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Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 22, 2008, 5:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Congratulations to the Class of 68 on a great Reunion this last weekend.
Below is from Sande Bashaw Gosper....

Hi everyone:
If you came to the reunion - it was so GREAT to see you again! If you couldn't make it - WOW! what a great time we all had! Here is a short run-down of the weekend!

Friday -
Last minute plans were done by the committee at the hotel - getting ready for the main event!

7:00pm - We all met in the Lobby Bar where we met Chuck '65 Donna (Henderson) McCain, Larry Clark, Michael Sirmons, Ed Sharp, Cheryl Carter, Dennis Jue, Martin Lipsky, Georgia Cook, Dan and Holly Pressburg, Jerry Chapman, Lucille Johnsen, Beverly Manning and other hotel guests who wanted to celebrate our 40th reunion with us. At around 10pm we continued the party upstairs in the Committee Hospitality Suite 'til after midnight!

Saturday -
As events go . . . there are always challenges to face on the day of the event - getting the computer to work for the slideshow - prepare speeches - find something to wear :-) etc. - success!!! Everything was ready!

At 1:00pm (maybe 1:30pm) the group began to assemble at the pool to catch some sun. John Feinstein, Cheryl Carter, Suzie Buckingham, Donna Henderson, Diane Duxbury, Jerry Chapman, Scott and Tine (Koerner) Ferguson.

5:00pm - Committee makes sure the room is ready . . . . . Early arrivals - Joe Norcross - great to see you Joe! Kurt Petlin ('67)

7:00pm - Welcome to the HHS Class of 1968 40 year reunion! Fabulous dinner, music playing, Coach and Cathy Chauncey, memories exchanged, new friends made, nostalgic slideshow, class awards, raffle drawing, 25/25/50 drawing (raised $150 for our next reunion - thanks Coach for donating your winnings), dance 'til midnight! What more could there be? An after party in the Committee Hospitality Suite - these dye hards can't get enough - Steve and Eileen (Falone '69), Frank Martinez, Ricky Davidson, Kurt Petlin ('67), April Flick ('69), Dan and Holly Pressburg, Jerry Chapman, Beverly Manning, Georgia Cook - party on 'til 3:00am - time to sleep!

Sunday -
10:00am - Brunch at Tera Nova - Great to see everyone who was able to get up and make it :-) - Scott and Tina (Koerner) Fergueson, Sharon Barry, Donna Hattamer, Irene Lydon, Karen Lydon ('67), Paul ('67) and Adele (Mayfield) Clark, Jeff Stewart, Michael Sirmons, Jane Creighton, Judy Creighton, Martin Lipsky, Linda Reilly, Robert Sayad, Dan and Holly Pressburg, Georgia Cook, Beverly Manning, Jerry Chapman (hope I didn't miss anyone - I felt like I was still asleep)!

1:00pm - Saying Goodbye! Hard thing to do after such a great weekend!

Classmates who were unable to attend bu sent their best wishes: Jim Pasternak, Vicki Coombs, Sandy Ingvalson, Kayleen Maddox, Jean Caldwell, Max and Barbara (Kmieciak) Lewis, Danny Litton, Clark Paul, Diane Fiello, Geri Nimrichter, Janet Amuchastegi, Roger Richmond, John Williams, Greg Shambaugh, Sheran Crist, Shirley Papstein, Patti Smith, Kathy Hamler, Bob Draeger, Cynthia Shoren, Bruce Salsbury, Paula Garlock, Mary Pool.

You can see pictures online by the end of the at Also, contact Great Reunions to get your Bio Book/Commerative CD ($17+ tax) to see what everyone has been doing for the last 40 years.

We are selling embrodried 40 year reunion shirts for $20 and a 40 year Reunion CD for $20. All proceeds go to our 50th Reunion. If you would like to purchase either one of these items please complete the order form below and send a check to Jerry Chapman - 881 NORTH LAKE ST #226, HEMET, CA 92544

Don't forget the HHS All Class Picnic at El Segundo Park - this Saturday, September 27th - go to for details. See you there!

What can I say . . . these memories will last until we meet again. If you couldn't make it try not to miss the next one - we are planning a 60th birthday party cruise. The class of "68 turns 60 in 2010 :-)

Please keep in touch!

Sande Bashaw Gosper
1968 HHS

Name: Mark Bishop ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 22, 2008, 9:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Camino, Calif
Message: I wanted to share a great story that happened this last weekend. After thirty plus years I decided to visit the old stomping grounds of Hawthorne and the beach cities .I stayed at the Portifino Inn and took a walk on a beautiful Sunday morning on the strand with my wife. We passed many people playing volleyball with no exception until I heard a woman say "Hey Fetherston". I stopped for a second and then looked back. I recognized a familiar looking face. I took a couple of steps and said to myself, you have to see if it is. Sure enough I introduced myself and he said he was indeed Mr. Bill Fetherston. We had a nice chat and we went on our walk. I can't help but ask myself, what are the odds of that encounter..P.S. Hey Bill, my wife says that you are a hottie. Way to go man you still got it.
Hey Mark, The odds would be mighty slim. Great story and I'd say that was a Cougar sighting too. Thanks very much

Name: ROCKY THOMAS ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 21, 2008, 7:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: HEMET CA
Hey Rocky, Thanks very much for the donation. I'm sure Wade will be there too.

Name: Eugene Obillo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 21, 2008, 7:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Harbor City Calif
Message: The girls reunion shows that we in the class of '62 just refuse to age as all are still beautiful. Now we just have to get all of these beauties to attend the next class reunion FIFTY YEARS seems like yesterday minus the pains and wrinkles.
Hi Eugene, No one ever accused me of NOT aging and I'm sure they'll all be there in 4 years.

Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 21, 2008, 12:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: Anyone else going to see Mike Love and the Beach Boys at the So Cal Fair at Lake Perris on Wed? I am taking my son and his buddy to intro them to a little So Cal/Hawthorne history. I'll try and wear my Cougartown least until it cools off.
Hey Laura, Well you just have yourself a great time and thanks for wearing the T. Hope the boy's like the history lesson too.

Name: Jerry Rigney ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 21, 2008, 10:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Palmdale,Ca
Message: In the "early" days (before LAX), a road called "Coast Blvd." ran between Imperial Hwy. and Century Blvd. After the war (WWII) it was renamed "Pershing Drive". In the late '50s early '60s it was a narrow two lane road with some very sharp curve's. It was not the safest road to drive much less race, many accidents occured there (not all race related). Later (late'60s or in the '70s) it was made wider and straighter and became a popular place for drag racing.
Hey Jerry, Thanks for the information.

Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 10:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Here's a great music video tribute to the 50s and 60s hot rod builders and their fan clubs courtesy of Bill Tamburrino and his San Diego buddies. Should get you in the mood for cruise night or just checking out your old favorite haunts. Cars We Drove
Thanks Dean, This one is VERY popular. In fact we had this one on the website a couple of years ago. Thanks for the memories.

Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 11:06 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: Re: The Cougar Picnic. I plan to bring my propane camp stove, so if anyone needs to use my extra burner, feel free.
Thanks Armand, Just so you know, we have BBQs. I'm bringing a couple bags of charcoal...

Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 10:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Miramar Beach, Florida
Message: Hi Patti! Central Time here. 2 hours difference. I will hoist it at 9PM. Got all 4 (65,66,67,68) El Molinos out and the Coors in the ice box. Thanks, John. Cougars Rule!
Celebrate away, Jack!!

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 9:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Happy Birthday you little Huen Face (Marsha). Hawthorne lost 14-50.

Name: Patti Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 9:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Cypress, CA
Message: To Michael Kratz: No, definitely NOT the same Lonnie Rasmussen. The Lonnie in the class of 68 was, sadly, killed in I believe an auto accident in 1966. To Jack Dicus: 9 PM in Florida is 6 PM Pacific Time. So hoist your Coors at 10 tonight...or hoist another. Although I live near the reunion site, I won't be able to make it either due to a family commitment. So have a blast, all, and maybe I'll see you at the next.

Name: Bob and Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 9:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
No E-mail
Message: We too, would like to wish Marsha Russell the happiest of birthdays! We love you very much!

Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 8:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Marsha, HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear friend. Hope your day is all that you wish for. See you later. Maureen
Hey Burris, Happy Birthday to you!

Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 8:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Lost Wages'
Message: Mike Kadow (68), don't know if this is the same Lonnie. But there is a Lonnie Rasmussen (66) who lives in Manteca California.

Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 20, 2008, 6:47 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Miramar Beach, Florida
Message: A message for the Class of '68: Wanted to make it to the reunion this year, but couldn't work out the details. Hope everyone has a great time. I have my El Molino out and will pop open a Coors at 9PM (7PM Pacific) to help start the celebration here in Florida. GO COUGARS!!

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 11:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Jerry, you are right.Manchester and Airport Blvd.

Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 9:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: (sat. 20th) Happy birthday to a couple of great Coug's, classy Marsha Russell and old friend Patrick Burris.
Happy Birthday to Classy Marsha and Old Pat

Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 8:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Jake, I checked my old maps and I think your memory might be better than you think. Although in later years when I was driving Pershing Drive became a place to raise the speedometer a bit over the norm. This was not the case earlier. Before the tunnel was built over Sepulveda and the runways extended, the old maps show Lincoln as being the prime drive you describe. The tunnel was built in 1953 but the airport expansion wasn?t completed until the early 60?s. Also I remember the Hamburger Handout on Sepulveda and Centinela, but wasn?t there also a Hamburger Handout Junior on (I think) Manchester?
I remember many Handouts in the LA area. Maybe an early franchise?

Name: Mike Kadow ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 6:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Zelienople, PA
Message: Does anyone know what Cemetery Lonnie Rassmuson was buried in? He died in his Sophomore year in 1965

Name: El ROJO ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 6:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: KUNA<, ID
Message: Dan I can't be sure of the street. My memory at this stage of life wanes a bit. It's just that you think of things and you may be off a "hair". Most of this is in granite. The street ...I could have been wrong. The cars, names and memory are forever. Thanks for the shout though. It's good to have a Coug's response. And you're right JB, it was the way of life back then and " BITCHEN ". The thing that made me the maddest..I wasn't old enough to drive. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude.

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 5:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks
Message: Rojo, isn't that Pershing Drive? In or around 1987, I was driving my Plymouth Colt down Pershing on my way to Century City. An Eastern Airlines jet was at the extreme west end of the runway running its engines for some reason. The blast blew out my passenger window and pushed me into oncoming traffic (which obviously missed me, luckily). Even though Eastern was in bankruptcy at the time, its insurance company paid me a little over $100 to get the window fixed!

Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 19, 2008, 2:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: South Bay book recalls area's early farming; "Farming in Torrance and the South Bay," by Judith Gerber a Torrance native. Saw this article in the Daily Breeze today, went to and bought a copy. Looks like great reading and the book has early pictures of the south bay. Maybe there be some early pictures of Hawthorne in the book?
Hey Michael, Arcadia Publishing does a whole series on lots of cities. Try the Hawthorne book by Walt Dixon and Jerry Roberts if you want Hawthorne pictures.
Also there's a Lawndale book by James Osborne, from Arcadia Publishing. Good Reading.