Today I received a report from WordPress.com about this blog: Nathan Myhrvold’s ground breaking Modernist Cuisine has 2,440 pages. This blog had about 10,000 views in 2012. If each view were a page, it would equal 4 copies of Modernist Cuisine.

It’s the end of the year, and a time when we look back on what has happened to us in 2012. This Burbank High Class of 1968 blog, for example, I started writing in January, and although I’ve lost a little steam lately, I resolve to keep working on it. There have been 58 posts; 10,180 pageviews, 184 pictures uploaded and 70 comments. Our best day was January 5th, when 464 of you clicked on the link I sent you to see what all the fuss was about. I mean, it will soon be 45 years since we all stood on that stage at the Starlight Bowl, ready to set the world on fire. Now many of us have either retired or are on the cusp of retirement!

Donna and her cousin, Ginger

Donna and her cousin, Ginger

One thing I am proud of is how we have been able to connect people, separated by time and distance. For example, my posts about Donna Canzoneri Wray led to her cousin finding her after 26 years. You see, to protect people’s privacy, I won’t publish everyone’s email address, but I’m happy to make connections. Want to get in touch with someone? Write me and I’ll try to connect you. (Unfortunately we don’t have everyone’s email address–some people are still missing.) We enjoy hearing about your successes, children, grandchildren and all your news.

What Fruit Am I, by Karen Walther Berg

What Fruit Am I, by Karen Walther Berg

Karen Walther Berg published a bilingual (Spanish/English) riddle book for kids 3-7 , called “What Fruit am I?” Karen writes: “This is to announce to you, my friends, that my first book has come out as an iPad book. You can purchase the App at the iPad App store. I am so excited and wanted to share this with you. My new website is www.whatamibooks.net and there you can see a preview of the book. You can also get the APP for free to preview it, and buy the APP after you have seen exactly how it works. The first one is about fruit, to teach concepts to young children in English and Spanish in a fun way. My secondary goal, my dream, is for parents and children to teach each other. The next one will probably be about vegetables. I would like to expand and offer these books in Japanese, Chinese, French. You might not know that I teach in a bilingual elementary school (Evergreen Elementary in Shelton, WA) and this is really dear to my heart and years in the making. Thanks to everyone who has had a part in making it come about.”

Also see this website to vote for Karen’s book: http://iheartthisapp.com/apps/what-fruit-am-i/

Another person I heard from recently is Morton Davis (aka Jim Morton). If you don’t recognize his name, he says “around 1994, I legally changed my name from Jim Bob Morton to Morton Davis. My grandmother’s maiden name is Davis and I wanted a ‘new/fresh start’. I adopted her maiden name as my last name and dropped my first names (Jim Bob) completely. You will find me in the 1968 year book as Jim Morton. My sister, Elaine Morton is in the 1967 year book, and my brother Eddie Morton is in the 1966 year book . . . I studied trumpet privately with a very fine musician named Silvio Savante (not sure of the spelling of his last name), in Burbank. When I was in fourth grade, I rented a Tenor Sax and signed up for the Emerson Elementary band. The band leader told me that he wouldn’t allow the saxophone in his band. That was very unfortunate, as I had no intention of playing trumpet or any other instrument in the band, and never had an interest in playing in any school band thereafter. When I was 19 years old, in Vietnam, I found an abandoned guitar. A fellow soldier taught me three chords and I began to learn how to play Bob Dylan tunes.” Morton says, “Thank you for all your great posts, regards Burbank Hi…class of 68′. Just want to take a moment to wish you a Merry Christmas and a most enjoyable and prosperous New Year, 2013.Looking forward to hearing more from you in the New Year.”

Keep those cards and letters coming! The best way to share is to write me using the “Contact Us” tab above.

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