What started out as a way to keep in touch with former classmates
through the Internet has flowered into an annual gathering that
brings together hundreds of alumni from both Burbank and John
Burroughs high schools.
Linda Melton Damarjian, Burroughs Class of ’61, was among a group
of graduates who began an e-mail correspondence four years ago, and
eventually decided to bring their virtual reality friendship into the
“We were chatting with people from different classes, and we said,
‘Why don’t we do a picnic?’ ” said Damarjian.
More than 16,000 e-mail invitations have gone out for the third
annual All-Classes Reunion Picnic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16, at
Johnny Carson Park, said Damarjian, this year’s reunion committee
For the first two years the picnic took place outside Burbank.
This year it will be a hometown affair, and Damarjian said she
expects more than 1,000 people to attend.
“We have people coming from all over the country, from as far away
as New Jersey,” she said.
Unlike class reunions where people have a short time to visit,
Damarjian said that the picnic gives people an entire day to
reconnect with former classmates.
Burbank High School graduate Pam Zipfel Kirkwood said that many
different generations attend the picnic, including members of her
“My dad graduated Burbank High School in the winter of ’36, and my
husband and I graduated in 1964,” Kirkwood said. “We’re one big,
According to Darlene Kroah, Burroughs class of ’82, and one of the
chat room members reunited through the Classmates.com message board,
last year’s picnic drew more than 800 people, including 500 alumni.
“I actually saw a girl from junior high for the first time in
years because she didn’t go to any of the reunions,” said the Pomona
An alumni classic car show will be part of the event, as well as a
large Burbank veterans memorial display, door prize drawings and a
disc jockey playing music from different eras.
Picnickers can bring their own food, or purchase a Santoro’s
submarine sandwich, chips and a drink at the reunion for $5.
The picnic committee is asking for a $2 donation at the picnic.
The park is at 400 S. Bob Hope Drive.