Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Order Your Burbank Centennial Book Now!

The City of Burbank has officially kicked off its yearlong Centennial Celebration and will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its incorporation date on July 8, 2011!

Cost for the centennial book is $30 now but will be $40 after January 1, 2011.

The books will be available March 2011.

Go here if you live in California to order online (Call 818.238.5397 if you live outside of California):

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dec 29 Casual BHS Alumni/Looper Get-Together

Received this today from the Kirkwoods for any BHS alumni who may be Burbank:

"Merry Christmas", Loopers...

Just wanted to stop by for a quick second to tell all of you who live in and around "Loopland" that on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, there will be a BHS Alumni/Looper get-together at the Burbank Elks (2232 N. Hollywood Way) at 3PM... This will be a very informal gathering in the bar area of the Elks and was put together by Mike Feix '65, Mickey DePalo '64 and Freddy Ortega '65... All are welcome...

Hope lots of you stop by for a bit of "holiday fun" in between Christmas and New Year's...

That's Wednesday, December 29th at 3PM...Any Mike Feix at

or Mickey DePalo at

In the meantime, have a Blessed Christmas...

Love, Pam and Jon

PS All of you "Baby Boomers" who graduated in '64 and before and who may be a bit confused by this "avalanche" of Medicare Information we are all dealing with or soon will be dealing with, go on FaceBook and go to the "Boomer Room"... We have been having lots of classmates sending in very good and helpful information that just might help you navigate your way through the "Maze of Medicare"...

Until next year...Stay Tuned...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Golf, Anyone?

Are you a golfer? The BHS Angel Fund is having a Burbank vs Burroughs Golf Tournament at De Bell August 26, 2011 -- SAVE THE DATE!

The GOLF committee is headed up by Mike Feix along with Mickey Dipalo and they have secured the date -- Friday, August 26, 2011 at De Bell Golf Course. Start time is 2pm. Other volunteers on the committee are: Don Melton, Jim Grasse, Guy Gingell.

JOHN WHITT '67 has offered to be the course photographer and also handle the Public Relations end of things. John is a professional photographer and is on facebook.

We are in need of more help. Please contact Guy at

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mr. Regnal Hall 1926-2010

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More sad news... It was announced at the Senior Bulldog Luncheon Monday, December 6, 2010, that former BHS music teacher Regnal Hall passed away and there will be a memorial service in January 2011. Son Steve Hall said his dad passed away on November 27, 2010. Details to follow.

Please keep Mr Hall's family in your prayers.

Many of us enjoyed his classes. Here is the A Capella Choir photo from the 1966 Ceralbus yearbook.

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UPDATE from Alan Landros ('70):

I received details this morning from our classmate, Steve Hall, regarding the passing of his father, Regnal Hall. Mr. Hall was always one of the top one or two of our favorite teachers at BHS where he taught Music, Choir, Vocals for many, many years. Some of you may have seen this news on FaceBook in the last day or so. The information was posted on FB last Friday afternoon.

Mr. Regnal Hall passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2010, after a lengthy illness of several years. He was 83. He was born December 8, 1926. Tomorrow would have been his 84th birthday. His wife, Barbara Hall, passed away in August 2007. Here is the information for the Memorial Service for Regnal Hall:

Saturday, January 15, 2011
11:00 A. M.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Glendale
(corner of north Brand Blvd. and Doran St.)

There is also a 'Memorial Page' on FaceBook, with RSVP for the service. Also, friends/former students may wish to leave a message for Steve, Mark, and Leslie, Regnal's three children. Here is link:!/ In search box at top of page put in "Memorial Service for Regnal Hall". When that comes up click on "Memorial Service for Regnal Hall" and all the details will show, along with place to RSVP.

Steve Hall came from his home in McMinnville, Oregon this past June for our Class of '70 40th reunion weekend. Steve and I first met in the same second grade class at Thomas Jefferson in 1959. Mark Hall is in the BHS '71 class, and his wife Janie Porco Hall is in the '73 class. Steve and Mark's sister, Leslie Hall Viera, is from a later 1970's BHS class.

Alan Landros

Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 BHS Hall of Fame Pics and More!

Tim Tolnay (BHS '69) has taken many wonderful photos of various Burbank High School events and he just finished posting from the Anthletic Hall of Fame as well as the recent Burbank vs Burroughs football game.

Here is the link to all his photographs:

Thanks Tim!

Cathy(BHS '66) and Patti(BHS '69)Ferguson at the Burbank High School Athletic Hall of Fame November 12, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The New Thanksgiving

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

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 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

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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

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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)
Adam Rocke ('65)
Pamela Roberts Spang ('67)
Sallie Shelton Thomas ('68)

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

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

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 Gingall 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
Cathy 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 a 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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Class '68 Girls Lunch at Bob's

Standing: Stephanie Llewellyn, Sallie Shelton Thomas, Louise Good Hernandez, Leslie Reel Rozek and Christine Cullen-Bartlett
Sitting: Alice Hanson, Jan Wahler Hill and Laurie Eisenberg

L-R: Stephanie Llewellyn, Christine Cullen-Bartlett, Alice Hanson, Laurie Eisenberg, Jan Wahler Hill, Leslie Reel Rozek and Louise Good Hernandez

Saturday, October 2, 2010

1965 Class Reunion This Weekend

Thanks to Cathy Nicholls Coyle (BHS 67) who is married to John Coyle (BHS 65) for the great pics!

Top row...L to R John Coyle, Bob Wirffel (graduated from JBHS)
Next row...L to R Tom Veatch, Trudie Lombard, Harold Cross, Gerald Castro, Big Boy, Santa Vessella, Joanne Ferrare, John Peterson, Dick Benno, Carol Smallenburg
Bottom Row...L to R Doug Lamb, Chris Collins, Janet Knight, Christine Powers, Jeri Hullihan

Hey CP: Had a blast at Toluca Lake Bob's last night with the Class of '65! This was their kick-off night for their big 45th reunion tonight. Took the traditional group shot around the Big Boy statute.

Here's a shot of the Decorating Committee that met earlier this morning to decorate the room for the big Reunion... The room is gorgeous! ... Filled with tons memorabilia! It should be a GREAT night!!!

October 3, 2010 UPDATE

Mr North and Mr Laris

October 5, 2010 UPDATE

So what's the difference between this photo and one above? =^D
(Thanks Carol Nicholls Lebrecht and Cathy Nicholls Coyle!)

Here are a few more reunion pics from Andrew Romanisky via Pam Kirkwood...

Ken Templeton, Steve Bric and Don Melton

Andy and Marilyn Romanisky with Edna and Rich Dean

Dr Dave Berger

Marilyn and Trudie Hentze

Don Melton

Rich and Tina Kimins

Ken Templeton

Jeri Houlihan and Dan Blackwood

JT Healey with wife Kitty

Sheldon Singer, brother of Alan (BHS '67)

John Coyle

Keith Hall

Poster of school musical, My Fair Lady

Andy's brother, Bob Romanisky played lead


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Former BHS Coach Pete Peterson is a Great-Grandpa!

Linda (Peterson) Everett (BHS '67) sent the following update on her first grandson, Augie, which includes wonderful family photos.

I asked if we could post them and she replied, "I know former students would be happy to see that Dad is doing okay, especially after we really thought we might lose him earlier this year. It seems as though Augie has brought a spark into Dad's life. He always loved kids of any age and he talks about how fun it will be to see Augie growing up. Praise the Lord!!!!"

Thanks Linda and please give our greetings and love to your Papa!

Hi to our friends and family!

Our precious grandson, Augie, has changed a lot over these last 4-1/2 months. He is a thriving, happy baby weighing 18 lbs and at 27 inches long and growing every day! This summer he got to know his Aunt Lou who was with us (along with Leo, her beautiful afghan hound) for six weeks and he also is the light and joy of his great-grandpa, Pete's life.....................

Here are a couple of pix from Augie's summer of 2010!

Greetings to all of you!

Bob and Linda

What a Cutie!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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