......back to the 50's with some early rock..... Chuck Berry
Name: MO () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 08:50:03
Message: HERE ARE SOME MORE MEMORIES FROM MY SISY, COLLEEN (COCO) MY TWIN AND MYSELF. BUT FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. UNDER THE SLANG SECTION, I PUT THE WORD "PADIDDLE", BUT COCO GAVE THE WORD TO ME (SHE'S THE ONE WITH THE REALLY GREAT MEMORY). SO HERE WE GO WITH OUR LIST (SORRY IF THERE ARE ANY REPEATS, BUT IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED...YOU KNOW THE SENIOR MOMENTS). 1. WHEN YOU COULD GO TO THE MOVIES FOR 50 CENTS...THE MOVIE WAS 25 CENTS, BUT BEFORE GOING IN YOU WOULD GO TO SAV-ON DRUGS AND BUY YOUR CANDY (3 FOR 10 CENTS) AND YOUR POPCORN (10 CENTS A BAG). PLUS, FOR THE 25 CENTS YOU GOT 2 FEATURES, CARTOON & NEWS.
2. THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH
3. "CHURCH" BEACH PARTIES (AT LEAST THATS WHAT MOM & DAD THOUGHT).
4. THRIFTY & KRESGE'S LUNCH COUNTERS.
5. THE ROLLER SKATING RINK (ON ROSECRANS?).
6. POKER PARTIES AT OUR HOUSE (WITH MY MOM).
7. TAKING THE BUS TO 26TH STREET (RAIN OR SHINE).
8. SCARPELLINO'S PIZZA IN INGLEWOOD ON MANCHESTER.
9. FELTON MARKET BETWEEN 118TH ST. AND 118TH PL. (OWNERS WERE BESS & PHIL).
10. WAX COVERED PICKLES
11. CANDY CIGARETTES
13. BUBBLE GUM CIGARS
14. CHARM SUCKERS
15. CHERRY OR LIME RICKEY AT THE WICH STAND
16. CHERRY OR LEMON PHOSPHATES AT HOLLY'S
17. WHITE'S BAKERY
18. GIRLS: THE "FLIP" THE "BUBBLE"
19. ANGORA SWEATERS
20. WEARING YOUR DAD'S WHITE SHIRTS WITH JEANS
21. MOVIES: THE BLOB, THE TINGLER & THE BODY SNATCHERS.
22. BLACK & WHITE TV'S
23. MICKEY MOUSE CLUB...ANNETTE, KAREN & CUBBY, SPIN & MARTY
24. SOUPY SALES...WHITE FANG & BLACK TOOTH
25. ROMPER ROOM
26. ENGINEER BILL...RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
27. DISNEYLAND TICKET BOOKS ("E" RIDES)
Name: Christine () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 08:12:47
Message: How about those at York who use to put thier cornbread in the chili and then to cool it down put some of their milk in it? How about having to watch (can't think of the real name of the movie) the '76 trombones led the big parade' movie, over the course of 2-3 days....how droll. How about the first time you kiped cigs from your parents and turned pea green? then vowed never to touch them again? and meant it, and stuck to it. Who remembers protesting in jr high and wore pants to school and got sent home, and then the next year they changed the dress code to include girls being allowed to wear pants to school? that's all I can come up with right now....
Name: Sharon () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 07:34:48
Message: Love everyone's lists of things they remember. It's funny how one word can sometimes trigger an avalanche of memories. Wasn't Gillis' son (on the Life of Riley) named Eggbert or something like that? Remember when one of the TV stations showed the same movie every night at the same time for a week and then repeated that movie a few times a day on Saturday & Sunday? In 1963 they did "The High and the Mighty" with John Wayne and Lynne Johnson (HHS, 63) who for some reason loved this movie, watched it almost every time it was on and could practically recite the dialog along with the movie. Remember being able to get the bull fights from Mexico on the TV? My dad would turn down the sound and turn on the hi-fi and we'd watch and root for the bulls. I remember my first hi-fi 33 record - it was the Kingston Trio's Christmas Album (I received it as a Christmas gift in 1961) and I still have it!
That was the Million Dollar Movie on channel 9 that showed the same movie all week.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 06:57:17
Message: JB: If Sheriff John is still alive, do you think he would sing you his birthday wish? Do you remember the words to the song? re: Life of Riley...his wife was Peg and I believe he worked in an aircraft factory. Cosmo's bosses' name was Mr. Skyler. My Little Margies' dads name was Vernon Albright don't remember what he did. And the name of the little old lady on Our Miss Brooks was Mrs...? and Walter (her student), his real name is...later to be married to Kate on another TV show and had a son named...? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN BOY!
Jan, Riley's best friend was Gillis and his wife and son were Honeybee and Egbert. They worked at Cunningham Aircraft. Mr Skyler is right!!! I wouldn't have gotten that one. Margies dad worked for Honeywell and Todd.
Name: Diane Smith () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 02:36:57
Message: Oh my gosh, I scored 25, so guess that makes me older than dirt too! Reading about May day and Mrs. Yates teaching the hula to all the girls brought back such fond memories. Thanks again to everyone at cougartown.com, keep the memories coming!
Name: Cheryl () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 01:34:47
Message: Joohhn Boy, 3 more to gooooo..........
Cheryl, Please leave it be....
Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 00:52:16
Getting tar on your feet and body, after swimming in the ocean, and using paint thinner to rub it off, before going in your parents house!
Remember getting tar on your body after a great day at the beach! Does that ever happen anymore?
Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 00:41:54
Message: More memories from St. Joe's:
Bob Lorig, Gary Stonebraker, Jim Hildebrandt, and who know who else, swiping a case of wine from the rectory, getting drunk and running away from home.
I remember the Crowning of the Virgin Mary. Of course Roni Treckman got picked for that our year!! She was always the teachers pet :)
Helping Mr. Rinaldi, the custodian, after school.
Having dance lessons (with both Mrs. Achrems)instead of PE for the girls. Roni, remember the recital where you got to learn an Irish jig and I had to do this ballet thing?? That was fun!!
Keeping our hands at our sides, holding onto our skirts, and walking quickly down the staircase during fire drills.
The first time I saw a nuns hair!! She was wearing a partial habit and in class she actually took it off to reposition it. I thought everyone was going to die of shock.
The calk walk during the spring carnival (Yum!)
There's more but I'm tired and it's late.
JB-GO TO BED (you need your rest!!!)
Thank you Kathy, I am outta here, and as Robin would say, Later Cougs......
Name: Mike Shay () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 00:22:57
Message: Hello All;
I'm crazy about all the lists of neat old stuff
(Riley's neighbor was Gillis) I just thought of a few more:
1. The little mechanical cobbler in the window at Meeks shoe repair.
2. The annual parade and the carnival.
3. Wax covered pickles at Karen Boll Essners' folks store.
4. Making a Scooter out of your old "Clamp-on" roller skates.
5. Duncan Tournament Tops Yo-Yo's with the cool colors and the rhinestones.
6. Engineer Boots.
7. Sir Guy shirts
8. Bongo Drums.
10. Watching Annette develop.
Oops, I'm losing track....Happy B-Day J.B.
Well where have you been the last 2 or 3 weeks?? Don't you like us anymore? Thanks man, and I've got one that will take some of you older Cougs back.
Shady Acres in Long Beach. The miniature golf course and the arcade, but does anyone remember that game (I guess you'd call it a game). It was like a plane with a joy stick and you'd set in it. It was hydraulic, and you could make the nose of this plane, which had a long spring on the front, go up and down and back and forth, with the joy stick. There were all these city names like Chicago, LA, New York, and by every name was a contact. If you could get this spring to make contact with the city, a light would come on by the name. Super high tech for its time. I think it cost a quarter to play, so you couldn't play it too many times, especially if you had your favorite girl along.
Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 00:04:57
Message: To JB: When I was in Jr. High, We would ride our bicycles to El Segundo Blvd. and Sepuveda and go rabbit hunting with a bows and arrows. The rabbits were better off standing still other wise they might accidentally run into one of our arrows.
My dad used to tell us stories about when he was a young man and he went rabbit hunting with two older men in Hawthorne and they would hunt with dogs. One of the older men was Jim Thorpe, the famous athlete. This was when Thorpe was an older man. He used to live in Hawthorne, Hence the name of Jim Thorpe Park on Prairie Ave.
I also remember as a Jr. High student, on Saturday, a gang of us would hop on the "5 car" (the street car) and transfer a couple of times and end up at Wrigley field in Los Angeles to see the LA Angels play. ( a minor league team) Just a few memories!
To Becky Slaughter: Why Butch Wax for me?
To Jim Sloey: I owe you an e-mail.
To Robin: Loved the archery story.
Be a coug! R. Lord
Royal, Great story. I remember my dad telling the same stories, and at the time, wishing Hawthorne was like when he grew up. Now I look back and see that it was a great place when I was growing up too. Jim Thorpe was a good friend of the Baker family too. Actually, he was my grandfather's friend, and would bring his family to my grandparents house on a Sunday for my grandmother's famous fried chicken dinners. (Sounds a little like the "I Knew A Beach Boy Too" stories huh) Thanks Royal.......
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 23:03:02
Message: On my last post I forgot a sad note. Bob McCann, 30+ years 8th grade teacher at Dana and a good friend, passed away Monday night. He played golf on Monday and sometime during the night passed on.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 22:48:41
Maiden: always been Jones
Message: Now I like this recollection thing we're doing. Here's some more;
1. My first walk-in movie: Sound of Music (still one of my favorites)
2. First drive-in was The Reluctant Astronaut playing with That Darn Cat
3. Hitting golf balls from our front lawn to the grass in front of Cabrillo. Today that is still far.
4. Playing touch football across from our house with all the stars of the varsity football team when I was just a freshman.
5. 2,4,6,8 who do we appreciate.. after every little league game.
6. Being on the first place baseball team every year I played from age 8-15.
7. Going to Santa Maria at 15 on the Middle League All-Stars and hitting 10 home runs in 8 games
8. Being a BIG part of the largest fight I've ever been in at Inglewood High after we beat them in baseball and both teams, coaches and fans got involved, probably 30+people. Got on the bus and my back was hurting so I lifted up my shirt and there was a bruise about the size of two hands. It was from being hit with a bat. I loved it.
9. circa 1983: Being one of the original bouncers at Tequilla Willies and having people from over the world knowing about us because friends that visited would tell them about us.
10. Watching Hobo Kelly and hoping she would pick my card.
11. Watching Beenie and Cecil with my propeller cap on.
12. Being told by Mr. "T" at HHS that he would rather have us cheat than not answer the questions on the test at all.
13. Ditto pants were the best!
14. Being stuck on the ski lift at China Peak with Kathy Lynch for over an hour during a snow storm.
15. Crawling on the small frozen lake at Snow Summit to retrieve a ski that had fallen off Rick Ragits on the skilift and then the ice beaking as I fell in.
16. Doing the ski maintenance on everyone ski's before going skiing. I have more but I'm draining myself and I'm sure you too.
Great stuff Keith
Name: LEEROY FELDERRUSTER () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 22:44:40
Message: HOWDY! gilis wuz Rileys bestest frend. who wuz Jim anderson? LEEROY FELDERRUSTER AND BEULAH
LeeRoy, I'm very impressed..........
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 22:35:40
Message: Judy-Asta the dog was from the Thin Man--George & Marions dog was Neal - and he enjoyed martinis! Betty
Name: Denny U () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 22:16:06
Message: My Little Margie was (Gail Storm) Rileys daughter was Babs and his son was Jr.
Denny, You are correct sir. Keepem comin' Cougs. We still need the neighbors and their kids name. Also, where Riley worked.
Name: Frank A. Romano () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 21:30:55
Message: Best steak house that I can remember and that I still talk about Joe Petrelli's. Is it really still operating. Knocked down some wonderful porterhouse steaks there over the years. Back a few stories ago, the Old Flash Gordon show was up. Those where serial short for the big screen that made it to TV. In the early 70's I use to talk with Flash, aka Buster Crabbe on the New Haven train between NYC and New Greenwich. Your clicking right along JB with old TV trivia... But then again, at your AGE (and getting older I see) you would know that "neat" stuff.
Second nature Farnk, second nature.....
Petrellis has moved across the street from their old place. I agree, they are great steaks. Another great steak place that has just gone by way of Holly's/Hawthorne Grill, is Del Contes in Torrance. Yep, the grand old steak palace has been bulldozed as of a month ago. Too many sushi eaters in this end of town I think.
Name: John Baker () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 21:31:10
Message:Hey folks, the Nyman Hall seat restoration is going great. The people of Cougartown are definitely doing their part to see that the hallowed halls are put back together. Please take a look at the above seats that are outstanding, and see what you can do to finish or help finish off the one of your choice. I love that we're starting new one's, but would like to get some existing ones cleared up. Thanks much for your help. ....and now back to the show.
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 21:10:44
Maiden: DANA Osborne 61165
Message: For those of you who know John Fowler HHS '72: John is a doctor and teaches ER procedures in Turkey and is a missionary for his church, Calvary Presbyterian at 120th and Hawthorne Blvd. He and his family return every three years to visit his parents and brother and sister and to speak at his and other churches. The earthquake in Turkey was on Tuesday and John was asked to return on Thursday as he was desperately needed. His wife and six children are still here.
Jan Blomsterberg: Nice touch remembering fallen buddies in the Marines with a seat. I was in the Seabees in WWII. We had a marine D.I. and got along well with all marines.
Mike Perkins: Thanks for the kind words. Dominguez and Perkins - a couple of my favorite names.
Love to all,
Harbor City Harry
Name: jannie wannie (thank you Howard Duran) chicken fanny () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 20:59:06
Class: still '63
Message: JB: Knew the names of the Toppers'...one more back at you - what was Cosmo's bosses name? And just what type of work did Ozzie do? And who said "what a revoltin' development this is"? I suppose if I had paid more attention to my teachers as I did when it came to watching television I probably would have been a better student. I'm sure glad we didn't have cable way back then...never would have passed the eighth grade! But the memories are oh, so great...wouldn't have it any other way.
Jan, When you think about it, TV was newer to us THEN than computers are to the 6th graders of today. It was our "Nintendo". Toppers bosses name escapes me, but I'm sure someone will have the answer. The "revoltin development guy" was The Life of Riley's William Bendix. Speaking of the Life of Riley, who were his kids, his best friend and his wife, and their son's name, and where did they work? I still don't know what Ozzie did. I do remember Ozzie and Thorny drinking "Hot Cokes" right out of the case in the garage though. Great memeories Cougs. Also, who was "My Little Margie" and where did her dad work?
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 20:34:52
Message: Jan I can't believe I remember something you don't. It was George and Marion Kirby. Toppers' first name was Cosmo. It was so fun reading about memories. I remember the Sears guy telling us where to park I think they need one today at Christmas time too. Just the other day I was telling Doug about the sand dunes. Jimmy, Sandy and I loved going there. I have a cork gun and coonskin cap too. I always had more fun with them than my kids did! I bought mine at Disneyland too. We had an Osborne number too, but unlike the rest of you I can't remember mine!
I remember in the Summer of 1958, John Baker, Bob Reagan, Greg Adams, Ronny Edie, Jimmy Norman, Johnny Norman, Jimmy Wilson, and maybe a couple of others, rode our bikes down Imperial Hwy to the Sand Dunes on the East side of Highland. We all had Bows and Arrows, BB Guns and Pellet Guns strapped to our backs and we were going rabbit huntin'. It's a wonder we didn't kill each other. I remember I had a leather jacket on and I think it was Jimmy Norman who shot me right in the back with a BB gun. I went to my knees, and thankfully was wearing that jacket. He said he was aiming at a pole, but I know better. Jimmy, if you're out there "You Missed Me" Try making it from Hawthorne to the beach with that much ordnance today and see what happens. OH, No rabbits were harmed in this day of honest fun.
Name: Gary Nelson () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 20:23:22
Message: Cosmo Topper
Well, If it isn't "Day Late and a Dollar Short" Nelson. Yes, It is Cosmo. How're you doin' Gary. I knew you had to be chimin' in here sooner or later. I need your striper guy again. (no, Sharbo not "stripper guy") I lost the info that you'd previously sent me.
Hope you can make the Homecoming Game fun fest. Missed you on Cruise Night. Stay in touch Gary.
Name: Sharbo () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 19:36:24
Maiden: Princess of the Universe
Message: Susie Ciampa Walling I LOVE YOUR STORY!!! I obviously signed up with the wrong group-I'll bet there are lots more stories where that came from. OK here's one of mine: Picture it: Portland OR 1976: Journalism students take a bathroomless bus (aaarrrgghhh) to the big Journalism roundup (whatever it was called, heck I was just along for the party)(but DON'T TELL KONNIE KRISLOCK!) Gpork (V6) and I roomed with Carol Mann. Carol was a very GOOD GIRL-(so was V6 till I got ahold of her)-we took Carol to the supermarket to buy wine and beer because she was the only one old enough-18; Glo and I were still only 17. We stood in the checkout line with several bottles of contraband, talking out loud, continually reassuring Carol that it was ok, SHE was the only one old enuf therefore SHE had to make the buy. Mind you the cashier overheard our entire conversation; Carol was uncomfortable in her role as Senior Provider (she hadn't spent enough Fri/Sat nights with us I guess) and almost had to be FORCED into doing the dastardly deed- boy were we ever SURPRISED (and AMUSED) when we got back to our hotel room and found out the age of Majority in Oregon is 21, not 18! I'm still not sure if Carol ever forgave us- I DO know that she NEVER went to another Journalism roundup with me!!!
A journalism group on a bathroomless bus!!?? Man, talk about "Riders Cramp"Sorry Swifty......
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 19:34:37
Message: JANNY WANNY CHICKEN FANNY..Here we go..
Topper's first name was Cosmo. The Kirby's were George & Marion. The dog was Asta. Now.. I remember the little man atop the Sears building directing parking spaces to be had. Pop hated him..he never gave us a space close to the building. I also recall flex straws that contained a flavor strip..chocolate & strawberry..just place in milk & Viola!! How about St. Joe's uniforms for girls were navy blue pinafores with white bloused. ( plaid came much later ) Webster Webfoot. Hilo Haddie ... Whew! I'm going to pass out.. Excuse me... Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS.
Asta was the Thin Man's Dog. The Kirby's drunken St Bernard, was Neil, and Topper's wife was Henrietta. I remember that flex straw with the flavor strip TM..... man, was that the lousiest tasting strawberry flavor you EVER drank? Webster Webfoot with Jimmy Weldon. I met Jimmy a couple of years ago at a Civitan meeting at Petrellis Steak House. He was still going strong and still had the Webster voice.
Great Stuff Judy. Thanks......
Name: Jan Blomsterberg () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 18:51:17
Message: All right, HHS alumni, you have been searching the corners of the mind to remember those "days of old" and everyone has done a great job! Reading these remembrances has definitely jogged this guy's brain...so many events that have not been thought about since the sixties! Thought of a few myself...and here they are:
1 - "Say the magic word, say Mission Pak and it's on it's merry way; no gift's so right, so gay, so bright, give the Mission Pak magic way" (close enough, I think...do you still remember the tune? or the store that was open in Inglewood during the holidays?)
2 - Sears and Roebuck in Inglewood at Christmas...where someone on top of the building would direct you to a vacant parking spot?
3 - The golf course where the Forum now stands?
4 - Did anyone else play at the "sand dunes" in El Segundo?
5 - Spade Cooley or Spike Jones?
6 - Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiians Band with Hilo Hattie?
7 - Dick Lane and the LA T-Birds..."whoaa, Nellie"?
8 - Skipper Frank and Cartoon Carousel?
9 - "Red light - green light" with Engineer Bill? got milk?
10 - The statement "got it, got it, got it, need it, got it" when looking through a new pack of baseball trading cards? How many Mickey Mantle cards did you use for making that motorcycle sound on your bike? and they are worth how much today?
11 - Do you remember the name of the dog in "Topper"? or the Kirbys' first names?
12 - The "Million Dollar Movie" on channel nine?
13 - Our own HHS's Dan Nelson on "Highway Patrol"?
14 - In the fifth grade moving from "old" Juan Cabrillo to "new" Peter Burnett when the school first opened? or being milk monitor? (Mr. Kiff was the teacher)
15 - Mr. Kiff having his class listen to a weekly radio show that played classical music and keeping a journal about what we listed to?
16 - When driving to Knotts Berry farm seemed like an all day event to get there?
17 - Currie's Ice Cream parlor on 129th and Hawthorne Blvd?
18 - Little League parades down Hawthorne Blvd when the season opened?
19 - The Hollywood Stars and LA Angels baseball clubs?
20 - When Gary Gibson fell off the ball room roof at Dana and broke both wrists?
21 - Playing in the "bean field" (132nd and Anza) before it was the San Diego Fwy?
22 - Wearing the gray uniform with red tie at Hawthorne Christian?
23 - When the sidewalks and gutters were put in and the streets paved on 132nd St?
24 - From 132nd Street: the "Brown's", the "White's, the "Arnold's", the "Piccolo's", the "Cross's", the "O'Dell's", the "Jeffries", the "Goodman's" and the "Blomsterberg's"?
25 - And finally, yes, I remember my phone number as well...OS 6-6379!
Hey, Great stuff, JANNY WANNY CHICKEN FANNY. I remember the one's you mentioned, but I'll let'em think about it. Also, what was Topper's first name, and what was his wife's first name?
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 18:50:36
Maiden: ImaybeROWDYbutmyrootsare fromSt.Joe's
Message: OK..OK... I'm comin' clean.. This ROWDY GIRL attended St. Joseph's Catholic School.. Graduated 1959. So for all you St. Joe's people.. take a trip down Monsignor Redahan's memory lane.
1. Selling donuts..& tidings...and first prize was a rosary that glowed in the dark.
2. Elections for the Crowning for the Virgin Mary each May. ( I never did...no comment here )
3. Wading across Acacia Ave. on planks they put across the puddles.. in the rain ( bad sewers ) and drying our shoes and socks out on an old raditator type furnace.
4. Watching " The song of Bernadette" on the floor on the hallway. ( no hall back then )
5. On Friday..all you could smell coming from the cloal room was tuna & cheese sandwiches.
6. Hot dog sales and milk was a nickel.
7. Recess in the street. Playing jacks and cats in the cradle.
8. Retreats that lasted 3 days..and no talking.
9. It was a priviledge to clean erasers for the teacher..and we fought over who would carry her books to class or pick up a dropped pencil.
10. Giving our last dime to the Save the Pecan baby fund.
Ahhh!! those were the good old days. Help me here, Linda Christian... (her mind's like a steel trap)
Don't forget the Helm's donut man..listening for the whistle. Taking the Eucalyptus #1 bus to Inglewood. (later to the Inglewood Beauty College) fare was .25 cents.
Now I'm va klempt again (spell??)
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDY GIRLS
Name: Ted () on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 18:23:32
Message: Wow, these memories from the past are too much! Horse rides down Broadway for ten cents? I didn't know HHS was around during the Civil War!