Burlingame High School - Class of 1955
News Bytes from 2000

(May 2000) Gil Larish has retired and is now in permanent residence at Incline Village (Lake Tahoe).

(July 2000) Georgene (Kammler) Tallant writes that she retired from teaching two years ago. She taught computer classes at Eureka High School. She reports having a great time in retirement. Georgene lives in McKinleyville, just north of Eureka.

(September 2000) Ed Steele writes that he has moved to Sun City (vic. Roseville, CA) with a house on the 4th green of the 18-hole golf course. Sounds like he's retired. Way to go, Ed!

(September 2000) Grey and Lillian Whipple visited classmate Mike Reed-Johnson and his wife, Kathleen, in Salem, OR. The weather was gorgeous and they enjoyed a picnic lunch at Silver Falls State Park. Grey would describe Mike as a "renaissance man" with many interests and love of family and society.

(September 2000) Reunion 2000: Seen Friday night at Joe's at Woodlake were John Basye, Barb (Duncan) Hewitt, Ron Marlin, Lee Melbourne, Dixie (Eason) McCarthy, Reed Baird, Dee (Williams) Ropers (San Miguel, Guadalajara, Mexico), Marlene (Givens) Scally, Joan "Bunny" (Fieldhouse) Leon, Arlene (Borelli) Hipsher, Gretchen (Gautsch) Gottschalk (from Lincoln, NE), George Schroeder (Ft. Worth, TX), Pete Altieri, Gene Hellar, Georgene (Kammler) Tallant, Joyce (McConkey) Williams, Jane (Wright) Lasley, Grey Whipple, Bob Wrinkle, and Denise (Figone) Elliott. (Ed. note: Bob Wrinkle is a friend of many of our classmates and is an attorney in Burlingame. Denise Elliott is a friend of our class and her sister, Jackie Figone, was a few years ahead of us at BHS.)

Gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Saturday night was the rest of the gang: Joan (Balzarini) Bridges, Barbara (Baumeister) Super, Elaine (Bjorgan) Duxbury, Maren (Browning) Gilliland, Vondra (Bush) Bancroft, Ted Carter, Carol (Clark) Roberts, Bob Czapkay, Gaven Dunn, Dick Fields, Gordon Flynn, Bob Foote, Bob Gamette, Jim Gettins, Nan-Susan (Gruman) Brown, Walt Jessen, Deanne (Kendall) Beard, Cathy (Marken) Dolton, John Matthews, Lois (Mette) Haynes, Kevin Monahan, Mike Nave, Hal Robinson, Dean Sanders, Bill Seawell, Jeannie (Somerville) Newman, Irene Taylor, Ted Treu, Ron Winter, and Jayne (Wright) Lasley. Walt Jessen was Master of Ceremonies and we had many a good laugh as each person introduced themself and their spouse.

The weather was gorgeous on Sunday morning for the brunch at Ted Treu's home. Our old friend, Vic Mangini, was in attendance. It was amazing how many of the men Vic could remember after so many years. He regaled us with anecdotal stories of his students and how he came to Burlingame High School during WWII.

Thanks to the committee that labored to put on this reunion: Walt Jessen, chairperson; Cathy (Marken) Dolton, hotel arrangements; Ted Treu, brunch; Grey Whipple, computer support; Arlene (Borelli) Hipsher, treasurer; and Elva (Ledwith) Hoogner, Bob Czapkay, and Lee Melbourne for additional counsel and support. Barbara (Duncan) Hewitt and John Basye announced that they plan to host the 50th reunion Friday night party in their home.

These two photos were taken at the September 45th Reunion. * * *The left photo is of Roosevelt School alums: (front row: Joan "Bunny" (Fieldhouse) Leon, Gretchen (Gautsch) Gottschalk, Cathy (Marken) Dolton); back row: Pete Altieri, Gaven Dunn, Ron Winter, Dick Fields). * * *The right photo is of McKinley School alums: (front row: Bob Czapkay, Barbara (Baumeister) Super, Marlene (Givens) Scally, Carol (Clark) Roberts, Ted Carter, Dean Sanders wife(?), Barbara (Duncan) Hewitt; middle row: Walt Jessen, Elaine (Bjorgan) Duxbury; back row: Maren (Browning) Gilliland, Georgene (Kammler) Tallant, Reed Baird, Ted Treu, Bob Foote. Carol (Clark) Roberts has created a collection of McKinley School pictures. Visit the Burlingame Elementary Schools page on this web site.

(September 2000) Overheard at the Reunion: Reed Baird has retired after a career in the Purchasing Department at the Lawrence Livermore Lab.

(October 2000) Mailer from BHS Alumni Association: HEY!! BHS Grads . . . . Join us prior to the Little-Big Game for a Continental Breakfast where 11 special grads will be honored and inducted into the BHS Sports Hall of Fame. Saturday, November 11, 2000. 9:00 am in BHS Auditorium, $8 per person (reservations must be received by November 4). The Little-Big Game is at the BHS football field, 11:00 am, tickets available at the gate.

BHS Hall of Fame Inductees 2000: Ernest Scheppler-1934; Arthur Belton-1937; Paul Armstrong-1940; Byron Van Alstyne-1944; Bruce Van Alstyne-1945; Wally Vickery-1947; Ron Dawson-1951; Carl Roepke-1952; George Cantaloub-1953; John Hazelrig-1965; Linda Saefke-1984.

(October 2000) Arlene (Borelli) Hipsher has returned from a 3000 mile tour of commercial vineyards in France, Germany, and Italy. Her comment was that it is hard to beat California wines.

(November 2000) Grey Whipple attended the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Nov. 11 at Burlingame High School. Our own Arlene (Borelli) Hipsher is a member of the Hall of Fame Committee. The biography for Paul Armstrong (Class of 1940) is printed below. Paul was one of the boys PE teachers for the Class of 1955.

"Paul Armstrong, 1940, was All-League in basketball while at BHS and received letters in basketball and swimming. He was also active with the ABS, played in the orchestra, and was on student council. He attended San Mateo JC, where he was VP of the student body. He attended the University of Minnesota (where he played Frosh and Varsity basketball), San Jose State, Stanford University, and San Francisco State. He was in the U.S. Army Infantry during WWII and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He has been a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator in the San Mateo High School District."

(November 2000) Gretchen (Gautsch) Gottschalk is moving from Nebraska to Huntsville TX in January 2001. Her new e-mail address is posted.

(December 2000) -excerpted and paraphrased from Alma (Bunce) Alber's (and husband, Richard) Christmas letter (with permission). We love the times spent hiking and snowshoeing in Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, and their environs. We spent three days in Rocky Mountain this Fall viewing the gorgeous colors and watching the elk. (Ed. note: the elk have moved down from the high country and it is mating season. The elk are doing a lot of bugling.)

Last winter we were honored by Historic Boulder as Volunteers of the Year. Last spring we put together a successful Historic Boulder Spring House Tour, and we organized the Annual Boulder Creek Clean Up. Memorial Day is also the time of the EXPAND Great Rubber Duck Race. (Ed. Note: The Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND Program (Exciting Programs, Activities and NewDimensions) provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to participate in recreation and leisure programs in the community.)

Our daughter, Jacque, enjoys her job at Gindi Gourmet and the EXPAND activities. She won several blue ribbons in the Winter Special Olympics snowshoeing competition. And in the Summer Special Olympics she excelled in gymnastics. She is doing very well and enjoys her trainers and supportive living helpers.

In June we drove to California to visit family and friends. In the fall , we, with Alma's brother, Richard Alber (BHS Class of 1959) visited family in Texas and attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Our life has been enriched by our involvement in the First Congregational Church. Husband Richard chairs the Parish Life Board and Alma serves on the Spiritual Life Board. Another part of our life is music, including the Boulder Philharmonic and the Colorado Music Festival at Chatauqua.

At their spare time Alma works on quilts and Richard builds furniture. Next year Alma and Richard are planning a trip to China.

(December 2000) Irene Taylor writes of spending Christmas in Auburn with family. Her family gave her a new blue IMAC computer. With it she has a new e-mail address. See the e-mail address page.

(October 2000) At Ed.'s request, Carol (Clark) Roberts writes:) I retired in June after 23 years of working for Pac Bell as a computer programmer. Love retirement! I've lived in Pleasanton for 5 years now and am keeping busy volunteering at the Senior Center, the Library and at a local elementary school. I still enjoy the outdoors and go camping and hiking at every opportunity. It was great seeing everyone at the reunion. I hope those who could not attend this year will be able to make the 50th. Send me your reunion pictures and I'll put them on a web site.