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Name: Larry/Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2008, 9:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Today is a special Day as we spend it with Family and Friends.....We Hope and Wish all to have a Wonderful 4th of July and do PLAY Safe.....Always a COUG
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2008, 9:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: All this talk about beaches we hung out at has made me remember quite a few! As a young kid, our parents took us to El Porto. When old enough to ride the bus, we always went to 13th St. in Hermosa. In Intermediate school, we went to 22nd St. and hung around The Shore Shop, a surfboard rental shop on Hermosa Ave. We made many good friends then, some of which I am still in touch with today. Freshman year, I remember 33rd St. in Manhattan - the one name that comes to mind is Chet Glenn. I was friends with his younger sister, Kathy Glenn (68). She was a great person, and played guitar. Then, of course, there was 26th St. I remember what a hike it was to go buy food and drink! But you were never alone - always someone there you were friends with. You could always hitch a ride home. I wonder if kids from HHS today have a special beach? Happy 4th, everyone. Betty Rodriguez
Name: Camille ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2008, 9:15 am - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Happy 4th All. As far as the beach hangouts. 1958/59 was, for us, 26th St. Then on to ECC in '60 we all went to El Porto No. of Rosecrans. And, yes, in the 70's & 80's a group of girls I played Volleyball with, used the courts at 22nd St. in Hermosa for 2-man for quite a few yrs. Good picture of Rich's BBQ. Sorry I missed that one. Happy B-D Rich!
Name: Sue Hans ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2008, 9:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Mateo,CA
Message: John, Riki Pritchard and I had an apartment on 42nd in El Portal and I hung at the Tikki Shop on Highland and Rosecrans. Rikki and I then moved to 28th and Highland in Manhattan Beach where I met my first husband living upstaires from us. We used to hang out at Ciscos and Panchos and the Penquin Club on Highland in EP. No-one cared about ID then. Then the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and the Poopdeck on the Strand In Hermosa. Found memories from long ago. HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2008, 8:13 am - HHS Time
City & State: Albq NM
Message: Hi John...In response to John Crotty's message....That was Christine Coto he was talking to. She didn't finish at HHS but she was in the class of 1968. We were friends at HHS. We met up a couple times after 68. I have always wondered what happened to her! If anyone knows her email please let me know.....
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 10:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas at 117*
Message: Did any Cougars hang out at 22nd street in Hermosa? Using Microsoft Live Search, I like it better than Google Earth. I came across my old house I lived in on Shoup street between 130th and 131st street. I see they have enlarged the house but left the Oak tree we planted in 1968 when we first moved in. Oh! I looked...but I couldn't see my initials I carved on the tree...maybe I need Google Earth.lol Cougars...have a great July 4th weekend.
Name: EL ROJO AND IDA ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 5:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kuna ID
Message: Hey! Happy B-Day to Richard Sloan on July 4th 2008. Also great pic of the old guys at the party. Have a great 4th to everyone. Be safe to all. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. JAKE N JUDE!
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 4:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: I have a question that has bugged me for a long time. Seeing Sue Han's mention of 42nd Street brings it up. After I transferred from HHS to Serra, 42nd Street was the hangout. Serra, Loyola, Inglewood, Morningside, and the two Catholic girls high schools, St. Mary's and St. Michaels, hung out there. When I was a freshman at HHS, the end of Rosecrans was the hangout for Cougars. I always wondered when they made the move to 26th Street. And, how did a Cougar end up at 42nd Street in enemy territory? Somewhere I have photos I took of members of the class of 1963 at Rosecrans during the summer between freshman and sophomore year. I'll have to dig them out for some fun here.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 3:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I was just playing with Google Earth (a great program) and was looking around and went to HHS. I looked at the roof of the Regal Manor which the Rice family owned and across from HHS and I saw my initials are still painted in the roof more than 25 years after I painted them there. That is awesome. I also saw the Wiseburn Little League fields were all torn up. Is it still that way or are they done. The only memories I have of the 4th is my brother shoving sparklers in my face and my dog Bundy going crazy.
Name: Connie Gaston ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 2:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: I do have great memories of fireworks on the HHS football field. I even went back after graduation and would always get to see old classmates there. I loved the special ground fireworks they had, characters that would light up and spin, like the Roadrunner and Coyote. Also, they would string fireworks up along the top of the bleachers and it would look like a waterfall. They were the best.
Name: nick pappagiorgio ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 1:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LV, NV
Message: How 'bout Smokey Joe's (the cardboard cutout of a hobo with something in his mouth) and Snakes (always good for ruining curbs, sidewalks and driveways).
Name: Jessie ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 11:46 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: I remember whistling Pete's, sparklers, and those spinny things you pounded a nail into on the tree but they still spun off some how and chased you down the street ha! My favorite was a donkey...you lit him up it looked like he was dragging his bottom on the ground! I was amused so easily as a kid ha! I remember everyone in the neighborhood had fireworks...Red Devils...everyone have a "Safe and Sane" 4th!!
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 10:42 am - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: Does anyone have any good Hawthorne 4th of July moments?
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2008, 4:45 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Coves, Ca
Message: I didn't say anything about 60 over and balanced being illegal in my writing, however, I did say the Cam he had in the car was illegal. Nuff said.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2008, 8:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Coves, Ca
Message: I am familiar with Sue's Olds. As stated, it did belonged to John Rowan, better known as "Surf". He was a frequent Back Sider at Frostees and hung out with Mike Small, Mike Hendricks, Frank Sloan, Dick Bergen and other back side notables. Surf did have a very fast (alledgedly) stock olds, however everybody knew he was cheating. The heads were CC'd and 60 over everything in the engine that could be worked, he had a lot of money tied up in that car. Bill's Service did some of the work on the car if I remember correctly. The car was stock except for the illegal cam that he had in the car. Surf would never do a challenge tear down at a race and always forfeited the trophy when his Olds was challenged. He (Surf) worked for the Hawthorne Ma Bell Telephone Company as a Lineman and one day he just sold everything an disappeared.
Name: Sue Hans ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2008, 4:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Mateo, CA
Message: John and Paco here are the "specs" on the olds Had way too much fun in this car.?49 OLDS CHALKS UP TEN TROPHIES Sue Hans, owner of this month?s heap, has a right to be proud of her wheels, as the car was formerly a record setter at the drags. Built by Mr. Johnny Rowan, the engine is bored 60 over and balanced. The heads have been milled .030 of an inch. 4.10 gears are the feature of the rear end. The car is also equipped with a beefed Hydro. In 1960 the four door Oldsmobile turned 79 in the quarter at Long Beach and Pomona. During this time the heap was unbeaten for six weeks straight at Long Beach. ?It was the fastest ?49 Olds, stock in Southern California,? stated Mr. Rowan, TEN trophies from various strips prove the statement. Scavengers and painted rims add to the nosed and decked ?54 Chrysler peacock blue body. Sue has contributed a few dents herself. Working on the four-four plan at Leed?s in Del Amo enabled Sue to buy the car. Sue, a blue-eyed Blond and tanned senior spends her spare time at the beach. ?You?ll see my car parked at El Porto or 42nd,? Sue laughs. Vol.VIII no. 26 5-17-61
Name: Brenda Fraley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2008, 2:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Amarillo,TX
Message: You mentioned about JC Higgins so I am wanting to know if you have any information on JC Higgins red metal coke chest. I inherited it from my Aunt. I can't find anything about it. All I know it came from Sears my Aunt worked there. Thanks, Brenda
Name: Sue Hans ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2008, 10:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Mateo, CA
Message: Paco it maybe true. Although I spent many hours at Don Ho's aunts bar across the Pali eating PuPus always free and they served as dinner. I did try to take Hula classes at the U of Hawaii but failed, never could get the right moves on the dance floor. Ask any of the guys who took me to the proms. Did much better on a board or diving.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2008, 10:10 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Coves, Ca
Message: Hey, John Boy; Cougar sighting, I attended a meeting with a bunch of guys I worked with and around when I was assigned to the L.A. Sheriff's SWAT team in the 80's. I started B/S'ing with Dave Rash and during our conversation, somehow, HHS came up and Dave said he went to HHS and was in class of 1965 (I think). Funny, I worked several years in SWAT with Dave and also worked Lennox Patrol Station with him for several years before going to SWAT and the subject of where we went to school never came up until this meeting. Oh, Yeah, I told him about the site. He said he had not heard about it and would check it out.
Name: Lisa ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2008, 8:36 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ramona, Ca
Message: On our way to Las Vegas to celebrate the 4th. I want to wish everyone a safe 4th of July Holiday. Peace, Lisa
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 1, 2008, 9:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hi to All: just wanted to pass on a cool message. Our own class of 77 Alumni Shelley (Sivoli) Morningsong will be performing at PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL BALL JANUARY 10TH, 2009!! (More Details to follow) Now I have a reason to watch the newly elected president. If you want to catch up with Shelley go to her sites and buy her music here
. Everyone take care.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 1, 2008, 6:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: While Kenny Blomsterberg and I were in Hawaii in 1962, the story on the north shore, beware of wahine known as "Hula Hans".
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 1, 2008, 5:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Paco that salsa sounds potent. I'll bring my own fire extinguisher a spray bottle of milk and lots of tortillas. Does anyone remember a really, really great taco/burrito stand in Compton in the 60's and 70's. I can't remember exactly where it was located. Could have been Imperial and Compton. They had the best green carnitas burritos in the entire world. Hotter than heck, but once you got accustomed to them you were hooked. The first time my friend brought me there she said to be careful, knowing the gringo I am. I said no problem I loved hot food and had never found anything too hot for me and started chowing down. Talk about hot, it took about 10 seconds to finally hit my throat and ears. My friend ran to the stand and got me milk, a milk shake and some bread and started feeding it to me before I passed out. Unfortunately, I got hooked and have never been able to find a green burrito to match that exquisite hot, tangy, flavorful delicacy. Believe me I've tried. If Liz Amescua is out there or if anyone knows her, please tell her Sharon Leach is looking for her and that stand.