Monday, November 29, 2021

Clysta Gaylene Cooper Monsour, BHS '67 (1949-2019)

Clysta Gayleen Cooper Monsour
April 3, 1949 - 2021 

Sadly, we just learned that Gayleen Cooper Monsour, BHS '67, passed away in 2019. 

No further details are available at this time. 

RIP Gaylene.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Email from Joe Bingham, BHS '67: Cross Country Track Differences Then and Now


Nov 4, 2021

Hello Cathy,

I went to the Foothill League Cross Country Finals today at La Crescenta Park.

I will try to attach some photos for your interest.

Some differences between now and back when I ran Cross Country at Burbank High School.

1. They all wear shoes. Back then Burbank High ran barefoot. The only athletic shoes were made by ADDIDAS out of Kangaroo skin and too expensive for us. Look at the old year books for conformation we ran barefoot.

2. The runners at the meet wore computer tags tied into their shoelaces that matched the numbers on the large stickers on their shirt tops. The chips allowed the runners to be tracked in real time for their position in the pack. When they cross the finish line the computer records their place and time on a large scoreboard.  Quick, convenient, and prevents errors.

3. They have girls Cross Country Varsity, jv, soph. as do the boys. We only had male runners when I ran at Burbank High.

4. The demographics have changed but all the kids at the participating high schools, Pasadena, Arcadia, Glendale, Hoover, Burbank, Burroughs, Crescenta Valley seem like a great group of fine young people.

5. I talked with some Burbank High Cross Country guys and gals. Some knew what a letterman's jacket was but none had ever seen anyone wearing one.  So that social distinction is something now past.  Perhaps they still use letterman's jackets in some other part of the country?  
When I taught elementary school in Sunland/Tujunga I used to wear mine when we did the children's Halloween Parade.  If anyone asked why I was wearing it I said my costume was a high school kid  :)
I will try attaching some photos.  Enjoy.

Joseph ROBERT Bingham  Green Valley, Ca. 91390


Friday, June 25, 2021

Mark Pollock, BHS '67 (1949-2021)


Mark S. Pollock

1949 - 2021

Mark S. Pollock

Mark S. Pollock

Longtime Napa Valley attorney, Mark Pollock, 71, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 16. In his professional life, he will be remembered as a dedicated legal practitioner, a bold crusader, a raconteur, and the last of a rare and truly irreplaceable breed.

Family and friends remember Mark as extraordinarily energetic and multi-talented, as a vibrant storyteller, an exceptional cook, a powerful Black Belt in Kung Fu karate, a gifted gardener, a lover of dogs, and an accomplished sailor. Ultimately, Mark was a man, who lit up every room that he set foot in.

Mark was born on October 25, 1949 in Burbank, Calif., the first son of Stella and Sol Pollock's three children. Mark attended Burbank High School, graduating in 1967, and from San Francisco State University in the 1970s, and later, San Fernando Valley College of Law, Woodland Hills, Calif, where he was President of the Law Review, and passed the California Bar in 1978.

As a young lawyer, starting out in the Napa Valley, he met his future wife, Alison Head, in Calistoga in 1982. The couple were married in 1989 by Napa County Judge John Quigley, while living on the Napa River in the late 1980s.

Mark joined and worked as a Napa Deputy District Attorney in Jerry Maunter's office while Alison pursued her Ph.D. at nearby U.C. Berkeley. Mark went on to Solano County District Attorney's Office, where he set up the Environmental Crimes unit.

In 1993, he set up a private practice in land use and environmental law in Napa, where Evangeline James joined the firm and later the two became partners in Pollock & James. In the Napa Valley, Mark was active within the legal community, a former president of the Napa Bar Association. and a widely respected litigator and champion of social and environmental causes.

The small firm was widely recognized as leading experts in defense of property owners involved in environmental and land use disputes. More recently they had grown the practice to advising local communities on fighting the stationing of small cell wireless technology.

A man of boundless energy and interests, Mark received his first Black Belt in Karate in August 2008 at the age of 59, the first of five Black Belts earned during his 32 years as a student at West Wind Karate School in Berkeley, Calif.

Mark was deeply creative with a penchant for remodeling and building homes and gardens. In the 1990s, the couple purchased a 13-acre property in Lovall Valley, above the town of Sonoma, building an authentic Palladian villa, designed by Mark and based on their many trips to Italy. For 17 years, the two worked tirelessly on weekends, planting a sweeping Italianate garden with fieldstone terraces. The magical estate became a popular gathering place for family and friends.

In 2013, the couple relocated to Santa Rosa, where they soon undertook a new project, creating a new garden space, replete with outdoor garden rooms, inspired by their volunteer work as volunteers each year in the iconic Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent, England.

He is survived by his wife: Alison Head of Santa Rosa; two siblings, Jeffrey Pollock, Valencia, and Jill Pollock, Pueblo, Colorado; and his beloved rescue dog, Daisy. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to your Humane Society,



This is so sad... Back in 2007 a few of us visited him at this Sonoma home and here is the post with a short video. RIP Mark...


  A couple of photos from his FB page...


    Dianne Postal-Simmons
    Jeff so sorry for your hurting .. sending hugs 
    Linda Willson Nelson
    So sad and sudden. I remember him well. 
    Annette Dinolfo Bennett
    Omg ! To many gone to soon! I’ve known Mark since grammar school. Prayers and thoughts to his family and friends 🙏🏻
    Nancy McNamara Zambrana
    Rest In Peace, Mark
    Don Ray
    Oh no!!!Mark was my moral compass.
    Carol Baker
    Rest In Peace Mark. My condolences to his family.
    Mary Durrer
    That’s very sad he was so nice 
    Julie Guttridge
    Did not know him but condolences to his family. Sad to loose another Bulldog
    Pamela Spang
    What a full life he lived, safe journey Mark 🙏🏻
    Suzanne Lane Richard
    So sad. Went all through school with Mark and connected with him a couple of years ago while visiting my son in Santa Rosa. Sweet guy, so accomplished and my thoughts and prayers to his family.
    Donna Luce Veatch Neitman
    I am beyond heartbroken to hear of Mark’s passing. I loved his sense of humor and yes his love of the vino! I have fond memories of visiting him in Napa/Sonoma and going to his house (villa) he was building. He sent us on our way with wine from his vineyard! I still have the article from a magazine about him suing the Martha Stewart Organization in regards to those little silver cake and cookie decorations that were toxic and he won and they were taken off the shelf. I laughed to myself because I had a jar of them in my cupboard never to be used again! Ever the environmentalist Mark was! God bless you Mark and may you RIP! My deepest condolences to his family! 🙏🙏 🍷🍷
    Dani Marie Kleist
    Sorry to hear this. I remember Mark fondly.
    Shari Diane Goodstein Epstein
    Such sad news. Such a wonderful man. May his memory live on.
    Linda Everett
    I am so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. He was a brilliant, gifted guy with a great sense of humor. My prayers go out to his friends and family…….🙏🙏🙏
    Louise Good Hernandez
    Gene Hernandez and I send condolences and prayers to Mark’s family. 🙏🏻❤️

Come ZOOM with Us TODAY Friday, June 25, 2021 at 4 pm pacific time!


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Come Zoom with us Tomorrow Friday June 18, 2021

Topics to include our 2022 Reunion and Road Rage stories... come join the fun tomorrow Friday 4 - 6 pm pacific!
Email if you need the link.

Friday, June 11, 2021

BHS Zoomers Met Today

We had a GREAT discussion about our 55th Class Reunion in 2022!

Send an email to if you want to join in.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Come Zoom with Us!

Every Friday for over a year now, several folks, mostly from BHS Class '67 but also from other classes, have met online via Zoom to chat about almost everything... except politics hahaaa! Last week, among other things, we shared stories of celebrities we had met. 

The first photo is from last Friday, June 4, 2021. Gene Henandez had to leave early and then Larry MacMonagle joined us, so we took a second photo.

So, if you are free Friday 4-6 pm pacific time, drop me an email (, and I'll send you the link. 

And if you've never zoomed, don't worry, neither had we hahaaa! It's pretty easy and we can help if you need it.