Name: Jim Cherry ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 25, 2009, 11:02 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Message: Chuck Connors played for the real Los Angeles Angels back in the 1950's. I saw him play at Wrigley Field many times. Wrigley field was over on Avalon Blvd. At the time the L.A. Angels were one of the farm clubs for the Chicago Cubs.
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 25, 2009, 10:22 am - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Thanks JB -- I've been lost in a world of doubt and confusion but like the Prodigal Son, I've returned to Cougartown. By the way, what's a "siting"?
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 25, 2009, 9:05 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Regarding Chuck Conners, I believe he only played one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but mostly he played with the Chicago Cubs as a first baseman and/or pitch hitter. I love baseball talk!
Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 11:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sherman Oaks, CA
Message: Cougar siting -- on Friday the 13th (March), Brian Bourguignon totally surprised me by driving up from San Diego to catch Which One's Pink? at the House of Blues, Anaheim. He's also coming to the W1P show at the HOB San Diego this Saturday and I got an email from Russ Painter who said he might be coming as well. Then I found Mitch Boley on Facebook and he lives in San Diego so who knows? "Cruise Night" San Diego?
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 5:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Georgie, he also played for the Dodgers..
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 4:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: hermosa
Message: I'm confused...is it the Cockatoo or the Esquire? I see Sylvia Green is playing the organ there and their specialty is Italian food and Continental cuisine....but where's the hotel????
Name: Jerry Skaff ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 4:44 pm - HHS Time
Message: Wanted to let the Cougs know that Alex ('63?) and Arties('67) Mother, Frances, passed on yesterday afternoon . My deepest sympathy to both of them and all the Verduzco Family.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 2:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Bruceville, TX
Message: Car talk is good ....Best car I ever owned was a 67 Mustang that I got in 69. Previous owner had tried to make it look like Eleanor. It had bigger tires on the back than the front. When I was visiting my grandparents in a small (350 pop.) town in Wisconsin, I took it into the Ford dealer to get the oil changed and they did a complimentary tire rotation without asking. When I picked it up, I was talking with the owner and didn't look carefully at the car. First left and I was back getting the tires put where they belonged.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 2:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, Jim Gibson; Rumor control says that "The Rifleman" lived and played in West Hollywood LOL. He, Chuck Connors, at one time, was a pretty good baseball player for the old "Hollywood Stars" baseball team, I believe a first baseman.
Name: Billy Cusac ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 24, 2009, 2:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Message: Where is Karen Zaccaglini?
Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2009, 6:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman AZ
Message: Car talk! I love car talk, If you can't understand it look at the very first drag down window its right at the top! I vote let the thread roll I'm dying for Input! ;D
Name: Bob Stevenson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2009, 12:42 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LAKEWOOD, CA
Message: Just wondering if anyone went to the car show Sat @ Huntington Beach? It was cold but a lot of cars were there. Bob Stevenson Class of 63
Name: Jim Gibson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2009, 11:28 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redding, CA
Message: Just noticed Randy Moore lives in North Fork, CA. Isn't that where Lucas McCain (The Rifleman)and his son, Mark, lived? Or was it some other state? - Gibby -
Name: Paul Dubois ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2009, 10:22 am - HHS Time
City & State: los osos ca
Message: George Johnson wondered about keeping 4-97's in sync. You can't put your foot into it off idle, otherwise it will stall and spit back when it's cold. Once you get the engine up off idle it's OK. The kinetic energy in the flow of air overcomes the overlap of the valves in the cylinder. That's how you blow their doors off. I've worked and had fun in every venue of auto racing except Nascar and Formula 1. It all started in my Dad's shop in Hawthorne. My brother Ralph (Leuzinger'49) drag raced boats, he had the "Woodpecker" a flat-bottom drag boat in the 60's. I was a motor man at Indianapolis for Cosworth in the 70's & 80's. Keep learning and questioning that's what makes you competitive. Thanks George for rattling my memories. Paul Dubois(Leuzinger '52)
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 23, 2009, 10:01 am - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: We enjoyed Green Farms BBQ almost every Sunday dinner for many, many years! Those were the days mom prepared 20 meals a week for a family of seven. For the 21st meal, dad would always be in charge taking us to the McDonalds a few miles away on El Segundo and ?, close to the 110 fwy, or to Shakees to hear the rag time piano player and fill up on some Canadian Bacon Pizza with mojo potatoes, or more often than not to pick up a Green Farms BBQ chicken with extra BBQ sauce. My mom and dad still live in the same house they bought in 1952 for $9,000. I think my mom's current dentist is where Green Farms use to be.
Name: Belinda Black ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 22, 2009, 6:52 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Ferris, TX
Message: Oh my! My sister (Leslie Black) told me about this website and just looking at the photos sure does bring back memories that I forgot I have. You all know, it's an age thing.
Name: Randy Moore ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 22, 2009, 5:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: North Fork, Ca.
Message: Hi John. Speaking of BB-Q restaurants lets not forget Green Farms BB-Q, on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. & 132nd street, next door to Moore's Jewelers (no relation to me). The owner's name was Sid Schwartz. Sid was a classic, one could write a TV Sit-com about him. His manager, and later co-owner Gino was great fun. Lots of HHS guys worked there: Me, Paul Clark I think, maybe Woody McCain and no doubt many, many others. Cougartown always takes me right back to that place in memory..Hawthorne in the 60's surfing our South Bay Beaches, cruising Haw. Blvd in Jim Parchen's awesome 1966 Chevy 396, The Drop in, and Memorial Center Dances. Thanks John. Randy Moore, class of 1967
Name: Joyce Savisky ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 22, 2009, 4:18 pm - HHS Time
City & State: La Mirada,Ca.
Message: Cougar Sighting, As we were waiting for a concert to begin I said to my friend, Bill Shultz '63, I think that person went to HHS, but from a distance I wasn't sure. Then when they sat down in front of us he asked her, and so I said, you're Shirley Roy!'62. She was so surprised and happy to see us. She said that her friend was also an alumni, Carol Mullen '63. We had a nice chat after and took pictures with my camera phone, but they didn't come out very clear. We exchanged numbers and have kept in touch. We actually saw them again when we attended the Leslie Gore concert.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2009, 3:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, Paul Dubois; Trying to keep three 97's in sync would be hard enough, you must have had a devil of a time keeping four 97's in sync, and be able to keep the car at idle, without stalling all the time.
Name: Paul Dubois ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2009, 11:38 am - HHS Time
City & State: Los Osos, CA
Message: Early 50's street racing. Cruising Hawthorne Blvd up into Inglewood (Sally's Drive In) and then back down to the Lighthouse on Rosecrans in Lawndale. Jack's drive In in Gardena on Crenshaw, good racing. Drag racing on W 120th and Broadway between Prairie & Crenshaw. Shell chemical plant on Broadway & Main. No seat belts, no helmets, no goggles and illegal but it was done. My brother Ralph (Leuzinger '49) had a 33 Dodge coupe with a flat head Ford engine with a Scott supercharger under the hood, 2- 97 Stromberg carburetors on top with a Vertex magneto. It was a real sleeper, engine conversion at that time was very rare. I had a 36 Ford with a flat head, started with 2 -97 carburetors, then I got a 3 Carburetor manifold and ended up with a 4 carburetor manifold. It was a good runner. Made 88 mph at Santa Ana Drags in the early 50's with everything stock on the inside. I got a speed contest ticket in Inglewood in 53 or 54 and it cost $50.00, a lot of money!! That was all I had with me when the judge wanted to make an example and tried to discourage street racing in Inglewood. By todays standards we weren't going very fast, up to 80mph when conditions permitted. THanks HHS you have a great website. Paul Dubois Leuzinger '52
Name: John Norman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2009, 8:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mira Loma Ca.
Message: No John, Hector is on the left.
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 21, 2009, 7:20 am - HHS Time
City & State: Parker, AZ
Message: The Eucalyptus Park pictures brought back a lot of memories. I can blame the carom games for leading to many wasted hours in seedy bars, shooting numbered balls around on a felt covered slate table. And let's not forget the cement turtles that we'd dig under and then try to suffocate ourselves by closing in all the openings with sand. It's surprising we didn't suffer brain damage from the lack of oxygen. . . . . But now that I think about it??????
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2009, 11:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: crestview, fl
Message: After a recent cross country trip from FLORIDA to So-Cal & back, the idea of open roads here in America seem to offer more to me than ever before- if you get a chance watch TCM look for Two Lane Blacktop. It is the best film to capture the iconic early 70's "hot rod" era. Besides featuring James Taylor, it also showcases a brilliant young (Cougar) Dennis Wilson, If you have never seen TWO LANE BLACKTOP then WATCH IT! If you can find a DVD or VHS copy Buy IT! This is one of the rarest films to ever have a Beach Boy in the main cast! GO here
Name: Roger Richmond ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2009, 9:21 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Message: Great photo of dedication of Eucalyptus park... I believe the girl is Cathy Rouse. I spent a lot of time at the school, the park, and have some great memories of Hawthorne. My Dad, who is now 88 still lives in the house my brother Larry(HHS 63) and I were raised in on Truro. In addition, I think Hector Carillo took the photo even though he was only in second grade.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2009, 6:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Congratulations Doug Wingo. The Phone Phactory won?t be the same without you. Enjoy your retirement. Great picture of Eucalyptus Park. I celebrated several great birthdays there with my buddies as a young lad. Hiding under the turtle was always the best.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2009, 12:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Happy retirement to Doug Wingo, another at&t dude on the loose!!
Name: Cynthia Valencia ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2009, 11:22 am - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Message: My family and I are wondering if anyone knows the name of the dry cleaner owner who ran the business Imperial Hwy right before Hawthorne Blvd. He is memorable because he was a very nice man but also because he had bulgy eyes that were bloodshot and a very gravelly voice. We would go there with our dad (the older three of us) and chat with him while we turned in our clothing items. It was in the 1950's. I don't remember the name of the cleaners but I would remember his name if I heard it.
Name: Les Ward ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 20, 2009, 10:53 am - HHS Time
City & State: Kalaheo, Hawaii
Message: Hey Gang, Just thought I would see if I could jog a few of us "58" ers. Haven't checked in in a while. All is well here in Hawaii. Les Ward (Black 59 El Camino )