Saturday, January 1, 2011


I have pretty good idea that it is Br. Sam Cota getting a light in this photograph.  photo 2124

 Joke telling was a big time fraternity activity in the 1960s  I don't recognize any of these guys, they may all be Tri Chis  -  Photo 2127
Br. Dick Mlack says: "2127:  Guy with a white shirt and sitting on the floor on the far right is George Worthington.  He was the Tri Chi president.  He was a really nice guy, which is one of the reasons I think that we got along so well with the Tri Chi's".

 I think all of these guys are Tri Chis
 Br. Joe Reggio is at the far right, wearing a Phi Delt crest on his polp shirt.


Among the artifacts of the late Danton Burroughs were two Tri Chi fraternity photograph albums. They, as you might expect after 50 years were in pretty bad shape. The photos had been glued onto high acid content paper, and virtually none identified the people in the pictures. On occasion there were processing dates in the margins.
One series of photos was marked "Phi Delt" stag. Reviewing them, many of the young men in the pictures are indeed Brothers of Phi Delta Psi (Beta Chapter). The location of the stag is the Chi Chi Chi house, location unknown. Perhaps some of you may know the Tri Chis or unidentified Phi Delts in these rare pictures. 

In the background upper left may be Bros. Al Conahan and Pat Stein.  - Photo 2110

These photographs are in the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley under Chi Chi Chi.
They are a gift to The Museum from Linda Burroughs in 2010. Click on images to enlarge them. Refer to the photo number when responding to this posting. Your support of the Maple Leaf Endowment Fund and The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is greatly appreciated.
 Against the wall with Phi Delt mug is Br. Dave Cox. at the far right is Br. Bill Hiegert.
In the middle front with Br. Fred Hess (with white shirt) at far fight are Brs. Joe Reggio (Phi Delt shirt) and Ray Ross.
 I think these are both Tri Chis.

 Seated in the foreground with beer stein is Br. Ray Ross.  At the upper right, with Phi Delt beer mug is Br. John Bogdanoff.
I don't know who these guys playing poker are. I doubt if they are Phi Delts because the stakes are too low.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More photo from the Spring 1967 pledge class of Beta Chapter. Donated to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Jerry Berns in 2009. Snapshots taken at Pierce College Mardi Gras.
 Br. Dave Page, unknown woman and Br. Bob Marko in suit. (photo number 2076)
 Floats in Mardi Gras parade.
 Phi Delts try to figure out how to set up the decoration they made.

 Pledge Brother Irving Damm and Br. Tom Kirby at the Phi Delt Mardi Gras booth. 1967
Beta Chi Delta girl and Pledge Brother Mike Tozzi


You can tell a lot about what sorts of artifacts and photographs are arriving to your Museum, by the photographs posted on this blog. Since each in-coming picture gets an identification number and is scanned for our records, blog viewers often get a peek at what is being recorded. The following photographs taken from a photo album kept by Beta Chapter pledges of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Spring of 1967, allows us to visit Mardi Gras on the Pierce College Campus, 43 years ago.

 Beta Chi Delta sorority girl at the Phi Delta Phi booth - Photo gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns 2009.(refer to photo 2075)
 Phi Delta Psi Fraternity brother Bob Moore welcomes Mardi Gras visitors to the Raiders' booth. If you can identify those in the booth, please refer to (photo number 2071)

 Student projects, such as the Pierce College Mardi Gras were strongly supported by the school's many fraternities, sororities and special interest clubs in 1967.  (photo number 2070)

 Pierce students gather to make wagers on their Mardi Gras turtle races. (photo 2068)

Student floats prepare to parade across the Pierce College campus. (photo 2074)

Monday, December 27, 2010


Brother Ray Lupacchini was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1964. He was the 422 member of our Brotherhood. He and his wife Gayle reside in North Hills, California. 
 Br. Ray Lupacchini 1967 - Pierce College water fight  - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - refer o photograph 2063
"Siege of the Pool - Russian Invasion Water Fight" Pierce College Spring 1967.
(refer to photo number 2062 - gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Br. Jerry Berns 2009)
The great Russian Invasion Water Fight of 1967 continues.

 Frank Nemeck fires a water fires a water bomb at pledge Mike Tozzi (ducking)  photo 2057

 "Pledges Fight On" -  photo number 2066
 Dusty Raby controls a vital water supply - Bruce Tyler to his right.  Number 2056
Photo number 2064 - check out this awesome car.


 Among the treasure photos in the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley are these pictures taken by the Spring Phi Delta Psi Pledge Class of 1967 at Pierce College. The event, which appears to be a pledge class verses the active members of Beta Chapter, seems to have been a costumed water fight.

 Beta Chapter Pledge Master Frank Nemecek (left without helmet) gets his pledges ready for the big Russian Invasion water fight. (top right with helmet Mike) Mike Lombardi pledge captain, Eldon Griffiths, Mike Tozzi and Ken Keener.  (bottom right) Craig Huseth, and Irving Damm.

 Check out pledges on the roof.
Photo in the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Number 2061 - gift of Jerry Berns in 2009.
 Tom Kirby with megaphone, in front of car is Eldon Griffiths, "Bat mobile Merlin"  Photo 2065

 Pledge Nelson leaning toward driveway, Ken Keener in foreground. Photo Number 2059
Dusty Raby prepares to defend the vollyball net with a shield made from a garbage can lid. # 2067