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Class of 1967

J O H N   B U R R O U G H S   H I G H   S C H O O L, B U R B A NK, C A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does anyone else remember the musical show Where The Action Is?  I loved it. I was at Olivera Steet in LA when they were filming it with the Vogues who performed "Five O'Clock World."  They took me out of the audience and brought me up to stand and "groove" with the Vogues. I think that was my first appearance on TV. I also loved Shiveree and Shabang.  Remember those go-go dancers. My older brother, some friends and I used to go the Music City in Hollywood to listen to the records in the listening booths. Someone else had mentioned that. I loved those times, especially the music:  the Beatles, Moody Blues, Beach Boys, the Byrds and the Rolling Stones. My next door neighbor and I walked to the Hollywood Bowl one night and somehow snuck in. We stood right next to the car the Rolling Stones were in and peered into the window and waved at Mick Jagger. Wow! What a blast!

My friends and I used to go cruise Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Strip. We went to the Whisky A-Go-Go and some other clubs. We would drink vodka in the car and then party. When I think of some of the things I did--drinking and driving--I'm horrified! I'm amazed and grateful that I didn't hurt anyone else or myself.  The first time I tried alcohol was at Grant's tomb (is that right?) in Glendale with some Mormon kids. Ha! I used to go to parties and drink on the weekends in my junior and senior years. One Saturday morning, I had a bad hangover and ran to the backyard behind our garage to vomit (I didn't want my parents to hear). My mom had followed me out there. I had just finished upchucking when my mom appeared. There was a clothesline there, so I just pretended that I was looking for some clothes there.  By the way, I stopped drinking alltogether when I hit 40. I wanted to live healthier. Oh those memories...

Michele (Jan) Bivins

Anacortes, WA

Hi Barb and all who are reading and contributing to this great walk down memory lane! 

Hey Barb, can you still touch your tongue to your nose???  My younger brother had such a big crush on you and Stevie Dodge, but he remembers -- of all things -- your special talent!  Do you remember how we (you, Nancy Barrera, Jitter and ???) would go to Foster’s on Magnolia during our senior year at lunch for taquitos and Sprite?  I worked at Martino’s Bakery and brought Tommy Howe (God rest his soul) tea cakes hoping he would ask me out!  Can’t blame a girl for trying!

I remember …

Mod Squad
American Bandstand and Lloyd Thaxton
Shebang (got to be on the show in 10th grade!)
Twilight Zone, Outer Limits (used to really freak me out!)
Route 66
Surfside 6
77 Sunset Strip (remember “Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb”?)
All the Maverick, Sugarfoot, Palladin, Have Gun Will Travel cowboy/western shows
Gunsmoke (… yea, so I watched a lot of t.v.!)
Dancing at Pickwick and trying to get on t.v. during the teen fair
Shoppng at Zody’s, Miss Pendarvis, the Hi Shop
Modern dance with Mrs. Lovecchio and Moore
Having a huge crush along with Nancy on Mr. Craig (Consumer Economics and Bookstore)
.. and the beat goes on!

Marylee (Thomas)Waltz
(08/06/07)

I do remember those great 60’s shows.  Didn’t Paul Revere and the Raiders film at the McDonald’s near school?  I seem to remember that.  I hitch hiked to Hollywood to go to Pandora’s Box, Ben Frank’s coffee shop and other “cool” places.  The Byrd’s were rehearsing at the venue across the street from Ben Franks.  I can’t remember the name of the club.  I remember seeing Cher in the department store on Hollywood and Vine (was it the Broadway Store?).  She was shopping for make-up and wearing her signature bell bottoms.  Oh the clothes back then!   This was when Sonny and Cher were first making it big.  I was “busted” in Hollywood for curfew violation after 10PM.  My older sister had to pick me up at the Hollywood Police station.  I was grounded for weeks!

I also remember the music booths at Music City.  I still have the original albums of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc.  Not that I have anything to play them on.  One day they may be worth a lot of money.

I can’t believe that I used to hitch hike!  I was so naďve and stupid.  I got in some pretty dangerous situations but luck was on my side and nothing serious ever happened.  I got to ride in some pretty nice cars including an old Morgan sports car.  My wild stage didn’t last long and my hippie ways ended as a senior in High School.   I guess that I went through many different stages: surfer girl (alto I never surfed but it was all about the look), hippie, mod, normal wanna be.

Keep the memories coming….

Barbara McGill (Baillie)

Wow, my problem is just remembering! Albins Drug Store was my first job. Mr. Albin hired me and scolded me when I used the fancy wrapping paper to wrap a gift that cost less than $3.00. I do remember .01 candy and gasoline cost .25 a gallon. Every Saturday I got .50 which .35 got me in the Magnolia theatre and I could buy jujubes and a soda.   I remember Akron because my first apartment was furnished in borrowed mother and early Akron! Ice cream was a nickel @ Thrifty's and I loved going to Newberry's and sitting at the counter and playing music. My kids laugh when I tell them about dances and how we did the Twist and the Stomp and the girls were on one side and the boys on the other. I can't remember the name of the market at Edison and Burbank Blvd but they sold me cigarettes.

Saturday I saw Jersey Boys and I was so overwhelmed I cried at the end! It was 1964 all over again> I knew every song. It tied in so perfectly with all this on line reminiscing. Thank you to everyone and who wouldn't hate showering after gym class @BAH!
Best,
Leila Asher Lander

 

Dear Dave, and Class of 67

Thanks so much for that email, and all your hard work.  The pictures are wonderful. They bring back the days at Burroughs High.  I loved the picture of you guys and the B football team.  To bad Coach Ralph .Bryant. wasn't in them, what a great guy he was. So many wonderful people in our class of 67, we were so blessed to live in that bubble of time.

I have been doing well, and retired from teaching last year 2006.  After 33 years and at the young age of 58.  I met so many wonderful students and parents teaching high school.   Retirement is soooo wonderful, it was time to do something else other than high school. I have been currently teaching (again) Psychology at the community college part time, working out at the club, meeting Armenian friends here in the Central Valley of California.

Sherry and I have been been doing mission work with the group called, Students International. Last Easter, we spent a week in the Dominican Republic, working with the poor in a vocational area. It was wonderful helping others.  I have also spent a lot of time with missions, working in Costa Rica for the past five years.

God has really blessed my life and my family.  Our daughter Rebecca is married and finished her third year of teaching at Tulare Western High School.  She and her husband Chris, who is a Civil Engineer, live close by. Paul, our 23 year old son graduated from Seattle Pacific Univ. last year 2006, and is now home, working on his teaching credential and subbing in high school history.  Sherry is still working part time as a Physical Therapist in Home Health, and we snow ski in the winter and swim a lot in the summer.  We hope to go to Armenia some time soon and help the poor.  Take care class of 1967, and looking forward to the 40th together, Lord willing.

 
Love You Guys,

Tom Babagian
2007-06-13

Does anyone remember a concert that my brother and myself promoted at Beverly Hills High School in May, 1966--the end of our junior year? Well most of the Fifinellas attended as I was their mascot, and it turned out to be one of those seminal moments, at least for me. And I didn't really appreciate the surrealistic nature of it until years later. My brother,  41 years later, is still producing concerts and managing groups. He had been doing this from 1962 when he began teaching, and still does it full time some 8 years after he retired from teaching.

 
In 1966 he was booking a new band that was pretty local called Canned Heat. Their manager and agent was a guy by the name of Todd Schiffman, who worked with my brother all the time. A deal was made for my brother to buy Canned Heat at another venue only so long as he would "buy" a new L.A. group and produce a concert somewhere in the L.A. area. Schiffman was only charging $600 for this band, who just had a local hit break out in L.A. called "Break On Through". Their name was The Doors. And they were supposed to have this very special front man named Jim Morrison. My brother came to me and asked if I wanted to put up $300 and go partners with him. I said sure but we need to put it on at a place that was very cutting edge in L.A. to be sure the kids  would buy tickets. I, unfortuantely, (or maybe fortunately) didn't feel that Burroughs was the right place and suggested Beverly Hills High School. Well, naturally, we sold it out in one week's time and I made a whopping 200% profit on my investment.
 
The coolest thing about that evening, though, was that the late, great, innovative, Jim Morrison didn't believe in a "timed concert". He lit this weird little thing on Manzarik's piano called an incense stick, and when the incense burned out the concert was over. I'll bet those attending that night (May 11, 1966) didn't realize that they were hearing "Light My Fire" for the very first time...And it was the long version, thanks to that incense.
 Looking forward to the 40th.
 JEFF KURTZ
2007-06-13
 
 
 

 

Hi Everyone and Greetings from Horseshoe Bend, ID!
 
I finally made it to our website and it is great!!  Life is good here in Horseshoe Bend and I just love it.  I cannot think of a better place to live than here.  My parents are still going strong and in their 80's and live in Boulder City, NV.  My two brothers are doing great also.  Rod (my husband) and I still have the electrical contracting business and of course, our first love, our horse ranch.  I am attaching a picture just taken last week of the regular riding crew, my friend Tempe, my husband, myself, my friend Nicci and Nicholas, our 14 year old foster child that lives with us.  I used to work for his dad, an attorney in AZ, and his dad used to work for my husband.
 
I have never been happier in my life and it is so funny that the older you get, you realize the simple things are what make you the happiest.  I spend my time riding, teaching in the women's prison in Boise and in August I am going to Ecuador to serve on a medical/dental mission in Quito.  I am real excited and am brushing up on my Spanish. 
 
 If anyone comes this way, they are always welcome to stop by.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2007.  Boy does time fly!!!
 
Cathy Pennington Hansen

Hello Classmates!

It is great to catch up with the class of ’67 from the newsletter.

It has been two years since we retired and moved to beautiful Palm Desert. We are living in a gated community  that  has so much to offer. We enjoy  two golf courses, three beautiful clubhouses, two great fitness centers, dining rooms and all sorts of clubs from golf to sewing and much more. Our neighbors are terrific and we love to get together at least once a month for "theme night" where we cook a meal from a different country. What fun!

My husband enjoys golf and softball. I enjoy cooking, shopping, reading and getting together with our friends.

 We have been traveling a lot this year. So far we have been to Portland, Las Vegas (took in the sights of Boulder Dam, which I had never seen), Laughlin, Nashville (the best milkshakes in the world are at Steak and Shake!!), Gatlinburg, TN (where we attended the Highland Games and met with Innes' from around the world at  the annual Innes Clan General Meeting and drove through the Great Smoky Mountains), Memphis (toured Graceland-it was really something!!), Costa Mesa to attend the Highland Games and set up an Innes tent, spent 4 weeks in Lake Tahoe (our favorite vacation spot in the world!!), then on to Reno and Big Bear.

We will be home for a month, then we are off to Scottsdale, AZ then Branson, MO. I guess you can say we are really enjoying life!

My Mom lives in her own house about 5 blocks from us and is doing quite well. We see each other practically every day. Our daughter, Lisa graduated from UCI last year with a degree in Film Studies and is trying to get into the entertainment field. Until she becomes a great director or cinematographer, she has taken a job with a new reality show  "The Benefactor"  which airs this month. After that, it’s off to some new project (anyone with Hollywood connections??). She lives in Culver City so during the summer, I go visit her at least once a month and during the cooler months, she visits us as often as she can.

We feel very much at home in the desert. Whenever we are in LA we wonder how we lived there in the traffic and congestion for so long. Life moves at a slower pace out here and of course, we are in a community where most of our neighbors enjoy retired life as well.

So, all in all, life is good and we are so happy. I have attached a few pictures of me and Andy and me and Lisa. Would love to see pictures of the rest of the class.

Hope you all take a few minutes to update us with stories in the newsletter. It is fun to catch up.

Wishing you all good health and happiness. Hopefully, we can make the next reunion. Thanks to those who wrote me back after my last update!

Barbara (Rubenstein) Innes


IT IS ALWAYS SO GREAT TO HEAR ABOUT FORMER CLASSMATES.  ALTHOUGH, I WILL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT I DON'T ALWAYS REMEMBER EVERYONE.  YOU KNOW THAT OLD ADAGE ABOUT THE FIRST THING TO GO WHEN YOU GET PAST FIFTY!  AND I ALREADY HAVE RECEIVED TWO SENIOR DISCOUNTS.

 ANYWAY MY HUSBAND, CHARLES AND I HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 30 YEARS AND HAVE FOUR CHILDREN, WHO OF COURSE ARE THE LOVE OF OUR LIVES, MOST OF THE TIME.

CAMILLE IS 30 AND GRADUATED FROM CAL AND THEN GOT HER MASTERS FROM OREGON.  SHE LIVES IN MEMPHIS, MAKING MORE THAN I MAKE AND I HAVE BEEN A SUPERVISOR AT THE POST OFFICE FOR 20 YEARS.

CHRIS IS 28, WENT TO BYU ON A FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP AND RECEIVED HIS LAW DEGREE FROM PEPPERDINE.  HE IS CURRENTLY STUDYING FOR THE BAR AND IS A SPORTS AGENT AT HIS LAW FIRM.

KEITH JUST TURNED 20 AND WILL BE ATTENDING OREGON STATE ON A FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP.  LOOK FOR THE LAST NAME OF ELLISON, AS A LINEBACKER OR SAFETY.

OUR YOUNGEST, KEVIN IS 17 AND A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL.

NO GRANDKIDS IN THE FUTURE, AS THE KIDS ALL SEEM GOAL-ORIENTED.

 KEEP THE NEWSLETTERS COMING.  I'D LOVE TO SEE A COMBINED REUNION WITH THE CLASSES OF '66 AND '68, SINCE WE ALL SEEMED TO BE SO CLOSE, YEARS AGO AND PROBABLY STILL TODAY.

 JUDY REISNER


Classmate Steve Segner is living out his dream and opened up the "El Portal" Inn in Sedona, Arizona. Check out his website at www.InnSedona.com