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.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

BHS Class of 1965 - 45 Reunion

2232 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
DATE: Saturday, October 2, 2010
TIME: 6:00 PM to Midnight
COST: $65 per person $115 per couple
Includes One Memory Book
Additional Memory Books $20 ea

Yes, it has been 45 years since we graduated from Burbank High School! We hope you will be able to celebrate with us the weekend of October 1, 2010 at one or more of the following events:

10/1 = FRIDAY NIGHT AT BOB’S TOLUCA LAKE - Have a Big Boy Combo or just hang out beginning at 5 PM. We recommend you carpool because Friday is CLASSIC CAR NIGHT and parking is very limited. If you have a CLASSIC, polish her up and drive over early before the lot fills up. Group photo around Big Boy!

10/2 = SATURDAY MORNING GOLF AT DE BELL (Ladies welcome)
Contact Ken Templeton at 661/251-7762 ASAP for details.
Open Bar, Buffet Dinner, DJ, Dancing, Photos, renew friendships, make new ones!

Please make reservations at 818-845-3731 or on website at
Brunch is $25.95 each (families welcome) and, yes, it includes all the garlic bread you can eat!

10/4 = MONDAY IS THE MONTHLY SENIOR BULLDOG LUNCHEON at the Elks Club - 11 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $12 ea + $1 scholarship donation. Please let us know if you're coming so we can let the Elks know how many extra lunches to prepare and tables to set up.

The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, located at 2500 N. Hollywood Way, directly across from the airport & only 3 blocks from the Elks Club, is holding a block of rooms for $95 per night (parking extra). Call the Marriott at 818-843-6000 for reservations. Be sure to say Burbank High School Class of 1965 for this great rate. Make hotel reservations early, the special rate ends August 31st!

If you have any questions, please call: Trudie Lombard Hentze at 818-848-6561, Santa Vessella Calderon at 818-352-9180, Patti Gallyon Roebuck at 760-757-8656, or Ken & Sue Templeton at 661-251-7762.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Burbank High senior Greg Dotson is the 2010 All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Burbank High senior Greg Dotson is the 2010 All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Being a celebrated middle-distance runner, one might think Greg Dotson would cringe at the mention of running long-distance races.

Moreover, it would be expected that the Burbank High standout would shudder at the suggestion of taking to the track as a sprinter.
However, Dotson, who just finished his senior season, is a rare breed. Not only does the champion 800-meter runner actually enjoy distance running, he also jumps at the chance to compete in the sprints.

"I really got more into the [1,600] this year," Dotson said. "I like the 800 more than anything, but I really tried to get into the [1,600] more. Being in cross-country, I also know that I have to run the distances to improve in my other races.

"It's also pretty cool to run in the sprints, and I really enjoyed doing that."

Dotson's versatility as an athlete was put on display at the Pacific League cross-town rivalry meet with Burroughs. Along with cruising to wins in the 800 (1 minute, 57.07 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:25.76), he also showed he has some speed by winning the 200 (23.32).

Burbank Coach Trevor Marca said Dotson's willingness to run various races makes him an exceptional athlete.

"Unlike most 800 guys, he actually likes to run the longer distances," Marca said. "He looks forward to running over longer distances to improve his strength and his endurance. Also, the mile is an event he has become very good at, and the [4x400 relay] is an event he really loves.
"We had him run his share of 200 races this year to improve on his speed."

Dotson showed his prowess in the 1,600, running a 4:11 to put him fourth on a prestigious Burbank all-time list.

Although he has proven he can run a variety of events, Dotson's bread and butter is the 800. During his senior campaign, he emerged as one of the top competitors in the event in California, as well as the nation.

Dotson won the league 800 championship and went on to capture a CIF Southern Section title. That success led him all the way to the CIF-State Track and Field Championships, where he put on a gutsy performance to take the runner-up spot. In addition, he broke a longstanding Burbank school record in the 800.

With all that he was able to accomplish, Dotson was voted the 2010 Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the editors and sportswriters of the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La CaƱada Valley Sun.

In a season of fine achievements, Dotson's crowning moment came at the CIF-State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis.

In an epic battle with Sean Krinik of Placentia Valencia — who had the top time in the nation — Dotson held his own. In a torrid race that might have been one of the best 800 competitions in state history, Krinik's amazing winning mark of 1:48.20 was the best in the nation this year. Dotson wasn't far behind, setting the third-best time this year with a 1:49.40.

Marca said Dotson's runner-up time would have been good enough to win a state championship in the previous 13 state-title races. READ FULL STORY