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Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 4:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I saw someone mention Mr. Brunton. He was my homeroom teacher in 7th grade. He always read to us. It was very calming. He had really bushy eyebrows. He was very nice. I created Lake Dana one year when I broke the water fountain off the wall just outside his room, They couldn't figure out how to turn off the water for the longest time. By the time they did, enough water leaked out to cover almost the entire playground area. They had to shut off the main somewhere and some of the houses didn't get water for awhile. Remember Miss Sandler. She was really mean as was Mr. Helvey. He was really mean. I caught his prized thermofax machine on fire. He didn't like me. Mr. Manion was the principal and Mr. Goode was the vice principle. Mr Goode made sure I didn't get in serious trouble cause he was friends with my dad and also coached little league. He was very nice. Some great teachers at Dana. And of course the hottest teacher was Mrs Putnam.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 2:48 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Mister Sloey?s mention of R.H. Dana?s book Two Years Before The Mast and it not being required reading did remind me of what was required when I attended there. Sometime during the school year we all gathered in the Cafetorium and watched at least part of the 1946 movie based on the book. I remember being even more proud of my school when I discovered what its namesake had experienced. We were to gather again in that same Cafetorium to select as our school mascot the "intelligent" Dolphin. But that is a whole other story and reinforces the joy when I finally became a Cougar.
Name: Ray Castillo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 1:45 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Palmdale, Ca.
Message: My friend Neil raised a good question. I know I married a fellow Cougar, and we have one great kid. He's a freshman at CSUN, and plays on their baseball team. Although he didn't go to Hawthorne, his high school colors were the same. I was going to mention a Cougar sighting, but Debbie Lee beat me to the punch. She goes to our yearly charity event where us musical types get together and raise money for a local charity. It's always nice to see her there!
Name: Tammy Nichols ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 1:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Omaha NE
Message: Dear John, Rick isn't the only one "gleaning good" from your site. I am too. You are awesome and this site is wonderful but, so are your readers. I've been trying to mentally write a post in my head, sharing how I feel about them but I'm struggling. I'll keep it simple and say they come across as kind, intelligent, funny, and generous. I like talking about my past so I enjoy reading their memories. My heart and brain just aren't communicating but, I'm sure you get what I'm trying to say. I really wanted to go to HHS since my parents, uncles, and friends from Hawthorne Intermediate went there. I went to Leuzinger which turned out OK since there were other kids there from Hawthorne and children of HHS alumni. Thank you for my daily dose of Cougartown and the goodness it brings to our lives. Tammy
Name: Jon Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Seeing the picture of Richard Henry Dana brings back memories. I had two classes in the rooms that face out. One was an art class with Miss Polyia and a history class with Mrs. Jacobson over 40 years ago. My only regret was that they did not make "Two Years Before the Mast" required reading. It was a book that Dana wrote in his early twenties on his adventure from Boston around Cape Horn and up the California coast in 1834. He speaks of being in the Los Angeles area when a man was attacked and killed by a bear. Mr. John Baker you add to all of our lives!!!! Happy Mothers Day To All
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: Since were on schools: What's up with the 600 student melee, at Locke High School this week. The High School is only a few miles west of are own Hawthorne High. Boy! I'm sure glad I grew up in the best of times.
Name: Marsha Russell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 11:47 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach
Message: Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful women out there in Cougarland. Sandy Cooper (Peppers) sent our little group of friends an email this morning to wish us a Happy Mother's Day and I want to pass it on to all of you, she said it so well! Doesn't matter whether you have children, these days some of us are mothering our mothers, grandmothering grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and even friend's children, and children abroad.
Name: Harry ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 10:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Wayne: Tony Magliari went on to become superintendent of schools in Ridgecrest, CA
Paco: Your unknown teacher at Peter Burnett is Nolan Brunton, deceased.
A VERY, VERY HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU LOVELY MOMS IN COUGARTOWN... YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!! Love to all,HCH
Name: Bonnie Driscoll ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 10:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Hills CA
Message: Hi Cougars Yes Neil Thanks For your Post. My Son Bryan attended Hawthorne High School. He had some of my teachers in his Freshman year. Mr. Sloan asked his class to raise their hand if he taught their parents. Bryan said there was quite of few students that raised their hands. Bryan is really good friends with alot of the kids he grew up with and that I went to school with their parents. When Bryan got married in September there were alot of Hawthorne High alumni kids.
Name: Keith D.Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 9:34 am - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I remember growing up having the best touch football games across the street from my house in the field and also over the line games. Me and my brother, John and Donald Dye, Ricky and Danny Johnston were regulars. We had a great little basketball court at our house and we played that too. Me and my brother would play horse or go across the street and play some game where we took a tennis ball and use a broom stick. We would play in one of the handball courts at Holy Glen. I played a lot of tennis and would help Wayne Bryan sometimes when he taught at the park. When I think about when I was a kid I really did have a good life. One thing I remember is being very regimental. We always ate at the same time each day and always together, we watched TV together, we weren't allowed to eat anything outside the kitchen, we went grocery shopping every Friday at Ralphs in Westchester. On that day my mom would work late at the bank so me, dad and my brother would have to cook our own dinner so we always had TV dinners. Then we would meet my mom at the grocery store since it was by her bank. It was neat back then. Something nowadays doesn't happen much. One thing I really like now that two of my childhood friends Kurt Morlock and Greg Staffon are still me close friends and we literally talk almost at least once a month if not more. And for the past 20+ years we always call each other on our birthdays. Kurt just had a shoulder replacement surgery but it looks like he will be alright. I love talking to people from my past. Keeps me young. And I still do not have one wrinkle on my face, so I still look pretty young except for the gray hair in my mustache.
Name: KAREN BEARNS ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 8:51 am - HHS Time
City & State: REDONDO BEACH,CA
Message: I WANTED TO WISH ALL THE COUGAR MOTHERS A GREAT MOTHERS DAY. ENJOY YOUR DAY THAT YOU DESERVE. COMETBOY AND I WILL BE ENJOYING OUR MOM. WITH LOVE TO ALL, KAREN
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 5:52 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seattle/North Bend, Wa.
Message: Hey John, by chance do you have a cure for the addiction of looking at this page everyday. It's a cross between memory lane and still learning about the past. It even sparks memories, giving life a new meaning. I grew up with many friends from the Wiseburn School District through church and remember asking my mother that was a substitute teacher in the Hawthorne School district, why she never taught over there. Of course I had a crush way over (from just east of Haw.bl) in the Wiseburn district. My daughter Shelby is 14 now, this page, and this web site is actually helping me raise her. It's not just me or her mom saying things. I can point to the monitor and say things like, look at the words we used to use to upset our parents, "see you're really not the first child on earth to try to get under your parents skin"! I've loved the vacant lot stories too. Yesterday, I drove my concrete mixer, up Cougar Mountain Way, to the top of Cougar Mountain and the world - what a view on a clear day! Today I'll probably take the family, Dad 85, son 29, daughter 14, wife and myself to see the Cougars at this little zoo up here. We need to learn more about them since we're moving into their back yard next month. I already know this, pound for pound, the Cougar, is, the most powerful cat, in the world. I need to know more about what attracts them, and what discourages them, to keep the grandchildren safe when they visit. Thanks again for the site. By the way, my daughter doesn't believe that picture is me. I must have done a good job growing up since then. She use's words like, O-M-G. The new text genaration.!?:o)
Happy Moms day everyone!
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 10, 2008, 5:38 am - HHS Time
City & State: CRESTVIEW, FL
Message: The first class year to (escape) aha hum, that is to say graduate from HHS was back in the mid 50's, I have been wondering if there are any "SECOND GENERATION COUGARS". HHS graduates who's parents actually graduated from Hawthorne High also. Just curious how many Cougars who married Cougars, then took up residence in the nearby area. ???? Anyone?, Bueller?, Anyone? It would certainly be cool to see a show of hands of those who are 2nd-Gen-Cougs...
Name: Wayne Gratiot ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 9, 2008, 11:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Summerland, CA
Message: Thanks for the name of the game Gary. As I recall, we played it on the corner of the "blacktop" playground closest to 135th St. and not on the grass. The soft ball would deform slightly if you whacked it pretty hard and could be hard to catch in the air or on the ground. I meant to say we played it in the late 50's and not the 60's as in my last post. I imagine it was also played in the 60's too, but I was "kidnapped" out of the 8th grade by my parents when we moved to Oxnard on Jan. 1st, 1960 and I never saw the game played anywhere else after that.......Also, seeing how much so many people miss their favorite art teacher, Mr. Williams, I was wondering if anyone remembers Mr. Magliari and knows what happened to him since I had him for 5th Grade at Burnett in 56-57. He was my first male teacher and my favorite teacher in the time I lived in Hawthorne. He was really a nice guy and made you actually want to go to school because of the fun we had in his classes. I still have the two class pictures from that year, one was the individual pictures of us from the start of the schoolyear and the other was a group picture from April 57..... I actually have the class pictures from 4th and 5th grades at Burnett and 6th, 7th and 8th from Dana along with the 58 HNLL Red Sox and Middle League 59 Cubs and 60 RedMen. I can e-mail any of them to anyone who might be interested or I also thought I would see if John would like me to mail the originals to him to be scanned and added to his collection of Hawthorne stuff. I remember some of the names in the photos and anyone who thinks they may have been in some of them can e-mail me and discuss it.....John, has anyone ever put together a list of photos like this with the names of who has them so that we could go through and e-mail each other for copies? Might be fun and after all, "A picture is worth a thousand words."
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 9, 2008, 10:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tucson AZ
Message: I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you Cougars who have written e-mails to me regarding Clayton Williams. Your stories were heartfelt and relayed the essence of his persona beautifully. I'm sure that he is smiling down on us with his special grin. Thank you John for giving us this wonderful site that helps us get through these rough times and keeps us from having to deal with them alone.
Name: Gary Miller ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 9, 2008, 9:45 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Concord, Ca
Message: The name of the game with the flat bat was Sacket.
Name: Bonnie Driscoll ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 9, 2008, 9:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Hills CA
Message: Just wanted to check in and wish all Cougar Moms a Happy Mothers Day.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 9, 2008, 4:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut.
Message: Hey Ron Kritz, I remember your brother Jack and his outa'sight deep maroon "56 Buick Century. Your family lived down next to Imperial Hwy. on the west side of Sundale. I lived up the street where Sundale and 118th st. met, between the Guterrez' and Winkly's. Bill Bass lived a couple of houses east of me and the Trotts lived across the street. My uncles were Roy('54) and Shelby('53) Clonts. Does any of this ring a bell?
Name: Denny ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 9, 2008, 4:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire
Message: Looking at the Wiseburn photo ~ the main building out to Aviation blvd is a large plot of ground where there was a Victory garden and it was our job to weed and give it lots of TLC. I think most schools with room had them to raise vegetables for the war effort. We were also encouraged to grow gardens at home for our own use which meant more food for the troops.