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Name: Barbara Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 29, 2008, 9:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: El Segundo
No E-mail
Message: Thank you for putting together such a nice gathering! My grandson kept me busy on the slides so I didn't get to visit as much as I'd planned. Dennis Campbell was the only one that could get him to smile, besides Ho-Ho (he thinks my brother Howard is Ho-Ho) I had a quick (nice) visit with the Cook sisters. Everyone looked great. Thanks again!
Thanks Barbara for being there.

Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 29, 2008, 8:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Sharon and I had a great weekend, started with The Lady Ducks (granddaughter's ice hockey) tourney and 2 games on Friday, the picnic and helping Joyce win the "Frozen T-shirt" contest, and finally 2 games on Sunday where Talia, my granddaughter, won the Championship. I am the team photographer, so I have over 1000 ice hockey pics that I've been editing. Paco's Pics will be on-line shortly, some with names...I'm getting old (54).
Thanks Paco dude....

Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 28, 2008, 5:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Hey Rick McKelvey, Thanks for bringing up the 1969 All Star game won by HAML over HNML. That was one of those "OSU Beavers crushing USC Trojans" like gut ringing experiences. The talent on the Nationals was superior, but the Americans found a way to win. We were loaded with players as you mentioned, including Larry King who shared the series MVP with Dwayne Phelps. I think pitching made the difference in the end. The best ML team I played on was in 67 when Rick Carden led the Dodgers to a 21-0 season including a City Series sweep of the American All Stars. Rick Carden and 6'7" Jim Adams' pitching dominated all year long in a way I don't think was ever matched. Terry Mack, the best leadoff hitter set the stage for our murderer's row of hitters. Anyway folks, as The Boss Bruce Springsteen once sang, "Glory Days, they'll pass you by in the wink of a young girls eye"...
Yep, the older we get, the better we were. Thanks Dean....

Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 28, 2008, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hermosa Beach
Message: Hello JB, My apologies for missing the Picnic, but I felt lousy all day yesterday...I thought it might pass and I could still come late, but Mother Nature fooled me again. I could just imagine what would have happened if I ate and chili or salsa!!!!!! But all was not lost, I had another Cougar siting today at the car show. Coach Fetherston!!!! His car was parked right across from mine and we talked all day!!! He has a stunning custom Black Ford Dream that would WOW everyone at Foster's! What a great guy!!!! And he looks younger than me!!!!!
Thanks John, That's the second Bill Fetherston beach sighting in a week. Doesn't he ever get east of the strand?

Name: Bob and Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 28, 2008, 9:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
No E-mail
Message: Just want to chime in on how much fun we had at the picnic yesterday. Our hats are off to Sharon, Judy, and John for putting it all together so wonderfully. We can't stop smiling. It was great to see Sue and Sharon, Bob and Lisa, the Jensen boys, Adrianne and Alex, the Campbells, etc, etc. Oh, and of course, Mom Baker. She just cracked me up when she said- "when did all these kids get so old... thanks a lot mom! Joyce- you are one brave woman putting on that frozen tshirt. Great time, great food, games and most of all the greatest friends of all!
I totally agree, as it was a truly fun day for all. Thanks very much Bob and Karen, for bringing the inner tubes. Some day we'll actually have the inner tube race

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 27, 2008, 6:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: The Cougartown Picnic was a total success from the salsa contest won by Karen (Hoffman HHS62) and Guy Newkirk, to the chili contest, with a tie between Sharon (Bierman HHS76) and Mike Branigan and Bob (HHS60) and Lisa Milazzo, to all the games, music and just the love we all have for one another. It was a great day, for sure. Thanks so much to Judy (DeGrazia) and Jan Blomsterberg, Sharon Moore, Sue and Sharon, Howard "Paco" Duran, and to Dennis Lord and Ellen Wright for nailing down the BBQ areas for us. I would say there were from 70 to 80 people in attendance (some left early and some came late). There will be pictures on Pacos Pics so please check in a few days. Thanks again to everyone for a totally great day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I hope you did too.

Name: sharon leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 27, 2008, 5:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach
Message: What a great picnic. Lots of people, losts of fun, great conversation, fun games, and fabulous salsa and chili. Thank you John, Judy, Sharon and Sue B.
Thanks Sharon to you too for being a part of all the festivities, and for bringing the Mic too.

Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 27, 2008, 5:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Longpre
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Just got home from the picnic. What a wonderful time Alex and I had. The location was perfect, with easy access. A nice sized group of people. The salsa and chili were great. Nice cool weather. Much reminiscing. Got to talk with my childhood neighbor, Janet Ashby, and many other people. John and JudyWudy, you did a fantastic job. Memorable. I got my first Cougartown T-shirt. Thank you.
Hi Adrianne, Thanks so much to you and Alex, and the rest of the Ctowners AND my mom for being there. I had such a great time with the 70+ showing up today. It was a blast.

Name: robert gates ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 27, 2008, 11:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: citrus heights ca
Message: connie ostrowsky and pam gamble. i would sure like to hear from you again.

Name: Keith Joes ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 9:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: Sharon, Lower left is Kurt Morlock. Dennis Ginzalves is not there that is Steve Miranda

Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 9:01 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene Oregon
Message: That is the closest OSU will ever be to #1 or a national championship. Hey Scott. You might want to look up the 06-07 National Championships and #1 ranking in baseball before you jump ugly with OSU. Brush up on your spelling while you are at it. Have a great picnic Cougs!
We will Robin, we WILL.

Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 8:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente CA
Message: Lower left Bruce Phelps, back row 2nd from right Keith Jones, and 3rd from right, Scott Burlingame, middle row right Steve Miranda, middle row 3rd from right, Dennis Gonzalves?, middle row 2nd from left possibly Doug Long?, middle row 3rd from right looks like a Stone? lots of faces look familiar but names escape me...
Thanks Sharon, here are the names.

Name: Randel Stender ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 4:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: tucson,arizona
Message: i am lookink for my dad and step mom Linda and robert stender sr. my brothers richard and robert stender jr went to hawthorne h.s in the lates 70's with jeff acey and steve foster who are family friends. i lost contact with my parents and they reside somewhere in california now maybe tehachapi or in hawthorne still. anyone with information please email me or get a hold of them robert and linda stender and give them my info. thank you. email: 520 304 2430 cell. thank you from their youngest son randel stender.

Name: sharon leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 4:39 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach
Message: I'm really looking forward to the CT picnic tomorrow. Judy and John have set up a great picnic. With all their hard work, I am sure it is going to be the best picnic to date.
It's going to be a good one Sharon. We'll see you tomorrow.

Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 4:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Torrance
Message: Hopefully, someone can help me locate a specific documentary on the Beach Boys. A couple of months ago while at a friend's house in Havasu I caught a few minutes of a BB documentary on the "bio. channel". Since people were visiting at the house I wasn't able to see much of the show. The small amount I did see had some great old footage of Hawthorne and the Wilson family during the early days. This was stuff I had never seen before. Since that day I have been checking the bio channel and looking on line at and google for info that will allow me to see the program again. No luck, and no one seems to know what I'm talking about when I bring it up. I don't recall reading anything about it on this site either. So I am turning to Cougartown for any info on what the documentary was called and how it can be had. I assume Rich Sloan would know since he was featured several times in the program as being one of Brian's friends. I recognized him from photos on this site. ??? CJ
Hi Carl, email Rich at He'll help you find the video.

Name: Art Lamere ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 1:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bettendorf Ia
Message: Can anyone put names to the photo, and have fun tomorrow. Art
I'm sure someone can.

Name: Scott Henderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 1:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1987
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca.
No E-mail
Message: That is the closest OSU will ever be to #1 or a nationalchampionship.
They played like National Champs last night.

Name: Marla Crane ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 11:59 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Crane
Class: 1975
City & State: Corvallis OR
Message: My son and I went to The Game last night. What a exciting game! I thought usc would be coming in psyched up for us, after the embarrassment 2 years ago. There was just no stopping li'l Quizz Rodgers... a true freshman, no less. Go Beavs! Have fun at the picnic tomorrow everyone.
Hi Marla, I am, as of NOW, a Beaver fan and after next week might be a Duck fan. Congratulations!!

Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 10:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente, CA
Message: I'm SO EXCITED about the picnic tomorrow! I just LOVE the Cougartown picnic- we always have so much fun- Sue and I get there at dawn and stay til the park closes. Please come to see us at the T-shirt and membership booth, we will have nametags for free and Cougartown t-shirts for sale, and you can become a new member or pay your annual dues if you wish. We'll be raisin' Cain with the J-boys and the Rowdy girls!!!
We know you will, Sharon, see you there at dawn.

Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 7:06 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Well, tomorrow is CT Picnic Day! Yippee!! It's never too late to sign up - or heck, just show up! There will be fun, games, chili and salsa contests and just plain socializing! Sharon B and I will be there with a table for T-Shirt sales and Membership signups! Cash and checks accepted. NO CHARGE for the fun - Judy Wudy and Sharon L are providing that! Don't forget to bring your lunch and your own seating. The park is wonderful, the weather promises to be perfect and the company - just SPECTACULAR! Looking forward to seeing you all!
It seems lots of people congregate around the Bierman's EZ Up at these things. There's always something going on there so stop by and say hi. They will also be handling name tags too, so please stop by and get one so everyone knows who's who.

Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 26, 2008, 6:42 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Tomorrow ( Saturday ) is the big day. I see that there's a few questions about tomorrow's PICNIC IN THE PARK event. So, let me just make one final announcement... The event starts at 9:00 am, and will go till dusk. We have the first game scheduled for 10:00, so please try to get there early. After that, there'll be a game an hour. If you're entering the Chili/Salsa contests, then bring your goodies early as well. Our picnicers are the judges and the tasting starts early. Paco Duran has agreed to be the official photographer. He's promised me that he will make all the gals look 18 again, and all the men will have hair and a 6 pack. So don't be afraid to pose pretty for him. (hey, wait a all his pics Paco has no hair) On second thought, he might be lying. If you have any other questions, please email me at or call me at: (310) 793-5910. See you tomorrow.
Thanks again Judy, and we'll see all you picnic fanatics tomorrow in the park. It WILL be a fun day.

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 25, 2008, 10:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: Vicki Nielson, I know your brother Mark. I can't remember but are you the sister of Lori Nielson. Cause we went to school together and I was kind of in love with her. Well kind of a puppy love.

Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 25, 2008, 10:14 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
Message: OREGON STATE 27, USC 21. Sorry John.
Great game if you were an OSU, OU, or Georgia fan