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......back to the 50's with some early rock..... Chuck Berry

Name: Christine Baird () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 17:40:47
Maiden: Penny
Class: 76
Message: How sweet Kathy....that was me you were referring too, yes? ")
Susan...I knew Kathy would know that but she checked in before me, so now i can't say 'check with Kathy about those suspenders'
Mary Doyle...I remember that produce stand...that is if it is the same one. I remember the one next to my very small church on Prairie just midway past Inglewood, 111th street, maybe, or 109th, somewhere in there. About that lucsurious about iodine and Johnsons baby oil? I also remember hanging out by the life guard tower....just hopeing he might give me the time of day.
Speaking of pizza....what was the name of that mom and pop operation on Inglewood (?), the one after 120th heading towards inglewood. It was somewhere in the neighborhood of freeman maybe? does anyone else remember that place? Another fellow coug...Laura Stewart, and I use to go there and get cheese pizzas with extra cheese and extra sauce...the cheese would slide all over the place with the extra sauce.
that's it for now.... brain drain....

Name: Susan () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 16:28:12
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 77
Message: OK... here we go! We DO need Killer and DJ for the picnic AND Friday night at Stick & Stein. Now... we need game ideas for the picnic folks! E-mail me with any and every idea you have. The "Mailander Dart Throwing Contest" and a "Robin Hood Archery Shoot" (without the convertible) is a good start. Any other ideas guys? Mark Escalante, HHS '69 is waiting patiently for our t-shirt order. I just stopped in and told him we are voting on slogans now, so hurry up and decide so we can get these rollin'! Also, Mark will be on duty (HPD) at the Homecoming game, so look for the cop (gee... is that politically correct?) on the horse... it'll be Mark! See ya all there! Oh yeah John.... put another candle on your Cougartown cake... you'll be another year old on Saturday! WE LOVE YA John!!!!! ;) I STILL think our # was Orchard....
How about the Gioia CD Toss for distance (no offense Ted) and the Mailander Spelling Bee, or how about a Patty V Ice Block Sitting Contest, and Cougartown Mom Mud Wrestling. Hey, I've got a million of 'em.

Name: Robin () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 16:21:22
E-Mail: Didweforgettheflexstraw?.com
Maiden: OSBORNE 65329
Class: LX
Message: "one for the kids and ma and pa...drinking all my Bosco through a new flex straw"...Becky I get 26 for having to tear down the incinerator. We made a planter out of the bricks never knowing that a Minivan would replace it. (Hi Ricki:o)..and "You Asked For It" is back on the tube...I liked the old one sponsored by Skippys, with Art Baker as the host. (kin JB?) More fat guys willing to be strapped to cars and driven through firey walls in those days...And is Kelly Lang still down there? What a hottie at 19 phew!...And the $64,000 question?...Regis gets there in 10 minutes now...and speaking of tube tops...rarely their fault they fell down...You bet I went to Eagle Rock on the street car..."red light"...Hoodys 2 and 3 still spill milk on that one...and the question of the day you remember the first 33 album you ever got?..."Chuck Berry Is On Top" Dec 24, 1958 @ Curries house,OS6-4046...later Cougs...
First album: Columbia Record Club- South Pacific......Yeah, I know. I use to sing "Bloody Mary" in my sleep.
Sorry Robin, They put Kelly Lange out to pasture. Course they let Dan Rather go on forever. Tawny Little's still doing her thing though. How about Space Patrol, Jim Corbett Space Cadet, Captain Midnight, and that awful special effect of Flash Gordon's rocket ship landing.

Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 15:14:04
Maiden: Lorg
Class: 76
Message: Susan-It was 7th grade when you finally got to take off those annoying suspenders!! Unfortunatly, I couldn't wait till then so I left for York school in 6th grade (where I met my best friend for life!!) Can't wait till homecoming. Do you need Killer and the DJ for the picnic??

Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 14:55:01
Maiden: kostiszak
Class: 83
Message: I remember
1) Riding bikes (strand Cruisers) to the beach!
2) Hitchiking to the beach, or taking the bus to the beach! (manhattan beach and 26 street)
3) Trying to get a better tan than all of your friends, by using Hawaiian Tropical Oil.
4) Borrowing Michael Murphys boogie board just so we can say hello to him.
5) Eating Zeppys Pizza in Manhattan beach and trying to get back to your beach towel before anyone takes bites of your pizza.
6) Softball and soccer games at Dana field.
7) Fried Burritos, Abba Zabbas & Pizza at the Dana School Fields snack stand where all our moms hated to work the weekends at.
8) Flag Football in the Hollyglen Park.
9) Sand Soccer in the volley ball courts in Hollyglen park. (playing barefoot)
10) Eating at Jack In the Box across from Hawthorne High.
11) Eating at Taco Bell across from Hawhtorne High.
12) 6th grade camp from Peter Burnette school, at the Malibu Mountains.
13) Vans shoes when they only based in Manhattan Beach!
14) Adidas shoes, the best shoes around at that time for softball and soccer! 15) skateboards with cadillac wheels.
16) Tooties bags, this guy in Hawthorne invented Tootie bags and had all the kids in the area play toss and other games with them. He claimed they would help our vision and reflexes coordination.
I am on a roll, but will think of more later. Any more 80's memories out there? Terrie Kostiszak

Thanks Terrie, Great memories......

Name: Mary Doyle () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 14:36:48
Maiden: Kean
Class: 66
Message: Part of my brain is waking up after seeming to be asleep for 30-40 years - here are some more memories:
Making something called a "skateboard" with steel skate wheels and 2 x 4s
Riding a streetcar "uptown" to Inglewood
Riding the #5 bus from Hawthorne & Broadway to see grandma in Eagle Rock (the end of the line) for 50 cents each way
Walking on the steamrolled, unfinished 405 to Manchester and back in bare feet! Hey, it was something to do!
Sneaking into the movie studios late at night with a carload of people
Riding to the Rendezvous in Balboa down PCH in dense fog - someone would sit on the outside above the headlights to navigate
Polliwogs/toads in gutters before sewers
New sidewalks
Horseback rides up and down Broadway for 10 cents with a teen age neighbor
Cream puffs from the Helms truck
The Good Humor ice cream truck
The Inglewood Farms milk truck
The dry cleaner truck - the driver wore very thick glasses
Was there a produce stand on Inglewood Ave at Broadway run maybe by a Chinese man? That's a dim memory
Eating unclaimed cakes from Lillian's Bakery (hey Pie Man, remember that?)
Drinking a quart of Country Club Malt Liquor and barfing a lot- that's a dim memory too
An open phone line (I think it was called the surf line) in about '63 or '64 - everyone could call in and talk all at once
The old winding road called Pershing Drive behind the LA airport
The continental restaurant at the old LA airport (could be around 1954) - waiters in white jackets and dessert carts. Kids could have a Shirley Temple drink.

Great stuff.....
The Continental is still there. Maybe we could have a reunion there too. Thanks Mary

Name: Susan () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 12:56:26
Maiden: Ciampa
Class: 77
Message: OK John... if your grandparents lived next door to my grandparents, their phone number should have been an ORchard number. Ours was OR5-2425! I remember Wallabies... and they still carry them at Sav-On Surplus on Hawthorne Blvd for only $9.99. Anyone from St. Joe's remember what grade we were in when we got to "take-off" our suspenders and wear the big-girl uniforms? Or when they used to come in the room and measure our skirts with a ruler. How unfair was that!? Dinky Ginther was 4ft tall and I was 5'8" and when they measured 3 inches from the knee... well, let's say that her skirt was a mini on her and mine made me look like a homley little thing. Hmmmm... maybe this could explain the dart throwing incident....
No, Yours was OS5-2425. "OR" and "OS" were both "67" doncha' see....
Susan and I met for breakfast at the Stick and Stein this morning. We went over a few things about the picnic and the game. I think we've decided to keep the picnic simple and everyone bring their own food. There're plenty of fast food places in the area, and if you want, the Stick and Stein will make you something too. I met George Stevens, the owner, this morning. ESHS61. He can't believe he's going to have to decorate in Scarlet and Gold. Nice guy too.What a GREAT place for our after game party, and a very short walk to the Hacienda, where our blocked rooms all overlook a grand courtyard. I am getting excited now boy. Thanks Susan for all your preparation. I went by the barber shop after leaving El Segundo, and left word about the Homecoming game, so others will find us too. Susan, they said your dad was there yesterday.

Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 12:30:09
Class: sometimes
Message: It was not I. Judy why aren't you listed in the Rowdy girls seat designation? Schroeder-thanks! Really thanks. I do feel young. Huh John? Becky-25 here too. How did Schroeder get 27? Judy I don't remember a thing about the Petty coats. And where was the story about the tube tops falling down? How about dress slacks, florsheim wing tips (white socks of course) and penny towncraft tshirts. Did we really wear that? Why didn't any of you fashion conscience women ever tell us? But for all of us getting older, (cause those of you who aren't can't talk to you anyway) age is just a state of mind, and with the state my mind is in, age is but a minor blip on the screen! What is a virtual reunion? Robin no emails here either I agree with your latter assumption rather than your former. Be a Coug Sloey

Name: Pam Betraun () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 12:10:35
Maiden: Heath
Class: 78
Message: I still have the phone number I grew up with. We have had this number since the 40's. It's so funny to see Osborne before the phone number. No one mentioned Ditto pants that were oh so popular in the mid to late 70's. Or how about angel flights. Now there're some pants that really showed off a guys a--. I should have saved the platforms and bell bottom's from high school years.
I loved Hip Huggers on the right girl too. Sexist?? You Bet!!

Name: Cheryl () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 11:26:52
Class: 62
Message: Joohhn Boy, 3 more to goooo..........
I thought you were going fishing??

Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 08:06:24
Maiden: N/A
Class: 75
Message: It was nice to find this. Although I was not part of a particular popular core group while at Hawthorne, it is interesting to have my perspective changed by reading the feedback posts. I also learned more about my own neighborhood. Information about me is at Feel free to look at my webpage, listen to my music and contact me.

Name: Dewey Storie () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 08:06:02
Class: 74
Message: Joe, maybe you don't know what the Beach Boys inspired some of us to do…like carrying a huge piece of foam covered fiberglass and resin with a little redwood stringer down the middle that seemed like it weighed 200 pounds (and it did if it got water logged) across the hot sand so that we could try to ride the waves and experience the thrill that the Beach Boys were singing about. In my travels to the mid-west I see it all the time a Beach Boys song will come on the radio and some one will turn it up, and start rocking to the music. Some of these people have never seen a beach or had the thrill of catching that wave and riding it to the end, or just sitting on your surfboard waiting for that last wave of the day and watching the sunset on the water. By putting up the money for a seat for the Beach Boys is my way of just saying "Thanks guys for the music"

Name: Alan Forbess () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 02:27:17
Maiden: uh, is this a trick question?
Class: 73
Message: Just wanted to tell everyone that I was lucky enough to see THE BEACH BOYS at the Ventura County Fair a couple weeks ago. It was a great show (even if Mike Love is the only original Boy left) and it really brought back a lot of cool memories about growing up in Hawthorne. The Beach Boys were part of life's soundtrack, especially growing up in Hawthorne, and it was especially cool for me to drag my 12-yr-old son along for his first real concert. Unfortunately he's more into Korn and Offspring and kept wanting to split so he could go do the Zipper or the Orbiter, but I forced him to stay with me as we worked our way up to the front of the stage for a better view. By the end of the night we were singing "Good Vibrations" together and dancing with thousands of others. As I looked around me I saw a total mix of young and old, parents with their kids, older couples slow dancing, little kids bouncing up and down on their Mom or Dad's shoulders, whole families just grooving and singing along to all the great Beach Boys songs! It was a wondrous scene - a moment of bliss and nostalgia that makes you step back and soak it all in with a huge grin on your face! Thanks Brian Wilson for writing such great songs, and thanks to the Beach Boys for keeping up the touring and being such a huge part of the Southern California experience. I'm 'stoked' that our first concert together was with the Beach Boys!

Name: joe heiser () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 02:18:06
Maiden: cougar
Class: now, it really doesn't matter
Message: To Susan Bierman King
I was truly impressed with your feedback of 8/23/99 19:32:14. (I wish, now, that I had known you better at HHS.) You are what true, positive Cougar spirit should be all about and we should all use your feedback as a lesson in kindness, sympathy and, most of all, maturity.

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 01:58:05
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
Message: Thanks Myrna for the info. about Leda. I was getting ready to write you and ask about her too. I've been sad all day thinking she is gone from us. You know all our families were pretty close from church. Your mom was the greatest, she was beautiful inside and out. There for awhile I had mixed feeling about all the feedback but now I have my head on straight. I will not falter anymore. Judy and Betty I really liked your memories. The white lipstick always drove my dad crazy. I had a few granny dresses and big flowered bell bottom pants, just like Cher. Sonny and Cher were my hero's. When ever I hear "I've got you Babe" my mind rushes back to those days. The Pressburg's lived across the street from me and Linda was my best friend in the whole world. We had many ups and downs. Danny Pressbury was like my big brother but he would drive me crazy. These are stories for another time. Hey Danny, I will always have fond memories even if you picked on me horribly.

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 01:54:44
Class: 1967
Message: Susan Ciampa: I think that you would get more response to your message if you would put it this way. "May I suggest that if Mr. D's seat isn't filled by 30-Aug-1999 names will be posted?" I am just kidding. Has anyone heard how things are going in the restoration of Nyman Hall? I am not sure if I am older that dirt. When we lived in Lawndale our party line was shared with the Tyler's. Am I remembering the party line or the Tylers? Our telephone number was Osborne 5-1577 (see John ours didn't have a "6"). I am having a little problem with #19 were they talking about Sylvania or GE bulbs? Also talking about photographic equipment what about 8mm movies (not super 8). High Fidelity equipment, I built my first HIFI amp for the 7th grade science fair. Good old days of 6L6 tubes! Now #22 Cork Popguns I did get one in 1955 along with my coon skin cap from Disneyland. (remember Davey Crocket? Born on a mountain top in ...) I am not sure if I remember this stuff. Maybe just listening to all of you talking about "OLD" stuff puts a picture in my mind.

Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 00:54:13
Maiden: always been Jones
Class: 76
Message: Some of my memories I thought of:
1. Winner Suckers (at the baseball field you get a foul ball you get a sucker, some of them had stickers on the back saying you won another)
2. Black Cows (yum yum)
3. Those delicious taco burgers for lunch
4. My phone number was OSbourne6-4060
5. Walking around Holy Glen at Christmas and always saying the Zacaglin's house was best decorated
6. Collecting bottles for 3 cents each
7. Eating dinner with the whole family at exactly 6:00pm
8. Having the first Radar Range on our block and inviting my friends over to blow up hot dogs
9. Wearing Wing Tips the Wallebies
10. Playing hop scotch before school started in the morning at Peter Burnett (using a St. Christopher)
11. Making "Go Steady"rings out of old phone wire found in the trash over in the industrial area.
12. Having to put up with a thousand kids acroos the street practicing Pop Warner football
13. Having a paper route with Daily Breeze and getting 10 fruit cakes one Christmas.
14. Dreaming about Marcia Brady coming to watch me play little league baseball ( I later met the real Marcia Brady and told her this story and she thought it was so funny (coming from me) that she laughed for minutes)
15. Square Dancing at Peter Burnett
16. The Friday night dances at Dana (played ping pong all night)
17. Boy Scout Troop 917
18. Indian Guides
19. Our housekeeper stealing towels and the money my mom would give her to give me for food at the snack bar
20. Rubber band gun fights
21. Playing over-the-line during little league games and being able to hit it onto the playground at Peter Burnett
22. Wanting the job to chalk the lines at the little field but the Stone family always got it.
23. Wearing undershirts
Thats it for now sorry for the lengthy flashback.

Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 00:46:39
Maiden: daisymae lorig
Class: 76
Message: Of course Christine, YOU would remember tube tops that didn't stay up!! How about stopping at Anita's Dress shop (corner of Haw. Blvd. and Broadway) everyday on the way home from school to try on the latest fashion and get nasty looks from the manager when we didn't buy anything after spending hours in there? Remember the J-Walking ticket for crossing Inglewood Ave. in front of the Dairy? I felt like such a criminal. To bad I wasn't a Stonebraker then!!

Name: pauline matthew () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 00:35:34
Maiden: spencer
Class: 1969

Name: Christine () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 23:50:49
Maiden: Penny
Class: 76
Message: ROTFLMAO (rolling on the floor laughing my a?? off) @ Susan...Great Story!!
also LOL (laughing out loud) @ Joyce...Silly Rabbit ....indeed!! In reference to Mrs. Yates...I remember her...I was a hula dancer (and not a very good one at that, I was too round, if you catch my drift)in a 6th grade play..."A Genie is Better than a Jet'...remember that one Kathy...oops...Daisy Mae?
Telephone numbers...I have to admit I must be a rookie...but I remembers the numbers...mine and Kathys, but as to whose is whose...your guess is as good as mine...676-2746, and 676-5886. So how did I do Kathy? The reason I ask her is...I am quite known for my's rather like a fishes. ")
Wax Lips....ahhh...the taste lingers on ")
DIRT...obviously some dirt is older than others but I do remember...
Wolfman Jack
Pooca shells
spoon rings (that turned your fingers all shades of GREEN!)
velvet chokers
tube tops (that didn't always stay up!)
light & dark brown suede oxfords with the flap over top
Hot Pants!
hip huggers
Romper Room
Captain kangarroo
Puff n' Stuff
I also remember the 'Drop In'
sooo, just how old would you estimate this dirt clod to be???
This is fun....I like this. ")

Name: Terri Perkins () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 23:32:36
Class: 92
Message: OOPS...corrections HHS Soccer was the best from 86 (1st year) till 1992. Jimmy and Valco were wonderful coaches and threw great banquets. Remember those slumber parties girls? How about those poems? Now that would be a great reunion...all the past soccer girls. We're all still around. Some of us still play with or against each other. I see Jennifer Stone a lot with her sister Lisa at the field. Love and Kiss all.

Name: Christine () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 23:02:41
Maiden: Penny
Class: 76
Message: Rats! I scored some room in the field for me....another dirt clod is rollin' in.

Name: sharon () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 22:22:03
Maiden: badger
Class: 63
Message: Great lists of memories! Uh-oh, I had a perfect score - what does that mean???? Here are a couple of other early 60's things: wearing sweaters with hoods - you'd put your arms in the sleeves and sort of let it drape.
Senior sweaters in your class colors (I think '63 was charcoal grey & white)

Name: Sharon () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 22:07:12
Maiden: Badger
Class: 63
Message: Just got back from a looong week end in Rochester, MN. Weather there reminded me a lot of January, 1962 at HHS.... very wet! Anyone remember that January? It was my first in "sunny" So Cal and couldn't believe how much rain we had. I remember some of the guys drying there socks by the bunsen burners in the science labs. I also remember watching people using the lawn in front of the gym as a giant slip and slide. Well, one good thing, while at the antique market in Rochester, I found 2 old Beach Boys albums (33's). One of them has an interesting advertising sticker from England. When I get it unpacked, I will scan it and send it along. As for those who post critical comments without having the courage to use your name, the cloak of anonymity can conceal your identity, but not your missing backbone. One of the things I most appreciated about the kids at HHS when I attended in 1961 - 1963, was that no matter how popular or obscure you were, you still belonged. That's kind of how Cougartown is, yeah it is!

Name: Frank Romano () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 21:29:21
Class: 1961
Message: Great stuff Rowdy Girls, Patty V with all the tests to see if you remember to mark yourself as over-the-hill. Blessed are those who can't remember the correct answers. The incinerator was just a real clog buster lets see the EPA jump on that one!
JB... Just today I was thinking about how you have maintained your cool and always kept a level playing field for Cougartown. This isn't the time to let anyone under your skin. Let them bang their heads until it hurts... soon they will get the idea. Remember W.W.J.D.!!! My T-shirt says choke the "nice fellow", or words to that effect!

Yeah, I might have stepped in the deep end of the cesspool on Joe there. Sorry Joe, no sleep for 2 days. You've got as much right to think that Dewey Storie's a fool for starting a Beach Boy Seat as I do you, for that First Amendment/Columbine crack.

Name: Terri Perkins () on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at 21:23:50
Maiden: Perkins
Class: 92
Message: Ok so maybe I did not actually graduate from HHS, but I did go there for 2 years. I am very happy to see so many of the alumi on this site. It has really helped my mom and sister find old friends. I hope that more of the my old friends start chatting a bit. I wish E.S.H.S. had a wonderful site like this. I think it is neat to see my friends parents, brothers and sisters on this chat site. Keep up the good work John. And Mom and KP I wish you the best of happieness in finding your old friends. Love to you all. HHS Soccer 89-92 RULES! Jimmy Stone and Valco were the best.
Terri P.

Terri, Thanks for the kind words, and keep on Feedbackin'......

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