Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 15, 2009, 7:54 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, Don; You win the prize, however, we don't have one. As Mr. Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story. Pinky, I never knew his real name, was called "pinky" because his face was always red or flushed and he had kind of a W.C. Fields nose, probably from being a heavy drinker. The story you were told is the same one I was told by some old timers on HPD back in the day.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 15, 2009, 7:27 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita
Message: If you didn't make Cruise Night last night you missed a great one. Lots of new faces there. Thanks to George Johnson who I haven't seen in 45+ years for bringing his Chevy powered Model A pickup. Great to see and get to talk to you in person, George.
Our own princess, Doris Donaldson showed up all the way from Idaho, what a surprise. Also I had the pleasure of meeting Tammy Levene Nichols, Gene Levene HHS60 and Connie Dewald's HHS61 daughter. Tammy brought lots of pictures of the family too. Good to know they've all grown just a little older, with me.
Karen Graham Kuehl HHS59 came up from Vista and Ernie Nixon HHS63 came down from Bakersfield. Thanks very much to all the "long-trekkers" for making the drive.
Also met Bill Baker (no relation) from the class of 63, Brian Hodge from the class of 81, and one of Hawthorne PDs finest, Kim Wu Iley HHS85, on duty and just checking out the gathering, found out she was in the midst of about 50 Cougars.
Thanks to Denny Unfried for bringing out his new Cobra, great car Denny. Also Wayne and Donna Dickey for stylin' in, in their VW Bug, Bob Jensen for bringing out his "with it", lavender Deux Cheviot, Lee Leonard and his Z28. Thanks too, Lee, for all the Edelbrock hats. Jim Dally and his Corvair were there along with Rich and Mary Prodin Sloan's 56 Chevy rag top, and Jim and Karen Boll Essner's 57 Chevy. Also to whoever owned that cool looking blue and white 56 Chevy and the 62? Nash Metropolitan.
Also met Jerry Miles' friend and good surfin' buddy from the 60s, Dave Griffin. Thanks Dave for being there.
Also thanks to our semi-regulars Tom Bell HHS58, Norval Vorhis HHS59, and Don Scheliga HHS62.
I've probably missed a few new ones, sorry about that, but thanks for coming out and being a part of Cruise Night. Thanks very much too, to all our regulars for being there.
I feel very fortunate to have, and continue to make, lots of good friends through Cougartown, and I hear stories along the same lines from many of you too. Cougartown has been a nostalgic blessing for me, and I know, for lots of others. For that I'm very thankful.
Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2009, 10:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Downey Ca
Message: Hey Cougs, Pinky used to ride a two wheeler, but liked to have his liquid breaks, and lunches, fell off too many times, couldn't lift that old Hog upright, so they put him on the 3 wheeler. Was told to me by quite a few oldtimers that hung around Eddings Bros. & Allied Auto. Later Don
Name: Jolene Vallejo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2009, 4:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lawndale, CA
Message: Good news everyone - HHS interviewed football head coaches this last Monday - Looks like it is out with the old and in with the new - Hopefully this will be a positive change for our school - One of the applicant's was an HHS alumni and I think that they might bring him in as an assistant - Wish us luck for next season - My son has one more year to play and I hope it is a good one for him - GO COUGARS!!!
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2009, 7:42 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Coves, Ca
Message: Hey John Boy; Is that "Pinky" (old Hawthorne PD) standing next to the three wheeler in front of Penney's? I know this story, (urban legend) but does anyone else? Question, why was "Pinky" assigned to permanent duty on the three wheel motorcycle for ticketing parking violaters in Hawthorne for the latter years of his career?
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2009, 11:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Clemente, CA
Message: Yes Keith let's hear the story about the bike rack again. For a moment there I thought Michael Kratz was quoting the DB from 40 years ago!!!
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2009, 6:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vegas
Message: From the Daily Breeze: A boy got his head stuck Thursday in a storm drain in Hawthorne and had to be rescued by firefighters. The mishap occurred near South Kornblum Avenue and West 132nd Street, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mike Brown. Rescue crews arrived about 4 p.m. "The boy was extricated at 4:20 p.m. and taken to a hospital for treatment" of minor injuries, Brown said. Reminds me of some "Stupid Human Tricks," I did when I was young. One of them was at Hawthorne Intermediate, along with some friends we slip through the zizzor gate near the office. I got my body through but couldn't get my head through, I was stuck for awhile, I think my ears were in the way! OK! Lets hear from my fellow Cougars of some of their "Stupid Human Tricks."
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2009, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Stagecoach, NV
Message: Cheryle, I remember you well, I don't remember how we became friends but I remember ditching school with you. Oops, the cat is out of the bag. Boy did I get in trouble over that. Cindy
Name: Cheryle King ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2009, 6:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Clarita, CA
Message: This is WAY cool!!! I kind of stumbled on it and wow what memories! I don't know who or when, but someone was looking for me. Let me know who you are. Hey, does anyone remember the Wich Stand? How about A&W? I love this!!!
Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2009, 6:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Downey, Ca
Message: Hey Cougs, I am sorry to say I will miss the cruise on Saturday, I have out of town guests coming in the am, so I will see everyone at the August cruise. Later Don
Name: Jake N Jude ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2009, 4:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: KUNA, ID
Message: Just an update on Ida's condition. Doing swell! Boy have you heard that phrase in awhile? SWELL? But shes off her walker and wheel chair and nocking the crap out of me with her cane. Jeez she should fight fair! But good to see that shes up and going. I don't want to have to mow the yard again this year. She has done it for 2 or 3 of the last few years. I'm going to claim exhaustion if she can't do her job and I guess if she won't do it, we give this land back to the critters. Maybe? MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Name: Debbie Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2009, 1:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: John, the memories I get from this site are amazing!! I hadn't thought about BBQ Pete's for years but it was one of my mother's favorite places. By the way, she was an avid "go-ahead" wearer. She wore them (the rubber ones) till her later years, when we had to hide them from her because she kept tripping on them!(geeze, is that what I have to look forward to???). Hey Clark, you should have stopped by my office if you were on campus yesterday, don't let all those shootings scare you off! :-)
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2009, 10:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hi All. Had a fun time yesterday had Lunch with Clark Millman Class of 76 at my work yesterday. It is good to re-connect with old friends. See everyone on Saturday (now all I have to worry about is how bad I will violate my new diet, do I get the single dip cone......or the double Dipcone ..... hu...mmm ....a single or double burger ... or((e) all the above)
Name: Dawn Moffett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 11, 2009, 8:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Simi Valley, Ca.
Message: Hey Cougs! This Friday is so important to our state! It is "Pink Friday" a day to help spread the word that California is going to loose 17,000 teachers at the end of this school year. Many districts are raising class size, including up to 40 in a high school class. Our students deserve better! Check out www.pinkfriday09.org - join in and help preserve our future.
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 11, 2009, 3:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Carson, CA
Message: Jim Frederick of Hawaii got me to thinking about some things that are redundant. I was in an auto parts store some time ago looking for a tire pressure guage. What I saw was a clear indication that "A sucker is born every minute. They had guages for "Radial Tires, Low Profile Tires, Bias Belted Tires, Truck Tires, Car Tires. Looking at the guages I couldn't tell the difference between them; they all would fit the valve stem on any tire, however, the prices varied by about $3.00 from one 'type' to another. Unbelievable. See you at Foster's
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2009, 8:48 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut
Message: Hi John, my mother, who now lives with me, just told me a story that I haven't heard before, when she was expecting me, (I really don't like the word "pr----nt") she and her aunt Josephine, who was also expecting Danny Kieffer, walked to the Lennox theater to see Gone With The Wind. Later when I was around eleven or twelve years old, my uncle told me that the theater was also used as a "cat house." Can anyone comment on that? I remember going upstairs to the restrooms, which was pretty old looking, so, the theater had been around for a long time. BTW, my mom used to work at the hamburger stand on the corner of Hawthorne and Imperial. She also worked at the hamburger stand across the street from Sears. Sorry for just rambling.
Name: Cliff Hitchcock ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2009, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Northridge, Ca.
Message: BBQ Pete was a great place to eat. Their BBQ was as good as any and better than most. What is fascinating about the current set of pictures is to see the changes the buildiing went thru. It appears that the 1957 building is the same structure as the 1954 picture but with "The Circle Room" added on. I assume that was a bar/lounge. Perhaps owned by the same folks as BBQ Petes? In the 66 picture, the Circle Room appears to be swallowed by the BBQ Petes Expansion. But what is very cool to me is the architecture that BBQ Petes had. Very 60s deco with very cool and distinctive signage. This building always reminded me of Panns on La Tijera. although very different food the buildings were just different enough to be interesting.
Name: Tammy Nichols ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2009, 1:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach CA
Message: John, Nice picture of you and Bob at Leuzinger's Memorabilia Day. I'm local again and would like to meet you in person someday.
Name: Adrianne DeAlejandro ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2009, 9:32 am - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Like so many, my family went to BBQ Pete's frequently. Mom and dad would always comment that Pete would stand over the diners to kinda rush them along so others could get in. We really loved the food. At 19, I became friends with a girl who introduced me to Pete's son, Chris Petri. He was around my age, and the kindest, gentlest, guy. We would cruise the blvd. every night. The Petri home was directly behind the restaurant parking lot in this most recent photo.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2009, 12:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Well, I tried it, I wore Sharon's thong over the weekend...I tell ya the boys at Old Mans loved the way the rubber sole covered my plumbers thing!! Thanks for the tip!
Name: Karen Lemaistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2009, 9:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: I received word last night that Larry Chavez (Class of 1971) passed away. His services will be held this Thursday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m. - Rice Mortuary located at 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503,(310) 792-7599. Larry, May you rest peace my friend.
Name: Jim Hess ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2009, 9:17 am - HHS Time
City & State: bishop, ca
Message: I'm just returning from Alabama and watching the Davis Cup, and glad to re-inforce the fact that HHS influence was felt here in a Big Way. Wayne Bryan's (class of 65) twin boys (number one doubles team in the world) helped the US defeat the Swiss here in Birmingham. I was able to see and visit with his parents as well as his brother Carl (66) and Carl's wife Shelly (67). The team is on to Croatia and a possible return of the Cup to us this year.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 8, 2009, 9:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: Thanks to Vicky, Sharon, and Paul for sharing their memories of the Beach Boys and car rally questions I had. I've been spending a lot of time in Hawthorne recently helping my parents with some financial matters and was actually in the old Hawthorne Savings (currently WaMu) building yesterday. It's been fun reading the Feedback page and reminiscing. Does anyone know what's up with the Hawthorne Mall? It looks like there's a Quizno's at the end and not much more. I remember going to a school dance in '77 (Winter Formal?) in the center of the mall with my ruffle shirted light blue tux and having a good time with my HHS girl friend.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 8, 2009, 6:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Has anyone mentioned flip-flops yet. Been off the board for a while and to lazy to go back to the beginning of this thread. Looking forward to seeing everyone at cruise night.
P.S. Jake I love Cabela's best sporting goods store in the country.
Name: Howard "Paco" Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 8, 2009, 11:05 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Jake, I'd trade ya anytime..I just read this morning that "View Master" just went out of business, whata shame. I got mine around the time that "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" was introduced. I remember the 3D was great..Very cool to me, not so cool to my children or grandkids. Congrats on the retirement, fly fishing and golf are a must, and even better if Judy would join you!