Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BHS Class '66 Reunion August 28, 2011

For more into, please contact Linda Schuster Mazur

Link to Ceralbus Senior Photos

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Michael E Ross (BHS '63) Died March 5, 2011

Sorry to share this note from Pam Kirkwood today...

The following was received from Steve Ross '66...

Pam, I would llike to tell you about the untimely death of my brother, Michael E. Ross D.D.S., BHS class of 1963. He was the president of his senior class in 1963. He practiced denistry in Orange County for 40 years and was a loving, compasionate and remarkable human being. He was recognized as one of the top ten dentist in the United States in 2008. Mike is survied by his father Milton E. Ross of Corona Del Mar and his brother Stephen C. Ross of Onalaska, Wi. He will also be missed by his many colleagues and friends in the Orange County area.

Lyn Louise Garner (BHS '64) 1946-2010

Sad news, folks... Email today from Pam Kirkwood (BHS '64):

December 7, 1946 - November 16, 2010

I just received verification from Gloria McGlinsey Tidwell '64 of the passing of Lyn Garner '64...Pam (she went by her maiden name Garner):

I am so sorry to have to tell you that I have very sad news about Lyn Garner. Lyn passed away late last year, after enduring a very difficult and painful fight with pancreatic cancer. Lyn was such a wonderful person and she was my dearest friend. Fortunately, her son and daughter were by her side when she passed on. Again, I am so sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, but I look forward to hearing from you again under happier circumstances. I hope that you and your family are all in good health.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BHS Teacher Mr. Fecht Now Museum President

Email from Bruce Keswick (BHS '66) which included the Museum newsletter - Thanks Bruce!

Hi Cathy, I am forwarding this to you because one of our BHS teachers, Jerry Fecht, aka the Frog is now heading the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Some of his students might be interested. Bruce


This correspondence is to notify our members and friends of The Museum that we have some fun, educational and inspiring upcoming events in March and April 2011.

Please review the information below and be sure to check the Museum calendar regularly for The Museum and community events.

For more information about the Museum, please visit

Thank you.

Gerald Fecht, Ph.D.
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

Upcoming Museum/Community Events...


What: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley & Campo de Cahuenga Association are pleased to invite the general public to visit the World Famous Campo de Caheunga site to shop for items at great discounted prices. Please join us for a fun day of shopping for interesting items and support worthwhile organizations.

When: Saturday, March 26th (rain or shine)

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

What will be available for shoppers? Books, knick-knacks, costume like clothes, shoes, collectables, glassware and pottery, tools, etc. Good stuff.

Proceeds benefit The Museum of the San Fernando Valley & Campo de Cahuenga Association

The Museum's telephone number is 818-347-9665.

Early Deliveries of items:
Deliver contributions for Spring Parking Lot Sale on Friday, March 25th from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Campo site.

Easy transportation: Take the Metro red line station and across from Universal Studios.

Free parking at Campo or next door at the MTA lot.

For more information, please contact the Museum at

Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., attendees can prepare for a stroll back in time through the "Town That Was Started Right!"

The development entity known as The Syndicate began the process in 1910, but William Paul Whitsett saw it through to the end. Originally a barley field, Van Nuys became a prosperous center of City Government, agriculture and industry. Come explore what remains to be appreciated: original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, one of the main hubs of social and official activity, the Women's Club building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509.

Learn about the origin of the Daily News and the company which was a nationwide maker of silent movie theatre organs. Who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Relive "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard." We will have historic photographs and stories to share as we wander this surprisingly historic San Fernando Valley treasure. Tour highlights include:

•Van Nuys Bungalow
•Women's Club
•Old Van Nuys Library (1927)
•United Methodist Church
•Municipal Building Fa├žade
•Van Nuys Post Office
•Abeles Map
•Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
•Bob's Big Boy, Busch Gardens
•Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley

To RSVP, please call 1-818-347-9665, email at

Cost: $10 per person suggested donation

Attendees can pay in advance on the Museum's website at; go to Events, then Tours; Scroll down to Donate button and order tickets.

Okay to pay at the beginning of the tour.

Parking: Street and metered parking in area

Thank you for Sponsor Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

For more information and to RSVP, please go to or to the main website under Events, Tours, where attendees can pay in advance for the tour.

Narrating Lives - Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley

Narrating Lives, sponsored through a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, is capturing interviews monthly of people from various walks of life, many with an entertainment and arts backgrounds.

Would you like to become involved in this exciting and worthwhile program?

For more information on how to become involved as an interviewer, be considered for an interview or to volunteer, please contact Scott Sterling, Chair, Oral Histories Program or Semee Park, Field Deputy, Councilman Greig Smith's office at (818) 756-8501 or

Thank you.

About the Museum of the San Fernando Valley

A museum that demonstrates how the Valley fits into, and influences, the world at large has been long overdue. Since our incorporation in 2005 as the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, we have strived to be that institution. It is our mission to document, preserve and celebrate the full scope of the collective history, culture and arts of this, the creative capital of the world.

It is expected the 2010 census will show the population of the Valley, including Los Angeles and its independent cities, exceeds 2,000,000. If it were a single city, the Valley would be the 5th largest in the nation. By exploring and recording the stories in the fields of aviation and aerospace, entertainment, the arts, music, film, agriculture, transportation, nature, religion and more, we seek to serve the entire Valley. We value your participation, and especially your support in achieving these goals.

The Museum Purpose

As an educational and cultural institution, we are here to acquire, display, and preserve the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. With the help of residents, businesses, organizations and societies we will build the Museum collections of historical items, the fine arts and the folk arts for the public to enjoy and for scholars to research.

Through interactive exhibits, our website, our daily blog, the social media, our tours for the public, schools and organizations, our lectures and performances, and soon a permanent home and exhibit space, Your Museum will share with the world what it means to be part and parcel of the great San Fernando Valley.


Mailing Address
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2203

Want to join our mailing list?
Please email us at

Gregory Varon (BHS '75) 1956-2011

Photo from Obituary in Burbank Leader

Greg Varon, BHS '75, passed away this afternoon (Wednesday, March 23) at about 2:30 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West L.A. after a long illness. He was 54. Greg grew up on Birmingham Rd. in Burbank, the middle child of Leo and Betty Varon. Many in Burbank remember Greg a number of years ago as the owner of Greg's Carpets. During some of that time he and his own family lived at the corner of Amherst and Sixth St., in the large two story home. He and his wife now lived in Pacific Palisades.

Greg Varon is survived by his wife; his three children, Rachel, Brandon, and Amy; a grandchild; his mother, Betty Varon of Burbank; his sister, Michele Varon, BHS '72; and his younger brother, Dr. Bruce Varon, BHS '75, who some will know from his chiropractic office located at Olive Ave. and Glenoaks in Burbank.

Service will be this Sunday, March 27, 12:00 Noon Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills 5900 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles 90068

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Greg's honor to the American Diabetes Association at

Entrepreneur remembered for business savvy and love of people

April 01, 2011|By Joyce Rudolph,

Greg Varon — who started a carpet business in his Burbank garage while in high school and later became a prominent local real estate developer — died March 23 in a Los Angeles hospital after a long battle with diabetes. He was 55.

He had possessed an entrepreneurial spirit since his high school days, said his brother Bruce Varon, who owns a chiropractic business in Burbank.

After he became injured and couldn’t compete in sports at Burbank High School any longer, Greg Varon created the Letterman’s Club to raise funds for the school’s sports programs and started selling hot dogs and sodas at sports events. The funds provided sports equipment for less fortunate students on the teams.

“He had that philosophy that when you are given lemons, you make lemonade,” Bruce Varon said.

When he graduated in 1975, he left $5,000 in the Letterman’s Club account, his brother said.

He started selling carpet out of his garage during high school and, at 17, he purchased his first investment — a duplex in North Hollywood, Bruce Varon said. Gregg’s Carpet Sales moved twice before settling on Glenoaks Boulevard.

Greg Varon never got a degree in business, his brother said, but he made friends and was mentored by Burbank’s top people in real estate.

“His friendships crossed over lines from neighbors to entrepreneurs and developers in Burbank to national sports figures and team owners,” Bruce Varon said. “He was king of the engagers. He took an interest in everyone’s life, and he engaged them in conversation.”

His biggest interest was business and his hobbies were boating and fishing. He suffered from diabetes and had a kidney transplant, so he spent a lot of time in the hospital, but he never quit enjoying life, spending time with his family and looking for the next big deal, Bruce Varon said.

Probably his greatest attribute was that over the last 20 years of life he did not acknowledge he was disabled, said longtime friend Terre Hirsch.

“He never complained. Never made his problems your problems,” Hirsch said.

Greg Varon was remembered during a service on Sunday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo. He is survived by his wife, Menchi; three children Rachel, Brandon and Amy; his mother Bette; brother Bruce and sister Michele; and two grandchildren. Donations can be made in his honor to the American Diabetes Assn.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Reunions - Burbank Leader,0,7012712.story

March 18, 2011 3:44 p.m.

BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL: Burbank High School Class of 1971 is having its 40th reunion on Sept. 17 at the Sheraton Universal. Other classes are welcome to attend. For reservations, e-mail Valerie Scott at



Hoover High School Class of 1991will have its 20th reunion on Oct. 8 at the Hilton Hotel, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Reservations: (800) 655-7971.


Hoover High School Class of 1961 will have its 50th reunion on Oct. 22 at Annandale Golf Club, 1 N. San Rafael Ave. in Pasadena. Reservations: (818) 500-8823 or (818) 846-7226.



Crescenta Valley High School Class of 1991 will have its 20th reunion on July 23 at Angeles National Golf Course, 9401 Foothill Blvd., San Fernando Valley CA 91040. The early-bird cost is $65 per person until April 1. For more information contact Sosi at (818) 621-1980 after 5 p.m. or e-mail the website The class is also on Facebook @ CV Falcons – Class of 1991.



Glendale High School Class of 1981 will have its 30th reunion on July 23 at the Hilton Hotel, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Reservations: (800) 655-7971.



The next Senior Bulldog Luncheon will be at 11 a.m. April 4 at the Burbank Elks, 2232 N. Hollywood Way. Lunch is $12.



The Anson Williams Charity Golf Tournament is being organized by the Burbank and Burroughs high school classes of 1960 to 1980 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at DeBell Golf Course, 1500 E. Walnut Ave., Burbank. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Angel Trust, whose purpose is to fund Alumni Associations and Individuals in making a positive difference in the lives of graduates. The fund enables its trustees to offer resources (financial and other) to families in need. Entry fee $145 a player. For information, e-mail; golf questions—; auction— Hors d'oeuvres served with no host bar at awards ceremony. Food is included in the player price and volunteers eat for free. Facebook

Friday, March 18, 2011

Party for Tom Holst (BSH 67) ... and You're Invited!

Hey CP: We are planning a get together for Tom Holst on March 23rd at 6 pm at the DeBell Clubhouse in Burbank. Hope anyone who is in the area can come and see him!

Cathy Nicholls Coyle (BHS 67)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

LIFE Magazine Beach Photos


1948 Hermosa Beach


1950 Santa Monica

1948 Hermosa Beach

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Loopers at Senior Bulldog Luncheon

This picture was sent to Pam and Jon Kirkwood by Claudia Hoffman taken at the February 2011 Senior Bulldog Luncheon

Jon Kirkwood '64, Susie Cornick Blumer '62, Pam Zipfel Kirkwood '64, Claudia Hoffman '64 and Dave Starleaf '64

The next Senior Bulldog Luncheon will be on Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Burbank Elks located at 2232 N. Hollywood Way. Time is 11AM and Lunch is $12.

The Southern Section Lunches in Oceanside are held the 2nd Tuesday of every other month at the I Hop in Oceanside in front of Boney's at 1-5 and Oceanside Blvd at 10 AM.

The Central Coast Senior Bulldogs meet at 11:30AM at CJ's in Arroyo Grande. Normallly, lunches are held once a quarter...For more info call Joe Tilton at 805-929-6937.

And email Pam if you would like to received the monthly Loop email:

Elaine Stahl Passed Away Last Year

Just received this sad news...

Elaine Stahl (BHS '64) passed away on July 12, 2010 from a long battle with lung cancer.

Phil Young (BHS '65) Goes to Petra

Received this email from Phil...

This is the link to the log I'll be using for my Petra work-assignment & trip.

Per yesterday's conference call, we are now: ready-set-go for tomorrow...

"Be careful out there... watch your six... do good"

Monday, March 7, 2011

Update From Don Ray (BHS '67)

Hi friends, neighbors and family,

My most recent blog laments the passing of the news media as we once knew it --- and it includes a challenge to those who are also in mourning. Here’s the link:

Oh, and this is a great time to let you know that we’re finally racing toward the finish line on my documentary about the American civilians held captive by the Japanese during World War II. Some of you have asked how you can participate. Let me know if you want to be a part of this long-overdue jewel.

Warmest regards,
Don Ray
(818) 237-3728
Click here for my silly, sentimental, sometimes stupid blog