Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 17, 2010, 8:58 am - HHS Time
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Maaaan!!!, John Boy; This place is starting to sound like the Elephant burial ground. Yes, it's sad that friends get older and pass on, however, that's a fact of life we can't stop and something that is inevitable. We get older and we go on to the next level, whatever that that means. Anyhow, I always keep in mind what the "MICK" said, "if I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself", stolen from Micky Mantle. Jorge
Name: Dori Giuliano ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 11:03 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: With a heavy heart, I am sad to say that my dear friend Jodi Tamburrino passed away this morning. She lost the battle that she fought so hard. It's never easy to understand why the ones we love are taken from us, but I will forever have the gift of a life time of memories we shared growing up. Jodi has two sons, Gilbert and Matthew, and a beautiful granddaughter. Her brothers Steve and Bill Tamburrino are also graduates of HHS.
Name: Les Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 7:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Temecula,CA
Message: It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of such a well-lived life. My prayers go out to the Dye family and my very good friend John Dye (73).
Name: Ingrid Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 7:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Temecula,CA
Message: The Dye family would like to inform everyone that the funeral for Donald "Don" Dye(76) will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 11:00 AM at the Calvary Presbyterian Church 13560 Hawthorne Blvd (next to Hawthorne Hardware Store). The obituary will be posted in the Daily Breeze either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 6:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: Clark, what a great story about Don Dye! I think it is a fitting tribute to Don's memory! I am saddened to hear of his passing. I may be wrong, but I think Don was on Cougar Staff. He use to write feature stories. If I remember correctly, his articles reflected his personality, outgoing, humorous and just having a good time. My condolences to the Dye family. Just goes to show, that you can not take things, people or time for granted.
Name: Steve Maldonado ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 5:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Longview, Washington
Message: Dave Gilman, class of '78 passed away this week. His memorial service is tonight (Saturday) in Newhall. Dave was a quiet, intelligent guy who graduated with my wife Cindy (Ogren, also class of '78) and was my roommate for a while. His sister, Jackie (class of '76) was also a friend of ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 11:49 am - HHS Time
City & State: Wichita, Kansas
Message: I was very sad to see my classmate Don Dye had passed away this week. Our mortality seems all too real when our peers are dying off! I always think it's a shame when a Cougar passes away and many of the other classes from HHS who did not know him/her do not know what we have lost. I can still hear Don's distinctive laugh in the cafeteria as we all had lunch. I have a good Don Dye story that bears telling....It was New Years eve 75-76 and we were all at a huge party at the Greasbys'(When wasn't there a huge part at the Greasbys?) At about 11:30 a bunch of us started talking about the Rose Bowl and Rose parade. Four of us decided that we needed to have the experience of the Rose parade and decided to go. I don't know what made me think I knew the way to get there but I claimed I did so Don, Sal Gumina, and a fourth I cannot remember all piled into my 68 Rambler American and off we went. I got us to Colorado Blvd. but one of the guys said "Clark, we're in Arcadia. I don't think the parade comes out here" After getting directions from various less than sober revelers we found the parade route and were stunned by the million plus people sleeping on the curb for a parade that wouldn't start for six more hours. Being seventeen year olds who knew everything. We pulled onto a side street and found a parking spot and decided to sleep for a couple hours in the car. I had to keep the engine going to keep the heater on as it was freezing! After an hour of trying to sleep we all agreed this was a bad idea and headed for home. Another adventure for our senior year! Don was always up for fun and I'm sure will be missed by many! Don played football and was also in Knights. I hope this gives those who did not know him a little insight into what we were up to in the mid 70s! My condolences go out to the Dye family and especially John and Donna (Spoonga). Sorry Donna, your nickname just popped into my head thirty years later!
Name: Kirk Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 10:34 am - HHS Time
City & State: Colorado Springs CO.
Message: My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Dye Family, Donald was a Teammate, and Good Friend. I will miss him as will all that knew him and his Big Smile.
Name: Loyal Griggs ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 16, 2010, 9:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: Bend, Oregon
Message: I would like to get a message to Mr. Capelouto. I did not have Him for a teacher. but I hit Him in the mid section at noon, and cursed. I could have been expelled, for one, or both. After gaining His composure, He had me go to the end of the line. Thanks Mr. Capelouto, You were the best! Ever: Loyal Griggs--- firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Greg Hill ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 15, 2010, 1:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: First time ever checking in, hoping not to mess this up. I was up in Hawthorne and Torrance last week and was feeling a lil nostalgic. So much has changed but, I guess we have too. Just wanted to wish everyone a great 2010 and was sorry to hear about Greg Sutton. We weren't best friends but, he was a great guy and could always make me laugh. Cool neckerchiefs. I'm sorry for his family's loss. Again, just wanted to say Hi and thanks for all of the good memories.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 15, 2010, 8:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: I just saw where my brothers wife (Ingrid) posted that Donald Dye has just died. I can't believe so many of my friends are dying. Donald and I were good friends in high school. His brother John was a football standout at HHS and my brother and me along with Donald and John would always compete against each other in sports. It was mostly myself and Donald against my brother and John in things like touch football and over the line. Donald was one of the few that my parents liked and invited up to our cabin. I can still remember his face and us talking. He was a regular at the neighborhood gym (Doc's). Last time I saw him was at my brothers wedding which was in the late 90's. He told me a story about him doing an interview on TV. He was a detective I think in Huntington Beach. I considered him one of my best friends in high school. His sister Donna and Denise I remember too. I just believe what is happening to so many of my friends. I have been contacting old friends lately to so I can stay in touch. I wish I would have stayed in touch with Donald more. Same thing with Greg Sutton. Cougars pick up the phone and say hi to old friends. Use zabasearch.com to find people. It is awesome. I recently found my very first love Candace Pakes and talked to her for awhile. My condolences go out to Denise, Donna and John. If anyone can tell me how Donald died please tell me. His parents were also two of the nicest people in the world.
Name: Chris Woods ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 15, 2010, 7:30 am - HHS Time
City & State: St. Louis MO
Message: Hi everyone-- I'm looking for anyone that might have complete collections of the Cougar News for the 1962-1963 session, the 1963-1964 session and possibly the 1964-1965 session. What I'm searching for is any mention of the Beach Boys making appearances at Hawthorne High. (I don't think they made any later appearances, other than the 1969 prom) If you can help, I would like to have copies of the articles where they are mentioned. I am presuming that they played a number of "Canteen Dances" or other shows. At least one, probably near the beginning of the 62-63 session (September?), with others after that. A 1964 graduate has told me they played multiple dances at the school in this time period, but hasn't found the copies with dates. He also told me they played for the 1964 Class breakfast, about two weeks before graduation, but again, didn't have the exact date. I am aware of the February 15th, 1963 Valentines Dance. (I'd love to have a flyer) Any help will be greatly appreciated. If there is anyone that has personal stories to relate, I would love to hear about those; After all, many of you knew the Beach Boys personally! I live in the midwest and have been a fan/collector for 40+ years.( I'm 55) If anyone has flyers or other memorabilia that they would part with, I'd LOVE to have them! (but it's obviously not a requirement) Thanxx in advance, Chris ( NOT a Hawthorne attendee or graduate) Bgaswoodie@aol.com
PS. I would also like to thank John Baker who went through his entire 61-62 collection of Cougar newpapers looking for any mention of the Beach Boys.
Name: Karen Sullivan Koch ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 9:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach
Message: Happy belated birthday Bonnie Lou! Happy Birthday Noreen! from Karen and Eric.
Name: Geri Loch-Breedlove ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Winchester, Oregon
Message: I want to thank Leo Valencia for the nice story he posted about my sister, Susan Loch-Boll. She died of complications from MS in 2000. And it was nice to hear that classmates still think of her in fond memories.......
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 4:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Many thanks to Tammy and Kip Long for passing on the information about El Sequndo's legendary baseball coach, John Stevenson. Many of my peers played for Coach Stevenson's Summer American Legion teams which was a blast, because he recruited All Star teams from the Beach cities to play other Southland teams. In Summer league ball, I learned more baseball technique from him than from anyone else locally, no offense to Coach Minami. Stevenson was a student of every element of the game and it was no accident that he helped to mold some of the best ever in the Brett brothers, Scott McGregor, and many others who went on to play college and pro ball. He also had the intensity of a football coach who only had to explain your mistake one time for you to remember. He had a lot of Bobby Knight in him and it wasnt for everyone, but you had no problems if you used your head, did not repeat mistakes and played with passion to win. Mike Scott and Mike Colbern played a few years in Legion and I know they were better prepared for university ball for having had the good fortune. It will be a sad week in El Segundo with Coach Stevenson's passing. Despite some of his own personal shortcomings, he was a great coach who assembled great teams and shaped a lot of young men to be better than they thought they could be. They need to name the baseball park Stevenson Stadium after him for all that he contributed to youth sports.
Name: Steve Temoshek ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 3:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Yelm,Wa
Message: Chevies Inc, us Ford guys heard that so much, but it actually got me out of a speeding ticket one night. El Segundo police pulled me over in my 64 falcon going about 80 on Rosecrans, saw my ford drag club decal and asked if I ever heard of Chevies Inc? They were members so we got lucky even though I was driving a Ford. My condolences to Donna and Wayne.
Name: Dean Shank ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 1:28 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Richland, WA
Message: Found the Cougar web site purely by accident. I was doing a search looking for the current e-mail address of good friends David and Greta Orlaska. Dave was a Cougar, graduated in 67. I graduated from Washington High in 63. Hawthorne was my second home, lived on the Blvd. A&W to the Stand. I was the President of Chevies Inc. for many years, still use the name in business, Chevies Inc. Racing. I have lost touch with so many over the years, would enjoy hearing from any ole' friends, especially any that were in the Chevies Inc. Car Club. THANKS', Dean Shank
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 1:19 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Hello to the fire, hope everyone had a happy and safe New Years, I got home on New Years eve. I had a real bad time trying to get through customs in Vancouver, Sharon called and told me about the new restrictions, I thought I was set, as it turned out I had to carry , 3 cameras, 3 lenses, hard-drives and a laptop...Our team lost in the semi-finals to The Alaska Allstars.. We were the last California team to be sent home.. Off to Talia's tournament this weekend..Be safe!! Fight-On!! P.S While I was at a game this week, I heard on the radio that a former HHS football coach had been mentioned for then vacant football coaching position at SC...It shoulda been the Ol' Coach!!
Name: Ingrid Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 12:42 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Temecula,CA
Message: It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Donald "Don" Dye (class of 1976) passed away in his sleep last night. Funeral arrangements are pending. Our prayers and love go out to John (class of 73)& Sandy Dye and his entire family.
Name: Enza Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 14, 2010, 8:29 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Pedro Hill, CA
Message: The "V" Girls have a brother?......
Name: William Mccrary ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 13, 2010, 6:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manitou Springs, CO
Message: I am looking to find the origins and demise of a boat under construction in the backyard of a home or piece of land memory places at 126th street and York Ave. I watched as it took shape in the 1950's hoping to see the finished product some day. Construction stopped on the boat and for years it stood idle and rusting. All iron, the boat stood a good two stories from keel to deck and about 50 feet long. Construction was oriented north and south on the property. No plates on the side revealed bulkheads and holes for hatchways dividing the lower deck into compartments. Whatever happened to that boat and why did construction stop? Does anybody know or remember?