Friday, December 30, 2011


The best way to name the individuals is through the two group pictures. First the one with 11 sitting on the wall at Cupids includes: front row lft to Rt - Jerry Olsen,Dick Mlack,Jerry Berns,Tom Montes, Allan Plouff and Clem Boylan. Back row lft to Rt.- Mike Mertens, Rick Glazer(pledged name), Joe Palazola, John Bogdanoff and Joe Riggio.
The smaller group picture in front of the Cupids window includes Don George and Dean Brewster. They may have arrived after the picture taken above. 
Yes you are correct there were 13 brothers gathered just the same as the founding fathers?  
 Hope this is helpful.     Bro. Joe Riggio
Left to right on bottom row:
Br. Jerry Olson, Br. Dick Mlack, Br. Jerry Berns, Br. Tom Montes - standing in front from left is Br. Alan Plouff and Br. Clem Boylan.
Left to right at the top row: Br. Mike Mertens, Br. Rick Glazer-Danay, Br. Joe Palazola, Br. John Bogdanoff and Br. Joe Riggio in red.(click on image to enlarge)

 Brs. Jerry Olson, Tom Montes and Don George.

 Brs. Don George, Tom Montes and Dick Mlack

 Br. Clem Boylan arrives as Br. Mike Mertens talks with Br. Don George

Left to right:  (click on image to enlarge)
Jerry Olson, Clem Boylan, Don George, Tom Montes, Joe Palazola, Joe Riggio, Mike Mertens, Dick Mlack and Dean Brewster.

Friday, December 23, 2011


Left the business accounting world in 1981 when I became a single parent. My passion for cars led me to open "Carburetors Unlimited" in Simi Valley, Calif. in 1981 and I have been active in this business since then. I moved it to San Diego, Calif. in 1988 and then to Phoenix, AZ in 2005. I have been lucky enough to work on and own most of the types of cars seen on the Barrett Jackson Auctions.
I have one Son who also lives in the Phoenix area. I have two wonderful Grand kids 17 & 18 and a fantastic Daughter-in-Law. They are both successful in Real Estate even in these hard times.
I'm hooked on the outdoors. I'm in a truck and camper in the Mountains as much as I can fishing pole and camera in hand.
Pretty much lost everything due to the real estate mess here in Arizona. National statistics don't really reflect the devaluation happening here. In many areas it is more than 70 %.
It's OK as I'm still healthy and loving what I do. I also know that throughout my life God has never closed a door i needed to be open even if I was unsure which one it was. It is truly amazing what faith can do and I am living proof.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Br. Dick Mlack recently tried on his old Phi Delt sweatshirt. To his surprise, and the envy of most of the rest of us, it still fits.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Timothy J. Herles, Executive Vice President, Manager, Business Banking

Tim, who joined National Bank of California in 2003, brings expertise in managing growth phases and in expanding business banking services. With over 40 years of banking experience, he has actively participated in the direction and structure of banks in the southern California area. 
At Marathon National Bank, Tim served as Executive Vice President, Sr. Credit & Compliance Officer where he participated in major policy and administrative decisions. As Assistant VP of the Installment Loan Department, he also helped Union Bank of California increase its loan portfolio $20 million in his first year and was responsible for middle-market commercial customers. His bank experience is wide-ranging and also includes tenures with Bank of Orange County, Century Bank, and Security Pacific National Bank. 

Tim has obtained Basic and Standard Certificates issued by the American Bankers Association as well as a Standard Certificate issued by National Credit Managers Association.
He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University√Ę€™s Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and also received advanced education in Business Administration from UCLA.


Here are two great snapshots of a Phi Delt party at LA Valley College.

 Brother Art Hortze and Joann Clerc (a member of Theta Rho) at LA Valley College, Phi Delta Psi party. This is the way, I'll always remember our dear Uncle-Artie.  Photo gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Fecht 2011.  Refer to photo 3812

Br. Tim Herles and date (unknown woman) Photo gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Fecht 2011.  Refer to photo 3813

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


The Phi Delta Psi Fraternity had a 6 week pledge period. Work was shared by the whole Fraternity, pledges and active members alike. These photos, a gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns in 2009, were taken in the Fall of 1960.

 Brother Richard York - fall of 1960 - refer to photo 3366  (click to enlarge)

Left side of fence is likely Gerald Silver, opposite is Brother Chuck Radford, and coming down the street is Brother Joe Reggio

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Kappa Phi Omega girl and Br. Bob West at "Exchange" party  1960 - gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns  2009  - refer to photo 3364 - click on image to enlarge.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Pledge party, Fall 1960 - L.A, Pierce College - Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Psi Fraternity - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns 2009  - (click on image to enlarge - refer to image number 3342)

Louis and Patricia Syre

This is a photo taken at the Phi Delta Psi's 50th reunion. It is of Louie and Pat Syre. Louie was the President of our Fraternity's Beta Chapter at L.A. Pierce College.

Louie and Pat Syre 2006

Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns 2010. Refer to photo number 3341.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Patty and Dean Brewster at Phi Delt 50th Anniversary Reunion.
Polaroid photo 3286 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2011


Here's a beauty. Photo from Alpha Chapter party (date unknown). Br. Vita Mazzarino (in pizza hat) and Br. Tony Everetts.  Refer to photo number 3285 - (click on image to enlarge) Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2011.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

List of Founders and Beta Leaders

I found this while processing Phi Delt stuff for The Museum's archives this week:

Pledge Class
Phi Delta Psi
is holding a car wash. Friday November 11 (Veteran's Day) to be held at
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Only $1.oo
Be There Early

1.  Don Ault                          9.   Lloyd Smith
2.  John Brockway               10.  Don Taggart
3.  Steve Falk                       11.  Grady Talbot
4.  John Furnish                   12.  Doug. West
5.  Ben Kronnick                 13. Jack Wilson
6.  Kenny Morris
7.  Jim Magouirk
8.  Bob Paul

CHARTER MEMBERS (of Beta Chapter)
1.   Alan Aquino                  8.   Dick Mortillaro
2.   Ed. Brickman                 9.   Jim Rasp 
3.   Jerry Buttaccio              10.  Bob Robar
4.   Dave Clancy                  11.  Gary Smith
5.   Jerry Hillard                  12.  Dale Sonnabend
6.   Bud Kruse                     13.  Bill Westmyer
7.   Paul Martz                     14.  Aladdin Zarrinkpour

Founding Cabinet
President   -   Jerry Hillard
Vice President   -  Gary Smith
Secretary  -  Alan Aquino
Treasurer  -  Bob Robar
Sgt. at Arms  -  Bill Westmyer
Pledge Master  -  Dave Clany
Chaplain  -  Art Aston
Song Director  - Dale Sonnabend
Mast. of Rituals and Traditions - Paul Martz
Keeper of the Keg  -  Bill Westmyer

Monday, August 29, 2011

Old Photos from 2007 Reunion


Here are a few photographs discovered from our 50th Phi Delta Psi Reunion.

 Br. Jerry Olson - Br. Dave Page (likely) at left.  Photo number 3259

 Alpha Brothers Ed Hart (left) and Dennis McLaughlin 2007 - Photo number 3260

 Glynene and Beta Br. Tom Roe - 2007    _ photo 3258  _  click on image to enlarge

 Br. John Ambro (Alpha Spring 1960) and his wife Kay -    Photo number 3257

 Br. Ron Simmons and his wife Chris - 2007 -  photo number 3262

Suzie Alzeibler - 2007  - Photo number 3261  - click on image to enlarge

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Our little sister Rosalyn Stern Krause brought the ashes of our Brother Art Hortze to a memorial luncheon at Pancho's Restaurant in Manhattan Beach this Monday July 25th, 2011. It was the kind of occasion that Uncle Artie would have liked - those of us who attended did.

 Uncle Artie's ashes were in the white box with a shot of Johnny Walker Black Label scotch supplied by Br. Gary Fredburg. The Phi Delta Psi candlestick was used during the 50th Reunion of our Brotherhood. So that you know we were true Phi Delts, each of us drank a little of the scotch for Artie.
Jerry Fecht with the hat begins the reading of The Mourners' Kaddish, supplied by Rosalyn Stern Krause. The hat was passed as each Brother at the table read part of the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead. Left to right: Bros. Rod Davis, Mike Rosenthal, Gary Fredburg, Jerry Fecht, Jerry Olson, our friends Marty Smetter, Rosalyn Stern Krause, Paul Queyrel and Arnie Levy.

 Br. Arnie Levy reads the Kaddish for our dear Artie.

Dale Alexander read the Kaddish. Next to Dale is Mary Garcia, lifelong friend of our Brotherhood.

 Rosalyn brought along several items for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, including her Valley College Theta Rho Theta sweatshirt.

 The house in Manhattan Beach where several of our Brothers lived after graduating from college. It was decided that it would be good place to overlook the ashes of our Brother Art Hortze.

Lifelong friend of the Fraternity Marty Smetter (left) enjoys one of the many funny memories about Art Hortze shared on his memorial dayl By Marty is Br. Mike Rosenthal, Gary Fredburg scattering Art's ashes and Br. Jerry Olson.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Brother Don Barnhart has had a long and successful career in the motion picture / television industry. Recently he has become a novelist. In the next few weeks, I'll fill you in on his career. In the meanwhile, here is a photograph that I thought you might enjoy.

On the set with Roy Rogers....

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Two of our Brothers are in this 1964 newsletter:

In the January 1964 newsletter for Valley Federal Savings - Principals and Interests (for Valley Fed. employees) this photograph of the company's softball team was featured.
"Returning to the softball line-up this year are (left to right) front row:  Lynn Bird, Don Headlund, Art Aston Jr., Ken Brock, bat boy, and Forrest Geary.
Back row: Ron Anderson, Steve Falk, Rick Needham, John Green and Chuck White. Many additions to the team are also expected."

Valley Federal softball team - Jan. 1964 - newsletter gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Steve Falk 2011.  (click on image to enlarge)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Death of Art Hortze July 2011

         It is with great sadness that I share this with you. Our dear friend and Fraternity Brother Art Hortze has died. Art died in Las Vegas, Nevada after a long struggle with cancer.
Brother Arthur Hortze, who liked to be called “Uncle Artie”, was born on the 16th of July 1941 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic and Van Nuys High Schools.  Prior to enrolling in Los Angeles Valley College, Art served in the United States Marine Corps.
Arthur Felix Hortze was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1959.
Uncle Arties was employed for many years by the National Tool and Gage Company. Before his illness, he was an insurance and long term care agent for Blue Cross - Blue Shield of North Carolina and for Physician's Mutual.
About a year and a half ago, our Alpha Chapter Little Sister, Rosalyn Krause discovered that Art was living in bad conditions in an obscure Montana town. She and several of our Alpha Brothers assisted Art’s move to Las Vegas, Nevada to be near medical help.
Brother Gary Fredburg, Roz and I will put together an opportunity to commemorate Uncle Artie’s life among us in the near future. If you would like to be notified of the event, give me a call at The Museum:
1 (818) 347-9665
Fraternally – Jerry Fecht

Friday, June 24, 2011


Brother Robert Rayne Sherman - Beta Chapter  Spring 1966  (photo 2865)

Friday, May 27, 2011



Once flag football was a serious thing for the college boys of Pierce College. Games were played regularly between clubs. Matches between the fraternities, and in the case of this photograph between chapters of the local Fraternity Phi Delta Psi were serious matters. Few people came to watch the games, but that mattered little. What did  matter was the experience.
The best game that I saw at Pierce was played right after it rained. The Fraternity boys were covered in mud, shirts torn, a black eye and even a dislocated shoulder. On the way to the emergency hospital, the fellow with the damaged shoulder said to me that he had "never had so much fun in his life".

Phi Delta Psi - Beta Chapter Flag Football Players
Pierce College - Fall 1960
Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns  2009 - refer to photo number 2829 - click on image to enlarge.

Friday, May 20, 2011


 left: Clem Boylan, Jerry Olson and Tom Montes  - Beta Brothers at Philippe's 2011
Photo by Steve Falk 21 April 2011 (click on image to enlarge)
Photo number 2801 in Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

left: Gary Fredburg, Larry Pitsch, Marv Smith, Arnie Levy and Paul Queyrel- Alpha Bros
Photo by Steve Falk 21 April 2011 (click on image to enlarge)
                    Photo number 2802 in Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011




Nile Hight, son of the Mary Hight who was recently interviewed as part of The Museum's "Narrating Lives - Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley, sent this photograph to the Archives of The Museum. Roscoe was a dirt road at the time this photograph was taken. Nile is the youngest brother of our Fraternity Brother Brad Hight.

Photograph with comments on back, courtesy of Nile Hight 2011  (click on images to enlarge)

Monday, May 16, 2011


Brother John Caminiti is a 1959 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. He was initiated into the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1962. He served the Brotherhood as the Sergeant at Arms for Beta Chapter. John holds a Masters degree from California State University Northridge. He served in the United States Army, First Cavalry Division from 1966 to 1968. 

 Br. John Caminiti 2011  at Phi Delta Lunch
Brother Caminiti for many years was a mathematics teacher and wrestling coach at Tehachapi High School. He and his former wife Terry have four children; Steve, Scott, Chris, and Katie. In 2011, John is retired.
John wrote in 2004: "I live a great life.  My fianc√©e and I dance, camp, travel, attend spiritual retreats, and have fun with the grandkids. Also I am involved with Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, which explains why I recently had to have rotator cuff surgery at Kerlan and Jobe. I am a very lucky fella."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Help id these Brothers.

 Left unknown, unknown, Eric Haupt, unknown, Dave Davidson, unknown, Jerry Hilliard

 Left: Tom Roe, unknown, LeRoy Hunt, ______ George, Don Collins, Paul Martz and

Left" Rayne Sherman, Louis Syre, Art Aston, unknown, Phil Gatch and unknown.


Last Thursday at our big Phillipe's lunch downtown LA, two group photos of Beta Chapter were given to me, but I don't recall who gave me what. So, I'm hoping that the two Bros who gave me the photos will email me and let me know.
 Photo 2756 -  Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2011 - year unknown.
click on image to enlarge.
 left bottom:  Gerald Silver, John Donald, Scott Motto and Tom Shanley
left top: Bruce Benner, Bob West and Gerald Olson.

 left Frank DeMarco, Larry Tunison, Brent Brody, Bob Marco, Gerald Silver and Bruce Benner

Left unknown, Chuck Ra_______,  Joel Neblett ?, front Bob Malone, Frank DeMarco
Left top: Joe Aquino, James Reeves and Christopher Slayer.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Brother Ross Louis Hanover was born on the 7th of May in Bell, California. He is a graduate of James Monroe High School in the San Fernando Valley. We do not have a record of his year and semester that he pledged Phi Delta Psi Fraternity at Pierce College.
Brother Ross was an f-4 pilot in the United States Navy. 

In 2006 the Hanovers had moved to Canyon Lake, California into a double wide mobile home, "overlooking the 9th green." Ross attended our recent Maple Leaf Society lunch at Phillipe's downtown Los Angeles.  (click on image to enlarge) 

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Here's a great photograph of Delta Brother Horce Seely-Brown III's  family. It just arrived this morning by email.  "Seely" as we called him pledged our Los Angeles City College Chapter in the Spring of 1960 and later on transferred to the University of Southern California.  (click on the image to enlarge)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I hope that many of you remember Brother Brad Hight. He certainly was one of the great guys of his time. This last week, as part of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's Narrating Lives - Oral Histories of the San Fernando Valley, I had the honor of interviewing Mary Hight, Brad's mother.
Mary, who is in her mid-90s is as bright as a clock and still a beautiful lady. Many a Phi Delt bar-b-que was held at the Hight ranch on Roscoe street in Northridge.  Visiting with Mary made Brad's memory vivid in my mind. He was one of the good guys, and his mom Mary is one of great ladies.

Mary Hight  2011

Monday, April 4, 2011


We are having our monthly Phi Delta Psi lunch on Thursday
  April 21 at 1 pm at Philippe's by Olvera Street downtown LA
Everyone buys his own lunch and hangs out with the Brothers upstairs.
Philippe's is just across the street from Union Station. Subway accessible,
Metrolink and Amtrack accessible. Parking is free.
Bring Gary Fredburg old Phi Delt photos or things you wish to donate to
The Museum of the San Fernando Vally like yearbooks, etc.
Check out The Museum's blog and website below.
Be well and be happy  Jerry Fecht

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Our sister Gayle Montes sent these two photographs of the Beta Chi Delta Sorority at Los Angeles Pierce College. Gayle commented:  "Those of us still married to Phi Delts include: Louie and Pat Syre, Mike and Pam Sangster, Scott and Barbara Motto, Tom and Gayle Montes, LeRoy and Sherry Hunt, Dean and Patty Brewster.  Also Phil and Nancy Gatch were married until her death in 2008."
  Beta Chi Delta Sorority – Los Angeles Pierce College – 1962

Photo donated to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Gayle Montes 2011.  (click on image to enlarge)

Front row:
Sharon Brodie, Anita Fernandez, and Judy Liberman
Middle row:
Faye Taylor, Gayle Dillon, Judy Bennett, Pam Dick, Renn Morrison,
Judy Stumpf and Nancy Crouch.
Top row”
Sherry Dennis, Barbara Van Winkle, Pat Early, Lynda Dodds,
Wendy Wolfe and Cheryl Bergen.

Beta Chi Delta - Presents 1962
left to right
Cheryl Bergen, Donna McCrummen, Anita Fernandez, Maureen Streeter, Nancy Crouch, Jan Cheney, Renn Morrison, Marily Breault, Judy Stumpf, Sandy Smiley, Sandy Aston, Olga Caviedes, Gayle Dillon, Sherry Smith, Pam Dick and Sharon Humbard.  (click on image to enlarge) This photo is number 2690.