Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jerry and Teri (Hill) Clark 1970 Wedding Photos

Look at these beautiful photos of Jerry Clark (BHS '67) and Teri Hill (BHS '68) from August 15, 1970.

Teri posted them and more on Facebook today and said I could share them here...

BIG CONGRATS on your upcoming 40th Wedding Anniversary, Jerry & Teri!

The Happy Couple at St. Marks on Brand in Glendale, CA

Teri McComas Mrasak (BHS '68), Nancy Frisch (BHS '68), Trish Vosper, Teri and Jerry Clark, Jerry Lowe, Ward Hill (BHS '65), Mike Gould (BHS '67), Kevin Hill and Brian Hill

Love this pic - the classic 70's look!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Amerio Corradi 1922-2010

Anyone who remembers Martinos Bakery, will remember Amerio, the King of the Tea Cakes!

Amerio Corradi
November 10, 1922 - February 17, 2010
Hail to the King of Tea Cakes

Amerio Corradi, known in Burbank, for fifty years, as the King of Tea Cakes has passed away at the age of 87.

Blessed with an irrepressible lust for life he brought to generations of Angelenos the taste of pleasure and comfort which grew into the cult of the Tea Cake.

Born in 1922 to Italian immigrant parents Rudolpho and Francesca Corradi, Amerio lived and worked his entire life in Burbank. He attended Burbank High School when he met his wife Mary. In 1943 they married before he began his World War ll service in the Army Corps of Engineers. Amerio distinguished himself in service during his participation in the landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944. He subsequently, acted as an outstanding member of his company which liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Returning to Burbank in 1945 Amerio went into business with his life long, best friend and partner Victor Martino, Jr. at Martino's Bakery which would become the largest diversified commercial bakery in Southern California with fresh daily deliveries via more than sixty trucks to the greater So. Cal. and Nevada areas. Martino's Bakery became a competitive force to be reckoned using the slogan "a tasty pie, a tender crust". But the enduring legacy of Amerio Corradi and Martino's Bakery is the Tea Cake. The Tea Cake was developed by Amerio and his partner Victor at the behest of client looking for a special light and airy cake, buttery and delicious. The result has been enjoyed by legends of people for more than fifty years.

Martino's Bakery was sold to Campbell's Soup/Pepperidge Farms in 1979. Amerio stayed on with Pepperidge Farms as a consultant for ten years. At which time he kept his creative needs satisfied by financing and directing a retail bakery in Burbank called The Original Martino's Bakery where Tea Cakes continue to satisfy the public each and every day. Amerio had continued to be the driving force- working daily from early in the morning until very recently when he began to contemplate retirement.

He is survived by countless friends and family, his loving and supportive wife Mary, son Dennis, his wife Erika; son Gerald, his wife Christie and his grandchildren Jesse, Alexys and Aron.

Services will be held Saturday February 27, 2010 at noon Old North Church/ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills/ 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. LA 90068. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice in honor of Amerio Corradi.

CLICK HERE to leave your condolences or share memories.

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And Wes Clark as a fabulous page on Martinos - CLICK HERE!

Website for MARTINOS

DeForest "Dick" Young 1946-2010

Sad news from Pam Kirkwood (BHS '64)... we are praying for the family.

Here is more on the passing of De Forrest "Dick" Young BHS '63...I received this from Hugh Cannon '63...If you click on Dick's sons' blog link, there is a very nice obituary about him and some pictures...Pam

Hi Pam!
I have sad news. I don't know whether you heard that DeForrest ("Dick") Young ('63) died a few days ago of kidney failure, associated with acute diabetes. He was a dear friend to many of us. The word has gotten around to many of Dick’s Mormon friends through their network, but I'm sure there are a lot of others who remember him fondly and haven't heard. I was thinking may some of our Burbank "Loopers" would want to know.

His son posted a blog with pictures and a memorium. (

While Dick is from Burbank, he has lived in Colorado for many years, and the funeral will be there next Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Fund at,11666,6944-1-3685-1,00.html.

The online donation form has an “In memorium” feature that will let his wife, Kim, know a donation has been made in Dick’s memory (on the form, enter: Kim Young, 649 E. Kettle Avenue, Littleton, CO 80122.

The blog also has a place for us to leave comments and memories. - Hugh

Burbank Varisty Basketball Going to CIF Semifinals!


Hi Cathy,

Great story in the Leader today about the Boys Basketball victory last night. They have advanced to the CIF Semifinals for the first time since the 1967 team. Thought it might be a good post for the blog.


Dave Thomson
Burbank High Social Science
Key Club Faculty Advisor
BHS Centennial Chair
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Burbank on to semifinals

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Bulldogs come back from 14-point deficit to beat Canyon and get back to semifinal.

Burbank Leader
By Jeff Tully
Published: Last Updated Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:02 PM PST

CANYON COUNTRY — It took the Burbank High boys’ basketball team 13 years to get back to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

If the Bulldogs hoped to erase an even longer drought and somehow advance to the semifinals for the first time in more than four decades, they would have to beat a talented Canyon Country Canyon team on the road.

Burbank was able to battle back from a poor first-half Tuesday to defeat the Cowboys, 65-59, in a Division IIAA quarterfinal contest.

It is Burbank’s first trip to a CIF final four in 43 years, when it fell to Monrovia.

The Bulldogs (23-7) also tied a school-record for wins in a season.

Trailing by as many as 12 points midway through the second quarter, Burbank battled back, cut down on turnovers that plagued it early on and took control of the game.

“We have been down in a lot of games this season, and we know how to battle our way back,” said junior Adam Colman, who had 15 points. “We have a lot of seniors on this team and we didn’t want this to be their last game.”

The win puts Burbank into a semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday on the road. It will take on host Compton at a site to be determined.

The Cowboys (20-9), the third-place team from the Foothill League, jumped out to an early lead and had a 17-9 advantage after the first quarter. Canyon was able to push the advantage to 14, at 26-12, with five minutes left in the half.

However, the Bulldogs fought back, embarking on a 13-0 run to put them back into the game.

When the second quarter ended, Burbank was down by just five, 32-27.

“We had 17 turnovers in the first half,” said Burbank Coach Jose Hernandez, whose squad was the runner-up in the Pacific League. “I told the guys that if we eliminate that number, we win the game.”

The Bulldogs’ offense was sparked by senior Argin Gerigorian, who poured in 19 points.

Burbank settled down in the second half and outscored the Cowboys, 18-10, in the third quarter to take a 45-42 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs were able to convert their free throws late in the fourth quarter to avert a Canyon comeback.

“I thought once we settled down and we started playing our game, that’s when we started to dictate the tempo,” Hernandez said. “The guys never panicked and they kept fighting.”

The Cowboys were able to take the lead briefly, 52-51, with under four minutes remaining in the game. But the Bulldogs quickly took back control of the contest and played well down the stretch.

“We feel fortunate to be in the semifinals,” Hernandez said, “But we felt we had the talent to get to this point. We felt we had all the pieces in place.”

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WATCH a bit of Burbank beating Pasadena earlier this month.


Burbank High School Varsity Basketball Team vs. Pasadena High School League Game 2-05-10. Pasadena has lost twice in League in the past eight years, and both of them are to Burbank. Burbank won the game on Friday night 2/05/10 by three points.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ron Bayless 1948-2010

Sadly we report the passing of BHS '67 alumni, Ron Bayless last month. May the Lord bring comfort to Ron's family and friends.

2/4/2010 1:09:00 PM

Obituaries: Ron Freeman Bayless
Nov. 1, 1948— Jan. 28, 2010

Ron Freeman Bayless, 61, formerly of Frazier Park, Calif. died at his home in Joseph.

He was born to Bennie Freeman and Edyth Dennis Bayless in Arcadia, Calif. and grew up and lived in Burbank, attending High School there. He was scouted for pro baseball. He joined the army and served in Germany and Vietnam.

In 1982 he met Bonnie Marler at Universal Studios, where he worked at the time, and they were married August 9, 1987 in San Padro, Ca on the Buccaneer Queen at a pirate style wedding.

The couple moved to Frazier Park, Calif. where they lived until 2004. They retired to Joseph.

Mr. Bayless' work included working as a teamster for Universal Studios as a dispatcher at tours, a captain on movie productions and as a heavy equipment operator until 2002. He also worked for a refrigeration and heating company.

He was a member of a duck hunting club in Delano, Calif. known as Machinist and Farmers Duck Club.

He was baptized January 23, 2010 at St Mary's Medical Center after suffering from cancer.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Joseph; brother, Bernie and his wife Sue; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Feb. 2 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Enterprise. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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From 1967 Ceralbus

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The 2009 Ceralbus is a NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Finalist

Burbank High's 2009 yearbook (Editor in Chief: Gina Park), the Ceralbus - 100 Shades of Blue, made it to the finalist round in the National Pacemaker Award, an accomplishment that has never happened before in the history of Burbank High School. The winner will be announced in April 2010... CONGRATS BULLDOGS!

Feburary 9, 2010 PRESS RELEASE

2009 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Finalists Announced

View the finalists list

The 2009 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker yielded a total of 425 entries, which represents an increase from the 2008 contest and a record total in recent years. A team of four judges with extensive yearbook and professional journalism experience traveled to Minneapolis in late January to make the selections.

All high school entries were divided into four proportionate categories based on total page count, and junior high books were judged separately in one category. Judges completed an initial elimination round and considered a number of factors as disqualifiers. These included illegal photo usage, along with a lack of the following: index, captions, body copy, book identification, colophon or identification of school.

After the elimination round, judges spent a day and a half selecting 52 high school yearbook finalists and six junior high finalists. An additional four junior high yearbooks were selected for special recognition.

The primary factors considered by the judging team included: concept/theme, complete coverage, excellent photography (with an emphasis on student work), effective design and strong writing and editing. Judges also considered books that pushed the envelope and experimented with design or concept, for example.

The Pacemaker winners will be announced for the first time at the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Portland, April 15-18. Registration is now open online at

A video with comments from the judging team will be published soon.

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Previous Winners

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gas Prices

Growing up in Burbank, I remember my dad always hunting for the cheapest gas price. Was it 27 cents a gallon or maybe even 17 cents back in the 1950's? But I do remember being appalled when the price went over 50 cents a gallon years later - lol!

So today, one of our Burbank historians, Wes Clark (BHS 74'), sent the following email with photo - thanks Wes!

(And be sure and check out Wes and Mike's Burbankia website which has a TON of interesting Burbank memorabilia.)

We were discussing gasoline prices on Facebook…

See attached, Burbank Blvd and Victory, Sep 1954. 23.9 cents at the Mobil and 19.9 at the World across the street!


Feb 19,8:25 AM 1051 W Burbank Blvd & N Victory Pl Burbank Feb 19, 8:25 AM

Here are the closeups

Remember this back 2008? OUCH!

8/6/08 COSTCO (members only) 1051 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank CA
Note: Price was 10c higher the previous week! TODAY at the same Burbank Costco, the price is $2.75/gal... whew! It could always be worse.

March 5, 2010 UPDATE

CLICK HERE to find the cheapest gas in California!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lee Freeman 1949-2010

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With a heavy heart, we share the sad news that our classmate and friend, Lee Freeman (BHS '67), passed away, yesterday. May the Lord bring comfort and strength to the family during this painful time of loss.

Doug (BHS '66), his brother, wrote:

Hi Cathy.

Lee left us Sunday morning at 2:30 A.M. He died after a long bout with cancer. He put up a good fight for several years.

I don't know of any service that will be held as of yet. Some of his bandmates may be having a memorial soon. I'll keep you posted.

Luv ya.

Thanks for being there.


My personal memories of Lee are most vivid from elementary school. He was one of the funniest guys in our class and always great to hang out with. We would trade comic books and goof off in class which usually got us in trouble - lol! I was so proud of him when I discovered he made the big time with his band, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and would brag that he was my classmate. Lee's memory will live on and he will be missed by many.

6th grade at Joaquin Miller Elementary School, Burbank, California

1961: Wendy Rickard, Lee, Cathy Palmer

Strawberry Alarm Clock

1969: Gene Gunnels, Lee Freeman, Ed King, Paul Marshall

PREVIOUS POST on Lee Freeman

In Loving Memory of our Classmates and Friends...

Memorial: R.I.P. Lee Freeman of Strawberry Alarm Clock; February 14, 2010

And had to add this great photo from the SAC message board:

What a cutie!

Just received the following email and GREAT pics & vids from Lee's friend, Roy/Frog - Thanks Frog!

Hi Cathy Frog AKA Roy Simison here. I have been Lee's friend since 1963 so Lee's passing has had a great effect on me, he did say goodbye as he passed and told me everything was cool so I am good with that. I thought a couple more pictures to what you have already posted might be of interest.

Paul Marshall Lee Gaffney and Lee Freeman

The Vectors
Lee Freeman Steve Rabe and Cut Johnson This was his first band before Thee Sixpence.

Lee and his brother Doug

Another picture of that smiling face

Lee playing harmonica with Lynyrd Skynyrd Live from Winterland San Francisco, CA 1975



February 16, 2010 UPDATE

Received some thoughts about Lee from Phil Young, BHS '65 - thank you, Phil!

Lee Freeman
1949 – 2010

Lee, you were more than my brother-in-law in the late 60’s - you were my best friend and the father of my nephew Evan…

As I was preparing to deploy to Vietnam you were supportive, and ever positive.

Upon my return, the 1st time I saw you was at my folk’s garage ( 736 Andover Dr .). I was trying my new reel-to-reel tape recorder. As it played Chicago doing “Only the Beginning” you walked up the driveway with your broad infectious smile looking like an original “Fabulous Furry Freak Brother.” We hugged and sang “only the beginning…” It was late in the year, and I’ve been prone to melancholy that season since, but you helped me so much shake-the-blues.

You encouraged me to help with the equipment of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and I recall taping you live at a gig in Huntington Beach . It also resulted in accompanying the band to the wedding of Russ Meyer & Edy Williams from your work on the sound track for Meyer’s film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” I remember we shared a table with Hugh Hefner and his lady. There were just so many happy memories: shooting pool at Chris Burke’s, softball at the park, Yosemite trips Memorial Day & 4th of July 1970 (survivors of the Stoneman Meadow incident [riot]; ironic that I went on to a career with the National Park Service and ended up a Regional Special Agent), from a SAC concert tour down south you turned-me-onto the Allman Brothers Band before they’d been heard of nationally, being roomies together with your brother Doug on East Verdugo where we had use of the band equipment stenciled with “THE ROLLING STONES” across the back (you told me: “they obviously had 1st right-of-use when they are in L.A.”).

Of course, there was the tragic Christmas morning (’72) when your mom and sister were murdered. Many of us felt the loss for having them taken away so pre-maturely and swiftly. I know it was hard times for you, but every time I saw you thereafter you always shared a smile and kindness: of course I recall your trip to Tonto Basin when I was stationed there, going to the Upper Dwelling with Evan and Ranger Phil.

Though the years floated into decades apart, as I followed my trail, you were always in my thoughts. I still use some of the things we learned together amigo. Y

Your son (Evan) is working on his Masters in IT Management at Arizona State University- you have three grandchildren (William, Emily & Andrew). Their maternal uncle Carlos (Noriega) is with NASA, and flew a couple of shuttle missions (got to take a walk too). Meme & I are God parents to Emily. Anyway, just wanted to let you know and THANK YOU for so many great memories… We love you Lee… Phil ( Santa Fe , NM)

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Phil also sent this link:
good source of info re: SAC:

Februray 17, 2010 UPDATE
Neal Hershenson BHS '67 sent this this morning - thanks Neal!

A former coworker and now 30-year friend recalled my blabbing about my tangential connection to Strawberry Alarm Clock and my pride in knowing Lee Freeman. His memory was jogged by his current coworker, George Bennett, who was also in the group! So, late last year, my friend presented to me a recent photo of the group. Honoring my wish to relay a message, I was later told on the relay's return of Lee's serious illness. And so the Wheel of Life turns - We All are glad we met you, Lee



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February 25, 2010 UPDATE

A few days ago, an LA Times reporter contacted me via Tim Lemm (BHS '67) asking for family contact info to confirm the death of Lee, so I passed the info on to Doug and below we have a great photo with an obituary:

PASSINGS: Lee Freeman, Betty Lou Keim, Menachem Porush, Thomas Michael Eggers, Judith Paige Mitchell

Freeman, Strawberry Alarm Clock member, dies at 60; Keim, actress, dies at 71; Porush, Israeli rabbi, dies at 93; Eggers, former Dana Point councilman, dies at 61; Mitchell, writer, dies at 77

February 24, 2010

Lee Freeman was an original member of the Strawberry Alarm Clock from the days when the band was called Thee Sixpence. He played rhythm guitar, sang and wrote lyrics. (August 31, 1991)

Lee Freeman

'60s band had No. 1 hit

Lee Freeman, 60, a member of the 1960s' band Strawberry Alarm Clock, famous for its flower-power anthem that became a No. 1 hit in 1967, died of cancer Feb. 14 at his home in the Bay Area, his brother, Doug, said in an e-mail.

Freeman, who played rhythm guitar, sang and wrote lyrics, was an original member of the band, which was called Thee Sixpence when it was formed in 1966. None of the band members wanted to sing lead on "Incense and Peppermints," intended to be released on the B-side of a single, so a friend on hand for the recording session volunteered.

The group also supplied music for the film "Psych-Out" in which it also appeared.

Freeman, born Nov. 8, 1949, in Burbank, continued to play with the band during reunions.

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April 23, 2010 UPDATE
Stumbled upon this LA Times article from Feb 27, 2010:

Musing with the news obituaries staff

Lee Freeman, Strawberry Alarm Clock's gentle soul
February 27, 2010 | 11:23 am

Lee Freeman, a founding member of the 1960s group the Strawberry Alarm Clock, was "a gentle soul and free spirit," said bandmate George Bunnell. "You can hear it in his songs." Freeman died Feb. 14 of cancer. He was 60.

I asked Bunnell during an e-mail conversation for a story about Freeman that was connected to a specific song. Here is part of his reply:

"We were asked by Dick Clark to take part in his movie 'Psych-Out.' He asked us not only to appear in it as ourselves, but to provide several songs as the landscape.

"More importantly he asked us to write the theme song. He had been using Simon & Garfunkel's 'Sounds of Silence' as the temporary theme. He wanted something along those lines as the central character played by the late Susan Strasberg was deaf and blind.

"Lee immediately had an idea for the lyrics and along with our guitarist Ed King they wrote and sang one of the most gorgeous pieces of psych pop ever recorded, 'Pretty Song From Psych-Out.' Not the title they had intended the song to have ... but, oh well. It was released as a single (the B side to 'Sit With the Guru') and appears on both the 'Psych-Out' soundtrack LP (but performed by a group called the Story Book ... oddly enough?) and on the Strawberry Alarm Clock's 'Wake Up It's Tomorrow' LP."

Above you'll find a video to another song from the "Psych-Out" soundtrack, "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow." And you can find Freeman's obituary here.

-- Keith Thursby

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R.I.P. Lee Freeman of Strawberry Alarm Clock; Nov 8, 1949 - Feb 14, 2010

Photos from Lee Freeman's memorial celebration, March 20, 2010 and HERE and HERE and HERE

Another Lee Story

Lee and Jane

Note from Katy Leigh Freeman

Cards and letters for Jane Freeman can be sent to:
P.O. Box 802 in Millbrae, CA 94030
Donations in his name can be sent to the hospice that helped so much
or to your local humane society because Lee was a great lover of cats and dogs and he would like that.

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Please share your comments below - thank you.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Burbankia Update

From Wes via Facebook - thanks Wes... looking forward to more Burbank pics on BURBANKIA!

I just got *90* new old photos of Burbank to post in the coming weeks. Here's a sample, from July 28, 1954 - the construction of the NBC Studios. More coming on Burbankia!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Don M. Rugee - End of Watch

Today received word of the passing of Don Rugee, father of Leigh '67 and Dave '66... we are sorry to hear of your loss, Leigh and Dave, and are praying for your family.

Dear friends and family,
My brother and I have booked one of the banquet rooms at the Smoke House for a farewell evening in my dad's honor.

As his fellow officers would say this will be a tribute to Don M. Rugee - End of Watch.

The time and date: 6:00pm, Saturday, February 20th
There will be appetizers, iced tea and coffee.
There will also be a cash bar.

We look forward to friends coming by to raise a glass and perhaps tell a story or two.
We'll have the room all evening so stop by anytime.

Leigh and Chuck Crossen, David and Sharon Rugee

February 27, 2010 UPDATE

Don Morlock Rugee
1923 - 2010

Don Rugee was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 1, 1923. After a long and fulfilling life, Don passed away in Simi Valley on Feb. 6, 2010. He was 86 years old.

Don attended local schools and graduated from Fairfax High School. After high school Don proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1940 to 1948. He was stationed in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carriers USS Bon Homme Richard, USS Cussitrack and the USS Boxer.

Following his years in the Navy he decided to exchange one uniform for another and became a police officer with the City of Burbank, retiring in 1978 at the rank of lieutenant. In 1979 Don was hired as the chief of security at Hydroaire, a defense plant in Burbank, developing their Secret Security program, retiring permanently in 1990.

Don is survived by his beloved wife, Christine; daughter, Leigh Crossen (Chuck); son, David (Sharon); stepdaughter, Donna Slight (Daniel); stepson, Eric Rude; brother, Fred Rugee (Mary); sister-in-law, Donna Jesse; grandsons, Brian, Jeff (Melissa); three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Lukas and Lila Rugee, and the mother of his grandchildren and good friend, Nell McGuff.

Don will be remembered for his quick wit, kindness, positive outlook on life, and his sense of justice and equality. He will be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends.

A joyous celebration of Don's life will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1756 Erringer Rd., Ste. 100, Simi Valley, 93065, on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Center for Spiritual Living- Simi Valley, where he attended regularly with his wife Chris; or the Simi Valley Care Center, 5270 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063, which provided a warm and caring environment for him during his final illness; or a charity of your choice.

Denny's Free Grand Slam Today

Headsup from Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle.

Another round of free grandslam breakfast today at Denny's from 6 am to 2 pm.


Check out a few of the MANY webcams everywhere... pretty cool!


This camera refreshes every minute and this photo is from this morning.






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Monday, February 8, 2010

In Memory of Kathy Kelley 1948-1964

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One of the sweetest and most intelligent people I have ever known. She was destined for great things. Kathy would have graduated with the Burbank High class of 1966. Sadly she was struck by a drunk driver as she was crossing the street in front of BHS in 1964 and passed away a few days later. Bless her soul and family.

Kathy Kelly lived on my street in Burbank as we grew up. We kind of became boyfriend and girlfriend for a short time (you know how those things went at that age) when we were at Muir but she was a grade ahead. Probably my first awaking to girls which has been my downfall ever since – ha-ha. She was so much more wise then I, beyond her years. Smart and beautiful, and I, a young fool.

Yes (although still at Muir 9th grade) I happened to be hitch hiking to Glendale in front of BHS with Jim Burnham when the car threw all the girls into the air. I don’t know but somehow believe the Lord put me there for a reason, it baffles me to this day. The only other time that I have had that sense that the Lord was surrounding me and or the situation was when my father passed away. I ran to Kathy and cradled her head while Jim watched the drunk guy and his 55 Oldsmobile (what a tank of a car). Kathy’s mom leaped from her car a few feet away. Bruce Fossler my old friend from the same neighborhood appeared (he was in Kathy’s class) and ran to call for help. At first they told us she just had a broken leg but not long after she passed of a brain aneurism or something to that effect. There were at least two other girls, I did not know, that were struck. I recall one had landed up against the curb and her face was covered in blood. I never heard of or recall their status afterwards but I believe they both recovered.

I know I am biased, but honestly, Kathy was something special and would have made all of us proud to have been associated with her.

What a heart break for her family.

I thought that I would respond to Mark's comments on Kathy since I also knew her pretty well. First of all she lived on my street before she moved to Mark's street in around 1961. So, I lived near her for about ten years. Our families were quite close, so we kept in touch until after Kathy's death. He said that she was quite smart and I agreed with this. I remember she would ask me questions on certain boys that she liked on what I knew about them. She liked some boy named Lee around 1960 or 1961. Our TV broke one week, and my mother asked Mrs. Kelly if I could watch Ozzie & Harriet and Donna Reed at their house. She said that would be OK, since Kathy watched it also, so we watched it together one Wednesday or Thursday night. I always thought Kathy had class, and with her brains would turn into a person of importance in the future. She would have been someone like Jackie Kennedy, very beautiful and talented.

We called the Kelly family the next day after Kathy was hit by the car to find out how she was doing and was shocked to hear from her grandmother that she had passed away. We were told of the details and I have a different spin on things. She was hit walking accross the street in the cross walk to meet her mother who would always drive her home in her white 1959 Ford. Kathy was alert and seemed not that bad after the accident, and was talking to her mother. She apparently hit her head when the car threw her in the air, and suffered what the actress Natasha Richardson did in her ski accident last year. The family was quite upset that the doctors did not realize this until it was too late since the proper treatment
could have saved her. Her mother took it quite hard and refused to drive after this and the family had to move out of their Keystone Street home because it reminded them of Kathy. Kathy lived in the room addition with the bedroom on the second floor over looking the back yard. We ran into her mother at Von's in around 1966, and she seemed in good spirts. I guess she started to drive again. When we were kids, Kathy's mother would drive us to the park or where ever we wanted to go, since her family had two cars.

I did not know many people of my class knew Kathy since she was older and one grade ahead.

Kathy Kelley, (yes it is spelled with a second "e", Kelley), was the older sister of Tom Kelley, who is in my 1970 class. I remember this story. I don't think I ever knew that two other girls were also hit when Kathy was killed. She was crossing in a crosswalk at Glenoaks and Grinnell after school to go across the street to where her mother was parked and waiting for her. I remember that her mother saw the incident happen, and was never the same for the rest of her life. Later, after Tom finished at BHS in 1970 the parents moved to New Mexico in the 70's. I don't think their father ever fully recovered either after Kathy's death. I believe both of them have passed away. Tom and our friend, Dave Phinney, also BHS '70, went on an African safari together in the 70's. Also on that trip in their group was a young lady from Tasmania (Australia) that Tom and Dave met and got to know. That young lady and Tom Kelley later married. They lived here, and Tom was an Air Traffic Controller until 1981 when President Reagan "re-configured" the Air Traffic Controllers. After that they moved to Tasmania where they have now lived for over 25 years, raised their children, and where Tom has worked for the Forestry Dept./Forest Ranger for all these years. In 1990 he came to the 20 year reunion for the 1970 class, and may attend our 40 year reunion this June.

When the Kelleys moved from Keystone they moved to 848 Birmingham, where they lived while Tom went through Muir and BHS from 1964 to 1970. Tom went to Horace Mann while they lived on Keystone, and not Jefferson which Birmingham kids attended. Tom was the only other child besides Kathy. Tom was also very smart in school, and rather reserved and quiet. He is about 6'4", and played Varsity Basketball for Coach Loutensock while at BHS.

February 9, 2010 UPDATE

I last saw Kathy Kellley on the day of the accident. She was one of the neighborhood kids and for a time was Mark Littleton's girlfriend. I was there on the day of the accident. In fact, I was waiting for her to ask for a ride home. I saw Kathy, but she was with two other girls and I was too embarrassed to ask for a ride. I was standing outside the gym against the wall. They continue to walk down the street. It began to rain and I decided to catch them and ask for a ride home. I saw the girls crossing the street. Then it happened. Bodies flew everywhere. I still remember seeing Kathy's mom getting out of her car and Mark Littleton holding Kathy. He looked up at me and he said, "It's Kathy Kelley". She laid in the middle of the street. Another girl, Barbara Woods, was covered in blood. She had hit the curb. I was in shock. I still can see those girls flying through the air. It was a moment that will forever been with me.

Just a response.

Bruce Fossler
Class of 66

PS Would like to hear from my classmates. Please email me at

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February 28, 2010 UPDATE

Today was copied on an email exchange between Mark Littleton and Tom Kelley, Kathy's brother and have posted it below:

Hi Tom – This is Mark Littleton. We used to live together on Keystone St in Burbank back in the 60’s. I happened to be looking at a Burbank High School blog, particularily related to memorials of those in the class of 67 that have passed away and it brought back memories of your sister Kathy to me. I was drawn to add my own little memorial to Kathy on my site at Well Cathy Palmer picked up on it (she is the one that so diligently keeps her Burbank High blog so current) and she wrote me for more information. I am forwarding recent communications that have transpired and if you scroll down to the bottom of this email and work your way back up to this note you will see what has transpired. Anyway, Cathy was going to set up a memorial to your sister Kathy on a couple of her blogs and we were lacking the dates of Kathy’s birth and passing. Wondering if you might recall. You may want to write a bit about Kathy and your family as well so Cathy Palmer could add that to the memorial.

God Bless Tom

Praying all is well with you and yours.

Mark Littleton


Hi Mark,

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I want to thank you (and Mike) for all the nice things you said about Kathy. She was a lovely person and I often wonder what she would have done with her life, where would she be now, if the accident had not happened. I remember you of course living about half way down the block and across the street on Keystone. I also remember Mike Justl and his family from when we lived on Meyers St before moving to Keystone. In elementary school I was good friends with Mike's younger brothers, David and Dick. Your recollection of the accident seems to agree pretty well to mine, although I either forgot or never knew that you were there at the scene. There seems to be reference to three girls, but I thought there was only one other involved - her name was Mary Wood, she was Kathy's best friend and she was ok as far as I know.

Kathy was born in Glendale on July 1, 1948. Her death was on April 1, 1964.

Kind regards,


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Remember the Mousketeers?

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Those who went to Miller Elementary may remember Nancy Hartley. Her uncle was Jimmy Dodd, the host for the Mousketeer Club.


In 1955, 12-year-old Annette Funicello was discovered by Walt Disney as she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital in Burbank.

And Mousketeer Don Grady was a 1962 grad of BHS!

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February 8, 2010 UPDATE

My Three Sons

Back: Tim Considine and Meredith MacRae
Front: Barry Livingston, Fred MacMurray, William Frawley, Barry Livingston and Don Grady

2003 Stanley Livington, Barry Livingston and Don Grady

Saturday, February 6, 2010

LA Foothills: Rain and Mud

Growing up in Burbank, we know what a mudslide can do, so please keep these folks in your prayers.





Friday, February 5, 2010

Update on Pete Peterson

From today's Loop sent out by Pam and Jon Kirkwood '64, here is Linda's update on her dad:

Linda Peterson Everett '67 recently sent us an update on her Father, our beloved teacher and friend, "Mr. Pete Peterson"...

Mr. Peterson is doing quite well...although has a few memory issues (don't we all?) He loves reminiscing about his teaching days, students and coaching the sports teams at Burbank High...Linda and her hubby Bob Everett '64, visit Mr. P. several times a week at the home care facility where he resides.

If you would like to drop Mr. Peterson a note and maybe share some of your memories of him as your teacher or coach, we are sure Linda and Bob could print them out and take them to Mr. Peterson...He would probably LOVE hearing from his former students...

Send them to:

Back Row: Ray Turner (Tennis), Maurice Wiley (JV Football), Pete Peterson (B Basketball), Les Bruckner (Varsity Football), Roy Lockwood (Varsity Basketball). Front Row: Ray Trainer (Rifle Team), Bob Brewer ( B Football), Don McMurry ( Track & Cross Country), Richard "Dick" Minasian ( Baseball & Athletic Director). source

Hamburger Paradise Video: Bob's Big Boy Restaurant

Email today from John Rocke. 
Thanks John for Blast from the Past...

Just for fun! A trip down memory lane! It was just like yesterday! This was one of our High School hang outs.

Man, does this bring back memories.



And if you haven't already seen these, here is Friday night @ Bob's last June 2009!




Monday, February 1, 2010

Burbank on Parade - April 10, 2010!

Just sent out the class newsletter (email me if you want to receive it) and got this reply from Don!

Cathy thanks for the plug, I'm at the BOP meeting anyone wanting to sponsor or be in the parade let me know.
Keep up the good work
Don Baldaseroni

CLICK HERE for more info!

After Parade PARTY Details!