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Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 9:06 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey, CA
Message: Hey Cougs, to all Cougs worldwide, have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. See everyone at the next cruise. Later Don
Hey Don, Thanks and you have the same. See you on Cruise Night....

Name: Karen Kuehl ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 8:40 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1959
City & State: CA
Message: Good going Jim! And that was so very nice of the principal to take such quick action on the #23. I hope all the HHS students are made aware of WHY the number 23 was retired. Thank you, John, for another great year on Cougartown. I love the improvements and just when we think it can't get any better, you come up with more. Have a very Merry Christmas and may Santa fill your fireplace with coal and not your stocking!! Love ya maaaaan!!
Well thank you Karen, it's usually coal in MY stocking You too have a very Merry and a Happy and I'll see you at the next Ctown gathering.

Name: JIM SLOEY ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 8:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang
No E-mail
Message: I sent an email to Joy Bramlett this morning and within 20 minutes I received the following response:
Jim -Please accept my sincere apology...I had no idea! We will clearly honor that promise. Have a peaceful holiday season. Joy Bramlette Principal
OK Effler put the guns back, we're ok here. Merry CHRISTmas TO ALL!
Marvelous job. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. Thanks very much Jimbo...

Name: JIM SLOEY ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 8:02 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang, ca
No E-mail
Message: For those of you that have written feedback concerning Tim Thomas, I have sent emails this morning to Joy Bramlett and James Eder, the principoal and Vice principal in charge of athletics asking that they no longer allow #23 to be worn and a little information about Tim. Should this not be successful, I will be enlisting volunteers.
Thanks Jim, for the help....

Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 5:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Torrance
Message: Anyone remember Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol which played for several years on TV starting in 1962? I found a copy and made of it an early Christmas present to myself. Sitting down and watching that old cartoon appeals to the 8-year old in me, causing me to slow down, treasure seasons past and enjoy the present; instead of getting caught up in and stressed out over all the commercialism, frantic shoppers, and bad traffic that make me want to say: "Bah! Humbug!". Now I have the grandkids addicted to Mr. Magoo. Merry Christmas John and Cougars, and may God bless us one and all. U-2 Divotchka!
Thanks Larry, Yes I remember the Magoo Christmas too. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Name: Ray Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 2:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Portland, OR
No E-mail
Message: Anyone recall if HHS had Christmas cards delieverd to your class and the Knights/Diconians did the deleries for a very small fee? (fund raising I take it). I can't remember that far back anymore..maybe I got it mixed up with Valentines Cards deliveries?

Name: Connie Gaston ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 1:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: How I hate to read headlines in the Daily Breeze like this, and then see HHS singled out for exceptional problems....what the #%$@ is going on there? Audit throws book at area schools By Paul Clinton, Staff Writer
Inspections required by state law found textbook shortages, deteriorating campuses and underqualified teachers at eight local campuses in Los Angeles Unified and Centinela Valley school districts. County auditors singled out Hawthorne High School's campus for special scorn, detailing the dirty fountains, rotting wood, leaky roof, exposed wiring and pervasive bird droppings in a 24-page memo released last week. Many of the restrooms were locked when the campus was inspected at a time when students were attending classes, records show.

Name: Larry,Loretta,Eric,Darla Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 12:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca /Texas
Message: MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR from all the CUIPER's,Larry, Loretta, Eric Cuiper and Darla (Cuiper) Wahl. All have a safe, fun Christmas and may GOD BLESS ALL, see you in the NEW YEAR. John thank you for all you have and continue doing for Cougartown. To you and your family a special MERRY CHRISTMAS......Always a COUG....
Hi Larry Loretta Eric and Darla, Hope all your Christmas and New Year dreams come true. I LOVE YOU GUYS MAAAANN!!!

Name: Cliff HItchcock ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Northridge, Ca.
Message: Merry Christmas to all the Cougs here at Cougartown. I hope everyone has a great and joyous day. Linda and I have a new puppy for Christmas via the local shelter. We also have white carpet. Wish us luck!(I thought Denver and The Mile High Band should have won)
Hey Cliff, Merry Christmas to you, Linda, the Puppy, AND the carpet

Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 10:25 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: A huge THANK YOU to JB, Alan, Richard, and all you CTers who supported Denver and the Mile High Orchestra over the past 2 months. Even though our boys did not win first place in the competition, they are deeply grateful to everyone who supported them by watching and voting. Sue, mom and I send HUGE hugs out to all of you! We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends! Regarding America's troops, I took a moment to send a card too. It's a small token but I sent a heartfelt message and hope to brighten a soldier's day. Merry Christmas to all of us, and a blessed and Happy New Year!!!
Hey Sharon, you and DMHO are welcome. I'm sure they'll be hearing from some record producer real soon. Thanks too for sending the card. You and the rest of the Branigan and Bierman clan have a Mahhhh-velous Christmas.

Name: Sonia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 9:05 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Gregory
Class: 1957
City & State: Irvine, Ca
Message: Hi Cougars and friends. May you and your families all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and fun New Year. Many prayers and greetings go out to our brave Warriors away from home and their families. Chat with you all in 2008!
Hi Sonia, Thanks for the thoughts and you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Glorious New Year.

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 8:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Let's see, 1-99, isn't that enough numbers for any team's jerseys? The mighty Trojans have two number 10's this year, so if Hawthorne had to don two 22's or two 24's, they still wouldn't need a 23. And how many football squads have 99 players? What a crock...retired is retired...Maybe someday some Yankee player will wear number 3 again.......ah, yeah, right.
I agree totally, John. Maybe someone could step up and start a Tim Thomas "Retire 23" campaign.

Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 23, 2007, 6:44 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: I knew Tim since he was a toddler. His loss affected so many Cougars and others. Using his number is a sacrilege. A new #23 should be put in a trophy case with his bio and an apology to all lettermen. Someone needs to take the time to get this done ASAP. Is there no tradition left at HHS?

Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 11:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson, CA
No E-mail
Message: It's beginning to look alot like Christmas as Bing Crosby would sing although here in Southern California there is no snow to speak of (except on the mountain tops North of here) I've been told "Merry Christmas" by a few cashiers at various stores and I find that refreshing. The 'Happy Holiday' crowd hasn't taken over everyone's thinking...yet. So, MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL you Cougars out there and may the NEW YEAR bring us peace and happiness. Thank you, John!
Hey Jim, Thanks very much and to you, my friend, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 9:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kilroy
Class: 1971
City & State: The O.C.
Message: To John and all C'Towners near and far, A very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Thanks Liz, I just sent my card to the troops, God bless them all and to you John, the memory keeper, you are appreciated more than you know!!
Thank you Debbie. I appreciate that, and you too have a very Merry Christmas.

Name: Jean MacErnie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 7:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Thought I would stop by in Cougartown and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and New Year! I have enjoyed Cougartown this past year and look forward to another year of memories of Hawthorne and Cougars!!!
Well thanks Jean, you are wealth of memories, yourself. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 7:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: I find it incredible that there is such a "shortage" of numbers for football jerseys. Gimmie a break! "Retiring" a number for only two years sounds to me like recycling a grave.
I agree, how many numbers have they needed these past 2 years?

Name: Bill Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 7:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: R.B.
Message: I always wondered why Otto got tagged as "DUMB PLUM". Effler, I think your feedback may have shed some light on this. I am already feeling depressed over this Holiday Season as after the U.C.L.A. game tonight, there are only 28 more Bowl games and that's it......Merry Christmas Everyone...
Hey Billy boy, Merry Christmas to you and may we keep this thing going for another 50 years or so (Ok, maybe 20).

Name: Cliff Rickson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 7:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Tampa, Florida
Message: Just to add a note about Tim Thomas. When I was a sophomore on the football team in 1964, Tim Thomas never looked down on us JV/bag holders. He always supported us. And to Mike Effler, your brother Skip is in the same category. Truly great guys. Mike, I haven't seen you since our twenty year reunion, I hope you and your family are doing well.

Name: KAREN BEARNS ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 7:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
Thanks very much Karen and Comet Boy, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Name: Hess, Krause, Lassetter, and Griffiths ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 6:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Krause/Griffith
Class: 1965
City & State: Bishop, Lkwd, YV, CA
No E-mail
Message: Hi Cougars, Some of the Class of 65 is together tonight and we want to wish all of you Cougars a very Merry Christmas!! Back in the day, Cathy Krause, Cheryl Casanta, Terry Nalbandian, Meredit Nelson and Dani Griffiths used to decorate Senior Square the night before winter break!! We were really wild girls!! Anyway...Jim Hess, Don and Dani Lassetter and Cathy Krause Griffith and Dennis (Westchester grad Class of 64) are together celebrating tonight and we watch several of the Jerry Miles films...Great memories..Thanks alot...
Hey all you 65ers, Have a great time tonight, Merry Christmas, and party on Cougs!!!

Name: james atherton ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 5:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: hawthorne,ca
Message: The best to all my classmates at good ole HHS, hope to see ya at the next (BIG-50- reunion)
Hey James, Thanks much and Merry Christmas and thanks too for adding yourself to our list.

Name: Mike Gilbert ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 1:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Stockton, Missouri
Message: Great to see this. A friend contacted me about it and I had to find it. Just the memories, I lived on 136th street just between the A&W and the cheapest gas in town the Winall Station at 136th and Inglewood Ave. In fact I worked at that station for a while. During my school years I worked on the 4/4 plan at Mc Mahon's of California Warehouse directly across from the pool along the Rail Road tracks. Was on the Campus when the Tornado hit the Pool's Heater and we had to swim part of the year without the heater. Nice to see this, keep up the good work.
Hey Mike, Thanks for the memories and for finding us and if you attended HHS, add yourself to our Info List.

Name: Ray Smtih ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 1:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Portland, OR
No E-mail
Message: I just read Liz feedback and it inspired me that I went on to the Xerox link to send a Card to our soldier. I guess from what I heard on the news(cant send cards to "Any Soldier") and I'm not sure why. I guess the fear of what ever fear they have, they just taking precautions(the military). Anyway...thanks Liz...because I do care about our troops. Interesting story about the retiring Football Jersey #23. Was there any others at HHS(as well as in other sports?).

Name: mike effler ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 22, 2007, 12:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: el segundo, CA
Message: Regarding Tim Thomas..... I grew up on the same block as Tim from the time I was nine until he was killed. He and my brother Skip were best friends. I've got a few "Tim" stories too, but regarding the retiring of "23", it lasted only a couple years. By the time I got back from Vietnam and acclamated to normal life, I found out the number was re-issued. I asked the very same question and was told that the numbers were needed for the rostered players. I think I asked Otto Plum about it. He understood the retiring of the number, but said the program needed the numbers for kids playing. Sentiment doesn't last long sometimes.....