Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 31, 2010, 10:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas

Message: "Shiny green comets, red peonies with white pistils, silver palm trees and a barrage of other fireworks will burst, boom and pop over the Las Vegas Strip tonight to ring in 2011." Wishing Happy New Years to everyone in Cougarland.
Happy New Year Michael.
Name: Larry And Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 31, 2010, 10:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca

Message: Thank You John for another year of Cougartown...We Love you, and Love to all our Cougartown Family."HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A SAFE, HEALTHY,AND PEACEFUL YEAR.
Thanks Larry and Loretta and you be safe too. Happy New Year and I love you guys too maaann.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 31, 2010, 7:45 am - HHS Time
City & State: Helena Montana

Message: John, just want to wish you & Cougars past and present,A very Happy New Year,Drive Safe tonight!! Al Murphy
Hey Murph, Thanks very much and Happy New Year right back atcha man.
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 31, 2010, 6:31 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Peterson
Class: 1970
City & State: Marietta, Ohio

Message: Happy New Years to everyone in Cougartown. I see on the feedback page the temp is 40. It's 48 here and sunny for a change. Stay safe, stay home, and play board games tonight. John, keep up the good work!
34 here in Lomita right now Kathy. Happy New Year.
Name: Michael Allen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 31, 2010, 1:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Oklahoma city, ok.

Message: Just wondering who is still out there.
Lots of 70s Cougars, Michael. Happy New Year and welcome back.
Name: Jean Macernie ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 30, 2010, 9:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!! Eat, drink, and be merry...but most of all be safe!! ;)
Happy New Year, Jean.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 30, 2010, 6:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills Ca,/ Hanalei HI,
No E-mail
Message: Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! And looking forward to another year of enjoying COUGARTOWN! .... One way my parents kept me in check was to have me work at the sons of italy new years eve party (funny i just now figured this out) I would help cook all day and set up tables and chairs etc, then i would work the cloak room. Mannnnn all those old Italian women would wear the best! And as the night would go on they would come and grab me and make me dance with them! YIKES! ... BUT! Mama Mia! those ladies would give nice tips! (cloak room that is) It wasn't so bad Work hard, Eat good food, dance (Hey! Im a good dancer thanks to those older "cougars") and i made a few good bucks! Plus my parents had an eye on me! LOL! See ya all here at CT next Year! Ha! Ha!
Hey Jim, Happy New Year.
Name: Jeff Moore ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 30, 2010, 5:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Oceanside, CA

Happy New Year, Jeff.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 30, 2010, 4:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA

Message: Just wanted to chime in and wish everyone a Happy New Year! Have fun, be safe and make 2011 the best year yet!
Thanks Jill, Happy New Year.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 30, 2010, 7:53 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: Happy happy birthday to a very dear friend, Jim Peppers. We have been friends since Hawthorne Intermediate---many moons ago. I wish you all the best Jim, love you bunches.
Name: Stephanie Brito ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 29, 2010, 10:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hall
Class: 1961
City & State: RPV, CA

Message: Happy Birthday to Jim Peppers, Happy New Year to all of C Town, and thank you John for all of this.
Happy Birthday Jim, Happy New Year Stephanie, and you are very welcome.
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 29, 2010, 9:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview, Fl

Message: The Beach Boys , An American Family the documentary drama -2000 motion picture will be on WGN Chicago cable channel on Saturday evening 8pm Central see your local listings for exact time. If you have not seen this movie it is worth sitting down with a bowl of pop corn it's one of the very few films made chronicling the beginnings of the Wilson Brothers from Hawthorne California ...Happy New Year Everyone
I think we have that one in a few parts on Jerry's Videos. Thanks for the info Neil.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 10:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Trott
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: In case I don't get a chance before the New Year, I first want to give a BIG Thank You to JB for all the work he puts into this site. I know you have heard it many times before, and you'll heard many more times, but we REALLY appreciate all you do and all the friends you have brought back together and the new friendships that have been made. Second, I just want to wish all my Cougar friends, old and new, a very happy New Year. I hope that all have a blessed and good year....HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!
Thank you Maureen and all the rest of our Ctowners for being here. Happy New Year to you too. Another year and a few hundred more Cougars. That's what it's all about.
Speaking of more Cougars, we are in the midst of updating all of the Missing Lists. Not all lists are yet updated but the 54-62, 64, plus late 60s early 70s are now up to date. If you would please go here and look to see if you, or a friends name is inadvertantly on the Missing List. If it is, please email me and I'll fix it. The Missing list now checks the Alumni List to see if that person has an email address and sometimes it misses a name because of an alternate spelling. Thanks very much.
Name: Madeline Ryan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 6:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ryan
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach CA

Message: Yes Greg how well I remember those days!!! Everyone would be crusing Hawthorne Blvd and we'd park in the islands on Haw Blvd usually across the street from the A & W Hamburger stand and just with everyone gathering it would at times end up in a party and at times we'd have beer and I can remember Hawthorne's finest come driving by and if the cans were open they would just either make us pour it out or they would do it themselves and told us to keep it cool and drive on. Nowadays oh my God, well its truly another time. It was always just good clean fun and no craziness (well not too much) I remember one night a bunch of us were at Foster Freeze and it was quite late and HPD came by to say we'd better break it up because there was a no nonsense Detective Rinkey I believe his name was and he was making his rounds so needless to say we all decided to call it a nite. All I can say is those were the days!!!!!! Happy New Year to all!!!
Happy New Year
Name: Dick Dixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 5:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: La Verne + Indy

Message: Just another Beach Boy / Dennis Wilson snippet of info. For those who want more of a read I recommend you acquire, "Dennis Wilson, The Real Beach Boy," by Jon Stebbins - available at and also consider last years BBC DVD stereo release, Dennis Wilson - Legends - The Real Beach Boy ... a Lime Pictures & Dusty Slider Production. You might recognize a name or two from the good ole days - especially the early years.
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 4:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Citrus Heights, CA

Message: OK, I am really bothered now. Can someone please explain what this upcoming Rose Bowl is all about! It has always been PAC TEN vs. BIG TEN. Now I hear it is Wisconsin vs. TCU? Not that I follow college football anymore but I do enjoy the Rose Bowl on New Years Day. Did the Pac Ten get suspended due to illegal drafting of the players?
Hey Max, The Rose Bowl used to be between the Pac10 and the Big Ten. That tradition started in the mid to late 40s and continued through the late 90s, but now with the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), all has changed. Sometimes it's a Big10/Pac10 matchup and sometimes it's not.
Name: Greg Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 4:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Mea culpa for getting off track there. However, a story about beer and Hawthorne PD. In my senior year there was (were?) a group of us that were (was?) going out to party, myself, Terry Howse, Chris Shaner, Dave Whippo, etc. and we had a couple of cases of beer in the back of Shaners car with the door open. Parked on Gale Ave we were outside about ready to go when a squad car rolled up and asked us if we were the ones lighting off firecrackers. Of course we weren't (true too) but the cop saw the beer and asked us who that was for. We said Terrys Dad. The cop, can't remember his name, made mention about rabbits and their habits and drove off. Ah, the good ole' days when you could get away with stuff like that.
Yeah they were pretty easy on us too. . . .unless they were thirsty Thanks Greg.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 3:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, Dick Dixon; You opened up a memory bank. I saw Dennis about two weeks before he died, I was working a Crime Impact Team in Marina Del Rey back then. Dennis was living aboard his huge double masted 70' sail boat in the marina. I had contact with him on numerous occasions, as he was always walking or biking around the marina and always barefoot as I remember. Dennis remembered me after we talked a few times and I cut him a break more than once, he was always drunk or strung out. I would just give him a simple choice, go back to the boat or go to jail LOL, he was always smart enough to make the right choice. He was living on his boat because he was separated from his 2nd or 3rd wife, who was in fact his cousin. I remember the investigation into his death was concluded as an accidental drowning, however, through my informants, I was told that he had gotten into a fight on his boat with some other drunken friends/people and they threw him overboard and he never came up. He apparently hit his head on the hull of the boat, knocked himself out went to the bottom and drowned, to sad, he was actually a really good guy, he just had a bunch of demons he couldn't deal with or overcome. Oh yea, Doris; yes I was a little rascal in my day, that's why I got kicked out of so many high schools. I guess all those ass wippens by Jerry Pierce of Hawthorne PD, finally got my attention when I got older and I finally saw the light.Jorge
Name: Jake N Jude ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 2:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jacobsen
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: Jeez, I went through those throws of agony about obtaining illegal beverages, the same as all you Cougs. Then I went in the service. Graduated at 4 mths past 17 yrs old. Got stationed in Bossier City Louisiana and that was BAD! You could go to a drive in restaurant and they would serve you beer at your car. No questions asked. What I'm trying to say is the military must be the reason for my problem. Or maybe it's Cougartown. I'm addicted to this place! AAArggghhh!!! Happy New Year to you all. Thanks JB, from the bottom of mine and JJ's heart! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude
You are welcome Jake and Happy New Year to you two.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 10:01 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, Idaho
No E-mail
Message: John, I KNOW you want to get off this subject, but I just have to tell everyone how shocked I was when I moved to beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho where all the stars used to ski and party. I made the big move from the L.A. area to Sun Valley in January, 1971 and there was no booze sold on Sundays. It took nearly 10 years before they allowed Sunday booze. Now that being shared, I have a comment for Jorge. It sounds like you were a real stinker when you were young; good thing you became a cop and straightened up your act. HA! Love your stories! I am just aghast at all you "babies" getting beer illegally!!! I never had my first drink until after I graduated high school; had worked 2 years and was 19 years old ... and it was STILL illegal! Then never drank again till I was 27! Not to worry ... I made up for lost time. Okay ... you older gang out there from the 50's, and I KNOW YOU'RE THERE ... Tell these babies some good old Hawthorne stories that'll make their hair curl, would you please???!!!
Yes please, my hair needs curling Thanks Doris
Name: Catherine Robuck ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 28, 2010, 9:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: SanPedro CA

Message: Hi Hope all Cougars have enjoyed their Holidays so far with New Years Eve to come. I had a very big crush on Dennis Wilson as a 5th grader. Always turned red faced in his presence with a fast heart beat, so sad he's gone and so many years, time is flying! Happy Birthday Robert Ramires and Debra weeks(the26th) class of 71. Mine was the 24th. Madelyn, I did not know your mom was gone but am glad the rest of your family is doing well. You can email me at the address shown above I'd love to talk with you again. No News on Gary Wesche, Anyone? Best wishes to all and may the Cougars have a Safe and Happy New Year! Cathie
Name: Dick Dixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 27, 2010, 11:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: La Verne + Indy

Message: Tuesday, 28 years ago, we lost a real Beach Boy. Dennis Wilson, RIP. Good friend of my families and a buddy I'll never forget. I'm sure the HHS girls in our typing class won't either. Lets remember his great years.
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 27, 2010, 10:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq, NM
No E-mail
Message: The feedback on dry counties, beer etc...made me laugh. Kind of got off the Hawthorne track there...but not much!Lets face it Hawthorne is a beer lovin' city! So it all relates!
Name: Linda Reynolds ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 27, 2010, 5:51 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jones
Class: 1962
City & State: Chatsworth, CA

Message: Happy Birthday to my mother (Goldie Jones) who turned 100 a few days ago. Mom still bakes homemade bread twice a week, does the LA Times crossword puzzle every day, and walks every day around her mobile home park for exercise. You go mom!!
And she still has the car her parents bought her for a graduation present Seriously, Happy Birthday Goldie, I know you and your spirit, and love of life. May you go on for another Century or two, or maybe long enough to wear out the Model A. Also folks, I know this for a fact . . . . Goldie loves PEANUTS. I think it just may be her secret.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 27, 2010, 5:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, John; As I recall, we had dry spells in Hawthorne too, if we couldn't find some one to buy our booze for us we went dry. However, seems like we always found a way to obtain something with alcohol in it, even if we had to raid our parents collection of beverages. This went on until we got smart enough to go to TJ Mexico and get phony ID's. The problen solved itself when I got a job in a liquor store, never dry again.Jorge
There you go. Seems like I never bought it. It was someone I knew who could buy it, or they knew someone else who could.