Thursday, May 29, 2008

BHS Centennial Project Responses

Today, a few of us replied to the BHS Centennial Project email which can be seen below (I added the photos). Tomorrow, May 30th, is the deadline, so if you want to throw in your 2 cents, here are the email addresses: Gina Park: or Elvira Derhovsepian:

Hi Gina,

I graduated in 1967. It wasn't until years later that I appreciated the connections of my Burbank High experience. Six years after graduation, I was fortunate in landing a role on a popular television series. The world thought I had it made, fame, money, unlimited opportunity, etc; everything except for.... connecting. My life turned into an out of control merry-go-round on Pinochio's Island . To much sugar and not enough substance. On a particularly bad day, I veered away from the road home and took another into Burbank . It was late when I stopped in front of Burbank High, and snuck onto the football field. Connections immediately began flooding back, real moments with real friends. Some good, few bad, but all full bodied. I had a sudden epiphany and realized that Burbank High gave me something that celebrity never

Anson Williams

Dear Gena and Elvira ,

OK , OK, Anson's most wonderful response guilted me into sharing my confessions. I have written a long, rambling journal-type, personal essay that, so far, only relates to BHS when I was a nobody there. It's hidden on my website at To get to it, you must go to the bottom of the main page and click on the two military ribbons at the very bottom. That's the secret entrance into my confessions. Of course, the entire piece would be boring, but you'll find five or six or seven stories that I wrote about things that actually happened. One of the more amazing stories is about how my first story ever in print caused changes in absolutely every classroom in absolutely every public school in Burbank . The wonderful ending to the story is that I ended up becoming a journalist and went on to break one of the biggest stories in the history of journalism -- the story about the the police investigation into child molestation allegations against singer Michael Jackson. As it turns out, story about any individual in history resulted in as many words written and as many hours of television and radio coverage. So I guess you could say that I learned some stuff when I was a nobody sitting in Mr. Larry Lloyd's journalism/English class. When you read my first story ever, you'll note that my only goal in writing the story was to cover my butt because I wasn't prepared for a classroom assignment. Some of the other anecdotes relate to the same theme. I hope you enjoy my confessions. There's one more, by the way, that I'll share with you -- but only if you ask me to tell that story. I believe that the statute of limitations has passed and that Miss Wolfson would not come after me (again).


Don Ray (aka Don Ripley) '67
(818) 237-3728

Check out Don Ray's blog at

Greetings Gina, Elvia, Anson, Don and Everyone Else!

I too am prompted to respond (thanks Anson for taking the lead!) to tell a snippet of my life at Burbank High School.

Actually, I struggled with personal issues throughout my school years and didn't have much self confidence. Then suddenly in my senior year, things changed - I got on the Drill Team and was asked to join KO's, the club for popular girls! What happened? Did they make a mistake? Shocked but delighted to FINALLY feel accepted and loved, life suddenly went from hum-drum to fun and exciting - lol!

Anywaaaaaay, my most important class turned out to be Mr. Mann's drafting class which eventually led to me being a mechanical/electrical draftsperson and then a technical illustrator with Hewlett-Packard for several years.

In 1976, another major event was becoming a born-again Christian which led to me traveling to many countries and eventually becoming a missionary living in Berlin, Germany for 3 years - amazing experience, especially since I could never learn the language!

Now back in California (northern), last year was our 40th class reunion so I started a BHS class '67 blog/website which is still fun and active today ( and through it, I've re-connected with so many classmates and this has been wonderful.

So who knows what the future holds, but for sure, I'll be coming to the September 2008 Centennial. May the adventure continue!

Cathy Palmer
BHS '67
Sonoma, CA

My name is Patty Betbeze and a 1967 graduate of Burbank High School. I still maintain some dear friendships from those years and reconnected with many more. I especially am fond of the memory of Coach Lipera, he taught, if I remember correctly, Ancient History, (which I think is where I am categorized now). I was his secretary for the football team and would run the mimeograph machine for all of his plays for the week’s games. I went on to join the drill team and was later honored with the position of Captain, we won first place at the Camarillo Days Parade, Yeah! I never miss the opportunity when I am back in California to drive by the high school, what a great time and such great memories. I currently am living in Texas , near Houston , where I am a staff accountant for a youth organization. My daughter married a Texan and after traveling back and forth for 6 years, I decided to move here to be near my 3 grandchildren. They have 15 beautiful acres in the Sam Houston National Forest and besides the big bugs and hot air it is a great place to be.

Keep the emails coming, a great trip down memory lane.

Patty Betbeze

Hi all.

It’s Madelaine (Zelenay) Whiteman, class of 67 jumping in. I am at that age when memories flood in with sweet moments of people, places, and events past. I can’t recall many school memories at the moment (that I can put in print), but remember so many of my friends during those days. I am fortunate that I have a handful that I stay in contact with.

I have been living in a soft, cozy, cocoon of a place for the last 12 years, Telluride, Co. It has allowed me the opportunity to grow in so many ways. I have a picture of me and Maureen Shapiro that I look at fondly. It was taken at Santa Monica Beach in about 1965. I look at that young Madelaine and wonder where the innocence went. Part of my personal journey has been to work on incorporating her best traits back into me. So my story isn’t that much different than Anson’s, only the events have different names.

Part of my recent journey is moving back to California and getting a master’s degrees (imagine at my age). My thesis is being printed and bound as I write this. Yes!

I guess this part of the journey is reconnecting with roots which is also about reconnecting with friends. In fact I am having dinner with Dona Foy, Patty Ellis, and Marcia Johnson tonight.

I am looking forward to being around for all the Centennial Events and reconnecting with some of my BHS alumni. Perhaps even making new friends.

Life is interesting. Until then.

Hugs to all,


Gina & Elvira

You indicate that you want memories, well here is one from me, Ron Wysocky, class of '67.

"Life is too short, the pay is too low, and Lockheed is too near." I heard those words many times from Mr. William Hill from his classroom when I was a sophomore in his Geometry class and as a senior in his Physics class. My guess is that he contemplated a career change or joked about it with his special dry wit. The reference to Lockheed in his line is that they were a major employer In the area in the 1960's and probably many years prior. For all I know maybe it was the place to be employed at time. If Mr. Hill ever migrated to Lockheed it happened after the class of '67 graduated. I found my Ceralbus for 1967 and there is a picture of Mr. Hill and Mrs. Toni Cannon as they were chosen as the favorite teachers of our senior class.

Why that line stuck with me all these years is something I cannot explain. I didn't realize it when I was in that Geometry class as a sophomore, but proving the various geometric theorems, corrollaries, and assumptions was preparing me in learning how to think logically. Maybe that planted the seeds for me getting my B.S. in Business Administration with the option of Information Systems and pursuing a career in working with computers in trying to outhink a machine in getting it to do what you want when you want it. I've been in this field for over 30 years and seen it grow from being known as Data Processing to Information Systems to its current name of Information Technology. I started out keypunching my early programs on an IBM keypunch machine creating punched cards to today as I'm sitting in the comfort of my home creating this email that is about to go out to many at once.

At my recent 40th year reunion a number of classmates when learning of my occupation remarked that I don't look like a 'nerd'. My reply is that I don't have a pocket protector and have never owned a beanie cap with a propeller on it.

I make it over to Burbank about once a month as my Mom still lives in the same house as when I attended Burbank High School. My route takes me past the high school on 3rd Street and then along the north side of the campus up Delaware Road. Mr. Hill's classroom was in the Science Building on the second floor and it was located near the 3rd Street and Delaware Road intersection. There is a parking structure there now and I guess the school needed to modernize. I look forward to checking it out during the Centennial celebration in September.

Anyway thanks for inviting all of us to respond as it is great to go down memory lane.

All the best.

Ron Wysocky
Class of '67
Chino, California

Memories from the Class of '67.....where can one begin! This is Kathie Kale (Weitzman) checking in and in reading everyone's posts, it has been hard not to smile and laugh at the best times of our lives. My best Ceralbus memory comes when I went to pick up my senior picture proofs at Bishop Studios on a Saturday morning with rollers in my hair (standard uniform for date night). Mr. Bishop jumps up and down, saying "I've been waiting for someone like you for years" and takes my picture with clips on my bangs that I used to try to keep them straight (hard with curly hair) and giant rollers covering my head. That picture was blown up, along with my senior picture, and displayed in the main showcase at BHS with a sign under it which said 'DON'T FORGET YOUR SENIOR PICTURE APPOINTMENT". My mom and dad had both pictures hanging in their hallway for many years to follow, and now I have it - safely in my garage! Truly though, my years at BHS have mostly all good memories - I made lifelong friends and we still see each other regularly. We have a bond that will never be broken, and I just don't think that high school is the same way today. Unfortunately, I will be out of town during the Centennnial, although I'm trying to rearrange my schedule so I can at least attend on Sunday. Best to all.


Class of ’67 ….like the rest of you where does one begin to sort out all of the wonderful memories! This is Dona Foy responding to everyone’s great emails. Just last night I had dinner with Madelaine Whitman and Patty Ellis and we laughed about those wonderful times and friendships so dear. After reading Kathie’s email I decided I needed to share my hair roller story. One morning I was at drill team practice with the extra large rollers and scarf when someone took my picture and it ended up in the Ceralbus! Kathie is correct; it was the “standard” for girls with curly hair! However, the most important thing from my wonderful years at Burbank High is that I met Scott Bruckner (1966). As many of you know his dad was a teacher at Burbank High and very strict. I am happy to report that he has mellowed over the years and at 90 is going strong! Scott and I dated my junior and senior year and then as things happen you go your separate ways. Fast forward 35 years and we ran into each other at the all school reunion at the Police Academy . I had been living in Minneapolis for 25 years and was visiting my mom when Sheri Duell called and asked if I wanted to go the reunion. Scott and I saw each other, spent the day talking and as they say the rest is history! We were married last November and I moved back to Southern California ! I love being back home and it has been so wonderful reconnecting with so many friends from those high school years!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the celebration and at the breakfast at Joan and Freddy’s.

Kind Regards,

Dona Foy Bruckner

There is no topping the posts that have circulated from BHS alums, especially those from 67, but hearing that Mr. Les Bruckner still is going strong is like good news about a favorite uncle (Thanks Dona!). Mr. Bruckner superbly coached the fall '66 JV football team and, like Coach LiPera, definitely had his heart in it--or at least convinced us he did! And in the classroom he definitely was insistent as in my utter zero score on the California Counties map test (I could get most of them today, however). One other teacher, albeit less popular, was Mr. George Holm whose European History course pained many sophomores but he showed tremendous dedication to knowledge, to history, and to the personal discipline it takes to become genuinely educated. His socio-political progressivism differed from the Goldwater conservative/traditionalist viewpoint many of us held, but you had to come away from there knowing something about the past.

KJB '67
Kent Barcus

Centennial Meeting Last Night

Our ace investigative reporter, Cathy Nicholls Coyle, sent this great update and photos of last night's meeting - THANKS CATHY!!

Hi CP: At the Centennial Mtg. last night they were still asking for more interviews, stories, photos and adds for the Centennial Memory Book which are due by mid June. They will initially be ordering 3,000 copies of the Memory Book and are hoping that they will sell enough to order a second printing. They issued cards to us to promote the event. Please tell everyone you know about the Centennial Celebration!

Our classmate, Don Balderseroni and his wife, Sue, were there. Don and Sue are the ones responsible for the design of the Centennial pin which looks like the logo shown on the card above. The pins are selling for $5.00 a piece.

Fred Cook, the Boys' Athletic Director, told us who was chosen for the Athletic Hall of Fame. Out of the 10 chosen were: Cathy Ferguson, Class of '66 and the '67 CIF Relay Swim Team consisting of our Classmates!

Some upcoming events are:
June 2nd - "Sr. Bulldog Luncheon" at the Burbank Elks Club
June 8th - "Classic Car Show" at Johnny Carson Park
June 25th - Next Centennial Meeting at 6:30 in the BHS Library
June 28th - "8th Annual JBHS/BHS Alumni Picnic" at Johnny Carson Park.
July 4th - "4th of July" Celebration at Starlight Bowl
Aug 22nd - "Beboping in the Park" - Sponsored by the City of Burbank

The BHS Centennial is getting closer and we want to make it a huge success!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

'37 Ford

And it's for sale! Only $35K

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Burroughs Teacher Killed in Helicopter Crash on Catalina

Tania Hurd, a well loved teacher at John Burroughs High School was one of three who died in the helicopter crash on Catalina Island this past Saturday. Such a sad tragedy! Her son is in 9th grade at Burroughs and we pray for him, the family, friends and students.

KTLA Video: High School Teacher's Death Mourned After Chopper

KNBC Article/Video:
Students, Colleagues In Burbank Mourn Helicopter Crash Victim

LA Times Article:
Burbank high school mourns teacher killed in Catalina helicopter crash

Shari Rides the Breathless Agony

Wow Shari! You never cease to amaze me. Thanks for the update.

This was at the top of the Breathless Agony

Hi Cathy Just an update to the KOM series. How are you? What's happening up there? You kids?

Saturday was the last of the KOM rides. It started at Frazier Park/I-5 and went up F.P.Rd to Pine Mtn. After wandering around the top of the mtn, going up and up we went down to Hwy 166. That's the road from I-5 to 101 north of Santa Maria.

At that point I knew where I was and that was a long way from Frazier!! We made a L onto Hwy 33 that goes to Ojai. Into a headwind we pedaled and me w/ my right leg off and on. My L knee was locking up. Then we made another L somewhere around Ozena(?) and headed up to the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Just when you think you're at the top you keep pedaling and then there's 2 more summits! Into a headwind! No matter which way we went we had the wind against us. For training the wind is you friend, makes you stronger. But enough!!

Then we had this great downhill, my favorite, hit 48mph, and back down FP Road. 7 hr 42 min ride time w/ a total of 8hr. 1 min. Finished right in the middle of all age groups, men and women. I am the oldest woman to complete this this year. Not sure about previous years.

Sunday we, the club group of KOM'rs decided to celebrate by riding up to Ojai from Ventura. Then Monday we felt better and rode to Santa Barbara for brunch. Gorgeous day!! Now it's a couple of days off.

Going back to graze!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Honor and Remembrance

A short tribute for Memorial Day and for all year to remember those who have given their lives in life and death to protect our way of life.


Music "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan and Poem by William Wordsworth - 'Ode: Intimations of immortality'.

"Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action."

"In 1972 Dylan signed onto Sam Peckinpah's film 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid', providing the songs and taking a role as "Alias", a minor member of Billy's gang. ... the song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" has proven its durability, having been covered by over 150 recording artists."

"Dylan recorded the final version of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" at a session in February, this time on Warner Bros. Records' soundstage in Burbank, California. "It was very early in the morning," recalls drummer Jim Keltner. "I think the session was 10 a.m. and again it all fell into place...There weren't any overdubs on that, the singers were singing live, little pump organ, Roger McGuinn I think played [guitar]. This was for a particular scene in the movie when Slim Pickens is dying and that's the first time I ever cried while I played. It was the combination of the words, Bob's voice, the actual music itself, the changes, and seeing the screen...In those days you were on a big soundstage, and you had this massive screen that you can see on the wall, [with] the scene...running when you're playing. I cried through that whole take." -wikipedia

2 min Video Clip of San Fernando Raceway Sometime Between 1968-1970

From Pam and Jon Kirkwood's Looper email:

Julie Cheledinas Guttridge '66 sends us a great bit of nostalgia for all of you dragstrip buffs...


Dear BHS Alumni

Hey folks, here's an opportunity to help if you can:

Dear BHS alumni,

My name is Gina Park, a current junior at BHS, and my group members and I would like to ask you for some help. We are researching and collecting information for a centennial project in Mr. Thomson's history class on the subject of yearbooks, the Ceralbus, and how it has changed over the hundred years at Burbank High.

If you have any information about any of the Ceralbus editors, advisors, staff members, or stories about the yearbook, please feel free to email me back or to call me to set up an interview.

If you also have any high school memories that are unique or special to you, again, please feel free to contact any one of us. The more stories we have, the more memorable it will be for the centennial celebration!

Due to the time constraint, we would appreciate a response before May 30th, but any information is still welcome.

Thank you for your time.

Gina Park

Elvira Derhovsepian

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Friday Night at Bob's

Thanks Cathy for the great photo - would loved to have been there!

Hi CP:
We had a great time at Bob's last Friday night. It's always good to get together with old friends. We revelled in old stories from the past and discovered what a small world it really is.

Left to Right -
Cathy Nicholls Coyle '67; John Coyle '65; Donna Luce Neitman '67; Nancy Krogh Brez '67';
Pam Zipfel Kirkwood '64; Jon Kirkwood '64; and George Colvin '65

Class of '67 Alumni List

Looking at the BHS Centennial Website, I noticed only a few of our class has photos. So if you need a copy of your senior photo, I can email it to you so you can add it to the website. And if you were at the 40th reunion, I can email you your photo from that too. (Or if you see your photo on the blog, simply put your mouse over the picture, right click and "save image as" - pretty easy.)

The list below are the names of those in the class of '67 who has registered as of today and the asterisk signifies there is a photo.

Barcus, Kent *
Betbeze, Patricia
Brez, Nancy (Krogh)
Bruckner, Dona (Foy)
Chapin, Virginia (Shoemanker)
Coleman, Sherri (Giessinger) *
Coyle, Cathy (Nicholls) *
Dann, LeAnne (Benedict)
Fitzgerald, Paula (Dean)
Flavin Durrer, Mary
Gibson, Elaine (Fein)
Godwin, Jo
Golnick, Henrietta (Porter)
Grasse, Jim
Jennings, Deanna (Lloyd)
Kroener, Peggy (Flora)
Larsen, Diana (Ziegler)
Lebrecht, Carol (Nicholls)
Matson, Marcia (Johnson)
Mearns, Charlotte (Ryan)
Mustion, Linda *
Nave, Scott
Neitman, Madonna "Donna" (Luce) *
Nicholls, Shari (Deuel)
Ortega, Joan (Nobile)
Palmer, Cathy *
Peterson, Jay C. "Chris" *
Peterson, Kenneth B.
Picconi, Stephanie (Castelletti)
Ray, Don (Ripley)
Shalhoub, Judy
Slocum, Lauralee (Sengers)
Weitzman, Kathie (Kale)
Whiteman, Madelaine (Zelenay)
Williams, Anson (Heimlick)
Wysocky, Ron

Friday, May 23, 2008

Centennial Drill Team Practice June 7th

Mark your calendar.....we are planning a practice on Sat. June 7th (weather permitting) at 10:00 am.

If you have pompoms, please bring them......we will do Bob's for soon,

Linda Lee

Thursday, May 22, 2008

BHS News from Tara

Thanks for the update Tara!

Hey Cathy,

I miss you dearly and haven't talked to you in a while. I hope you are well and everything is alright. Burbank High School's last day of school will be Friday, June 6, which is the day of Graduation 2008! yayy class of 2008.

This Monday was Key Club's banquet where old officers were dis-installed and the new officers were installed into their new high ranking and amazing cabinet positions. ASB banquet was Tuesday at Castaways, It was a heartfelt night with tears, joyous moments, and I would like to point out that our 9 year dedicated ASB Adviser Mrs. Miller is leaving us and there will be a new Adviser next year who will have a big shoe to fill. The new adviser is unknown but I will update you as soon as I know. Thank you Mrs. Miller for your dedication and she will definitely be missed dearly.

I will be sending pictures of the new officers' installment this weekend :]
I'll keep you posted!
Love; Your Friend,
Tara Karamians

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

BHS Centennial Meeting & Memorial Day

Email Reminder from Dave Thomson:

Hello All,

As we approach the end of the school year, I have a couple of important reminders for you. We have a meeting next Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 pm in the BHS Library. This is an important meeting as we have several deadlines approaching, and we will have plenty of exciting updates as well. Please remember the ad sheets are due back by June 6, and many of the projects we have planned will be on hold until we can raise funding. If funds come in soon, then we can get some of the projects completed before the celebration in September. Help us out in any way you can!

Please remember the first official Centennial event will be next Monday, May 26 as we celebrate the rededication of the Burbank High School war memorial. Please join us at McCambridge Park at 11:00 for the City of Burbank ceremony, and then back at BHS for an Open House from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We need your help getting out the word and need your presence at the Open House as well. Kelsey Browne, our Publicity Chair, has been working hard and if you click on the link, you’ll see that NBC news has already given us coverage. There should be more information in the Burbank Leader this weekend as well. Thank you Kelsey!

Thank you again for all of your help and we hope to see you on Monday.

All the Best,
Dave Thomson
David Thomson
BHS Social Science
Centennial Chair
Key Club Advisor
818-558-4700 x51162

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Here is the NBC blog post linked above:

Happy Centennial, Burbank High … You don’t look a day over….”

12 May 08


Burbank High School is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year…and it will be kicking off what it calls “a century of pride” on Memorial Day.

That is when the school will unveil an updated Memorial plaque that includes letters. photos and news clippings of Burbank soldiers who have fallen in war.

The high school actually opened its doors on September 14th, 1908. Beginning this coming September, the school will have a series of events honoring its past and its celebrity alumni.

But the current students are busy working on the 136 page commemorative book of photos, records and stories compiled over the years. The book and an accompanying DVD will go on sale in the fall. This summer, three museum quality displays will be constructed on the Burbank High School campus and will feature past yearbooks and photos of distinguished alumni.

For more information about centennial plans, you can go to the Centennial website at a place which its creators hope will not only unite past and present BHS students, alumni, staff and friends, but will also serve as a resource where students can get advice on college and careers from former students who’ve pursued similar goals.

Thus far, more than 1,600 alumni have signed onto the database.

The theme of the centennial year is “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Impacting the Future.”

Sunday, May 18, 2008

'39 Ford

Remember when this was the PERFECT car for taking your surf board to the beach? Had to take photos of this today 'cause I knew you would enjoy them!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Today is Armed Forces Day

Larry Maxam (1948-1968)

Richard Crescitelli maintains memorial websites for both Burbank and Burroughs High Schools - here is the link.

At the BHS site, if you scroll down to near the end and put your mouse over the blue band that says, "Larry Leonard Maxam - Viet Nam - Medal of Honor - USMC Citation", you can hear Taps being played - very cool!

Then click on the blue band and this will take you to Wes Clark's website where you can read more about Larry Maxam, a fellow classmate who left school in '64 and enlisted in '65. (
read more here)

A week from Monday is Memorial day and for those of you who live in or near Burbank, this is from the
BHS Centennial website

BHS War Memorial Ceremony
(May 26, 2008)

On Memorial Day 2008 (May 26), Burbank High School, in conjunction with the City of Burbank, will hold a ceremony to rededicate the war memorial that was originally created following World War II. The bronze plaque displays the names of Burbank High School students who gave their lives during the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Please join us for this important event.

Memorial Day Ceremony - McCambridge Park 11:00 am

* Will feature students from Burbank High School's Vocal and Instrumental Music Associations.

War Memorial Re-dedication and Open House - Burbank High School Auditorium foyer

* Please join us between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

'55 Cadillac Convertible

As a little girl, this is the EXACT car I wanted to have when I grew up: a red Cadillac convertible. Well, I never got one but this week a co-worker brought his to work - very cool!

And here is a short video clip of the caddy along with a couple of '51 Fords!

5/16/08 UPDATE
Received this email today from Alan Landros '70 - thanks Alan!


Love the '55 Cadillac! I believe GM had started using the name "El Dorado" by 1955, or maybe earlier, for special models like this one. The rear end, tail lights, fins, etc., of the car is/are totally different than the regular '55 Cadillac models. It was the same for '56 and '57 El Dorados, same rear as this '55. This '55 El Dorado rear end, (and the '56 and '57), looks like the regular 1958 Cadillac models, like the Coupe de Ville and Sedan de Ville. I'm sure this car that you picture is quite rare.

One thing to tell your friend who owns the car. Tell him to hurry and get the whitewall tire back on the front left wheel. It spoiled "the moment" for me! I'm sure he has the "spare tire" on the front left at the moment. I noticed a whitewall in the spare carrier above the back bumper!

Thanks for the pictures and video.

(I had three Cadillacs at different times years and years ago. I had a '71 Coupe de Ville, a '73 Fleetwood sedan, and an '85 Fleetwood sedan. The '73 was the fanciest, it even had footrests on both sides in the back seat!)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Remember Harry's Roller Rink?

I had a few birthday parties at Harry's MANY birthdays ago, so I have lots of fun memories. Today it is called Moonlight Rollerway and Linda Mustion sent a link to an article from the Burbank Leader of an upcoming event there - thanks Linda!

This is for the skate girl club.
Four-wheel jive Moonlight Rollerway Jubilee celebrates roller-skating history at one of the area’s only vintage rinks.

A show celebrating roller-skating from its beginning to modern times rolls into town this weekend.

Humorist and author Charles Phoenix, who entertains audiences by creating comical slide shows of photographs he's collected, will give his take on the history of the sport Saturday and Sunday at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale.

For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:

Update from Tara

I am so sorry and feel embarrassed to ask you for a favor but it is for my project.

I have been trying to get a hold of a few fire fighters but their emails are unknown to me.

If you can put the word outhere for: Bob Boller, Kevin Parkes, Bob Lanning, Dennis Kenahan, Pat Lathem, John Hannick I would greatly appreciate it.

Also, it is AP testing and State testing has just ended. Football And Basketball are having tryouts and practices all week this week and I will scan the News paper with the group picture of Centennial Years ASB members.

Tara Karamians

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Party at Bob's!

Come one, come all! And if I were in town, I'd be there too.

Hi CP:

Donna Luce, Nancy Krogh and I were talking about meeting at Toluca Lake Bob's Big Boy on Friday, May 16th. We thought it might be nice to open the invitation up to any other classmates who might be in the area that night. We could all meet in front of the Big Boy at 6:30 pm. It would be great if you could post this email in your blog.


Cathy Nicholls Coyle

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

BHS '66 Class Reunion, Sat Sept 13

Hi Linda - sounds like your class will have a great time. See you in September!

Hi Cathy:

I can't believe your blog. It's FABULOUS! Thank you for doing it. It's wonderful reading, with millions of links. Unfortunately, I just discovered 4 additional classmates that I didn't know had passed away.

I seem to have designated myself as the "keeper of the roster" for my class of '66. We're up to 264, which includes 35 who have passed way. So we now have 42% on the list. We're adding slowly...

Since we have this big Centennial coming up, I thought it would be
FUN if others joined me when I go to check it out. Then I thought, "What a good time for a Reunion."

So the Reunion for the class of BHS 66 is Saturday, Sep. 13, during the Tailgate Party which starts at 11 am. Pam Zipfel Kirkwood suggested contacting you for it to be included on your blog.

Thank you for announcing it:

BHS 66 Reunion
Saturday, Sept 13
Starting at 11, during the Tailgate party
For more info, contact Linda (Schuster) Mazur:
626-644-1818 or


Linda (Schuster) Mazur
Pasadena, CA

From Aloha to Howdy, Ya'll

Thanks for the update, Mary Ogle - a girl on the go!
Movin' On to New Adventures
Fri, 9 May 2008

Aloha Everyone:

Just want to get y’all up-to-date with my crazy life as things are happening very quickly. I’ve sold my house and instead of moving into my brother Vern’s house here in Waikoloa he’s going to sell it to the long time tenant and I’m going to go to Texas! Vern has an empty house in Aransas Pass (near Corpus Christi) where I’ll settle first, then when it sells I’ll move in with him & his family in Richmond (near Houston) until I get my finances in better shape.

Everything has fallen into place rather quickly and I’ve realized that it’s the right time for me to leave the island; I’ll miss my wonderful house and terrific girlfriends, but I’m excited to be closer to family -- especially my grandson and granddaughter-on-the-way in Denver! Escrow should Close the Sale on June 6th, then I’ll stay with friends until my flight to Texas on June 15th. Besides moving & getting resettled, my summer plans include a family reunion in California in mid-July to celebrate my folks 60th Anniversary, and then the birth of my granddaughter who’s due on Aug. 20th (my Dad’s 90th birthday!) So there’s a lot of fun times ahead and I feel blessed.

Note that I’ll be shutting down this e-mail address in a few weeks, so please start using my new e-mail and keep in touch as you never know where I’ll turn up next!

Love, Mary J

Friday, May 9, 2008

Classmates No Longer With Us

Please send an email if you have any further information - thank you.

Hi Everyone:

"Cathy Palmer, Linda Mustion and I have been diligently working on trying to find out the status of some of our classmates who have been unresponsive to inquiries or searches done by the Reunion companies. We have come up with four classmates that are listed in the Social Security Death Index or California Death Index.

We were thinking that if Cathy Palmer would post them in her blog and Pam could put them in The Loop that maybe someone would email them and give us any information as to what might have happened to them.

Here goes:

Born Died Last known residence:
B. 14 Jan 1949 04
D. Mar 2001
Zip 91352 (Sun Valley, Los Angeles, CA)

B. 18 Aug 1949
D. 04 Apr 2000
Zip 91607 (Valley Village, Los Angeles, CA)

Mother's maiden name: BRAUN
Father: PALMER
B. 04 Apr 1949
D. May 1985
Zip 93060 (Santa Paula, Ventura, CA)

B. 09 Jan 1949
D. 06 Jul 1998
Zip 91767 (Pomona, Los Angeles, CA)

Cathy Nicholls Coyle

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sr Bulldog Luncheon

BIG THANKS Cathy and Pam for update and photos:

Hi CP:

I found out some sad news last Monday at the Sr. Bulldog luncheon. Jennifer Dale ('66) was there and was showing us a photo of her brother Chris Dale ('64); Corby Grueter ('65); Ron Lee ('64); Bob Grueter ('67) and Barry Grueter ('71). It was an old photo taken in the early 70's. While she was telling us who was in the photo she mentioned that Bob Grueter had died. Jennifer Dale's brother lives in Florida in the same complex as Corby Grueter. She said she would call him and try to find out more information about his death. I am hoping that Jennifer can scan the old photo and email it to me so that I can share it on your blog. It is quite a photo!

Also, at the luncheon, we recruited a new member to our Girls' Skate Key Club! Donna Luce Neitman was down from Spokane, Washington sporting the skate key that she had as a young girl!

It was announced that we had the biggest attendance ever at the Sr. Bulldog Luncheon. Last month there were 92 alumni in attendance and this month there were 103! As we get closer to the BHS Centennial, and word of mouth spreads, they are hoping to get an even bigger attendance.

The next Sr. Bulldog Luncheon is scheduled for Monday, June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Hope to see some of you there!

Here is a photo of some of the alumni who attended the luncheon - Classes 1963 - 1968:

Top row- Left to right:
Bill Reed '63; Rich Shaw '63; John Coyle '65; Trudie Lombard Hentze '65; Jon Kirkwood '64; George Colvin '65; Linda Mustion '67; Jennifer Dale Schatz '66; and Pam Zipfel Kirkwood '64.

Middle row-Left to right:
Tammy Stephanow '64; Santa Vessella '65; Dale Devine '65; Jodi Gable '65; Cathy Nicholls Coyle '67; Donna Luce Neitman '67; Sallie Shelton Thomas '68; Barbara Tyle Young '64.

Front row - Left to right:
Dave Starleaf '64 and Sam Licursi '64