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Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 14, 2009, 7:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to my "Little" sister Patt!
Happy Birthday Patttttt
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 6:57 pm - HHS Time
City & State: solvang
Message: OK Grand babies Landon and Logan arrived this morning to Colby and AMie 6 weeks early. No more grand babies on the horizon at this time but we'll keep you apprised. All are doing well but premature twins need attention and some respiratory supervision. We can always use your prayers for the continued good health of all. Thanks and as Red Skelton would say, "May God Bless you."
Well congratulations AGAIN, Jimbo and right on my daughter Kelly's Birthday too. I think you have more grandkids than me now
Name: Kell C ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 6:30 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Currie
Class: 1967
City & State: Englewood, OR
Message: For those of you who knew Tim Cleeton Class of 1968. I'm sorry to say he passed Oct 10th in Bandon, OR. He was one of the best. He will be missed by all his Cougar friends here in Oregon. RIP Tim
Hi Kell, Always tough to lose our friends, but childhood friends, to me, are the toughest. Thanks very much for the information.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita
Message: Paco just sent me this link to a small Picnic video and to our March Cruise Night. Please take a look.
Name: Art Lamere ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 3:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bettendorf
No E-mail
Message: Well I will be coming to California friday a week late, however it will be to see my mom in Poway. She is not doing very well. I will be in LA for the weekend, then Poway for a few days then back home. One of the fast trips. Have a good week all. Art
Thanks Art, and hope Mom will be feeling better when you arrive.
Name: Kathy Corral ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 2:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ball
Class: 1971
City & State: Boonville, California
Message: I would like to thank everyone involved in maintaining and adding to this Cougartown site. I recently sold the "Family Home" on 123rd Place. I know that many of us have already been through this. My brother Bob and I had a lifetime of great memories of growing up in Del Aire. I moved to Northern California many years ago, but still had family that kept me close to the neighborhood. Now that I have no real connection any longer, I truly appreciate being able to check in regularly and share in all of your memories. Folbs, Tinkertown, The Boston Store, Melody Music and the big old Thriftymart T are in my mind like they were just there yesterday. Thank you again for allowing me to share in your memories.
Hi Kathy, Thanks very much and that is exactly what Cougartown is all about. Check in anytime.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 12:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Hey Sharon, glad you had a great time at the picnic. Had I known Rick Bainbridge was there, I might have come too. I thought I was the only one who had a crush on him? I think he drove a really old buick or ford with a license frame that said "Mafia Car" Geez, I remember that, but I don't remember where I put my keys? Hope everyone is keeping dry and warm.
Name: Jessie Koehn ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 11:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Corral
Class: 1974
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Hey Sharon Leach...tell us the name of your dog grooming business...there may be some Cougars out that way that would like to get their dog groomed!
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 13, 2009, 9:47 am - HHS Time
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach ca
Message: I wish I could have been at the picnic, but I have started a dog grooming business and have to work on Saturdays now. I love what I am doing and don't mind Sats. I take Sun & Mon off. Glad all had a great time.
Name: Sharon Bierman Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 12, 2009, 7:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Maui Wowee
Message: Did I happen to mention that I'm in Maui? hahahahahaha about 85 degrees today, a nice wind to mix it up and the humidity is down. ocean front resort, geez, do I really have to walk 30 steps to the sand? okay, enough of that, i just couldn't resist. LOVED the picnic, meeting old friends and new, we had a great turnout, and as always I had so much fun I can hardly stand it!!! thank you all for coming out. The ginger cookies were OMG amazing, the apple cake divine, the rum cake HEAVENLY, the fudge sinfully delicious. The pineapple cake was- well, okay, but it really needed some RUM to make it sizzle! next time! Carmen and Carol Fischler joined us at their first Cougartown picnic and had a wonderful time- let this be a lesson to all you lurkers who don't come out to join in the fun- in the words of a famous Governator, they'll be back! Dennis Rigdon, minus the walker, what a pleasure to meet you! ALL of the Bainbridge family: Steve, Mike, Kathy, and Rick (who came all the way from Georgia to spend his birthday with us and ended up giving us all back and neck rubs-what a gift!!!) Did I mention I had the BIGGEST crush on Rick in the 8th grade, lucky for him he was clueless. In the words of a famous mayor, I love you each, I love you all!
Hey Sharon, Thanks for all the help at the picnic and have a great time in Maui. Rum or not, I loved your Pineapple cake.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 12, 2009, 2:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: Hi John, We wanted to share our 2 cents about the picnic Saturday. What a great day. Perfect weather and perfect company. Thank you so much for setting it all up. A big thanks also, to the hostesses with the mostesses - Sue and Sharon. What a joy it is to be with them. They just make everybody happy! We got to meet a lot of new Cougar friends. And, those desserts, for those of you who did not make it, you really missed out on a terrific day and eats. Don't forget to share that recipe for the apple cake. It was the best ever!
Hi Karen and Bob, Thanks very much for coming as we had about 50 Cougars show up. Great day in the park. Yes I will share Mom's Apple Cake recipe. Very easy and very good, indeed.
Name: Penny Prouty ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 12, 2009, 12:00 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Prouty
Class: 1962
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Jim Frederick! Glad you are home and your trip was safe! Any chance your documentary will appear somewhere that we will be able to see it? I hope everything went well!
Name: Jim Pasternak ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 11, 2009, 11:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Maui
Message: Jerry Dowell: My sincere sympathies and condolences to the Dowell family. Having had the pleasure of knowing Jerry when I was a "punkie reserve" at Hawthorne Fire, I knew him to be a sensitive man with a "courteous sense of humor," never joking at another's expense. His priorities were in order as he placed his family first. Jerry was also one to "think before he spoke," something practiced by many and mastered by few. Jerry was not a tall man but truly was a "big guy" in the ways that count. Rest in peace, Jerry! Jim
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 11, 2009, 6:59 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Hanalei / West hills
Message: A BIG ALOHA! I just returned from working with my son and crew in Afghanistan on a documentary ! It;s so nice to be back! Sorry i missed a few events (cruise night ,69 reunion , picnic ) Not sure who all those people were in the photos of the 69 reunion! LOL except for Wayne! he never seems to age HA! Must be that good Hawthorne water ... I did get some notice when i wore my HHS T shirt! Many fans of the beach boys know their school! And i want to thank those of you who stayed in touch with me! Sharon, Penny, Bill, and the rest! BE EVER SO THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE! Those people think we are from the future! ... Any way ... I,m with my wonderful family here in Kauai and plan to come back later this week and off to Arizona (no worries Betty, No wing tips just my cowboy boots!) for my big 59 Birthday! (did he say 59? oh my ...) A BIG ALOHA AND MAHALO! Jim ....
Thanks Jim, glad you're back.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 10, 2009, 9:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1977
City & State: mission Viejo, CA
Message: To all the 70's Orange County Cougs. I have not forgotten that a few months ago I said that I would organize a mini reunion for those behind the Orange Curtain. I apologize for not following through. Unfortunately, due to a ongoing family matter, I have not had the time, nor the energy to pursue this endeavor. However, don't despair, things are getting better and I will be able to put something on in the near future. Just stay tuned to Cougartown, and I will pick a date, time and place. I hope everyone had fun at the picnic today. Wish I could've been there, but my oldest son went to his Homecoming dance tonight, so there were corsages to buy, shirts to press and ties to tie. I don't recall Hawthorne having a formal dance for Homecoming. I believe it was pretty casual. But seeing my boy getting ready for a big night, sure brought back memories. Ah, to be 16 again.
Yes, a fine age to have been, once. Thanks Jill
Name: Mary Wells ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 10, 2009, 7:53 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Fee
Class: 1961
City & State: Newton, KS
Message: Hope all had a great time at the picnic today and enjoyed the weather. Its a warm 37 outside this evening.
Thanks Mary, very pleasant Tshirt weather in El Segundo today.
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 10, 2009, 6:36 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, California
Message: Thank you, John, and everyone else, for a lovely picnic, today. It was so nice to get together with our friends, and enjoy good fellowship (and good food), and the weather even cooperated. Take care, everyone. We'll get together, soon again. As ever, Linda
Well thank YOU Linda for being there too. We had about 45 on our sign in roster. Thanks very much to all our Cougars for being there today.
Name: Art Lamere ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 10, 2009, 8:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bettendorf Ia
No E-mail
Message: I hope you all that are going today enjoy the weather, winter has arrived in Iowa today. I was driving to Des Moines this morning and could figure out what was flying in top the windshield (Snow) before Halloween. Well have fun I may be out there to see my mom who is going through cancer treatment sometime early Nov. Have fun guys. Art
Thanks Art
Name: Rick Weaver ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 10, 2009, 7:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bedford, NH
Message: Hello Fellow Cougs, this morning I was checking my Facebook account and was saddened to read a posting by my friend and former neighbor MaryAnn Dowell (Class of '74) which read: "My dad, Gerald C. Dowell (Jerry), passed away this morning at the VA hospital in Prescott. I can't even describe the incredible loss I feel and the gift to be able to be with him this week through the process. I will miss him dearly. I love you, Dad. He will be honored with a 21-gun salute ceremony at a later date." I remember Mr. Dowell and he was a good man. My condolences go out to Teri, MaryAnn and Mike.
So sorry for the loss of Mr. Dowell. Our sincere condolences to the Dowell family in this tough time. Thanks very much Rick for the information.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 9, 2009, 6:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: LA
No E-mail
Message: Picnic, picnic, picnic I'm back in town and I'll be at the picnic!
See you there Bob.
Name: Erin O'Brien ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 9, 2009, 5:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Hello, I am from a Hawthorne High family--the O'Briens, who attended HHS, circa 1963 through '65, and I ran across your wonderful Feedback while looking up my grandfather's old bar, The Irish Den. He was Jack O'Brien, who later owned O'Brien's Screens and Glass. It was so nice to see the names in print on your website--validating for me as I was very young. I had hoped to go to HHS as a child, but we moved, however, I have a fond childhhod memory of carrying the Homecoming Queen's robe at a football game in about 1964 or 65. :)
Hey Erin, Welcome, and yes, I too remember the Irish Den on Inglewood Av. but just a little too young to partake at that time. I'm sure there are a few here who have stories, so anyone remembering the Irish Den, please tell a story or two.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 9, 2009, 7:23 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: Wow, Brian Wilson working on George Gershwin stuff - I can't wait! This could be truly amazing music! Betty
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 8, 2009, 11:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Thank you Howard for adding the music to the pictures. Our family was touched and quite surprised. Thank you John for this site.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 8, 2009, 8:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: solvang
Message: Sorry to miss the picnic John but we're having grandsons day Saturday here. And Mr. Dickey a few years ago I ran into Mark Sidoti, he wants a rematch. No accordions!
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 8, 2009, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena
Message: More Brian Wilson news! Beach Boy Brian Wilson to finish Gershwin songs In a surprise union of two quintessentially American composers from different eras - one the 1960s mastermind of "Good Vibrations," the other the Jazz Age creator of "Rhapsody in Blue" - former Beach Boy Brian Wilson has been authorized by the estate of George Gershwin to complete unfinished songs Gershwin left behind when he died in 1937. He plans to finish and record at least two such pieces on an album of Gershwin music he hopes to release next year. The Gershwin-Wilson project may strike some people as an odd coupling: One was a New York musician famous for sophisticated 1920s and '30s pop songs including "'S Wonderful" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" as well as such expansive, classically minded compositions as "Rhapsody," and the other is the driving force behind southern California beach culture hits such as "Surfin' USA," "I Get Around" and "California Girls." But their career paths and evolution of their artistry have common threads, noted people involved with the project, and that gives the proposed collaboration logic. Todd Gershwin, George's great nephew and a trustee of the George Gershwin family trusts, said: "George for his time was a visionary. He certainly crossed genres and musical lines, tried things that hadn't been done before, and Brian Wilson has done exactly the same thing. "Wilson, 67, said he is "thrilled to death." "I'm proud to be able to do it," he said in an interview. "Hopefully I'll be able to do them justice." Todd Gershwin said a collection of several dozen song fragments, ranging from "a few bars to some almost-finished songs and everything in between" had been sitting virtually untouched for more than seven decades. He and other trustees began reaching out in the last year or two to find contemporary artists who might be interested in completing those musical bits and pieces. Wilson, who says "Rhapsody in Blue" is his earliest musical memory, said the pieces he's working with are very likely to remain as instrumentals, and that they easily could wind up as three-minute pop songs. But he's also holding open the possibility of expanding them to more substantive pieces. The Gershwin project grew out of a proposal to Wilson from Walt Disney Records for a two-album contract.
What an honor for Brian Wilson. Thanks Leo for the information.
Name: Fred Newton ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 8, 2009, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Newberg, Or
Message: I'm writing to answer a question I found on a way earlier feedback page. As a teacher at Washington Elem and Hawthorne Intermediate, and then as assistant principal at Hawthorne Intermediate (1956-1959), I was not, am not, related to George Newton. I remember the name but not the person. This is not to negate the notion that all we Newtons are tied together somehow, somewhere, sometime.
Hi Fred, and WELCOME to Cougartown. It seems if we wait long enough, everyone from our past will show up in our online community. So glad you found us and please feel free to add your thoughts, here, anytime.