Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 30, 2008, 6:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tucson AZ
Message: Belated Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to everyone. HHS was brought to mind today when I heard on the radio that the Beach Boys will be performing right here in Tucson next month. Thank you John for keeping great memories alive in our hearts and for bringing so many of us together again. Great poem Alan. Entertaining Christmas pix Paco.
Name: Joseph Mailander ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 30, 2008, 10:46 am - HHS Time
City & State: inner city los angeles califor
Message: OK John I am very much anxious to consign most of 2008 to the tightly-locked drawers of repressed memory, but I have to admit the year definitely began to pick up towards the end and also that your website is the exquisite frame for wide-open-drawer reminders of what the best years of our lives were like and can on occasion be like even now, so THANNNK YOU MAAANNN!!!... And to all of you Trojan sympathizers, sincere good luck in the Rose Bowl, Fight On and all that but get ready for autumn when my quixotic and existential Bruins of UCLA, my own sorta alma step-mater, start gutting it up for Neuheisel, a Bruin who knows how to win in Pasadena in January (I saw him do it once, anyway, a quarter of a century ago--I'm sure he can do it again, because lightening strikes twice, doesn't it?), and begin to Fight Back! Peace and boat drinks to all Cougs and lurking Olympians too...joseph.
Name: Jeff Mann ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 30, 2008, 8:30 am - HHS Time
City & State: newhall, ca
Message: I only hope Catalina Cappy made it to shore!
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 29, 2008, 12:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Woods, CA
Message: "Leak'n Lena!" Hope 2009 fairs better than the S.S. Catalina!
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 28, 2008, 11:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I got a call from a friend that the Daily Breeze had a story on the SS Catalina being destroyed in Mexico. The private investor was my uncle Bernie Pasch who had bought it and tried to make it into something.
Name: Dick Dixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 28, 2008, 7:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: Indianapolis IN
Message: Today, Dec. 28th, marks the day Beach Boy, HHS'er, Dennis Wilson bid farewell in his untimely death. I for one as his classmate (typing class), friend and racing buddy, recall the shock of 'our' loss with his passing. I'm sure many HHS classmates and fans recall the day too well. May we reflect and celebrate on his good for the world with the music he and the Beach Boy's share with us to this day. God bless ya Denny (also Carl Wilson).
Name: Carole Ferruccio ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 27, 2008, 1:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Isabella, CA
Message: A late Merry Christmas and a early Happy New Years. Been too busy to even do any peeping. My grand daughter got married Dec. 5th and on the 17th Her new hubby was on his way back to Iraq to finish the last 6 months of his tour, so please everyone say a "be safe troops" for all the ones over there. Thanks! Also thanks John for this site, Its an anchor to the first part of my life. Carole
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 26, 2008, 9:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Beach, ca
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Cougartown! Wonderful poem Alan - nice tribute to a great Guy - King John. We had family here - Aunt Ricki, Uncle Jim, Aunt Gloria, Uncle John Achrem - and all of the nieces (Alexa, Kristin, Lia, Allie) and nephew (Peter). Except for Uncle Jim and all of the kids, we grew up in Hawthorne, but remember it through Cougartown - your creation, but our neighborhood. Our virtual childhood - THANK YOU for giving us our greatest memories in a 3D neighborhood with our school friends and our community preserved in a 360 degree panorama. Love you man......
Name: Gloria Valencia ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 26, 2008, 9:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: I loved the poem by Alan! I checked into C'town and what to my wondering eyes did appear? A great tribute to JB and all the peeps at the site. Merry Christmas (belated) to all and to all a good night! Many blessings to all for 2009, too. Especially you, JB. Wow, it's amazing how many lives you have touched...including mine. All my best, Gloria
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 26, 2008, 3:21 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Stagecoach, NV
Message: Alan, that was beautiful I love it. I was just out in my backyard taking pictures of wild horses, they were just beyond my property line, I couldn't wait to get in and send one of them to Paco for his pic's and of course had to see if anything new was posted. What a lovely thing to post, thanks. John it just goes to show you how much we love you and how much we appreciate what you have done for us. Cindy
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 26, 2008, 3:17 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: With all the Joy of Christmas and New Years right around the corner, I have just received sad news from my brother Dave (74) that Richard Straube from the class of 72 passed away this morning in Los Angeles. My Condolence to the Straube family.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 26, 2008, 3:03 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: Alan-Simply Wonderful! You are crowned C-Town Poet Laureate! Did you learn this in Arizona? Betty
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 26, 2008, 2:29 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Parker, AZ
Message: Twas the night before Christmas and all through CT Not a creature was stirring, except for JB.
The T-shirts were packed in their boxes with care With all hope that Fed Ex would get them all there.
The Cougars were nestled all snug in their beds While old Beach Boys lyrics sang loud in their heads.
With John in his sweater, the letterman kind, He checked into Feedback for what he would find.
When what to his wondrous eyes should appear, But dozens of entries from friends far and near.
Greetings from Cougars across this great land Old students from Football and Chorus and Band.
Cheerleaders, Swimmers, and Wrestlers they were, The Surfers and Hodads and Cruisers were here.
All those bringing wishes for John and this site Brought tears to his eyes on this glorious night.
The Biermans and Sloeys and Greasbys abound, And Paco, El Rojo and the rest were around.
Others may read and not post, I would think, Except when Dan Johnson promotes ?Which One?s Pink?.
And let?s not forget the Valencia 7 Who?s friendship makes John feel like he?s in Heaven.
Now some other Schools just remember their past But what JB?s done is really a blast
While other alumni might just feel down John Baker has blessed us with this CougarTown.
So remember your family and close friends, this Yule, But just as important. ?Be True To Your School?
Thanks for 10 years of memories John. A very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
Name: Miaaka DeForrest ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 8:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lone Pine, CA
Message: It's been awhile since I've been to Cougartown, John the site looks great. Want to wish all the Cougars a very Safe, healthy and Happy New Year from cold and snowy Lone Pine (right now its 13 degrees outside).
Name: Dick Dixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 8:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Indianapolis IN
Message: Hey Cougs, Merry CHRISTmas to all. Miss SoCal but Indy is smogless, no traffic and plenty of racing. JB, you're welcome anytime for a few laps around the 'Speedway.' If any Cougs are in the midwest give me a shout. Cheers 'n gears to all in '09.
Name: Kim Begley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 2:42 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Scotts Valley, CA
Message: Merry Christmas to you John and your family. Thank you for keeping the memories alive this holiday season and always. You're one in a million! Did you see the great interview with Pete Carroll on 60 Minutes? Fight on!
Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr. ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 11:57 am - HHS Time
City & State: Yorba Linda CA
Message: FELIZ NAVIDADDY from Daddy Dale H1 Out!!
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 10:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: MERRY CHRISTMAS JB! Just wanted to take this opportunity to send you and the rest of the Cougars out there best wishes for a wonderful holiday. There are thousands of us out here I'm sure who value the relationships that have been re-kindled or have evolved thru this site and look forward to growing with you in the year to come. God Bless~
Name: Pat Serbanic ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 9:11 am - HHS Time
City & State: Salem, Oregon
Message: Holiday Greetings from Salem, Oregon. We are having a White Christmas and, since this is Oregon, after all, RAIN. You all remember SNOW, don't you? That white cold stuff we all went on special trips to enjoy. Well, we have plenty here to share. Why wait for summer to wash your cars. Just come on up and rub it on your cars...Instant Car Wash. Just kidding. Merry Christmas and a very good New Year coming at you all from up North. Miss you all.
Name: Debbie Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 8:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: HHS' own Dave Roelen wrote a very nice column
in today's "Daily Breeze" that shares some Hawthorne memories that I'm sure will bring back memories for many, especially foggy Christmas Eves. Merry Christmas to all Cougar's, friends, and family!
Name: Mark Desherlia ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 25, 2008, 3:04 am - HHS Time
City & State: val verde ,ca.
Message: Merry Christmas Cougars, hope everyone had a safe and joyful day. take care mark
Name: EL & IDA ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 24, 2008, 5:19 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Just a Merry Christmas to all from a couple of old Cougs. Have a great holiday. We had to have our kids come to us for the holiday, as our road to the free world is impassible at this point. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU,ALWAYS! Jake N Jude.
Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 24, 2008, 4:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Isn't it wonderful that we have so many beautiful memories of our childhood Christmases? Mom used to put up lots of lights on our home. Then, my mom would put the record player out on the front porch every night of Christmas, and crank up the volume of holiday music. It could get embarrassing for me, but no one ever complained. We had to have our Whitman's Sampler candies on Christmas Day. I would get so excited over all the gifts every year, and eating, and playing, that I would end up sick in bed by afternoon. I loved my dolls. And there was the set of 12 different colored plastic bells with numbers on them, and sheet music, to play them. So much fun. I always had new jammies. I can't forget the year I got my first bike. Huffy. Thanks mom, thanks dad. Merry Christmas to all. And a big hug to you, John, for helping keep our Hawthorne alive!
Name: Art LaMere ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 24, 2008, 1:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Winter Wonderland
Message: happy holidays to all. I was looking at paco's photos and it triggered a lot of memories about the lights. My father use to do all the lights and really did it up at xmas. anyway all be safe out there. Art
Name: Bud Rhoades ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 24, 2008, 9:45 am - HHS Time
City & State: Belmont Shore
Message: It's been quite a while since I have have visited C-Town and we would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. Cougar sighting this week as I was leaving a clients office, the UPS man wheeling a cart of packages down the corridor was none other than Fred Babinski, HHS class of 73. Had dinner in Seattle last week with Dave Butner and Rick Clendaniel both fellow 74 grads, both are doing great and Dave is preparing to release his first vintage as a professional wine maker in 09 with his Paragon Winery line up, it's fantastic juice across the board. Peace and joy to all.
Name: James Cicalese ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 24, 2008, 7:31 am - HHS Time
City & State: lakewood ca
Message: I'd like to wish all a very merry xmas. Here is a thought for all. 40 years ago the year was 1968. It was not a very good year we wondered what was wrong with the world and our country. Here it is 2008 once again we wonder what's wrong with the world and our country. In 68 we ended the year on a high note with man circling the moon for the first time. I remember that feeling of hope sitting there with my family watching it on tv. Now we have a new leader and there is a light of hope again. If we have a job, our family is in good health let us count our blessings. Start the new year with a little more kindness to others and be good to ourselves.
Name: Sharon MacDonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 24, 2008, 6:15 am - HHS Time
City & State: Bruceville, TX
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all in Cougartown! Hope Santa brings just the right gift to each and every Cougar and Cougarette ...