Community - October 12, 2011

Righting the record on school history

The Almanac apologizes for an error in the Sept. 28 cover story on the 150th anniversary of the Portola Valley School District.

An e-mail from Barbara Bogart, former Portola Valley resident involved in writing and staging four fundraising shows for the Portola Valley PTA in the 1970s, corrects the record.

She says in the email:

"The film, 'Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy,' a comic adaptation, was written and directed by my husband Skip in 1973. The leads were Blanche Perry, wife of (baseball great) Gaylord Perry, and Bill Penny, PVS principal at the time. Skip was not in the film, which was shot all over Portola Valley and I had a short bit part in a sinking swan boat on Morshead Lake."

The preformers in her shows were residents and faculty members, many of whom still live in Portola Valley. Some photos from these shows were on display Sunday, Oct. 2, among the historic memorabilia in the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Room.

Ms. Bogart, now living in Modesto, said she enjoyed the 150th celebration with her son and daughter, both PVS graduates. Dana flew here from the East Coast and sang with the local group, rounded up by banjo player Jeff Pollock. On the drums was Jeff Bogart, now living in San Diego.

— Marjorie Mader


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