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.