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Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 29, 2009, 7:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Greater Los Angeles
No E-mail
Message: An interesting but upsetting article in LA Weekly titled "Silencing Hawthrone High's Musicman - Mr Flaherty" Please read it with a grain of salt as LA Weekly used to be one of the truly great newspapers in California. Founded during the late 1960s, it quickly earned a reputation as both an independent as well as an informative, investigative paper that by the 1970s and 1980s had become a must-read for anyone who wanted to know anything about Southern California politics. They kept up this reputation into the 21st century. But it has been lost, particularly after a merger with the New Times corporation. Perhaps someone out there knows if it is as bad as the LA Weekly reports.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 27, 2009, 7:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
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Message: Today Kathie and I took a trip to Disneyland. We went to our favorite place, Carnation Cafe, for breakfast. We decided to visit the refurbished "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln". If you get a chance take a new look at Lincoln. The performance is nearly back to the original one seen in the '60s. The technology used for his face is amazing. Each word from his mouth is formed with great precision. After exiting the auditorium and before exiting the building take a look at the pictures on the walls. There looking at all the visitors is a picture of Hawthorne's own "Beach Boys".
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 27, 2009, 6:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Here's to everyone out in Cougartown, wishing them a very Happy New year...and especially to you John for creating and giving us the best gift of all...Cougartown. A million thanks could not cover it! Thank you!!!!!
Thanks Jean and you have a very Happy New Year.
Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 27, 2009, 10:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece
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Message: Happy holidays to all the Cougars out there. I just wanted to thank Tommie Whitener publically for helping me to contact "Miss Zalowski" my Russian teacher at HHS. I tried to send an e-mail to Tommie to thank him personally, but he seems to have changed his address. Tommie, please write to me so I can get your new address. Kitty wants to know how you found her - I do too. This site has helped me to get into contact with so many people out of my past and I am very grateful to you, Mr. John Baker, for all your effort in putting Cougartown together. Bless you and all HHS alumni during the holidays, all year, and every year! Jim Peppers
Thanks Jim and Happy New Year to you and your family. Tommie, please update your email address on the Alumni List.
Name: Mark Desherlia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 27, 2009, 2:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: val verde ca.
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Message: Hey Barbara Duran, Charlie and Ellen are just fine and living in Las Vegas NV. Sorry it took so long to let you know. I just noticed it looking at old feedback posts. Take care, i will let them know you asked about them. Mark
I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas now everyone have a safe and happy NEW YEAR 2010 ALREADY HOW TIME FLYS LOL TAKE CARE COUGARS
Hey Mark, You too have a Happy New Year
Name: Sharon Stowe ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 25, 2009, 10:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
City & State: lawndale CA
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Message: My new favorite Christmas Movie is ELF. It has no worries and it just makes me laugh. I am truly grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life, Family, Friends, a Roof over my head and Work that I love. Like so many, my income has suffered this year but I am so glad that I can still do what I love and am surrounded by Family and Friends. I will continue to 'hang in there' with a little help from my friends. May we all get what we need this New Year even if it may not be all that we want! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Sharon.
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 25, 2009, 7:56 am - HHS Time
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 1963
City & State: Havasu Lake, CA
No E-mail
Message: Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year, John and everyone - it's nippy here at Havasu Lake, CA and the tamales are cooking - my favorite Christmas movies are Bishops Wife with Cary Grant and Loretta Young and A Christmas Carol with Allistor Sims as Ebenezor Scrooge, oh and let's throw in White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney - I'm thinking about our troops this morning and sending special prayers their way - God Bless you all!
Hi Lillian, thanks and hope you had a Merry Christmas.
Name: James Armour ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 25, 2009, 5:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Montpellier, France
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Message: Merry Christmas from Montpellier. Some snow in Paris but sunny now here in the south of France. I'm sure its the usual sunny 65 in Hawthorne for Christmas. Favorite Christmas movie would be Charlie Browns Christmas :)
Thanks James and Joyeux Nol to you and yours.
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 9:07 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Tucson, AZ
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Message: Feliz Navidad everybody! I wish a happy new year to all of you and John---thank you. BE SAFE!!!
Hey Ricki, well Fleas Navy Dad right back to you and Jim. Have a wonderful Christmas and the best of New Years.
Name: None Dont Wanna ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 5:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1954
City & State: anywhere
No E-mail
Message: For those fellow Cougars Like me, 2 years ago I lived in a 1 million dollar house. Today my house is a 24 foot RV. and its older than it is long, Someday sooner than later this will work out, And I do so look forward to how things will be, But I am better off than thousands of people, Sleeping out in the cold, I cant imagine how that must be. I am truly Grateful for what I have. Tonight I will sleep in my own bed humble as it is, But so much more luxurious than many others are experiencing. Don't feel bad If you are having the "perfect" Christmas fellow Cougars, Enjoy it and thank God for it as I do. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. A very Merry Christmas to all.
Name: Rick Weaver ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 3:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Bedford, NH
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Message: Merry Christmas Fellow Cougars! I've not checked in for a while so I will catch up here on a variety of topics. We had the aluminum tree too. Each branch wrapped in a custom paper tube for packing. My dad made the multi-color spotlight engineered with his regular rigor. I imagine it would still work today if we still had it. As a boy scout, I worked at the Christmas Tree lot on the West side of Hawthorne Blvd between 134th & 135th for at least a few Christmas seasons. Troop 262. My dad had the great idea of flocking trees with lights on it already so we had to do the lights, flock and deliver the things. What a mess! I'm embarrased to admit that I've never seen "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th St.". I have seen "A Christmas Story". I didn't put my eye out but I did shoot myself in the foot with my Sheridan pellet gun. We did have Christmas Carolers many times when we lived in Manhattan Beach. They usually had a cocktail in hand. Now, in New Hampshire, we ALWAYS have a white Christmas. It is not supposed to snow on Christmas day but it will on the 26th. We still have around a foot of snow on the ground from our last storm so it's still white. So I'm caught-up now and I'll try not to be such a stranger. The heck with "Happy Holidays", MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Hey Rick, You are so correct...Merry Christmas to you and yours, snow or no snow. I'll be in the desert tomorrow so it'll probably dip down into the low 70s
Name: Larry Bach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 3:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Torrance, CA
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Message: Merry Christmas John and to all Cougars. I always find the holiday season somewhat bittersweet and melancholy. In 1968, at this time of year, my cousin and HHS student, Lynn Matteson, died from wounds suffered in Vietnam. Remembering that somber occasion each year makes me appreciate all the things I have to be thankful for and to show compassion towards those facing their own loss or life's low bridges. With my mom's death, two hospital stays related to my cancer surgery and radiation treatment, my son's own malignant brain tumor surgery, and other family challenges, it's been a rough year. Nevertheless, I get to see all my kids tomorrow at the same time and place and a new year is almost here with new hopes and opportunities. Joy and difficult life events aren't mutually exclusive. Best regards to all.
Hang in there Larry. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I've got a feeling your life is due for an upturn.
Name: Steve Hutchins ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 3:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: St. George, Utah
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Message: My favorite Christmas memory: Dec. 1958, my Senior year at HHS. There was this girl that I liked very much, and I was trying to think of an excuse to spend some time with her. I had some Christmas presents to wrap and I thought maybe if I gave her a call and told her about the presents she would invite me over so she could help. I called her and it worked like a charm. I went over and we spent a nice evening, talking and wrapping the presents. The living room was dimly lit in order to highlight the Christmas tree. At the end of the evening we shared a wonderful, long, good-night kiss. I walked out the door into a rather foggy December evening, got into my '53 Merc and drove off, feeling on top of the world! Girl's name omitted to save her possible embarrassment.
Every high school boy's dream right there Steve. Thanks for the story and may the anonymous Hawthorne girl stay that way.
Name: Tom Whitener ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 3:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Novato, CA
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Message: Here's a Christmas present for those of us who so fondly remember Ms. Zalowski. After her stint in California, she returned to Michigan, where she is from, got her PhD and she is now a college professor. She's doing well. Her "official" name now is: Kathryn Zalevsky Kittides, E.D. Her email address is kittika@earthlink.net. Merry Christmas!
Great news there Tom, for all the Zalowski boys from HHS. Thanks for the info and have a Merry Christmas.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 1:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Message: Well Baker Man, once again, I think of you as I take stock of the year past. I see that others do the same and hope that you NEVER tire of hearing how much YOU are appreciated and truly loved for the incredible gift that you have given so many. Because you too have experienced the magic of "the reconnect" you know it's value and I can't help but believe that many of these events would never have happened without CT. And a Cougar Sighting might NEVER have been born (no matter WHAT rules you wish to apply.) I love you John, and I wish you all the joy and wonder that only a Christmas morning with children can bring. Oh yeah, and that little something in your stocking. Tell Ella, Joyce, Kelly and family that the Biermans send Christmas love. XOXOXO
Well geez Sue, how am I supposed to top that Seriously, thank you too Sue for being here for the past decade. I don't know how I'd have done it without you and Sharon just stepping up at every turn. You've made Ctown lots and lots of fun for me and I'm very proud to call you my good friend. I love you too girl. Please stay around for a few more decades, willya, and Merry Christmas to you and Darryl.
Name: Larry, Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 1:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: Merry Christmas John and all Cougars. We Thank you John for all the pleasure you bring into all of our lifes! Thank you again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Love to all and God Bless.........ALWAYS A COUG
Ahh thank you Loretta, my good friend for ages. Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to both you and Larry.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 12:35 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX
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Message: Merry Christmas and warm holiday wishes to all in Cougartown. Hope everyone who is traveling reaches their destination safely. One of my fondest Christmas memories involves a Mattel rifle that shot plastic bullets and glass Christmas tree ornamants. Of the old Christmas movies, I always liked "Christmas in Connecticut".
Sounds like a Mattel Winchester Saddle Gun to me. I always wanted one of those. MAYBE THIS YEAR!! Thanks for sticking around all these years Sharon. You and yours have a Merry Christmas
Name: Jean Macernie ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 12:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Hope everyone has the most merriest Christmas of all!! Notsure if there is a word called merriest, or if I spelled itright....but you know what I mean! Ok, Have the HAPPIEST NewYear of all! I'm on a roll here!
Name: Jan Hyatt ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 11:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Brown
Class: 1963
City & State: Sparta, Mo.
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Message: Merry Christmas and a safe happy and healthy new year to all. We are expecting a white Christmas here, in Sparta, Mo. Thank you John B. for all your hard work on this website. Jan
Thanks Jan and have a Merry Christmas
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 9:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena, AR
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Message: John, I would like to wish you and all the Cougars, a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Also, I want to wish the same to all the Cougars and other service men & women, who are protecting us. Plus, thank you to all that have served, which includes, our public service people, police, fire, and other public sevice personnel, without your dedication to keep us safe, I would not be able to enjoy this Holiday Season. Keep up the good work John... Ray
Thanks Ray and Merry Christmas to the Shelleys of Mena Arkansas.....OK, Tom, Frank, and Dennis too.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 9:23 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC
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Message: We will be spending Christmas in Hawthorne with mom and dad and the rest of the family for a Christmas dinner and gift exchange followed by our traditional crunched up Christmas wrapping paper ball fight, since there are no snow balls to heave. We also will be sharing our newest DVD collection. We took dad's 26 reels of old 16mm home movies and had them transferred to DVDs. Three DVDs captured over 25 years of memories in Hawthorne and are now much easier to enjoy, although a little strange to watch in silence since there's no sound of the Bell and Howell projector in the background. I too would like to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Christmas wrapping paper ball fight? I LOVE IT!! Merry Christmas Tom.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 9:10 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca
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Message: Merry Christmas to all Cougars out there, hope everyone stays safe. Hold your loved ones tight. A special Merry to you John. Blessings to all in 2010.
Right back atcha Sue and Wayne. Have a great one.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2009, 9:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest
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Message: Merry Christmas..I hope this year has been swell to you all. I'm getting ready to leave for Vancouver B.C on the 26th for hockey, that will be my first white Christmas!! My camera bag is stuffed. See ya on 31st, so have a safe New Years..Paco and Sharon Duran
Merry Christmas Paco Dude and Sharon.
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2009, 11:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
City & State: Stagecoach, NV
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Message: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Thank you John for all you do. My thoughts go out to all who keep watch for us. Cindy
Hey Cindy, Glad you're still checking in. Have a Merry Christmas.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2009, 7:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
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Message: It's holiday season again, and Kathie and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Hope you can enjoy the holidays with family.
I will be with mine in La Quinta. You and Kathie have a Merry Christmas too.
Name: Miaaka Deforrest ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2009, 7:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Lester
Class: 1977
City & State: Lone Pine, CA
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Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Cougars out there. Wishing a safe a quick return to those men and women fighting for our continued freedom! Thank you also, is there a date set yet for the next Fosters cruise nite?
Hi Miaaka, Cruise Night will probably be in early to mid March. You have a very Merry and a Happy.

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