Go, Bulldogs!

Burbank captured the league championship last season.

On Friday night after the family picnic (October 6), why not take in Burbank High’s football game against Crescenta Valley? It’s close by Johnny Carson Park — Memorial Field at Burroughs High— and another fun-filled option for nostalgic memories.

So suggests BHS’68 Donna Canzoneri Wray, who sent along a clipping from the Los Angeles Times:

Crescenta Valley High quarterback Cole Doyle and the Falcons will meet Burbank in a key Pacific League game at 7 p.m. Friday at Burroughs High’s Memorial Field. (Tim Berger | Staff Photographer)

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High)

RECORDS: The Falcons are 6-0, 3-0 in Pacific League; the Bulldogs are 3-3, 2-1

LAST WEEK: Crescenta Valley defeated Burroughs, 28-7; Burbank defeated Pasadena, 52-14

OUTLOOK: Crescenta Valley remained in first place in the Pacific League with rival Arcadia after turning back Burroughs. It wasn’t easy for the Falcons, who held a 7-0 halftime lead before getting on track in the second half. Crescenta Valley broke away in the third quarter, getting a 37-yard touchdown run from quarterback Cole Coyle and a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown from Vincent Parrott. Doyle rushed for 126 yards in 18 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns. Doyle completed 11 of 18 passes for 153 yards and one interception. On the season, Doyle has completed 96 of 149 passes for 1,288 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s rushed for 884 yards in 115 carries and 18 touchdowns. Receiver Colby Rees caught three passes for 89 yards. The Falcons continue to thrive on defense. Crescenta Valley, ranked second in CIF Southern Section Division VII behind San Jacinto, has yielded seven points four times this season. Burbank, which captured the league championship last season, bounced back with a huge effort against Pasadena. The Bulldogs received a big effort from wide receiver Erik Harutyunyan, who caught three touchdowns passes and intercepted two passes. He caught eight passes for 165 yards. Burbank quarterback Matthew Porras completed 18 of 28 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns and teammate Isaac Glover rushed for 125 yards in 17 carries and three touchdowns.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: Crescenta Valley is 3-2 against Burbank since 2013, though Burbank recorded a 37-20 victory last season.

Great idea, Donna!



Janene Verge Ferguson

Janene Verge

Janene Verge Ferguson met her husband John C. Ferguson ’67 at Burbank High whom she describes as “super handsome baseball player.” They met at the Westward Ho restaurant after a Backwards Dance sitting at a round table for 5 couples. Janene was a junior and John was a senior and both were with other dates. They sat across from each other and kept looking at each other over their menus. Then they kept “running into each other” between classes; said “Hi” — then finally got a chance to talk at a basketball game. A few weeks later John called for a date to go to the Ice House, April 22, 1967. They dated off and on through college and married five years later on April 22, 1972. It totals 46+5 representing the years they have known and loved each other!

They have two daughters, Aubrie, 40, married with a daughter Linnaea 9 and son Quade 6-1/2; and Lancianne, 37, married and expecting her first child, a girl, in November. Aubrie lives 20 minutes away and is an editor at Teacher Created Materials. Lancie is in Monrovia and is an Executive Assistant for the Headmaster at Mayfair School in Pasadena. They both have wonderful husbands!

Janene obtained a Bachelors in Fine Arts from USC in 1972 and Masters in Public Art Studies from USC in 1995.

She is retired almost 3 years from the City of Torrance as Cultural Services Supervisor. She does lots of walking, yoga, lifts weights at a gym and rides a stationary bicycle and sometimes takes an aerobic dance class. She also enjoys taking a watercolor class, watching grandkids’ soccer, basketball or volleyball games, traveling when she and her husband can, volunteering at the Torrance Art Museum, heading to Big Bear once a month and trying to de-clutter and clean out.

She feels her greatest accomplishment happened in 1984, when she with two other moms, started a volunteer art program at theirTorrance elementary school: Hands on Art. It grew to every classroom and eventually grew to every Torrance elementary school—19 elementary and 9 middle schools. This sustainable art program is sponsored by PTAs and has educated hundreds of thousands of students and adults in the visual arts in the last 35 years and continues to do so.

“High school was fun with happy memories of good friends—Kenda Vaughan and Toni Szilagi—plus the whole class was good. Loved the weekend games and dressing up for the dances and learning to drive. Meeting John at that time made it especially exciting.”

Janene Verge Ferguson

Susan (Sue) Parker Easley


Susan Parker

SUSAN (SUE) PARKER EASLEY has been married to John Easley since 1969, making it 49 years of marriage on September 27. They met during her senior year while he was at Navy training school in Vallejo CA. After spending 30 years in the Navy, moving around every three years, they settled near Pensacola, FL for retirement. Theirs is a typical military family. Each of their three children was born in a different part of the world. The oldest son was born in Puerto Rico, their daughter in Alaska, and youngest son was born in Pensacola. They have three beautiful granddaughters who live nearby so they can see them often. They currently don’t have any pets, but the kids have enough to satisfy any need to pet fuzzy things!

Moving is something they have done a lot of over the years. They lived in Chula Vista CA, Pensacola FL, Sabana Seca, PR, Pensacola, FL, Adak, AK, Pensacola Fl, Adak, AK, Pensacola, FL, Suisun City, CA, Okinawa Japan, Pensacola, Fl. Sue says, “Can you figure out why we retired in Florida?”

Both John and Sue have retired from their careers— John from the Navy after serving 30 years, and Sue retired after 16 years of working in the bookstore of the local state college. Unfortunately, John has developed advanced Parkinson’s so their traveling has been curtailed. Sue’s full time job is making sure he is comfortable, and when she has an opportunity, she sneaks into the workroom and sews. Sue has always had sewing projects around, but is now more interested in putting quilts together. “Taking big pieces of fabric, cutting it into small pieces, and then sewing it back together is fun.”

Check out the post “Married for life“ for a story on how Sue met her husband John. You can also see samples of her quilting here: “Sewing is IN again.

George Parsons

George Parsons

GEORGE PARSONS has been married to wife, Kathy, for 37 years, whom he met in grad school. They enjoy traveling, especially on Viking cruises. They have three sons, Blake (34) in Bellingham, Ross (31) in Brooklyn, and Jonathan (27) in nearby Portland. No grandkids yet. They also have a troublesome terrier named Henry.

George received a BA in Anthropology and History from UC Santa Barbara ’72 that prepared him for motorcycle travels, bartending, elevator construction, a Central America odyssey and real estate before obtaining an MBA in ’81 from Northern Arizona University. He enjoyed a 30-year high tech career that included stints in operations management and sales at several companies, including Intel and Oracle. Corporate moves spanned both coasts before settling in Southwest Washington for the past 20 years.

Hobbies include cycling, guitar, camping and golf. Now he is semi-retired, and works in real estate. His greatest accomplishment has been a 1600 mile, 30 day solo bicycle adventure from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK in 2014. He also raised over $48,000 for the Relay for Life through his Clark County Benign Band.

Favorite memories of Burbank High include Madrigal Choir, Brigadoon, and fantastic teachers such as Regnal Hall, William Hill, Glenna Thompson, and Marjorie Imbach.

Even though the deadline has passed …

There’s still room for more at Burbank High’s Class of 1968 50th Reunion!

Even though we gave the restaurant a final count, because this is a buffet, there will be plenty of food. We also added extra seats to our count so come on down! You can still pay through PayPal on our Registration Page. We will also take checks and credit cards at the door.

Here are the important details:

Angeles National Golf Club

Saturday, Oct. 6, 50th Class Reunion Banquet

Angeles National Golf Club
9401 Foothill Blvd.
Sunland, CA 91040

Santa Maria BBQ Buffet Dinner
Fresh seasonal fruit buffet
Caesar Salad
Wood-Smoked BBQ Tri-Tip Beef
Lemon Caper Chicken
Pasta Primavera
Corn on the Cob
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Steamed Vegetables
Garlic Bread
Fruit Tarts
Creme Brulée

Tentative Schedule of the Evening:

6:00 pm  No host Cocktails
7:00 pm   Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm  Back to Burbank Video and Program

Free Reunion Events:

Friday, Oct. 5, 3:30 pm. Tour of the “new” Burbank High School. Meet at the main office, which is in the same place as it was when we were students. Tour will last approximately 45 minutes.

Friday, Oct. 5, 5:00 pm. Family Picnic at Johnny Carson Park, 404 Bob Hope Drive. Meet by the picnic tables. Spouses, children, grandchildren, friends welcome. Bring food for your family.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 10:30-1:00 pm. No-host Brunch at Bob’s Big Boy, 4211 W. Riverside Drive. Meet your classmates in an informal, smaller setting.

This will be an experience of a lifetime and is not to be missed! See you this weekend!

Karen Parrish Rapport


KAREN PARRISH RAPPORT met her husband, Chick Rapport, in the fall of 1970, while undergrads at San Diego State. His roommate and her roommate were close friends from the same city. They have been married since April, 1974 and have “3 beautiful, awesome daughters ( and 3 great sons-in-law), and 10 grand children, so far, ( 7 boys and 3 girls), ages ranging from 1 year to 13 years old.

“We enjoy each of them immensely and spend quite a bit of time together ( soccer, church, art/crafts, camping, beach, eating, exploring, playing, bbq, laughing, celebrating…). We are fortunate to all live in the same area, only 5-20 min between houses, ours being the farthest away. I am grateful to say that we are all active parts of the same local church body (Father’s House OC, Huntington Beach, CA), and am happy to say that for all of us, Jesus is our source and center…love, life and purpose!”

No pets now, but they have had “a bazillion cats, lizards, fish, turtles, and a crawdad, Spotty.” She entered San Diego State as a bio major… (she loved the science but not the math) and graduated in Psychology. At the end of her junior year, she took a semester leave of absence and traveled in Mexico and Guatemala, deciding if she really wanted to graduate. “I decided that I did!” She ended up being a PE teacher and found that her varied background was helpful as she taught the students about how their bodies work and how basic ethics play into being healthy and successful as an individual as well as a team member.

Karen is retired and spends time with family and friends: husband, grandkids, and her 95-year-old dad. She goes to the gym and does Zumba and yoga, works in the garden, attends Bible study and prayer worship, teaches Sunday School, and does other church-related activities, craft and art projects, and goes to many soccer games. “By the grace of God (partnering with Him and my husband),” she has raised 3 amazing daughters and invests herself in things she she believes bring life and joy in the long run, to herself and to others. Karen loved Mrs. Cannon’s Humanities class during senior year, and remembers a lot of fun dances. Once she and Lance Clenard dressed up as Bonnie and Clyde and “looked awesome!”


The Reunion Weekend, Oct. 5-7, 2018

On October 6, there is absolutely nothing you can be doing better than coming to the Reunion.

No movie. No play. No TV show.
No fancy dinner . . . even any family gathering— that will be more magical.

Because on October 6, you will have a very real opportunity to travel back and forth in time.

And …

It’s not too late to register for Burbank High’s Class of 1968 50th Reunion!

Here’s the link to the Registration Page.

“But I just don’t have the money to go. I’d love to see my classmates, but money is tight.”

Good News! In addition to the Saturday night banquet, there are THREE free events to put on your calendar! And you can bring your spouses, children and grandchildren, too!

The first will be a tour of Burbank High School on Friday afternoon, October 5, 3:30 pm. If you haven’t been back to Burbank lately, you’ll be surprised at all the changes!


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There will be a picnic on Friday night, October 5, 5:00 pm at Johnny Carson Park, 404 Bob Hope Drive, in Burbank. We will meet at the picnic tables by the playground.

Bring picnic food for you and your family and we’ll have a casual, relaxing time to catch up with our classmates and meet their families.

The third event will be on Sunday morning, October 7 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, and will be a no host brunch at Bob’s Big Boy, 4211 W Riverside Drive, Burbank. This Bob’s restaurant was built in 1949 by local residents Scott MacDonald and Ward Albert, and is the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy in America—home of the Double-Deck Hamburger! (The San Fernando Road location closed years ago.) This is another chance to see your classmates in a smaller setting.

You can click here for a 10% off coupon for a discount on your whole order.

See you all soon! We’re sooooo excited!

Here is a promotional video from the Class of 2022 to get you into the School Spirit!

Chuck Duffy

Deanna Dugger Bergman

Deanna Dugger

DEANNA DUGGER BERGMAN met her husband, Randall, while both of them were working at McGaw Laboratories (IV solutions) in Irvine, CA. They have now been married for 41 years. He was a Mechanical Engineer in the Maintenance Department, Deanna was the Office Systems Supervisor.

They are delighted to have two grandsons. Their daughter lives in Boston, with a 5 year old grandson who began school this September. Their son is in Billings, MT with their 11 month old grandson.

Deanna writes: “We have moved several times during our marriage. We bought a house in Orange County after we married, then moved to Bellevue, WA when Randy took a job in a large cold products manufacturing plant. He switched to manufacturing cement and was soon promoted and we transferred to Bozeman, MT where we built our home and raised our family. When the kids were grown and on their own, we decided to strike out on something different (warmer climate) and first moved to Gainesville, FL with a new job. My allergies blossomed in that wet, moist, super summer heated environment, so  that when another headhunter called, we explored the opportunity and move to Easton, PA. It is  a lovely area with a mild climate, rolling cornfields, about 70 miles from NYC and an hour north of Philadelphia. We have enjoyed playing tourist with so many historical sites scrunched together on the east coast as well as catching some Broadway plays throughout the year.”

Deanna retired in November from administration / operations of an engineering firm, and is still in that adjustment mode. They have been traveling quite a bit and love to see new areas of the country.

About her greatest accomplishment since high school, Deanna says “Our two children are at the top of the list of greatest accomplishments. Both are successful, wonderful people and involved with their communities. Our daughter is a hospital administrator in Boston and our son is a project manager in Billings, MT for a large construction company. The company I retired from began as a startup from Germany and I joined in very early stages of its expansion to the US. I loved working with an international company and it was a pleasure to see it through the growth and expansion, and to be a part of the team that helped it to be the success it is today.”

“Favorite memories are always those special high school friends and favorite teachers.”

Deanna Dugger Bergman and Patti Trish Molloy Vosper at Bob’s Big Boy.


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Skip (Wray) Johnston

Wray Johnston (Skip)

Wray Johnston (Skip)

SKIP (WRAY) JOHNSTON met his wife, Sandra, at church where he was her kids’ youth director. “We don’t recall a whole lot about our first meeting. Neither of us was looking to re-marry. Neither of us was particularly impressed with the other. We got over that. We’ve been married 20 years.” Skip has 4 kids, 2 stepkids, and 11 grandkids. On most days, they’re all eminently brag-able. His son lives in Seattle. He has a daughter in NYC and two daughters still in the SFV.His stepdaughter lives outside Dayton, OH. His stepson lives near us in SC. They also do have a 13 year-old grandson that’s teaching himself several languages and reading the kabala. He’s wicked smart. But then, he’s the only one not genetically related to any of us (he’s Skip’s stepson’s stepson). So that accounts for a lot. Skip and Sandra have 2 dogs, and 2 horses. Of course horses aren’t so much pets as they are a second job that eats a lot. Skip attended Pierce College, Art Center College of Design, where he studied advertising and illustration. He works as a creative director at a small design/advertising studio in Greenville, SC.

Skip Johnston and his wife, Sandra

Skip Johnston and his wife, Sandra

Looking back, I realize that the accomplishments of which I am most proud are pretty much those things that were also the most foolish. That is, from time to time, I’ve jumped headlong into situations that I knew very little or nothing about and emerged, if not wiser, at least older. The way I see it, getting older is an accomplishment. So, some stuff I’ve accomplished: – I was a reluctant draft resistor. – I raised teenagers. To be fair, nobody knows anything about this. – I was a band booster. I know nothing about music, but was very proud to watch my son march in the 100th Rose Parade. – I coached my daughters’ softball teams. Although my Y chromosomes are the least athletic of the species, I tried to teach my daughter the “proper” stance at the plate. She ignored me and consistently hit doubles and triples. Now, her son plays baseball, has the same ridiculous stance at the plate and consistently hits doubles and triples. – After going through a divorce and vowing to join the Woman Hating Man’s Club, I turned around and married the most incredible person I’ve ever met. (And didn’t join the club.) – I left a perfectly good career, home and lifetime living in Burbank to raise horses on a hilltop in South Carolina in 2005. (Wife: Hey, I had a horse as a kid. Let’s buy a horse farm on a hilltop in South Carolina. Me: Horses? You mean those big doggie things cowboys sit on? Let’s do it!) Fortunately for my marriage, I came to love horses and all the work tending them… well, I like most of the work… or at least some… okay, I like being outside. And no animals were abused or injured in the process. Unfortunately, raising horses on a hilltop in South Carolina is a full time job that you can’t do while actually having a full time job. So, after an eight-year adventure, we sold the farm, moved to the semi-burbs of Greenville and board our horses where somebody else can tend the property. – I entered an art contest where I had 24 hours to create a painting. I won a week at a villa in Tuscany. I do know how to paint. But the trip wasn’t a package deal. I didn’t know how to get to Tuscany. I now know how not to get there.

Wray Johnston (Skip) sent this picture taken in March, 2011.

Wray Johnston (Skip) sent this picture taken in March, 2011.

I’ve a lot of great memories of BHS—great friends, good teachers, fun times. I also did my share of dumb stuff. But at this stage, who cares? One memory that sticks out that’s a combo of great and dumb is being “chairman” of the “poster committee”. The committee was nominally a part of student gov’t and was pretty much just me arriving an hour before school and staying after most days a couple more hours making signs on 3 ft. wide butcher paper for dances, football games, this or that club. Whatever. I date the beginning of my career in graphic design and advertising from here. Anyway, in the first few weeks of doing this, after a long day and a couple hours after school already, our new BHS principal (whose name I successfully repressed for most of my life but was reminded of it not long ago by an old classmate—thanks, Mike!) came up to the poster room with a request. He wanted a large “Welcome” banner to be hung across the front of the school for a big deal important district (or something) meeting of educators. Like me, he was new at his job and wanted to make an impression. I told him I’d do it first thing in the morning. I was tired, hungry, facing a mile and a half uphill walk home and a pile of homework. I was probably also pretty cranky and not particularly impressed with authority at the moment. Not good enough, he said. His meeting was at 8 that evening. He insisted I stay and reminded me that, impressed or not, he possessed considerable authority over my life. His parting instructions were to just leave the finished work in the hallway. The janitor would install it before the meeting. In those days, way before digital printing and so on, making posters was all done by hand. Painting 3-foot high letters on a roll of paper that spread at least 20 or 30 feet down the hall was not something you just dashed out. It was a one-letter-at-a-time process that took several cartons of that crumby powdered poster paint we’d used since Kindergarten to complete. I finished just before the meeting time, left it on the hallway floor, schlumped home and went to bed. Next morning, I arrived back at the poster room (tucked behind the balcony of the auditorium), ready for new assignments. The principal was already there, hands on hips and, to put it mildly, pissed! “You did that on purpose!” he fumed. I was totally lost, thinking maybe I’d spilled some paint or something. “Did what on purpose?” I asked, which seemed only to deepen the purplish color in his face. “You know what you did! You did it on purpose because you were mad I made you stay late! You did it just to embarrass me!” More clueless than usual early on a school day, I stammered back, “What…?” It was then I noticed the janitor standing behind him, his hand over his mouth, seemingly enjoying this encounter too much. “The janitor will show you what you did to me!” And he stormed off toward the office. I looked at the janitor. “What?” “Oh, you’ll see…” he grinned and led me down the stairs and out to the front of the school. I noticed kids coming into the main doors, staring upward. The janitor took me out to the front sidewalk and pointed back to my work hanging across the front of the auditorium… “W E C L O M E !” Maybe the janitor was busy. The sign stayed up all day.

[Editor’s Note] Please check out the blog post, “Wrong Wray!” which describes two of our classmates whose names read forwards and backwards (Johnston Wray and Wray Johnston!)


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