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Name: Danny Litton ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 4:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: Tornado Alley, GA
Message: I, too, had a ?isn?t that ?? moment last week watching a rerun of the original Absent Minded Professor. Playing the flubber-gasted opposition center was Gordon Martin (?59), HHS?s greatest basketball player in the 50s and 60s. I offer this with apologies to Gary Mykkanen (?63) and Paul Crowell (?69).
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 7:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: All this talk about LAX conjured up some HHS memories. In my senior year, I was in Mr. Macha's aerospace class. We had a field trip to the North American Rockwell plant at LAX where the B-1 Bomber mock-up was on display. While we were viewing the mock-up, one of our classmates, Harold Parker, wandered off into a "forbidden zone" and either set off some alarms or security had to apprehend him (I forget exactly which, maybe someone else who was there can fill in the blanks). After we toured North American Rockwell, we then went over to the Coast Guard air station at LAX. I forget what exactly happened, but Mr. Parker apparently did something with one of the Coast Guard helicopters (he might've tried to start one up). Again, security had their hands full.
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 3:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Crestview
Message: Quazi-(posthumas)Cougar Sighting- 1971 Film Two Lane Blacktop Stars James Taylor as "Driver" & Warren Oats as G.T.O. My eyes do not decive me, is that Dennis Wilson as "Mechanic" wearing standard surfer tuxedo-white Penny's TownCraft Tee shirt and Levis.Rare cult Video- Don't miss the Great Burn-Out ending...
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 1:34 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Stagecoach, NV
Message: All of this talk about the Hawthorne and Lax airports brought back some memories. When I was a very small kid, probably under 5, I can remember taking a nap in the afternoon and hearing the planes overhead from Hawthorne airport, they made a buzzing sound, I would lay there and listen for them. I also remember sometime in the 50's, my Dad had a business on Inglewood Ave. Centinela Industrial just North of 120th. My Mother would go to Los Angeles airport to pickup their mail (I think at that time that was where the main post office was), there wasn't any airport beyond Sepulveda, the airport was small and there was nothing but industrial buildings all around it. Everybody have a nice Easter and don't eat too much candy. Cindy
Name: Stephanie Brito ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 1:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: RVP, CA
Message: Great white caps on deep blue ocean, cooking the corned beef and paying the bills when I noticed that today was March 15....Happy Birthday Ronnie Arias!
Name: Denny ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 11:18 am - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire
Message: Runways ~o~ In the 40's there wasn't much of anything east of Crenshaw under the flight path and the chain link fence had wheels so it could be opened up and auto traffic stopped for safety depending on the aircraft. Same thing on the west end of LAX as the runways ended at Sepulveda before the tunnel was built and traffic was stopped often during the war.
Name: Ray Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 9:23 am - HHS Time
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: This message is for you really ol' timers. I was reading my airplane magazine "Air Classic" and they are doing a 3 part story about Northrop's Flying wing bomber aircraft that was built (finally) in 1947. One of the picture caught my eye and maybe someone out there can explain to me about the picture. The bomber airplane was due to take off on the morning but had to wait because it couldn't fly from east to west due to homes and short runway...it opt to wait til the afternoon winds to take off from west to east. Not only this would shorten the flight to Murdoc Air Force Base (out in Palmdale/Lancaster area??) but it gave the airplane more buffer/longer runway. Now, the way I see it, the plane had to cross Crenshaw Blvd!!!!!. The question is...who's parent's where out there in the path of the bomber taking pictures almost right under the plane???!!! I bet they had to used HPD to close Crenshaw Blvd. until the plane lifted off. Hawthorne airport runway is a few feet shy of 5,000 foot so it isn't long enough for this plane to take off from.
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 15, 2008, 7:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seattle
Message: What do you mean the chat is dead? I was reading it recently and learning what people remember, who's passed away, and I miss the old day's too. Remember, before cell phone's, or computers. Snail mail! Oh, sorry Alan, for the therapy! I don't drive like that, or most of the time I don't drive like that anymore. I canceled the order on that Z06 I had ordered last year. In fact traded my 05 corvette for a Hummer H2 last Nov. 07. I embarrassed myself in front of the club last summer after a car show. I only got second place, and on the second gear of a burnout leaving, I lost control. I too had to through away the pants. No damage other than that. Also, it's to bad that my Dad's car is the one you remember. What about that bad 65 mustang, or the 69 GTX? I'll get another Vette some day, now that there making the new ZR1 next year. Dale Hahlbeck? It's nice that you take the kid's for the plane watching there in Portland. Were only three hours from each other. I have custody of my fourteen year old daughter, Shelby. She is the payback I'm getting, for who I am. Nice story Margie, it had a very happy ending. I'm also sorry to here about Jim's wife. Does anyone remember my brother & sister from the class's of 68 & 69. Bruce & Kathy Salisbury? There both alive and doing well. But I also grue up with the Beach Boy's era, as a result. That's why I had mentioned them in the past John. They used to tell me when they got home from the proms, that the Beach Boy's had played there. Maybe that's why I'm a car nut. I also got my pilot's licence, so Dale, stop throwing rocks.
I got some of the story's mixed up of who said what. It's hard when I can't look back while typing. I guess I'm just showing my age.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 14, 2008, 3:57 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: The sign-ups for the golf tournament are going a bit slow. To date we have 18 golfers signed up, we need at least 40! It does not matter if you only play once in awhile or all the time, we do not discriminate, all level of players are welcome. I would like to see some women sign up as well as some people from the seventies decade! It will be a blast, and a good time will be had by all! Everyone have a great weekend, St. Patricks day and Easter! Fore....
Name: alan ibarra ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 14, 2008, 1:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: boulder, co
Message: Kirk, you must be in the "high country" cause I heard they had quite a storm last night. You need to move down to the Front Range. It's been like summer here...50 degree weather and , hell, we haven't had snow on the ground here for at least a week! Shovel? What shovel? AND, you know when you're watching those car commercials and in very small letters on the bottom of the screen it reads "Professional Driver on a Controlled Track".....that's how Rick Salisbury used to drive his Vee Dub Karmann Ghia! He's the guy who would do that 180 spin into a parking spot with just a foot clearance front and back! I remember one time we were coming back from one of those famous George Hunter parties and about 6 of us CRAMMED into the Ghia and Rick took us for a spin and 2 months and 3 therapists later, I was finally able to get behind the wheel again.....had to throw away the pants though!
Name: Kirk Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 14, 2008, 11:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: Snow is Deep Colorado
Message: John, jusy thought i'd say "HAY". Its 30 degrees and almost a foot of snow since midnight. I liked the picture of the Tigers, I think some of them were HHS kids, Chris Pilar, Brian Hand, Frank Vargus, Leo Lasalla, Steve Sarner, and Gary Teel. The photo was taken up at Snark Field Van Ness and 120th Street on the Majors side in left field. I wonder is that field still there? I remember playing out field and having dargon flys buzzing around, and golf balls from the driving range/golf course landing next to me. And of course you had to stop and watch the "Southern Pacific" trains rolling down the tracks. You don't really miss Hawthorne until your out shoveling snow thinking how good the beach would be right now. Take care,Kirk...
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 14, 2008, 9:43 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: For all the teachers and math geeks, today is Pi day...Mar 14, 3.14, and every year I recognize it with my own students to honor my favorite math teacher "Uncle Gerry" Smith. He oft repeated a phrase still much used today..."Pi R squared. No, cake are squared, pie are round". Here's to one of the great ones!!
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 14, 2008, 6:45 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seattle
Message: Hey John, Sorry I missed the Cruz :( ,but I didn't even know what you meant about hot dogs, until I watched the history channel since that email. I was thinking more like that Hawthorne 409 from the Beach Boy's song, racing against, maybe the Low riders from Lennox. Winner takes the other guy's car. Pink slips. On the speed channel?
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 13, 2008, 5:39 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: Margie-Boy, did you fire up my maternal instincts with your story. Something similar happened to my daughter when she was little, but I did more than talk to 'the parents'. I cornered those little monsters and scared the livin' s--- out of 'em. We were generally safe growing up in Hawthorne. Isn't it sad how it is today? Kids today are afraid to play outside - they'd rather be indoors on Guitar Hero! I don't think my 15 yr old has ever climbed fences or explored places on his bike. I love to share my childhood adventures with family. It is great conversation, and they love to hear it. I'm sure they thought I was a wild child, but it was just a different time and place. Hawthorne, Calif. 1955 - 1965. Betty
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 13, 2008, 5:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: pve cal
Message: The class of 1963 and the group of HHS alums known as the Hymies have some sad news today. Jim Bush was Mr everything while at HHS and has hosted all the reunions we have had. Jim lost his wife, Claudia after a long fight with cancer. She was a great lady, a Long Beach Jackrabbit and Jim's soulmate for many years. We are with you Jim.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 13, 2008, 4:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Margie, what a sad but sweet story. Yes, music does bring back memories. So do smells. Once when I was sitting with my friends at a basketball game. I smelled a familiar cologne. I told one of my friends it smelled just like my old HHS boyfriend (name purposely omitted). Low and behold we both looked behind us and there he was with a new girlfriend. I hadn't seen him in years and he was still wearing the same old cologne. lol Didn't I just graduate from high school? I'm sure it was just a short time ago. So how is it that my youngest granddaughter is graduating from high school this year? Really scary! However, she is flying down from Sacramento tomorrow night to spend her spring break with her old granny. Poor thing must not have a life. Thanks to two very generous people on this site who gave me two tickets to Disneyland and Calif Adventure, I am going to take her to Disneyland while she is here. She has not been there since she was a little girl. She has spent most of her life in Iceland, Idaho, and Sacramento. Yes, she was an Air Force brat, and proud of it.
Name: LARRY PEAVY ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 13, 2008, 3:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: MEMPHIS. TN
Message: GEORGE GOJUN owned the Hawthorne Bowl in the 50s. I would like to know if anyone knew him. He was a fire marshall or chief. thanks Larry.
Name: Margie Lopez ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 13, 2008, 10:29 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Hey John...is anybody alive out there...just checking in to say "Have A Nice Day"...I just heard a song that reminded me of a cute lil story when I was small...I use to walk home everyday from kindergarten by myself(can't do that anymore)...and on the way home two older boys use to tease and bully me...never knew I could take another route home...well one Valentines Day...here I come wearing a huge red paper heart...I was so proud...the teacher taught us a song to sing to our moms about being a happy valentine...well by the time I got home(after the bullies got me)my red heart was in shreds...my mom answered the door and through tears I tried to sing my song for her...so she started singing "My Funny Valentine" and we both started laughing...it's so funny how music can take you so far back in time and you knew exactly what you were doing...oh my mom talked to the bully's parents and they never bothered me again...but I still had to walk home by myself...lol