Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

The above Christmas Card is from the hit CW show "Gossip Girl" starring Burbank High 2005 grad Blake Lively. She is the blond standing in the middle. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011. XOXO Linda

Monday, December 20, 2010

BHS Looper's Get Together Dec 29th

Received this from Pam Kirkwood (BHS 64)

"Merry Christmas", Loopers...

Just wanted to stop by for a quick second to tell all of you who live in and around "Loopland" that on Wednesday, December 29, 2010...there will be a BHS Alumni/Looper get-together at the Burbank Elks (2232 N. Hollywood Way) at 3PM...This will be a very informal gathering in the bar area of the Elks and was put together by Mike Feix '65, Mickey DePalo '64 and Freddy Ortega '65...All are welcome...

Hope lots of you stop by for a bit of "holiday fun" inbetween Christmas and New Year's...

That's Wednesday, December 29th at 3PM...Any Mike Feix at or Mickey DePalo at

In the meantime, have a Blessed Christmas...

Love, Pam and Jon

PS All of you "Baby Boomers" who graduated in '64 and before and who may be a bit confused by this "avalanche" of Medicare Information we are all dealing with or soon will be dealing with, go on FaceBook and go to the "Boomer Room"...We have been having lots of classmates sending in very good and helpful information that just might help you navigate your way through the "Maze of Medicare"...

Until next year...Stay Tuned...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dr. Robert Bruner, 1914-2010

For those BHS Alumni who went to Luther Burbank Junior High Dr. Brunner who was principal for many years passed away.

Dr. Robert T. BRUNNER

BRUNNER, Dr. Robert T. Sept. 19, 1914-Dec. 11, 2010

Dr. Robert (Bob) Brunner, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away in his sleep last Saturday morning. He and his wife, Mary have been Burbank residents since 1942.

Robert was born in St. Louis, MO, but moved to Los Angeles at the age of one. He graduated from L.A. High School, and U.C.L.A. where he was a member of Delta Chi. He achieved his Ed.D from U.S.C. He was a school administrator in Burbank for 33 years and retired as the principal of Luther Burbank Junior High School. He was active in statewide and southern section activities of the National Elementary Principals Association and the Secondary High School Administrators Association, serving as Chairman for a term.

Robert and Mary, "Always tried to be involved in organizations of a charitable or community betterment nature." He was very active in Burbank. He served the Y.M.C.A. beginning in 1948 for many years, including three years as president. He joined the Burbank Rotary in 1949, had 32 years of perfect attendance, served as President, and remained involved, especially, in the Burbank Rotary Foundation. After retirement he was involved with and served on the board of the Friends of the Library.

Robert (Bob to many) is survived by his wife, Mary, of 71 years, a son (Larry and wife Linda), three grandsons and five great-grandchildren; and a daughter (Kathy and husband Doug Adair) four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services for Robert will be Thursday, December 16th at 3:00pm at Church of the Hills in Forest Lawns Hollywood Hills. The family welcomes friends to come by the home of Robert and Mary following the service, at 5:00pm.

Please send no flowers. Donations in remembrance of Bob to any of the following would be greatly appreciated; U.C.L.A. School of Education, Dr. Robert T. Brunner & Mary Stout Brunner Scholarship Burbank Y.M.C.A. Foundation Fund Burbank Rotary Foundation Burbank Friends of the Library

Published in the Los Angeles Times on December 15, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame Photos

William Byron "Tony" Frank, BHS 1928

Ralph Botting, BHS grad and former Angel's pitcher.

Some of the inductees

Group Photo of all inductees and presenters and speakers.

Dave Kemp BHS Teacher/Coach/Inductee

Olympic Gold Medalist Cathy Ferguson (BHS 66) speaking.

The start of The Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremonies.

Burbank High 1975 CIF Girl's Softball Champs Inductees.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Burbank/Burroughs Classes of 76 35th Reunion

The combined Burbank and Burroughs from the Classes of 1976 is having a35 year reunion on June 25, 2011 at the Luau Grounds in Burbank at the Castaways from 6:00 pm to 11:00pm. $75.00 per person until May 1st and $85.00 per person after May 1st.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grand View Cemetery Update

Construction and Landscaping To Begin at Grand View Memorial Park

Notice of Temporary Closure of Grand View Memorial Park for Construction and Landscaping

Last Public visitation will be December 5, 2010 (12-4pm)

The cemetery will be closed for public visitation for approximately four months, depending on weather and any other unforeseeable conditions, after Sunday, December 5, 2010.

All personal items placed at or around grave sites by family members should be removed by family members, including incense containers, flower vases, etc. All items left at grave sites will be removed during construction and will not be returned.

Grand View will not be responsible for any personal items left at grave sites after December 5, 2010.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Music legacy honored at winery

The musical legacy of late Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads is the focus of a celebration this weekend at D'Argenzio Winery.

Proprietor Kathy Rhoads D'Argenzio will honor what would have been the musician's 54th birthday by providing free food, wine tastings and a display of items related to Rhoads' career from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the D'Argenzio Tasting Room, 1204 W. Burbank Blvd.

For more information, call (818) 846-8466, or visit

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bulldogs Lose in First Round Playoffs

Burbank Leader

Opportunities missed by 'Dogs

Football: Burbank loses to host Santa Fe in first round of postseason, 28-14.
By Jeff Tully,
November 19, 2010

WHITTIER — The Burbank High football team had its share of opportunities in its opening CIF Southern Section playoff game Friday.

Playing against a tough Santa Fe squad, the Bulldogs fell behind early. However, the locals played themselves back into the game in the second half, and were driving to cut a disadvantage that had been 21 points to just a touchdown.

But Burbank was unable to score on the drive late in the fourth quarter, and the Chiefs held on for a 28-14 Southeast Division first-round win at Pioneer High.

"It's disappointing, because we definitely had our share of opportunities," said Burbank Coach Hector Valencia, whose team ends the season 7-4. "Our kids battled and they never game up. We just didn't execute like we were supposed to, and that hurt us."

Burbank, the No. 3 team from the Pacific League, had its hands full against Santa Fe (7-4), which placed second in the Del Rio League. Bulldogs' senior quarterback Adam Colman had to operate under constant pressure, and the Chiefs stuffed the box repeatedly, naturalizing the Burbank running game. READ FULL STORY

Friday, November 12, 2010

Burroughs Beats Burbank in last few seconds

The John Burroughs Indian's defeated the Burbank High Bulldogs with a game winning field goal with a few seconds left in the game. See the Burbank Leader story about the big game HERE. Earlier in the day today some Burroughs pranksters painted the "B" on the hill red.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Burbank Frosh beats Burroughs 24-20

Yesterday in a thrilling game the Burbank High Bulldogs beat John Burrourghs Indians 24 to 20 in a nail biting game at Burbank High School. The bulldogs led at one point 16 to 6, but the Indians fought back to take a 20 to 16 lead. The Bulldogs scored their last touchdown with about 5 miniutes left in the game. The Indians moved down the field in the last drive of the game with 14 seconds left on the clock and 3 and goal, but was unable to get the ball in the endzone, and then it was 4th and goal on the one yard line with 6 seconds on the clack and the Bulldogs defense held and stopped the Indians from scoring and Burbank held on to win as the clock ran out.

Tonight is the Big Game between the Bulldogs and Indians at Memorial Field with the Junior Varsity playing first and the Varsity playing later. The Bulldogs, Indians and Arcadia are all tied for first place.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2nd BHS Hall of Fame Induction, Nov 12th

Friday, November 12, 2010, will be the Second Burbank High School Hall of Fame Program. This year, our own Cathy Ferguson '65 (Olympic Gold Medalist) is flying down from Northern California to speak...The BHS Athletic Coordinator, Fred Cook, will try to coax Freddy Sanchez (recent San Francisco Giants World Series Winning-second baseman and '96 BHS Alum) to attend the ceremonies... Every other year, BHS Alums who distinguished themselves during their high school athletic careers, are nominated and a certain number are inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame...This year's program promises to be very exciting...

Among those being inducted are John Lockwood, The BHS 1965 CIF Cross Country Champion Team,
Tony Frank, Roy Lockwood, Bob Pierce, Ken Ziskin, Ralph Botting, Dr. Christy Calderon, Frank Kallem, Dave Kemp and the 1975 CIF-Champion Softball Team...
There will be a "Meet and Greet Hour" at 5pm and the program begins at 6pm...

It will be a wonderful evening overflowing with BHS PRIDE!!! BHS Athletic Director Fred Cook, has worked extremely hard co-ordinating this event.

See you all at BHS on Friday, November 12th...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bounce-back win for Burbank

Football: Bulldogs come on in second half to earn 45-26 league victory against host Pasadena.

By Jeff Tully,
October 29, 2010, Burbank Leader

PASADENA — If ever the Burbank High football team needed a bounce-back game, it was Friday.

The Bulldogs were knocked from the ranks of the Pacific League's unbeaten — and knocked around on the field — last week against Arcadia, as the locals suffered a 28-point loss at home.
Burbank was hoping to get back on track, and looking to stay in the race for a league championship, with a game at host Pasadena.

The Bulldogs did just that.

Behind an offensive push in the second half and a defense that came up with some big stops, Burbank got back to winning with a 45-26 triumph.

"With what happened last week, it was crucial for us to come back and have a big game tonight," said Burbank Coach Hector Valencia, whose team shared the league title last season. "Our offense played very well and our defense was able to step up."

Burbank (6-2, 4-1 in league) held just a 24-20 lead at the half, thanks largely to the efforts of running back Ulisies Ochoa. The senior had 154 yards in the first half and ended the game with 211 yards in 27 carries for two touchdowns. READ FULL STORY

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bulldogs lose 48 - 20

Bulldogs knocked from the ranks of the league's unbeaten after 48-20 loss.

By Jeremy Curtis, Special to the Leader
October 22, 2010

MEMORIAL FIELD — Whether lack of execution or a lack of focus from the outset, things simply did not click as usual for the Burbank High football team Friday night.

A plethora of problems arrived at virtually all angles against visiting Arcadia. The Bulldogs' special teams broke down, they fumbled twice deep in their own territory and the offense limped on the injured leg of workhorse running back Ulisies Ochoa. The fiery Apaches took advantage of the lapses, rolling to a 48-20 drubbing.

"So many things could have been different," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "Obviously today we did not take care of business at all."

Arcadia (4-3, 3-1 in league) struck first when a host of Apaches rushed Burbank punter David Smith, blocking the attempt and sending the football rolling out of the back of the end zone for a safety. At the end of the first quarter, Burbank (5-2, 3-1) trailed, 2-0.

From there, Arcadia tacked on 21 unanswered points. Quarterback Myles Carr hooked up with AJ Rail on a 25-yard touchdown pass, Brian Ponce rushed for a one-yard score and Carr hit Sam Crabtree on a nine-yard touchdown toss. READ FULL STORY

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bulldogs beat Hoover, 56 - 0

Burbank Leader
Injury can't stop Burbank

FOOTBALL: Even without Ochoa, Bulldogs handle Hoover to claim league win, 56-0.
By Gabriel Rizk,
October 15, 2010

MEMORIAL FIELD — Despite being without an integral part of its offense on Thursday night, the Burbank High football team still showed why it's a strong contender to repeat as Pacific League champion.

And, when Hoover lost an even bigger catalyst of its own offense before halftime of a league game at Burroughs High's Memorial Field, so also went any chance of the Tornadoes getting back in the game.

Bulldogs quarterback Adam Colman passed for 203 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns in the absence of standout running back Ulisies Ochoa, who was injured in practice earlier in the week, as Burbank posted a 56-0 victory over a reeling Hoover squad that could ne
ver find an offensive rhythm.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BHS Frosh Wins 54-16

Two weeks ago the Burbank High School Frosh team played the Spartans at Burbank High School and the scorebord says it all with 46 seconds left in the 4th quarter the Bulldogs lead 54 to 16.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Burbank Creamed Glendale 56 - 8

The Burbank High School varsity football team creamed Glendale High School Thursday night at Glendale High School, 56 to 8. The Bulldogs are rated 2nd in the CIF and the only local team in the top 10.

Strong start lifts Burbank

Bulldogs build huge halftime lead and roll to Pacific League victory against Glendale, 56-8.

By Gabriel Rizk,
October 8, 2010

GLENDALE — The Burbank High football team started off Thursday night's Pacific game against Glendale with a rhythmic 60-yard touchdown drive, but it's what the Bulldogs did next that really set the tone for what would snowball into a 56-8 blowout at Moyse Field.

An onside kick — with less than three minutes elapsed in the first quarter — had the same effect on the Nitros that it did on just about everyone else in the stadium, utter surprise. It was recovered by the Bulldogs at the Nitros 49-yard line and four plays and 1:10 later Burbank led by two touchdowns.

"We were not gonna back up, we were just gonna go after them," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "From what I've seen in every game, [Glendale's] been playing every team great in the first half, so I'm thinking this team is legit and it's really good, so my thing was to just to be aggressive."

Glendale (0-5, 0-2 in league) was back on its heels from that point on and never regained its balance, as Burbank (4-1, 2-0), the No. 2 team in the CIF Southeast Division, had put the game away by the early stages of the second quarter and led, 56-0, at halftime. READ FULL STORY

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Burbank Beats Muir in a thriller

Another thrilling Bulldogs victory

Football: Burbank scores winning touchdown with 11.8 seconds to beat Muir, 22-19, in Pacific League opener.

By Jeff Tully,
October 2, 2010
PASADENA — When the Burbank High football team played against Muir last season, the teams took part in a thriller that the Bulldogs were finally able to win in two overtimes.
That win helped pave the way for the Bulldogs to share the league championship in 2009.
When the Pacific League foes met Friday in the Pacific League opener for both teams, the Bulldogs were bracing for another dog fight.

And that's just what they got in a contest at Muir.

After the Mustangs took the lead late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs embarked on a drive with the game on the line. Luckily for the locals, the drive culminated with quarterback Adam Colman stretching across the goal line with 11.8 seconds left to lift Burbank to a 22-19 victory.
Read Full Story

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monterey School, 1950

Miss Haley, Grade 2, Monterey School, Burbank, California. Many of these students went on to Burbank High School and graduated with the class of 1960.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Burbank JV's win 22 - 7

On Thursday September 16, 2010 I was driving by Burbank High School and there was a football game going on. It was the Burbank High JV's playing against San Gabriel. I stopped and parked and watched the game. Below is some of the photos I took.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bulldogs survive, 44-36

Burbank Leader
Bulldogs survive, 44-36
FOOTBALL: Burbank forced to hold off pesky San Gabriel to earn nonleague victory on the road.

By Jeff Tully,
September 17, 2010

SAN GABRIEL — Totally dominating.
That's how the Burbank High football team looked in the first half against San Gabriel.
Totally overwhelmed.

That's the way the Bulldogs looked in the second half against the Matadors.
Burbank was able to jump out to an early 37-point lead Friday in its nonleague game on the road. It appeared as if the Bulldogs would be on the giving end of a monumental blowout, and San Gabriel looked powerless to stop the onslaught.

But Burbank began to self-destruct. However, despite a valiant comeback attempt by the Matadors in the second half, the Bulldogs were able to hold on to a 44-36 victory.
Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said he didn't think it was complacency that led to his team's struggles late against San Gabriel (0-3).

"No, I think it was just all the little mistakes that we were making," said Valencia, whose team committed four turnovers — all in the second half. "Those are the things that really killed us. But we were the ones that shot ourselves in the foot."

The Bulldogs (2-1), ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division, did receive a fine effort from senior running back Ulises Ochoa. Ochoa ran for 184 yards in 22 carries and had touchdowns of five, 22 and 12 yards. READ FULL STORY

Thursday, September 16, 2010

National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sep 17,2010

This Friday, September 17, 2010 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day in honor of all Prisnors of War and Missing In Action from all wars.

Let us not forget Major William David Moreland,USMC, a 1959 graduate of Burbank High School who is listed as Missing In Action in Vietnam since January 16, 1968. For his family the war in Vietnam is not over until he comes home.

Major William David Moreland, USMC

Monday, September 13, 2010

Burbank sunk by Chaminade

Burbank sunk by Chaminade

FOOTBALL: No. 1-ranked Bulldogs unable to win second game of the season, 37-6.
By Emin Avakian, Special to the Leader
September 10, 2010

WEST HILLS — It took less than 30 seconds for Burbank High quarterback Adam Colman to find Jose Rodriguez in stride for an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that was the lone bright spot on offense Friday night in a nonleague game against host Chaminade, which dominated both sides of the ball en route to a 37-6 victory.

The Eagles (1-0) — ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division — brushed off the touchdown by the Bulldogs — No. 1 in the Southeast Division — with one of their own less than two minutes later, and had already put up 30 on the scoreboard before Colman and Rodriguez prevented the shutout.

"This was a big game for us, because that's a quality program over there," Chaminade Coach Ed Croson said. "The kids were really excited to play tonight."

The Eagles sure did look excited against the Bulldogs (1-1), but also proved they were ready, as they drove the ball downfield and got rushing touchdowns from Tru Jarvis on their first two drives of the game.

Jarvis was unkind to the Bulldogs' defense, running for 121 yards in 13 carries and three touchdowns —the last coming in the fourth quarter when the game was long out of reach.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Burbank vs Chaminade this Friday


WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Chaminade High.

RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 1-0; the Eagles are 0-0.

LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Warren, 41-39; Chaminade didn't play.

OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs had their problems on defense last week, but were able to pull out the victory. The team received a good effort from senior quarterback Adam Colman, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Ulises Ochoa also did well, scoring three touchdowns. Burbank will be looking to avenge a 17-14 nonleague loss to Chaminade last season, The Eagles began the 2009 campaign with five straight wins, ending the season with a 7-5 record. The team is young and boasts a fine crop of sophomores, some who have transferred in.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Bulldogs will play their first five games of the season on the road. The team's first home game at Memorial Field will be Oct. 14 — a Pacific League contest against Hoover.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Burbank starts out right, 41-39

FOOTBALL: Bulldogs hold on to defeat Warren, 41-39, in nonleague season opener on the road.

DOWNEY — Burbank coaches will have to wait at least another week if they want to see what their defense is capable of.

Reason being there was not much defense played Friday night when the Bulldogs hit the road in a Zero Week nonleague opener against Warren.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the Bears' defense didn't play that well, as Burbank managed to get out of Justice Stadium with a 41-39 nonleague victory.

"We expected a close game," said Burbank Coach Hector Valencia, whose team is ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest preseason poll. "We knew they have a good team over there, especially with a good quarterback and running back."

Bears quarterback Sam Bettencourt and running back Jamill Magee ran up, down and sideways against the Bulldogs defense.

Magee did the most damage, totaling 180 yards in 18 carries, including four touchdown runs, the last one giving the Bears a 39-35 lead with 2:22 remaining in the contest.

As it played out throughout the game, however, Magee and the Bears' offense was let down by the team's defense, which committed two penalties on Burbank's ensuing drive that allowed them to take over on the Bears' 47 without completing a pass or running for positive yardage.
From there, Adam Colman completed four of seven passes, including the game-winning touchdown to Jose Rodriguez.

Colman and Rodriguez also hooked up in the third quarter on an eight-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 23-20 advantage. READ REST OF STORY HERE

Monday, August 30, 2010

Genevieve Sultenfuss BHS 28, 100th Birthday

On Sunday, August 15, 2010 I, along with Jana Jordan Guest - also BHS '70 and a longtime friend of the honoree, attended the 100th birthday party of Genevieve Cowden Sultenfuss, BHS '28, at the Glendale Elk's Lodge on Colorado in Glendale. Over 250 (closer to 300) people were there to congratulate Genevieve. She and some of her family sat at a head table and the guests filed past to give Genevieve their birthday greetings and best wishes. At 2:00 a serve yourself ice cream sundae bar began, with numerous kinds of Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and toppings galore, (sundaes on Sunday)! At 3:00 two large cakes with 50 lit candles on each were brought out, and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to Genevieve. (The candles were then blown out with an air cannister!) One cake was chocolate and the other was white cake, and after being cut were served to all the guests. At 4:00 was a champagne toast to Genevieve, with several of her family speaking, along with a Glendale City Councilwoman and two former Mayors. Also, a resolution was read from L.A. County Supervisor, Mike Antonovich, who also knows Genevieve. Besides champagne, wine and Martinelli's cider was available. It was a grand celebration! Genevieve's younger brother, 97 year old Willis Cowden, came from Salt Lake City with his daughter for the celebration. Willis is a BHS winter '32 grad. He and his family have lived in Salt Lake City for many years, and Willis was a police officer for the SLC Police Department for 29 years. Genevieve and Willis had two older sisters who have passed away that were from the BHS '25 and '26 classes. The mother of Genevieve and her siblings lived to be almost 103!

Genevieve Cowden Sultenfuss was born on August 12, 1910. She still lives in her own home in Glendale that she and her husband had built in 1940. She still sold real estate occasionally after she was 90, and she drove until she was 93. She was the first female president of the Glendale Board of Realtors in 1968, and the first female president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce in 1977. Her daughters both graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale, Audrey Sultenfuss Carr in 1956, and Julie Sultenfuss Shermer in 1960. Genevieve has seven grandchildren, and about the same number of great-grandchildren. Genevieve from the BHS class of 1928 rode in a 1928 Ford in the BHS Centennial Parade on September 13, 2008. There is a story about her that I wrote that is included in the BHS Centennial book, "The Blue and White Wave High". Genevieve and some of her family will be at the next Senior Bulldogs alumni luncheon on September 13 at the Burbank Elk's Lodge where there will be recognition of Genevieve's 100th birthday in a Bulldogs celebration.

Alan Landros '70

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Burbank High School Coach Frank Kallem guides runners to Championship in 1971.