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Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 19, 2008, 6:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Betty, I'm not surprised that Richard would be a fave of your dad's, he was a really nice guy. As I recall, he dated another classmate, Sharyl Finnegan seriously throughout high school. I've often wondered if they ended up together....if either one is out there, POST UP!
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 19, 2008, 4:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: Richard Tinkham - he and his family were our next door neighbors for many years. Last I heard, Craig Tinkham (69) was in Idaho. Christine Tinkham (70) still lives in Telluride, CO. Their mother, Alice, passed away in 2002 or 2003. She worked at the Lutheran School on Inglewood for years. Richard had a special touch with Golden Retrievers as well. I remember how he trained them - with love and patience. He was a favorite of my fathers on Sundale Ave. Betty
Name: Melinda Farrow ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 19, 2008, 3:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, Ca
Message: Hi Everyone...just read some of the feedback, Ray Smith and Steve Sanchez..Ray yes come down to visit the Torrance airport, then we can finally visit! And a hello to Steve, its been a while..and I'm with the Northrop Grumman family too, Space Technology sector, but only 11 years now..still have a few more to go..
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 19, 2008, 9:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: Claremont, CA
Message: Sadly, I didn't think to tell Richard Tinkham about Cougartown. I can't believe I missed that. Being very much involved in the layout and and running of our enduro, I just didn't have time to think of much else.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 18, 2008, 8:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Wow Ron - Richard Tinkham! He's my class - '74 and I recall too that he rode motorcycles! How nice to know that he's well and happy and I hope you told him about CT!
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 18, 2008, 4:28 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Claremont, CA
Message: Cougar sighting: Sunday, March 16 was the day of my motorcycle club's 53rd annual Gold Rush Enduro, which for the last several years has been held in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest. Saturday morning before the event, as I was about to unload my motorcycle off my trailer, I was greeted by Richard Tinkham, class of about '73 or '74. I hadn't seen Richard for about 35 years. When he was still in high school, he used to ride with me to the desert races, where Tom Litton, his brother Jamie, and I would race about every week. Richard knew that Tom, Jamie and I were still members of the Prospectors Motorcycle Club, and he came to the event so he could visit and ride with us. At 53, he's still a hot shoe -- motorcycle talk for outstanding rider.
Name: Karen ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 7:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA
Message: Hi Pat Roberts Kalla, class of 1962, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, from your youngest sister, Nancy's long time friend, Karen. Hope you had an enjoyable day!!
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 5:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: When I was a kid, we used to sit on the roof of our garage on 111th near Yukon and play a game where you'd try to guess which airline would be coming in for a landing next -- one point for domestic airlines and five points for foreign. Later, after we moved to Hawthorne, we used to ride our bikes to LAX and check the pay phones for change (travelers were always in a hurry and left lots of change). We'd usually get about $.50 to $1.50 per trip. In the days where a pack of baseball cards was a nickel, this was big cash! My sister had her wedding reception at the Proud Bird in 1972 -- we had a 30 year celebration of her wedding there as well.r5
Name: Michelle ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 4:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Oceanside, CA
Message: Hey all class of '78! Please, Please get your money in for our 30 year reunion! We need a good headcount. I know we get busy (me too, I'm mailing mine NOW!) I wouldn't miss it! Just going to the meetings has been sooooo fun reconnecting and catching up with each other. We have a great committee, we're planning a very relaxed atmosphere, nothing formal. So come on...it's near the end of the month so just write one more check with those bills...come on!...reserve your spot!!
Name: Mike Coffey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 3:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Henderson NV
Message: Ray, Do you fly professionally or for fun. I use to live in Wilsonville and commuted for 12 years down to LAX to fly. Had a friend with a Cherokee that I flew every once in a while out of Mulino Airport. Any Cougars interested in aviation the Spruce Goose is now in a museum about 30 minutes south of Portland in McMinnville. Also Tillamook on the Oregon coast has a nice aviation museum in an old WW2 blimp hanger.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 12:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to my joined-at-the-hip friend and classmate, Cheryl Christensen up there in Keno, OR. Have a great day, Cheryl.
Name: Karen Kuehl (KK) ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 12:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vista, CA
Message: HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY!!! I have a huge pot of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots on the stove. You're all welcome to come on over for dinner. I have enough to feed at least the class of '59!! Hope you're all wearing the GREEN so you don't get pinched. Remember that when we were kids? I remember in grade school making shamrocks out of green construction paper, wearing green sashes around our wastes, and searching for 4 leaf clovers in the grass. I wonder if kids still do that?
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 9:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: pve cal
Message: John, first thanks for the shout out regards the Basketball rankings. Coach Toby arranged an alumni game and my brother Bob and I got to start opposite each other and my Mom didn't know who to root for.
Regards the Haw. Airport; I worked there the summer between my senior year at HHS and UCLA. One day four Texans flew in to the airport in a twin engine Beechcraft. The gas bill was $365.00. They flipped a coin to decide who would pay the bill. Thats the day I decided having money is better than not having money. Another Hawthorne lesson learned.
Name: Karen LeMaistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 17, 2008, 7:50 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: Ray...Cindy Macha is Chris Macha's twin sister. She has been very involved with the Museum.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 8:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Mr. Macha sure gets around. I met a cousin of his (and knew him for several years) named Gary Kreep in my old political activism days. He and Mr. Macha are poles apart politically according to Gary. We just happened to meet at a convention and were sitting around talking when I mentioned going to HHS. He said he had a cousin teaching there. When I asked who, he said Mr. Macha. Small world!
Name: Ray Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 6:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: Cool stories about Hawthorne Airport. I was websurfing and notice the "Western Musuem of Flight" is no longer at Hawthorne. They relocated to Torrace Airport. Sad, I liked the idea of Hawthorne Airport having a Museum but I guess space is limited and it can't grow. I was reading some of the Newsletter of WMOF and saw a member named Cindy Macha-(something). Is she related to our FAMOUS Pat Macha? (or Chris Macha)? Seems the Macha's family really are Aviation Buffs! Hey Rick...no..I don't throw rocks at planes...silly guy..I just fly em now. Cool that the airport resteraunt is still there...I can't wait to visit it and enjoy me a good meal with a VIEW.
Name: Richard Labriola ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 6:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Buenos Aires
Message: Kirk Greasby, thanks for the input on the 66 Tigers. The only Tiger that I remembered that went to HHS was Brian Meyer, he is four heads to the right of where I am. He apparently left HHS after his sophmore year because I couldn`t find him in the `73 or `74 yearbooks, but he is in the `72 El Molino. But anyway I wanted to throw that out before the picture is removed. Hey John can you enlighten us on how the name Optos came about? I think the snack bar at Snark Field had the best chile con carne that I have ever eaten, I still remember it 42 years later.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 5:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Solvang, Ca
Message: Litton, you should have included yourself in that list of 60's basketball players. John Wooden once said that as a sophomore, Danny was further along than Gail Goodrich at a similar age. [I think Goodrich was 3.] Then he decided he wanted to be Joe Willie and like us all knees were no longer part of the equation.
Name: Steven Sanchez ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 5:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hey John, Karen LeMaistre mentioned that she is currently a 33 year employee of Northrop Grumman and that is pretty incredible given the fact that nowadays you won?t find people staying at their employers that long because things like pensions are no longer offered anymore. My hat is off to Karen and I wonder how many other Cougars can top that or even come close to working for 1 company that long.
Name: Karen LeMaistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 1:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: Armand...I am a 33 year employee of Northrop Grumman, currently working on the F/A-18 program in El Segundo. I've worked with Mr. Macha's brother, Chris, off and on for several years. Chris is such a great guy just like his brother. Mr. Macha was my history teacher at HHS. He was always full of fascinating stories. I really enjoyed his class.
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 8:51 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seattle
Message: John, I was standing in the field at York, that now has trailer's, in the batters Box when the yard lady came over and told me about Kennedy. My Dad also worked at Nortronics, after he was at Norair, he's still alive and eighty five and I moved up here to take care of him and Mom that passed. His name is Bob or Robert if your Dad is still alive, they may know each other. I'll ask him when he wakes up. I played the first game of pong there at an open house for the family's. That computer took up most of the building. That was late sixty's. Later Dad went to Saudi Arabia for Northrop while I was at HHS. I fallowed him over in 1976 to work for a sub-company of Northrop. Sorry, I have nothing nice to say about that country today, so I'll hold myself back now. If I could just back up time, I'd go Osoma hunting. He's my age, and I was there.
My Dad asked, was your Dad's name "Marvin Baker"?
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 16, 2008, 7:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seattle
Message: I thought I was the only one ever, to be infatuated with aircraft and runways. I spent every spare moment I had in the sixties over at Hawthorne airport. Dad worked at Northrop and took me for a couple of tour's of the F-5, T-38 assembly line. I would ride my bike over in the summers to the restaurant everyday. From 116th & Birch, all the way up 120th to Crenshaw. I recently saw that Restaurant is now called the Million Air. John, did you go to York also. I was there when Kennedy was shot. So many childhood memories are coming up. So many people here from those days. In 1969, I had my picture in the Northrop News as the youngest student pilot. I still have the log book from Rose Aviation. Rose gave my sister Kathy, her license after she crashed a twin engine into a house over by where you lived John, and told me the story about the handicapped student that she was teaching, when she went down. How about those nosy Northrop Executive Plane's. I would sneak on to the runway, and find my way over to them until they figured out how I was getting in. Today east of the runway, is a Lowe's. I think the little league field is gone. I was a sky-hawk back in the day. My picture here looks just like that seventy's show, that show brings up memories too, but everyone here lived it also. Ray, did you ever stop throwing rock's at the planes? LOL. Thanks everyone!