50th Class Reunion!

BHS Save the Date-lowres

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!

Diary of an Award-Winning News Photographer (Pt 1)

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 1 of his timeline. I asked Bob to share some of his best photos.

We graduated high school during a tumultuous pivotal year.  Who knew!

I remember photographing Richard Nixon at a stop he made at Burbank High during the presidential campaign. That year started out with the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam and the capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korea.  Martin Luther King was assassinated.  Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. The Democratic convention in Chicago erupted in rioting.  Richard Nixon was elected president.  Apollo 8, a manned mission, orbited the moon.

Into all that we marched, fresh from BHS.

I feel that I learned to be a fly on the wall, an observer, which suited my personality and served me well in 45 years as a news photographer.

I enjoyed my history and English classes at BHS and it turned out that I got to watch history unfold before me in my career.

SEPTEMBER 1968 – JUNE 1970 – Attended LA Valley College, took journalism classes and worked really hard as I wanted to impress a woman I met in journalism.  Photographed Angela Davis and my first demonstration in 1970 when then Governor Ronald Reagan shut down the California University system to avoid violent reaction after the Kent State shootings.

SEPTEMBER 1970 – JUNE 1973 – Attended San Fernando Valley State College and majored in Journalism.  Photographed William Kunstler, Tom Hayden and some of the Chicago 7 defendants,  The Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Jane Fonda and was taken into custody on May 5, 1971 during a Kent State anniversary demonstration in Northridge.

MARCH 1973 – MAY 1978 – Landed a part-time night lab job at the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle where I learned my craft as I worked there for 5 years . Photographed joy, beauty and tragedy during those years and won a couple of State photo awards.  Was the photo editor there for 2 1/2 years.

President Jimmy Carter points a water canon at the press boat as he toured San Francisco Bay. The press boat had accidentally drifted too close to the presidential tug boat and he was joking with us. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin)

MAY 1978 – JANUARY 1979 – Quit my job and traveled to Spain, studying Spanish in Valencia for two months. Then traveled around the US a little and went to Israel where I lived for three months in Jerusalem with my girlfriend who was doing a year abroad.  Met Correspondent Dial Torgerson there and worked on a couple of stories with him including a memorial service for Golda Meir.

JANUARY 1979 – Returned from Israel and got hired on as a temporary photographer at the Los Angeles Times.

JANUARY 1980 – Hired full time at the Los Angeles Times.

MAY 1980 – Replaced injured Times photographer after Mount St Helens erupted in Washington to cover search and recovery for the Los Angeles Times.

The Mount St. Helen’s crater continued to spew out ash and smoke as they flew over. Bob was making photos when the helicopter crew chief started waving his arms sit down because they were afraid that the mountain was going to explode again. It didn’t.

 

Rescue worker smoking a cigarette through his ash filtering mask at Mount St. Helens. It had rained and the raindrops carried the still-circulating ash all over the countryside. You can see ash drops on top of the VW van. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin)

SPRING 1981 – Went with Dial Torgerson to El Salvador to cover the civil war shortly after Maryknoll Nuns were murdered.

Aftermath of a Death Squad hit in San Salvador in 1981. Bob was across the street from his hotel, walked out after breakfast and found this scene. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin)

Davy Croakette, the frog, was the winner in his heat at the Calaveras County jumping frog contest. The guys put their frogs down and then launched themselves to scare the frog into jumping. Bob’s frog image won a 1982 National Headliners Award. “I had a fun free trip to Atlantic City,” Chamberlin says. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin)

SUMMER 1983 – Dial Torgerson and a freelance photographer Richard Cross were killed on the border between Honduras and Nicaragua.

SUMMER 1983 – Worked on story about Latinos in Los Angeles which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Community Service in 1984.

SUMMER 1984 – Covered the Olympic Games in Los Angeles as an editor and photographer.

MARCH 1985 – Photographed story about a man in Missouri who was released after serving 5 years for murder that he didn’t commit.  Another inmate confessed to the crime.

SUMMER 1985 – Studied Spanish in Madrid and traveled around the Iberian Peninsula.

FALL 1985 – Photographed story about brutality in Haiti and was the first media person to photograph Baby Doc Duvalier in 5 years.  He fled the impoverished nation three months later.

JANUARY 1986 – 1994 Became photo assignment editor and then Senior Photo editor, running day to day operations at the Times at a time when there were bureaus from San Diego to Ventura County.  Managed about 100 people.

JUNE 1987 – Traveled to China with my parents and met someone I knew walking on the Great Wall of China.  Los Angeles Times reporter Ed Chen was walking up the wall as I was walking down.  Neither of us knew the other was in China.

APRIL 1988 – Met Diane Lynch, my future wife, while studying Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala.

FEBRUARY 1990 – My father died in February.

JUNE 1990 – After traveling in Morocco, studied Spanish in Granada, Spain during a trip to rest after dad’s death.

NOVEMBER 1990 – Proposed to my girlfriend Diane Lynch during trek through the Annapurna region Nepal.  Turned 40 during the trip.

APRIL 1992 – Organized coverage of the Rodney King beating trial verdict and stayed overnight at the downtown office of the Times as it was attacked, shot at and set afire on the first night of the riots. Continued to work on coverage throughout the following week and the aftermath. Los Angeles Times was awarded Pulitzer Prize for coverage.

AUGUST 1992 – Ran the Los Angeles Times photo coverage of the Republican National Convention in Dallas Texas.

continued in next post.

 

 

Tainted Visions

Abel Santoro came to Las Vegas because of a great job offer. With his career underway, a new home, and a happy family, he is fatally injured in what appears to be an accident. His young wife, Dawn, has little chance to grieve due to the looming threat of poverty—maybe even homelessness—for herself and infant daughter. She perseveres through false hopes and setbacks until an older married man, who has secret information about Abel’s death, offers a life of wealth and privilege for herself and daughter—with a mansion of their own to live in—if she would become his mistress and bear him a child.

Dawn tries to buy time, but fears that the man’s offer could vanish along with what might  be her daughter’s only real chance in life.

In Tainted Visions, a young woman, whose simple world has been torn apart, must either surrender her dignity and freedom, or face challenges that will test the limits of her wits and courage.

Tom Tanksley, 1968

Tom Tanksley, 1968

Sound interesting? The author is our Burbank High ’68 classmate, Tom Tanksley, who is offering a free hardback copy of his novel to the first five people who ask. He calls it fast-paced but complex women’s historical fiction, with themes of real world survival and a touch of sexual harassment. It could easily be read on a plane, “but not while multi-tasking.” Tom has spent the last thirty+plus years as a civil litigation attorney and mediator in Las Vegas (which he calls “Sin City”), representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He opened his own office in 1998, but prior to that he was involved in many cases, trials and appeals including multi-million dollar matters covered on the pages of Las Vegas newspapers.

Thomas Tanksley

Tom says that all he wants in return is a review of the book, and a comment posted on the website for the book which is now being developed.

He is planning on coming to the 50th Class Reunion, and wonders if anyone would like to join him in a round of golf?

If you are interested in taking up Tom’s offer of a free hardcover book, send an email with your address to burbankhigh1968@gmail.com and we’ll see that your request gets to Tom. Or if you are interested in playing golf, use the same email address.

Don’t forget that Registration is now open for the 50th Class Reunion! Find out who’s planning on coming by clicking here.

Bucket list travel … on a budget

Roger in Vietnam

Roger Guggenheimer

Roger Guggenheimer

Those of you who are Facebook friends with BHS’68 grad, Roger Guggenheimer, have seen postings about his current travels in Southeast Asia. Roger, who describes himself as an “international traveler, adventurer, diver, former hitchhiker, educator, and one-time home builder,” is now in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on a two-month trip to Asia which began January 7th. His itinerary includes Bangkok, Krabi, Ko Lanta, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Sapa, and Ho Chi Minh City.

I asked Roger to share some of his travel tips and tricks on how he is able to get to so many out-of-the-way places and here are his suggestions:

  1. To book some of the flights and most hotel type places, he used Orbitz.com, which keeps tracks of all your bookings. If you click the plane or book at the end, it will open a detailed, printable version of your booking.
  2. For domestic flights in Thailand and Cambodia, he booked with Air Asia directly. Everything was in user-friendly English.
  3. For train and bus reservations, he used The Man in Seat Sixty-One. This guy tells you everything you need to know about ground transportation in many countries. For Asia, he sends you this link: https://12go.asia/en which is billed as the best budget travel service for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and more.
  4. Roger says that you can use the 12goasia.com website to book ferries and boats, but he went directly to the ferry provider: www.phuketferry.com. Everything is in English and very user-friendly.
  5. He uses TripAdvisor to search out possible destinations, then looks at the reviews to determine how good or bad a place really is, and the prices.
  6. Next he went to Amazon to buy and take along a waterproof map for the trip.
  7. He looks to the Lonely Planet travel guides for “fabulous logistics and survival tips.”

In a follow-up email titled “How to create a trip out of thin air” (!) Roger wrote:

I almost forgot to include these “essential” websites. I say essential, because if one has no clue what they are getting into, or how to accomplish it independently, you can “cheat” by using these two travel companies websites. They’ve already been there and done that.

This means: they’ve got photographic day to day itineraries completely written out.  They are very expensive companies, but their websites are free. The websites include ideas, itineraries day by day, and even gorgeous videos (look under inspiration) or video tabs). It’s all there already complete. So if you are a budget traveler and do-it-yourselfer like we are, you can copy any part of their ready made itineraries.

Another major and important resource that I forgot to mention is using “Google flights“—simply go to the website, enter you destination and dates, and the software does all the best flight research for you. I used to spend days looking for the best flight prices—not any more. In less than 5 minutes, Google flights finds the best (cheapest) flights to go anywhere. I’ll show you a sample below, as well as giving you to the 2 travel company links. Here goes:

www.audleytravel.com/us/vietnam

www.oattravel.com/trips/land-adventures/asia/inside-vietnam/2018/itineraries?icid=prnavmn_itinerary

www.geekyexplorer.com/ninh-binh-itinerary/

I’ve picked out some of Roger’s latest photos to share with the class—for those who only dream of visiting that part of the world. He comments on the amazing colors and beauty of the people and the culture.

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Thanks, Roger, for sharing. Why not ask him about his trip IN PERSON at the 50th Class Reunion in October?!

Girl Scout Days

We’re in the generation called the Baby Boomers, and now that it’s our 50th Class Reunion year, people are feeling a little nostalgic, and are reminiscing about the past. It surely is fun to see old photos of ourselves, isn’t it? What’s even more amazing is being able to recognize and remember people from “way back when.”

Our classmate, Jan DeJaegher, posted this photo on Facebook recently.

Girl Scout Troop with Mrs. Nash and Mrs. DeJaegher, troop leaders.

I asked Jan if she could identify all the girls in the photo, and as far as I can tell, most of them became Burbank High graduates, Class of 1968, and with a little help from Facebook friends, here are the names:

Front Row (L-R): Janene Verge, Cindy Drucker, Shelley Baron, Lynne Giese, Darlene Carothers

Back Row: Mrs. Nash, Tonia Szilagyi, Betsey Nash, Kathy Musson, Jackie Speiser, Janet Robbins, Jan DeJaegher, Debbie Myers, Mrs. DeJaegher

Jan says that one of her favorite Girl Scout activities was bookbinding. “We each made a book by hand, bound and everything. Some of us still have our books.”

Other activities included horseback riding lessons, ice skating lessons, and cleanup projects at Camp Lakota, where this photo was taken:

Camp Lakota

Jan was good enough to identify these girls:

Front row (L-R): Christine Cullen, Janet Robbins, Jan DeJaegher, Betsey Nash, Debbie Myers, Sue DenHammer

Back Row: Jeannie Redberg, Tonia Szilagyi, Janene Verge, Kenda Vaughn, Melody Mackenzie, Lynn Giese

Jan also remembers sailing lessons, which served her well as she put herself through Cal State University Long Beach working at a sail loft making spinnakers. “Got to do a LOT of sailing, and never had to take out any student loans. Oh, and we sold Girls Scout Calendars and Cookies by the gazillions. Tonia (Szilagyi) always sold the most because her mom worked in a bank!”

Wouldn’t it be great if some of these girls show up at the 50th Class Reunion, scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018! Here are the important links:

Save the Date!

50th Reunion FAQs

Tentative Guest List

Senior Class Photos of Attendees

What people look like now!

50th Reunion Cruise

Memorial List

 

 

 

Golf, anyone?

BHS Golf Team 1968: (L-R) Jack Bray, Shannon Hill, Art Sullivan, Mike Mooney, Randy Prescott, Tom Tanksley, Gene Allred

Remember this photo of the Golf Team in the 1968 Ceralbus with the inscription:

This year the varsity golf team has the largest squad to turn out for golf in the history of BHS. There are nine men bombing the ball, averaging about 38-39 for nine holes, for the first six spots. Led by Captain Gene Allred, they are Rich Upstill (high point man), Tom Tanksley, Steve Potter, Mike Mooney, Randy Prescott, Art Sullivan, Shannon Hill and Pat Sullivan.

Our BHS’68 classmate Tom Tanksley wrote recently to say that he will be visiting Burbank soon to play golf and was reminded about fellow golfer, Gene Allred, whose death we announced in the post, “Rest in peace, Gene Allred.” He then read Randy Prescott‘s comment about Gene: I was really looking forward to talking to Gene again this side of Heaven. He used to make me so mad. He and I were on the Golf Team, where of course he was always #1. One day I “dared to challenge” him and cobbled together my best game of my life. Gene shot a 1-under-par 34. I remember him being very sincere and caring; he always said “I’m sorry” after each of my bad shots.

Tom found the newly-renamed Alumni Snapshots page, formerly called “Inquiring minds want to know” and was interested in reading about classmates who have filled out the Reunion Questionnaire. He especially enjoyed reading Randy’s anti-Lawyer rant, even though he is a retired one himself and shares this joke from Neil De Grasse Tyson, who got this lawyer joke from a lawyer:

The trouble with lawyers is the 90% that make the other 10% look bad.

Tom wrote: I might also add that my entire education and career could have gone into math and engineering as well, but sitting next to him (Randy) in advanced trig made me feel like a borderline dunce. Little did I know how much of a genius he was then given his accomplishments. So he is to blame for me going into poli sci and eventually law school (LOL!)

Hey, don’t forget to fill out the Reunion Questionnaire whether or not you are planning to come to the 50th Class Reunion on October 6! You can easily find the Reunion Questionnaire in the header as shown below:

Tom would like to invite any other golfers to join him at DeBell Golf Course on February 7 when he will be in town. He especially wanted to send his best wishes to Randy Prescott and to invite him to play golf if he is near Burbank on February 7.

(Use the Contact Us form if you want to get in touch with Tom Tanksley).

DeBell Golf Course in Burbank

 

Rest in peace, Gene Allred

Gene Allred

Another of our Burbank High Class of 1968 has passed away: Gene Allred died on January 11, 2018.

According to the obituary published in the Mail Tribune:
He had many passions and a profound love of God, family, friends, and wilderness. Gene’s amazing spirit will endure in the many lives he’s impacted with his sincere kindness, contagious enthusiasm, and unwavering optimism.

He is loved and cherished by his wife, Peggy; his three sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan, Rachel, Jason, Kimberly, Kyle, and Ari; his seven grandchildren; his brother, Ed Allred; and his sister, Rives Wiggins.

Gene’s life will be celebrated Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, Oregon.

Gene was an Emergency Physician in Ashland, Oregon. He was a whitewater guide for 20 years, a swiftwater rescue instructor, avid backpacker, backcountry skier, scuba diver and sea kayaker. He taught wilderness medicine on six continents and was the Director of National Conference on Wilderness Medicine.

Gene Allred

He was Founder and President of Wilderness and Travel Medicine, the oldest and largest organization in the USA which specialized in providing education and training on medical care in the wilderness and austere environments to physicians and other medical professionals.

“Our courses prepare participants to become more adept at rendering emergency medical care in wilderness environments, which can be remote and austere. These courses are also excellent preparation for medical problems associated with foreign travel, medical missions, and disasters.

Our Wilderness Medicine conferences have earned a reputation of excellence for over 30 years largely on the strength of our world-class faculty. Another unique strength is the emphasis on more practical topics and workshops. We are also the largest provider of CME conferences in adventure travel locations worldwide.”

Gene was also the Founder of Adventure Whitewater, which was the largest whitewater rafting professional guide service in Northern California.

In looking over his profile on LinkedIn, I was pleasantly surprised to find out Gene and I shared an alma mater in the University of Southern California. Go Trojans!

Here’s what some of our classmates have posted on Facebook:

He was highly accomplished when he passed. (Steven Lester)

Beautiful description of Gene and his life after BHS. Condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace. (Louise Good Hernandez)

I remember his broad smile and kind nature. (Michael Katzman)

***We have also received notice that former BHS orchestra and bands teacher, Dave Olson, passed away last summer on August 12, 2017, in addition to former Boys Vice-Principal, Jack Ricketts, who died in early January. Mr. Ricketts later went on to become the principal of John Burroughs High School.

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s now 2018 which means that it has been fifty years since we were seniors at Burbank High School! (Yikes, can you believe it!) With a New Year, it’s a chance for a fresh start, a new beginning, time for a New Year’s Resolution. Oh, you can always resolve to watch what you eat, exercise more, take up a new hobby, etc., but perhaps you can put this one on your list:

In the last post, “Inquiring minds want to know,” you’ll see that we’re posting the results of the questionnaire on our website. There simply isn’t enough time to talk to each person individually at the reunion, so the questionnaire is a way to help everyone “catch up” with what’s been going on in your life. We all want to know the answer to, “Hey, whatever happened to _____ (fill in the blank)?”

In case you won’t be able to come to the Reunion, the questionnaire is also a way to communicate with your classmates when we post your answers on the website.

You can download the Reunion Questionnaire by clicking here. We have also placed it in the Header:

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Because the  post was written in December, when people are distracted by the holidays, only a few brave souls sent in their questionnaires.

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Randy Prescott, 1968

But now, we’ve had our first response in January 2018, and it has come from Randy Prescott! For a long time, he was one of our “long lost” classmates since we had no current address or email for him. No wonder—he has moved from Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and now lives in Alexandria, VA. He has been married to Diane Marie Prescott for 30 years—they met at Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she was a CalTech Software Engineer. Altogether he has five children: four daughters and one son. His oldest daughter, Tracy, received a PhD in PT from USC. His second daughter is in Georgetown Law School and working for the US Department of Education as a congressional liaison. His other children are at George Mason in Washington DC and Virginia Tech. (Hmm… that makes how many kids in college at the same time?!) Plus, they have a mini Australian Shepherd and two Maine Coon cats!

He retired at age 65 and finds himself volunteering a lot: dog therapy, Mexican Embassy host, MS Office Instructor and PGA Scoreboard supervisor. His latest volunteering gig is at the Office of Presidential Correspondence—that means if you write to the President of the United States, the response may be written by Randy!

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Randy with his dog, Josie.

His greatest accomplishments since high school include: (Lockheed) Wrote all RADAR and IR control software for F-117 Stealth Fighter; was the Team Lead on Stealth Cruise Missile. At Jet Propulsion Labs, he wrote Spaceflight Operations Center software to support Voyager-2 at Uranus and Neptune; and pointed antennas at quasars. At Boeing, he wrote software for Spacecraft, Satellites, and Aircraft. His last assignment was at Missile Defense National Team in Washington DC, integrating top-level control programs.

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Another photo of Randy.

His favorite memory at Burbank High, Randy says: This one is easy. Back in 12th grade, I had Ms. Scott for English. One day she assigned us another “girly” book to read—something like Scarlet Letter. I couldn’t resist and questioned her judgment. She in turn made me move my desk out into the hall and sit there for the rest of the class. It was actually fun out there, I was very popular with passerbys. Well, later in the day, I was notified to visit the Principal’s Office. When I arrived, the Principal and the Vice-Principal started to shake my hand. As it turned out they had called me down to congratulate me for some worthless award. Of course, I didn’t know that and I responded with “What happened? Did she quit?”

Randy has some advice to his classmates: Don’t go to law school. Law is good; lawyers aren’t. 

Thanks so much, Randy, for sending in your questionnaire!

Now for the rest of you, get busy and fill out the questionnaire!