The Valley Line: La Cañada High’s Class of 1967 marks its golden reunion with activities at familiar haunts

The La Cañada High School Class of 1967 last weekend held a highly successful reunion. Some of the people helping to coordinate this event, which began on Thursday evening and ended with a breakfast on Sunday morning on the LCHS campus, were Rick Woodard, Bonnie Sample, Bob Becker and Kathy Zielstra.

A picnic held at Hahamongna Watershed Park, known back in the day as Oak Grove Park; a dance held at the the LCF Community Center, which teens then knew as the Youth House; a luncheon for ladies hosted by Susie Freeman; a dinner dance at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club; and a breakfast held on LCHS campus were just some of the fun activities experienced by this class.


A garage band, Eddie and the String Busters, comprised of LCHS Class of 1966 students and led by Eddie Branch, performed at the Youth House dance that seemed to be quite the hit with reunion attendees.

According to reports coming our way, this reunion was a memorable gathering of old friends renewing acquaintances and finding out all about the particular events of their lives since graduation day 50 years ago.


It was exciting for two exchange students to attend the reunion — Oscar Correa from Brazil and Brigitta Jansson from Sweden.

Another special announcement came when guests learned of the marriage of two of their classmates, Linda Kansteiner and Rick Worthington.


By all accounts, folks who attended the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.'s annual Hamburger Night late last month had a great time.

Sarah and Mayfield Marshall once again graciously played host to this popular gathering.

Guests contributed an array of tasty appetizers and desserts. The main attraction of the evening was the dinner: freshly grilled hamburgers. Serving as grill masters were Mike Davitt, Chuck Terhune and Mike Leininger. There were plenty of side dishes to complement the burgers too.

Acting as bartenders were Art Johnson, Dave Grippi, Joe Thompson, and Bob Wallace. When LCFTRA president Chuck Terhune wasn't grilling, he too did a pour or two for people at the bar.

Peggy Hotaling made certain that all was in order and running smoothly — she is an expert in coordination and planning.

Among some of the guests at the mixer were Pat and Otis Hutchins, Larry Andreason and Ermita Miranda, Nancy Leininger, Marilyn Pieroni, Jeb Long, Bill Pounders, Brett Pounders, Terry Walker, Scott, Linda and Erika Deacon, Denise and Ernest Koeppen, Carrie Grochow, Brenda Gant and Jeff Hughes, Cindy Crane, Maureen Bond, Chuck and Becky Gelhaar, Evie and Dick Barley, Jean and Ron Zink, Frank and Jenny Pass, Sue Beatty, Caroline Craven, Gloria and Terry Beyer, Ricardo and Rose Linda Gonzales, Ann and Bob Nielsen, Steve and Andy Spence, Tony Riewe, Charlotte Layland, Mary and Daryal Gant, Darleen and Joel Peterson, and Chuck and Harriett Hughes.

Oh my goodness! Last week's heatwave was unbearable. Here in our part of the world we know nothin' about humidity. The air was so damp that I could have ladled it up with a big spoon. Certainly not my kind of weather. Air conditioning was my only salvation from being reduced to a puddle of misery. I'm glad the weather turned more comfortable this week, aren't you?

JANE NAPIER NEELY covers the La Cañada Flintridge social scene. Email her at with news of your special event.