Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Muir 9th Grade Girls' After-School Sports

Who's that girl?? I think she's Kathleen Bryan!

Donna Luce Neitman sent the following photos today - thanks Donna!!

Hey Cathy,

I want you to post this picture on the blog as Cathy and I are trying to figure out who is in this picture.

Top row: Linda Green, Carol Nichols, Donna Luce, Cathy Nichols

Bottom row: Linda Pease, Elaine Morton, Sue Adams and ????

We are guessing Kathy Bryan or Margaret Greene?

This picture was taken as a group shot for the 1964 Highlander from John Muir Jr. High.

I so enjoy reading and seeing all the great pics on your blog.

Thanks, Donna

Monday, September 28, 2009

John Muir Talent Club 1962

Back: Margie Lee,Janet Knight, Donna & Diana Hadland, Raymonde Steil,?,Georgia Stiny,?,?, Dale Loyola,?,?,?,?,?,?, Robin Lewis
Middle: Jeanne Barron, ?, Mary Brotsis, Tania Foy, Cathi Fairburn, ?, Susan Durbin, Santa Vasella,?,Virgina Ehrlich, Christie Gibbs,?
Front: Roland Young, Vern Olson, Bob & Tom Holst, ?,Jon Patterson,?, Mrs. Scarff, Steve Adler,?,?,?
Can you please help idenify folks?
(Thanks, Cathy Nicholls Coyle, for Highlander photo!)

Some of you may remember a Talent Show when we, the Class of '67, were in 7th grade at John Muir Jr High (now John Muir Middle School) in Burbank, California.

Kent Barcus remembers Don Ray walking across the stage carrying a pail while someone called out, "Where are you going with that bucket?" To which the answer is, "I'm going to watch Wyatt Earp (urp, urp, urp)!"

Don Ray (Ripley) remembers the bucket and says, "I couldn’t remember the line, but I do remember the bucket. How humiliating. I could have been a lucky 'walk on' like Roland Young was. He got to run across the stage pushing a lawn mower chasing a girl in a grass skirt. I remember that I tried out for the talent show by lip synching to the popular song “Alley Oop”. My mother had made me a cool cave man suit, but it wasn’t ready. So when I went out there in 1961-62 clothing, I didn’t impress anyone... I remember that Vern Olson sang, he wore a tuxedo and a top hat and sang a song about dressing up to go on the town. Larry Brown and Dale Loyola teamed up to do a piano and drum duet. Dale was a great drummer — Larry a fantastic piano player. Larry ended up being a successful drummer in a rock band. Strange irony. Didn’t Leland Freeman and Rick Deperna do a guitar duet also? Lee ended up on the band Strawberry Alarm Clock, but wasn’t there the day they recorded 'Incense and Pepperment'. So much talent."

Cathy Nicholls Coyle remembers that the Holst twins played their accordians during that Talent Show & Christie Gibbs & Janet Knight played their ukelelee's.

Cathy Palmer remembers nothing - zip - zero - of the event - lol!

What do you remember?

September 29, 2009 UPDATE

Email from Jeanne Barron Aikman:
"I'm an old salt," "I'm a young salt" "In the navy we've been working very hard." "I was part of that bartela with Dewy and Manila. I'm a new recruit in the Brooklyn Navy yard."

Of course I have no idea what I was singing much less why I remember the words. Had to be the effect of stage fright. At any rate, this is what I remember of that talent show. I believe Georgia Stiny and I dressed up in white sailor pants, shirts and caps and sang the whole song. I remember trying to strut and swagger across the stage. Why are you all doing this to me, I don't think I really wanted to remember! I take that back. I love it that we are all reconstructing our memories together. It's the best!

Oh, and Kent, I think you are right. I think it was Doug Boes.
G"nite all
Jeanne B

September 30, 2009 UPDATE
Carol Nicholls Lebrecht emailed today: I remember that Diana Bush was in the talent show and she sang "They call the wind Mariah": but I couldn't pick her out in the picture.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pacifica Fog Fest 2009

What a blast it was hanging with Marilyn Miller and her kids this weekend - thanks ya'll!!!



l-r: Lily & Jon, Marilyn, Stephen & Anna

Fog Fest

The beach

Pacifica from the pier

Surf's up!

Driving back to Sonoma

Severe Middle Age - Blog by Kent Barcus

Received the following email from Kent Barcus - thanks Kent!

Hi Cathy,

Hope you're doing well with the beginning of fall. I connected a blog story on Facebook earlier and thought I'd send you a link for BHS'67. Spent an interesting twelve hours at work Friday while an anonymous department or two of an unnamed public entity in the Bay Area worked out a re-closing of a prior fiscal year which meant taking its general ledger system off-line on a business day and hoping for the best. It worked in spite of us.

Got a reunion with Kennedy relatives coming up thanks to cousins in Tulsa. First time in over fifty years we've held a gathering like this.

Hope we get to see you again before long--we always enjoy time in Sonoma County.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Shuttle Photos Sept '09

Just received some great shuttle pics from Linda (Barickman) Lee and below are a few of them - thanks Linda!

To read more about Linda's amazing life, please CLICK HERE.

Birthday Greetings to Cynthia McCarthy Hirsch!

With friends like Cathy Nicholls Coyle, no one can hide their birthday - LOL!! Have fun in Paris, Cynthia.

Hi CP: Just thought you'd like to know that today is Cynthia's 60th birthday! Maybe you could post some photos on your blog.... She told me that for her 60th she was planning on spending a week in Paris, France and then on to Boston to visit with her new grandbaby!

l-r: Carol Nicholls Lebrecht, Jeanne Sproul, Cathy Nicholls Coyle, Cathy Palmer (birthday girl in this pic 19 yrs), Cynthia and Jeani Crichlow

Cynthia and Wally Hirsch with daughter, Heidi

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

US Postage Stamps: Early TV Memories

Today, my work manager showed me the above stamps he bought which commemorate 20 shows from TV’s golden age - pretty cool!

Texaco Star Theater
I Love Lucy
The Red Skelton Show
Howdy Doody
Hopalong Cassidy
You Bet Your Life
The Dinah Shore Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Kukla, Fran and Ollie
The Phil Silvers Show
The Lone Ranger
Perry Mason
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Burns and Allen
Ozzie and Harriet
The Tonight Show
The Twilight Zone
The Honeymooners

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fun with Friends

Received the following email from Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle last night. Thanks Cathy for the wonderful photos - looks like you and John had a blast with everyone!

Hi CP: Had a great time this past month visiting friends!

We started out visiting Donna (Luce) Neitman and tasting wine at a beautiful Winery in Spokane, Washington.

Here we are having fun at Dave and Carol (Brown) Baker's cabin in Pine Mountain:

L-R=John Coyle, Carol (Brown) Baker, Donna (Luce) Neitman, Scott Bruckner, Dona (Foy) Bruckner, Cathy Nicholls & Dave Baker

And then sharing a delicious meal with Freddie & Joan (Nobile) Ortega at Don Cuco's:

L-R =Freddie Ortega, Joan Nobile, Cathy Nicholls, John Coyle & Donna Luce

Here is Ron Panich & John Coyle getting ready to take us on a cruise down the Sacramento River, in Red Bluff, CA

The guys piloted the boat....

While the girls enjoyed the ride.....

Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle and Karen (Lundigan) Panich

There's nothing like sharing memories and good times with old friends!

Love Ya,
John & Cathy Coyle

Monday, September 14, 2009

BHS 101 Years Old Today

Just received the following BHS Newsletter:

Happy Birthday Burbank High!

Burbank High first opened its doors to students on September 14, 1908. Today marks the 101st anniversary for Burbank High School.

If you have not yet ordered the Centennial book which retells the history of the first one hundred years at BHS you still may purchase this beautiful, limited edition book. We have copies remaining, but only until they are sold out. You can order through the website or purchase the book at BHS. However, we will only be accepting credit card orders until December 31, 2009, as the online store processing fees are too high for us to continue. We will continue to accept checks after that date, but no more credit cards. Order now and don't miss your opportunity to own this special book, or purchase one or two now as a holiday gift. All details are available at

Please continue to make nominations for the next class of athletes to be inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame. The next ceremony will be held in the fall of 2010.

Please check the website for reunion updates, and if you have any reunion information or links, please share them with us for posting on the website.

Web site:
Phone: 818-558-4700 x57808
Fax: 818-845-6122

BHS Class '64 Lonny Scott 1946-2009

Received another sad email from Pam Kirkwood over the weekend...

Wow, I am getting names of classmates who have passed away faster than I can keep up with them...

I just got word this morning that the BHS Class of '64 lost Lonny Scott today...

Don't know any details yet, except that he had been ill and had been in a convalescent home.
Our class has lost 74, that we know of, at this point.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Underdog Railroad: New Blog by Andrea

Received the following email today from BHS '67 grad Andrea Moxness. Very wonderful, Andrea!!

Hi. I have become a volunteer dog transport driver, and have created a blog about my experiences. I hope you check it out. I will be posting new entries after each run I do, which looks like it will be about once a month, so please put it in your favorites and check back occasionally to see what the next adventure is like. I hope you enjoy it. And please, help animals any way you can.

Go to:


Friday, September 11, 2009

The Burbank Community Book (1944)

Wes Clark, BHS grad '74 and Burbank historian, just wrote this note on my wall in Facebook:
Just posted a major Burbank historical work from 1944

'The Burbank Community Book' was written by George Lynn Monroe, former reporter to the Burbank Daily Review.

Thanks Wes!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vietnam Wall Memorial

BHS '67 classmate and researcher, Linda Mustion, volunteered this past weekend at the traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall in Westlake Village.

Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall

Replica of Vietnam War Memorial visits Westlake Village

By Sophia Fischer


A three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., spent six days at Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park.

From Sept. 4 through 7, it was open to the public around the clock. Hundreds of volunteers, taking 15-minute shifts each, read aloud the more than 58,000 names on the wall, including rank and military branch.

Friends and relatives of the soldiers, nurses and others killed or missing in action shared memories and sentiments, leaving mementos, flowers, photographs, poems and American flags at the base of the 8 foot high, 240 foot long memorial.

On Monday all of the mementos were placed in a time capsule and buried at Pierce Bros.

“You realize every one of those names was a person with a family and how many people were impacted by that death,” said Janet Robertson of Oak Park, who volunteered to read names along with her husband, Scott. “It’s very emotional to see what people left below and to know somebody visited the wall or that person.”

Vietnam veteran Mike Fujinaga wanted to pay homage to his buddies killed in the war that ran throughout the ’60s and early ’70s. For the Newbury Park resident, who’s never visited the permanent memorial, the traveling version offered him an opportunity to remember one friend in particular, Larry Gene “Leo” Leopoldino. The two friends were the only Hawaiians in their Army platoon. Leopoldino was killed by a sniper in 1969, three months into his tour of duty. A water bottle filled with flowers marked the spot below the panel bearing Leopoldino’s name.

“I have a few buddies on the wall who were killed in 1969,” Fujinaga said. “They’ll always be young.”

Westlake Village resident Patty Smith stood by panel 45 holding a pencil rubbing she’d made of the name of family friend Michael E. Constantine, who was killed in action. Overwhelmed by the sight of so many names, Smith had help from volunteers in finding Constantine’s name.

“Once you see the name you’re drawn to, it pops out at you,” said Smith, whose brothera Simi Valley resident, was a Marine in Vietnam.

Each name was marked with a symbol—a star signified killed in action, body recovered; a cross meant missing in action, body not recovered.

Eight women’s names are on the wall, seven Army nurses and an Air Force nurse; 16 chaplains’ names are listed, as is that of Daniel Bullock, believed to be the youngest American casualty of the war at age 15. Bullock forged his birth certificate and entered the Marines at age 14.

Volunteers were on hand to help visitors research names of fallen soldiers through a computerized system, as well as a thick book. Linda Mustion drove from Burbank to spend the weekend volunteering at the exhibit.

A military researcher and biographer, Mustion said the Vietnam War had particular meaning for her, having lost two classmates from the Burbank High School Class of 1967.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 754 of Newbury Park helped direct visitors. The boys camped out on Friday night with plans to do morning cleanup around the memorial.

“I didn’t really know that much about the war, but today I learned that it really was an important war,” said Boy Scout Christopher Fields, 12, who held a flashlight for nighttime visitors along with fellow scout Francesco Antinoro, 12.

The memorial arrived on Wed., Sept. 2, accompanied from Bakersfield by a motorcade of veterans and others that included 315 motorcycles. The reflective faux granite panels were assembled by U.S. Navy Seabees from Port Hueneme. Several hundred plants were donated by a local nursery, said Phyllis Grabot, co-chair of the event with Bonnie Quintanilla. A Purple Heart ceremony and a concert featuring patriotic songs were among the weekend events.

Sponsored by the Dignity Memorial Network, the replica was created in 1990 to honor the men and women of the U.S. military and to allow Americans nationwide to experience the exhibit. The monument has been in 200 cities, sponsored by a local Dignity Memorial provider, with support from local veterans and civic groups and businesses.

The monument will next be on display in Phoenix.

Dan Smith III and his wife, Gail, helped coordinate the exhibit. Smith, who is from Riverside, spent 196870 as a Marine in Vietnam. He said the names of many of his friends are on the wall.

“Vietnam was controversial from the start. The men and women who fought there were looked down upon, and a lot of Vietnam veterans are still suffering. All they did is follow orders,” Smith said.

“I don’t think we can ever do enough for those 58,000 names on the wall. It’s important to remember, reflect and heal.”

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gary Arthur Lundquist 1944 - 2009

Senior photos from 1962 Ceralbus

Today received sad news that Gary Lundquist, BHS class '62, passed away last week. He was the youngest of Carl and Anne's five children.

Growing up down the street from the Lundquist home, I personally have many wonderful memories of this loving family. When Gary and Shirley started their family, I babysat Lori, Scott and Angie every now and again. Gary's brother, Carl, married my sister, Patricia.

While in the US Air Force, Gary got Systemic Lupus which went into remission but flare-ups over the years compromised his immune system that led to a lung fungus which tragically caused his death.

Please keep Shirley, also a BHS class '62 grad, and her family in your prayers during this difficult time of loss...

Email dated September 3, 2009:
This morning we lost Gary.
He will surely be missed.
He passed peacefully in his sleep, without struggle.
His family was near.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
He is now breathing easy, and is joined with so many loved ones that went before him.
He is soaring in the heavens, watching over us all.

Please see the attachment.

The Lord bless and keep us.

You are always on our minds...
Gary Arthur Lundquist
December 7, 1944 ~ September 3, 2009

Don’t grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee....
God wanted me now, He set me free.

I’ll be loving you…ALWAYS

Donald Robert Tone 1946-2009

Received this just now from Pam Kirkwood and are praying for Don's family.

Senior photo from 1964 Ceralbus

Dear Loopers,
Sorry to be writing again so soon...and with sad news this time. Our friend and classmate from 1964, Don Tone, passed away on September 1st, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

We were so happy that Don was able to make it to the BHS/JBHS Reunion Picnic last summer. He was really looking forward to and hoping he could make it to our 45th Reunion in October...we will certainly miss him.

For those of you who knew Don and would like to attend his services, here is the information:
Services are this Saturday, Sept. 12th at Praise Chapel Church, 27053 Honby St., Canyon Country, CA 91351. At 10:00 am for services and then get together there till about 2:00pm. Don's wife Judy, invites anyone to come. She had no numbers to get ahold of anyone from BHS.

If you cannot attend, but would like to send condolences to Don's Family, here is the address:
Judy Tone
28967 Flowerpark Dr.
Canyon Country, CA 91387

Don had been the owner of his own drywall business and was a Viet Nam Veteran. He will certainly be missed by many.

God Bless and...Rest In Peace, dear friend...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Visiting Sonoma

Scott and Dona (Foy) Bruckner along with Bella came to Sonoma today!

We had a wonderful lunch at my fav hangout, the Sunflower Caffe, and then walked around the Plaza, enjoying the shops and visiting with other dog owners.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

BHS Class '66 Ceralbus Senior Photos

LINK to better resolution of photos:

Adams - Bakofen

Baldino - Binder

Bishop - Bruckner

Bruse - J. Chapple

L. Chapple - Culmer

Dale - Drake

DuMey - Feinsilber

Ferguson - Gaskill

Gieger - Grumley

Gullion - Heath

Heim - Hunsaker

Huyck - Kane

Karlsten - Kuszewski

LaBreche - Lunan

Lusko - Majonier

Matalon - Moore

Morphis - Niemeier

Norwood -Pekrvl

Perry - Rhoads

Rhodes - Rownd

Rugee - Sellers

Semat - Snodgrass

Sokol - Striker

Stubbs - Thomas

Thompson - Trent

Truesdale - Weber

Wells - Wood

Wright - Zwissler

Class 66 Blog
Miller Class Photos for 66
BHS Class 67 Ceralbus Senior Photos
BHS Class 68 Ceralbus Senior Photos
Website for BHS Class 65