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Name: Sue Hans ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 1, 2008, 3:13 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hans
Class: 1961
City & State: San Mateo,CA
Message: John, No pictures left of the car but there is somethng on the chatline from way back if you go to my name and find. It was an interview about the car and all the races it won and how it was built. I loved that car and sold it so I could go to Hawaii and surf for a year. Where I ended up with a 1949 VW bug that I bought for $25 and sold for $35 when I left, it sure was not the same but got me around the Island.
Thanks Sue, Sounds like you are very lucky with cars.

Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 1, 2008, 8:46 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Corral
Class: 1974
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: on the way into work this morn I saw a red Sting Ray in mint condition! Even had a rear view mirror on the left and a bell on the right of the sissy bars. Took me back to memories of my first bike! I can still remember my dad taking me to pick it out. "My Fair Lady" in purple with a white banana seat. And who ever didn't have a bike put on their roller skates and hung on the back for dear life as we pulled them all over the neighborhood ha!

Name: Cal Kappen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 1, 2008, 7:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Oceanside CA
Message: The car that Sue Hans bought sounds like the car that John Jaco built up. I remember the automatic transmission was really positive and would set you back in the seat when he got on it. I don't know what happened to John. He might have gone to Leuzinger or moved. I remember him and his dad were working on a horseless buggy in the basement of their home. Who had a basement? Help!

Name: Sue Hans ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 9:38 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hans
Class: 1961
City & State: San Mateo, CA
Message: All the talk about car clubs and cruising brought back memories of my first car. I got it from Johnny Rowen. The car was teal metallic blue. It had won 7 times in the Long Beach Stock car races. It was a 1949 Olds, with bored heads, and all the other stuff I have forgotten except it was really fast and I loved cruising Hawthorne blvd. and going to the Witchstand and A&W on Friday nights. it really was too fast for me and why I didn't get into more trouble with it was only because I had an angel on my shoulder I am sure. Boy! those sure were the days.
Hey Sue, were the heads bored or ported I think I remember that car. Any pictures of it??

Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 3:40 pm - HHS Time
No E-mail
Message: Well them sounds like fightin' words to me! What do you think Paco?

Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 1:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Clovis, CA
Message: Hey Cougar "Beach Boy" fans. Al Jardine has a new CD coming out. "A Postcard From California." Check out a video on his website-A remake of Help Me Rhonda which features Steve Miller on harmonica, guitar and vocals along with Al. Really a good song.
Hey Tom, Thanks very much...

Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 12:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Corral
Class: 1974
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: With all this talk of Salsa and Chili...someone better bring the pepto for dessert!!
Hey Jessie, Real Salsa/Chili eaters don't do Pepto.... I'll use Paco's chili to settle my stomach.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 9:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Weak sails? Where do I sign up? Don't put me in the sissy's division!! Do we have medical releases for the judges to sign? I use an old family mixture. Do you know the term Mexican Hairless? The Duran/Arellanes families were the first ones to use the famous mixture outside of Chihuahua, Mex...So be warned, judges!!!
Mexican Hairless, Chihuahua??? Paco, what's in your Chili/Salsa?

Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 8:45 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moor
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Well, dang John, I know that makes sense, but then I don't chow down as much, everybody will be hogging it up. Okay, you win, open judging. We do need a time for the contest. It will be between 11:30 and 12:00 p.m. If your chili/salsa is not there by then, you are not in the running. Besides, that a great time for lunch.
Sounds perfect to me. Please bring enough salsa annd chili so yours can be tasted by all.

Name: sharon leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jun 30, 2008, 7:47 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach
Message: Wow, just took a look at the chili/salsa contest sign ups and it looks like the competition is getting hot and heated. Pun intended. However, I see that a couple of you big braggers have not yet signed up. Could it be that a lot of wind was blown into a weak sail? You know who you are. Remember there is a first place prize for each division. A $25 gift certificate to Chili's for the winner of the chili contest, and a $25 gift certificate to the winner of the salsa contest. Does my mom's spicy hot Italian sausage and peppers mix count in on of these categories. Believe me, I think my mom had some Mexican in that Sicilian blood of hers. Oh, I forgot, I'm judging and not allowed to enter. That's okay, I get the best part, TASTING. Yum!
Hey Sharon, how about having a people's choice judging. By that I mean let everyone who wants to, taste and vote,
at least until it's all gone. Otherwise if we have say 3 judges and none of them like either hot or mild, it won't skew the voting. Just my thoughts.

Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 29, 2008, 5:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: m
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: REMEMBER COUGARTOWN PICNIC SEPTEMBER 27, 2008. HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET? Are you bringing chili or salsa for the contest? Looking forward to a great day at El Segundo Park, Saturday, September 27, 2008.
Thanks Sharon and yes Cougs, time is flying so please sign up so we know how many to plan for. Please click on the picnic graphic for all the details.

Name: Jim Armour ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jun 29, 2008, 5:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Atlanta
Message: The other day I was sitting in my office at home in Atlanta, working hard, looking out my window at the Atlanta skyline and all the smog and getting homesick for good ole Hawthorne. When I was in 3rd grade at Ramona Elementary I remember one afternoon at school, when it was supposed to be the 2 o'clock recess. But instead of going out to play, our teacher, Mrs. Custer, took us (the class) across the street and sat us down on the lawn in front of the Principals office. Even as a 3rd grader I thought that this was odd. After sitting there awhile, and wondering when we were going to get to finally play, the Principal steps out of his office and comes over to talk to us. He tells us that we weren't going to play today because there was a 3rd stage smog alert given and he didn't want any of us kids to have breathing problems due to the smog. So we sat there until it was time to go back inside. That was my first exposure to the world I lived in, in LA and given any clue that it might be unsafe to "breath" there. LOL I remember the first time, when LA would have a good rain, and the sky was clear of smog and to my great surprise to look out over the horizon from my house on Eucalyptus and 138th and see that there were actual snow-capped mountains that you could see from Hawthorne. I couldn't believe that they were always there as you could never see them on a "regular" day, ever! Thats when I stopped being a "smog virgin". I guess all the talk about cars and car clubs purged this out of me. ok, carry on.
I remember 3rd grade at Hawthorne Christian was the very first time I noticed those same mountains. I wondered who put them there that day.

Name: Ed Carpenter ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 28, 2008, 7:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: monk
Class: 1963
City & State: LOP ca
Message: The Clocker car club started by my oldest brother Paul and some his buddies, still get together ever year in their motorhomes and fifth wheelers in Wyo, Mont, Ida, I'm not really sure which one. They have really stayed connected after all these years. We still have video of some early fifties action at Lions with my brother Paul driving their race car. Thanks Bob & John for the picture of my brother, Roy
Hey Monk, thank you for the Clocker info. Glad to know those guys are still together.

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 28, 2008, 5:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: I had a Cougar sighting last night. I was at my Elks Lodge in Redondo Beach and was talking to another member when hometowns came up. Turns out she was a Cougar too. She wouldn't tell me what class she was in but her maiden name was Christina Coco or Coto or Coso (something like that). Anyone know her? I told about CT...hope she logs on.
Close enough, John, Thanks very much...

Name: Chuck Kimes ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 28, 2008, 1:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Cathlamet Wa
Message: Anyone no what ever happened to Dave Moore?

Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 28, 2008, 9:47 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker
Message: The worst example of "progress" in the Hawthorne/Inglewood areas from the '60s to today was the transition of the "Rituals", "Panics", "Clockers", et al, to the "Bloods", "Crips", "Surenos", etc. Although no direct connection between them, the way the streets were ruled back then, is way different from the way they're ruled today.
Yes indeed....

Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2008, 6:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: The Rituals was one of many car clubs originating around '60-61. Just about when cruising first started. We only had about 6-8 members. Most car clubs had really cool jackets but we were on a budget. We had white shirts with dark blue (skinny) ties with Rituals embroidery on the back and our names on the front , also in dark blue. Our car club plaques were also different. They were made of plastic instead of aluminum like most other car clubs. I think they looked really cool. The shirts and plaque were created by Eddie King, HHS 62. He really had an artistic flair. The design idea came from my Pall Mall cigarette pack. We were going to build a race car like other clubs, but it never came to be. Eddie, where are you? Haven't seen you since the mid 60's.
Hey Bob, I just talked to Glenn Crist last night and he knows Eddie's whereabouts. We are ALL connected in some fashion. Thanks again for the picture.

Name: Michael Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2008, 3:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: Glad to see SURFERS still rule, well maybe not in Hawthorne but in Malibu. Score: SURFER'S -2 paparazzi -0!

Name: Cal Kappen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2008, 10:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Oceanside CA

Message: The only car club plaque that I remember was the T-Timers. They had a chapter in Inglewood and I think Culver City.
Hey Cal, Here are a few of the car clubs from our area over the years. Inglewood also had VC, which stood for Vatos and Camelriders.
Don't ask me why

Name: Denny Unfried ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2008, 8:55 am - HHS Time
Class: 1955
City & State: Del Aire
Message: Did Jerry Schmidt play catcher on the ball team? Looks like he's giving signals to the pitcher but in today's world it would probably be a gang sign.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2008, 6:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: That "Rituals" picture looks like it is pretty close to my uncle office which was across the street. "Pasch Realty"

Name: Madeline Pelland ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2008, 5:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ryan
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hi John, yes thank you for preserving one spot in our lives that harken back to a time when our lives were so simple and basically care free....politics are everywhere we cannot escape nor ignore it but maybe for a just a moment in this space we can be free of all of that insanity on both sides of whatever political spectrum one finds themselves on. I'd love the opportunity to respond to George's comment but this is NOT the place and thank you for pointing that out. Looking at the photo of those four young men at the car wash brings back such great memories and this site should be preserved for only that, is Clark's Realty still there? Thanks for all that you do John.......
Hi Madeline, Thanks and yes, Clark Realty with Paul Clark HHS 67? at the helm, is still in the same location.

Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2008, 4:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: LV, NV
Message: Great Photo! Classic Art! I'd pay big $$$ to have that sign today! Did the Rituals or any of the other car clubs have jackets with the club name on them?
Not sure about the Rituals, but lots of clubs had plaques and I know Chevies Inc. had jackets. Wish I could find mine.