Name: Sherry Ward ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 6:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rout
Class: 1965
City & State: Somewhere in Tennessee
Message: I remember my next door neighbors, Marcia and Kathy Mullins had a horny toad named Marcus Aurelius. I always thought that was so funny! Did yours have a name, John?
Yes, it was Steve....
Name: Larry Biller ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 5:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Portland,Orygun
Message: My wife Barbara and I became grandparents for the third time yesterday morning. Michael James Manny 7 lbs 7 oz. 20.5 "Mom and baby are home and doing OK.
Yesterday morning must've kept you pretty busy Lar' and congrats to you and family.
Name: Sheree Klingenhagen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 5:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
No E-mail
Message: Well, I've had just about 3 feet of snow in the past two days and there is more to come. I shake my head and wonder what the heck a Hawthorne girl is doing up here in all this snow. I tried to help dig out my blazer today, but I only think my boyfriend wanted to see me try to get through 3 feet of snow on my very wobbly legs. It was a laugh fest as I got about 30 feet and sat in the car with the heater on. I wasn't built for this town that's for sure and I won't be going out in this until a path is made for me! Big Bear is covered and I do mean covered in snow and please make it stop soon! The power goes on and off and the waterheater needs to be lit over and over again. As I said I wasn't built for this, it's really pretty and that's about all I can say for the snow. I hope everyone else is safe and dry.
Once a Hawthorne girl, always a Hawthorne girl. Stay warm Sheree.
Name: Bob Kyllonen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 5:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Rancho Mirage
Message: I often tell people of the special students that I had when teaching biology during the 50's and 60's. We had some great winter storms during those years, and although the campus was flooded (yes, boards to cross giant puddles) and pouring rain, they came to class on time, ready to take and unwilling to miss those ten-point quizzes. If you were one of them, thanks for the memories!
Hey Bob, well thank YOU for being there too.
Name: Steve Hutchins ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 4:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: St. George, Utah
Message: Worst rain was Jan.-Feb.-March 1958. One day HHS was actually closed because of the weather; the only time in my memory that it was closed for that reason. I actually saw a person floating down Manhattan Beach Blvd. in a little fiberglass boat. Yes, it actually happened!
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 2:16 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Message: and isn't it a "horny toad"?
Horny Toad, Horned Toad, Horned Frog, take your pick.
Name: Patricia Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 2:14 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Message: Snazzy retro format John-boy. I tried to find rain boots but to no avail. Guess I'll stick with tennies. I'm loving the rainy memories- "duck-duck-gooooosseeeee" or "7-up"!
Thank you Patty.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 11:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca
Message: Hey, John Boy; It's a slow rainy day in Long Beach, and I read Mike's post and your response. It started me thinking about sayings and that's dangerous. "Smithereens & Kingdom Come", is that a saying like people "looking for a loophole" or are they "looking for the easy way out" ?. What about "Oxy Moron", is that like saying Polititions don't lie, or a Car salesmen won't try and cheat you ?. What about "too little too late", what does that mean anyway is that the oposit of "too much too soon", I never cound understand some of these sayings or where they came from. I guess I'm just a little slow or am I a little fast? How many other useless saying are out there, I bet Jerry Sienfeld knows.
"You got me" George.
Name: Mike Shay ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 7:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey John; I'll bet you still have that train set too. Unless you used your chemistry set to blow it to smithereens. Just where is Smithereens anyway? Everybody take care and drive nice. M.S.
Yes I do and "Smithereens" is just south and a little west of "Kingdom Come".
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 21, 2010, 6:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX
Message: I found Cougartown about 1998 when I did a search on the internet looking to see if the Class of 1963 was having a reunion. My family had moved to Hawthorne in late 1961 - just in time for the rainy season. I seem to recall that the grassy area near the gyms was wet enough for some intrepid Cougars to use it like a slip-and-slide. Whenever we'd complain at home about the rain, my father would quip "at least you don't have to shovel rain". When they were showing scenes on tv this morning of mud slides, it brought to mind the mud (kind of a reddish color) that washed into our backyard from where they were building the freeway. Hope all Cougars are warm, dry, and safe.
Thanks Sharon, you've got to be in the first group that found us. Thanks for sticking it out.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 20, 2010, 5:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Message: I remember putting paper boats (of course hand made) in the gutter water and hoping that it would make it to the end of the block. I also remember on sunny summer days grabbing the magnifying glass and looking for ants, well, never mind!
I remember my Uncle Charles sent me a horned toad from Texas, wrapped in a match box. I had my train set out and put the horny toad in the cattle car and took him for a ride. I slid the door open on the cattle car and remember thinking he looked like a prehistoric monster waiting to pounce on me. Hey, I was 4.
Name: Bobby Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 20, 2010, 1:08 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Soggy Los Angeles
No E-mail
Message: Remember the rainy days of 1962 and 1969? Driving fast in the curb lane making big waves, watching the pedestrians run for their lives, equipment falling off of the San Diego Freeway onto Anza from the mud slides while the freeway was being built, making rafts and floating in the parking lot off of Aviation and 124th street, Polly Wogs, and last but not least, the board they put down at HHS so you could get across the puddles.
Fun times Bob, thanks.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 20, 2010, 9:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas
Message: Okay, I have to many of my friends pass away in the past couple years. And they were way to young. I have been getting ahold of alot of my old friends and calling them and just staying in touch and we talk about the past alot. I just want to take this time to say to my Cougar family that you guys have been a great way for me to type out some stories and past memories that in reality I would not be able to ever talk about to anyone cause while living in Hawaii I never saw any of my old friends. So I used Cougartown to kind of re-live my past which at the time was a hell of alot better than my current situation after my stupid incident with that pesky spider. I had no one to talk to other than my family on Cougartown. Well as I got better physically and mentally you might notice I don't post as much. That is because I am out and about and doing some really exciting things. Also, I have decided to use the phone more and keep in contact with my old friends. Anyway, in short I just wanted to say how much I enjoy Cougartown reconnecting with old friends and being able to at least bring back some great memories of my past at HHS and with friends I have not seen in years. And, I wanted to let everyone know that you have been a great part of my last 8 years or so and have made it at least somewhat bearable. And, as somber as it sounds if I all of a sudden kick the bucket I wanted to let everyone know on Cougartown that you are like an extended part of my family which means alot to me and that I have enjoyed every second I spend on here. Thanks John and everyone else especially my fellow 76" classmates. We really did have an awesome class and when I think about it it was one of the best times of my life. I don't plan to go anytime soon but just in case. And please if it does happen if my daughters and grandkids ever come on here please extend the Cougartown heart to them. They are what gives me the strength to live as long and as good as I can.
Thanks Keith, I know I, and many others, can relate to your stories from good old Hawthorne. Thanks for sharing and please add a story or two whenever you feel like it.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 20, 2010, 6:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang, ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to my Bellingham to Boston buddy Danny Litton. Have great one and welcome to the 60 club.
Happy Birthday Danny!!
Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 20, 2010, 6:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: Sacramento valley AZ
Message: Armand; I'm so sorry about your loss, and everyones out there for that matter. Susan; I remember I did a search on Hawthorne in 97 and found Ctown. It took about a year before I came across the feedback page, and even longer before I posted.
Name: Robert Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 19, 2010, 9:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv.
No E-mail
Message: To all. My Best wishes and condolences to Jodi Tammburrino and Family. She was a classmate of mine at St. Joes back so many years ago. Life short or long is to be appreciated, live it, love it, Please try to live it to the fullest- no one knows how long this trip might last. Love to all, Bob C. 73
Name: Karen Lemaistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 19, 2010, 6:07 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: I am so heartbroken to hear of Jodi Tamburrino Milam's passing. She was a warm and wonderful lady. She could light up a room with her big, beautiful smile. I have many cherished memories of my dear old friend and will hold onto them always. Please keep her family, especially her sons (Gil and Matt) and her grandaughter, Janelle in your prayers during this very difficult time.
Name: Suzie Flynn ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 19, 2010, 1:00 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Davidson
Class: 1973
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Writing this with a heavy heart after hearing about the passing of Jodi Tamburrino. She was one special lady who was always fun to be around and always could make you smile. She will be missed dearly. She is now a beautiful angel watching over all of us. Suzie
Name: Walt Krumbach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 18, 2010, 9:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: El Segundo, CA
Message: It's sad when a life is taken so suddenly and too soon. Dan/Donna, my thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 18, 2010, 7:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: OK, then, perhaps we need a new category. Not a Cougar Sighting but a ?? Something about recruitment...for instance, I can tell you who told ME about many others can? I'll bet we can connect some pretty interesting dots here...Ultimately, all roads lead to JB but I'll bet they've taken some interesting turns and been through some interesting places. Thank you, once again, Jeff Pieters, c/o 73.
Back in the beginning, about every 3 weeks, I would go to a website called Back then it was an early Facebook type website and would list people and their high schools, colleges, interests, etc. I would search for Hawthorne High, of course, and would send all the HHSers an email telling them about Ctown (which was then The Early 60s Hawthorne Ca Homepage). Initially that's how I got the word out.
Name: Jim Magrini ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 18, 2010, 7:24 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Littleton, Co
Message: Was on FB tonight and was chatting with Judy Kay Noble. She had never heard of Ctown so I told her about it. Does this count as a Cougar sighting?
Hey Jim, No but thanks for spreading the word.
Name: Jeanne Burk Carrillo ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 18, 2010, 1:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Mill Creek. WA
Message: Donna, my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you, I cannot even imagine your pain now. I have a 35 yr old son. I will pray for you and your family. I Know you will find comfort in all the people who love you and loved your son.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 18, 2010, 10:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, California
Message: Jodi Tambo was one beautiful woman. I met her in 1965 before our years at HHS. I was told by her brother Bill not to date her when we were in high school. Jodi and I were and always have been good friends. Jodi brought a smile a mile wide, a heart as warm as the sun, and hugs of rich embrace to all she connected with. She will be surely be missed by all.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 18, 2010, 10:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: Passings of Cougars and Cougar family members is never a good thing. My sympathies to all. I, too, lost a family member. My mom passed away unexpectedly early last Friday morning.
Name: Maurine White ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 17, 2010, 9:07 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Endicott
Class: 1959
City & State: Huntington Beach, CA
Message: This is a really late report of a Cougar sighting. Early December I attended a Christmas program at the Magnolia Baptist Church in Riverside. As I was entering the door to the auditorium, the man taking the tickets looked very familiar so I asked him if he had gone to HHS. He said, "that was 50 years ago. How am I supposed to remember?" After the program Charles Thorne, class of 1959, found me and introduced me to his wife, the minister and several others! The New Year promises to be a really happy one for me and I wish all our Cougar family a Happy New Year!
It seems we have Cougars spread out all over the place. Thanks Maurine.
Name: John Crotty ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 17, 2010, 12:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: hermosa beach, CA
Message: This is really getting very frightening. The loss of so many Cougars or Cougar family members day after day. I mean, what is going on? Really scary...stop!