50th Class Reunion!

BHS Save the Date-lowres

52 days to go …

52 days to go … and these people (probably) don’t know about the Burbank High 1968 Reunion! The deadline for receiving your payment is coming up fast:

September 5

We know that most of you are not actually lost or missing … we just don’t have your email address, which means you have not received any of our notices. Don’t you know that all of us miss you?

On the off chance you do a Google search on yourself, and find your name below, or if you are reading this and know the whereabouts of the missing, please contact us at burbankhigh1968@gmail.com! You may be on this list if the email address we had for you bounced back, or we never had an email address for you. This is a DIFFERENT list from the Missing Classmates list which means we have absolutely no information for you.

Volunteers Needed: If you are willing to make some phone calls, please email Kathy Au Crosier and she will put you to work!

Red indicates Alumni found! – Thank you!

Geri Elliot Alessi
Carol Youngblood Arnold
Maryann Arnone
Jim Baldwin
John Bauer
Glen Beltran
Steve Blatnik – sent to ’70 sibling
Janet Heins Blicha
Timothy Bonner
Jim Brooks
Rosemary Buckley Bunch
Chris Elizabeth Juliana Capra
Susan Denhammer Carvalho
Marilyn Chapman
Claudia Babbe Collins – contacted by letter
Michele Long Cook
Traci Higgins Cowan
Dan Craig
Sharon Dotson Davis
Carole Freeman Edelhauser
Stuart Farb
Carol Anderhalt Fischer
Janna Gibson
Christopher Grande
Ron Gwynn
Tom Haines
James Hannon
Stephen Hartenstein
Hans Hekking
Kristine Kunkes Hekking
Howard Hetchko
Andy Huston
Iris Cartaya Jackson
Camille Swagler Jiron
Jill Geldin Keenan
Kim Kirschbaum
Terri Thomas Koblin
Glen Kroll
Elmer Logan
Tom Maljan
Carol Marino
Terry Martins
Esther Matica
Gary McNamara – sent to ’70 sibling
Eva Leontiev Miles
Jolene Devore Munson
Penny Nicholls
Ron Nida
Ed Norris
Mike Obrien
John Pallotti
Susan Paquette – sent to sibling Sally Paquette
Bob Pew
Bob Reitherman
Cecilia Julagay Reppert
Harold Robbins
Kevin Rossow
Nancy Conger Rossow
Cherry Saxon
Jim Seaton
Sara Evans Seaton – phone call
Ken Severson
Susan Shapiro
Ed Sickert
Randy Slocum
Corinne Bugbee Smith
Linda Hausman Sojka – found on Facebook
Tony Sojka
Art Sullivan
Dwight Temple
Kay Gumm Turner
Debra Schilling Weber
Wayne Wells
Tim Work
Ron Yasbek




The countdown begins!

As of today, you have a DEADLINE for sending in your reservation for the 50th Reunion of Burbank High Class of 1968:

drumroll please…

September 5

Yikes! I thought our Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, at the Angeles National Golf Club! I thought I had plenty of time to send in my money!

We have to give our count to the Club by the September date, so it’s very URGENT that we receive your money as soon as possible!

And it’s so easy …

Click here

You can safely use your credit card or if you’d rather send a check, that’s okay. You can send a check (payable to “Burbank High Class of 1968”) to:

Burbank High Class of 1968
c/o John Wray, Treasurer
2751 Fierro Circle
La Crescenta, CA  91214

To check out the list of classmates who have paid, look at the list here. If we have received your money, you’ll see your names in Red. 

If you have paid but don’t see your name, contact Kathy Au Crosier pronto!

It’s going to be G -R -R -R E A T  to see everyone!



Travel back in time

Thanks to BHS’68 classmate Mike Katzman who has produced the following video invitation to our 50th CLASS REUNION!

51 years together

We have received the sad news that the husband of BHS’68 graduate, Teri Hill Clark, has died. BHS’67 Jerry Wade Clark “went steady” with Teri for four years during junior and high school, then they were married for forty-seven years, totaling an astounding 51 years in all! I do believe this is a class record!

From the Class of 1967 blog:

After five years of struggling with colon cancer and dementia, Jerry Clark passed away on June 2, 2018, at the age of 69. While Jerry was born in Glendale, CA and raised in Burbank, CA by his parents, Clifford and Gertrude Clark, Jerry’s heart was always in Carson Valley, having been a Douglas County resident since 1974.

Jerry is survived by his high school sweetheart of 4 years and wife of 47 years, Teri Clark. Jerry raised two sons here in Carson Valley, Wade and Nicholas Clark. He was the kind of father who taught his boys how to camp, hunt, fish, play football, baseball, and whatever other sport they decided to pursue. If Jerry wasn’t coaching or assistant coaching, he was at every event cheering on his sons.

Jerry was the owner/technician of Clark Dental Lab for over 30 years and passed on the principled work ethics to his sons that had been passed on to him by his father.

Jerry loved tying flies and making the poles, woodworking, and was an Open Water PADI SCUBA instructor.

At Jerry’s request, no services will be held, rather he requested you send comfort to Teri and Wade by sending memories/stories whether the stories make them laugh or cry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to “Reno Police Foundation” with “Dedicated to Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund” as the memo; The community Foundation of Western Nevada, 50 Washinton St. #300, Reno, NV 89503 as Jerry’s and Teri’s son, Sgt. Wade Clark works for The Reno Police Department or to Tahoe Youth and Family Services to continue the fight against substance abuse so other families might not lose a child to substance abuse as did the Clark family when they lost Nicholas.

Jerry Hill and our classmate, Teri Hill Clark in 2015.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Teri and her family.

More reasons to attend the 50th Reunion

From Classmates.com:

Summer is about to start, which means that school reunion season is almost here!

Less than excited about the prospect? We can understand. Truly. Maybe you haven’t kept in touch with anyone, or you have less-than-fond memories of high school, or you’re worried that you won’t have anything interesting to talk about.

Well, perhaps one of these reasons will persuade you to attend:

1 You need to feel young again. For some reason, a lot of people who attend reunions come away feeling like everyone else got old except for them. You, too, can be one of those people! But also…

2 You won’t have to pretend that you’re younger than you are. Keeping up the façade of a younger you gets tiring sometimes (trying to figure out how old you were supposed to be in 1978 is making your brain hurt). At the reunion, nobody will care how old you are because you’re all the same age.

3 Your social calendar could use some excitement. Don’t pass up the chance for a party, especially one that involves tons of reminiscing and embarrassing stories.

4 You’ll have someone new to share cute photos with. Your friends are getting a little tired of all the adorable pet/baby/grandchild photos you keep posting on Facebook. Here’s a chance to expand your social circle!

5. Everyone else is going. Peer pressure. Just like in high school.

Here’s the important information:

Even if you told us previously that you’re thinking of coming, here is where we take your money! You may have RSVP’ed or been contacted by Classmates.com. However, please go to the Registration Page to officially register.

50th Reunion FAQs – This page is updated continuously, so please check it frequently.

RSVP Guest List – check out the names in Red, meaning these people have paid.

Reunion Questionnaire – Even if you are not coming, please fill out the Questionnaire!

Senior Class Photos of Attendees – Pictures THEN

What people look like now!  – Pictures NOW

50th Reunion Cruise – Questions? Contact John Wray

Memorial List – Classmates who have died

Alumni Snapshots – Results of the Reunion Questionnaires

See what you’ve missed. Check out the Burbank High Class of 1968 blog.



The year that changed the world

If you haven’t seen it already, Life magazine issued a special commemorative issue called 1968: The Year That Changed the World. You can buy it online from Amazon or at your local bookstore.

Revisit 1968, one of the most pivotal years in modern history, a year that saw profound changes in everything from politics to race relations, music, art and culture. 

We were the Class of 1968, and we lived through tumultuous times: the war in Vietnam (“Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?!”); Johnson’s speech to not seek re-election (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President”); the assassination of Martin Luther King and the ensuing riots and fires across the country; the assassination of Robert Kennedy after he won the California presidential primary; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; and much, much more.

Popular culture during that time also turned out to be memorable—how about the Beatles and their trip to India to study Transcendental Meditation, followed by “Hey, Jude” and the “White Album”; Bob Dylan; Janis Joplin; the Rolling Stones; the Doors; the movie Planet of the Apes; the television show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In… Beautiful Downtown Burbank!

… we lived through it all, and graduated in June 1968 with a ceremony at the Starlight Bowl.

Now it is fifty years later, and it’s time to PARTY!

Here are the important details:

What: Burbank High Class of 1968, 50 Year Class Reunion
Saturday, October 6, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Where: Angeles National Golf Club, 9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
Cost: $75/person for buffet dinner

Register Here

50th Reunion FAQs

RSVP Guest List – check out the names in Red
for people who have paid

Reunion Questionnaire– even if you can’t come to the Reunion,please fill out and submit the questionnaire

Senior Class Photos of Attendees

What people look like now!

50th Reunion Cruise

Memorial List

Alumni Snapshots

The Big Game: Burbank vs. Burroughs

The Big Game was always Burbank vs. Burroughs

If you check out the Wikipedia article on high school rivalries, you might be surprised to learn that Burbank High School is listed along with John Burroughs. Remember them? the Indians? Our cross-town rivals?

The annual “Big Game” between cross town rivals the Burbank High School Bulldogs and the John Burroughs High School Indians is the last regular season game, and last league game, for both schools. It takes place at Memorial Field located on the campus of John Burroughs High School and draws an average attendance close to 10,000 people.

In fact, BHS’68 Tom Cartmill‘s favorite memory of Burbank was its victory over Burroughs in the football game of November 1967, when we were seniors.

There’s a recap of the game on Wes Clark’s Burbankia website:

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19. Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

How many of you were at that football game . . . and remember it? Post comments below!

Now, however, there is a new rivalry: Which Class of 1968 is going to have the biggest number of graduates at its 50th Reunion? Here’s the information about Burbank High’s 50 Year Reunion:

And here’s the invitation for John Burroughs:

Gary Robson, who is heading up the Burroughs’ class reunion, last reported that they have achieved 1/5 or 20% of their goal of 100 graduates attending the 50th Reunion.

If you check out the Burbank High 1968 Guest List page, you’ll see that there are 22 people’s names in red, which indicates that we have received your money for the banquet. Our goal is 150 attendees, and if everyone on the list sends in their payment, we should be fine. Right now, though, we’re just under 15% of our goal.

The clock is ticking, though . . . the Reunion is only 4 months away!

Here are some important links:

Register Here

50th Reunion FAQs

RSVP Guest Listcheck out the names in Red

Reunion Questionnaire

Senior Class Photos of Attendees

What people look like now!

50th Reunion Cruise

Memorial List

Alumni Snapshots


Fifty shades of gray

A few people feel conflicted about attending a 50th high school reunion, not just our Burbank High Class of 1968. I have to confess that without having the Ceralbus handy, I really don’t remember very many people in our large 600+ person class. And after all, it’s been 50 years! Egad!

For others, high school was a painful experience, a time of rejection and loneliness. Teri Hill Clark wrote on Facebook, “Feel like I’d be sitting on the sidelines like at a dance at John Muir!”

Carla Robinson Pollard said she sat with a bunch of women at the 40th reunion who considered themselves “unpopular,” and they all agreed that forgetting the time in high school was not a bad thing.

If you search the internet  you can even find a blog post called “Snow Crash: Don’t Go to Your 50th High School Reunion,” where the author writes: My high school experience was not so great.  It was a period in my life of great uncertainty, social isolation, and near-calamitous life choices. Somehow I pulled out of it in time, and I now think high school was something I survived, not something I enjoyed.  The reunion did what I guess it should have— it reminded me that now is the most important time of my life, not the past.

What was more interesting were the comments to that blog post:

The biggest learning for me, overall, was that I was not the only student who felt alone back then, and that my isolation had much more to do with my circumstances than with myself or any malicious intentions on anyone else’s part.

This gave me the opportunity to take a good look at my life as it was, how far I have come and how thankful I am for how I live today. I have taken care of myself. My friend told me I was the best looking woman there. Nevertheless, a former jock who is now a sloppy, fat, bald man with a flowing beard said he couldn’t remember me when I tried to make conversation with him. A former cheer leader who is now barely moving and unrecognizable would not look at me or return a smile. I guess sometimes old habits never die. But guess what? I will be at next year’s reunion — as a reminder to them that people change, that exclusion gets you nowhere, that compared to them, I am now both jock and queen.

I had a huge graduating class of 800 students and assumed when I attended my 40th reunion that almost no one would remember me. To my utter astonishment, as I walked into the hall and up to the reception desk, several people called out my name and exclaimed they thought I hadn’t changed a bit! Since I had very few close friends in school, I asked them how they recognized me after all these years. I was quite moved to hear that many people thought I was very friendly and dressed fashionably in school. I won the prize that night for having the most marriages (3) and can’t wait to go to my 50th reunion after losing 30 lbs at Weight Watchers and reaching my high school weight and also now having been married 4 times!

I guess when I think about it, my own 50th was partly a matter of realizing my life over the intervening years had been pretty good relative to a number of others in my class…..

I’m in the mulling stage right now. Sorta want to go; sorta don’t really want to go. And sorta don’t want to spend the $1,000 to $1,500 it’s going to cost me, between airfare, hotel, rental car, event tickets, etc. On the plus side, I can’t help but think it’s got to be one of the more interesting experiences we can possibly have, i.e., seeing people we knew in kindergarten but fifty years later. I figure they’ll all look like they’re wearing stage make-up to appear older for a class play… if I do decide to go, it will mainly be to see just a handful of people I still care about — maybe five or six of them— and share that experience together. 

It turned out to be an eye opener. It was like group therapy with the entire group feeling like they were not popular and basically having awful memories with the good. I couldn’t believe that these people I thought of as the popular group were as insecure as I was. I loved it! You know, misery in your teen years is just part of growing into an adult. I know high school was just a mixed bag, and I regret not being more sensitive to others, however I never thought a tone would think my approval mattered. I know I’m a better person, a more caring mom and citizen from my Twiggy moments. Ha! My girls think it’s hysterical I would be embarrassed by being too thin! I hope we get a really good attendance for our fiftieth, as I want to greet and congratulate all the classmates I grew up with, for just coming together. I admire especially the classmates that were gay, so hard to be different back then, and so stupid of us not to get it. There are always plenty of people that made me laugh, that I’d forgotten about. Just heard about a classmate that recently had a heart transplant.

Never sure in life what may happen in the future, but I love being in the present, and that means embracing the past, and looking forward to the future, and maybe finding a few old friendships along the way.

Reserve YOUR place at the Burbank High Class of 1968 / 50 Year Reunion today!

Go here to register.

Check out the Class Website: www.burbankhigh1968.net






RIP Mrs. Doris Adams, art teacher

Doris Adams, 1968

I had Mrs. Doris Adams for art at Burbank High. Did you?

Alan Landros ’70, sent us this:

Mrs. Doris Adams passed away at age 96 in March 2018.  She was born June 17, 1921, her passing being just a little more than three months from her 97th birthday.  After she retired from Burbank High she and her husband moved to Laguna Beach in the 1970’s.  They moved to a retirement residence in Aliso Viejo near Laguna Beach a number of years ago.  Mr. Adams passed away about nine years ago.  Mrs. Adams continued being very involved where she lived, including teaching art classes.  Up until the last few years she swam everyday, and continued to drive locally in Orange County.

In June of 2015 she attended our BHS ‘70 45th reunion at the Castaway in Burbank, along with her daughter-in-law, Linda Sherbert Adams – BHS ‘69, and her granddaughter, Kelly Adams Knott.  Mrs. Adams enjoyed a wonderful long life.  She had her 49th birthday on June 17th, the day before our class graduated from BHS on June 18, 1970, now almost 48 years ago!  I was one of the lucky ones who was in Mrs. Adams’ art classes during my senior year at BHS, and was able to keep in touch with her over the years, especially the early years after being in her classes.  Mrs. Doris Adams is survived by her family who loved her very much, her two sons and their wives, her grandchildren, and her six great-grandchildren.

This photo was taken on her 95th birthday in 2016.

Mrs. Adams, 2016

This photo was taken several years ago on her balcony where she lived in Aliso Viejo.

Mrs. Adams on her balcony

Here is a recent photo of Mrs. Adams and her grandson, Matt Adams.

Mrs. Adams and grandson, Matt

And before it’s too late…

We heard from Science, Math, Photography teacher and Junior Varsity Basketball coach Leon Frankamp recently who wrote: About three inches of beautiful wet snow here and the moisture is a blessing!  My cancer has returned but no details until next week as to how much and exactly where.  A biopsy will be done next week.  But, I am confident everything will be OK!   If you would share my info about the cancer with your address list, requesting prayer, sending prayer for my condition I would appreciate that very much!  Again, thanks so much.  With love and respect, Leon 

(If you would like to email Mr. Frankamp, click here)

Diary of an Award-Winning News Photographer (Pt 2)

Bob Chamberlin, 1968

Our BHS’68 classmate, Bob Chamberlin, who started at the Los Angeles Times in 1979, was the first Times photographer to go into a war zone, traveling to El Salvador in 1981. He went to Haiti in 1985, where he photographed Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier two months before the dictator fled the country. In 1986, he became a senior photo editor and helped shape coverage on events including presidential election conventions, the First Gulf War in Iraq and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. After the riots, he volunteered to return to the field as a photographer working for City Times in hopes of photographing healing in the city. On the Metro photo staff, he covered a variety of assignments in Los Angeles and he also worked as a weekend photo editor for the Sunday edition. He left the Times in 2015.

Here is Part 2 of his timeline.

APRIL 1993 – Married Diane Lynch in Berkeley, California which was on lock down because of the expected verdict in the re-trial of the Rodney King beating policemen.  My best man couldn’t make it to the wedding because he was working on the beating trial coverage.

MAY 1993 – Studied Spanish in Santiago, Chile during honeymoon.

JANUARY 1994 – Went back into the field as a photographer for Central City edition City Times and became Photo Editor for the 5 Zone Sections of the Times. City Times was set up to cover central Los Angeles, the area most damaged by the Rodney King riots.

JANUARY 1994 – Worked on coverage of the Northridge Earthquake which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1995.

MARCH 1994 – Birth of my daughter, Ellen.

Aftermath of a brush fire in Glendora Bob shot on his day off. Family had lost their home and returned to survey the damage. He gave the father a couple of airline bottles of scotch from his trunk to soothe his evening. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin)

JUNE 1995 – City Times and the other zone sections were closed because of declining ad revenue.  I returned to the Metro Photo Staff at the Times and became the page 1 Photo Editor for the Sunday Edition as well as a photographer for the rest of the week.

FEBRUARY 1997 – Assigned staff and Photo edited the North Hollywood shootout, for which the Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

JANUARY 1995 – JANUARY 2016 – Continued as photographer and Photo Editor, traveling and working locally.

OCTOBER 2003 – Assigned photographers and Photo edited the first day of the brushfires of 2003 when out of control fires burned in 5 counties from San Diego to Ventura County.  3,000 homes were destroyed.  The Los Angeles Times was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

MARCH 2006 – My mother died.

JUNE 2008 – Diane announced she wanted a divorce and agreed to stay in the same house for four years until Ellen graduated from High School.  After doing the paperwork, I decided I wanted to come out of this time with something more than a divorce.  So I got qualified to dry-suit dive, started studying theology and teaching classes at church and began to work on my black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

JUNE 2012 – My daughter Ellen graduated from High School, toured Europe and prepared to attend the University of California at Berkeley.

Retired fireman in the western foothills of the central San Joaquin valley who kept a vintage fire truck on his property. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin)

AUGUST 2012 – I received my black belt in Tae Kwan Do from Master David Johns at the San Pedro YMCA.  Began teaching in the kid’s Tae Kwan Do classes there.

JANUARY 2016 – Accepted a buyout from the Los Angeles Times after 36 years in the Photo Department there.

JUNE 2016 – My daughter Ellen graduated from The University of California at Berkeley.

OCTOBER 2016 – I studied Greek in Greece and toured archeological sites around the country.

DECEMBER 2016 – Spent Christmas with my daughter Ellen in New Zealand.

DECEMBER 25, 2016 – My mother-in-law Ellen Lynch Gerwick died at the age of 94.

JANUARY 2017 – Attended two memorial services for her.

APRIL 2017 – Worked on a Habitat for Humanity site at the site of a burned down neighborhood in Weed, California.

MAY 2017 – Started to date Dr. April Herron, a theologian and Methodist Minister.

JULY 2017 – Served as a chaperone at a Sierra Service Project Junior High work site at Chiloqin, Oregon.

AUGUST 2017 – My daughter Ellen returned to the US after spending 10 months traveling in the South Pacific. Southeast Asia, India and Nepal. Drove her Volvo station wagon to the Bay Area for her after keeping it in LA with me for the length of her trip.

NOVEMBER 2017 – Drove April’s Volvo station wagon to Minnesota from LA to give to her daughter, Christina.  Stopped to see my sister in Denver and cousins in Kansas and Missouri.

Bob Chamberlin

This has been absolutely fascinating, Bob, as you were a witness to many historical events. Thanks for sharing!