Name: Britt Stonebraker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 7:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: Todos burracho AZ

Message: Ok I heard Lee Marvin! my fav, with him was Donovans Reef! I love both versions of the Rio movies, Then there is Father goose and The Houseboat with the Brilliant Cary Grant! But my all time fav, is The Quiet Man, With the Duke and Maureen Ohara!
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 7:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: Favorite Cowboy - Should have a pretty gal, A faithful sidekick with a unique vehicle, The best dog, the greatest horse, Should sing well, be able to play guitar, and have his own backup group. Yep, Leonard Slye was my favorite. Unfortunately, the younger generations don't know of him, and his museum is being busted up and auctioned off piece by piece. (No, I don't need a stuffed Palamino in my den) 'Happy Trails' Roy and Dale
Leonard was a one time Lawndale resident too.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 5:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, John Boy; What about Crash Corrigan & Corriganville movie set/ghost town that used to be located in I think Chatsworth. I remember going out there as a kid with my parents, before the 405 Fwy. & it seemed like it took a day and a half to get there.
Hey George, yep I remember it to and how about the Calamigas Star C Ranch?
Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 5:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl.

Message: I remember seeing the movie War of the Worlds at the Plaza, they are still showing that thing, just seen it less than a year ago. Clint Eastwood would have to be my favorite, I still watch all those spagetti westerns, they show them at least twice a year. Loren
Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl.

Message: I remember seeing Hopalong Cassidy in 1949 on stage at a movie theatre, on stage, live, with his horse in Mt. Vernon, Ill, wow, anyone know the name of his horse? Loren
Hey Loren, I know his horse's name but will let someone else answer that one.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 4:32 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: My favorite was a toss-up between Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. But I liked Hoppy too and Red Ryder. Does anyone remember Hoppyland in Venice? It opened in 1951 and closed in 1954. I remember going there, I must have been in 7th grade. I thought I was younger. I don't really remember much about it.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 2:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: Hopalong Cassidy----I remember telling my father----that when I grew up that I was going to marry Hoppy!!!!
Did you hear that Wayne?
Name: Sherry Ward ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 11:16 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Rout
Class: 1965
City & State: Somewhere in Tennessee

Message: My fav was a toss up between Hoppy and The Lone Ranger. Annie Oakley was right up there, too.
Hard to beat those cowboy heroes, Sherry.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 9:16 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: Hopalong Cassidy was my favorite! I had a Hoppy jacket and a Hoppy tricycle. My younger sis (Patty) just loved a character named "Dick West" in one of the tv westerns. We had a day where you could bring your younger siblings with you to Sunday School. When the teacher asked her what her name was, she replied "Dick West". That got lots of laughs and had me considering becoming a Sunday School drop-out.
Dick West was in one of my favorite TV westerns, The Range Rider.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 28, 2010, 8:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: Santo Borracho Az,

Message: The photo of the Plazza Theater!!!! Wow ... Brought a nice smile to me when i needed it ... (good Amigo passed away this week) ... But i remember being able to see the tower from my upstairs bedroom at night ... But i can't remember the color was it green ? ... Mag, seven!!! is my all time fav, western! And every year we ride horses at our Navajo friends ranch in Monument Valley. I feel like Im in a movie shoot with John Ford directing ... Their were many good westerns produced in the late 50s and early 60s ... And yes JB ... The searchers is one of the best also! But the "Wild Bunch" is also one of my favs, ... And lets not forget our fav, western heros!! Mine was Zorro! Clint Eastwood in "Rawhide" and oh sooooo many more ... Too all Cougars 58 and older ... Who was your fav, western hero?
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 9:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Truckee CA

Message: Hello all! Catching up on posts and enjoying the discussion on A & W. To Paco (and everyone else) who wonders who would set off a smoke bomb near Hawthorne's A & W - I know who would. It was my (late) brother, Danny Baker who was in the Marines at the time. He and Don Johnson both enlisted together and were stationed at Twentynine Palms and decided it would be fun to take a smoke bomb from the base. I don't think they really had a plan for using it until they got to Hawthorne and then decided to set it off in the island across from the A & W. They immediately took off, not even waiting to see what happened. I personally think it could have been done at the Wich Stand and with better effect.
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 8:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
No E-mail
Message: The one that tops my western list is 1960's Magnificent Seven; great actors, great plot, great scenery (first widescreen), fantastic music - Elmer Bernstein, still listed as #8 of film scores. With more than a half dozen movie and TV sequels, a western that definitely made its mark. Now anyone for a Marlboro?
You had to look that up Richard
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 8:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, John Boy;What about Sam Peckanpaws (sp) great movie "The Wild Bunch" with William Holden. Or, better yet, "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" with Humphrey Bogard, "We don't need no stinking badges".Jorge
Treasure yes, Wild no.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 3:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Central Point, Oregon

Message: Was the price of a ticket 50 or 30 cents? Kiddies. What about the kiddies -- obscured by a pole. I've read there view about "The Searchers," and checked it out. The critics say it's the best western, ever? Mr. Bickers agrees. I certainly don't disagree, but in 1961 I saw a film at the Plaza (Hawthorne tie-in) called "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," that is as good a western story as there may be. Lee Marvin plays the consummate bad guy -Andy Devine, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, great cast. Very entertaining for us Hawthornians (tie-in).
Can't see the price either but it was cheap. I liked The Searchers but REALLY liked Rio Bravo and El Dorado (same movie really). Lee Marvin was the best and could intimidate, on screen, better than anybody. He could make the Terminator cower.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 3:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach

Message: Back in the days when HHS had noon movies, my dad would bring home the movie and a projector once a week -- usually on Wednesday. Family, friends, neighbors of all ages would crowd into our living room to watch "Movies on the Wall". We didn't go out to the show much in those days because we had such great films right at home for free. People always brought food to share and we had a great time. I saw "King of Kings" on my living room wall! (or maybe it was on "The Fabulous 52")
In those days you could watch movies with your parents. Thanks Linda.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 11:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Michael, when you have seen every movie ever made and some times twice that is an easy one. King of Kings was made in 1961. Jeffrey Hunter's best movie was The Searchers with John Wayne. Maybe the best cowboy movie of all time. Additionally the only movie to open and close with the same setting.
I knew someone would know the answer.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 9:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: As an unimportant aside to Clark Millman's recent posting, Iola, KS is the birthplace of Buster Keaton, and the town makes much of that connection. William Inge, the playwright, and Alf Landon, governor and presidential candidate, were natives of nearby Independence. The original "Little House on the Prairie," where L.I. Wilder lived, is south of Independence, near Sedan. A&W is still everywhere in some areas, like the upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, but it vanished long ago from 136th and Hawthorne, opposite what was the Pacific State Bank. Everyone wanted one of those large glass mugs!
I've got a few Thanks John.
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 27, 2010, 8:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas

Message: I see the movie "King of Kings" on the Plaza Theater Marquee. I guess we take info... and enter it into our internet browser to find out the release date of that movie and more likely than not, we would know what year this photo was taken?
Sorry about that Michael. I didn't have a date on that picture but I saw King of Kings about 1963.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 26, 2010, 7:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Wichita, Kansas

Message: That article about A&W that was posted last week must have stuck in my mind. I was visiting relatives in Missouri yesterday and on the way home I spotted an A&W in Iola Kansas. It's in nowhereland east of Wichita. I couldn't resist so I stopped in for dinner. A papa burger and a root beer float made the last two hours of driving much easier! They still had the spaces in the parking lot marked for carhop service but I had to go in to order. We do have an outfit called "Sonics" in Kansas that still has car service and servers on rollerskates!
Hey Clark, The All American dinner. I think we have Sonic Burgers out here in Orange Co.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 26, 2010, 12:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, John boy; You missed a lot of good company & fun stories last night. My darlin wife Arlene set up a really nice get together, we had some, maybe Coug. sightings, depends on your judging. Dennis & Eileen Morris, Bruce & Donna Hoover, here's a name we have not heard in a while, A. J. (Avery) Knapp, Rosalee Russell (Franz's wife), not expected, but very welcome into our home, Dennis Campbell, Cathy O,Roark (LHS) and a few other notables that my mind will not let me recall yet. Had a great time, consumed a lot of good food & beverages until very late, hope you can make the next one.Jorge
Sounds like a fun crowd George.
Name: Tammy Long ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 26, 2010, 10:24 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Stiritz
Class: 1978
City & State: El Segundo, CA

Message: Hey Cougs, I just wanted to say thank you to all the Cougars who stopped by Kip's during the car show last month. Great to see all of you. Kip also loved visiting with Ken and Patti when they came for dinner. So sorry I missed you. Kip's is opening for brunch today. To say thank you to all who have visited us, mention that you are a Cougar and you will get a discount on your bill. Love seeing the fences come down too!!
Hey Tammy, Didn't get a chance to stop in but did find the place. Looks great and hope to eat at Kips real soon. For all who don't know Kips is on the west side of Main St, north of Grand in El Segundo
Name: Dan Dye ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 26, 2010, 3:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Torrance
No E-mail
Message: Cougar sighting, As some of you know I am one of the night watch commanders at Hollywood Park Race Track, I was talking to one of the horse trainers yesterday named Fred Wilson. I asked him where he grew up, he said Hawthorne, I asked where he went to school, he said he went HHS in 52 and 53 , however he dropped out of school to follow the rodeo. He said he played football for coach Chauncey as a running back weighing less than 100 lbs. however only got in the game on short yardage, running behind a very large center. He said he was so small the opponents couldn't see him. He also wrestled at 89 lbs. Small world. Dan Dye
Hey Dan, Great sighting . . . I'm sure the Ol' Coach will remember Fred. Thanks
Name: Cynthia Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 25, 2010, 10:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: Hello all, yesterday 9-24 I saw a sighting at Pep Boys in Redondo Beach store on Aviation and Artesia, a 1923 Model T Ford with red w/ gold and silver trim what a beautiful car, and had a saying: If you see this car on a trailer, its probably stolen. That was a good one. Not even a scratch, or dent. I was looking at it when the driver came out I told him great looking car and he said it is fun driving it and can't seem to stop. I thought another good one. When I saw him leave it shine so bright, it was great. Everyone was looking at it.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 24, 2010, 5:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang
No E-mail
Message: I was wondering if that was a relative of Mark. And Litton I thought I was one?!
Name: Danny Litton ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 24, 2010, 4:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Marietta GA

Message: I love the picture of Virgil Zirbel. He is the uncle of one of my very best friends on earth, Mark Zirbel, UCLA '72, Aviation HS '68. He presided over Mark's wedding in 1976 when I stood in as Mark's "Best Man". I was introduced to Mark in 1968 by Chuck Griffin (HHS '67) and have remained friends with both for over 40-years. Jim Sloey knows Mark as well. Classic photo; keep 'em coming!
Hey Danny, Thanks for poppin up there. I kinda knew someone would have a connection with one of Hawthorne's most well known Clergyman. . . . . OR they would have a connection with BBQ Pete Also, it's ironic, or maybe divine providence, that Karen Zirbel's married name is Pray.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 24, 2010, 11:37 am - HHS Time
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA

Message: Attention class of 77! I am in the early stages of planning our 35th reunion to take place in the summer of 2012. It will be casual and inexpensive! All I need is a location and maybe some volunteers. I also want to know if you all would be okay with maybe having our reunion in Orange County, or if we should keep it in the South Bay? Any feedback you can give me would be great. Please email me privately for suggestions or anything else that might be helpful. Please make sure to update your contact info here on Cougartown! Thank you.
Thanks Jill and good idea to get it started early. Have a fun reunion.