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Name: Randy (Randall) Holman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 16, 2009, 2:05 am - HHS Time
Class: 1979
City & State: Nova Scotia, Canada
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Message: To all my classmates of the 1979 year. It is with my deepest regret that I will not make it to our reunion this year. The tough economic times have made it hard for us all, and I just can not afford the trip from Nova Scotia, Canada, back to sunny Southern California this summer for this reunion. Best wishes to you all!!!!
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 15, 2009, 11:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
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Message: I want to wish my old buddy, Bob Dewald (class of "66), and his lovely wife Laurie, a happy 40th wedding anniversary and many more.
Happy Anniversary Bob and Laurie!!!
Name: Barbara Zajicek ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 15, 2009, 10:26 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Koran
Class: 1979
City & State: Las Vegas, NV
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Message: I am so glad to have found this web-site. It sure takes me down memory lane to see and hear from those that I attended high school with.
Welcome Barbara, to Cougartown.
Name: Pauline Matthew ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 15, 2009, 9:28 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 1969
City & State: Oak Hills, CA.
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Message: Noreen- My prayers are with you & your family. Please give John my best and wish him a speedy recovery. My son went through head trauma when he was 12 yrs. old. No matter how bad the trauma is, it take's a toll on the family. Hang in there and remember you have the whole Cougar family with you.
Name: Nancy Berry ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 6:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Lamb
Class: 1969
City & State: Vista, CA
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Message: Hey Noreen, I just read your posting about John's health. My brother Al has been to hell and back with brain trauma for the last several years. Hang in there and give all the love you can! I know how hard it is to watch your sibling suffer so much.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 6:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ
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Message: So, hey John, can I get credit for a Cougar dream??? I dreamed about a couple of Cougs from Senior Year, and since I can't attend the Reunion, I was just remembering them. . . . Perhaps a new category???Betty
You mean a dream sighting? Sorry Betty, there's no such thing.....
Name: Nancy Berry ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 5:59 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Lamb
Class: 1969
City & State: Vista, CA
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Message: Looking forward to the 40 year reunion next weekend! Haven't been to a reunion for 20 years. It'll be fun to see so many people from the past.
Name: Enza Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 3:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: San Pedro Hill, CA
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Message: I'm planning a trip to Florence Oregon to visit my brother Nick c/o '74. Any Cougars out in that area? I hear it's a paradise, and the scenery spectacular. Just joined Facebook, got a message from a cousin in Sicily, and that started the whole thing. Had to go to altavista.com to translate, buy hey, my Italian is not as good since my parents are not around to speak to them more frequently/fluently. I'm so not into the twitter, my space, facebook..('got fish', or something of that sort)thingy. But, I hope to find some old work buddies from my Vegas days as a Blackjack Dealer, and perhaps my tenure with American and United Airlines. Can't have enough friends, right?!?! Hope to hear from the Oregon Coug's to fill me in on the happenings in Florence, OR. Might want to leave this rat race and move into the country.... sometime REAL soon since work is not as plentiful as it used to be.
Joined Facebook just to see who was there so if there are Cougs wanting me to be their friends, I hardly ever go there, so please don't take it personally. I'm friends to ALL of you.
Name: Noreen Culley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 11:56 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Crotty
Class: 1972
City & State: Westchester, CA
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Message: I have been getting a lot of Cougar inquiries about my brother, John Crotty (?69). I guess you know that John went in the hospital 12 days ago. He had surgery to scrape out the infection and remove a small portion of the bone. It was suppose to be an overnight stay, but it didn't turn out that way. He is still there. He keeps bleeding and they haven?t been able to stop it. It is unbelievable. I keep telling people that if this were on an episode of House, I would think it was made up. They are still running tests, but they now believe that he has a rare (but treatable) form of blood cancer. He has started treatments. Please keep him in your prayers. I love him so much.
We will Noreen and you keep us updated too. Thanks very much.
Name: Doug Clark ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 8:58 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
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Message: Yes Susan our families do go back along time. I remember the camp outs and riding your dad's old Mustang motorcycles. That got me hooked and I'm still riding and racing. Tony Cherbak's dad was our leader, he did manage to keep us organized and safe. One of my favorite trips was down by the Salton Sea. Someone drove Tacaso's Ford Scout into a canal. We spent most of the trip getting it out. Then we had to make it run so we could drive it home. Scouting was a little different then, at least it was in our troop. The memories are fun. Take care Susan.
Doug, your picture won't show without your class
Name: Mark Wilson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 14, 2009, 8:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1982
City & State: oklahoma city, oklahoma
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Message: anyone from 1980-1982 here? anyone remember dwite mcoy, robert clayton and some others on the football team? i was just thinking of the old school yesterday (i was no# 42 on the team frosh soph)
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 8:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
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Message: I had so much fun!! Thanks for the company George, John and Sharon! Don't forget our new category of Cougar-non-hhs-cougar sighting. Our waiter was a cougar but not of our ilk. So whaddya call that????
A Parallel Cougar Sighting
Name: Stacy Wise ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 5:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wise
Class: 1986
City & State: Torrance Ca
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Message: Just stopped by to see who was out here
Name: Jon M Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 4:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca
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Message: Happy birthday Roger Ridings, see you at the reunion on August 22
Happy Birthday Roger, your Tshirts are on their way.
Name: Sharon Bierman Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 3:52 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente, CA
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Message: John, I want credit for a Cougar Stalking! (I knew you would be there but you didn't know I would be there.) Hey at least in Scouting we'd get a patch. There's gotta be some payoff for making the effort - well aside from the obvious getting to see you, George and Patty. Also need to clarify - those are NOT all my wine glasses- though if we had stayed another 20 minutes you would definitely see at least one more glass on the table!
OK Cougar Stalking it is....
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 2:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santo Barracho Az
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Message: ...OHHHHHHH ! I see John ! Nice move .... You Web Master You !!!! Two hot chicks and throw in a principle to make it look good .... HA ! I guess Susan must have taken the photo (nudge nudge wink wink ) YOU DA MAN JOHN ! And Sharon ! no food dish but is that three wine glasses ? YOU GO GIRL !!! ADIOS MI AMIGOS ! See ya in October .. Jim
Hmmm
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 8:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita
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Message: Yesterday I had the privilege of doing lunch with Mr George Key (Principal), Patty Valencia Saville (HHS74) and Sharon Bierman Branigan (HHS76). We had a fun time just telling stories and reminiscing about our days at good old HHS. Thanks to you all for the fun day. George will be coming to Cruise Night on the 21st so all you George Key fans be sure to be there or you'll be marked as truant.
Name: Elizabeth Aleccia ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 13, 2009, 4:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Estrada
City & State: Redondo Beach
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Message: Hello John and all you generous CTers. You asked me to let you know if and when we found Alex and Artie Verduzco. It turns out that Cougartown is better than Western Union. An hour after you posted my urgent request I began receiving emails and phone calls. It was pretty cool how someone in Arizona read Feedback and called someone else, who called me. The result is Alex has been by his son's side, cooking for him, helping him shower, and generally keeping him company for the past week. My nephew had his second surgery and is recovering nicely. He will walk again and has dreams of playing basketball when this is over. We are grateful. Thanks to everyone who reached out to help us. You're the best! DZ
Hi Liz, So glad you found Artie and it is remarkable how this network of Cougars are all tied together, isn't it. I'm sure we could find just about anyone through our Cougars. Thanks for the reply.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 10:19 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Message: Hey Doug Clark! Nice to see you here! The Biermans and The Clarks go way back! I last saw little sister Jennifer about 20 some years ago (was just looking at a pic of her in a photo album - vacation at Shasta Lake) and I too got a little misty reading the tribute to Mike. I hope you will post in and share some of our York School, cub scout, vacation memories for the gang to enjoy.
Name: Doug Clark ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 12:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
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Message: Dang-it Neil, you made me cry again. Thanks for posting the tribute to my brother. You always have been and always will be a true friend. You're awesome buddy.
Name: April Garnevicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 11:15 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Flick
Class: 1969
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
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Message: So sorry to hear about Charlie Fox's passing away. I hadn't seen him for decades, but I must say I have thought about him from time to time. We used to hang out at the Hawthorne Bowl while our parents bowled and we even went steady for 2 hours!! LMAO. My condolences to his family and friends.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 8:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
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Message: John, I'd like to wish a Happy "60th" Birthday to my sister Patricia Duran Morrow!
Happy Birthday Patricia!!
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 7:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills / Hanalie Hi.
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Message: .... Anyone ever hop on the train ? .. As most know the train came thru HHS and went on to the beach or points east ... It was a quick and exciting way to go to school or the beach . (Well when your 15 it is) .... Anyway one weekend during the watts riots for some dumb reason myself and a few others decided lets go east ! So we jumped the train like the little pros we thought we were and all seemed fine .... We figured if we got into "dangerous territory" we could jump off and catch the west bound or start walking .... Well ... unlike all the times before, the train picked up speed and we were too afraid to make a jump . And before we knew it we were in (you guessed it) Watts ! Now remember this is before cell phones and texting etc, Sooooo we had to find a phone booth and one of us had to make the call (me) and you can imagine the words used by my Dad ! (can't be repeated here on CT) .. Before long a cop saw us looking like scared rabbits... and picked us up and brought us back to the Hawthorne airport terminal where we could safely walk home .... You know we never went east again ... and after my surfboard was run over from the train on our way to the beach I have never jumped another ..... Aloha !
Post Note : I will be leaving to work with my son's documentary film crew next Monday .... Will be in Afganistan for about a month and half ....Have a wonderful reunion ! And Wayne, would you please play my music I requested ? Carlos Sanantana !! Peace out !
Great story Jim, thanks and have a good trip.
Name: Gary Mykkanen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 6:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Brea
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Message: Just a reminder for you old HHS 1962 and 1963 ball players and friends our reunion is this Sat 15th at Lou E Luey's in the Redondo Wharf starting at noon. It looks like we are going to have a good group and all Cougars are welcome. Two of HHS's best coaches will be there Sid and Toby
Sounds like a fun get-together, Gary, and thanks for the reminder.
Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 11, 2009, 1:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece
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Message: Wow, what I wouldn?t give to go to that pancake breakfast. Breakfast is something rare in this country. Pancakes you can get at maybe a Hilton or the like. Thank goodness my wife likes to make pancakes and she makes really good ones from scratch. Enjoy that pancake breakfast at our ol? alma mater. Enjoy one and all. I hope to see some posts about how it all goes down. By the way, are the Hawthorne tax payers still unwilling to support their high school?s sport programs or am I being too na´ve and living in the past when these things didn?t need special private funding and carwashes helped pay for school outings? Anyway, I hope it is successful and I?ll be there in spirit. Have a great one, Jim Peppers
Hey Jim, Maybe we'll all come to your house Saturday morning for pancakes Yes the athletic program still needs funding. I talked with Mark Newell, Principal a couple of days ago and he's still talking about how pleased he was when the Alumni came through for the program last year. If anyone wants to donate to the athletic program again this year, I'll set up the page. and add a link to this page.
Name: Jim Pasternak ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 10, 2009, 11:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Maui
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Message: Richard Hess, Re: your "distress call" post- job status. I'm "off Island" for the first time in 2 yrs, attending to a rental in Castle Rock, Co. (Just down the road a piece they call it "Greasby Country"...but I haven't seen one yet). I wish I'd known of your need for work as I have/had 200' of cedar fence to stain, 70' of trench to dig for rain gutter draining, 2 leaky toilets to fix, a 3-car garage to prime/paint & a basement to finish. After 2 wks I'm nearly Maui bound but would love to have had your help during my stay. You might try Craigs list. I get inundated w/ eager, able guys by offering work under the "Gigs-Labor" category. I pay cash, provide lunch, smokes, cold drinks and of course my "just fun to be around" demeanor. (kidding) You may have better luck with CL than on "John's CT Job Fair." (Or would you?) Your request was a novel idea & a great, first move. That took r e a l guts to publicly reveal your situation on this forum. Way to go! If you're serious, possibly someone on CT & local to you could use a hand. Anyone? I wish you luck, Rich. Jim
Name: Jeanne Carrillo ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 10, 2009, 5:23 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: burk
Class: 1969
City & State: mill creek, wa
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Message: Haven't ckecked in for a long time. To John Crotty, so sorry to hear about your health problems, hang in there. I will keep all good thoughts for your speedy recovery. I, unfortunately, will not be able to attend the 40th reunion and will miss seeing so many old friends. I know you all will have a great time. Hi to all.

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