Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Day at Grand View Cemetery

Yours truly spent Christmas Day at Grand View Cemetery as a volunteer as the troubled cemetery had a limited visitation from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Despite the rain and cold temperatures we had a lot of people show up which made it worthwhile. It was the first time in 3 years that the troubled cemetery was opened on Christmas Day. There were three volunteers who gave up their Christmas so that families who had loved ones buried at Grand View could visit their loved one graves for Christmas.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Edwin Jay Olin Dies


Edwin Jay Olin, a Burbank High School graduate who attained the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of local Boy Scout Troop No. 4, died Dec. 12 of heart failure. He was 66.Known as Jay Olin, he went on to become a self-employed businessman. He was a resident of Glide, Ore.Orwin is survived by his wife, Kristine; his mother, Wanda, and his brother, Jon, of Burbank. He also leaves behind his daughter, Kim, and son, Michael.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

BHS 1967 Christmasmas Project

While at Burbank High School in my senior 1967, I had a Personal Grooming Class, Period 6 with Miss Fay Whitman. Since I was a tom boy, I hated that class as I was not interested in home decorating, color schemes, table setting, good posture, etc. But at the end of the semster we had to do a Christmas project. I kept mine a secret and worked on it mostly at home as it had a lot of detail work. I only did the large Christmas tree in class. I turned it in early in the morning when no one was around with my name and period number on it.

Well since I had the element of surprise and the teacher didn't think I had it in to do, I ace my grade and got an A++ for my efforts. The teacher could not get over that it was done by me. My mom used it every Christmas until the cotton all turned to yellow. I replaced the cotton on the large tree, but the rest is glued on and would be a major task to replace. Hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas to all!

Friday, December 19, 2008


I am not much in the Christmas mood this year as anything and everything has gone wrong since the Burbank High Centennial in September this year.

First 2 days after the Centennial I came down sick with a bad cough that would not go away and it gave me bad headaches. It took 2 months to finally clear up. The same week I came down sick my computer went on the blink and I lost my Internet connection, so have to go to the public library which is a pain in the butt.

The next thing to go wrong was when I was doing my yearly really good house cleaning, I discovered that the termites had eaten about 6 feet of my floor wood trim in my computer room. They are also between my bathroom and kitchen wall. Went and brought for $8.00 a can of termite foam. I have to punch a hole in the bathroom wall with a nail and spray the foam about every 3 weeks.

The next thing to go wrong was Thanksgiving morning when I got up and walked into my kitchen in my socks and stepped in water. It had rain the day before and it had leaked in the back door as I have no threshold and then flooded the service porch and then came through the service porch door which leads into the kitchen and flooded part of the kitchen. Spent Thanksgiving morning drying everything out.

So could anything else go wrong? Yes! The next thing to go wrong was I was laying on the couch in the dark watching TV and eating a candy bar when my front tooth just fell out. Since I am not working I have no medical insurance or dental insurance.

The next thing to go wrong is that because of the flood on the service porch I have been, during the day leaving the back door open for awhile to get to musty smell out and to make sure everything is dry under the washing machine and hot water heater. So I went to take a shower the other day and no hot water. I think my pilot light went out on the hot water heater because I had been leaving the back door open.

Despite the enconomy being bad and I have been struggling the good news is I have paid off my credit card bill this month so may have to use it for the dentist or termites or both. Also the price of gas is down. But despite all my troubles I am very thankful and am blessed as I have a roof over my head and I am not homeless and there are thousands of Americans out their who are struggling also and some worse off than me.

So hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a better 2009. All I want for Christmas is my One front tooth! BA Humbug!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Burbank Takes Tourament Again

Burbank takes tournament again

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Bulldogs hit their free throws against Whittier Christian in securing San Marino championship.
By Jeff Tully

Published:Tuesday, December 9, 2008, Burbank Leader

BURBANK — Like all basketball coaches, Burbank High’s Bruce Breeden stresses the importance of making free throws.His Bulldogs girls’ squad learned that lesson first hand Saturday in the championship game of the San Marino Tournament.

Burbank converted 10 of its 11 free throws in the fourth quarter and 21 of 26 in the game to defeat Whittier Christian, 49-33.It is the second straight season the Bulldogs (4-0) have won the tournament title.“You can see how important making your free throws is,” Breeden said. “I really didn’t realize that we made that many of our free throws in the game until I added them up.

”The Bulldogs received some fine efforts from its players throughout the tourney. Katie Nelson was named the event’s most valuable player, while teammate Kristin Crawford was an all-tournament selection.

In the title game, Burbank was paced by Nelson, who scored 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Teammate Tiffany DeRamus poured in 12 points and Crawford had six points and seven assists.“What is great about our play is that we had a different player, or different players, step up for us every game in the tournament,” Breeden said. “We even got great play from some of our backup players.“We really don’t have that one dominant player this season, but we have a good group of talented players.”Things were tight in the early going between the teams in the championship game.

Burbank trailed by two points after three quarters.The big push for the Bulldogs came in the fourth quarter, when their defense stepped up and outscored the Heralds, 30-16.“I told the girls before the game that we needed to be aggressive,” Breeden said. “I think that helped us a lot, especially in that fourth quarter.”Burbank does not play this week but will be competing next week in the Magnolia Park Optimist Tournament at Burroughs High.

Breeden said he thinks his team’s fine start should benefit it in the long run.“I do think it’s good for us, and good for the program,” he said. “Everything we do in the preseason is to get us ready for league. League is what’s more important for us.”Burbank — which tied for second place last season — opens Pacific League play Jan. 7 against Hoover.

Muir Graduation Day 1938

You are cordially invited to attend the graduation exerises of the winter class of 1937 - 1938, John Muir Junior High School, January 27, 1938 at 1:30p.m., John Muir Auditorium.

Roberta Roten and June Staley on graduation day wearing dark skirts with white blouse and a royal blue scarf.

This photo given to me by June Staley Ferren BHS W1941.

In Loving Memory

Well we lost several more Burbank High Alumni:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Obituary: Richard Morris
The Orange County Register

Richard MorrisRichard "Dick" Lyle Morris, born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sioux City, Iowa, entered into eternal life Nov. 30, 2008. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He was in the comfort of his home, surrounded by loving family. He lived life to the fullest and was only briefly ill at the end.

Richard loved people and could make anyone feel at ease. He always had a story to share. No one laughed harder at his jokes than he did. His temper could flare, but it quickly cooled. When he didn't like something, you knew it. The thing he disliked most was tax time.

He loved to be active, whether working in his yard, going on long walks, riding his bike, square dancing, etc. He was always planning the next project. He truly enjoyed a good meal, driving his convertible, and the company of women. He was ready to help in a crisis and was generous by nature.

For all his travels and accomplishments, he was most happy last spring when he took his five children on a sentimental journey to the family farm that had been homesteaded by his grandfather, a feisty Irishman. It remains in the family.
Richard's father died when Richard was 3. He was raised in Sioux City and Haywarden, Iowa, by his widowed mother and two elder sisters. He also spent time with his uncles on the farm. Later his family moved to Glendale. His eldest sister, Dorothy, died when he was 17.

He graduated from Burbank High School, then joined the Navy after working at Lockheed. After Word War II, he attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and graduated with a degree in pharmacy.
In college he met and married Marjory Voltmer. They settled in Glendale. Richard began his career as a sales representative for Park-Davis.

After the birth of their first child, Patty, they moved to Canoga Park, where Richard and a partner opened a pharmacy. Over the next several years, Richard owned and operated pharmacies in the San Fernando Valley and Glendale. His family grew to include Betsy, Jennifer and Tom. Marjory retired from teaching after a few years to raise the family and help with the businesses.

After a move to Northridge, his last child, Fred, was born (delivered at home by Richard). Life included water skiing, hikes, picnics, tennis and church, but mostly work. After renting a house in the summer of 1973 in San Clemente, the family decided to relocate to San Clemente.

Richard opened his last store – Sea View Pharmacy. Several years later, Richard and Marjory divorced yet continued to run the pharmacy and share family gatherings.

Richard tried to retire, but missed working. He didn't miss the headaches of owning a business, so he went to work for Sav-On. He relocated to Palm Desert after a short period on the Rogue River in Oregon and briefly remarried. He shared the last few years of his life with Jeri Sommers, who was a great comfort to him at the end.

Richard is survived by his ex-wife Marjory; children and grandchildren Patty and Chris Thompson (Scott/Christy), Betsy Milner (Garrett/Kyle), Jennifer and Bob DeJong (Braden), Tom and Jackie Morris (Jenna, Matt, Eric), Fred and Jennifer Morris (Bill/Molly); partner Jeri Sommers; sister Ruth Doelz; niece MaryLynn Webster and great-nieces Julianne and Jacqueline Doelz. He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Molinaro and nephew John Doelz.

Memorial services and burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Forest Lawn in Glendale, in the Wee-Kirk O' the Heather Chapel.
Afterward, a reception and celebration of life will be held in San Clemente.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

Gary "Gig" Christian, BHS 1964 passed away on November 30, 2008 in Laughlin/Bullhead City area.

Beverly Warner Richards, BHS 1965 Passed away November 29, 2008
The following was written by her brother:

"Beverly N. Richards was a resident of Burbank since birth. She graduated from Burbank High School and USC. Beverly was a dental hygienist for 25 years and held a patient relations/accounting position at Burbank Hearing Clinic (owned by her brother Corky) for 12 years. Beverly is survived by son, Chad, daughter, Kara, five grandchildren and two brothers, Joseph and Courtlandt Warner. Beverly was a devoted daughter, sister, mom, wife, grandma, mother-in-law, friend and employee. She loved her family. She will be remembered for her vibrant and compassionate personality. She had the most beautiful and engaging smile. She loved to give and receive a warm hug. As an optimist she fought to overcome her set backs. She understood God's love for her and allowed God's love to shine through her