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Name: Dick Dixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2007, 4:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Indianapolis, IN
Message: A wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year to all Cougs. Bravo to Brian Wilson for the memories and fun, fun, fun. JB, as well as other Cougs of the era, also well remember Dennis Wilson, that "real beach boy." Today marks the day we lost Dennis to the sea in Marina Del Ray - 1982. Perhaps the somber look on Brian's face at the awards last night possibly reflects the memory of 20% of the original Beach Boys ... brother Dennis. As a classmate of (typing class, PE, history) with Dennis', I reflect on his days in my dads race shop on Broadway. Just hanging out, sitting in the racecars and asking my dad to help him with his go-kart. JB, I'm sure you'll agree, solice is present in the good days of our past. Also, JB, 50 yrs ago today marks the first 1/4 midget championship in Phoenix. You and the Effler's will remember those good ole days. Cheers 'n gears for a '08 faster than NOS off the line.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2007, 10:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: I thought Diana Ross got Brian loosened up a bit!
Name: Jon Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2007, 9:33 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Very nicely stated Dean. The only way it would have been better if Brian would have told his face he was having a good time. What an honor !!!!!!!
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2007, 11:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, CA USA
Message: What a great tribute tonight for Brian Wilson at the Kennedy Center! Although he followed the honoring of four other American legends, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese and Leon Fleisher, it was Brian Wilson's Beach Boys' lyrics and tunes that had them rockin in the aisles in the Kennnedy Center, Washington DC. Even the Prez and First Lady were shakin to the tunes played skillfully by Hootie and the Blowfish decked out in authentic Blue Pendletons over white quasi-Towncraft tee shirts (you can't find real Towncrafts anymore). The Hoot man brought his A-game along with SoCal attitude to an upbeat medley of I Get Around and California Girls. If only Lyle Lovett would have gracefully deferred to Art Garfunkel to sing BW's masterpiece, "God Only Knows", the tribute would have even been better (a cowboy can't sing this song). The love from the audience and even the international acclaim represented by the London Choir singers made for a memorable night for the #1 Beach Boy, bringing home the pride for all fellow Cougars who lived the music in years gone by.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2007, 5:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Sorry for more bad news, but just heard that Clydeene Boenish Babcock(HHS61) was killed in a car accident this past August. I have no other details. Clydeene seemed to have a perpetual smile and was good friends with many at HHS. She will be missed.
Name: jessiemi ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2007, 5:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Hey Paco, Nice set of get-aways in those snazzy tights!!
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2007, 12:28 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: I regret to report that Paul M. Evans, Class of 1972 of Lennox High School, passed away this morning. He would have been an alumni of HHS, but as he was confined to a wheelchair, he went to Lennox instead. But he did live in Hawthorne and had a lot of HHS friends. There will be no funeral services, per his wishes. However, if you wish, you may send your condolences to his mother, Mrs. Jenny Dias at 4143 S. Laurel Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 10:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: Well its been almost 20 years since moving to Hawaii and at Christmas I have been used saying Mele Kalikimaka Hauoli Makahiki Hou. But now since I am back on solid ground I wish every Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Like always to me Cougartown in my #1 place I go first on the Internet when I check-in in the morning and then at night. I have reconnected with several of my old friends and seeing the names and reading stories by others really sinks it in how much fun and great memories I had as a kid. Love you all!
Name: Steve Maldonado ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 6:47 pm - HHS Time
Message: Hi John.. Merry Christmas! have you got any news on the class of 1978 reunion? Thanks!
Name: Tom Chadwick ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 6:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Templeton, Ca
Message: Merry Christmas to all Cougars, Olympians, Cardinals, Sentinals, Mustangs, Monarchs, Lancers, Seahawks, Eagles, Warriors and all that peruse C/T...we all cruised each others town at one time or another. John, thanks again for keeping this place together and for all those no-holds-barred responses. Have a Great New Year!
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 4:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tucson AZ
Message: J.B. thanks for another year of warmth, humor, love and a great place for all of us to come together. What a wonderful gift you've given us. I was a 6th grade camp counselor with Tim. He was a truly good man. Kudos to the HHS Principal. I got a surprise Christmas call from Clayton Williams last week. He had a bad cold but otherwise sounded great. Earlier in the year he had broken both legs in two separate falls within 3 weeks. He said that he's shuffling but healing well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Cougs.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 3:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I have had this saying on a needlepoint that I bring out each year when decorating and wanted to share it with you: "Never a Christmas morning, Never the old year ends, but someone thinks of someone - Old Days, Old Times, Old Friends." It's like that EVERY day in Cougartown. A very Merry Christmas to the entire CT community, my friends old and new and especially to you John Baker for changing my world. And lastly of course, to MB, whom I'd never have found again but for this vehicle - I'm thinking of you.
Name: Dewey Storie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 3:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Chandler, AZ
Message: I know I have said this before, but I have to say it again. John Baker has given all of us one the biggest gifts under our tree that nobody else could. Merry Christmas, to you and your family JB, and a Happy New Year(Sorry I have never been politically correct)
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 3:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: Merry Christmas, John - Not a Cougar Sighting, but I spent the evening last night with my old friend, Barbara Quinones, who I went all through grade school with. She was also from a large family - five kids - Mercy, Virginia, Barbara, Ted & Christina. It was so good to see her. Old Friends. . . Sat on a Park bench like bookends. . . Happy Holidays.Betty
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 3:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, Howard; I was looking at that picture of you and John Boy in front of the fireplace. Isn't that the same outfit you used to wear when you cruised the boulevard?. I'm talking about Hollywood Boulevard LOL. You and Sharon have a great CHRISTmas, your old friends, George & Arlene
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 2:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: Wishing everyone happiness as you celebrate Christmas. And hoping this festive season, will be the nicest ever for all my fellow Coug's.
Name: Mike Effler ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 11:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: El Segundo, CA
Message: Way to go Jim Sloey....... you're the man! I hope his sister, Kathy and his extended family hear about it..... Merry Christmas to all you Cougars......
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 10:52 am - HHS Time
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: A Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all Cougars. JB: you get an extra serving of dessert for all your good deeds. If anyone's in the neighborhood, stop by the house January 1st for the good luck meal: Ham, Black Eye Peas, Turnip Greens, Salad and Cornbread. Actually it's a southern meal served so all can keep up their strength for all the bowl games?
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 10:11 am - HHS Time
City & State: hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hey John, that picture of you and Paco Claus puts a whole new spin on "go elf yourself". But seriously, we want to wish you and all the Cougartown family and friends the most blessed Christmas ever! See you all soon. Karen And Bob
Name: JIM SLOEY ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 10:01 am - HHS Time
City & State: SOLVANG
Message: I do not need any thanks for sending an email. But if you're inclined to feel good about what happened with Tim's number send an email to Joy Bramlett and thank her for keeping our heroes alive as well as past traditions. Her email is email@example.com
. That is all the thanks I need.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 9:52 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Thanks Jim. Merry Christmas Coug's!!
Name: Jim Pasternak ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 9:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: S. Kihei, Maui
Message: Hey John! How about that "Watch Dog Sloey?" Nice Job, Jimmy! I was happy to see that you picked up on that in the roster listing and Tim surely deserves our eternal respect. As you may recall, the father who accepted the award in the first chapter of Flying Embers was indeed Mr. Thomas. I'll send a copy of the book to the principal's office with my appreciation for her action. Merry Christmas and God Bless! Jim
Name: Richard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 9:19 am - HHS Time
City & State: of LongBeach
Message: To Ray Smith Class of '81 (no e-mail): All four years while at HHS I could take my Christmas (and Valentine's) cards to the student store, and for a nickel a card, someone (?) would deliver the card to the recipient at their third period class, when the daily attendance slips were collected. A safe and Merry Christmas to all ![Just why does the mind remember this after 38 years; but where are my car keys?] Ho Ho Ho
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2007, 9:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Thanks Jim; Semper Fidelis.