Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LeSueur: Back by Popular Demand!

Carol Brown Baker suggested we post another of David LeSueur's witty columns which is about our '67 class reunion... too funny!!

Last week I attended my high school reunion in Burbank, California. My kids claim that I am so old that they were still using Roman numerals when I was a kid. Of course I don’t think I am that old. I graduated in 1967 – excuse me, MCMLXVII. But 40 years – I mean XL years – is a long time to me too! Actually, we still use Roman Numerals in the United States for things like Super Bowls (the next one is Super Bowl XLII), movie sequels (like Rocky III), names (like J. Gordon Howell IV), or spacecraft (Apollo XIII). So I guess this was my High School Reunion XL.

Initially I had some reservations about going. I loved high school, but I couldn’t keep myself from worrying. What if I didn’t know anyone? What if I couldn’t recognize anyone? What if I sat down for dinner and no one sat down at my table? If I saw the cool kids laughing, would I still assume that they were laughing at me? Would the class bully pick me up and put me upside down in the trash can?

Fortunately I overcame my reluctance because it was really fun. I saw many good friends, some acquaintances I remembered and a few people I didn’t remember at all. The most famous graduate in our class is Anson Heimlich. He changed his name to Anson Williams, became an actor and played the part of Potsie in Happy Days. I hadn’t seen much of Anson since high school. By contrast, most of us had seen quite a bit of our classmate Elaine Morton. Well, we saw pretty much all of her since she was Playboy’s Miss June MCMLXX. I personally never saw the photos though I remember that issue had some really good articles. Elaine moved to Hawaii and at High School Reunion XX Elaine gave me her phone number in case we ever went to Hawaii. We did go a few years later, but I had lost her number. I normally am good with figures but I just couldn’t remember her phone number. The only numbers I could remember for Elaine were XXXV-XXIV-XXXV.

In some ways a 40th reunion is better than a 20th. It has been so long since high school that no one is offended if you don’t recognize them or remember what you did together in high school. I still remember 15 years ago (at High School Reunion XXV) that I asked a girl if we had dated in high school. We had and she was insulted that I couldn’t remember. But at our 40th reunion, we felt comfortable looking at our name tags (which also had our high school picture) and then trying to remember whether we knew each other. It was perfectly acceptable to spend five minutes filling each other in on what we had been doing the past 40 years, and then moving on. It was enough just to know that these familiar faces from the past were all grown up and had turned out all right.

Not everyone has such fond memories of high school, but most of us have other friendships that last forever. My wife is especially close to the women who had babies at the same time she did. No matter how long it has been since they saw each other, these women feel as close as they ever did. Some of us stay close to college friends, others to friends from work. My dad recently attended a reunion for the guys who served on his ship in World War II (hey – more Roman Numerals!). He had not seen any of them in almost 60 years, so no one looked familiar. They got together not to remember good times but to honor all of the men who served their country in difficult circumstances.

I have decided that I like the idea of using Roman Numerals to identify important occasions. This has been a momentous month for me. My wife and I just celebrated Wedding Anniversary XXXVI. I feted Birthday LVIII. And most importantly, this week we can watch Episode I of Season IV of Gray’s Anatomy.

David LeSueur lives with his wife in Littleton, Colorado and they have IV children and IV grandchildren.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

A BIG Wii PROBLEM by David LeSueur

Another GREAT column - lol!! And be sure to visit Dave's Blog: http://lesueur926.blogspot.com/


One of the problems sometimes caused by Multiple Sclerosis is impaired thinking, However, how do you know whether any diminished capacity is caused by MS rather than natural aging? When I was growing up, an uncle told me that when men got old, brain cells (which look like hair) start growing out of your ears. I was always skeptical, but now I think he might have been right. I figure I have trimmed over a foot of brain cells from my ears over the past decade and that would explain a lot.

At what age do we reach our mental peak? When does everything begin to head South? I can only speak for myself, but I know that at age 16 I pretty much knew everything. However, a more realistic self-assessment is that my IQ peaked around age 3 or 4.

I became worried recently because of an experience I had with our Wii. I consider myself technologically adept. I can program the DVR, play several kinds of Solitaire on my laptop, and figure out how to use our cell phones without even reading the instructions. I even sent four text messages this year. But I have had a big problem with our Wii. I wouldn't even have one except my neurologist suggested that playing bowling, tennis and baseball on a Wii would be a fun way to keep my arms strong and improve my coordination. I always follow my doctor's orders, so we ordered the Wii. I may even deduct it as a medical expense on my taxes.

We installed it using our upstairs television but soon decided that it would be better in the basement. So I unhooked it, took all the components downstairs and tried to install it just as I had upstairs. Unfortunately, after several hours of trying various fixes, I couldn't get it to work. I gave up, knowing I would have to consult an expert - my 13-year-old grandson, Matthew. The next time he was over, I asked him to look at what I had done. We went to the basement together. He walked over to the game console, reached for the cord in the back and plugged it into the outlet. Now everything worked! This was very embarrassing.
"You mean I forgot to plug it in?" I asked. Matthew nodded. I explained to him the importance of keeping this between him and me. I didn't want my reputation ruined. He explained to me the importance of a $20 bill to him and we soon reached an agreement.

Six months later, I went to the basement to use the WI and discovered the game controllers weren't working. This is the first time that had happened but I assumed they just needed charging. I looked around but I couldn't see anything that looked like a Wii charger, so I called Matthew to get some help. He wasn't home from school yet, so I asked my daughter what she knew about charging the controllers. She said "I don't know. Don't they just use batteries?"

Batteries! I hadn't even thought of that. I looked at the bottom of the controllers and sure enough, there was a compartment with two AA batteries. I replaced them and to my embarrassment, the controllers worked. I was going to explain to my daughter the importance of keeping secrets between her and me so my reputation would not be ruined, when she said "You've had a bad experience getting this Wii to work, haven't you? Matthew told me about how you forgot to plug it in earlier this year." I decided that I would have to ask Matthew for my money back.

The next time I saw my neurologist, I asked him if there was anything I could do to maintain my cognitive abilities. He gave me some exercises and suggestions but emphasized that I needed to actually do them, rather than just thinking about it. He challenged me to do something right when I got home. I accepted his challenge, and when I got home I took my first steps to maintaining my brainpower. I walked into the bathroom, opened a drawer, picked up the nose and hair clipper and threw it in the trash. You can never have too many brain cells.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The New Thanksgiving

John Whitt (BHS '67) emailed this out - lol - thanks John!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Scott Carlson (BHS '67) 1949-2009

Sad news to report, classmate and friend, Scott Carlson died last year. This has been confirmed by the following obituary obtained by Linda Mustion:

Scott Wayne Carlson
July 11, 1949 - July 18, 2009

Scott Wayne Carlson was born to William and Lorraine Carlson on July 11, 1949 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The family, including Scott's older brother, Steve, and younger brother, Brent, moved to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1953. The family owned and worked a small farm and ranch. During these early years in Colorado, Scott delighted in the outdoors and was often found hunting, fishing, or hiking.

In 1963 economic necessity required a move to Burbank, California and Scott became very involved in his church, developing a lifelong passion and commitment to serve his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. After graduating from Burbank High School, Scott joined the Marine Corps and proudly served his country. He was a three tour decorated Vietnam Veteran achieving the rank of Corporal. The Purple Heart was among the honors that Scott received.

Scott was eventually placed on full Veteran's disability due to a number of life impairing ailments that included chronic debilitating headaches and sinus issues related to Agent Orange exposure and shrapnel that remained lodged in his brain following a close proximity grenade explosion. Despite Scott's difficulties, his heart's desire was to serve the Lord and following military service he began to pursue becoming a missionary bush pilot to bring the gospel to people groups living in hard to reach areas of the earth.

He became further disabled from a second story fall when the floor gave way on a decaying church building he was helping to tear down and then rebuild with others from his missionary organization. Following hip replacement surgery, Scott's plan to become a missionary bush pilot was dashed. However, he continued with his desire to serve God and pursued nursing and Bible degrees in college. Scott also returned to live in his beloved Colorado.

Scott had many and varied interests. He also continued as an avid outdoorsman throughout his life when health permitted. Known as a man of deep and abiding faith, Scott was a regular member of Calvary Chapel Grand Junction and hosted a weekly men's Bible study in his home. He was a generous donor in the name of the Lord to missionaries in far off lands and those in need at home. Scott went to be with the Lord on July 18, 2009 at age 60.

He is survived by his brothers, Brent and Steve, who reside in California and Minnesota respectively, as well as a host of extended family members. Scott will be greatly missed by all who had the honor and privilege of knowing this quiet and gentle servant of Christ.

Published Jul 31, 2009, Colorado Home Times, Boulder, Colorado.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Roy Obison Sings Pretty Woman

Performed in 1987, Orbison tragically died of a heart attack the following year at the young age of 52. source

Looking Back!

Joan Ortega posted this wonderful photo on Facebook from Jennifer Schatz's 1970 wedding!

Jano Kray (BHS '69), Jennifer Dale Schatz (BHS '66) and Joan Nobile Ortega ('67)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Carol Jane Smallenburg 1915-2010

Email today from Pam Zipfel Kirkwood '64:

Received from Trudie Lombard Hentze '65 and Christine Collins Cross '65...

Carol Jane Smallenburg would have been 95 years old on Christmas Day. This evening (Tuesday, November 16th) she quietly passed away in her chair around 7:30 PM. We will not dwell on the loss of life, but rather upon the greatness of hers. Mrs. Smallenburg, known affectionately to many as "Mama Doc", received a doctorate in education after graduating from high school at 16 and earning her BA from Stanford University. This would be quite an achievement at any age, let alone for a woman in the 1930's. When she was born in 1915 women were not even allowed to vote yet! Mrs. Smallenburg retired in the early 1980's as a professor from Cal State Los Angeles and Head of the Social Sciences Dept.

I'll bet most people don't know that one of Mrs. Smallenburg first teaching positions was at Burbank High School in the late 1930's, which made her the oldest living BHS teacher. Mr. LiPera was one of her students! She once told me that she loved coming out of the building after school and looking out over the entire San Fernando Valley, which consisted mostly of farmland and orchards.

In addition to the thousands of students Mrs. Smallenburg inspired over the years, she was also a loving and devoted wife and mother. All four of her children (Harry - BHS 60, John - BHS 63, Carol Benson - BHS 65, and Bob - BHS 72) graduated from college and became teachers. Tonight, as we gathered at the old homestead located at the very end of Alameda in Burbank, we added up all of the people she paid for or assisted financially to complete their college degrees. In addition to her four children and four grandchildren, we counted at least four other people, for a total of no less than 12. She also created and annually funded several scholarships, including one at Burbank High, so her legacy will continue in years to come.

Arrangements are pending; however, cards for Harry, John, Carol or Bob may be sent to the family home at 840 South Sunset Canyon, Burbank, CA 91501. If you want to reach one of them personally, please email Trudie at tjhentze@aol.com and she will make sure they receive your message.

Rest in peace our darling friend. We will miss your brilliant mind and incredible sense of humor, but treasure the memories forever.

Trudie Lombard Hentze and Christine Collins Cross

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BHS '68 Alumni Laura Ziskin Awarded... Again!

Spider-Man Producer Laura Ziskin to Receive Visionary Award

by SuperHeroHype
Nov 10th, 2010
From the Producers Guild of America

Laura Ziskin, who produced the first three "Spider-Man" movies and is producing the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, will receive the 2011 Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America:

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Laura Ziskin will receive the Producers Guild’s 2011 Visionary Award. The award will be presented to Ziskin at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new media producers for their productions’ uniquely positive or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance. Previous honorees include producers Simon Fuller for "American Idol” and "Idol Gives Back”; Jeff Skoll for his work with Participant Media; Joel Gallen, who produced the landmark post-9/11 telethon "America:A Tribute to Heroes”; and Mike Nichols and Cary Brokaw, producers of HBO’s "Angelsin America.” Ziskin is being recognized dually for her passionate commitment to storytelling as well as her remarkable efforts in organizing the recent Stand Up to Cancer campaign and its multi-platform programming. Ziskin also received the Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in 2005, and is the first recipient of the Selznick Award to be so honored as a PGA visionary.

"Laura Ziskin is not only an exceptionally talented producer but also an avid humanitarian with an inspirational drive to make a difference in the fight against cancer,” said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards. "Through the Stand Up to Cancer initiative, Laura has played a pivotal role in raising funds, awareness and support for continued research to find a cure. We are proud to recognize her for her many strides and exceptional success to encourage hope and change.”

"I am thrilled to be recognized with this Visionary Award that I share with my colleagues and my co-founders at Stand Up to Cancer,” said Ziskin. "We realized that we had the potential to make cancer the first tier issue it needs to be and to impact how cancer is treated by using our skills as producers and quite literally ‘putting on a show.’ Stand Up to Cancer is my most important production and I am so touched and proud that the PGA is honoring us for it.”

As a film and television producer, Ziskin has been involved in some of the most successful productions including the immensely popular SPIDER-MAN franchise, PRETTY WOMAN, and AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Additional producing credits include NO WAY OUT, WHAT ABOUT BOB?, from a story by Ziskin and Alvin Sargent, the critically acclaimed THE DOCTOR, HERO, TO DIE FOR, the live television movie "Fail Safe” and the HBO Film DINNER WITH FRIENDS.

In 1994, Ziskin was named President of Fox 2000 Pictures and under her stewardship the division released such films as COURAGE UNDER FIRE, ONE FINE DAY, INVENTING THE ABBOTTS, VOLCANO, SOUL FOOD, NEVER BEEN KISSED, FIGHT CLUB, ANYWHERE BUT HERE, ANNA AND THE KING and THE THIN RED LINE, which garnered seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture. In 2002, Ziskin produced the 74th Annual Academy Awards® as the first woman to produce the awards solo, and again for a second time in 2007 where she instituted the first ever "Green” Oscar ceremony. Her work on both ceremonies earned a total of 17 Emmy Award nominations.

Sharing a desire to make an impact in the fight against cancer, Ziskin and a group of women—including Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Ellen Ziffren, Noreen Fraser, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Lisa Paulsen and Kathleen Lobb—founded Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) in 2008. Ziskin went on to executive produce the historic SU2C televised event on September 5, 2008 to raise awareness and funds to support groundbreaking cancer research. The one-hour special, which combined entertainment, education and musical performances, was the first-ever televised "roadblock” event raising money to proactively combat a major public health threat. Over 100 celebrities donated their time to appear in the show and in public service announcements promoting it. Just one year after Stand Up To Cancer’s launch, the first installments of over $70 million worth of three-year grants were awarded to a number of interdisciplinary, multi-institutional "Dream Teams” of researchers. On September 10, 2010, the second "Stand Up to Cancer” event aired on all four major networks and over a dozen cable outlets, including HBO, Showtime and Discovery Health. Over 100 celebrities and musicians donated their time once again to promote the initiative. Ziskin is not only a founder of SU2C but also a member of its Executive Leadership Council.

Ziskin has served on the board of Americans for a Safe Future, the National Council of Jewish Women and Education First. Due to her philanthropic and producing work, she has been honored with many awards including Premiere Magazine’s "Women in Hollywood” award, the Big Sisters of Los Angeles Sterling Award, Women’s Image Network Award, Women in Film’s Crystal Award, the Israel Film Festival’s Visionary Award, The Wellness Community’s Human Spirit Award and The Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Award. She was also honored by Senator Barbara Boxer as a "Woman Making History” and by the City of Hope as "Woman of the Year.”

source: http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/110313-spider-man-producer-laura-ziskin-to-receive-visionary-award-

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Laura's senior pic from the 1968 Ceralbus

And when Laura was a junior and I a senior, she signed my Ceralbus...

- Palm -
Wow! So you think you're really somethin' 'cause you finally made it through Hi School - well Congrats!! Live it up this summer as I know you will. Let's keep in touch so we can become millionaires together. (Keep thinking of ways to improve our business.)
Really glad to know you!

So Laura honey, I lost your phone number! When you read this, give me a call... got an idea I want to hash over with you...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Update on Bob Holst

Linda Green Nicholson posted on Facebook:
Cathy, I called Tom Friday night and had a very good conversation with him..he says he is trying to get the hospice care for Bob..that as of now Bob's both kidneys, liver, pancreas, and lower bowels are shutting down..I asked how he was and he said tired but hanging in there, he was pleased that I asked about him also, I guess alot of people just ask about Bob..He said that the calls really help him and keeps him going..could you please post this for me I'm not sure how so it will get to everyone..Thank you Linda

Also Guy Gingell posted these updates

UPDATE: Bob Holst -- I talked with Tom this morning. Bob is still in ICU. His condition is getting worse. In my opinion, Tom is the one that needs our support at this time. Tom is going to contact Hospice to see if they can help as Bob "wants to be at home and left alone to die" . Tom's Cell: 724 413 1426.

Bob Holst is in MONTEFIORE Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would like to have friends donate to the Burbank High School Angel Fund. Contact: Guy Gingell at bohica1966@live.com for information on donations. Thanks.

And then an hour later, he wrote:
Good News -- I just got a call from Bob Holst's caregiver. Bob's white cell count has improved and his kidneys are starting to work properly. He is out of ICU.

MONTEFIORE Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA.
Nurses Station at the Hospital 415 647-2345
Floor 12 South, Room #43
Questions: Guy Gingell 206 459-8864

Ortega Family's Honors and Awards!

Thanks so much Cathy and Congratulations to Freddie, Joan, Griffin and all the rest!!!

Hi CP: We have been so busy the past few days that I haven't been able to send you some great photos for your blog.

The first one is of Fred and Joan Nobile Ortega's Family, whose grandson, Griffin, was honored at the Veteran's Day Memorial Ceremony at McCambridge.

The second photo is of Griffin receiving his plaque and street banner from Ana Reinke, Mayor of Burbank.

Here is the info Joan gave me:

Griffin Michael Turner is Mike and Nikki's son. He is 22, will be 23 in January. He joined the USMC upon graduation from Pacifica High School in 2006. He did two tours of Iraq during his service and was honorably discharged this past June. The flag which he was awarded today flew along Third Street during his service years as part of Burbank's service recognition program.

Here is the link to the Burbank Leader:
Veterans Day ceremony held in Burbank - Burbank Leader


Also, I am attaching photos I took of the 2nd BHS Athletic Hall of Fame recipents: Including our 1964 Cross Country CIF Champs: Jim Peabody, Freddie Ortega and Joe Santa Cruz, who were there to accept their awards.

Dave Kemp, Freddie Ortega & Frank Kallem. Coaches Kemp and Kallem were honored as outstanding Coaches and Teachers.

Program: Agenda & Narrations on all the awardees.

Trophy and photo in glass case outside gymnasium.

Jim Peabody, Joe Santa Cruz & Freddie making their speeches with Cathy Ferguson looking on.

Joan & Freddie Ortega with BHS Athletic Hall of Fame plaque.

Friday, November 12, 2010

38-35 Burroughs Wins over Burbank at Last Night's Homecoming Game

When I went to bed, BHS was ahead 28 to 0 in the first quarter. It looked so hopeful!

Then this morning read on my Facebook wall from John Whitt (BSH '67) who went to the game:

Say it Ain't So .... "Burroughs wins thriller with late field goal. The  Indians battle back to beat Burbank, 38-35, and claim a share of the Pacific League title." I should have stayed for the whole game. :-(
Photos of the first half - the best half, obviously - to come later this morning. Gads!!


Bulldog Spirit


BHS vs Burroughs

Nice Makeup!

Another TD

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Thursday, November 11, 2010


Look at our B on the hill!! Tonight's the Burbank vs Burroughs football game... GO BULLDOGS!!!

A view of the vandalized 'B' above Burbank on Thursday, Nov. 11. (Raul Roa/Staff photographer)

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

News 'B' above Burbank painted red ahead of rival football game
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com
1:18 p.m.

Pranks and head games when it comes to high school rivalries appeared to live and well today when Burbank residents awoke to red in the hills.

The white 'B' above the hills of Burbank has been painted red ahead of the rival football game between John Burroughs and Burbank high schools tonight.

Red is the school color for John Burroughs High, the visiting team at tonight's homecoming football game.

source: http://www.burbankleader.com/news/tn-blr-b-above-burbank-painted-red-ah-111110,0,7897754.story

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Big Game preview
November 09, 2010

WHAT: Burroughs vs. Burbank.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday November 11, 2010.

WHERE: Memorial Field.

RECORDS: The Indians are 5-4, 5-1 in league; the Bulldogs are 7-2, 5-1.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs lost to Muir, 28-21; Burbank defeated Crescenta Valley, 39-26.

OUTLOOK: The scenario for the annual cross-town rivalry is simple: the winner gets at least a share of the Pacific League championship. The loser could fall as far as fourth place. Coming into the game, Burbank, Burroughs and Arcadia all have one league loss. The Apaches play against Crescenta Valley on Friday, and Arcadia should prevail, which would give it share of the title. That means the winner between the Bulldogs and Indians would get a piece of the title for the second straight season. The game is also touted as the last at Memorial Field, as it is scheduled to be torn down and renovated after the season.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: There has never been a tie in the 62-year history of the Big Game.

Jeff Tully

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Veteran's Day in Burbank


Thursday, November 11, 2010
11:00 AM
McCambridge Park
1515 North Glenoaks Blvd
Burbank, CA 91504

Join them as they pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in the military. The event will feature guest speakers, music by the Burbank Community Band and much more.

If you go, send pics and I will post them.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Angel Fund Update

Scroll down to see added volunteer names

BHS Angel Fund

Greetings All!

This past week, Guy asked Carol Brown Baker (BHS '67) to take over as President of the still evolving BHS Angel Fund which she graciously accepted.

Thus far the following folks have volunteered to help:

Carol Brown Baker ('67)
Christine Cullen Bartlett ('68)
Cathy Nicholls Coyle ('67)
John Coyle ('65)
Peggy Melton Cyphers ('66)
Shari Goodstein Epstein ('67)
Guy Gingell ('66)
Trudie Lombard Hentze ('65)
Johnny Holst
Eric Holst
Dayle Devine Jamieson ('65)
Pam Zipfel Kirkwood ('64)
Jon Kirkwood ('64)
Carol Nicholls Lebrecht ('67)
Patty Ellis MacDonald ('67)
Linda Green Nicholson ('67)
Cathy Palmer ('67)
Ron Panich ('67)
Karen Lundigan Panich ('67)
Marilyn Williams Peterson ('67)
Adam Rocke ('65)
Pamela Roberts Spang ('67)
Sallie Shelton Thomas ('68)
Betty Wareham Worland ('67)

And here's a message from Carol:

The dream of creating a foundation was born from a desire to help Bob Holst (‘67) whose last wish was to see his two sons one more time. Bob is living in Pennsylvania and is gravely ill; his sons are in Arizona. Guy Gingell worked with Cathy Palmer to contact Bob’s classmates and friends and was successful in collecting enough money to pay all trip expenses for his sons. Cathy Nicholls Coyle and Carol Nicholls Lebrecht were also very helpful in contacting classmates. In addition, by using email and Facebook, Bob received many Birthday cards and calls from his friends. According to his twin brother Tom, Bob told him that this was his,” Best Birthday ever”.

Contributions continued to come in and Guy looked at how he could return the excess funds to those that contributed. He then came up with the idea to start a foundation; in order have funds available in the future for similar critical needs.

The foundation is in the process of finalizing the Officers and Board of Directors and will soon be filing as an independent non-profit (c), (3), We are hopeful that we solicit the assistance of our classmates in this endeavor. If we have any alumni who have the legal expertise for this please let us know.

If you would like to volunteer to join a committee to assist in getting this up and running we would appreciate your help.

Carol Brown Baker

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Deck of Cards

Remember Wink Martindale, one of the announcers on KFWB when we were teens? Jim Stonehouse send this video of Wink doing 'A Deck of Cards' today - thanks Jim!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2nd BHS Hall of Fame Nov 12, 2010

Thanks Pam Zipfel and Jon Kirkwood (BHS '64) for the notice!

Friday, November 12, 2010, will be the Second Burbank High School Hall of Fame Program.

This year, our own Cathy Ferguson '65 (Olympic Gold Medalist) is flying down from Northern California to speak.

The BHS Athletic Coordinator, Fred Cook, will try to coax Freddy Sanchez (recent San Francisco Giants World Series Winning-second baseman and '96 BHS Alum) to attend the ceremonies.

Every other year, BHS Alums who distinguished themselves during their high school athletic careers, are nominated and a certain number are inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year's program promises to be very exciting.

Among those being inducted are John Lockwood, The BHS 1965 CIF Cross Country Champion Team, Tony Frank, Roy Lockwood, Bob Pierce, Ken Ziskin, Ralph Botting, Dr. Christy Calderon, Frank Kallem, Dave Kemp and the 1975 CIF-Champion Softball Team.

There will be a "Meet and Greet Hour" at 5pm and the program begins at 6pm.

It will be a wonderful evening overflowing with BHS PRIDE!!!

BHS Athletic Director Fred Cook, has worked extremely hard co-ordinating this event.

See you all at BHS on Friday, November 12th!

2009 BHS Hall of Fame

Lunch at Don Cucos

Lunch at Don Cucos with (l-r) John Coyle, Carol Brown Baker, Joan Nobile Ortega, Cathy Nicholls Coyle, Donna Luce Neitman and Jim Grasse on Nov 1, 2010 - ya'll look great and so does the food!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Randie Miller (BHS '66) Passed Away Today

Sad news folks... Pam Zipfel Kirkwood (BHS '64) received the following email from Linda Silvas White (BHS '66) today, November 3, 2010:

Randie Miller Class of 1966 passed away this morning after a long struggle with cancer. She will truly be missed. Our best to her family.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

BHS Angel Fund

And as many of you know, we sent out an urgent request for help for fellow classmate, Bob Holst, whose liver, kidneys and other systems are failing. Twin brother Tom believes he doesn't have much time left and through contributions from BHS alumni, his sons were able to fly out to see him. Many thanks to all.
2004 photo of Holst twins:

As a result, Guy Gingell has come up with an idea which is explained below:
To all:

Several BHS Alumni were so moved by what we accomplished in helping Bob Holst and his family, that we have decided to take the next step in helping our classmates.

We are forming a BHS ANGEL FUND. The following is an outline of what it we hope will become a non - profit in the very near future. Until that time Guy Gingell will be collecting donations and pledges with over sight by co - treasurers and an executive committee.

At this time the following have offered to serve on the board to get the project up and rolling.

President: Guy Gingell '66
Vice President: Bob Carter '66
Treasurer: open
Secretary: Cathy Palmer '67

Officers or Chair Persons:
Pam Zipfel Kirkwood '64
John Coyle '65
Cathyl Nicholls Coyle '67
Carol Nicholls Lebrecht '67
Ron Panich '67
Eric Holst (Bob's 33 yr old son)
Johnny Holst (Bob's 27 yr old son)


  • Mission Statement to be written
  • Fund set up to help classes '64-'68 (other classes added at a later date)
  • Committee brings, suggests or solicits requests and votes on distribution of funds
  • Committee decides on all awards or portion of funds to be awarded
  • All members will be involved in fund raising, private, state and federal grant monies
  • Signature event: Golf Tournament -- organized by Bob Carter
  • Other fund raising events: Silent Auction, Online Auction, Phone-athon

Anyone want to volunteer?


Co-Treasurers (must be in same city)
Fund Raisers (with experience)

Where to sent checks:
Payable to Guy Gingell
18319 199th Place NE
Woodinville, WA 98077

206 459-8864

So this is a fabulous opportunity to give back and help a fellow classmate as everyone can use a little help now and again!

November 3, 2010 UPDATE

Photos of John and Eric Holst and their mother, Claudia Sax Holst (BHS '68) along with note from John.

Hi Cathy... if you need anything just let me know. The trip to PA was absolutely incredible and my brother and I are truly grateful. I had the pleasure of speaking with Guy, he and those who helped organize this occasion are genuinely unique individuals who deserve praise and prayer.

Thank you to everyone.
Your good deeds will be acknowledged.
My love to all of you.

With admiration,

John Holst.
Robert Holst's youngest.