Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ham Lloyd, BHS Educator and Counselor (1924-2013)

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We are sad to read in Facebook what Sharon Cox wrote on December 29, 2013...

"My Dad went to be with the Lord at 2:20 today. Such a wonderful Father, husband to Mom, Grandfather, educator, mentor and servant to so many. Thank you for all the prayers and support."

Services will be at 11am on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Burbank First United Methodist Church.

1965 BHS Ceralbus


2008 - BHS Centennial
Photo by Linda Mustion

2011 at Pete Peterson's memorial - Ham & Jim Lloyd - 22 mos. apart
Photo by Alan Landros

1966 BHS Ceralbus

1967 BHS Ceralbus


1955 - Burbank 20, Burroughs 14. On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1962 - Burbank 34, Burroughs 0. Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 "Big Game" record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.



HAM LLOYD (Burbank coach)
Making his debut as Bulldogs' coach in 1955, Steve Searock and Bill Reed helped give Lloyd his first win in the Big Game, a 20-14 victory. He coached Burbank until 1966, and was also the school's vice principal.

"What I remember most about the annual game between Burbank and Burroughs was the excitement it used to generate," Lloyd said.

"Burbank wasn't that big of a city back then, and the downtown was nothing like it is now. But the game was so big back in the [1950s], that most of the stores in downtown would close down because so many people were at the game.

"We had some pretty good games back then. It was always a good, spirited rivalry between the two teams."



We are vey sorry to share with you that our "Beloved Coach" and Teacher, Ham Lloyd passed away yesterday (Dec. 30, 2013) at his home in Burbank, CA...Ham Lloyd was so much a part of most ALL of our memories of Burbank High School. He was loved by endless numbers of BHS students over so many years and generations. Besides serving a Head Football Coach and Teacher, Mr. Lloyd also was a Counselor and Vice Principal during his years at Burbank High. He was an integral part of his community, church and of course, so loved by his family and friends.

Coach Lloyd served in the U.S. Army 143rd Regiment, 36th Infantry Division during WWII. He served in Italy, France, Germany and Austria and was awarded the Bronze Star For Valor.

BHS Class of 1962, honored Coach Lloyd with a beautiful plaque, when he and his wife Jane, were "guests of honor" at the Class of '62's 50th Reunion, in 2012. Coach Lloyd will be inducted into the Burbank High School "Hall of Fame" in the Fall of 2014.

Memorial Services will be held for Ham Lloyd on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00AM at Burbank First United Methodist Church on Glenoaks Bl.

The picture below is of Carole Collins BHS '63 and Coach Lloyd, when they attended one of the monthly Senior Bulldog Luncheons a few years ago. Thank you, Coach Lloyd for the love and guidance you gave to all of us BHS Alums, for so many years...You will truly be missed. God Bless You.

Photo: We are vey sorry to share with you that our "Beloved Coach" and Teacher, Ham Lloyd passed away yesterday (Dec. 30, 2013) at his home in Burbank, CA...Ham Lloyd was so much a part of most ALL of our memories of Burbank High School. He was loved by endless numbers of BHS students over so many years and generations. Besides serving a Head Football Coach and Teacher, Mr. Lloyd also was a Counselor and Vice Principal during his years at Burbank High. He was an integral part of his community, church and of course, so loved by his family and friends.

Coach Lloyd served in the U.S. Army 143rd Regiment, 36th Infantry Division during WWII. He served in Italy, France, Germany and Austria and was awarded the Bronze Star For Valor.

BHS Class of 1962, honored Coach Lloyd with a beautiful plaque, when he and his wife Jane, were "guests of honor" at the Class of '62's 50th Reunion, in 2012. Coach Lloyd will be inducted into the Burbank High School "Hall of Fame" in the Fall of 2014.

Memorial Services will be held for Ham Lloyd on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00AM at Burbank First United Methodist Church on Glenoaks Bl. 

The picture below is of Carole Collins BHS '63 and Coach Lloyd, when they attended one of the monthly Senior Bulldog Luncheons a few years ago.Thank you, Coach Lloyd for the love and guidance you gave to all of us BHS Alums, for so many years...You will truly be missed. God Bless You.

Note and photo from Connie Barron Trimble

"Hi Cathy, Thanks for the great picture of Ham Lloyd! I had to look twice as I only have known him through church and in the last 15 years. So great to read all the comments about the lives he touched. I'm attaching a picture I took of him on March 10th of 2013, his last birthday. I loved his smile and genuine interest in everyone."

Obituary in Burbank Leader

Former BUSD coach dies

Educator Ham Lloyd, mentor to students and fellow teachers, was 89.

By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

January 3, 2014 | 6:01 p.m.

Former Burbank Unified educator, administrator and coach Benjamin Hamilton Lloyd, known as “Ham” to generations of Burbank students and locals, passed away Dec. 30 from congestive heart failure, his family said. He was 89.

Lloyd was born on March 10, 1924, in Ohio. Beginning in 1942, Lloyd spent three years fighting in the Army during World War II. He fought in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and helped liberate prisoners in concentration camps in Belgium, Austria and Germany, his daughter, Sharon Cox said.

His efforts and involvement in battles during WW II earned him a Bronze Star for heroism.

Upon returning from the war, he enrolled at the University of Redlands, where he met his wife, Jane Lloyd, on a blind date.

“That blind date turned out to be a miracle.” Jane Lloyd recalled this week. “He just kept staring at me. He had these most gorgeous blue eyes,” she added.

Their date was also the beginning of what would become their 63-year marriage.

“He was always fun,” Jane Lloyd said. “A real true love.”

The Lloyds had two children, Sharon and Steven, and Ham Lloyd loved to dedicate his time to his family, his daughter said. He once packed up the family in a Volkswagen Pop-Top van for a six-week cross-country road trip.

While working for Burbank Unified, Ham Lloyd coached football at Burbank High for eight years, from 1955 through 1963.

Burbank Unified School Board President Dave Kemp, who once coached football at Burbank High, remembered Ham Lloyd as being “a really good” man.

“I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to know him and spend a lot of time with him,” he added. “Ham was a good mentor to all of us.”

Kemp also recalled one night in the fall of 1956 when he was coaching football for Glendale’s Hoover High and his team lost to Ham Lloyd’s Burbank Bulldogs, 45-0.

“They beat the daylights out of us,” Kemp said.

Ham Lloyd later became assistant principal at Burbank High, a post he would hold for 17 years, largely managing students’ extracurricular activities. Before retiring in 1985, Ham Lloyd served as principal of Monterey High, Burbank Unified’s continuation school.

“There’s so many people that he influenced and mentored,” Cox recalled. “He really had a servant’s heart.”

For 50 years, Ham Lloyd was active in Burbank Noon Kiwanis. He was also involved with the Burbank First United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir.

Ham Lloyd is survived by his two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His three siblings — Kathleen Freeland and James and John Lloyd — also survive him.

A service for Ham Lloyd will be held at 11 a.m. next Saturday at Burbank First United Methodist Church, 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burbank First United Methodist Church.


JANUARY 6, 2014 UPDATE from Linda Lee, BHS '59

Standing: Bill Hart, Linda Durkee Johnson and Eric Werner class of '59
Sitting: Ham and Jane Lloyd

We spent a good hour after the service talking about the good 'ol days at BHS. That following June, I moved back to Lake Arrowhead and now wished I had one more chance to give him a hug. I do not believe Ham and Jane ever missed on of our reunions. He often said we, the class of '59 , were one of his favorite classes. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.....
Linda Lee

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Darling by Dee Dee Dorety/Daugharty Culotta, BHS '66

Dee Dee has a beautiful voice!

Dee Dee and her Christmas Doxies in 2007


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Listen to 17 yr old Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta, BHS '66, Sing!

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This is SO COOL!! Dee Dee wrote on Facebook yesterday...

"A funny thing happened today. My brother called me and said that his friend heard my record on U Tube that I made when I was 17 yrs. old. Neither one of us had a clue that it was on U tube. Someone from the music business put it on there back in 2010 and I just found out today. Dorsey Burnette and Glen Campbell played some of the guitar background on this record back in 1966. Dorsey wrote the song. It's called 'If the World Only Knew;\' and my name is spelled DeeDee Dorety on the record. What a fun surprise for me today."




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IF THE WORLD ONLY KNEW / To Go Our Separate Ways - DJ PROMO  (Era 3162)  Out of Los Angeles, this 1966 release is the sole disc issued by Miss Dorety on the Era label.  It was recorded at Hollywood's GOLD STAR STUDIO with it's echo chamber wide open to showcase the driving, quazi-Spectoresque arrangement by 'Wrecking Crew' keyboardist, DON RANDI.  Darlene Love and The Blossoms are on background vocals.  The labels and vinyl have some minor wear.  Nothing serious.  Plays LOUD and STRONG.  An over all VG.


I asked Dee Dee to tell us how she got into the music business and here's what she wrote - THANKS DEE DEE!!

"My family moved from Wisconsin to Burbank, Calif. in 1956. I had won several singing contests in Wisconsin at the age of 5 so when we came to Calif., we found a manager down in Hollywood to help me get a singing career started at the age of 10.. This manager, Jesse Hodges, introduced me to Johnny and Dorsey Burnette and I ended up making a record with the Freedom recording label . Dorsey wrote the song and both he and Johnny played guitar on my record. The office boy there later recorded some songs too and became Donnie Brooks. I later got connected up with a new manager, Joe Laine, who was Frankie Laine's brother. He got me a singing engagement at the Beverly Hills Hotel around the age of 11 for the Sour Apple Awards that the press gives out to celebrities. I also got booked at the Pomona Fair for a week singing every night in their Pavilion at 11 yrs. old. I appeared and sang on about 4 T.V. shows during that time also. Later, when I was about 15 yrs. old I got reconnected with Dorsey Burnette again and I sang with him and Johnny and Jackie De Shannon at the Burbank Armory. At 17, I recorded a couple more songs that Dorsey wrote and Era records signed me up with their record company. I had some great backing on that record. Darlene Love and the Blossoms were my back- up singers, while Glen Campbell, Dorsey Burnette, Don Randi and James Burton played guitars, drum and the piano behind me. Phil Spector was the sound man for that record also. ( Darlene Love later went on to be a singer with songs like "He's a Rebel".) After my record was released, my father decided to move to Montana with his second wife so I lost my financial backing, and didn't have the money to continue to pursue a singing career. Later in my 20's someone offered to give me the financial backing to get back into the music business again but by then I was married with 2 kids and I chose my family over a career. It was fun while it lasted though and I met a lot of really neat people along the way..."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ruth Ellen Wood Bradley, BHS '69 (1951-2013)

Ruth Ellen Wood Bradley, BHS 1969

Ruth was born on October 30, 1951 to Theodore (Ted) and Flora Ann Wood, in Glendale, California. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family and close friends on July 16, 2013.

Ruth was raised in Burbank, along with her three sisters, Ann (Hand), Mary (Forsen), and Carol (Ruth was #3). Having starred as "Marion the Librarian" in The Music Man, Ruth graduated Burbank High School in 1969.

In 1970, while traveling and performing with the Southern California Youth Chorale in Japan, she met her new best friend and soul mate, Quinton "Corky" Bradley. She instantly became the love of his life. They were married in Hacienda Heights in 1973, and lived in Whittier prior to moving to Irvine, CA.

Blessings came into their lives when, in 1982 Aaron Quinn Bradley was born. And, in 1990, Zachary David Bradley completed their family unit.

Ruth spent most of her professional career as a Commercial Property Manager; at one point managing tenant relations at the largest mall in Orange County: South Coast Plaza.

The Bradley family moved to Fort Collins in 1993 (Ruth's idea!), where she worked in customer relations at Larrabee's, until they closed. From then on, Ruth would just say she was a "kept woman". Ruth enjoyed gardening, going to the gym, traveling, and cooking, as well as spending time with dear friends.

Ruth is survived by her sons Aaron and Zachary, Husband Corky, sisters Ann, Mary, and Carol, and Cooper, her Westie.

As the end of her short life rapidly approached, family and friends gathered to remember and tell stories, laugh, cry, sing, and toast the wonderful times that were shared with Ruth. Since we know that she was nearby and could hear this, we know that it was the perfect way to celebrate her life and influence on the Earth.

Ruth believed that we are all of the same Spirit, and exemplified love, joy, inclusiveness, and respect for all life. She will be dearly missed by everyone who was blessed to know her.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation, please do so in Ruth's name to the American Cancer Society, The family would also like to thank the incredible doctors and staff at the University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, the Fort Collins Center for Neurorehabilitation Services, and Accent Care Hospice.

Cathy Cunningham Rutherford, BHS '71 (1952-1983)

With help from others, we were able to confirm the following about Cathy, Dean Cunningham's sister.

Cathy Cunningham was born July 23, 1952. She graduated from Burbank High in 1971. Cathy then married Ray Rutherford, BHS '68, and they had two children.

Cathy was living in Orange, California when she passed away September 27, 1983, at 31 years of age.

Very sad...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dean Cunningham, BHS '68 (1949-1999)

This is sad to learn...

Dean Cunningham was born Sept 2, 1949 and died at 50 years of age, Oct 2, 1999, while living in Hawaii.

Dean went to Miller Elementary... here is his 6th grade class photo

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Back: Jay Sletten, Bobby Graham, Leland Freeman, Johnny, Tom Rockriver, Roger

Third: Joe Veklota, Vern Olson, Sharon Ryan, Sara Lee Marino, Mary Brotsis, Karen Tripp, Wendy Richard, Cathy Palmer, Diana Ziegler, Mary Ogle, Kathleen Dupree, Judy Rayl, Arlene Clark, Mrs. Ostrowsky

Second: Sandy Sharamitaro, Susan Johnston, Kay Fouse, Paula Blank, Cathy Nicholls, Margaret, Pam Brown, Henritta Reagan, Jeanne Sproul, Alice Payne, Vicky

Front: Steve Hansen, Dicky Newcomer, Arthur Robinson, Dean Cunningham, Alvin Lou, Don Ray Ripley, Roland Young

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jacquilyn Ann Brooks, PE Teacher at Muir (1937-2013)

Photo from the 1964 Highlander Yearbook for John Muir Jr High

Sadly, just found this today... Mrs Brooks was a nice PE Teacher!

Jacquilyn Ann Brooks

October 19, 1937 - December 3, 2013

Jackie passed away December 3, 2013. There will be no service at this time.

She lived most of her life in Burbank, California. She was a teacher at John Muir Jr. High School for 30 years.

She will be missed deeply by her family, friends and her lifelong partner. She was known for her smile, laughter, sense of humor and love of her students.

"If you love somebody enough you can still hear the laughter after they are gone"

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 11, 2013


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Robert David Espinoza, BHS '66 (1948-2013)

Sadly, we received the following news today...
Hi Cathy, Would you please post this obituary on the school website. Bob was my bother-in-law for 43 years. He was class of '66, I was class of '67 and my sister Donna Dolan was class of '68.

Sharon Dolan Driscoll

Please visit the Obituary for Robert David Espinoza

In Memory of
Robert David Espinoza
May 2, 1948 - November 29, 2013

Robert David Espinoza, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013, surrounded by his family. Over the past 30 years, he endured many illnesses that challenged his abilities, but he always had a positive attitude and outlook on life. Bob was born May 2, 1948, in Los Angeles, California to Robert and Anna Espinoza.

On July 26, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Donna Colleen Dolan.

Bob attended and graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1973, with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. After graduating they moved to Ventura where he began his teaching career at Oxnard High School. There he would teach for twenty four years, loving what he did and inspiring many students in the process.

Due to health complications, he had to retire early from Oxnard High School. Bob endured many challenges, but the one that affected him the most was Multiple Sclerosis. Although this was very debilitating, he would often refer to the acronym MS as "Math Specialist." His ability to find the silver lining in any situation is something that he radiated with everyone he came in contact with.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Camie Granados and her husband Tony, their children, Alyssa, Jacob, Nathan, Joshua, and Jayden all of Orem, Utah; son, Brian Espinoza and his partner Ivan Serdar, their children, Amelia and Sam of Oakland, California ; daughter, Kelly Lowry and her husband Stephen, and their children Joseph and Mick Lowry of Ventura, California.

Bob loved the outdoors, he would roll around the neighborhood in his wheelchair greeting everyone he saw. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taught them all by his example. Bob loved everyone and always had a smile on his face, no matter how he was feeling. It has often been repeated by many, that he did not have a mean bone in his body.
"Heaven is lucky to have our dad and we will miss him greatly."

Services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11:00 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park.

The family has set up The Robert D. Espinoza Memorial Fund with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In lieu of flowers, please help us continue the fight for others with MS. http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/RobertEspinoza.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.


Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK (1917-1963) Fifty Years and Not Forgotten

Fifty years ago today, those of us who were alive remember exactly where we were when we got news that our President had been shot.

I was 14 years old and at school at John Muir Jr High in Burbank. We were standing in the hall going between classes when the announcement came over the loud speaker. Some girls began to cry as this confused teen wondered what this all meant.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly known as "Jack" or by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from January 1961, until he was assassinated November 22, 1963.

Thank you to BHS alumni, former yell leader and retired teacher, Jay Chris Peterson, class '67, who sent these photos yesterday and today.


June 7, 1963: President John Kennedy visits the grand ballroom at the Beverly Hilton where graduating seniors from John Burroughs High School were holding prom. The President had come downstairs to the prom from a $4,000-a-couple Democratic Party fund-raising dinner. This photo was published in the June 8, 1963 Los Angeles Times.

Friday, November 15, 2013

ATTN: BHS Class '66 Lunch Dec 14, 2013

Class of 1966 Lunch
Dec 14
Taste Chicago
Please RSVP
Need to make reservations.

Hope to see everyone.
Pass the word !

Gregory J. Alaimo


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Michael Lee Robb, BHS '71 (1952-2002)

Received this touching note today from Mike's sister, Debi...

It is 11 years now. Michael Lee Robb. Born October 26, 1952. Left us November 11, 2002. BHS 1971.

Mike passed away from a seizure in his sleep. Mike had a severe head injury at 10 years old that left him with grand mal seizures.

Mike is dearly missed by his sister Debi Robb Funck, BHS 1970, his brother, Gary Robb, BHS 1969 and is forever missed by his mother Dolores Robb Kussman.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Another Great Article about BHS '68 Alumni, Mark Covert!


True grit: Why we need athletes

November 8, 2013 — Features

"A good number of people came to look on this as something very special, and at some point I began to realize this was going to be much bigger than I was."
“A good number
of people came to look on this as something very special, and at some point I began to realize this was going to be much bigger than I was.”

On July 29, 2006, Mark Covert, M.A. ’78, eclipsed what had been up to that time the nation’s longest running streak at 38 years and five days. And he didn’t stop there. He would keep the streak going another seven years until this past summer, covering in total some 150,000 miles over 16,437 days.
To put it in perspective, that distance is more than halfway to the moon or the equivalent of more than six laps around the earth at its equator.

To keep the running streak alive, Covert, 63, put in at least one mile per day despite a broken foot, arthroscopic knee surgery and kidney stones. He ran through everyday challenges and every milestone in life – his marriage and the birth of his four children, through job changes and holidays and family vacations.
“Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t put on your shoes and go for a run,” said Covert, a stellar collegiate cross-country competitor who started running in high school because he was too skinny to play football. “I was not the most talented guy and I knew that in order to be as good as the guys around me I was going to have to be tougher and train harder. The streak grew out of that.”

Hobbled by a structural collapse in his right foot that will require reconstructive surgery, Covert chose to end the streak on his own terms last July 23, exactly 45 years from the day it started.

Lindsey (Benson ’09) Valenzuela, a three-time All-American and captain of the Regals volleyball squad, wasn’t born yet when Covert was getting his master’s degree in education at CLU. She hit a different kind of sports milestone this year, on her road to becoming one of the most well-rounded athletes on the planet.
Fresh off of being crowned Southern California regional CrossFit champion, Valenzuela took the silver medal in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit World Games. She made a late push in the four-day, 12-event competition to climb onto the podium at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., the last week of July.

Lindsey (Benson ’09) Valenzuela won the silver medal in this year’s Reebok CrossFit World Games.
Lindsey (Benson ’09) Valenzuela won the silver medal in this year’s Reebok CrossFit World Games. (Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.)

CrossFit has boomed in popularity since it emerged more than a decade ago, drawing competitors to its range of devilishly demanding events.

The silver-medal finish was a breakout performance for 5-foot-6, 154-pound Valenzuela, who started competing in CrossFit only four years ago and whose previous best World Games finish was ninth place.
“I wasn’t expecting second,” said Valenzuela, who lives in Moorpark with her husband, former Kingsmen football player Arsenio Valenzuela ’06. “But I knew I wanted to be somewhere on the podium, and I put in a lot of time, effort and hours in the gym to get there.”

Tales of grit and determination in sports are legion. If anything, our culture places too much emphasis on the mental qualities of athletes, and such stories wear thin amid revelations about performance-enhancing drugs and insider gambling, not to mention poor sportsmanship, in team and individual competition.
Given all that, this summer’s accomplishments by CLU alumni are reminders of what we love about athletes and why we want them to succeed. A running streak is as pure a victory of mind and body over everyday obstacles as you could wish for, as well as a fantastic metaphor for life.

Meanwhile, CrossFit is not only an extreme test of stamina, but as unpredictable as a rough week at the office: The athletes do not know exactly what events they will be asked to do until the competition starts.
In addition to swimming and rowing and good old-fashioned weightlifting, Valenzuela’s specialty, CrossFit offers events with names like The Cinco (a combination of deadlifts, weighted one-legged squats and an 80-foot handstand walk) and Naughty Nancy (a 600-meter run up and over a berm followed by 25 weighted overhead squats).

To win silver this summer, Valenzuela finished in the top 10 in six of the 12 events. A weightlifting specialist, she had her best performance in the Clean and Jerk, finishing second among the competition’s 48 female athletes. She totaled 821 points for the competition and earned more than $65,000 for the games.
When Covert began his streak with a 15-mile run through and around Griffith Park on July 23, 1968, the running craze of the 1970s had not yet swept the country, and he wasn’t thinking about being a trendsetter.
Freshly graduated from Burbank High School, he had simply set out to lay a foundation for his college running career. The plan worked to perfection. Logging more than 100 miles a week, he became cross-country champion at the community college level and then national champion in 1970 running for NCAA Division II Cal State Fullerton. The next year, he would help lead Fullerton to an NCAA title.

In 1972, Covert placed seventh in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, and in that race became the first person to cross a finish line wearing a pair of Nike’s “waffle” racing shoes.

Following college, Covert kept running and the streak kept growing. When it reached 10 years, he started to realize that it was a big deal, and when it reached 20 years he was regularly hearing from people around the country who drew inspiration from his dedication.

“A good number of people came to look on this as something very special, and at some point I began to realize this was going to be much bigger than I was,” Covert said. “I never thought about how long it would go. I knew it would end somewhere down the road, but I didn’t want it to end because I had gotten sick or hurt. I wanted it to end when I wanted it to end.”

On the last day of the streak, this July 23, Covert completed a single, slow mile outside the stadium at the community college in Lancaster where he coaches and teaches, surrounded by family, former teammates, friends and admirers.

In the end, his streak ranked as the world’s second longest, runner-up to the ongoing 48-year streak of Great Britain’s three-time Olympian Ron Hill. It drew praise from all corners of the globe and, days before it ended, special recognition on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Not only has he run through history, he has made it,” Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer read in a proclamation. “Nevertheless, Covert’s true impact has been on the many hundreds of students he’s coached over the years. He instilled in them not only the skills needed to be successful athletes, but perhaps more important, the skills needed to be successful in life, especially dedication and perseverance in the face of obstacles.”
Covert hopes that anyone who paid any attention to the streak learned something about commitment and the need to do your best at all times, whether it’s at play or at work.

“Our sport is all about training, about who puts in the work and who doesn’t,” said Covert, who woke up the day after ending the streak and went for a bike ride. It surprises no one that he is now putting in 100-plus mile weeks on the bike.

“For me nothing has changed,” he said. “And I’m still getting a few emails a week from people who have just learned that the streak is over. I’m shocked that so many people were touched or inspired by this. All I did was go for a run.”

Valenzuela (then Lindsey Benson) celebrates during the NCAA Division III Volleyball West Regionals at La Verne in 2006. Cal Lutheran won the regional event and advanced to the Elite Eight in Virginia.
Valenzuela (then Lindsey Benson, right) celebrates during the NCAA Division III Volleyball West Regionals at La Verne in 2006. Cal Lutheran won the regional event and advanced to the Elite Eight in Virginia.

For anyone who knew Valenzuela, then Lindsey Benson, at CLU, her continuing commitment to excellence comes as no surprise. She was a four-year varsity letter winner, three-time All-American, volleyball team MVP and CLU Female Athlete of the Year who was twice named to the First All-SCIAC Team and in her senior year earned a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Second Team. After she graduated with a degree in exercise science, she was named to the University’s Volleyball 2000-09 All-Decade Team.

During college, Valenzuela began performing Olympic weightlifting as part of her off-season training regimen, and that naturally lent itself to the strength aspect of CrossFit, a mix of high-intensity exercises that test everything from balance to speed. With college behind her, she came to enjoy the camaraderie and challenges of her new sport.

“She still has all that ferocity and relentlessness that she had as a player,” said CLU volleyball coach Kellee Roesel, who remains one of Valenzuela’s biggest supporters and who has watched with great interest as her CrossFit career has blossomed.

“She’s absolutely perfect for that type of competition,” Roesel added. “You have to be a total athlete. You’re trying to beat somebody else, but I think Lindsey’s biggest competitor is herself. That’s why she’s so good. She is never satisfied.”

Valenzuela said she owes much to her teachers and coaches at CLU. She works out and coaches at DogTown CrossFit in Culver City, where she puts into action the lessons she learned on the court and in the classroom about health and fitness.

She also has co-opted the one-word motto that came to define and drive the CLU volleyball squad – believe. In fact, the word appears on her shorts and other workout gear to remind her of what can be accomplished with focus and effort.

“I learned from my teammates, my teachers and my coaches that you have to believe in what you are doing in order to be successful,” Valenzuela said. “If you work hard, have determination and believe in what you are doing, whatever dream you have you can accomplish.”

In October, she headed to Berlin as a member of Team USA to take on Team World in the CrossFit Invitational.

When she dreams big, Valenzuela envisions a gold medal finish at next year’s World Games. And she dreams about the possibility of spreading the gospel of CrossFit by bringing it to university campuses such as CLU and serving as role model – much like Mark Covert did the early days of running – to bring new converts to the sport.

She has earned a master’s degree in coaching and administration from Concordia University and is deriving as much satisfaction from working with clients in the gym as she does pushing through her own workouts.

“All I’m doing is working out,” Valenzuela said. “But if I can help someone make themselves get up in the morning and want to make themselves better just by seeing me compete or seeing me do a workout as an example, that’s great. Knowing that I can help somebody else is going to help me get up in the morning.”

Fred Alvarez is a high school history and journalism teacher who lives in Ojai. For more than two decades, he was a staff writer for daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Real-Life Forrest Gump To End Streak

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Mark Covert, shown here in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, was the first person to finish a race wearing Nike shoes.
Mark Covert will voluntarily end his 45-year streak after a run on July 23.
The last time Mark Covert took a day off from running Lyndon Johnson was President, The Doors had just released the soon-to-be-No. 1 hit “Hello, I Love You” and Mickey Mantle was winding up his final summer with the New York Yankees.
Believe it or not, Covert, a 62-year-old community college teacher and coach from Lancaster, Calif., has run at least a mile (and has averaged more than 9 miles per day) every single day since July 23, 1968.
Think about that for a moment.
In the summer of ‘68, the U.S. was deeply entrenched in the Vietnam War, The Beatles were back in the studio working on the record that would become known as “The White Album” and Neil Armstrong was a year away from becoming the first man to set foot on the moon. Covert was doing Forrest Gump proud decades before the movie came out.
Covert’s running streak, which reached 16,426 consecutive days on July 12, is the world’s second-longest, according to the United States Running Streak Association and Streak Runners International.
But, in part due to a nagging right foot injury, he plans to end the streak voluntarily after a run on July 23, the 45th anniversary of the streak’s inception.
“I could have ended this years ago and recently, I could have ended it a few months ago,” says Covert, who has run more than 151,000 miles during his streak. “I can’t really run hard and train anymore because of my foot, so that’s why I’m OK with ending it. At some level, what’s the difference if it’s 16,420 or 16,430 days? It makes no difference, but getting to 45 years was significant to me, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
In running perspective, Covert started his streak a month before the inaugural U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon was held and five years before Haile Gebrselassie, perhaps the greatest runner of all time, was even born. Meanwhile, as Covert’s streak began, a skinny 17-year-old kid named Steve Prefontaine was preparing for his senior year at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Ore.
Covert was also 17 when the streak started, freshly graduated from Burbank High School in Southern California. He was a good high school runner who continued his competitive career at Fullerton State College, where he would run a 4:09 mile and win the 1970 NCAA Division II cross country championships.
He also placed seventh in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Eugene, Ore., a race that launched Frank Shorter on a path to winning the 1972 Olympic Marathon in Munich. In that race, Covert ran a personal-best 2:23:34 and became the very first person to cross a finish line wearing a pair of Nike shoes.
He continued racing recreationally into his late 30s and continued training into his 50s. In recent years, he’s spent more time on a bike because he’s still able to push hard with less stress on his foot.
Two-time British Olympic marathoner and former marathon world record-holder Ron Hill, 74, is credited with the world’s longest streak, which dates back to December 1964. However, his span includes workouts on crutches after a car crash and bunion surgery in the 1990s that limited his normal running routine.
The next longest streak among U.S. runners belongs to Jon Sutherland, a 62-year-old writer from West Hills, Calif., who has logged at least a mile every day since May 26, 1969. Six other American runners have run every day for at least 40 years and 80 have streaks of 25 years or longer.
The top woman on the current U.S. streak list is Barb Latta, 71, a retired librarian from Raleigh, N.C., who has logged 10,802 straight days over the past 29 years. She took over the top spot last year after Minnesota’s Julie Maxwell slipped on ice and broke an ankle, ending a streak of 12,212 consecutive days dating back to 1978.
Covert has run through illness and several injuries, including a torn meniscus 10 years ago and occasional bouts of plantar fasciitis.
“I’ve always said that it’s not something that I have to do, but something I get to do,” Covert says. “As much as it is about going out the door every day, there’s a whole lot of luck involved, too. You can’t step in a hole or get so sick you can’t get out the door, but I’ve been very fortunate with my health in general.
“It’s obviously been a lot of fun, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. I’ll keep running after the streak ends. I really like putting my shoes on and getting out there, even if I’m out hobbling for 3 miles.”

Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2013/07/news/real-life-forrest-gump-to-end-streak_78620#uvEz4DMGW6HV7TMo.99

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rob DePerna, BHS 1970 (1951-2013)

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Robert DePerna passed away this morning from pancreatic cancer according to Mike Singorelli.

Rob was retired from the studios and living in Santa Monica at the time of his death.

Rob is survived by his 4 children, 5 grandchildren, brother Ron, BHS 1974 and younger brother, Raymond.

His older brother, Rich DePerna, BHS 1967, passed away in 2003.

We will keep the DePerna family in our thoughts and prayers...

Provided by daughter, Colleen DePerna

Robert James DePerna was pronounced dead at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on the evening of November 5th, 2013. Robert was born in Burbank, CA on October 20th, 1951 to James J. DePerna and Josephine A. DePerna.

Robert graduated from Burbank High School 1970 and went on to attend L.A. Valley college. He worked for 32 years in the Motion Picture Union as a Gaffer for Warner Brothers. During his career he worked on such shows as; In the Heat of the Night, Something Wilder, That 70’s show and Monk.

Robert was a lifelong musician who played piano, organ and guitar. He was in the psychedelic rock band, The Boston Tea Party in the 1960’s with his late brother Richard DePerna.

Robert is survived by his two brothers, Ronald DePerna and Raymond DePerna. Also his four children, Chelsea DePerna, Colleen DePerna, Camille DePerna, Nicholas DePerna, and five grandchildren. Robert was a father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend that will be dearly missed. Services will be announced soon. Those who knew Robert are welcome to come and pay their respects.

Provided by Alan Landros and Joyce Starleaf

Robert "Rob" DePerna, BHS '70, passed away Tuesday night, November 5, 2013, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Rob was retired from the Camera Departments of the studios, where he had worked as an Electrician and as a Gaffer. He lived in Santa Monica.

While growing up in Burbank Rob attended Horace Mann Elementary, John Muir Junior High, as well as BHS with all of us. Among suvivors are his four children, his five grandchildren, and his two younger brothers, Ronald DePerna (BHS '74), and Raymond DePerna, also a BHS alum. The oldest brother, Richard "Rich" DePerna (BHS '67), who was a founder of the rock band, 'Boston Tea Party', passed away in 2003.

Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Rob's second daughter, Colleen DePerna. Anyone wishing to contact Rob's family may do so by e-mailing Colleen DePerna at deperna@gmail.com

Some of you have read the news of Rob's death on Facebook in the last two days, but this notice is going to 227 members of the Class of '70 so the majority of our class will be aware of Rob's passing. With Rob's passing there are now 45 of our classmates from BHS '70, that we know of, who are deceased. Our sympathy goes to Rob's family from the entire BHS Class of '70.

NOV 8, 2013 UPDATE

"Photo of Rob and Guy who are both passed. 1974...RIP"
Photo provided by Valerie Giessinger Scott, BHS '71, via Facebook
From left to right:
At left end with glass to mouth is Mike Reilly '71
Just to right of Mike Reilly sitting in rear with thick beard is Steve Severeid '70
On left end of front bench, facing camera is Curtis Woolley '69
On middle of bench in blue and white plaid shirt with long dark hair is Gary Robb '69
In rear with just head showing wearing tinted glasses is Mike Tideback '67 - deceased January 2012
Standing in back and waving is Valerie Giessinger Scott '71 (her wedding reception in July 1974)
Sitting at right end of bench in white pants with long blonde hair is Guy Casagrande '70 - deceased August 9, 2005
Standing in back to the right of Guy Casagrande is Debbie Snow '71
Standing at far right is Rob DePerna '70 - deceased November 5, 2013

"Alan, I found this old article, our bands were friendly competitors back in the day.
Val Tonione"
Photo/article provided by Val Tonione via email to Alan Landros, both BHS '70


Thank you very much for everyones kind words about my Dad. I appreciate the stories and pictures, as I have been sharing them with my sisters. The funeral arrangements are moving along slowly, here there are.

An update on services for Robert DePerna. There will be a celebration of life at the Unurban Coffee house the Saturday, November 16th from 11 am- 3pm. Located at 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404. There will be food and music. Robert performed here for their open mic nights during the last years of his life.

The following Saturday on November 23rd in Burbank, CA we will be having a Memorial service, the location is not set in stone, but I will post the address as soon as I can. Both events are open to all friends and family.

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 from Colleen DePerna

Robert's memorial will be at the St. Francis Catholic Church on November 23rd, Saturday, on 3801 Scott Rd. in Burbank at 10am. All are welcome!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Robert Jaffie, Former BHS Teacher (1922-1973)

Photo from 1955 BHS Ceralbus yearbook

It is always nice to remember those who made a difference in our lives...

Cathy, I am a '55 grad of BHS. I am forwarding this e-mail I received from the daughter of Robert and Margaret Jaffie. Her name is Nancy. Her mother's obit appears on "bhsinmemoriam.blogspot". Until her mother's obit was published no one in my class that I know of has been able to find out what happened to her father who was my English teacher at BHS.

Formerly student body president at UCLA in the 40's, Robert Jaffie was a highly respected and very popular teacher at BHS. His daughter told me that her father and mother were both teachers at BHS when they were married. Apparently the City of Burbank School Administration wouldn't allow a husband and wife to teach at the same school so Nancy's mother transferred to Burroughs and completed her teaching career there.

Anyway, I thought that graduates from the late 40's and early 50's would be interested to learn more about Robert Jaffie and your forum seemed like a good way to do that.

Dick Erickson

Hello Dick:

I found my father's obituary notice as it appeared in the Washington Post in April, 1973. I also scanned a copy of a poem that was composed and read at his memorial service by a close friend of his. It was a very lovely and touching poem and there was not a dry eye in the house when he stepped away from the podium.

Best regards,

Here is the Obituary for Nancy's mother...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Margaret Elizabeth List Jaffie, BHS Teacher

Margaret E. Jaffie, BHS Teacher

Margaret E. Jaffie, 88, a retired public affairs officer for the Voice of America who conducted thousands of public tours of the international broadcasting operation during a 20-year tenure, died Feb. 12, 2009 at her home in Sun City Center, Fla., after having a heart attack while swimming.

She was a former resident of the District.Leading five or more tour groups a day through VOA's headquarters at 330 Independence Ave. SW, Mrs. Jaffie explained the broadcast network's mission and operations, answered countless questions and, in her words, "told America's story to the world."Those to whom she gave tours included entertainer Pearl Bailey, an African king, the boxers Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard and U.S. service people who listened to VOA while stationed overseas.

They also included, on one occasion during the Cold War, two heavyset men with Russian accents who said they were from New York. They actually were journalists from Pravda, the official Soviet newspaper."They wrote that they visited the Voice of America and met a feisty old lady, wearing tennis shoes, who was spreading propaganda," Mrs. Jaffie recalled in a 2002 VOA interview. Her tennis shoes were a way to cope with the long, uncarpeted corridors of the VOA building.

She also recalled a young man from Hungary who took her tour. "He said, 'I want you to know my uncle went to jail for listening to the Voice of America. That's why I'm here. I wanted to hear it, too.'"I was thrilled," Mrs. Jaffie said.

In 1989, she received the Congressional Award for Exemplary Service to the Public. The citation read in part: "Mrs. Jaffie's pride and affection for VOA and its people are contagious. Visitors -- be they members of Congress, foreign diplomats or American high school students -- come away from her tours excited by what she has shown and told them."

She was born Margaret Elizabeth List in Scranton, N.D., and received a bachelor's degree in 1941 from St. Cloud State Teachers College (now St. Cloud State University) in Minnesota. After graduating, she moved to California, where she lived with an aunt and taught international relations and English at Burbank High School. (Future film star Debbie Reynolds was one of her students.) She also married a fellow teacher, Robert Jaffie.

A few years later, her husband joined the U.S. Information Agency Foreign Service, and in 1955, the couple began a 16-year odyssey that took them to India, Nepal, Pakistan and China. During their first overseas assignment in Calcutta, Mrs. Jaffie worked as a volunteer with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. She also volunteered teaching American English and American culture to young Indians.

The Jaffies moved back to Washington in 1972 because of Robert Jaffie's failing health. After his death in 1973, Mrs. Jaffie became a State Department escort officer, arranging itineraries and accompanying foreign officials, academics, journalists and other visitors on tours of the United States.

She became a VOA tour guide the next year. At her retirement ceremony 20 years later, her colleagues presented her with a pair of tennis shoes dipped in bronze.In retirement, Ms. Jaffie lived in Falls Church and had a second home in Sun City Center, where she swam daily.

She made frequent trips to Egypt and later Botswana to visit her daughter and also made several trips to New Delhi to visit old friends. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Jaffie of Springfield; and a sister. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Thank A Soldier - Nov 2, 2013

This year our goal is to send 1000 packages to our deployed military in Afghanistan for Christmas. Last year we sent 560 packages. Stop by, enjoy the day and help us meet our GOAL !

Hope to see you there !!!

Greg Alaimo, BHS '66

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dennis Howell, BHS '64 (1945-2013)

So sorry to hear and we send our deepest condolences to the family...

We just received the sad news that our friend and Classmate from Burbank High Class of '64, Dennis Howell, lost his long and hard-fought battle with cancer last Sunday Morning. Even after his diagnosis, Denny "carried on with life", living it to the fullest and sharing every precious moment with his loving wife and also BHS '64 classmate, Mary Lee Belloni Howell. He never complained and he handled his illness with dignity and courage and a strong belief in God.

Dennis grew up in Burbank and many of us knew him at Luther Burbank Jr. High...
He and Mary Lee and their little kitty, enjoyed camping and traveling with their friends who had trailers and RV's.

Denny also loved to sing and was a member of his church choir.

Denny always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. We will miss his gentle spirit and friendship.

There will be a Memorial Service for Dennis this coming Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Denny's and Mary Lee's church at the corner of Grant and Highway 20, in Lebanon, Oregon...The time will be 3PM.

If anyone would like to send a note or a card of condolence to Mary Lee Howell, here is the address:
Mrs. Dennis Howell and Family
661 E. Isabella St.
Lebanon, Oregon 97355

OBITUARY from the Lebanon Express
October 23, 2013 2:00 am

Obituary: Dennis George Howell
Feb. 12, 1945 - Oct. 13, 2013

Dennis George Howell, 68, of Lebanon, died at his home on Oct. 13, 2013.

He was born Feb. 12, 1945 in Burbank, California to John Monroe and Florence Marie (La Pask) Howell.

He graduated from Burbank High School and attended junior college in Woodland Hills, California. He worked as parts department manager at various car dealerships in southern California for 42 years.

He married Mary Lee (Belloni) Koontz on Feb. 11, 2006 in Las Vegas and moved to Lebanon that same year.

He worked as a courier for Medicap Pharmacy until retiring earlier this year.

He was a member of the Lebanon First Christian Church where he served as a church elder. He enjoyed county western dancing, gardening, and watching western movies.

He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Burbank Acapella Singers, a barber shop quartet, the Lebanon First Christian Church Choir, the Louis Lehman Christian Chorale, the Lebanon Community Choir, and the Master’s Men’s Choir.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lee Howell, of Lebanon; step-daughter Deborah L. Scroggin, of Ventura, California; step-sons Michael E. R. Koontz and Brandon R. Koontz, both of Santa Clarita, California; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and cousin Roberta “Bobbie” Orsatti and her three sons, all of Bend.

His parents died before he did.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Lebanon First Christian Church.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lebanon First Christian Church sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tyler McCauley, BHS '65 (1947-2013)

Received this email today from Trudie Lombard Hentze, BHS '65. Please keep the McCauley family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sorry to have to pass on sad news...

J. Tyler McCauley passed away at his home on September 25th. He was married to our BHS 65 Classmate, Patricia Goldstone.

Tyler worked for Los Angeles County his entire career of 39 years, and served as the Auditor-Controller from 2000 to 2008.

The following is the information on the memorial service for Tyler:

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church (located across from Burbank High School)
700 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Lunch Reception to follow at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following organization of Tyler’s choice:
AWANA Club International
In Memory of J. Tyler McCauley
15877 Collection Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60693-0158

Click here to leave a message for Pat and his family on the Forest Lawn website:


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

William G. Montenegro, BHS '72 (1953 - 2013)

Sad news for the Burbank High's 1972 Class... Just found this in the Burbank Leader this morning

William G. Montenegro


September 17, 2013 

William G. Montenegro, 60, of Burbank, California, passed away on August 13, 2013 in his home after a long battle of cancer.

William was born in Costa Rica on February 18, 1953. He graduated from Burbank High School. He enjoyed a long, passionate career at Warner Brothers (Motion Pictures); but most of all, he lived an active and very social life, cherishing his time and experiences with his friends and family.

William is survived by his wife, Jing; mother, Jeannette; father, Herminio; sisters, Jenny Mattox and Maritza Amaro; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A public burial was held on September 11, 2013 at Pierce Brothers Valhalla, 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.