Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Calling All Former Carriers

The Daily News is reaching out to the former carriers of the paper and its predecessor, the Valley News and Green Sheet, in the hope that you ll help us celebrate our centennial.

Please drop us a line by Sept. 16, telling us when you delivered the paper and briefly sharing your favorite memory from the experience.

Send it to Daily News Centennial, 21860 Burbank Blvd., Suite 200, Woodland Hills 91367. Be sure to include your name and a daytime phone number.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Great Burbank Leader Article on the Anson Williams Charity Classic

Local alums link up to raise funds,0,4828141.story

John Holst, center, with his fiancée, Tanna Byrne and brother, Eric Holst, were among the honored guests at Friday's charity golf tournament. (Photo by David Laurell)

August 30, 2011 | 4:45 p.m.

Burbank and Burroughs High School alumni, some who hadn’t seen one another in decades, joined forces on the links of DeBell Golf Course for the Anson Williams Charity Classic to raise funds for the two schools’ alumni associations, Service Dogs for American Veterans and the Davis-Gingell Foundation this past Friday.

“We are very appreciative that Anson Williams, who attended Burbank High School and of course is best known for his role as Potsy on the classic television series ‘Happy Days,’ loaned his name to the tournament to help make it a success,” said the event’s coordinator, Guy Gingell.

The brainchild of Gingell, Friday’s tournament, along with the foundation he oversees with his wife, Allison Davis-Gingell, stemmed from a set of circumstances involving an old Burbank High classmate. “I had heard, through Facebook, that one of my classmates, Bob Holst, was terminally ill,” Gingell said. “He was living in Pittsburgh, and when I called and told him I wanted to fly back and see him, he said not to come because he was too sick.”

Desperately wanting to do something for his old pal, Gingell learned Holst had not seen his two sons, John and Eric Holst, in years, and that they didn’t have the financial resources to fly back and see him. “I put up the money, and the kids went to see him just a few days before he died,” Gingell said.

When word of his act of kindness spread, it sparked a domino effect that saw other Burbank High alumni send checks to repay Gingell. It also caught the attention of a wealthy businessman acquaintance who was so impressed by Gingell’s compassion and generosity that he assisted the Gingells in establishing a foundation to help others in need.

Friday’s tournament, sponsored by Volvo Rents and Community Chevrolet and led by team captains Mike Feix representing Burbank High and actor Clint Howard representing Burroughs, included participation by Burbank Parks Commissioner Mickey DePalo, NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens, Randy Wilkens, Brigid and Bob Graham, Betty Worland, Jim Grasse, John Whitt, Barry Erickson, Ron Panich and the Holst boys — John and Eric who were accompanied by John’s fiancée, Tanna Byrne.

Others who enjoyed the day on the links included Tess Apinchapone, Bob Bauman, Chuck Berry, Joe Bronlend, Barry Cadwallader, Sean Ceglinsky, James Chae, Sean Cyphers, Kelsey Danzeisen, Brady Dunayer, Bob Elliot, Matt Flynn, Peter Fong, Bruce Frishette, Joany Gao, Marty Garrison, John and Tony Gofredo, Bob Graham, Steve Hamilton, Allan Hoffmaster, Dave Hourigan, Chris Kesicbasian, Keith Kimura, Lou Lanteri, Patrick Londono, Pavipa Losakul, Al Martens, Tim McGuire, Mark McMillan, Don Melton and Chris Morris.

Also in attendance were Carol Furry Mosher, Alfred Ogas, Bob Pappert, Dennis Pelch, Ed Perez, Larry Phillips, Haley Pirruccello, Gary Richards, Steve Ross, Ruben Santa Cruz, John Schilling, Charley Schultz, Branko Sevic, Gary Sexton, Chuck Visnic, Criag Wilde, Brett Wilson and Chuck Woods.

Burbank's Papoo's Hot Dog Show Closed Sunday

New owners putting in an Italian restaurant.

Papoo's Hot Dog Show in Toluca Lake is closing

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday's Golf Tourney Pics

Here are just a FEW of the many photos from the Anson Williams Classic Golf Tournament that I found on Facebook via John Whitt and Guy Gingall.

Many thanks to all who made this a fabulous success!

"See you next year at the 2nd Annual Anson Williams Charity Classic in May of 2012." - Guy Gingall

‎1st Place WINNER: Clint Howard JBHS

‎1st Place WINNERS - Tony Goffredo Foursome represented John Burroughs High School, Burbank, CA: Tony goffredo, JBHS 64; John Goffredo, JBHS 69; John Schilling, JBHS 64; and Patrick Londono (Pat's mom was JBHS 73).

"Superhero Mark McMillian speaking at the Davis Gingell Foundation awards ceremony. Castaway, Burbank, CA August 26, 2011. Mark is a retired NFL football player. Played for the 49'ers, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mark played professional football at 5'7" and weighing 148 lbs. He still holds NFL records. AND he was told on many occassion "you are to small to play"......." - Guy

Anson Williams with Jim Grasse

Debi Storm and Mike Feix

Barbara Zelenay with Anson

Guy Gingall and Jim Grasse

Don Melton at podium

Silent Auction

Lenny Wilkens, Randy Wilkens, Brigid Graham, Bob Graham, Guy Gingell and Allison Gingell

Friday, August 26, 2011

BHS Invited to JBHS Alumni Picnic Sept 25th

~JBHS All Classes Alumni Picnic.~

(Open to BHS & anyone who would like to join us)

Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic, or food is available for purchase. Look for the "RED" Canopy area and sign in there!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Marilyn Williams Peterson, BHS '67, Ms Senior Nevada Runner-Up!


Marilyn Williams Peterson
Ms Senior Nevada Runner-Up and Talent Award
August 24, 2011

Listen to Marilyn' Music:


New Ms. Nevada Senior crowned

Posted: Aug 24, 2011 9:25 PM CDT
Posted By Elizabeth Watts, Anchor/Reporter - email

The Ms. Nevada Senior Pageant took place at the South Point hotel Wednesday.

Fourteen women competed in the non-profit contest, and Carole Fucillo was named the 2011 MS Senior Nevada.

The contest took place in the South Point showroom, in front of a sold out crowd of 400.

Competitors just had to be over 60 and a resident of Nevada.

Contestants are judged in four categories: talent, evening gown, philosophy, and judge's interview.

Fucillo now goes on to the Ms. Senior America competition. That will be held in Atlantic City this year.

Besides the big winner, there were also runners up, Miss Congeniality and Talent awards.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Did You Be-Bop at the Park Yesterday?

Looks like lots of folks did!

Looking at a '29 Ford Woodie are Jack Jennings, 5, left, and his sister Lottie, 7, of Burbank, at the Fifth Annual Be-Boppin in the Park on the Magnolia Park area of Burbank on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Liz of Burbank (no last name given) reflects on this shinny 1938 Buick Century at the Fifth Annual Be-Boppin in the Park on the Magnolia Park area of Burbank on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

While waiting for friends, Al Newton of Canyon Country checks out a 1956 Ford T-Bird at the Fifth Annual Be-Boppin in the Park on the Magnolia Park area of Burbank on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Detail shot of a red 1962 Chevy Impala being shown at the Fifth Annual Be-Boppin in the Park on the Magnolia Park area of Burbank on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Large crowds gathered to see and photograph classic vehicles like this 1950 Chevy 3180 pick up at the Fifth Annual Be-Boppin in the Park on the Magnolia Park area of Burbank on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

All photos by Raul Roa/Burbank Leader Staff Photographer


The 818 Now:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Washington Elementary 1955-1961

Thanks John Whitt, BHS '67, for these FABULOUS FOTOS!!!

Kindergarten 1955

1st Grade 1956

2nd Grade 1957

3rd Grade 1958

4th Grade 1959

5th Grade 1960

6th Grade 1961

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Labor of Love by Linda Mustion, BHS '67

Hi Guys! ....last Sunday I fullfilled two find a grave photo requests @ Grand View Cemetery in Glendale and my friend Lisa Burks made a You Tube Video of me cleaning up one off the headstones. Thought you might enjoy this.

Linda Mustion

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Memorial Service for Pete Peterson Oct 15, 2011

Hi Cathy..............

I just wanted to let you know that we have scheduled the memorial service and celebration of Dad's life for Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 A.M. It will be at Emmanuel Church, 5th and Harvard in Burbank. There will also be a reception following the service in Elizabeth Hall at the church.

Those former BHS students, basketball players, Tahquitz Pines Camp alumni, paddle ball competitors and any and all of the special people who loved my Dad would be welcome to attend if they are able to. It would be wonderful to see everyone......kind of like a mini-reunion. I know so many of our former classmates and Dad's students live far away from Burbank (including you, my dear friend!) and would not be able to make the trip so I would just ask that you all maybe take a minute that day and think of my Dad. I hope that would put a smile on your face..................nothing would make him happier!

If you could pass this on, Cathy, that would be great. If anyone has any questions about the service they can contact me directly at My family and I so appreciate the cards and e-mails we have received. It is such a comfort to know how many people loved Dad and how many lives he touched with his humor and his love of history. I am one of them!

I have also attached a couple of pictures of Dad as I like to remember him................teaching, active, and one with my Mom at the house they loved in Balboa Island.

Much love,




1921 - 2011


Saturday, October 15, 2011

11:00 A.M.

Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church

corner of Harvard Rd. & Fifth St.


Luncheon Reception following at the church in Elizabeth Hall

(Emmanuel Church was founded by Pete's father ("Pa"), Emmanuel Peterson.

"Elizabeth Hall" at the church is named in memory of Pete's mother ("Ma"), Elizabeth Peterson.)

Pete's daughters, Linda and Louanne, wish to extend this invitation to the service to any and all who are able to attend who knew their dad as a friend, colleague, BHS teacher, coach, camp counselor, and to their friends and former classmates as well. All are welcome.

Alan Landros
September 25, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Be-Boppin' in the Park - August 20

15,000 Vintage Car Enthusiasts Expected at Be-Boppin' in the Park

MAGNOLIA PARK BURBANK Calif. -- Marvel at hundreds of custom, vintage and pre '75 classic cars on Saturday, August 20 from 3:00 to 9:00 PM in the Magnolia Park District on Magnolia Boulevard between Hollywood Way and California Street in Burbank.

Join in this free, fun-filled community experience -- see live bands, dance in the street, discover new shops and eateries and have some good old fashioned, high-octane fun!

Now in its fifth year, the event is a car lover's dream. Included will be all-American classics Ford Model Ts, Studebakers, Indian Motorcycles and Shelbys, among many others.

Plus, at the Main Stage (Magnolia Boulevard and California Street) from 4 :30 to 6 :30 P.M., dance to The Painkillers, a five-piece R&B band that plays standards from the 50s and 60s. Then from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., enjoy The Amazing Wildcats playing upbeat traditional blues influenced by the sounds of Chicago ,Texas, West Coast Jump and the Mississippi Delta.

Prizes for best automobiles will be given at 6:30 P.M. with prize categories such as the Burbank Mayor Award for most All-American car, Police Chief Award for the coolest car, Fire Chief Award for the hottest car, Magnolia Park Partnership Award for the most "vintage" car and the Jay Leno Award for the funniest car.

Be-Boppin in the Park is presented by Magnolia Park Partnership. For more information, please call 818.238.5180 or visit

Magnolia Park is home to an eclectic mix of emerging and distinctive shops and eateries. Celebrated for its vintage, re-sale, collectible and antique stores, this Burbank neighborhood is rapidly evolving into a regional shopping destination renowned for its attractive, pedestrian-scale streets and diverse retail market.

To: All BHS Alumni

To: All BHS Alumni:

After many years of publishing the "Sr. Bulldog News" newsletter, Herb Vincent has decided to retire. We are in the process of putting together a committee of Burbank High School Alumni to redesign the newsletter and include some of the innovative ideas that have been proposed.

This is a great opportunity for alumni to get involved in the Sr. Bulldogs Foundation. In this cyber world it is no longer necessary to live in Burbank. Everything can be sent electronically so that anyone can become involved.

One of our alumni has already volunteered to design a new masthead so we are quickly moving forward. Your contribution can be as little as sending in photos and/or articles that you may have found or written that would be of interest to our alumni.

The committee is looking for people that have one or more of the following skills:

Graphic Design

We are also looking for someone to take on the role of Editor. If you would like to be part of this new and exciting change to the newsletter please contact us at

Thank you.

Carol Brown Baker ('67)
President, Sr. Bulldogs Foundation

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Class Reunion by Author Unknown

Fun poem sent by class '67 alumni, Luana Scott... Thanks Luana!

Cathy: Thought you might enjoy this.
Cheers, ^jj^ ;o)) Luana Scott


Every five years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

I'll never forget the first time we met;
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
We tried so hard to impress.
And wore our most elegant dress.

It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

The boy we'd decreed 'most apt to succeed'
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted 'least' now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least..
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.

They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.

By the fiftieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill.

And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.

Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

I'm feeling quite hearty, I'm ready to party
gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
Would be such a shame if I'm the only "surviver" who came
To our class reunion that night.

Author Unknown.

Life is Wonderful.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dear Diary by Dave LeSueur

Thanks Dave for another FUN column!!

Monday, August 08, 2011


JUNE 21, 2011 - Today is the first day of spring. Like every year my wife, Mary, and I make plans to clean out our Master Bedroom closet.

JUNE 22, 2011 - Today is the second day of spring. Like every year, we decide our resolution from the day before was a stupid idea.

It's not that the closet couldn't use some pruning. It is completely full now. But I don't care because I don't need much space. I only have three pairs of pants and eight shirts (one for each day of the week and one "wild card" shirt). Mary will soon have to do something though. I suggested that she get rid of two items of clothing for each new one she buys but that hasn't happened yet.

JULY 6, 2011 - I wear my wild card shirt instead of my Wednesday shirt. I was becoming too predictable.

JULY 12, 2011 - I decided to look in the closet again and noticed Mary has a huge section devoted to purses. I counted them. There were 47. I don't understand her reluctance to throw away old purses. She never uses anything except the newest ones. In most cases she rationalized buying the new one because the old one didn't work for some reason (the zipper is broken, it doesn't have enough inside pockets, it has too many inside pockets, it is too big, it is too small, etc.). There is zero chance she will use the old purses. Maybe she is planning to donate them to a museum some day.

In fairness to women, it is much easier for men to carry a wallet than it is to carry a purse. All our wallet has to accommodate is a driver's license, a few credit cards and a $20 bill. Wallets never wear out. I don't know exactly when I bought mine, but I cleaned it out recently and it still had a 1977 Dodger schedule in it. Women's purses have to carry everything a wallet has plus keys, makeup, a hair brush, extra glasses, pictures of the kids, a wash cloth, gift cards, a $2 off coupon for Cheerios, receipts for the stuff she needs to return, letters to mail, and a book in case she has to wait somewhere. As all of you know, this only scratches the surface (in fact, women have to carry something to scratch surfaces with too).

Purses also have to carry the things that probably should go in men's wallets but we don't want to be bothered with. For example, I hate loose change. I would rather throw coins in the trash than to put them in my pocket or wallet. Mary is too frugal so she keeps all of our change in her purse.

July 23, 2011 - We went out to eat tonight. We ordered one of those flaming desserts and the tablecloth caught on fire. Mary calmly pulled a fire extinguisher out of her purse and put out the fire. I was really impressed with her preparedness until I noticed that three women at tables near us also had pulled fire extinguishers from their purses. The meal cost about $50, which Mary paid for with quarters from her purse.

AUGUST 5, 2011 - Some experts suggest putting clothes in the closet with the hangar facing the wrong way. Then if you haven't worn something in two years you should get rid of it. I think that two years is too short a time period. I read somewhere that fashion repeats itself on average every 40 years. So if an item of clothing hasn't gotten back in style in 40 years, it is safe to get rid of it. We celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary next month so now is a perfect time to see if Mary still has anything from when we were first married. I found a white sweater on a shelf which I recognized right away. She wore it on our first date (to see "Love Story"), so it would be a shame to throw it away. In the back of the closet was an old robe. She wore it a lot that first year lounging around our apartment while we watched reruns of Perry Mason on our black and white television. Have to keep that. I also found the swimsuit and cover-up she wore on our honeymoon. There is no way I could throw them away either. We didn't go anywhere glamorous - we stayed in San Clemente, a beach town half way between Los Angeles and San Diego. It was a great way to start our marriage. We each had a lot to learn. In the first month I learned to wring out the wash cloth after a shower; she learned to love Vin Sculley (the Dodger's announcer). I made a note to remind me to look again at these clothes when we will have been married 80 years. I put the note in my wallet, since I probably will still be using it 40 years from now.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 - Today is a great day. We are celebrating 40 years of marriage. Has every day been great? Of course not. Has every year been wonderful? Absolutely!

David and Mary LeSueur live in Littleton, CO.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Burroughs Powerhouse Choir on "America's Got Talent" Aug 9th

From Deanna Lloyd Jennings, BHS '67... very exciting!

Dear Family and Friends,

Just thought you might want to know that the John Burroughs choir, "Powerhouse" will be performing on the TV show, "America's Got Talent" this Tuesday night, August 9th on NBC from 9:00-11:00 PM. (at least that's the time according to my TV listing).

They will be a part of the online competition groups. Unfortunately, the show will only allow Brendan to use 30 of his 50 students on the program. Three days later a smaller group of 15 students has been invited to Beijing, China to be a part of the International Children's Festival a cultural/artistic exchange program (all expenses paid). If the America's Got Talent group gets voted through to the next level they would perform on Tuesday, August 30 after the smaller group has returned from China.

Yes, this is really exciting and so unexpected...we're still pinching ourselves! I'm such a proud Mom and I think all of you will be surprised at how talented these kids are! They work so hard and are such great people.

I hope all of you are happy and healthy and enjoying your summer.

Take care,
Deanna Jennings :-)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Where to Retire???

Received the following humerous email today from Cynthia McCarthy's, BHS '67, husband Wally Hirsch - lol!

You can retire to Phoenix , Arizona where...
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your hiney from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!


You can retire to California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.


You can retire to New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan ..
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn. (Ed. Note if you have a car).
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.


You can retire to Minnesota where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco .
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for casserole.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.


You can retire to the Deep South where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Ellen, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.


You can retire to Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.


You can retire to the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"


FINALLY You can retire to Florida where.
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2.. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

KBLA Rocked!

From Neal Hershenson, BHS '67... Thanks for memories!

You still know the tunes and lyrics to a lot of these songs - and I mean perfectly. *grin*


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bruce Gatton BHS '71 Passed Away July 31, 2011

Email from Cathy Nicholls Coyle BHS '67 today - he was too young... praying for Greg and the family...

Hi Alan, Linda & Cathy: Just heard more sad news today when Greg Gatton, from our class ('67), called to inform us of his brother, Bruce Gatton's ('71) passing on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Bruce had been suffering for several years with pancreatic cancer.

John & I have known Bruce since he helped coach our youngest son on the Burbank High football team in the late '80's. Bruce was always the first one to help out no matter what was needed. He was a giant of a man and very intimidating in appearance, yet had a heart of gold. We will miss him dearly. He leaves behind his father; brother, Greg; and two sons, Mitchell and Paul.

Funeral Services:

Friday, August 5, 2011
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Forest Lawn Hollywood HIlls

Saturday, August 6, 2011
2:30 pm
Old North Church
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

Monday, August 1, 2011

Former BHS Teacher Roland 'Pete' Peterson Passed Away Yesterday

Sending our deepest condolances with prayers to the Peterson family...

Hi Cathy.................

I wanted to let you know that my Dad passed away yesterday afternoon. He went peacefully to be with his Lord and to join my sweet Mom, his precious Kiva. He had been completely bedridden for several months and recently had trouble communicating with us although I know he loved seeing us when we would visit him every other day. I feel comfort knowing he was ready, so ready to leave this world and journey to that Other, Better Place.

I would so appreciate it if you could let our Burbank alumni contacts know of his passing----those special "kids" that my Dad loved so much over the years that he taught and coached at Burbank High.

We will be planning a memorial service and celebration of Dad's life to be held sometime in the fall and I will let you know the details when we get it organized in the event anyone would like to come.

Thank you so much, my dear friend....................


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).


Received the following this morning from Alan Landros...


Home In Heaven - July 31, 2011

Mr. Roland "Pete" Peterson, much loved BHS teacher for decades, passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 31. He was 89. His 90th birthday would have been later this year. Mr. Peterson had been living in Thousand Oaks for the past two to three years, near his older daughter, Linda Peterson Everett. His health had continued to decline during that time.

Roland Peterson was born the end of 1921 to Emanuel and Elizabeth Peterson. Both of his parents were originally from Sweden. He was the fifth of six children, four older brothers, Harold, Arnold, Reinold, and Paul, and a younger sister, Ruth. All of them pre-decease Roland. His loving wife, Kiva, passed away on February 17, 2005, after nearly 60 years of marriage.

Roland and Kiva and their family moved into the Peterson Family home at Sixth St. and Walnut Ave. in Burbank in 1961. Roland's father, a building contractor, had built that home, which Roland had also grown up in. He lived there for about 47 years as an adult until moving to Thousand Oaks. Roland's "Pa", Emanuel Peterson, was the founder of Emanuel Evangelical Free Church in Burbank in 1941, located at Harvard Rd. and Fifth St. The family would walk to church each Sunday from their home at Sixth and Walnut. Many of the Peterson Family were still involved in that church until recent years.

Like three of his older brothers and his younger sister, Roland was a graduate of Burbank High School. He graduated in 1939. Then after college he returned to BHS as a teacher and coach, where he remained for over thirty years until his retirement. In the 1940's and 1950's besides teaching he was also a BHS football coach. Throughout all of his years at BHS he was a history teacher, loved and admired by countless of his students over the decades. His sense of humor always came through in his classes, too. Every year of his thirty plus years at BHS he was always one of the most loved, if not the most in some years, of the entire faculty. His students loved to be in his class.

Roland Peterson is survived by his children, Linda (BHS '67), Louanne (BHS '70), and Dan, four grandsons, a granddaughter, a great-grandson, son-in-law, Bob Everett, two sisters-in-law, Mary Peterson of Visalia and Virginia Peterson of San Marcos, and a number of nieces and nephews and their families.

The family is planning to have a Memorial Service sometime this Fall.

Alan Landros, BHS '70


Senior photo BHS Class '39

From Linda Mustion's website:


Cards and notes can be sent here:

Linda Everett
963 Ranch House Rd.
Westlake Village, CA 91361



Received word today from Linda Peterson that Pete's Memorial Service will be on October 15, 2011.

Please read more here:

From the Oct 13, 2011 Burbank Leader,0,545022.story

Roland "Pete" Peterson

Roland ¿Pete¿ Peterson

Roland “Pete” Peterson

Mr. Roland “Pete” Peterson, much loved Burbank High School teacher for decades, passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 31. He was 89 years old.

Pete was born in 1921 to Swedish immigrants. He was the fifth of Emmanuel and Elizabeth Peterson’s five boys and one girl. Pete was the last of these to pass on. Pete’s beloved wife, Kiva, passed away in 2005, after nearly 60 years of marriage.

Pete and his siblings largely grew up in Burbank, at the family home on the corner of Sixth Street and Walnut Ave. His father had built the family home as well as founding Emmanuel Church in Burbank.

Pete graduated from Burbank High School in 1939, went to college, then came back to BHS to coach tennis, football, basketball and teach history for the next 30 years. Pete’s great sense of humor and love of teaching came through and so over the decades he was much-beloved by thousands of students and colleagues.

In addition to teaching, Pete spent many summers as Camp Director for Viking Kids Club in Burbank, and the mountain Christian Camps at Tahquitz Pines and Forest Home. He loved to travel and took his family all over the United States and Europe. Pete loved sports and his passion was playing (and usually winning) paddleball.

Pete, Kiva and their family moved into the Peterson family home at Sixth Street and Walnut Ave in 1961. He lived there for about 47 years as an adult until moving to Thousand Oaks, near his daughter, Linda.

Pete is survived by his children, Linda, Louanne and Dan; son-in-law, Bob Everett; four grandsons, two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

He was an inspiration to so many.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Church