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Name: Alan Hauge ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 18, 2009, 2:00 am - HHS Time
City & State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: Hey where has everybody been? I opened up my old shop on Imperial ready to letter the sides of the HHS cruisers and no one showed. Like I did 50 years ago. What happened? I'll wait another week and if no one shows I'll start designing a new HHS T-Shirt. Alan HaugeHHS 1961
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 7:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Thanks John, but I'm perfectly capable of pieing my own type. I've had lots of experience!! This discussion of the boat in the backyard may be 2 different boats. The one I remember was, I believe, on 126th st about 2 or 3 blocks east of Birch. We lived on Birch just north of 126th and I can remember walking by that boat many times. The one I'm referring to was a steel boat, maybe 40 or 42 ft. long. I never saw much progress on it and never knew what happened to it.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 4:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: I was at "Martin Sprints Letterpress" print shop today in Gardena, CA to look at some printing equipment he has for sale. While we were talking, Martin's wife came in. I introduced myself to her and explained why I was there and that I was reestablishing my letterpress printing business. I mentioned that I had worked in my father's shop in the early 50's in Hawthorne. When I said Hawthorne, her eyes lit up. Yes, indeed, she is a HHS alum. Madeline Sprints (Kamens) HHS '60. We had a nice time throwing names back and forth; some of which I knew and some I didn't. It's amazing how in high school a couple of grades difference was like the eternal gap. She also mentioned her brothers, Stanley and Harvey. But she couldn't remember their graduation years. I told her about the site so I'm sure she'll be checking on some old friends soon. Merry Christmas to all! Tom
Name: Laura Wang ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 4:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: PV, CA
Message: My typo -- sailboat was at 122nd between Menlo and Freeman. You'd think I'd know my own streets . . . probably got confused because there is a mall there now. :-)
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 1:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: I just watched the "25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert on HBO", man was that cool! Really liked "Little Anthony and the Imperials"..And my favorite, "Just two kinds of people in the world" and of course "Dion and Fergie.." Send me your pics! Gotta go buy "Christmas Burrito" mixin's.
Name: Kirk Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 12:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Snowy Colorado
Message: The sail boat at 126 and Menlo, yep it sailed its way far away. when I worked for the City of Hawthorne, Kurt Pettlon took me over to see this great work of art. the old gentlemen worked on it for years, I believed he worked for Northrop then retired in the 80s. having more time to finish the boat. It was so beauitful inside. He then got a slip down in Redondo and after some help from neighbors and city employees took his boat to places unknown.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 9:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, John Boy; I'm reading all this great CHRISTmas stuff from the HHS contributors and it takes me back in time, too far back actually, makes me feel really old (probably because I am). But, as I recall as a young kid, all my CHRISTmas's were great, some were just greater than others, I guess I just wasn't smart enough to know a bad one from a good one. Jorge
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 8:10 am - HHS Time
City & State: Surf City, California
Message: When I was young the family would go to the fire station, Headquarters at the Plaza Square, for the Firemen's Christmas Party. All the families would be there, many future HHS Alumni. Food, rides on the old trucks, games and a visit from Santa. There were gifts for all the kids. If there was a call, the firemen would respond and we'd have to wait until they returned to pass out the gifts. The south side of the grounds, El Segundo Blvd side, was decorated like the North Pole and kids from all over Hawthorne would come and tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Fond memories of Christmas' past. Wishing all Cougs and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. JB, again, Thanks for all you do!! Peace to all, Wade
Name: James Cicalese ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2009, 6:10 am - HHS Time
City & State: lakewood ca
Message: To all the Cougars. This is the time of year when we look back at fond memories with childrens eyes. Now that we are adults we tend to view life less fondly. With all that has happened these last few years we need to see life with childrens eyes again. Embrace your friends and family and renew those memories while making new ones. Give thanks that we made it through the year and we have friends (Cougartown) and family. Sorry for being preachy but the season brings it out in me. Happy Holidays to everyone and happy new year
Name: Wayne Dickey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2009, 8:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: La Palma, Ca
Message: Christmas always brings out the best in me. I mean like breaking out the accordian to play my grand children Christmas carols. No matter how many times I bring it out they still love it. Years ago when my daughters were teenagers, I would dress like Santa and they like elves, and we together would visit the veteran hospitals in the area. The girls would pass out candy (which I bought), and I would walk through the hospital playing for all the vets there. What a joyful time that was. Remember all that we have to be thankful for. Merry Christmas, and to all a good night, Wayne
Name: Mari Davis ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2009, 4:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lubbock, TX
Message: Merry Christmas fellow elves! Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2009, 11:32 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Thank you for your kind words, John. And I would like to add that you can make a return journey to Santa?s Village as it is also part of the collection. But don?t blame me for the music on that one. YouTube made me change it due to copyright violations.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2009, 9:02 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: If you happen to be sitting around wrapping presents, drinking eggnog, and getting nostalgic, I would like to recommend to you that you might find some of your Christmas memories in a couple of the Cougartown videos. A Hawthorne 50?s Christmas includes aluminum Christmas trees and lots of cheesy plastic decorations along with children and families enjoying that special time of year. Another Hawthorne 50?s Christmas features Christmas parades in Hollywood and Inglewood from long ago. You might even see yourself as a child as the Christmas dragon proceeds down the main drag in Inglewood. Once again, Merry Christmas all and enjoy the holiday season.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 15, 2009, 11:17 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: As a little kid we had the fake silver tree with that spinning color wheel. We really dressed up our house and I can still remember how neat it was. After my parents bought our cabin in Running Springs we started to get a "live" tree. They were so small compared to the fake one. The neat thing is we would go up to our cabin after Christmas and plant it on our property. Later on we had a few Christmas's at our cabin. That was great having a white Christmas.
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 15, 2009, 7:43 pm - HHS Time
City & State: crestview, florida
Message: attention Cougars network- I try to avoid the "bad" news, but for those who know/knew Susan Mina class of 1972 HHS Susan sent me a reply to an email Today I guess she is having Open Heart Surgery, the message was brief & on a text - she is in Torrance little Company of Mary Hospital I think room 275 , I also have a phone number - if anyone replies to me (email) I will forward the number so you may check on her there ... I worked with Susan when we were in Theater /Drama production at Hawthorne- And later in the late seventies she lived right next door to me on Freeman Avenue- It would be nice if someone on the left coast would contact her - if you knew her...Thanks
Name: Jean Macernie ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2009, 6:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Albq NM
Message: Every year we would have a real tree. I remember the lights on it looked like poinsettas with long tubes with bubbly water or whatever was in it. All sorts of colors. My most memorable Christmas was in 1956. Our family drove to La Mesa NM to have Christmas with my Grandmother, who we called Nana. La mesa is a very small town of around 75 people, maybe less. Its outside of Las Cruces. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner, the Christmas tree and a fire burning in the fire place. It was snowing outside...my first! To top it off Christmas carolers came by. That was another first for me. When we went to bed my dad went outside with some bells to convince us that Santa was there and we had better get to sleep. I remember this Christmas like it was yesterday. How many of you ever went Christmas caroling in Hawthorne? I remember doing that a few times with my sister. A few kids would join in with us. I think Janis Freeman was there too. I remember during winter, if it got cold outside we would run outside in the morning to see if we could build a snowman from the frost on the grass....Maybe a 1 inch one!!! Have a Merry Christmas and New Year!!!!
Name: Susan Walling ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2009, 5:04 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Rosa, CA
Message: For those wishing to leave a message for Tim Miller's Family, please follow this link
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2009, 3:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: I've been enjoying reading everyones early Christmas memories. My most memorable Christmas was one of a lot of firsts. When I was 10, the family went to Kalispell, Montana to spend Christmas with my Dads family. This was my first White Christmas. As long as I can remember, my folks had this white aluminum Christmas tree that they would decorate with blue ornaments and silver tinsel, while shining the color wheel at it. In Montana, we traveled to my aunts cabin on one of the lakes and took snowmobiles and found our perfect Christmas tree. We chopped it down, hauled it back to the cabin, then hauled to my Grandmas house. This was my first real Christmas tree! We had to put it in the covered sun porch for it to thaw out first before we could bring it into the house. It was also the first time I made a snowman. Not to be outdone by my sister and I, my Dad decided to make his own snowman, or I should say snow-woman. Dad refered to her as Myra Breckinridge, so this snow lady was stacked! Meanwhile, my Grandmother would bake fresh bread and cookies! Talk about the aromas in that house. I really don't remember what I got for Christmas that year, but it didn't matter, because I came home with a wonderful memory of Christmas in the snow.
Name: Susan Walling ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2009, 1:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Rosa, CA
Message: I'm devastated to report that on Friday, December 4th my best friends and HHS Grads were involved in a tragic freak accident along with their children and a young friend in Lake Havasu City where they live. Tim Miller did not survive the accident. Cindy (Leonard) Miller and their two sons and young friend are recovering. Services for Tim will be held on Saturday, December 19 in Lake Havasu. My love and prayers go out to their families.
Name: Al Rocca ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2009, 11:15 am - HHS Time
City & State: Mesa, Arizona
Message: I haven't had a chance to get by very often but just wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Take care all
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 12, 2009, 11:43 am - HHS Time
City & State: Crestview Florida
Message:Here is a short You Tube of a local Christmas Tree Lot
that became a local tradition around Hawthorne area from the 70's from my old photos - Merry Christmas & Have a Cool Yule
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 12, 2009, 11:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hesperia Ca
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A WONDERFUL "OLD" FRIEND....CODY SOARES. I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY, LOVE YOU
Name: Karen Sullivan Koch ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2009, 9:07 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach
Message: To Bonnie Lou Simmons Cozby, Eric and I are really sorry to hear about your Mom's death. She was a fun lady and Eric has many memories of growing up next door to you. I remember your great Christmas decorations.
Name: Bonnie Lou Cozby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2009, 6:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Ocean Park
Message: I worked one winter at the tree lot by the railroad tracks. The Christmas of 1971 was especially cold. I had long johns under my army pants and jacket and was looking "lovely". I was surprised by a visit from my old boyfriend's dad and then, there he was...Charlie Cozby ('69), back home on leave from New York and radar-man school in the Coast Guard. We hadn't seen each other for almost a year, but that Christmas Eve he proposed, and we were married in April 1972. That was a good Christmas too.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2009, 5:27 pm - HHS Time
Message: We always got our tree from Imperial Farms Market. We had to wait until a week before Christmas to put it up even when we bought it earlier. That was torture waiting to decorate. We had to store it in the shed. The douglas fir trees then were sad compared to todays trees. They were lanky and not very full but in my childs mind it was always beautiful. It was usually about 5' tall and cost about $2.00 or less. I still remember visiting Santa at the Sears store and getting a stocking with candy and we didn't have to pay for anything.