Saturday, October 31, 2009

Playing Games... 60's Style

I have no memory of this event - lol!! But I guess we had fun?!!

Thanks Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle!

Hey CP: Joan was over tonight and I got this photo out of her album. Here we are with you, me, Carol, George and Chuck Chandler.... Must have been game night! Joan must have caught us by surprise since we still have our glasses on!!! Looks like we are playing Scrabble and Carol is in black and I am in brown!

Friday, October 30, 2009

George Colvin's NASCAR Driving!

From the Loop (Pam & Jon Kirkwood):

George Colvin '65 (NASCAR'S NEWEST ROOKIE) wrote...

Sorry, some of you guys asked how I got to do this. I should have explained that Shirley gave me this as a Birthday gift. It was 8 laps at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. It is called the Richard Petty driving experience -
It gives you the chance to see what NACAR drivers get to do all the time. It was a great time.

I could have driven at any track in the U.S. but chose this one because it was the closest and it was also one of the longest tracks at two miles and had a higher bank track.


Check out George's NASCAR Driving!! See below or go to and click on NASCAR. His top speed was 163.40 MPH



George has the helmet on

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Trails: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

Who remembers Roy & Dale? I work with some young people who never heard of 'em - lol!

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye) (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was a singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his second wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd Dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety Gabby Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West."

Posting this because Alan Landros mentioned in a recent email that his parents knew Roy Rogers and Dale Evans! They all attended Dr. Jack MacArthur's church in Hollywood before he was born and his folks along with his uncle sang on MacArthur's radio program, "The Voice of Calvary" every week along with Dale Evans Rogers.

I asked him if he ever met Trigger as a kid and Alan replied: I never met Trigger alive, but I have seen him "stuffed" in their Apple Valley museum.

Below is a great video clip of Roy singing 'Don't Fence Me In' in the 1944 movie, 'Hollywood Canteen' (my cousin, Joan Leslie, was also in this movie) - here is the movie trailer.




Wednesday, October 28, 2009

60 Minutes with an Artist: Scott Bruckner

Sent to me today was this article on BHS class '66 alumni Scott Bruckner who is a talented sculptor.

Here is one of his latest works.

Final piece is 4 ft tall, has 63 hangers and is currently displayed at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

10/13/09 ARTICLE

The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to view the Art Challenge, the latest installment of the City’s Public Art Exhibits featured at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. The exhibit is available for viewing through January 12, 2010 and features one of a kind art pieces created by local artists using materials exclusively from stores in the Valencia Town Center mall.

The City of Santa Clarita’s Arts Advisory Committee chose six local artists to be featured in the Challenge. Each artist was assigned to a specific retailer in the mall to create a one-of-a-kind art piece using materials comprised exclusively of materials from their designated store. Local artist Erin Scott was assigned to the Sweet Factory; Nicholas Fedak II to No Fear; Diane Foderaro to Puzzle Zoo; Daryl Bibicoff to Utopia; LT Mustardseed to Just Paws; and Scott Bruckner to White House/Black Market.

“The Art Challenge at the Westfield Valencia Town Center gives local artists the chance to showcase how one-of-a-kind art pieces can be created with limited materials,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “The six exhibits also give residents the opportunity to view exceptional art in a centralized location.”

Additional City Public Art Exhibits are scheduled to take place throughout the year across Santa Clarita, including events at City Hall’s First Floor Gallery, public spaces and more.

For more information on the City’s public art program, including the current exhibit at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, please contact the City’s Arts and Events office at (661) 286-4018 or visit

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Here's how it began which in itself is a nice piece of art.
And I totally love this photo as well!


Title: "Cresent Moon"
Free standing inside piece. Honorable Mention in '08 Santa Clarita Art Classic juried show.

Title: "Birdhouse Cluster"
Designed and built for a local theme show at College of the Canyons, in Santa Clarita, California.

Title: "Blocks"
This sculpture started with a supply of wood gathered from the remnants of a hardwood floor manufacture.

Please visit his WEBSITE to see more!

Dona and Scott Bruckner with their pooch, Bella

Senior photo from the 1966 Cealbus yearbook

And found this great video from 2006 of Scott being interviewed on the local tv station when president of the Santa Clarita Artists Association!


So if in the area, be sure to check it out!

60 minutes with an artist
Santa Clarita Artists Association presents contemporary sculptor Scott Bruckner for lecture and Q & A, 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Birthday Cheers for Flora

Thanks to Facebook, we found another classmate's birthday. Flora (Angel) Ferrens joins our 60 club - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FLORA!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Alan and Blyden's Story on YouTube


Friends since childhood but separated by years and geography, Alan Landros and Blyden Loutensock found each other again in a time of need.

And when it came time for Loutensock to make a choice to help his old friend - Landros needed a life-saving transplant after polycystic kidney disease had nearly destroyed his organs - he didn't hesitate to donate one of his own kidneys.

"We get one chance to live our lives and do good things," says Loutensock. "It will literally be a chance to give Alan his life back, and that's why I'm doing it."

The two men had met in grade school in Burbank, California. They remained friends through high school but afterward went their separate ways. Loutensock was living in Utah with his wife and children when word came to him that Landros was ill. He immediately decided he would help if he could, and when testing determined he was a good match he spent two years losing 40 pounds and undergoing rigorous physical training to prepare for the surgery.

Landros was overwhelmed to learn that his old friend, whom he had not seen in many years, had come forward to help him. "It's hard to put into words someone wanting to do this much for you," he says. "Saying thank you' seems so inadequate."

Forty-six years after they first men, Landros and Loutensock were together at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where Dr. Albin Gritsch, surgical director of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program, would oversee the operation.

First, Loutensock underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove one of his kidneys. Then, Landros received the transplant. "With a living donor kidney transplant, it's particularly special," says Dr. Gritsch. "Blyden's kidney worked right away, and it started to clean Alan's blood right away. The story still moves me every time I think about it."

Polycystic kidney disease affects nearly 1-in-1,000 Americans. The disease, also known as PKD, is one of the most-common life-threatening genetic diseases in the world. Visit our health encyclopedia to learn more about polycystic kidney disease.

To learn more about UCLA's kidney transplant program, visit

40 Yrs Ago! Burbank Babes in 1969

Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle posted this on Facebook, so had to add it here too. I don't remember ever seeing this pic - lol!!

Cathy wrote:

Looking through old photos again and came across this one from my Bridal Shower in January 1969. I think we all look pretty good!!!

Back: Jeanne Sproul, Cathy Palmer, Cathy Nicholls Coyle, Jeani Crichlow
Front: Carol Nicholls Lebrecht, Cynthia McCarthy Hirsch, Nancy Krogh Brez

Rick Polikowski BHS '66

I am very sorry but Rick passed away this past June...


Received the following email today.

Thanks, Rick! Great to hear from you.


I can't believe the website you created! I am the guy in the photo of the ko's! I still have that photo, and I find it amazing that you found it. I will never forget the night that Bobbie Grumbly approached me at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca lake and told me that I was their choice to be their mascot. It probably didn't hurt that Diane Rupprecht was my girlfriend, but what the hell!

Anyway, it is so nice that there are people like you that will take the time and effort to create and save our memories.

Rick Polikowski

Found this cool 1977 pic of Rick

Rick is a Hollywood propmaker - click here to see his movies.

And click here to see the K.O.s photo!

Happy Birthday, Barbara!

Today, class of '67 Barbara (Brecher) Norton is celebrating her birthday. Hope it's good one, Barb!

Trick or Treat!

Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle sent these great photos of her 3 pups - lol!!

Our Little Trick or Treaters are ready for Halloween!

Robbie "Our Little Devil"

Shiloh "Our Little Princess"

and Stuart "Our Little Clown"

And here's my daughter's Rottie, Mason, with his pink tutu, pink pearls and pink toenails! They took him to a costume contest. He didn't win but was a favorite.

My granddaughters who live in Florida.

Anyone else have a pic to post?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy 60th Birthday, Ron!

Thanks to Facebook, I found another BHS Class '67 alumni whose birthday is today... Ron Stein!

Hope you have a great day, Ron!

Happy Birthday Leigh, Bob and Tom!

Welcome to the 60's Club Leigh (Rugee) Crossen - hope you have a great one, my friend!

Leigh enjoying her grandson.

Former Drill Team at the '67 Class 40th reunion.
L-R: Shari (Deuel) Nicholls, Dona (Foy) Bruckner, Karen (Lundigan) Panich, Leigh (Rugee) Crossen, Mary (Brotsis) Andersen (in drill team?? lol!), Patty (Hardinghaus) Klascius, Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle, Cathy Palmer

And also today the Holst twins are 61 years old! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GUYS! (I could never tell them apart in high school - lol!!)

CLICK HERE to see more of Bob & Tom!

Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle just emailed saying the Ceralbus has the wrong names for Tom and Bob - they should be reversed!!! How does she know? She dated Bob!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Soupy Sales 1926-2009

In memory of Soupy Sales who died last night, here is a clip from one of his popular tv show we used to watch growing up.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vietnam Traveling Wall

Today, received the following email from fellow '67 classmate Linda Mustion who works hard to research and support our fallen soldiers. Thanks so much, Linda, for all that you do!

Hi! Cathy......

I just wanted to let you know that while I had my display of the San Fernando Valley Soldiers killed in Vietnam at the Vietnam Traveling Wall this past weekend in Van Nuys, one of the people that stopped by was one of our classmates. His name was Steve Nelson. He did not remember me nor I him. He was friends with John Campbell who was killed in Vietnam. He sat down in the shade and read what I had on John Campbell and Bill Bric. I took a photo of him sitting and reading my notebook, but I lost my SD card as it got full and I took it out and put it in my pocket and it must of fell out somewhere in the dirt lot as when I got home I could not find it. Drove back on Monday and searched the whole dirt lot but could not find it. So no photo of Steve Nelson. We did talk and after high school he was in the service for 6 years and got out and worked at the Glendale, Van Nuys and Sunland post office before he retired. He lives in North Hollywood. He has visited your blog a few times so he knows how to get a hold of you if he wants. Just thought you would like to know. Sorry for no photo.......


Article: The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Exhibit Arrives at Van Nuys National Guard Armory

Be sure to visit Linda's blog!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bash at the Bruckners

Had a GREAT evening at Scott and Dona Bruckner's home - thanks everyone!

Girls of class of '67: Carol (Brown) Baker, Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle, Deanna (Lloyd) Jennings, Dona (Foy) Bruckner, Linda (Peterson) Everett, Cathy Palmer, Pam (Hawkins) Swan.

Back: Cathy, Linda, Cathy, Deanna, Pam, & Dona
Front: Scott Bruckner '66, Bob Everett '64 & John Coyle '65

October 19, 2009 UPDATE
Traveling home after a great weekend with great friends!

The main purpose of the visit was to video the
Santa Clarita Artists' Association 20th Annual Art Classic at Scott's request.

Mission accomplished!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meeting Up with Burbank Friends

After Dona (Foy) Bruckner picked me up at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport, we met up with Sara (Marino) Becaria at Starbucks, got caught up and then went to dinner at the Elephant Bar - a GREAT time!

Sara and I were best of friends at Miller when she lived on Cedar across the street from the school. Then her family moved to Orange Grove and there she became Dona's buddy in junior high!

Today, Sara and her husband Eddie live in Burbank and have two grown sons. We had such a fun visit!

Sara, Dona & Cathy at Starbucks in Burbank.

A couple of weeks ago, Dona met up with Sara, Shelly (Perez) Lucero and Pam (Hawkins) Swan - a blast from the past for sure! Turns out Pam lives 10 minutes from Dona and Shelly lives in Burbank where she and her husband have the Clubhouse Grill at DeBell golf course which has a wonderful menu including the delcious Smoke House garlic bread! An interesting note, each of these four moms have two sons.

Shelly, Pam, Dona and Sara at Burbank's DeBell Golf Course Club House Grill

And I met one of Scott's beautiful daughters, Aleece!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Look! There's What's His Name.

click to enlarge

Birthday Cheer for Marilyn Williams Peterson!

Another child of the sixties turns sixty!

Today Marilyn Williams Peterson (BHS class '67) joins the rest of us sixty year olds and we hope she and her sweet husband, John (BHS class '65) have a fantastic day.

I remember in both junior high and high school Marilyn playing the piano for the choirs. For our senior class, she was voted most talented female and I believe she is still making music wherever she goes.

It's been so wonderful reuniting with her over the past few years - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARILYN!!!

John and Marilyn Peterson at Bob's Touluca Lake - 2009