Sunday, March 30, 2008

If You Live in Burbank...

What's your story? Tell it on Channel 6

City plans program of oral histories

By Carol Bidwell, Daily News Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 03/29/2008


If you live in Burbank and have an interesting local tale to tell, the city is looking for you.

City officials are preparing a program of oral histories titled "Burbank Voices: Then & Now" that will air on Channel 6, the city's public access TV channel, beginning at midnight Thursday.

The shows will be repeated several times daily, with new shows added as they are ready to air.

City Councilwoman Anja Reinke, elected in May, came up with the idea while campaigning and got the project rolling with $10,000 in city funds once she took her council seat.

"When I was campaigning, I was going door-to-door, talking to people.... They had the best and most interesting stories," she said. "I thought we should have a little TV show for people to see who their neighbors are."

The first show will be an interview with 97-year-old Otto Jensen, a retired professional photographer who has lived in Burbank since 1940 and photographed everything from celebrities and family portraits to scenery.

"He's led a very interesting life and his story should be a good one," said Michael McManus, a former KNBC (Channel 4) writer and producer who is now the city's public information officer. McManus will be doing many of the interviews.

"Next, we have a woman who lived here during World War II and worked on airplanes, a Rosie the Riveter-type of person," he said. "And then there's a man, Bob Burns, who worked in the movies and has a museum in his home of motion picture special effects and props."

Reinke is looking forward to doing some interviews, too, and has lined up a 97-year-old "who was a super athlete at USC and did training in the Navy in World War II."

"And there's a man who knew Walt Disney ... and the grandson of `Spanky' McFarland (a child actor in the `Our Gang' films of the 1920s and '30s.) And we have some Holocaust survivors, and we want to include at least one of those.

"Oh, and Mary Alice O'Connor - she's probably in her 90s; she was married to Frank O'Connor, who drew `Cinderella' for Walt Disney. She was the model for the fairy godmother."

Reinke, who works as an attorney and a real estate broker, said she's constantly running across people with tales to tell.

"I personally think anyone you talk to has an interesting story," she said with a laugh. "I'm really nosy and I'm interested in people. I'm talking to people in the grocery store line. If you talk to anybody more than a couple of minutes, people start telling you about themselves."

The oral history interviews are being recorded on videotape and, after being aired on TV, copies will be available in local libraries and at the local historical society.

It's hard to tell how many interviews this year's $10,000 budget will cover, with the cost of taping, cameras, lighting and sound, McManus said.

It'll be less costly if interviewees can come to City Hall, where the lighting and background can be controlled inexpensively.

"There's no telling how long each one will be," McManus said. "Say you've got a man who's 100 ... and he's lived a lot longer than someone who's 18 and served one term as Miss Burbank."

To nominate someone - or yourself - for the project, go to the city's Web site at, and click on We're Looking For "Burbank Voices: Then & Now."

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thanks Alan, for the Update!

Read Alan's alumni interview at the BHS Site

Hi Cathy,

The BHS Centennial Committee met last Wednesday, March 19, at 7:00 PM in the BHS Library. We met in the evening this time in hopes more committee members would be able to attend, and there were more present this time. BHS Athletic Director Fred Cook provided an assortment of cookies and bottled water for all of us. Among those attending were Linda Mustion '67, Cathy Nicholls Coyle '67, and John Coyle '65.

Different committee members gave their reports on the latest happenings in their respective areas of planning. It was reported that the BHS Varsity Football game scheduled for Saturday afternoon, September 13, will be played against the Torrance High School team. The game will be the first varsity football home game played on the BHS field since 1972, and only the second game played there since 1948! (As most all alumni remember BHS plays their home games on the Burroughs Memorial Field.)

Anson Heimlick Williams '67 will be riding in the BHS parade on Saturday morning, September 13. The parade will begin on Amherst next to McCambridge Park, proceed down to Scott Rd., up Scott Rd. to Andover. Then it will go up Andover to Glenoaks and over Glenoaks to the BHS entrance at Glenoaks and Fairmont. There will be a car show at BHS of the cars in the parade and other cars, many owned by BHS alumni. Anson is going to be the MC for the Car Show and a picnic at BHS, which will be on Sunday, September 14. Anson will also be involved speaking at the Varsity Football game after the parade. Anson has also been asked to be Grand Marshal of "Burbank On Parade" next month in April. That is the annual parade on Olive Ave. in Burbank.

The oldest alumni who is scheduled to ride in the September 13 parade is Josephine Bailey, BHS '25! Her daughter, Carolyn Bailey Grogan, BHS '63 is a current teacher at BHS. I reported that another participant in the September 13 parade has arranged herself for the car she will ride in. She is Genevieve Cowden Sultenfuss, BHS '28, and the car she will ride in is a black 1928 Ford Model A convertible!

Dave Thomson, current BHS teacher and Centennial Chairman, has been conducting several interviews every week now with BHS alumni. He recently did phone interviews with Cathy Ferguson '66, John Ferguson '68, and Patty Ferguson Barton '69. This morning he interviewed Jon Kirkwood '64, and Pam Zipfel Kirkwood '64. This afternoon Dave met me here in Santa Clarita for lunch and then came here to my home to interview me.

Plans are moving along nicely for the Centennial. It is less than six months away now! Our next committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 PM in the BHS Library. Everyone who would like to get involved in Centennial planning is invited to attend the meetings!

Alan Landros '70

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Herman the Giant German... Bunny that is!

I LOVE this photo! It's been around a while but thought I'd post it today.

This BIG ol' bunny, Herman, lives on a farm in Berlin, Germany, with his owner, Hans Wagner.

Read more about Herman here.

And Herman even has a MySpace page!

Hope you had a great day!!!

Mark 16:6
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Jackie Elrod

Another classmate has made contact! In the year book, she is Jackie Elrod but her name at graduation was Jackie Bush. I asked if I could post her email and said sure! Thanks for the update Jackie - great to hear from you and Happy Birthday on Tuesday! Jackie (Elrod) LeBaron's email is


My name is Jackie "Elrod" LeBaron. I was searching for Tom Hurd and got your information also. I don't know if you remember me or not. I dated Len Ingoldsby through Jr. and High School. I went out with Dick Spencer a couple times when Len and I would break up. Thank goodness we didn't break up but twice.

Tom and I grew up together (next door neighbors); Kent Larsen lived directly across the street from Tom. We lived on Standford St. I'm going to try to reach Tom through here but quickly glancing I did not see an E-Mail address for him.

I've missed keeping in contact with everyone. Everyone had their clicks, but that's only normal, but still with our school being basically small and stood up and took care of everyone.

I'm now living in White Oak, Texas, where I have been for many many years. I moved to Texas shortly after I lost my 1st son in May of 1969. He was born Jan, 3, 1969. His dad, Moss, was in Viet Nam and I had a very, very hard time getting him back to the states to see him as he had never seem him except in pics. When I got him home he was home for 3 days before he came to see him and then by that time he saw him for about 6-8 hrs. But that is past history in my life.

I have tried so hard to think of classmates names and some I can remember and some I can't. I can't even think of a girl named Sharon that Len and I hung with her and Glenn and cannot for the life of me think of the last name. They eventually moved to Van Nuys. My ex-husband threw all my year books away. I wanted to wring his neck so bad. He wasn't into keeping stuff like that. He was a real jerk, so obviously we didn't stay married long.

Drop me an e-mail and I'll try to get up to date with some of our classmates. We are not getting any younger. (YUK) I will be 60 on Tues. That's a big "YUK". I graduated under the name of "Bush". Didn't take that name until my Senior Year.

Jackie "Elrod" Bush LeBaron
1967 Graduate

A Blurb for the Blog from Pam

Thanks Pam! Cathy Ferguson's accomplishments are truly amazing! Plus she has a great name and spells it right - lol! (Now try to say 'blurb for the blog' FAST 3 TIMES!)

Hi Cathy,

I just heard from Dave Thomson...He interviewed Cathy Ferguson '66 for the Centennial Publication this morning. He said that she will be flying out here for the entire Centennial Celebration and will be speaking to the current female BHS athletes at a school assembly.

Can't remember whether or not you have put this link on your blog or not...

Have a Blessed Easter...


SPORTS! from Tara (BHS 2009)

Boys Tennis game

* 3/21 Burbank vs Crescenta Valley Results unknown
* 3/20 Burbank vs Burroughs JV won! Varsity Lost
* 3/19 Burbank vs Claremont Burbank lost

Friday, March 21, 2008

Alumni Drill Team Uniform

Hi All...........if you are interested in marching in the Burbank On Parade on April 26th let me know.

It would be a good time to learn the routine and to practice. Believe me when I say the routine is so simple you will find it a tad boring after a while. But we will look sharp.

Here is a photo of the skirt we have been wearing in the Burbank On Parade. It is a finger tip length circular skirt and very easy to make. This one was made out of 45" wide sailcloth or duckcloth (?) It was so long ago, I cannot remember.

We use white cellophane pompoms. I am not sure where you can get them, but I will make some inquiries. Fred Cook is selling centennial T-shirts, which we will wear with the skirt. You can call him 558-4700 ext 55901 or give me your size (sm, med, lg) and I will pick one up for you........

This is placed on the fold so there is only one seam with a zipper. The waste is a little tricky so practice on an old sheet or tissue paper. Call me if you have any questions....

Linda Durkee Johnson ('59)
818-843-8281 or

P.S. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please give them this information...thanks

Thursday, March 20, 2008

News Update from Tara

Hey Cathy!

ASB Elections are going to be on April 7th - April 11th and Voting will be held on Thursday and Friday April 10th & 11th. Sport information will be coming soon!

BHS '09

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Proud Grandma

Beautiful Brooklynn Grace was born Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Julie and my son, John!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



Here's the Scoop on the Alumni Drill Team

Former drill team members Shari Deuel, Dona Foy, Karen Lundigan, Leigh Rugee, Mary Brotsis, Patty Hardinghaus, Cathy Nicholls and Cathy Palmer at the 40th reunion

There will be a centennial meeting Wednesday, March 19th at the school library at 7:00. If you are interested in marching in the parade (Sat Sept 13th) come to the meeting to purchase a T-shirt as part of our drill team uniform.

If you are interested, then perhaps you will want to march in the Burbank On Parade (BACK TO THE 50's) scheduled for Saturday, April 26th. It will be a good practice and rehearsal for the centennial parade.

Please pass this information on to anyone else who might be interested!

Thank You,
Linda Durkee Johnson

Contact Joyce Rudolph at: or Linda Johnson at: to let them know if you are interested.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

BHS News from Tara

Tara Karamians, a junior at Burbank High, will be sending us updates on what's going on at BHS - thanks Tara!

Hi Cathy,

I gathered some terrific news: The Burbank High School Girl's Water Polo team has made it into Quarter Finals of C.I.F!

Also, on March 18, Burbank High students are going to be signing up for ASB elections. The positions are: ASB Auditor, Secretary, Vice President, President, as well as Junior, Senior, and Freshmen President and Vice President. I will inform you when it is election week, but the informational meeting is on March 18th. For Key Club, Exec Board positions have been interviewed for and the results will be coming on Monday. I will also inform you of Key Club president and exc.

Tara Karamians
BHS Class of 2009

Burbank High School celebrates 100 years of memories

Burbank High School celebrates 100 years of memories

By Tyrone Harris, Staff Writer

Pep rallies, singing in the choir, water polo matches and eating double-decker burgers - along with homework and tests - are memories that will be shared this year as alumni of Burbank High School celebrate the school's 100th anniversary.

The school, which opened its doors Sept. 14, 1908, plans a host of events - including monthly luncheons, a special June 28 alumni picnic, and publication of a centennial memory book of alums' stories - leading up to the anniversary celebration, which runs Sept. 11-14.

Pulling off a year of events and rounding up many of the thousands of students who attended the school was no small feat, said David Thompson, U.S. history teacher and committee chairman for the centennial.

"It was difficult to put this together because no one has ever written about the history of the school," he said. "We used the Internet to find the alums, to track them down, and through word of mouth.

"There's more to this than the centennial. There will be a rededication of the war memorial and the new gym on campus."

And there are all those memories to catalog:

Lisa Rubino, who graduated from Burbank High in 1986, has memories of eating at Tommie's during the mid-'80s and first driving a car. Jim Wakeman, a 1950 graduate, recalled being a member of Burbank High's choir and participating in two musicals, listening to Glenn Miller recordings and taking English classes.

Soo Ho Park, who graduated in 2006, was thrilled after Burbank's team beat rival John Burroughs High in water polo; he also recalls going to the school dances and being accepted into the U.S. Military Academy.

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks happened on the day Beverly M. Hughes was to have her school photo taken, she remembers. A better memory for the 2006 grad was the school's Spirit Week, a school tradition.

And 1971 grad Keith Myatt remembers hanging out at Bob's Big Boy after games, listening to Blood, Sweat & Tears, being a drum major - and recalling the assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and hearing the news of classmates who had been killed in Vietnam.

The four-day celebration in September includes the Class of 1948's 60th reunion at the Castaway, followed by campus tours, a golf tournament, an athletic hall of fame ceremony and a Saturday parade beginning at McCambridge Park and ending at the school.

Other events during centennial weekend include a tailgate party followed by a football game, Burbank vs. Chaminade, alumni bands, dances and recognition of distinguished alumni and teachers.

Famous alums include actresses Kim Fields, Debbie Reynolds and Blake Lively; Jaimee Foxworth from "Family Matters," Anson Williams from "Happy Days," Olympic swimmer Kathy Ferguson and film director Tim Burton.

Current Burbank school board president and 1975 grad Debbie Kukta - who played on the school's first softball team that won the CIF state championship - said former athletes will be honored to have their banners raised.

Centennial planners are still trying to reach alumni. Past or present students can sign up to attend the 100th anniversary activities by visiting the centennial Web site:


Carhops at Glendale Bob's with Arnold Peterson (L) and Bob Wian (R)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cathy Ferguson ('66)

Remember when Burbank High's Cathy Ferguson came home with TWO Olympic gold metals in 1964? And she was only 16 years old too!

Her brother John was in the '68 class and their sister, Patty, was in the '69 class. (I got things a bit mixed up and Patty straightened me out in the comment below - thanks Patty!)

This week I received a couple of emails from Tara, a current BHS student who is doing a report for school. I had her emails here, but was asked to remove them for now as her class is working on a special project for the Centennial. We will hear from Tara at a later date, so stay tuned!

BHS Drill Team Rank 5 (1965-66)

Thanks Cathy for the great photo!!

L-R: Carol Hemmerdinger ('66); Kyle McDowell ('67); Cathy Nicholls ('67); Nancy Bridgestock ('67); Jeani Crichlow ('67); Carol Nicholls ('67); Linda Duffendach ('67); Kathy Rhodes ('66) and Stephanie Scott (67')

And here is Cathy's Official Drill Team Membership Card

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Looking for Alumni Drill Team to March in Centennial

Here's our 1967 Drill Team Rank 8: Kathleen Smith ('67), Sandy Saia ('68), Gail Hanson ('68), Teri Hill ('68), Cathy Palmer ('67), Roxanne Leko ('68), Lynne Wacker ('67).


Looking for alumni drill team members to march in the Centennial celebration.

Contact Joyce Rudolph at: or Linda Johnson at: to let them know if you are interested.

Linda Johnson will be coordinating the practices. Joyce Rudolph says "This is really going to be fun!"

GOOFING OFF: Cheryl McNulty ('68) joins the fun!

Btw, I emailed asking, "What about those of us who will be in town only for the event Sept 11-14 but can not come to any practices?

Joyce wrote back, "We will make the routine very easy."

Okay... no excuses then! Or you get 2 demerits - lol!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pics from Pam

Ahhh... Memory Lane - thanks Pam!!

I am sure you guys have received these pix of "Old Burbank", but just in case...

Pam (Zipfel Kirkwood '64}

Past Ceralbus Yearbooks No Longer For Sale

Thanks for the update, Alan.

I spoke to Winona Mullin in the Registrar's Office at BHS this morning. I explained the situation of Sherry Watts Crane and Steve Gregory.

Winona said she was so sorry, but BHS no longer has ANY leftover yearbooks for ANY class. She said the only extras they have are for last year, the 2007 Ceralbus. She said they have one or two copies for each year/each class of the Ceralbus in the BHS Library for reference purposes, but nothing to sell any longer.

I'm very sorry we couldn't help Sherry, Dan, and Steve!

Alan Landros
BHS '70

Miller 6th Grade with Mrs. Beckland - May 3, 1961

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Back: John Patterson, Bobby Anderson, Richie, Greg Howland, Jerry Clark, Kenneth Pendergrass, Larry MacMonagle, Robert Moss, Dennis Stacey

Third: Greg Pierce, Mrs. Beckman, Richard De Brito, Fran Serafin, ? , Kathleen Sanucci, Connie Cirinelli, Margaret Green, Martha Burke, Carol Nicholls, Cathy Fairburn, Ricky Schofield, Billy Niekamp, Johnny De La Rosa, Kenny Moore

Second: Cathy Shalda, Jeanne Barron, Laurie Still, Charlotte Ryan, Linda Wilson, Cheryl Roberson, Kathy Spell, Beverely di Martino, Linda Suman, Janet Martin

Front: ? , Joey, ?

(Please email if you have names - thanks! And if you have other elementary photos, please scan and send to

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Wanted: BHS Driver Training Stories

Thanks Cathy. I am working on several stories at the moment, but would love to hear from you and any of your classmates and readers on how BHS changed during the time you were there.

Also I am looking for driver training stories. I have heard some great stories from the perspective of teachers who had to teach students to drive, and would love to hear stories from the student's perspective. I hope you don't mind, but I will keep
sending you more topics to post as the book takes shape.

I love the blog, thank for your hard work.


Dave Thomson
Burbank High Social Science
Key Club Faculty Advisor
BHS Centennial Chair
818-558-4700 x51162

How Old is Grandma?

1947 Woodie

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:



polio shots

frozen foods


contact lenses

Frisbees and the pill

There was no:


credit cards

laser beams nor ball-point pens

Man had not invented:


air conditioners


clothes dryers and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air!

Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together.

Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends - not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny and the President's speeches on our radios.

And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . . . but who could afford one?� Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:

"grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

"Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store and "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.. and how old do you think I am?�

Born in 1947, Grandma is 61 years old!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

History of Burbank High School

Not sure when this was written - 1996? but here's the source

History of Burbank High School

Prior to 1908, Burbank had no provisions for giving any instruction at the high school level. Students who wanted to go to high school attended the school in the Glendale Union High School District.

In 1908 Burbank withdrew from the Glendale High School System and started a high school district of its own. As a result of a bond issue in 1908 construction was started on a new high school building. It was located on San Fernando Boulevard facing the boulevard between Cypress and Grinnell Streets. This was a two-story frame structure. While the new school was being constructed, an unoccupied part of the old grammar school, three classrooms, was used for the first high school classes in Burbank, starting September 14, 1908, with Henry Kerr, principal, and Miss Jessie L. Harte, teacher. They had 42 students in this first high school class. Courses in English, Latin, Algebra, Plane Geometry, Ancient History, Physical Geography, and Chemistry were offered.

School opened in the new Union High School building at Cypress and San Fernando Boulevard in September, 1910. The first graduating class consisted of three students: Fred Schriener, Ora Schriener and Nettie Frazier, now Mrs. Thrasher. Mr. Will Hoist, a resident of Burbank at the present time, was a graduate of the class of 1911. He was the first Student Body President and originated the name "Ceralbus", which has been used for the name of the BHS annual ever since.

The Union High School building was used for the high school grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, until 1922 when all of the high students were moved to the new BHS at Third and Fairmount which had been built during the year of 1921-22. The new building was first occupied in September, 1922. The student body of the new school totaled about 300 in number, with a teaching staff of 20.

The old Union High School was then converted into an intermediate school with 7th and 8th grades and was used for instructional purposes into the year 1927, when it was torn down. In 1925, the intermediate school became a junior high school, drawing ninth grade pupils from the senior high.

--- end ---


Hi! Guys

I collect Burbank High School Yearbooks and have a large collection, but am missing 1958 to 1964. Burbank High does have extras yearbooks, but it is a hit or miss and last year when I asked about getting some yearbooks this is what I was told:

As of last year there were no yearbooks from the 60's at all. Also you have to call BHS and leave them your name and phone number, for female your maiden name in high school. The school will look and see if they have the year books you want. You can only get the three years you attended. Example if you graduated in 1967 you can only get 1965,1966 & 1967. They even check if your senior picture is in the book or your name is listed. They charge $25.00 per book and I think 1990 or later is $50.00. They call you back and let you know if they have the book you want. If they do have the yearbook you want then you have to come in person to pick it up and you must bring some kind of ID to prove you are the one listed in the yearbook. They will not send it by mail.

They got real strict about yearbooks in 2002. It seems that a student committed suicide and his school picture was put in the news and it upset the family and then another situation occurred and the same thing happened. So the school got really strict about yearbooks.

If you wanted to purchase a current yearbook you have to know a student who curently attends there and go through them to buy a current yearbook. They use to give one new yearbook every year to the Burbank Public Library but stopped it in I believe 2002. You can check out ebay as they have BHS yearbooks for sale. Sometimes they are cheaper than BHS and other times more expensive. I saw a 1967 BHS yearbook but they were asking $100.00 for it. Anyhow hope this helps!

Linda C. Mustion
BHS 1967

Have You Signed Up Yet? BHS Class Competition

Received this email IN CAPS from Linda Mustion (she's yelling at us in love I'm sure) - Hey Linda, I signed up! And just counted - at 8:30 pm March 8, 2008, our class has 26 signed up.





Class Competition: (Congratulations! We've registered over 1000 alumni/staff since February 1, 2008.)

Please help us spread the word about this website by contacting fellow alumni and encouraging them to register. The top classes are listed below by decades.

Contact fellow alumni and see if your class can take the lead! (click here to see how your class is doing).

Results as of March 7:

Pre-1950: 1948 (7)
1950s: 1959 (27)
1960s: 1965 (54) Still overall top class! 1966 (41), 1964 (36)
1970s: 1976 (39), 1970 (31)
1980s: 1980 (33)
1990s: 1999 (29)
2000s: 2004 (39), 2003 (36), 2006 (31)

Miller 3rd Grade with Mrs. Ek - March 4, 1958

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Back: Arthur Robinson, ? , Jerry Berg, ? , Donald Ray Ripley, ? , Roland Young, ? , Robert Moss, ? , ?

Middle: Dave Snyder, ?, Jay Sletten , ? , Nancy Hartley (her uncle was Jimmy Dodd, host of the Mouskateers show), ? , Ted Goldstone, Larry MacMonagle, Johnny De La Rosa

Front: Susan Heppes, ? , Bonnie, Joyce Young, Christine Davies, Connie Cirinelli, Judy Rayl, ? , ? , ?

Miller 5th Grade with Mr. Mathias - April 4, 1960

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Back: Johnny Patterson, Greg Howland , Jerry Berg, Ricky Schofield, Larry MacMonagle, Fran Serafin, David Synder, Don Ray Ripley, Robert Moss, Bobby Anderson, Timmy

Middle: Mr. Mathias, Richard De Britto, Johnny De La Rosa, Kenny Pendergrast, Martha Burke, Margaret Green, Connie Cirinelli, Nancy Hartley, Greg Pierce, Tony Briel, Ken Moore

Front: Janet Martin, Charlotte Ryan, Jeanne Barron, Cathy Shalda, Linda Wilson, Kathleen Sanucci, Cheryl Roberson, Christine Davies, Cathy Fairburn, Laurie Still, Susan Heppes

Miller Kindergarten with Mrs. Dupree - March 22, 1955

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Back: Mrs. Dupree (Kathleen's mother), ? , Bobby Anderson, Dick Newcomer, ? , ? , ? , Ricky Schofield, Leland Freeman??, ? , David Synder, ?

Middle: Janet Martin, Cathy Fairburn, ? , Carol Nicholls, Rebecca Story, ? , ? , ? , ? , ? , ? , Laurie Still, ? , ?

Front: Art Robinson, ? , Tony Briel

(REALLY need help on this one!)

Miller Kindergarten with Mrs. Anderson - March 22, 1955

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Back: Mrs. Anderson, Roland Young, Jerry Berg, ? , ? , ? , ? , Ted Goldstone, ? , Jay Sletten, ? , ?

Middle: Susan Heppes, ? , Cecilia, Penny Nichols, Judy Rayl, Joyce Young, ? , ? , Cathy Nicholls, ? , Paula Blank, ?

Front: Chuck Duffy, ?

(LOTS of ??? - Pleeeeze help me to name everyone!)

Miller 6th Grade with Mrs. Ostrowsky - May 3, 1961

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Back: Jay Sletten, Bobby Graham, Leland Freeman, Johnny, Tom Rockriver, Roger

Third: Joe Veklota, Vern Olson, Sharon Ryan, Sara Lee Marino, Mary Brotsis, Karen Tripp, Wendy Richard, Cathy Palmer, Diana Ziegler, Mary Ogle, Kathleen Dupree, Judy Rayl, Arlene Clark, Mrs. Ostrowsky

Second: Sandy Sharamitaro, Susan Johnston, Kay Fouse, Paula Blank, Cathy Nicholls, Margaret, Pam Brown, Henritta Reagan, Jeanne Sproul, Alice Payne, Vicky

Front: Steve Hansen, Dicky Newcomer, Arthur Robinson, Dean Cunningham, Alvin Lou, Don Ray Ripley, Roland Young

(Please email if you know the missing last names!)

Looking for class pics from Elementary School

If you still have yours and can, please scan it and email to me at

I'm going to try to name as many munchkins as I can, so please help me with this. Okay?


Laurie Still

Laurie and I were at Miller together and one wonderful memory I have is a slumber party at her home where she and I stayed up ALL NIGHT talking, reading Mad Magazine and laughing A LOT - LOL!! So GREAT to hear from you, Laurie!

Hi Cathy

I just received the reunion book and wanted to say hello. Unfortunately they made a mistake in my e-mail address, it is That's too bad because anyone trying to contact me with the provided address won't be able to get through.

The reunion looked like a lot of fun. I enjoyed the pix and marveled how good the women look and the guys, oh well.

It was neat to see some high school sweethearts still happily married. I married in '72 and then we moved to Alberta, Canada. My husband had completed his stint in Viet Nam and had traveled throughout Canada and loved it. We both got our citizenship and never looked back. We spent 16 years living on 40 acres out in the country and then when my son entered junior high we decided to move into a small town whose schools had an excellent reputation. So we have lived in Fort Saskatchewan since '92 and love it. Our house backs onto a trail system which in turn runs along a beautiful river. We have a jet boat and recently purchased another acreage outside of town which is partly in wheat and the rest a fantastic campsite. It too sits on the river that runs behind our house.

Our son is a 28 year old firefighter/paramedic and our 22 year old daughter is studying to become a Social Worker. I taught elementary school for 30 plus years and now occasionally "sub" at the school I retired from. My husband is an independent business man who owns several video stores.

I still keep contact with Colleen Rowland who lives near Miranda California with her husband and grandchildren. And you, you look fabulous are you sure you didn't attend BHS when you were 7, not 17? I see you live in wine country lucky you. Are you still working and who do you still have contact with?

Anyway thanks for your work with the reunion and I hope we can keep in touch via e-mail.

Laurie Still Dressler

Friday, March 7, 2008

Reunion Rock

Got the following email from Dave White, the Burroughs Class '67 web dude:

Free downloadable music for your iPod or MP3 player.

All the classic rock hits from our website and more are now available to download free of charge from our website.

There’s “Little Queenie” by the Stones for Steve Morris, “Marlena” for Lloyd Zimmer and everyone’s favorite “Like a Rolling Stone”

Never ripped a song before? Don’t know what an mp3 file is?

Don’t have an iPod or MP3 player – don’t worry it’s all really easy.

Go to

Hold your mouse over the file you want and “save target as” to your local hard drive. Add the files and or folder to your Windows Media Player Library and you’re ready to go. Create a playlist, update your iPod, you can even burn a CD to play in your car.

This is all legal music that I have bought and have legally ripped down to play on our website so have no fears, the Digital Millennium police won’t be after you.

Digital Dave aka “Mr. Peabody”


What is a DEUCE COUPE??

Update from Dave Thomson

Yesterday we were having email problems but all is well now. So here is the latest from Dave, the BHS Centennial chairman...

Hi Cathy - it works. It has been crazy around
here regarding the Centennial, but all good. The
website now has almost 1100 registered alumni and
staff, and we've worked out (hopefully) the main
issues/problems that we couldn't anticipate
before it launched. I am feverishly working on the
book which has to go to print by mid-June. I plan
to contact you soon concerning some of your
recollections. Also I now see several stories taking
shape, and will soon post needs for memories
concerning those events on the website. We just got
the estimates on the museum displays from a
graphic design company, so things are happening. Keep
those alumni coming to the website! Thank you
for all of your help and support. I hope you are
well and will talk with you soon.


Dave Thomson
Burbank High Social Science
Key Club Faculty Advisor
BHS Centennial Chair
818-558-4700 x51162

Donations for BHS Display

Hi Cathy,

Dave Thomson and Joan Taylor Cappocchi are the ones to contact about making donations for the Permanent History Display at BHS.

Dave is here now, but Joan is in Hawaii this week. Here are their addresses:

Dave Thomson, Centennial Chairman (make sure there is no "p" in Thomson in email address)
Joan Taylor Cappocchi, BHS '70

Alan Landros, BHS '70