Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 29, 2010, 10:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas

Message: John, I read the feedback here every day. And then I check into Myspace, no Facebook for me and theirs no one there on Myspace and thats find with me. I have cut back how much time, I waste on the internet! There are things outside my room (laptop), that need my attention!
Hi Michael, I wasn't complaining about the social network sites as I know they're all the rage now, and that's fine. Actually I am on Facebook but never go there as I really don't get it. People send my veggies they grow in Farmville and that sort of thing. Seems a little like it's more for kids than anything else. Also I get emails from Facebook saying that someone, who I don't know, wants to be friend. In my opinion, not too secure.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 29, 2010, 9:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA

Message: John, Facebook has its uses and I have joined several groups there mostly Hawthorne related. But Cougartown with all the sweat equity you have put into it will always remain the best. While Facebook has a bookmark, Cougartown has a permanent tab on my browser and it is going to stay that way. Cougartown has become Hawthorne and Hawthorne High in the early years. The only thing Facebook bests Cougartown is the way it deals with pictures and videos which I enjoy. Now I know that is only because you have a bandwidth problem (money) not because you don’t want to provide all you can for Cougartown. But never fear. I for one will never desert you for Facebook. Oh maybe a little flirtatious summer romance type thing. But Honey, you’re my steady!
Hey Jerry, Thanks for the nice thoughts but you ARE NOT my steady!!!
Name: Terrence Poublon ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 29, 2010, 9:34 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Jose, CA

Message: Tammy Tagami-Reeves' obit was published in yesterday's DailyBreeze. I have posted a 2nd Memorial on Leuzinger's Class of 1981 Website with that information... and a photo of Tammy with her husband Harry Reeves. Her mom Tomoe (Lisa Tagami) Sakamoto will be at the Celebration of Tammy's Life on Sat August 14. Lisa is retired and living on the island of Maui. She had this to say, "The skies are so blue with soft puffy white clouds...I feel I can touch them and find my Tammy somewhere there. Yes, her heart is here with me. Love, Lisa." It is so difficult for any parent to lose their child--- no matter what age. My heart goes out to Lisa, Harry and The Family. 2nd Memorial link.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 29, 2010, 8:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas

Message: Very sorry to hear about Steve. I really feel crappy whenever one of my old friends pass on. It really gets you thinking about life. I am so lucky other than the weight gain my health is pretty dang good. I mean no major stuff like cancer or anything like that. I never smoke or drank alcohol (alot). Never did drugs. I ate pretty healthy the first 40 years of my life and stayed very active. One thing about Cougartown is we get to at least stay in contact with old friends and make new ones. Thanks John for that. I have never seen a school that is so "tight" and remain friends forever. Not an endorsement or anything but Facebook is great too.
I think Facebook is where you all have gone. Attendance here has dropped considerably since the social sites have kicked in. Good to know we still have our base Cougars. Thanks to all for the continued support of Cougartown.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 29, 2010, 7:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest

Message: Happy Birthday to my little sister Kathleen, thanks for having my back!!
Happy Birthday Kathy!!
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 8:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Wichita,Kansas

Message: As president of the class of 76 I am greatly disturbed that we have lost two classmates in two weeks, Tammy Tagami Reeves and Steve Brodeur to cancer! I was close to Tammy at Hawthorne Intermediate and Steves' older brother Mike and my brother Ray were close friends. I had a close call with thyroid cancer two months ago and I encourage all members of the class of 76 and all Cougars to get checked for any cancers that might be common in your families at your annual check-up! We don't want to lose any more Cougars this summer!! My condolences to Mike and the whole Brodeur family.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 7:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA

Message: For the mall how about purchasing the name "Brew 102" and give the HHS alumni something to remember!
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 4:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, Keith Boy;Great idea, the only problem is they would have to declare Hawthorne an Indian reservation and a sovereign nation to get the gambling in. As for the composite Corvair, the composite material is made out of petroleum products and is toxic and costly, that's one of the reasons the Hybrids are so expensive and no one can afford them. What's the next idea ?, we are all waiting LOL.Jorge
Hey George, no one is blowing YOUR ideas out of the water.
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 3:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: Lets reintroduce the American's People Car for every garage (but for modern times), the Chevy Corvair Hybrid. Bet with modern materials (composite) it would get 65 MPG. Composites is the future (actually is here now), so let Hawthorne California be the trend setter. Disclaimer: Ralph Nader need not apply.
Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 3:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas

Message: A resort/casino would be the best
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 2:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills / Hanalie Hi.

Message: If you look at malls across America you will find their going thru a similar situation like Hawthorne .... Some malls have been torn down and others opened up (Fallbrook Mall ) ... While others have added on (Topanga Mall , Thousand Oaks ) Seems like the city is betting on the economy will get better and their source of revenue will be back ....... What's a valley girl too do ?!!! PS ... Hope the city managers pay is straight and level ... (Bell Gardens)
Name: Bonnie Driscoll ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 1:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Brodeur
Class: 1980
City & State: Laguna Hills CA

Message: Hi Cougars, it is with great sadness to report to you the passing of my brother Steven Brodeur class of 76. he died this morning at 10am of cancer. I will miss him so very much. Take Care Cougars.
Hi Bonnie, So sorry to hear the news of Steve's passing. Our sincere condolences go out to you and the rest of the Brodeur family.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 10:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods
No E-mail
Message: The mall was a loser then, a new one would be another a loser. BE REAL folks! Bulldozer the remains and make it a "Victory Garden", it worked in WWII. Send our troops home.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 8:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, Chris Boy;You forgot to include Catalia Island in your Monorail Route, now that we don't have tha railroad going there anymore LOL.Hey, John Boy, it's a slow day in Long Beach, again, at least we did wake up to the sun this AM and not Coastal Eddy, whoever he is. Think I'll take the "T" for a run down to Newport for lunch and burn some fossil fuel, just to get out of the house. Jorge
Bring it to Cruise Night.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 7:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, John Boy; I like your idea, Re: the mall. However, as a wise man once said, "You can make a purse out of a pigs ear, but, it's still a pigs ear", so is the mall. Jorge
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 28, 2010, 7:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA

Message: I do think that Joe has the correct idea, green products. Complete automobiles may be too much for the space. How about a dashboard or transmission factory. Another possibility may be green R&D. Can we make the surface of a parking lot generate photoelectric power? Can we design a smog reactive device to suck smog in generate electricity and expell clean air? How about making the mall into a huge parking lot and put in a monorail down Hawthorne Blvd to Century (west) go through LAX then go south on Aviation to El Segundo (East) back to Hawthorne Blve (North). I guess I spend too much time at Disneyland.
I guess we could spend millions but it's Hawthorne, Chris. Who will pay the bill, Disney? We can't get people to show up there and buy a hankie much less ride a monorail through the airport to El Segundo. Turning it into a manufacturing plant might also turn Hawthorne Bl. into a parking lot at drive time. In my opinion the mall was a white elephant from the beginning, eliminating millions from the tax roles by bulldozing our friends' homes and now they need OUR ideas? I miss Mastins Drugs, Schlimmers hardware, Meeks shoe shine stand, Woods Paint, Kenneth Chevrolet, The Shanty, and Utters. Rebuild those and I'll be happy.
Name: joseph mailander ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 8:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: los angeles inner city ca

Message: Hey, hello John and I LOVVEEE YOU MAAANNN even if this is an endless bummer of an endless summer, with temps better befitting rural Quebec than the California coast. Hey, I have one big suggestion for the Hawthorne Mall proprietors: it would make a great Clean Tech automotive assembly site. Think of what it would do for the community, and think of what it would do for the State. The mall could become a campus for research and development, absorbing the remaining talent from aerospace in the neighborhood, and also offer "Green Collar" jobs. Believe me, the way my own Neustra Ciudad de Los Angeles tries to put together compelling business deals, Hawthorne's mall could easily compete. Say it landed something like a subcontractor for the coming Chinese hybrid, or even hit the jackpot and became the Tesla assembly plant. We could have a mash up of hyper new and paleoancient at Foster's Freeze! I have some more comments on the mall but I will save them for a later time. In general, I say it was unfortunate that the mall came to stand for Hawthorne, as it stood for something second-rate; but in this fairly deplorable economic climate, the city folks and proprietors should roll the dice and go with something that might change not just the mall but the world. The legacy of the City of Good Neighbors deserves as much!
Hey joseph, Chinese hybrid? Why don't we reintroduce the Yugo. It's Hawthorne about the worlds largest hot rod shop with an A&W on one end and Pinks on the other. Now you're talkin' American.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 4:34 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1960
City & State: Torrance CA

Message: Helllooo Sidney. Don't want to ruin everyone's ideas for the mall, but I have a request from one of the leaders of the ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL reunion committee to let those alumni from 1960 know that there is a reunion set for SEPT 25 at COZY MEL'S. Please contact DIANE FROMM and NANCY SEXTON at for more information. And now.... I'm only going to say that I'm tickled that not one person thought up putting a Mosque on that site. At times it's not what you want but what you don't want that really matters. (can I say that??? )JW
You just did Thanks Judy (Tilly)
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 4:07 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca

Message: Why they oughtta... tear down the mall and build a little theater island and call it "the Plaza". Hi John!
Now ur tawkin'
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 3:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: My 8 cents (inflation) worth on the Hawthorne Mall: Regional Occupational Center, to teach Trades and Crafts. Get local businesses involved (which might keep them from moving or closing), and maybe cause some new business to start up. A triple win, and a lose (for the building owner who won't make gobs of money).
Name: Kell Currie ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: CURRIE
Class: 1967
City & State: ENGLEWOOD OR

Message: I had the most exciting Cougar sighting..Went on a little vacation to see my new Grand Nephew Jameson in Gardena Ca. thought since the weather in Coos Bay has been rather chilly I'd take a little trip to Palm Springs and see the new tram. I haven't been there in 30 some years..Well we go to the top of the tram and I heard a very familiar voice..TO MY SURPRISE IT WAS MY LONG TIME FRIEND LISA GRAHAM!!! We had a great time we ended up staying with her and husband..I'm still in shock! I haven't read CT for sometime..The mall looked like a jail. ..I believe a skate park would be a good idea..give the kids a place to go that is safe..Oh and I also went to the HHS now that was a nice surprise..didn't realize it has been changed..That diving pool was a scary place, for some reason I got in an upper swimming class, as such had to dive from that 100 ft (seemed like it) diving board. needless to say I didn't do it I couldn't climb the ladder without total fear. So jumping off the platform was good enough to pass. oh and that story of the Cougar sighting was actually a planned visit, but good story don't ya think. Peace Kelley
Hey Kell, Kind of figured it was since you and Lisa are so close here. Glad you had a fun time and thanks for checking in..
Name: Gloria Achrem ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 9:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1976
City & State: LV, NV

Message: Laura~You need to write a book! You are so witty and write so well, you remind me of Erma Bombeck.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 27, 2010, 5:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: My memories of the Hawthorne Mall include knowing a Cougar who worked at the Monkey Wards Auto Center who would syphen gas from customer's cars to fill his moped and another who bought new shoes and a suit for graduation, only to return it after grad night for a refund 'cuz they "didn't fit right". I also remember it as the place where after years of complaining about my college profs using fuzzy chalk on the blackboards, I was able to see the world clearly when I got my first pair of glasses. Who else out there has a Nate Hawthorne frisbee from the grand opening week? Speaking of famous buildings, who remembers Dr. Gray's castle? He had the coolest dental office and it was moved to Prairie/Thorpe Park when the Mall was built. Years later, I was taking a drive with my family and wanted to show my kids what my dentist's office looked like so we stopped at the park and were walking around it. To our surprise a police officer came out and asked us if we were lost. He had this look of you guys aren't from around here in his eyes. I told him this building use to be my dentist office and he told me times had changed and it was now a police sub-station, complete with a holding cell under one of the turrets.
120th and Acacia as I recall. Great looking building. Thanks for the memory, Tom.