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June 20, 2009 Hollywood Park Class of 1977 50th Birthday Bash

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Reseda Class of 1977 and guests.
Front Row. left to right: Gary Schober, Robin Stark Schober, Tammy Graf, Francesca Castro Angulo, Daniel Shudo, Kerry Sparkman Hallas, Janis Wolinsky Kramer, Glenn Kurosaki.
2nd row: Dona Bunzel Rawson, Debbie Mollner, Julie Lagerwall Riddell, Dalila Paredes, John Riddell, Dawn Shifman Tietz, Nancy Sellers, Michael Nikaido, Hugh McNair, Linda Kutner, Scott Kutner, Roger Ellison and wife Willi.
3rd row: James Mellein, Greg Gerlich, Mike Koble, Kelly Tyson Montgomery, Jeff Tritt, Dave Bashara, Jason Corbett, Kevin Jackson, Arndy Farber, Shelton Hall.
Missing: Jon Tsuchiyama, Erin Kenney, Zerriet Johnson, Charles Avery, Derrilyn Johnson, David Dutton, David Ramirez.

Nancy & Dawn

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Jon T. says our classmates are youthful looking. I concur. Nancy and Dawn, 1976 & 2009.

Roll Call….

Who came to the Big Bad Bash:
Who showed up, all maiden names:
Girls:
Debbie Mollner
Dona Bunzel
JulieLagerwall
Kelly Tyson
Tammy Graf
Robin Stark
Kerry Sparkman
Dawn Shifman
Nancy Sellers
Erin Kenney
Derilyn Johnson
Janis Wolinsky
Zerriet Johnson
Adele Horie
Francesca Castro
Dalila Paredes

Boyz
Daniel Shudo
Glenna Kurosaki
Randy Farber
Jon Tsuchiyama
Michael Nikaido
Mike Koble
David Dutton
Hugh MacNair
Roger Ellison
Kevin Jackson
Shelton Hall
Charles Avery
Ron Casaubon
David Bashara
James Mellein
Jason Corbett
Jeff Tritt
David Ramirez
Scott Kutner

With guests, we had around 50.

50th Bash Roll Call…..

June 20, 2009. I got to Hollywood Park (HP) around 1pm. I joined Debbie, Dona, Glenn, and Tammy at the Turf Club. I walked around for a while with my EOS and took photos around the track. It wasn’t crowded which made betting, ordering food, and getting around much easier.
Most of us did not know how to bet, so a HP handicapper gave us some tips.
We tried different strategies betting Across, Superfecta, etc. Net result, no huge winners.
In horse racing, you can bet small amounts over a long time so
you don’t lose a whole lot. My buddy Julie Lagerwall won on a horse called “TALKTOOMUCH”, mmmm
Julie and talk too much…..
We ate, drank, and chatted a lot.
It was good to see first timers at a Reseda Event, David Dutton and Shelton Hall. Classmates came from Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and all over California.
The area we sat was great for being able to walk around and mingle with everyone.
After the races, we sat and chatted some more. We headed over to have appetizers and drinks. We
had cheese, taquitos, chips, good stuff, and of course more talking.
Dinner was great. Roast Beef, Turkey, Pasta, Enchiladas, salads, and birthday cake for us. Robin Stark made decorations for the dining room.
Dona Bunzel’s son Chris was our DJ. We didn’t dance too much. We all left around 10pm.
We hope to see you at the next get together. Keep up with our classmates via Facebook. I have a facebook group called “Reseda High School Class of 1977”, check it out.

Who showed up:
Girls:
Debbie Mollner
Dona Bunzel
JulieLagerwall
Kelly Tyson
Tammy Graf
Robin Stark
Kerry Sparkman
Dawn Shifman
Nancy Sellers
Erin Kenney
Derilyn Johnson
Yvonne Solis
Ruby Escalante
Janis Wolinsky
Zerriet Johnson
Adele Horie
Francesca Castro
Dalila Paredes

Boyz
Daniel Shudo
Glenna Kurosaki
Randy Farber
Jon Tsuchiyama
Michael Nikaido
Mike Koble
David Dutton
Hugh MacNair
Roger Ellison
Kevin Jackson
Shelton Hall
Charles Avery
Ron Casaubon
David Bashara
James Mellein
Jason Corbett
Jeff Tritt
David Ramirez
Scott Kutner

With guests, we had around 50.

I am still receiving photos so take a look at
www.reseda1977.com

Special thanks to Debbie and Dona.

Sincerely,

Daniel Shudo
Reseda Class of 1977

50th Bash Pix

Thanks everyone for attending the 50th Birthday Bash. Classmates came from Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and all ove California.
See photos and videos at
http://www.reseda1977.com
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50th Bash is next week June 20, 2009

The 50th Bash is next week.
All Reseda Alumni are Welcome.
Good food, fast horses, and great time with friends.

Some of the food which may be served:

STARTERS
Tortilla Chips
Salsa fresca, salsa verde, home made guacamole
Chicken Taquitos
Salsa fresca, sour cream
Port Salute, Brie & Bel Paece Cheeses
Dried fruit, crackers

SALADS
Caesar Salad
Shaved parmesan cheese, garlic croutons
Bay Shrimp Cobb Salad
Louie dressing
Iceberg Wedge Salad
Grape tomatoes, red onions, crumbled blue cheese

ENTREES
Herb Top Round of Beef
Thyme au jus, creamy horseradish
Orange Glazed Turkey Breast
Pan gravy, cranberry compote
Rigatoni Pasta
Creamy parmesan cheese sauce
Honey Ginger Glazed salmon
Bok choy, napa cabbage, crispy noodles
Chicken Enchiladas
Cheddar, Monterey jack cheese
Vegetable Lasagna
Creamy spinach, garlic sauce

SIDES
Garlic Mashed potatoes
Ginger Steamed Jasmine Rice
Roasted seasonal Vegetables

SWEET ENDINGS
Chocolate Vanilla Sheet cake
Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Coffee, decaf, Iced Tea

Message from Robin Stark Schober

“This herd of fillies will be racing to the 50th Bash at Hollywood Park. Care to wager who else might emerge from the Regent pack??”

March 1, 2009, Reseda BFFL

March 1, 2009, Reseda BFFL

50th Bash Meeting, 10/21/08, Van Nuys Airport

Meeting Minutes

Reseda Class of ’77 Birthday Bash

October 21, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Maguire Aviation, Van Nuys, CA

Meeting came to order @ 7:30 p.m.

Attendance: Jon, Tammy, Dan, Ray, Kelly, Dona, Debbie, Mike, Marietta, Julie and Glenn

Meeting opened with a quick review of the previous meeting notes.

Jon, Glenn and Mike presented their findings concerning the Bonaventure Brewing Company’s fourth floor outside patio area for the Bash. Glen stated that the management was open to allow us to use the patio without any deposit and that they would be willing to do either (1) take orders from a limited menu or (2) charge an entrance fee and provide hot and/or cold appetizers buffet style. Glenn presented a menu for this buffet setting. Jon stated that he felt the location was nice but was not as nice as the website photo. The patio contains a bar, sofas and other lounge furnishing along with a music system that the restaurant would allow us to use. Glenn, Mike and Jon also stated that even though the setting is nice and the downtown skyline at night is beautiful, this may not be as special as perhaps a location along the beach.

Jon then provided information concerning Malibu Seafood and a new restaurant located on the Malibu Pier. Malibu Seafood is not set up for a large party and the new restaurant would require a deposit and the average cost would be near $65.00.

Debbie next provided information concerning Hollywood Park. Hollywood Park maintains banquet and party facilities. Debbie and Dona report that the banquet facilities are very nice and over look the race track. The manager in charge of these facilities states that if we hold the party during their racing season, not only will be entitled to use the banquet facilities, but we will also be given free admission to the Turf Club and/or Box Seats during the race. Food and drink during the race and before the party would be the responsibility of each attendee and is not part of the party package. We understand that the price of admission to the Turf Club and the Box Seat area is $20.00 per person.

Racing on Saturdays occurs in the afternoon and finishes at 5:30. Our party would begin at 5:30 with a cocktail period. The cocktail period would be from 5:30 to 7:00. Dinner and the party would start at 7:00 and go on to 11:00. We can choose an outdoor patio area called the Finish Line Terrace or an indoor area called the Gold Cup Room.

Dinner cost would be in the range of $30 to $60.00 per person, not including beverage. There is no deposit requirement, but there is a minimum requirement of 50 people. The park will accept credit card payment directly from our classmates so we do not have to deal with any of the money. The cut off time period would be two weeks before the event. The park may have a $500 minimum bar requirement but the manager was not clear if it will be enforced.

Next door is the Hollywood Park Casino that is open all night for gambling

Dona next stated that there is a hotel nearby but recommended that we designate a hotel in the Marina or near LAX as a place to recommend for an overnight stay.

After considerable discussion, the group decided to vote. As a follow up from the previous meeting concerning discussions over the economy, the group agreed to scale the party plans back a little and keep the party in the Los Angeles area. In a unanimous vote, the group, in principle has agreed to have the party at Hollywood Park.

Debbie and Dona were asked to follow up and obtain more information from Hollywood Park, including menu pricing, hotel information and dates. Since Hollywood Park’s racing season is between March and June and September to December, Debbie has been asked to find open dates during both periods.

Another topic was introduced to the floor concerning whether this party could be opened to non-classmates. During discussions, the issues revolved around how to invite non-classmates and whether the party should be opened to others. The discussions appeared headed to allow non-classmates to join in, but none will be officially invited and the group will not officially promote the party to non-classmates. Further discussions are required and will be taken up at the next meeting.

The meeting concluded with Debbie and Dona agreeing to obtain more information and once such information is collected, Debbie will contact Glenn to make arrangements for the next meeting.

Meeting ended at 9:00

Kelly, Mike, Julie, Debbie, Ray, Tammy, Dona, Glenn, Marietta. Not in photo, Jon.

50th Bash Meeting Minutes from 9/17/08, by Glenn Kurosaki

Dear Committee:

Here are the minutes from yesterday’s meeting.

Attendance:

Nancy Sellers, Mike Nikaido, Jon Tsuchiyama, Dan Shudo, Marietta Sperry, Debbie Mollner, Julie Riddell, Tammy Graf and Glenn Kurosaki. Randy Farber was present via a late meeting phone call.

General Discussion and recap of last meeting.

Glenn discussed that he forgot to print the meeting minutes of the last meeting, mostly because he forgot to take notes. In recreating the meeting, the group agreed that Solvang/Wine Country was chosen as the potential location of our party. Randy had provided information concerning a train trip including a picnic at a beach in Ventura county, but the group concluded the cost was too high and those fellow celebratees coming from out of town would not care to spend more time traveling.

The group further agreed that the weekend of September 25, 26, & 27, 2009 be the target weekend for the party.

Glenn next started a discussion concerning the economics of the party. Since the US is heading into an economic downturn, he suggested that we scale the party down a bit in order to allow for unexpected potential financial difficulties some of our classmates may experience. The group discussed this idea and unanimously agreed to reconsider the site selection and seek locations within the Los Angeles Basin.

Dan stated he had previously contacted the Sage Brush Cantina in Calabasas and Tony P’s in Marina Del Rey. Dan reported that the Sage Brush Cantina would allow us to use the patio so long as the group limited their orders to drinks and appetizers. Anyone wanting to eat a meal would have to order inside the restaurant proper. The good thing about the Sage Brush is that we would not be required to post a deposit and all drinks and food are charged and paid for at the time of order. In such case, we would not be required to collect money in advance. The Sage Brush also has live entertainment and a dance floor. Unfortunately, if we are unable to fill the patio, the patio will be open to the general public. Dan further stated that Tony P’s in the Marina would not be able to accommodate more than 40 people in their private room.

Debbie stated that she booked her company’s Christmas party in a private banquet room at Hollywood Park last year and will be doing so again this year. She believes Hollywood Park would be able to provide a room and allow guest to order and pay as they go and would possibly not require a deposit, especially if the horses are running at that time. She also stated that the track has a buffet service that is reasonable in price.

Glenn stated that he is familiar with the ownership of the Bonaventure Brewing Company, a micro brew pub in the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Glenn reported that the restaurant has an outdoor patio lounge on the swimming pool deck that is quite pretty at night as the hotel is surrounded by lit high rise office and hotel towers. Glenn stated that the patio can probably accommodate up to 150 -200 people. Someone mentioned whether the homeless could pose a problem with this location but Glenn and Jon explained that downtown has changed with the addition of thousands of new high rise condo and apartment units and new high end restaurants, bars and clubs, creating a fairly lively scene. As a result, the homeless population has been forced out of the financial center to other parts of town.

The group ended the meeting and made the following decisions.

1. Solvang is still a potential choice.
2. The group is now open to re-evaluating having the party in the Los Angeles area,
(a) Dan will obtain more information concerning the Sage Brush Cantina,
(b) Debbie will obtain more information from Hollywood Park,
(c) Glenn will obtain more information from the Bonaventure Brewing Company,
(d) The group will seek additional information from other local restaurants or facilities,
(e) Any facility to be chosen must allow us to pay as we order instead of requiring an advance payment.

3. Anyone interested in visiting the Bonaventure Brewing Company is invited to join Jon and Glenn for a drink or two at this restaurant on Saturday night, October 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The restaurant is located in the Bonaventure Hotel at 404 South Figueroa Street, Fourth Floor next to the pool deck, Los Angeles, California 90071 (213) 236-0802

4. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Tammy’s office at McGuire Aviation at the Van Nuys airport.

Meeting adjourned around 9:00 p.m.

Okay, that’s it.

50th Bash Meeting, 9/17/08, Sherman Oaks

Usual suspects: Glenn, Debbie, Marietta, Jon, Julie, Nancy, Michael, Tammy, and yours truly. We met at the El Torito Grill in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. We are still trying to figure out “when, what, where, how, why, why not” about our birthday party. Tentatively scheduled after Labor Day 2009. We think it will be in the Los Angeles area. We are having another meeting in October, so stay tuned. We all could not believe it’s been a year since the 30th reunion.
Peace, D. Shudo
Stuff we mass consumed: