will be transferred to New York next July. We grew up in Burbank ; we graduated from Bell-Jeff. I work in Property Management and raise my kids in Burbank ; they now go to Roosevelt Elementary, my son is 10 and my daughter is 7. Our Dad remarried about 20 years ago.

My mom died May 21, 1977; she somehow contacted encephalitis and got traumatic headaches the week before she died. They were so severe that by the time my family put her in the hospital, she that night went into a convulsion that put her in a coma. She was 28.

All the stories I’ve heard about my mom, everyone remembers her laugh.

I just told my dad about the memorial page and he thought it very nice of someone to have put that together, and I am sure you have wept many tears as I am right now writing this email. You never seem to get over the death of someone, especially someone so close to you. Even though I was only 3 and don’t have many memories of my mom, I still get sad.

Thank you and I hope you have a wonder Holiday !

Jennifer

Sunday, December 9, 2007

ELF FUN! (ends 1/2/08)

January 1949 Snow in Burbank (more pics here)











Wonder if Burbank will get any snow this year? Time will tell. In the meantime, here is something you may enjoy. Click THIS LINK and then go to THIS LINK and see if you recognize anyone - and it may take a few minutes to load but it is worth the wait!!

Holiday Cheers to ALL,

Cathy

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Burbank High School Centennial Celebration

The following was provided to me by Dave Thomson back in September but I will update it if it changes:

Tentative Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, 9/11/08
3:00 – 8:00 PM (every ½ hour) Campus tours given by ASB/Key Club students
6:00 – 8:00 PM Barbeque dinner catered by Shawn Stevens in quad (confirmed by Elsie Jeffers)
7:00 PM Musical performances by current student groups – held in auditorium with video/audio feed to quad (screen set-up similar to recent JBHS VMA competition)
·1 Band/orchestra
·2 Choirs
·3 Dance

FRIDAY, 9/12/08
12:30 – 1:30 PM Trivia Contest at lunchtime in the quad (Bruce – MC?)
3:00 – 8:00 PM (every ½ hour) Campus tours given by ASB/Key Club students
5:30 – 7:30 PM Hall of Fame ceremony in gym
6:30 – 10:00 PM Dinner – something similar to Taste of Burbank, with local restaurants setting up booths throughout campus, including tents on baseball field; tables/chairs set up throughout campus
·1 Solicit participation of local restaurants with all food contributed at no charge
·2 Sell wristbands to identify who may be served
·3 Participating restaurants listed as sponsors in all publicity material – website, invitations, press releases
·4 Individual group sports (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball etc. could set up specific areas for congregating)
·5 Place banners around the campus to signify where particular groups should meet

SATURDAY, 9/13/08
10:00 AM Parade
·1 Grand Marshall ideas: Debbie Reynolds, Anson Williams, Mitch Vogel
·2 Starting point – McCambridge Park; route will go down Amherst to Scott Road (right), right on Glenoaks and end at Burbank High
·3 Participants:
o Alumni band
o Alumni cheer
o Float or individual cars with past homecoming queens and kings
o Current band
o Current cheer
o Former teachers and administrators
o Former sports teams or Hall of Fame honorees from Friday night
o Oldest alumni
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (every ½ hour) Campus tours given by ASB/Key Club students
11:00 AM Tailgate Party
·1 Use tents/tables/chairs on baseball field
·2 Catered barbeque (Bruce to ask Handy Market?)
1:00 PM Football Game
6:30 PM (cocktails);
7:30 PM (dinner) Gala
·1 Pickwick
·2 DJ
·3 Alumni groups (band, choir) to perform
·4 Era dress – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc.
·5 Dance teacher, Myra Santini, to coordinate with DJ to lead in dances of the particular eras to encourage guest participation

Time TBD (Evening) Class of 1958 Reunion at Pickwick

SUNDAY, 9/14/08
Class '67 Breakfast at Fred and Joan (Nobile) Ortega's
(RSVP joan.ortega@wamu.net)

11:00 AM Picnic at BHS, using tents/tables/chairs on baseball field
·1 Car show, possibly Road Kings, with cars grouped by era out on track
·2 Food provided by Kiwanis for Fun (confirmed)
·3 Invite participation from all other service groups in Burbank
o Rotary
o Kiwanis
o Elks
·4 Booths by decade – music, clothes, hairstyles, TV shows (editing project for video class – edit together clips of popular shows from each era and have continuous play of video at picnic at each booth
Time TBD (Evening) Class of 1968 Reunion at The Castaway

OTHER IDEAS
TBD Fashion Show during these four days or sometime during the centennial year
TBD Staff lunch/dinner