Shari Hartwig St. Michael

Cheerleaders Les Heller and Shari Hartwig

Shari Hartwig

Shortly after graduation, I moved to Santa Barbara, experienced the interesting ‘hippie’ movement short term—it was not for me. I dabbled in college at Mount St. Mary’s College, although interesting, found college was not for me. In the early 1970’s I lived in Europe by myself in Fiumicino, Italy for 1 ½ years 2 blocks from the beach on the Mediterranean outside of Rome where I worked.

There are just too many awesome stories to list. Moved to London, England after taking a few months in my VW van touring France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland where I skied the Alps while staying in Gstaad, Switzerland.

When you’re by yourself you tend to reach out and engage with the locals. My companion in the van was my 8 track tape player, and again, far too many experiences to list. I enjoyed London for another 1½ years before returning home to the states. I dabbled in drugs and alcohol far too much, therefore the reason I am clean and sober 28 years through Alcoholics Anonymous in which I am a proud member to this day.

I moved to Palm Desert, California early 1980’s and opened my first business, a Broasted Chicken take out restaurant where 5 more soon opened after the success of the 1 st one. After 12 years in the desert I decided it wasn’t for me so I sold my home and business and moved to Durango, Colorado with my dog and have gratefully lived here for the past 25 years because I had finally found my forever home. I live on 3 acres in ranch country with my beautiful black horse, big donkey, handsome 140 lb dog and great ranching neighbors. My horse doesn’t want to be ridden so I ride my Harley instead. I opened a few more simple restaurants, some succeeded, some didn’t and that’s o.k.

As for personal romantic relationships I found the few I tried to develop did not fit me. Perhaps my independence and sense of adventure fit me so well it has been personally more fulfilling to open businesses and have good friends.

Having been healthy all my life, I was diagnosed last year with stage 3 colon cancer. I only mention it, not for myself but to perhaps help someone else. I went through surgeries and intense chemo treatments with a chemo pump attached to me 24hrs 3 days a week for 6 months. When I realized I might not survive this, my lifelong positive attitude reminded me how fortunate I’ve been to have lived such an exciting wonderful life and if it was my time to go I made an easy decision to make peace with whatever was to be my fate. That was powerful. It did not mean give up. For me, that meant the simple Serenity Prayer – to grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can. I accepted that I was very sick from chemo treatments but did not stop them.

Oddly enough, during the darkest hours I was able to have many meaningful ‘magical’ moments that can only come from going through such an experience. Today I am gratefully cancer free while joyfully living with the adverse side-affects all that chemo creates. Chemo brain is just one and is real and can be very funny. I bought a patch for my leathers at a Harley Rally that states: THERE IS NOTHING RIGHT IN MY LEFT BRAIN AND NOTHING LEFT IN MY RIGHT BRAIN. I never lost my sense of humor or positive attitude. I believe there is magic in that alone. I love my life and always have. It isn’t what happens to you in life it’s how you handle what happens to you in life.

I am disappointed to miss the reunion. The reason is I have follow up cat scans and appointments during that time in order to keep me healthy, strong and full of the same exciting life I have always lived.

Have fun at this very special reunion and I will be thinking about you on Saturday.

Shari Hartwig St. Michael

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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