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Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2008, 2:34 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Coves, Ca
Message: Hey; John Boy & Guy's & Gals; I know it's not politically correct, however, here goes. If you look at everything in perspective, the whole country and cities throughout the USA are going through the same thing that Hawthorne is going through. We/they have just too many give away Welfare programs that drain the federal and local Gov. dollars away from programs that could be used to maintain and repair the local cities infrastructure. As long as we have bleeding heart liberal groups i.e. ACLU, etc., that fight to give away our/your money to illegal non USA citizen's then our cities will decay from within, just like Hawthorne is doing, think about it.
Name: Mike Stallings ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2008, 12:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Just read the Daily Breeze article about our great city. It is possible for cities to recreate themselves, it happens all the time. (Down town LA is going through that process right now.) The people who live there have to be into it though, for it to happen, and I don't see that at the present time in Hawthorne. Unfortunately revenue generating is the name of the game, so if you want to open a business in a storefront on the boulevard and you have the money to buy the license, it's pretty much a given you are going to be welcomed into our fair city. It's unfortunate that Mayor Guidi looks at the west side more than any other area because there are a lot of beautiful areas in other parts of the city that could use some help. I will say this for him though, he is one of 10 members on the California Architects Board that reviews architectural laws in California. He is a big fan of good architecture and has talked to me about symposiums to create a better city environment at El Camino, where I teach. So I still think there is hope, we just have to be supportive and optimistic.....
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 10:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Woods
Message: The photo of the 'Rituals' looks like at the Texaco Station on 137th Pl & the Blvd. Next to Holly's and across is Bluebird Liquor.
Name: Leslie Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 9:03 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Whittier , CA.
Message: Hey Brother, Kirk. HAPPY "50th" BIRTHDAY TO YOU! A day late. Sorry. I Hope your family did something really special for you! Wish I could have spent it in Colorado Springs. God Bless you and I love you! Your '"Lil" Sister, Loulou.
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 6:26 pm - HHS Time
Message: Thanks for the car club info JB....by the time I was "cruisin'," the only Hawthorne club I remember was the "Rogues." Gardena had the "Bedouins" and Lennox had the "Congregation." No "Rituals." Still, all that happen was a mutual admiration for each others "rides." No fights, just respect. AHHHH the good ol' days!
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 5:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, California
Message: Back in the day when there were plenty of single family homes, on both sides of town, Hawthorne people were down to earth and very supportive of the city and one another. When the talk of the freeway coming through and a mall being built, people took flight, and when this happen, major changes began to occur. Especially within the city make-up and how Hawthorne governed itself. I read the Daily Breeze article and found, as always, it has a way of finding the negitive side of Hawthorne and not much on the positive side. Yes, businesses have left, changes in the intra-structure of The city, facilities run by the county, council members at odds with each other, and urban struggles are part of the reason Our Town has been put out to pasture.
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 4:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: ok...I need to know...what or who are the Rituals?
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 2:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: I like the picture JB. Especially the poster. Cool art work there. Any idea who the artist was? And can I presume the "RiTuals" were a car club? (notice the Pall Malls in the shirt pocket). Also, can you tell by the background, where they were photographed?
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 1:03 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Marietta, Ohio
Message: All of this talk about bringing Hawthorne Blvd. back to life reminds me of problems that other areas have faced. Our small downtown (all two blocks of it) faced the same problem. The shop owners got together and planned what they wanted to happen. They decided the theme would stick to the architecture since this town is 220+ years old and still has the brick streets instead of asphalt. They then approached the city council and asked them to help them write grants, which mostly paid for redoing store fronts, vintage looking street lamps, flowers, hanging baskets, etc. To get people back downtown, they started holding festivals downtown every Friday night. Some are musicians, some are art festivals, most have free ice cream, cookies and lemonade, etc. They started having boat races, fireworks, Rib burnoffs, etc. The point is, the shop owners did this on their own, then went to the city council for help, since in the long run it benefits their business. There are still problems like lack of public bathrooms and parking, but people here don't mind walking. Maybe Hawthorne could go back to the 50's theme. Just an idea. John-keep up the good work.
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 12:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: I'll take a guess for the last un-named in the Ritual pic, John Coventry class 0f 62'.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 12:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Dale: The red dress is o.k. but you gotta wear a blonde wig, flats, no heels and answer to " Faelin" for the evening.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 11:17 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Jerry, meet ya at Skippy's around 7...
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 8:03 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Hey, if anyone has some extra room, I need a ride to the Gunga Din to go to the Drop In tonight. Thanks.
Name: Marsha Russell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jun 25, 2008, 7:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach
Message: Dave Moore looks like James Dean. Is that Bob Fraser in the upper right?????????
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 11:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las vegas
Message: Is Holy Glen still the nicest section of Hawthorne. We had quite a few characters in our area.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 9:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: (The guys in the Rituals picture are) Roy Carpenter, David Moore and Herb Bean
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 3:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Cougar sighting: This must be Cougar season because we seem to be everywhere. Met Gin Hahn(class of '84) yesterday at the printing company he manages. Gin lived near Gale and 118th and went to Eucalyptus elementary. He said he knew the Lococos well and had a few older siblings who attended HHS as well!
Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 1:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: I do recall around 1968, a channel 9 news report, saying Hawthorne is the most Mafia influence city in Southern California. And how ironic I move to Vegas in the late 70's. Get to hang out at the Stardust with my dad and unknowing to me, see the demise of the Mafia.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 12:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Garden Grove, Ca
Message: Has anyone tried out the new version of Google Earth? Many areas now have photos at ground level. You can actually see Market street in Inglewood, close up. The pictures are full circle panorama. I checked out my old neighborhood on Imperial. Ugh! The Palace Market on Prairie that I bought many a popsicle and candy from is still there. We shopped there in 1948. It may be closed and looks real bad. I was able to see one of the houses we lived in. Not all the streets have pictures. Hawthorne High is there but you can't see much due to the fence. For anyone that hasn't been home in a really long time, it could be fun or maybe depressing. You can also save the pictures to your own file.
Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 12:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: The O.C.
Message: Wow, Cockatoo Inn conjures up some interesting memories. My Dad loved the ponies and most of the time on his way home from Hollywood Park he would stop by the Cockatoo Inn. Occasionally I got to go with him, my mom's idea of course, but I loved being with my dad, so it was an adventure. It reminds me now of the Hawthorne version of the Rat Pack. All these guys smoking, tossing back hi-balls, laughing and having a great time discussing their wins and losses. Who knows, maybe they were discussing next weeks racing strategy (wink, wink)!!
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 8:02 am - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I remember the Lococo's. Stevie was on my little league team the Phillies and we were good friends. Mr. Lococo was a figure. I remember idolizing Tony and Frank. Tony was a big dude that hit a home run in Middle league that went mile. It hit the handball court that was way past the center field fence. Of course they were many of my customers when I was the Daily Breeze paperboy.
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jun 24, 2008, 7:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Seattle, Wa.
Message: Sound's like there are changes coming to Hawthorne Boulevard, at least we can have hope. When I had moved to Las Vegas in 94, the Strip looked run down. The city started a beautification project, and I helped plant at least 30 of the Palm Trees down the center of the Strip. They were already about 30 to 40 ft tall. It was the beginning of a 5 year project. I grew up around the corner of the Cockatoo Inn, and swam in the La Cocos pool with their kids. Ate dinners at Pizza Show & BBQ Pete's and miss the our original A&W. But Alan, Las Vegas wouldn't exist if there had never been a Mafia. It felt funny living in a city, that was only ten years older than myself. Thanks Dennis, for letting me read the Daily Sneeze article, and going down all those memory lane's. Hahlbeck & Millman, LOL.
Name: Dale hahlbeck Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 23, 2008, 11:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Yorba Linda CA
Message: Clark my Formal Dress is RED so bring the RED Wig.....and be sure your bring our favorite CD Hot Chocolate "YOU SEXY THING" too... cause I Believe in Miracles!! H1 OUT!!
Name: Steve Temoshek ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 23, 2008, 10:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: yelm,wa
Message: Hawthorne was just like living in mayberry in the 50s and 60s. I could ride my bike around downtown and never worry about anything weird happening. And speaking of the supposed mafia, anyone remember Andy Lococo? He was a good friend of our family.
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 23, 2008, 7:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Parker, Az
Message: I read the Daily Breeze article. They pretty much nailed it, except for one thing. Mafia? What Mafia. We all know there's no such thing as the Mafia.