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KEYT anchor Paula Lopez inducted into Santa Barbara High School's Hall of Fame

Tim Putz

KEYT anchor Paula Lopez inducted into Santa Barbara High School's Hall of Fame


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Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Dos Pueblos might have robots, and San Marcos might have entrepreneurs, but Santa Barbara is “the high school,” said Paula Lopez at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the oldest high school in Santa Barbara. The 1983 graduate and award-winning broadcast journalist, who left fame and acclaim in Los Angeles to work in her hometown, was joined as an inductee by Dr. Ellen Simpson (‘35), Floyd Norman (‘53), George Burtness (‘49), and Dr. Erno Daniel (‘64).

Simpson, among the first female doctors who dedicated much of her time to diabetic children — and a pilot to boot — passed away in 2011, so her niece Robin Rickershauser accepted the award in her place. Simpson was born premature with a weight of under three pounds, said Rickershauser. Her mother rigged up two incubators with shoeboxes for Simpson and her twin. They survived. Simpson was “a really strong woman as she had to be,” said her niece.

S.B. High Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right: Paula Lopez, Mike Daniel on behalf of his father Dr. Erno Daniel, Floyd Norman, George Burtness, and Robin Rickershauser, Steffany Knable, and Carell Jantzen on behalf of Dr. Ellen Simpson.
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S.B. High Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right: Paula Lopez, Mike Daniel on behalf of his father Dr. Erno Daniel, Floyd Norman, George Burtness, and Robin Rickershauser, Steffany Knable, and Carell Jantzen on behalf of Dr. Ellen Simpson.

After a successful career in Silicon Valley and managing real estate for his alma mater, Stanford University, George Burtness returned to Santa Barbara as a volunteer extraordinaire, offering his time and energy to organizations like the Lobero Theatre Foundation, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Recording for the Blind, the Braille Institute, Direct Relief International, Lotusland, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, and Cottage Hospital. He has traveled the world with the environmental charity Earthwatch, and he urged current Dons to volunteer themselves.

Floyd Norman left Santa Barbara for a career as an animator where he drew storyboards for iconic Disney projects like Sleeping Beauty and also worked for Hanna-Barbera. He co-owns a company called Vignette films where, among his other projects, he creates educational media for kids. He impressed his adolescent audience by naming the litany of celebrities he has gotten to hang out with, like Tom Hanks and Alice Cooper.

With a doctorate in physical chemistry and a medical degree, Dr. Erno Daniel is a longtime employee of Sansum, where he became one of the first certified geriatric specialists while moonlighting as an author and university lecturer. His son accepted the award as he was leading a seminar in the Virgin Islands. He still passed on the advice, “Always learn as much as you can from everyone you meet.”

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NOW do you understand why Ms. Lopez got such special attention when she disappeared?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2013 at 1:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's starting to make sense. ^L^

ahem (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2013 at 10:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for the salute and walk down Memory Lane, Ms. Lopez. Did I miss the name of affable golfer Al Geiberger somewhere? Her life was cut short prematurely, still we remember Adele Crago, who went on to movie fame as Carolyn Craig ("Giant"). Ernie and Joyce Brooks, they of the Brooks Institute of Photography, should be charter members of the Hall of Fame as well as international photographer, David Muench.

But, heck, there are some of in-house Hall of Famers deserving of some mention. In football, for example, their careers may not have extended beyond SBHS, but we do recall sparkling hometown play on the football field at Peabody Stadium by Peter O'Garro, Willie Peters, and Danny Powell. The CIF Championships always included these names.

Thanks for the memories, to plagiarize Bob Hope. Aw, hell, so long as I'm stealing, let me go the distance:

" Santa Barbara, hail to thee,
Strong thy ties shall ever be.
Son and daughter praise thy name,
Honor thee and spread thy fame.
Learning and fellowship always thou art,
Deep graven these on ever heart.
Strong they ties shall ever be,
Santa Barbara, hail to thee!

salsipuedes (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2013 at 1:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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