Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bobby Buntrock After Hazel: His High School Days


On February 17, 2015, I posted an article about the tragic death of child star Bobby Buntrock.  Bobby played Harold Baxter on the popular 1960s sitcom Hazel, starring Shirley Booth.  On April 7, 1974, Bobby died tragically at the age of 21.  He was killed in an automobile accident on a bridge in Keystone, South Dakota.  After reading my piece, many people left comments about Bobby and the Hazel series.  If you would like to read my 2015 article, click on the link below.


This week I received an email from a lovely woman who went to school with Bobby in 1968.  Her name is Beverly Smith and she lives in Santa Maria, California.  I phoned Beverly today and she reminisced about Bobby.  The two attended Eagle Rock High School in Eagle Rock, California (Los Angeles County) when they were in their mid-teens.  Bobby's Hazel days were behind him by then (the series ended in 1966).

Beverly told me that Bobby did not seem different from the other students at the school. To her, he was "just like everyone else."  She said he was on the track team and that he did not complete the school year at Eagle Rock High.  She also remembers Bobby's younger sister, Stella.

Below is a 1968 school year book photo of Bobby (centre) with the track team.  He was 16 years old when the photo was taken.  You can see the "ER" on the tracksuits for Eagle Rock.




- Joanne

9 comments:

  1. I loved that show when I was little and so glad it's back on tv. It makes me happy every day.

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    1. I completely agree....wonderful show...great lessons for young people....and old. :)

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    2. I loved the show then ,love it now May the ones that’s no longer with us R.I.p

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  2. Thank you Joanne, for your original article and for the update. At age 59, and a lifelong Hazel fan, I was watching reruns and wondered what 'Harold' was up to these days; that's when I found your articles. So very, very sad. I'm glad you cared enough to compile the facts & share with Hazel fans; your efforts are appreciated. Oh, & I didn't know Meredith Baxter was Whitney Blake's daughter! Your article was a great read, thank you again!

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  3. Karen St. Petersburg, FloridaJuly 2, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    I am nearly 60 now and always LOVED LOVED LOVED the Hazel show. I still enjoy the show in syndication so much even today each time I watch it. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the show .

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  4. I enjoy watching the Hazel reruns,being born in 1959,I never watched the show,but have caught the reruns over the years.Its refreshing to see a clean t.v.show,proving that sex and violence and curse words are not necessary to make a watchable show.thanks for posting this information for others!

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    1. Agree....shame that current TV programming hasn't caught on to the formula.

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  5. Hi Joanne,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this piece and your previous piece in 2015. It happens all the time when one watches an old show—you wonder whatever happened to people—Julie

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  6. Hi from South Africa! What an amazing article on an even more amazing TV show. I bought the entire show as a box set of DVDs and have watched all episodes three times already. I was born in 1963 but find the 50s a fascinating era. For my fellow Hazel fans, you can find excellent Shirley Booth movies on YouTube. She was a great actress.
    Regards to all.
    Leon.

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