.....another cruise night memory flogger for the early 60's group. If you don't remember Hunter Hancock, you didn't own an AM radio. Hunter Hancock was an LA Icon in the 50's and 60's. I remember him on KPOP and KGFJ. Thanks El Rojo for the clip Hunter Hancock
Name: Susan King () on Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 00:36:33
Message: By the time any of you are reading this, Darryl and I will be on our way to Santa Maria for the 2nd to the last softball tournament of his summer season (he coaches a women's open team). We had committed to this in the spring so ditching it was not an option. You all don't know HOW HARD it was to keep from trying to stuff the pages to be able to make cruise nite happen LAST weekend when we were local.....I know slowing the rest of you down was not a possibility to make it to the 31st.. I am deeply jealous of Ms.V5 as she whined her way into the royal coach for the evening - I WANT TO BE THE QUEEN OF CT!! All us B's and V's have been jockeying for that position for months now. Ahhhhhh!! I will be sniveling tomorrow nite about 6 p.m. and will be calling sister Sharon's cell phone for an update.....PLEASE don't make me wait another 100 pages for another adventure like this! There are so many names popping up on the list and in my mailbox that make me smile!! : ) I promise to reply soon - There are so many more of you that I want to meet. Don't forget to sing the Alma Mater - NOTE: THIS SHOULD BE DONE AT THE CLOSE OF THE EVENT. The school board disallowed that practice during my time at HHS - they made us sing at the beginning - thought we'd "rumble" with the opposing guests if we hung around after the game. Somewhere I have a Cougar editorial bemoaning the decision....so belt it out good and loud for me. All hail to you - HAIL HAWTHORNE HIGH!! And dear sweet John, you are the finest of Cougars - lots of hugs - IOU a cone.....Sue
So SUE B, wait a minute. As Queen Patt.... oh i forgot to tell you. your queeny papers came through from headquarters as robin and his "merry men" voted you in.... As Queen Patty said to Ted a few pages back, "don't try and smooth it over".
Sue, just say, "I'm not coming to cruise night!!" I guess what you're doing is SPITTING ON YOUR SISTER!!! Your poor mother will be heart broken. There there Beverly, we always knew that Swifty was the good seed. All I can say is go ahead, run off with that low life snake in the grass Los Alamitos Griffon. what the heck IS a griffon anyway..... It'll just be one less person that I will get to hug.
Name: unknown () on Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 00:32:30
Message: this is the wackest page on the net, it makes embarassed because i go to hawthorne high
Thank you, unknown, for your honesty. You ARE Cougartown material. what a strange name......Mr. P, do you want to field this one??
Name: Sharon Branigan () on Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 00:16:40
Message: Glo and Cyn, we will miss you Saturday night. A day without Valencias is like a day without. It's looking good for Patty, and Ricki has already promised, so I will hug them til they bruise in honor of y'all. Hey by the way where's Carlos?
OH NO!! 3 of them is all old Kermit can handle. Who ever Carlos is will have to take a bus to cruise night, or I guess I could strap him to the hood like a deer.
Name: Linda Dietrich () on Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 00:00:04
Message: John, These last few feedbacks and your responses to them have actually brought me to tears. Has anyone out there ever cried over a web site?? We are all strangers but yet we are linked together by this man. He has brought so many of us together. I'm not sure but I feel there are just a handful of us that have met you in person. You are our fearless leader, our brother and much more. I hope one day I can meet you John and just shake your hand. I also want to thank you for being my spell checker. If everyone could see how bad I do spell it would really be embarrassing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Ahhh Linda, You give me way too much credit. I'm a Coug, just like you ; no more no less. I'm just expressing what YOU feel. I get lucky with that spell checker thing. I was talking to my ex, Joyce Savisky HHS62 this morning and she said, "John, you better check out some of your remarks on the last couple of pages. You've been using h-e-r-e where it should be h-e-a-r. Sure enough, I'm an idiot. We've been divorced for a third of a century and she still tells me when I'm wrong. So see, if we're connected in some way, we look out for each other.
Thanks Linda for being out there and have a MONSTER cone tomorrow night in KC, in honor of Cruise Night. OH and when you say, "If everyone could see how "bad" I do spell", I think it should be "badly" as that's an adverb, right Mr Plotkin. that apple polishin' sloey thinks he's sooooo smart............ Thanks Linda for being out there...."Be a Coug"
Name: Jeff Acevedo () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 21:48:40
Message: Hey John, how bout adding "Boulevard Florist" to your (our) memory page. I'm sure alot of Corsage's & boutonnière's were purchased there over the years.
Blvd Florist??!! Jeff, tell me the truth. Do you own that place??
Name: Chuck Currie () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 21:43:39
Message: John-what I forgot to say in my last note, was how awesome it is that we are all able to get together and celebrate such a special time in our lives at what is such a momentous time in history; the 30th anniversary of man walking on the moon; the 30th anniversary of Woodstock; and the 30th anniversary of my return from the bad lands of southeast Asia. OK, so the last one may not be momentous to the rest of you, but it ranks real high in my book. As so many have said, and I WILL repeat it, Thank You John. You are the Coug!
Thanks again Duke, but you left out the most important one for THIS weekend and that's the 37th anniversary of the "Real American Graffiti". Hawthorne Blvd. Saturday Night at Frosties, A&W, Scrivners, Ah Ha's, Harveys Broiler, The Stand, Sallys.........it was the "The Summer of 62" ;a mere 13514 days ago. When cruisin was the ONLY thing on our minds.
It was the hardtop convertible era and it wasn't cool unless ALL the windows were rolled down.
AM radio was KING, and was blaring out the sounds from Color Channel 98 KFWB or 1580 KDAY. If you were lucky, you had a Vibrasonic attached, so it had that cool echo.
When the rumble of open exhaust would excite you inside like your first kiss.
Your buddy would be just getting back from Lions. You knew that because his hubcaps were missing and he had a class number on his side window, written in white shoe polish, "17 G/S".......he'd leave that number there for days. Cool cars always looked cooler under the lights in the back lot of Frosties on a Saturday night.
Girls were so nice, but so untouchable (at least the HHS girls).
Tomorrow night it's time to re-ignite the feelings and the fantasys of 13 thousand days gone by. It is the Summer of 62 again. The REAL American Graffiti happens once more. I don't know about you, but I CAN'T WAIT!!!
Name: Chuck Currie () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 21:25:37
Message: Just got off the phone with Curtis All you read is dirty books (his pronunciation of his last name). Curtis has been a little under the weather for several years and although he said he would love to streak the parking lot, he doesn't think he and his wife, Linda Moore (c/o 65), will be able to make it to cruise night. But, you never know. And, he can still tell you who had the lowest ET at any race, at any strip, whether it was last weekend or the third weekend in April 1961. Oh yea, JB, if you're the John Baker who liked to put Cadillac engines in Studebakers, then he remembers you too. For those of you who have asked me about the Estrada girls; Sharon, Vicky, Elizabeth, and Laurie still live in the South Bay, Linda recently moved with her husband Eddie to the Bay area. I gave Sharon all the info on CT and CN to pass along to her sisters. I was wondering if Fosters still gave out free malt cups for those who brought their own canned malts? Anyway, see you all at Walt's tomorrow night. The Duke
Hey Chuck, or ah.....I mean Duke. Thanks for trying. At least we know where our favorite Frosties figure is hangin' nowadays. Maybe next cruise night, he'll show. I think Curtis has me mixed up with Gene Roscoe or Tom Bell. They were the Stude guys.
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 20:27:08
Maiden: The Old Codger
Message: Jim Sloey: I'm very proud of you - shall IS used in the first person....except when showing determination as in I WILL be at Foster's on Saturday night!!! English is a bear, right? John, I again have to say GREAT JOB!!! HCH
Thanks Harry, We'll see you tomorrow night. ....darn sloey, always suckin' up to the teachers.....i thought yogi is a bear....i don't get engli...
Name: Susan () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 20:11:59
Message: Kathy... no Hula-Hoops here, but I do have plenty of Yo-Yo's. I might warn you though... these new Yo-Yo's have automatic return on them. Funny you should mention Bazooka Bubblegum. I just returned from Smart & Final on Rosecrans and I bought two case of Bazooka to bring tomorrow night. Everyone has to promise to throw their wrappers in the trash and not spit their gum out on the ground though.
Name: el rojo () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 19:43:14
E-Mail: sad in i-dy-ho
Maiden: you know
Message: JOHN....JOHN...I'M CRUSHED. I, THE "EL", GURU OF DOO WOP, FAITHFUL FOLLOWER OF THIS MAGNIFICENT COMING OF AGE, WAS NOT ON THE "1000000000000" TH PAGE? I TYPED SO HARD AND WORE MY LITTLE ARMS TO THE BONE. "THIS HAS TAKEN 30 MIN TO WRITE", BUT CAN'T I GET AN HONORABLE MENTION? PLEASE, SAY YES. PLEASE, PLEASE! OK, NO MORE BEGGING, I WILL FOREVER LIVE IN THE COUGAR TOWN ARCHIVES OF THIS SITE.(PMA) ALWAYS GETS YOU THROUGH. HUNTER HANCOCK WILL BE FOREVER ETCHED IN MANY OF YOUR MINDS. EVEN YOU YOUNG KIDS FROM THE LATE 60'S AND 70'S. HAVE A GOOD CRUISE ! JAKEJUDE! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU.
I think you're wrong EL, Go look on page 100.
Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 19:33:35
Message: I remember the candy dots on the paper. My favorite place to get them was Snappy's (Imperial and Freeman). Of course, I also remember my mother sending me there with $1.00 to get a GALLON of milk and I could get Bazooka Bubble gum with the change!! For all those St. Joe's people-remember chinese jump ropes and cat's cradle?? And for you guys, who still knows how to "walk the dog?" Bring those yo-yo's Saturday and we can have an exhibition!! OK whose bringing the hula hoops :):)Better yet - LIMBO!!!
Name: Susan () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 18:54:38
Message: Hi there. Just found out from John Merkovsky (owner of Allegro Music and alumni band director at HHS) that Kathy Adkins lives close to me. I will be calling her to let her know about CT Cruise Night. If you have any words of encouragement to get her to come... e-mail me - funds4kids@Yahoo.com and I'll print them and drop them off at her house. See you all Saturday night! WAAAAAAY TO GO, KING JOHN!!!!!!!
You can tell her I always thought she was "Hot Lookin" in school. Actually, maybe you shouldn't use that one until you try the others. Thanks Susan
Name: Robin () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 18:14:46
Message: Stan needs to retire...He cant remember his own station anymore and is obviously a hooked on FONICKS...Bummer...I remember him as a young reporter..I guess its best he stays local and covers the cruise rather than Woodstock 99 this weekend...
Name: Eric Larson () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 17:59:49
Message: I just got word of CN and can't be shown up by my little sister. I am looking forward to seeing some faces from the past. I'll bring some old copies of the Cougar too!
Thanks Eric, Just leave them with "Killer". He won't let anyone take them.
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 17:35:23
Message: Memory buster for the day:... does anyone remember in the early '60's the group down at 26th street beach wore Tiki God necklaces..or was I dreaming. I had one with little blue rinestone eyes. How about the candy dots that came on a long strip of white paper. You were lucky if you got the candy off without eating paper too. We always walked to Gorrie's Market in 118th and Inglewood for that treat. Hey John, I too think the Sloeymeister is impersonating Stan Chambers. There's hints of his lingo in that feedback! Thanks Robin Hood, for the great chat session this afternoon. Still laughing. Back on the treadmill.
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDY GIRLS
Name: Keith D.Jones () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 16:26:41
Maiden: always been Jones
Message: Well it appears that the cruise night is going to be awesome. Good job! In respect to Stan Chambers being there (or any other media). NO matter what he does as long as he does something about the cruise night would benefit HHS, Cougars and alumni and the purpose of this site. I can't see a negative here. Imagine the number of Cougars that don't know about this site. Their family and old friends. Stan Chambers is one of the original reporters in LA. He is very respected and so is his stories. If he does do a story on this night we (especially you John) should be very very proud. You have done a great thing here John. I understand that the additional publicity will bring a tremendous amount of addtional work but somehow I think WE can handle it. I think I understand that you put this site together for the enjoyment of the reunion of fellow Cougars but this site is getting bigger and will only get much bigger. As much as you might not like it you may consider seeking the possiblity of turning this site into a revenue generating site. Selling banner and advertising space will help cover your costs and time and could very easily put some money in your pocket to either use for yourself for the time you spend on this site or maybe pool it together and maybe use it to put on some really nice get-togethers. Just an idea. But whatever you decide you have done a great job.
I know what you're saying Keith and I do appreciate it. I know this site is growing out from underneath me. I feel that every week. People ask me all the time, why don't I tell the Daily Breeze or the Times about the site and let them do a story. If this was a "for profit" site, I would, but then the rules would change, and the fun would end. I didn't create this site for profit, although I'm not adverse to selling a few Cougartown Tshirts to help the Newsletter program, or to fund our own Parties. I'd love to set up a Cougartown scholarship fund and give it to the "Most Average Cougar". . . . . . That's all I was.
Our goal here is to find our HHS alumni. We are doing just that. Let's keep it on this level, at least for a bit longer. Thanks Keith for being there, along with all the others. I'm having too much fun with the site right now to change much, if anything. . . . .
Name: jim sloey () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 16:19:51
Message: way to go sherlock!
who uses capital letters all the time? not i! actually stan called and asked if i would write that into you since he works for ktal they have no computers or internet access. you know the wb weal big. robin sorry you won't be here but we shall miss you, how was that mr. plotkin; i shall, we shall, never i will, or we will, correct? patti if you need a ride we can work it out call we would be happy to have your perple butt sit in our car! i'll email our phone number but we won't be home til tomorrow, we got kicked out of our house for termite tenting. but leave a message and we shall be checking the messages! degrazia you need to get a little more excited over this extravaganza, a little exuberance. and are you bringing dominic? and if marsha russell married mike stover she would have a lot of candy! SEES you alls later or saturday! sloey (hence forth lower case)
Drats!!! If he changes to lower case, I'll NEVER figure it out..... Jim, I love you MAAAN, but you are EZ to figure.
For all you 74ers, Patty WILL be there. Me and Old "Kermit" are swingin by to pick up her, and her brood. I hope she doesn't mind riding in the back. Aw well, her hair is fairly short and I've got a tire brush under the seat. She can comb it out when we get there. Be a Coug James....
Name: Sharon Puchalski () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 15:27:26
Message: I just found out about this fantastic Website from a fellow classmate. What a neat way to stay connected. Anyone out there from the Class of 65? I will try to make Foster's tomorrow.
Sharon, Welcome back to HHS and to all your old buddies. Yes, I'd say there were a few 65ers on this site. Please go to the alumni list and look under the class of 65. There, you should find over 10% of your class listed. If you need help, just email me. Glad you found them Sharon.
Name: Penny Prouty () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 15:19:57
Maiden: penny prouty
Message: BIG CONGRATULATIONS,John!!!! 100 Pages and hundreds of happy Cougars, reunited because of, and due to you!!!! Thanks for all your efforts and hard work........most of all, thanks for reminding us where our roots are, where we come from....and of all the truly beautiful people we have known, laughed & cried with, and created happy memories with....memories that have come alive again through this special web site you've created for us....it's really a special place to come to.....Thanks, again, John! ....and hope to see you on Saturday night!
Hey Penny girl, How ARE you doing? It is always special when someone from my own class chimes in.
Thank you for the nice thoughts too. The Internet has brought us all back together again and I love it. Yes, you WILL see me tomorrow night. I look forward to it. Thanks again.......
Name: STAN CHAMBERS () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 12:43:22
E-Mail: SORRY NOT AVAILABLE
Message: THANK YOU INGRID LARSON FOR YOUR EMAIL. WE SHALL BE OUT ON SATURDAY DOING A REAL LIVE HUMAN INTEREST EXTRAVANGAZA. I HAVE SPENT THE BETTER PART OF THIS MORNING LOOKING AT YOUR WEB SITE IT IS REALLY NICE, INGRID YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND ALL YOUR OTHER FRIENDS FROM COUGARTOWN.COM SINCERELY STAN CHAMBERS KTALNEWS5@10
Well Stan, I don't know if I want you doing the story or not. What does extravangaza mean? Also, I don't watch the WB much, but I thought your Call Letters were KTLA, not KTAL. Are you sure (seeing as all the letters are, well...... BIG) that this isn't Stan Sloey Chambers??
Name: Robin () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 12:21:57
E-Mail: "Curtis Curtis Fo Furtis".com
Message: John...Curtis lives in Hesperia..I think? But I know the "King of Kewlness" Chuck Currie has his phone number..Cousin where are you!! Curtis was a K-8 classmate and later on lived with us Hoods on 133rd...He was the first person to know who Don Garlits was (besides Don) and could tell you the lowest E.T. of any class that ran the previous week at Lions or Famosa or Fontana etc....A great guy and it would be a great gesture to call him from Fosters if he cant make it...he would like that:o) (Sandy, he also has a sister Pam). Have a great time Cougars and Sloey "Buddy":o), dont worry about me...In lieu of my absence and possible depressive state, my Hawthorne cousins have sent me a 4 hr tape of "Spin and Marty" reruns...Im hoping the episode where the town fathers pull a sting operation on the Triple "R" ranch suspecting its a brothel is in there. I loved that one!...Again, Congrats John...You cant put a price on great memories but your efforts have made a lot of wealthy hearts...Go Cougs!!..
"Well I'll be a Blue Nosed Gopher", if that isn't my favorite episode too. Thanks Robin and I know that someone right now is contacting Curtis and regardless, with all the "Frosties Vibes" in the air this week, I believe he will float in before the night is over. I wonder if he has a car yet? Be a Coug Robin....
Name: Alan Nelson () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 12:21:04
Message: Since Cougars are a part of the Lion Family, here's a statement that we obviously already knew.- A Gathering of Cougars is called a PRIDE!!!
Name: Ed Chesson () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 09:44:59
Message: Damn, I go away for one day and completely miss out on getting my message on page 100!! CONGRATULATIONS, JOHN, #200 SHOULD ONLY TAKE ABOUT A THIRD THE TIME!
Just had another memory that I don't think I've seen on the feedback pages. Any of you ever go to the old CINNAMON CINDER in Long Beach? I didn't go there a whole lot, but I really remember seeing the "Ike and Tina Turner Review" and what a show it was! For those of you who like Tina Turner, you know that she is very "active" while singing her songs. The night I saw her she was going through her act and actually split out the back of her skirt (she always wore, and still does, the tightest skirts in the world). She continued dancing and singing and just worked her way off stage, the music kept going and within a minute she was back with a new outfit on and kept right on singing. What a performer!
I'll see you all at Cruise Night and I'll be bringing my sister, Jean (class of '67), also. Come on class of '63, let's have a good turnout!!
Hey Ed, Great memories of I&TT. You won't get cheated at a Tina Turner show. Great entertainer. Course the Cinnamon Cinder in LB in the mid 60's to see Ike and Tina; probably cost 4 bucks to get in. Thanks man, and we'll see you at Fosters.
Name: Janet Burkett () on Friday, July 23, 1999 at 00:27:29
Message: Boy.....talk about faces from the past! I haven't even thought about Curtis in 40, err 3o years! I don't think I even knew his last name. I don't remember him talking much/ever? either. He just was kinda always there. If not at Frosties, then at 26th street, or hangin' out with the guys at Fred's or various other houses on Stacey Ave. I'm really trying to locate Sherry Barton, class of 64. She was in my wedding and don't know what's happened to her in many years. Speaking of that. Right after the wedding ceremony at Trinity Lutheran church, our whole wedding party cruised Frosties with shoes, rice, and horns blaring! That was March of 63! Can't wait to see everyone on Saturday. JB (the other one!)
Hey Janet, Where have you been girl?
Ok the easy way is if you're looking for Sherry Barton and she's not on the Alumni list, then look for another Barton. Wait, through the magic of the Internet, I've already done it. Sue Barton, Sherry's sister, is on the list and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . Now email her and ask your question. My question is are you bringing the 57 Chev convert Saturday?? That WOULD be cool huh. Anyway, see you there Saturday night and wear your flag girl outfit.