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Name: Mike Shay ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 3, 2008, 6:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hello Cougars; Long time since I've posted anything, guess I didn't have anything interesting to say. When I was in the 7th grade (1955)I sort of took a year off from Hawthorne Intermediate. I didn't apply myself to anything but getting into trouble and I did plenty of that. My Mom got real even with me by making me attend St. Josephs for the eighth grade. Talk about an attitude change, I had to do about three years worth of catching up just to get even with the slower people in Sister Edwards eighth grade class. I never worked so hard in my life. I did meet some great kids there though, like Jim (Vince) Schiavi, Mike McGarry, Carlos Hermicillo, Janet Lucero, Jim Claremont, Joan Mc Kindly, Lee Parker and ( best of all) a terrific 7th grader that is still one of my very best friends and one of the toughest people on the planet. Happy Birthday Tom Shelley, I love you too.
Hey Mike, Ran into Tom and had breakfast with him at a local place in old Torrance on Sunday. HEY, that IS a Cougar Sighting!!
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 3, 2008, 6:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Keith is almost 100% correct. However, it is possible to register in one class and still be able to stop someone using a mark in another class if that other use creates an unacceptable risk of confusion. [Insert technical discussion here].
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 3, 2008, 4:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: We have a few lawyers on here but I am pretty sure John has no worries about the name Cougartown. Even if he trademarks it. It means nothing to trademark unless you register it in all the classes you intend to use. You could own Nissan for cars but that doesn't prevent anyone from opening a gym called Nissan. Just make sure their logo is nothing like ours.
Name: Pat Underwood ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 3, 2008, 11:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Message: John; Remember Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger. When the movie came out in the mid 80's, the movie studio went to court and got the sole rights to the name ?Lone Ranger? and Clayton Moore could no longer wear the mask, he made famous during his Hi Hoe silver days. You might want to take Alan Nelson's thoughts about the ?Cougartown? name. I would hate to see you and all of the c-towners take it up the backside because of a show. Unless of course, they pay you a million bucks and pay you a monthly fee to run ?Cougartown?.
Thanks for the concern, Pat. Clayton Moore didn't own the rights to the name "Lone Ranger". I own the rights to the domain,, and have for 10 years. I really don't see a problem here.
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 1, 2008, 8:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Parker, AZ
Message: Seems to me John, that if that show takes off, you stand to make some serious coin selling them the domain. I know it's like one of your kids, molded and nurtured for these past 12 years or so. But heck, money talks, Right?
Haven't really thought about it, Alan. I may need a lawyer.
Name: Connie Gaston ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 1, 2008, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Just a note to those who have worked hard to keep HHS athletics going...I was at Narbonne's last home girls volleyball game on Tuesday, which ran a little late. (My Gaucho daughter, who has been the starting setter is out for the season with an ankle injury - boo hoo). Into the gym start trickling some boys high school basketball teams, like Cathedral and West Torrance. Out of the corner of my eye, I started seeing Scarlet and Gold!! Yes, the HHS team was there, Cougar paws on their shorts. It was very, very good to see them. Now we just have to hope Gov. Ahnuld doesn't decimate the sports programs at all the schools with this next round of budgeting.
Thanks Connie....
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 1, 2008, 4:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, CA
Message: Re: "Cougar Town", I was wondering a few things: 1.) Have the producers of the show approached you on buying the site name? 2.) Do you think there might be a legal battle over the domain name if the show becomes a hit? (Personally, I think they'd lose since this site's been here for years.) 3.) Do you think we may get traffic from people Googling "Cougar Town"? 4.) Did you trademark "Cougartown"?
Too many questions
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 1, 2008, 2:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: My computer has been down a while so really behind on my Cougartown reading. I was reading the comments from Gary Bickers about the 1953 football team. They were the inspiration for the great school spirit we had then. They made it so much fun going to the games. Also the recollections from the ol Coach. The one about the faked pass that was so good it fooled the ref. I was there and never forgot that play. We have talked about that one for many years. Great memories.
Hi Marilyn, We'll have pictures and videos real soon of the 53 football reunion. Stay tuned....
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 1, 2008, 9:46 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
No E-mail
Message: Happy Belated Birthday to good friend Tom Shelley. Hope you didn't get any "tricks" but only treats on your special day! Love ya, man...
Name: Dan Dye ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 1, 2008, 8:26 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Torrance
Message: Sorry I missed Cougar breakfast, I was a little under the weather. It looks like I missed a good time. Dan

Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 31, 2008, 6:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
Message: Happy birthday to a dear old friend, Bill Young. Friends don't come any better than Youngie!
Happy Birthday Bill and a Happy Birthday to my good buddy Tom Shelley HHS62. Have a great day, Tom....
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 31, 2008, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Seattle
Message: Hey Dale, thanks for the Happy Halloween. I'm gettin ready now for the three grand kids to show up and the 120+ kids to show up for candy. Have the house decorated and the number of kids showing up, grows every year. Finger lick-en good, LOL! Hope every one else has a good time! Driven the H2 out!
Name: Barbara Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 31, 2008, 3:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: El Segundo
Message: I just saw the pictures in Paco's Pics of the Cougar breakfast, I can't believe how Janice Knott looks exactly the same as she did in high school! What type of vitamins does she take? I want some of those!
Janice, I thought you were class of 83
Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 31, 2008, 9:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Yorba Linda CA
Message: OK OK My best Halloween Costume Two years ago I was COL.SANDERS I was finger lickin' good I tell ya...My Fellow Cougs have a great Halloween...H1 Out....
Happy H, H1
Name: John Alexander ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 31, 2008, 3:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Nashville, TN
Message: Are any member pictures from school days posted here or anywhere? yearbook pics maybe?
Hi John, Individual yearbook pictures are all over the place, but no yearbook pages. For yearbook pics, go to the Alumni list and pick someone. Not all, but lots of pictures there.
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 31, 2008, 12:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Oregon City Oregon
No E-mail
Message: Can you picture sitting four abreast in a 1959 Chev El Camino 348 4 speed, Black in color, no seat belts in use, racing another vehicle, shutting down at 100+. The driver of that Chev was going with the old sister of Jerry Hopkins HHS 59'. Think her name was Lois. The other thing, that same driver can tell you how many cans of Country Club will fit in the bed of that El Camino, iced, and will that ice melt before you get to Bass Lake.
Sounds like a fun trip Carl, and legal too.
Name: Andrea Rossi ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 30, 2008, 10:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rossi
Class: 1982
Message: John, I had to write in and tell you that your post made me laugh! Maybe you can come to my class and use the art supplies to make yourself a well worth Halloween card, maybe that will make you feel better! :}
Hi Andrea, Hopefully I've graduated from the construction paper art classes
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 30, 2008, 9:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: Just returned from working the Fall Festival at my elementary school and I can't help it...I'm a dork and love these kinds of things because it reminds me of growing up in Hawthorne and going to the Halloween carnival at Eucalyptus every year. I remember the fishing booth, palm reader, making iron on t-shirts, the cafeteria being turned into a haunted was great fun! Watching all the families and kids hanging out, eating hotdogs and having fun just brings back so many great childhood memories.
Missed that at Hawthorne Christian..... We cut pumpkins out of orange construction paper with blunt nosed scissors. With flour and water, glued them onto black construction paper, wrote Happy Halloween on them with a black crayola, and gave them to our parents. Wippee!!
Name: Les Ward ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 30, 2008, 7:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Kalaheo, HI
Message: Just like to say hello to all and compliment our webmaster for a great job. Was also looking for those old memories/friends and acquaintances from the past. If you should happen to remember me, feel free to shoot me an email. Aloha, Les Ward "58"
Hey Les, There are a bunch of them here, I'm sure. Thanks very much.
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 30, 2008, 6:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: So NBC is thinking of a new series of a single 40ish mom (played by Courtney Cox) with a 17 year old son, entitled 'Cougartown'. Humm, wonder what that might be about? Any of our Cougarettes want to 'cop out' about it being their life story?
No one on this site is old emough to live in THAT Cougar Town
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 30, 2008, 4:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Shirley and JB,I have about 50 pics..I'll put'em up in the morning.

Name: Shirley Roy ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 30, 2008, 3:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Roy
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Hi John. I just wanted to say how nice it was at the breakfast and how great it was to see some old friends. I was wondering if you were going to post the pictures that were taken? I was sad to see Senior square gone. I know it's been gone for a long time and hopefully will come back. Who remembers their first day as Seniors and walking into Senior square for the first time. It was a great feeling. I also just wanted to say to Kathy, "I am sorry I missed the ladies luncheon but would like to make the next one".
Hi Shirley, Well it was just great seeing you and your sis on Saturday too. The pictures didn't really come out too great but maybe Paco has a good group shot he'll send in. Thanks again and hope to see you and more of our class at the next Cruise Night in February or March.
Name: John (Skip) Alexander ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 29, 2008, 1:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Nashville, TN
Message: I attended Eucalyptus Elementary school until 1968 when we moved back to Tennessee. I was just told about this site by a new friend from myspace who coincidentally was friends(later on) with 3 of my dearest friends from my days at elementary about wow! I remember Saveria Vandergalen (SeeVee), Tracy Flynn, and Mike Sims. I remember what a great time I had at Eucalyptus and the great friends in that idyllic era. I remember a teacher, Mrs Countryman in the 3rd grade, who probably had the biggest impact on me than any other teacher in my life. I remember running free from daylight to dusk during the summer in Hawthorne, and the Eucalyptus Park. I remember spending all day saturdays at the Plaza movie theater, where we would see all the scary monster movies. Leaving Hawthorne almost killed me, lol. I HATED to go, but eventually got used to the country life in Tennessee. I think I exchanged a few letters with Tracy and SeeVee, but soon lost touch. I imagine, had I stayed there, I would have attended Hawthorne High and would have been a 1973 alumni. If anyone remembers me or any of the people I mentioned please write to me. I continued school of course, in the Chattanoga area of Tennessee, then after HS, went into the USAF where I traveled the world for 20 years, then retired to the Nashville, Tennessee area, where I now live!
Hi John, Thanks very much for the Feedback and I'm sure someone here will remember you or your friends. If anyone does remember, please reply here. Thanks again...
Name: Milt Brophy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 29, 2008, 12:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Message: Hello to all fellow Coug's, I just wanted to check in as 27 years have flown by so quickly. My memories of growing up in Hawthorne and attending HHS were the best of times. I look forward to reconnecting with my Hawthorne roots again. Thank You, "KING JOHN" for this awesome web site!!
Hey Milt, Well thank you for letting all your friends know you're here. There's always room for more Cougars in Ctown.....
Name: Karen Sullivan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 28, 2008, 9:39 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harrison
Class: 1971
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA
Message: COUGAR SIGHTING....while shopping @ Target in Redondo Beach, I saw Teri Vestal, also c/o '71.
Another reconnection....great news Karen. Thanks very much....
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 28, 2008, 9:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
Message: Thanks to Sharon Bierman Branigan and John Baker, I had a reunion with an old friend. I had lunch with Dennis Reed, and his wife Annie, last Saturday in San Francisco. I had not seen him since he moved from Hawthorne to Yorba Linda in 1962, at the end of his sophomore year. Thank you both. It truly is the thing that makes Cougartown the most amazing alumni website in the world.
Hey Glenn, Glad you're reconnected with Dennis after 46 years. These reunions of old friends after so many years are just amazing. Thanks for the feedback.
Name: Kelley Kelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 28, 2008, 3:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Currie
Class: 1967
City & State: Englewood, OR
Message: If you ever had a chance to dance on the lloyd Thaxton show you met a cool dude...Praise Lloyd Thaxton, for giving us a dance show and live entertainment..very cool, very cool...Lloyd Thaxton dies at 81; zany host of popular TV dance show------By Dennis McLellan Los Angeles Times Staff Writer October 8 2008 Lloyd Thaxton, the host of a popular Los Angeles TV dance show in the 1960s who memorably injected a visual zaniness into his daily rock 'n' roll party for teenagers, died Sunday. He was 81.The complete article can be viewed here.
Hey Kelley, Thanks very much for the article and video. For all who don't quite remember Lloyd, you will when you view it.
Name: jim sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 27, 2008, 8:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang
Message: So sorry to hear of Billy Halford's passing. A real battler, great sense of humor, classic Hawthorne Cougar ragger, [he and Bill Shultz would be all world], a loyal friend, and without a doubt the best damn curveball I ever saw. I'll miss you Rogers.