The cast of “Dallas,” a show about a family dynasty.

Remember the television show, Dallas? It was a prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991. According to Wikipedia, the series “revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The series originally focused on the marriage of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes, whose families were sworn enemies with each other. As the series progressed, oil tycoon J. R. Ewing became the show’s breakout character, whose schemes and dirty business became the show’s trademark.”

Loanne Walker and her siblings

Loanne Walker

Even though Burbank High was nothing like Dallas, it does have its share of family dynasties. I’ve been meaning to do a Family Dynasty post about bunches of Burbank High School graduates in a single family. Just think, these families all walked the same hallways, and perhaps sat in the same classrooms.

There are lots of siblings, for example, the three Walkers: Loanne Walker Ginchereaux’68, Ed Walker’70 and Bev Walker’72.

Kathy Au

And in my family, there are five BHS grads: Kathy Au Crosier ’68, and my siblings, Margo Au Ewing ’70, Doris Au MacDonald ’73, Jim Au ’77 and Rick Au ’80. I know that there was a period of about 9 years running when there was always an Au sister in the music department!

Kathy Au Crosier and her siblings.

Teri Hill, 1968

Teri Hill

There were two generations in Teri Hill’s family: her mother Colleen Hill Dyer’45 and her aunt, Ann Avoux Dyer’52 went to Burbank High, followed by Teri Hill Clark’68. 

Teri Hill Clark and her mom, Colleen (center, seated) and aunt (seated right)

Annette Dinolfo

Annette Dinolfo Bennett recently listed herself and her siblings: Annette Dinolfo Bennett ’68, Christine Dinolfo ’72, Patty Dinolfo Richter ’74 and Jane Dinolfo ’81. Her children also attended Burbank High: Todd Costello X’91, Chad Costello, Trista Costello Blomdahl ’95 and Tanner Thomas Bennett ’05.  Annette’s husband, Tom Bennett ’68 and his brother, Jim Bennett ’66 are also Bulldogs.

Annette Dinolfo Bennett’s family

Steve Raine

And can you believe that there are three generations of Raines, including Steve Raine, and his four children who also graduated from Burbank High School, but also his father, too! The whole Raine clan includes Paul Raine ’41, his son Steve Raine ’68, and the grandchildren, Kristen Raine ’95, Amy Raine ’97, Molly Raine ’99 and Darcy Raine ’02. This list, though, does not include his father’s brothers or sisters, or Steve’s two brothers, all of whom were Burbank High Bulldogs.

Steve Raine’s family. His four daughters went to Burbank High, as well as his father.

Sallie Shelton

John Thomas

John Thomas

I think Sallie Shelton Thomas’ family, though, takes the grand prize with four generations! Starting with her grandfather, Ernst ‘Pete’ Brown X’12 who would have graduated in 1912, but he was working on the ranch ‘picking peaches’, or so the story goes. Other family members include her grandmother, Phebe Bowman Brown’18, her mom Marion Brown Shelton’41, her brother, Randy Shelton’64 and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Struck Shelton’64. Then came Sallie Shelton Thomas’68 and her husband John Thomas’68, and lastly their sons, Kory Thomas’88 (70 years after his great grandmother and 20 after John and Sallie), and Toby Thomas’91 (50 years after her mom).

(L-R), Randy Shelton & Mary Lou Struck Shelton’64, Kory Thomas’88, Marion Brown Shelton’41, Toby Thomas’91, John Thomas’68 and Sallie Shelton Thomas’68.

Whew! Anyone else?

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About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

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