Kenda Vaughan, one of our Class of 1968 graduates, was surprised the other night, to see photos of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Burbank (!) in the film, “Paris, Texas.” The 1984 film is a story of Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for years and wanders out of the desert, needing to reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family (IMDb). It stars Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, and Dean Stockwell.

Kenda wrote on Facebook:  Imagine my surprise seeing my old school show up in the film PARIS, TEXAS when I watched it the other night at home on ROKU. I checked it out on IMDB and it proved me right. I saw my kindergarten room right off the bat and the playground where we had our once a year fun-filled School Carnival. If you are also an alumni of Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Burbank, you might want to check out this HARRY DEAN STANTON movie, too. Fun to view our old stomping grounds about 1/2 way through the movie! The Hollywood-Burbank Airport is also shown in the film but we from Burbank are pretty used to that.😎

Crilly Butler is also an alumnus of the Thomas Jefferson, and said he had no idea that it was used in this film. He does remember the annual carnival, though, and remarks: “Wow! That used to be SO much fun!!

One of our Class of 1968 alums lives near Paris, Texas: Merrily Thorne Prescott, and George Frigerio‘s mom lives in the next town over. How many of our Class of 1968 went to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School? It was one of three elementary “feeder” schools that was part of Burbank High School.

Just another reason to come to the 50th Class Reunion on October 6, 2018—Tenny Battles Kendryna writes: “This is a BIG celebration! Not just a high school reunion, but celebrate the fact that we are all still here! Now 68 isn’t old by any means, although our bodies may tell us differently! Right?! 😉😃 I hope to see a lot of you there!”

Tell us you’re coming by sending an email to “burbankhigh1968@gmail.”

Check out who else is coming to the 50th Reunion.

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Read the stories of your classmates here.

Here is a picture of the 1968 Ceralbus staff, with Kenda Vaughan smack dab in the middle of the front seated row.

Ceralbus staff: Seated (L-R): Cathy Fulan, Kenda Vaughan, Janene Verge. Back row: Carole Aikin, Melody Velasquez, Steve Kubelka, Joyce Mulder, Donna Parlin, Cathy Palmer.


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!

2 responses »

  1. Carol Thompson-Cooke-Stephenson-Walter says:

    I went to Jefferson, And John Muir as Carol Thompson and Carol Cooke in BHS. I am so glad to have found so many friends.
    I will be sending a 11 from pic because I didn’t take one in 12. And one from 8th grade. Hope to get it done soon.
    Is the. Website I can upload them too?

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