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Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 8, 2008, 10:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Got these at Ralphs Market tonight. Who remembers this worst tasting chocolate EVER at the Plaza Theatre?

Name: Mark Evensizer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 8, 2008, 3:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1985
City & State: Nashville, TN
Message: Just heard about Frank Sperling. Spent many nights at parties at his house. Remember (or I think I remember) Grad night at Disneyland. Rest well my friend and we will all party later.

Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 8, 2008, 11:13 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Re: THE SEPT 27th PICNIC. What are you all waiting for!? Ok, time to get serious about this HHS COUGARTOWN PICNIC! If you haven't signed up yet, please go here and let's get the show on the road. Over 80 are going as of today. You can also check the names of those old friends that are attending if you need more incentive than I'm about to give you!!!! There is no charge to be there, and if you need to cancel at the last minute, it's all just fine. Bring your kids and grandkids. There will be games and prizes for everyone of all ages. You'll also want to sign up if you plan to be in the Chili &/or Salsa contest. It's best to have your picnic lunch prepared as we're unsure of our access to grills. Bring your large picnic blanket to spread out and lawn chairs if you'd like to rest under a tree. We have games planned for everyone. Water balloon toss; sack race; watermelon eating contest; frozen t-shirt contest; inner tube race; and a pinada for the kiddies. In addition, there'll be Cougar Newspapers spanning a couple of decades available to take home. Sharon Leach and I will be updating as we go. Think of that long, lonely, rainy winter that's just around the corner after September. You don't want to miss out on the last "HOT EVENT" of the year. ( sorry for the high drama - I want to get you there ) Judywudy D.B.
OK Cougars, We've got the ball rolling and now it's time to add yourself to the list. Also, please email me and let me know if you're bringing, and how many, kids/grandkids between the ages of say 5 or 6 and 13 or 14 as we have games for them too, but need to know about how many, if any, to plan for. Thanks all and we'll see you in a couple of Saturdays from now.

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 8, 2008, 11:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Connie Gaston, and all interested parties: Hawthorne has just re-instated Volleyball this year. I got it straight from Principal Mark Newell. Also Principal Newell wants to extend an invitation to Alumni to join him at a "Meet and Greet" at Hawthorne High this Sunday at 5pm. It will be on the North side of the Cafeteria. There will be hot dogs served. Hope to see some of our Ctowners there.

Name: Richard (Rick) Weaver ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 8, 2008, 7:05 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bedford, NH
Message: Hey John, I went into my profile to change my email address and realized that my dues are (past) due for the last two years. Just wanted to let you know I'm mailing a check to you today for both years... Keep up the good work!
Thanks very much Rick, it is appreciated.

Name: Jim Gibson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 7, 2008, 5:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Redding, CA
Message: Some additional info re: Brian Wilson @ the Hollywood Bowl 9/12, 9/13, & 9/14: "Legendary composer, producer, arranger and Grammy-winning artist Brian Wilson returns to the Hollywood Bowl to perform his greatest hits as well as selections from his 2008 solo album, That Lucky Old Sun. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor John Morris Russell, begins each performance in a program that includes Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Gershwin's Girl Crazy Overture. Brian Wilson joins the orchestra for the final three songs in the first half of the program to perform "Forever You'll Be My Surfer Girl," "Midnight's Another Day," and "God Only Knows." Brian Wilson returns for the second half of the program with his band only. The Hollywood Bowl's famous fireworks spectacular concludes each performance. Fireworks Finale: Celebrating Summer with Brian Wilson takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 12 & 13, at 8:30 pm and Sunday, September 14, at 7:30 pm."
I'll be there on Friday night.

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 7, 2008, 3:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Met up with a group of Cougars last night for Teri(Manos) Millers' 50th birthday party. Spent the evening talking with Teri(76), Mona (74?) and Tony Manos (73). Cheryl Foster (76) was also in attendance. Had a great time at the Lakes (driving range/golf course) in El Segundo On PCH. A good time had by all and plenty of HHS stories. Motto of the day..If you want a lively party, invite lots of Cougars!
Hey Clark, Keep those Cougar parties a'happn'n

Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 7, 2008, 1:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece
Message: Hey John, just took a look at Paco's Pics and I want to know how it is that a teacher, Harry Plotkin, looks younger than his old students. And who is that impersonating my little sister? Hope everyone had a great summer. It was a really hot one here. Take care, Jim Peppers
Hey Jim, Harry is ageless....

Name: Andrea Rossi ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 7, 2008, 12:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1982
Message:Is there anyone out there who can edit a paper written for my Autism class? thanks....please email me directly....

Name: Richard (Rick) Weaver ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 7, 2008, 7:05 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bedford, NH
Message: Hi Cougs, As an occasional visitor to Cougartown, I'm saddened to see the sports program being cut at HHS. As a 4 year member of the track team (before track actually got kinda popular), I know how belonging to something like sports can enhance your quality of life, even if you don't always think so while you're doing it. It helps to build self dicipline and promotes teamwork at the same time. All current HHS students will be affected by this loss for longer than they know. I hope that the fundraising effort is successful. A while back I recall seeing something about a possible benefit concert being held to raise money for the program. I did not see anything about how that is going, but I don't always have time to read all postings. However, I'd like to suggest that if it does come off, if someone can video it, then offer it for sale on DVD for those of us who cannot attend. Also, can you repost the order info for the shirts? I'd like to order one and wear it to my son's JV football games, if I can get it before it gets too cold! Thanks for taking charge of that Wade (aka "Monster" from Hawthorne Youth Camp days - I was "Stork") it's great to see people getting so involved. Two more things, Doc Berman was some type of step-father to Bob Hinders after his dad died - I believe they were medical partners, unless this was fabricated... Also, not really a Cougar sighting, but does anyone remember Kelly Donahue from PV? He was a high jumper (much better than me) and played football. He works in my office in Nashua NH. That's the closest to a Cougar sighting I've had in my little corner of the world. Go Cougars!
Hi Rick, Thanks for the post and to let all know where to get their Hawthorne Athletics Tshirts, email Wade Greasby at He will be happy to mail you one. Also, I don't know of any planned concert. I think that might have been just another idea floating around.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 8:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: The little doctor who came to our games was Doc Berman. His office was on Imperial Hwy if I remember right. He was the one who first introduced me to steroids when I competed. It was very easy back then. Also, I have started to get some business's to support the HHS program. I want to thank Guy Hocker who I hadn't talked to in 35 years. We went down memory lane a little and at the end he was very gracious and said he will be sending in something. Also, Golds Gym Hawthorne and Brian the GM and I are working on as a major supporter. We are working on some promotional ideas. I also have a few calls into the Mayor. I will be working on getting some kind of committment out of him since I have confirmed they did have a $69,000+surplus. I hope some others on here contact some local businesses too.
Thanks Keith very much for your help and thanks to Guy Hocker and Golds Gym for their help. It's nice to see the local businesses in the mix.

Name: george key ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 7:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1980
City & State: PVE CA
Message: Hi Brett, Yes- your beautiful clock is hanging right here next to my computer and I thank you great kids everyday. George Key
PS- Hopefully you can see the pictures.
/Users/georgekey/Desktop/Clock1.JPG /Users/georgekey/Desktop/Clock2.JPG (But my grandson, who put these pictures on for me, always says it keeps him up at night with the chiming....but he'll get used to it!)
Thanks George, Have your grandson email the pictures to me, and I'll add them here.

Name: Kim Begley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 6:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Stembler
Class: 1973
City & State: Scotts Valley, CA
Message: As a member of the Brian Wilson fan club, I received an email invitation to attend a special night of Brian and his band perform songs from That Lucky Old Sun at the Nissan Live Sets in Los Angeles a few months back. About 150 people attended in this intimate setting and it was fun sharing the experience with my 22-year old son, Devin. Brian never looked better and was in great spirits. The album is wonderful and you can see the concert here. Enjoy!
Thanks Kim...

Name: Ray Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 11:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Portland, OR
No E-mail
Message: You know, it's been a very long time since my feet touched the campus of HHS but last night when I went to a local High School football game here in Portland, OR the "Westview Wildcats, they wear almost the same colors as HHS, As I was looking around the nice football field I noticed HUGE sponsers boards everywhere! I stopped counting after 30 boards and I often wonder how much each business donates to the school to have their advertisment there? I have NEVER seen HHS have such a venue on Halcap field. Another question that popped up in my mind is about a Dr. who always came to the Varsity games. He mended my hand well one time and a knee injury another time but he was always there. I never got to know his name or how he came part of the games. He was a short of a guy like 5'4" with dark hair. Anyway, it was nice seeing a local football game. They charge $6.00 a ticket which I thought was very reasonable. And I really enjoyed the band/tall flags...they were great(I guess that is why they were No.1 in the state for the last 6 yrs). And I love the family orientations/Local supports they give to the team (which we won 17-14). Anyway, be nice if HHS got some donations/business sponser and have their advertisment on the field.
I agree about the sponsor boards. Not only does it create revenue for the program, but brings the community together by letting the fans know who is helping out. I'm sure I'd frequent a sponsors business first.

Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 11:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
Message: OK as an (OLD) or should I say former HHS Tennis Player? The Bryan Twins won the US Open Doubles Championship for the second year in a row. Everyone who grew up in Hawthorne in my Era knew the Bryan family, if you played tennis. It is great to see the Fruit does not fall far From the Hawthorne tree. There have been many posts about the Bryan family in past posts. But it is always good to Plug our Hawthorne Families when they are doing so well! Cheers All, Now Bring Ohio State next Week End!
Yes, The Bryans are Hawthorne through and through. Thanks Dennis, for the report.

Name: Connie Gaston ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 10:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Saw in the Breeze that volleyball (boys and girls) has been cut for this year. Which sports are benefitting from the Cougar Alum fundraising?
Hi Connie, The answer is, I don't know, but I'm sure that as the donations come in, those sports will be added to the athletic program. They need $60,000 and so far, are quite short of the mark. If you want an answer, and to verify the Breeze story, please email Principal Mark Newell at you will get the straight skinny from him.

Name: Debbie Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 10:34 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: Cougar sighting! I ran into Tammy Stiritz ('78) at the grocery store. She says she reads often, so "hi" from the old neighborhood! Always nice to run into an old classmate unexpectedly.
Good one Debbie, thanks very much...

Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 6, 2008, 8:41 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: Good News, John! Sounds like a New Era's being for our beloved high school. Perhaps the city and school districts should be promoting the City of Good Neighbors (again). I'll soon be sending a package of info on Booster Clubs and/or (Cougar) Moms to HHS' principal. I also hope we'll all begin saying things like It's Great To Be A Cougar and Once A Cougar - Always A Cougar. And, we need to keep this fund raising effort going the year round - because we care so much about our alma mater!
Sounds great Mary Ann, thanks very much and what ever happened to the City Of Good Neighbors slogan, anyway? Didn't Linda McVeigh come up with that one?

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 5, 2008, 9:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Got home tonight and had a message on the machine from Mark Newell, HHS Principal. He said the donations from just our Alumni has gone above the $18,000 mark and he wanted to thank you all for your generous and vigorous support of the athletic program. It seems when there's something needed, we all jump in with both feet for OUR Hawthorne High and do the right thing.
I do know that Target had donated $4000 to our program and with the students doing their things such as car wash last weekend and with the pancake breakfast, the Keith Jones thing, and other various and sundry donation projects, the HHS athletic program is well on its way for this school year.
Although we are not out of the woods yet, Lee Leonard sent me pictures of the football team practicing on Halcap the other day, so it looks like football will go off as scheduled.
All this would not have happened without the generous support of you, our Cougar Alumni. Just want you to know how proud I am, and so you should be too, of the way this all came together for our school and our town. Thanks, Cougars, for all you do for me too. I am so proud to be from Hawthorne and especially Hawthorne High. I know you are too.