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Name: Thone Ritch ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 24, 2008, 10:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1967
City & State: Placentia, CA
Message: While Coach Chauncey is still able to read this, I thought I?d pay some well deserved tribute to this man. During a few of his son?s David?s birthday parties and during a few rides to Hawthorne High School in Chauncey?s van, I came to know Chauncey as a strong man, inside and out, who wanted the young of the day to grow strong inside and out as well. He fought against the illegal use of drugs inside and outside the classroom. He hated pretence and he hated the idea of being soft about what was wrong. He could be gruff, but he was always likeable and fun. He was always approachable and one man we youngsters could go to for even the biggest of problems. I knew that, but fortunately, never had to seek him out for help, but it was a comfort knowing that that strong man was there, just in case. Heck, it?s a comfort just knowing his daughter and my family live on the same block. The Chauncey legacy for Hawthorne goes on in many ways!
Well said, Thone, and I'm sure every Cougar felt that from the Coach. Thanks very much...

Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 24, 2008, 8:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, Ca
Message: For all who have verbally committed to the golf tourney, please show up!! We need to have you there. If anyone else is interested in playing, sign up and get on the list. This course we're playing is a good one and centrally located for the commute. Once again we'll be getting together at Dori Gestone's, restaurant "Gaetano's" the night before, Friday May 9th. See you there....
Thanks Wade...

Name: Raymond Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 24, 2008, 1:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: Talks about the weight room made me wondered what happened to the ol' Wrestling room. Where do they work out now? I can't imagine where...with what room HHS has nowadays. BTW...always hear about cars of this and that but I NEVER ...never heard anyone speak of the Pontiac LeMans. I had one that was once my Dad's..then Stepmother..then sister...and finally then me. I owned it for a few years before giving it up. I sure wished I still had it. It was a FAST car. (oppps...did I say fast..nah..I retrack that..ya...) Ok outta of da bag. I won my few shares of RED LIGHT "Pick up races" (never lost) so I guess my car had a good engine. Were there any pick up racings going on in the 60's?
Yes, many...

Name: Russ Jacobsen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 23, 2008, 6:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: KUNA, ID
Message: Jim Nemish...I'm blown away that another 60'er wrote in. Your prose as to right and wrong, were on the numbers. Just like a malt on the windshield while crusin on the the blvd from Frosties to the Stand. Jeez we didn't have windshield washers back then did we? LOL!!! Your old Plymouth, or De Soto, or Dodge was as fast as my brothers old 51 fastback Chevy. He used to race cement trucks. Lost several times. It was also great to see you last year at the golf tourney and the reunions before. If not for John Baker and people like Rich Sloan and the rest of the ones that care about our fun years, what would we have? SSDD? It's more fun than that. Good to see your post. Hope you're well. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude ( 47 in June )!

Name: Jim Nemish ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 23, 2008, 3:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Escondido,CA.
Message: Hello, Hawthorne. Some of the best times of all. Still friends with a lot of the guys. Hard to believe it was 45 bla-bla years ago. Hello to all who like to remember the good times. I wrote in a book that good times are memories and bad times were learning experiences. Thanks for the memories.
Hey Jim, Thanks for the shout and see you at the Cougartown Golf Tournament.

Name: Keith Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 11:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: Thanks Clark and John. Was just wondering. I have been putting together my order for my gym and some of the companies have been showing me some of their installations and I can't believe some of the high school weight rooms out there. Unreal. 20,000+ sq. ft. at a high school for a gym. One school had 10 squat stations. I would love to see a pic of the HHS weight room if anyone gets a chance. Also, does anyone here live by the Torrance Library main branch. I have a favor

Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 7:03 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Hey Mike Shay - Mr. T was one of my favorite teachers! I was a TA for him in senior year I think. The correct pronounciation is Tis-kev-ich - hard to believe when you look at all those consonants, huh? I actually saw him in the last few years at some event or other - Cruise Night or Prom I think? He was one of the really good guys but I have to tell you, he may have been pulling your leg about the "accent" since he never spoke with one when I was in school! And he's absolutely right about George Key - that man is loved by students and teachers alike. Time to chime in again Jorge Llave! And Patty V, where are you? John, I'm sending you some dues today so you can test your Paypal - XOXO
Thank you Sue, and yes, the PayPal thing has been resolved. Thanks to all who had sent their dues. You all have been credited.

Name: Mike Shay ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 3:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey Johnny Boy, I think I just had my first legitimite Cougar sighting. Our old buddy Ron Kessler and I played at Los Amigos in Downey yesterday and they put another two-some out with us. These guys were very nice and even though a little bit older than Ron and I, they both shot lower scores than we did. By the time we got to the third hole we were asking each other where they grew up and how come they both talked a little bit weird. Turns out they were born in Poland and migrated to California. I mentioned going to HHS and one of them said he was a coach at Hawthorne High for 32 years. Even though he started 7 years after I left we both knew a lot of the same people. His name is Charles Tyszkiewicz (yes, the spelling is correct) The other one was his brother Andrew. Charles said he coached football, basketball, and tennis and that most of the kids just called him Mr.T and I can see why. We both enjoyed our time talking about people like Coaches Chauncey, Plum, Capelouto, Sevier and Jones and he swears that Mr. George Keys is the finest principal he ever worked with. He promises that he will tune into Cougartown and say hello. By the way, one of his favorite characters was Danny Fix. He says Danny was always in trouble but fun to hang out with. I think we were very very lucky to have spent a little time with these gentlemen and we hope to see them again. Does that count?? M.S.
YES, that counts. Thanks buddy for the great Cougar Sighting. I know many will remember Mr. T....

Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 2:52 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: The Pictures that Eric Larson sent were very Beautiful, and it does show how much beauty there is in California, and that was just a little part going North/East of Calif. We have the different Beachs from North to South and our small mountain towns that have the change of seasons, so much more. Forget the problems of the world for a moment, I enjoyed your pictures, it did bring to my attention to enjoy where we live, enjoy life. ALWAYS A COUG

Name: Eric Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 1:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Rosamond, CA
Message: To those that wish to get an idea of how beautiful my neck of the woods (the Antelope Valley) has been these past few weeks check out some of my photos. Yea I know it's only like this a short time but traffic over here is non existent all the time.
Very nice... Yeah the traffic, unlike the wind, huh Eric

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 11:26 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Keith: The HHS weight room now includes what used to be the wrestling rooms back in our day. All the rooms on the east side of the gym are the "weight room". The olympic machine is no longer in fashion. Nowadays it's free weights and Olympic lifting. I remember lifting every summer in the 70s in coach Plum's summer school program. On the days he was in a good mood he'd take us over to the pools for a quick dip after our workout if we were lucky.

Name: Gary Barnum ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 8:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1983
City & State: Culver City, CA
Message: Awesome site! It's interesting to glance back and remember where you came from sometimes...

Name: Susie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 6:28 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Klingenhagen
Class: 1971
City & State: ABQ,nm 87102
Message: of the most influential guitarists' in my life and someone who's been mentioned here more than a few times needs our prayers. Dick Dale is dealing with rectal cancer and if you go to you can read more and please email him, he always responds! Thanx Cougs....
Thanks Sus' and get well, Dick....

Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 6:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Seattle, Wa.
Message: Sorry to here about Louie. And too bad I can't just go to breakfast with everyone, Don. I already used up all my vacation this year. But on the bright side, I just put in an offer on Debbie's dream home in North Bend, 3 private acres and 2000sq. That's about 15 miles east of Seattle. Deer, Elk and bears once in a while. Even an occasional Cougar. Plenty of room to park anyone's RV if they have plans to see the NW. Will keep you informed, and thanks again John, for the web site.
Hey Rick, sounds like a great place. Love those Cougars, yahno...

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 22, 2008, 5:33 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I wondering if anyone knows what the weight room at HHS looks like today. I remember back when I was there it was just this one little room with a Universal machine in it along with a couple other things. Is it a lot bigger now and does it have a full weight room. Anyone have any pics.
The weight room is state of the art. No picture but I can tell you there are TONS of dumbbells (no pun intended).

Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 21, 2008, 10:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
Message: Cougar Sighting. Had a nice Weekend with my Owens Valley Friends. Jack Anderson Class of 77; Sharon & Jeff White Class of 67. It is nice catching up with my Hawthorne Buddies. Ok it was pre-arranged! But still fun. Take care all.
Hey Dennis, glad you're connecting. Thanks for the update.

Name: Mark Tabbert ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 21, 2008, 3:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Hollywood, Ca
Message: Hey there Cougars! just chiming in with an updated email. Mark Tabbert
Hey Mark, Seeing as this Feedback will go away in a few days, please update your email address on the Cougartown Info System. Thanks...

Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 21, 2008, 11:53 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: I just talked with Lenora Mills regarding Larry Skeen. Very sad news indeed. He was a really nice guy. Was he still living in the Southern California area at the time of his death? Also, Lenora and I are wondering does anyone know the whereabouts of Jackie McNaughton, class of 1966?

Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 21, 2008, 8:49 am - HHS Time
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hey Cougars, time is running out on signing up for the golf tournament. We do have about 37 golfers signed up, but the more the merrier! We may even have another woman signing up. If you have any questions, please let me know. For those of you who have signed up, please start sending in your fee. Thank you.
Jill, Please send me the names of the people that have signed up, that are not listed above, Thanks

Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 20, 2008, 9:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Solvang
Message: Spleener we shall miss you. Thanks for all the monkey bumps, I only hope mine hurt half as much as yours. Always good to see you. I still have your catcher's mitt. Thanks.

Name: Vicky Aliabadi ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 20, 2008, 7:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Baur
Class: 1976
City & State: Santa Monica
Message: Hi...I wrote a while back to get information on the Golf Tournament which is listed as being held next month. I received a response to check the web site..but nothing more. I was just wondering if the Tournament is still on and what is needed to join. Also, if it is still on, more information please.
Hi Vicki, Above this feedback where it says ATTENTION GOLFERS --- Click where it says, Click Here For More Information. Thanks...

Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 20, 2008, 4:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Central Pt, Oregon
Message: I'm saddened to report the passage of my battery mate from the HHS baseball team, LARRY SKEEN. On friday April 18th, Larry's liver and kidneys took a nose dive for the last time and he went on to meet the Big Cougar in the Sky. (Be looking in the tribute section in the not too distant future). Rest in piece "Wally."
Sorry again, for the loss of yet another Cougar. This has been a rough couple of months.