Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 6:23 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Wine Country, CA
Message: All of the talk about the “A” reminds me of the time not that long ago, while returning from Yosemite Valley, my lady friend and I decided to make a detour through Modesto to see my dear Ol’ Granny. As we hit McHenry Ave coming into town, traffic ground to a halt. Once a month, “Car boys” (and probably girls, too) from all over the great “Central Valley” converged for what they called “Graffiti Night,” in deference to Modesto’s favored son, George Lucas. Moving at a rate of about 100 feet every 15 minutes, we arrived opposite one of the A & W’s in that town and beheld every parking spot occupied by vintage ’57 and ’58 Chevys and Nomads. Long after carhops on roller skates disappeared, they were out in force that night. I so wanted to be back in “dear old” Hawthorne.
“Take me back to the place where I first saw the light To the sweet sunny south take me home Where the mockingbirds sang me to rest ev'ry night Oh, why was I tempted to roam”
JB, can you map out all the old haunts for us please. The class of ’64 turns 64 reunion is shaping up to be great; see everyone in May.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 6:17 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Message: Great eateries- Don't forget Taco tio by HIS
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 4:32 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: Oh my gosh...Bob Jensen just mentioned a place I had nearly forgotten all about. Latitude 20. I used to go there as often as my college budget would allow during my El Camino College days. I had made friends with a group of kids who were attending ECC at that time who were from Hawaii. They introduced me to my first Mai Tai there. I vaguely remember getting up on stage one evening giving my best attempt at the hula! And no - I had not had one to many - I just liked to dance. Those were some fun times!
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 2:26 pm - HHS Time
City & State: L.A. 64
Message: Clark; there were 3 A&W’s in the area that I remember. There was one on Redondo Beach Blvd. at Crenshaw (now a parking lot for El Camino). There was one on PCH just west of Hawthorne Blvd. (Walteria Park) across from Latitude 20 and the one in Hawthorne. I can not recall one in MHB.
Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 2:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Miramar Beach, FL
Message: Now that I look at the A&W picture, maybe it isn't Hawthorne. Something wrong with the parking and the sign. Or did it get a facelift at some time?
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 1:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: "Talent" is a British idiom, meaning, um, "crumpet."
Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 1:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Miramar Beach, FL
Message: Cruising "The Boulevard"! Great memories! And the A&W was the "Place To Be" on a weekend night. I went to the website to see if maybe they had a list of past A&W drive-ins. I did not find that, but I do believe there is a pic of our A&W "back then". Take a look at the "1971" entry on the timeline. That is the Hawthorne A&W
, isn't it? Anyone recognize those cars?
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 10:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: Wudy, has anyone heard from Nancy Bausman? Clark, a group of us would invade Aviation High about once or twice a year looking for talent, we would plot our invasion at A&W, it was within walking distance from the school.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 10:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA
Message: I need some input from you 60s folks! I was talking to a gal today who graduated Aviation High in'62. She said there was another A&W on Sepulveda in Manhattan. I had never heard this. Is it true and where was it?
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 8:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Saint Helena, CA
Message: Is that Skippy's next store to Hawthorne Intermediate? My favorite eating places in Hawthorne were: 1. Raymond's 2. Red Onion 3. Green Farms 4. Chinese Restaurant on the west side of the Blvd. near Imperial Hwy. 5. Holly's 6. Italian Deli owned by the former mayor - Joe Miller. 7. BBQ Pete's 8. Foster's Freeze on 133rd. 9. Pizza Show on 134th. Not in order of importance.
Name: Judy Degrazia-blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 6:32 pm - HHS Time
Message: Oh Sidney...now you're right up my alley.. Ah Ha's was on Century just west of Crenshaw and across the street from the Century Theater. It was a Morningside/Inglewood hang out. Met a lot of cool people there that I still speak to and parties were on every block in the 60's. There was a 31 flavors on the side. Nancy Bausman was always there. All the boys use to pull in with the upside down car record players. (remember those ) I hope that Maureen Manning and Mary Plater are reading this. We all learned how to drink and smoke there..Ahh Haa!! A trip down memory lane. Thanks.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 5:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: "Ooh-ooh-ooooh! "Can I guess Mister Kotter-r-r (Sorry, Mister Baker)
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 11:50 am - HHS Time
City & State: Palm Desert, Ca
Message: Hey, sherry; I remember those bell things. Every CHRISTmas in Long Beach, we have a CHRISTmas program at the Long Beach Cultural Center downtown, put on by the Long Beach Pops Concert Orchestra. They always have a group that play the bells, theirs are brass though LOL, cause they know what they are doing with those bell things and the sound is very nice to the ears. Jorge
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 11:21 am - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, CA
Message: I was a Melody Bells virtuoso when playing Mary Had a Little Lamb. I think my mother thought diffferently. They just disappeared one day after she finished cleaning house.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 9:33 am - HHS Time
City & State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Do any of you older Cougars remember Melody Bells? They were colored plastic bells. There were 8 in a set and the music book that came with them had colored dots which were the colors of the bells allowing you to play a tune using the corresponding colors. I thought they were great fun.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 6:24 am - HHS Time
City & State: West Hills Ca,/ Hanalei HI,
Message: Aghhhh Yes TV Tubes ! I remember going with my pop (i think it was Boys mkt,) . One time we were walking from the parking lot to the market to do some tube testing and my pop was in a big hurry to get this taken care of. I was honered to carry the little brown bag . I was swinging it and just being a stupid kid and the bag let loose and all the tubes went a flying! And of course a car or two ran over them . OH GOD! i was sooo affraid what was going to happen to me next . But my pop just picked up the ones that still had a chance and just said.." Jimmy you just wait till we get home! Thanks to my strong survival skills i managed to stay hidden in our backyard for days! (we had a beautiful and large backyard!) LOL! I think whatever it was pop wanted to watch (probably car races) He had mostly forgotten . Did you all know that TV Tubes are now a collectors item ? I see em at the swapmeets all the time! Broken or not! Enjoy your flat screens LOL!
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Feb 22, 2011, 5:40 am - HHS Time
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Today is a special day ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KAREN KUEHL, the best friend anyone could ever HOPE for! I love you dearly Karen and may this be the best birthday ever! Just had to tell you that before I left! MANY HUGS! I feel so fortunate that we reconnected through CT and Cruise Nights! You're the BEST, girlfriend! CLINK!! That's me tipping a glass of champagne to you!
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 21, 2011, 5:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Tom Shelley, are you kidding me? I was scared of you at St. Joseph and I think I still am. I only "choose off" those I know I can take now days which is absolutely nobody! Even Anne isn't afraid of me, but she can scare the hell out of me.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 21, 2011, 10:04 am - HHS Time
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Hey Rout, sorry if I hit a sore spot. Geez, its been 50+ years, get over it!! Ha, just yanking your chain. But really now, don't you feel better now that that is all out in the open? See you at cruise night. Hope you don't "choose me off" over this.
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 20, 2011, 6:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Could Janet be referring to Laurence Drugs on the N/W corner next to Chaneys? To Mike Shay: I got my Viceroys out of that same machine.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 20, 2011, 9:29 am - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Hey Jan - As regards the fundraising to spruce up and repair the war memorial, if we cannot attend the event in Pechanga but would like to donate to the fund (that's me : )) how would I make out the check and to whom and where shall I send it?? Is it possible to make any of those donations through John's Cougartown Paypal account? Folks, this fundraiser is an important one. Also, maybe we can work on collecting at the Cruise Nite coming up.....
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 9:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LAGUNA Beach ca
Message: Judy - I remember those tv tubes! Thanks for verifying. We were always testing those tubes. Also how about that weird round thing that re-magnetized the colors?
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 9:50 pm - HHS Time
Message: The Hawthorne VFW is having a fundraiser bus trip to Pechanga Casino in Temecula on Wednesday, March 30, leaving the Post at 8am and returning same day at approx 6pm. Cost: $15.00 per person. Your $15.00 will be reimbursed to you at the casino. All proceeds go for needed repairs to the Hawthorne War Memorial (Hawthorne Memorial Center at Prairie Ave and El Segundo Blvd.) To sign up call Bob Steinhauer at 310-675-7681 or Del Rupp at 562-421-9266.
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 8:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Hey Shelley thanks for ratting on me. Remember back in the fifties when we would go to the movies for all day this or that? it might be all day westerns or all day comedies or all day Francis The Talking Mule movies. One Saturday I went to the Imperial with Brian White HHS'60, Mike Kendall Serra'61, Gordon Darnell HHS'63 and Lyn Acord HHS'63. They would hold a raffle (you got the ticket with your 75 cent admission) and halfway through the day the big prize came out, a brand new bicycle. My number was called (about the only time I ever won anything) and I just stood there. We all came on our bikes so I wondered how I was going to get two home and besides I would have to go on stage in front of all those kids. I shoved the ticket into my pocket and didn't say anything until we got home. I got ripped pretty good by the guys then and it seems over 50 years later I still have to take it. Also, Jake happy birthday, may the doo wop be with you.
Name: Eric Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 7:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Redlands, CA
Message: Dear Fellow Cougars, I just returned from visiting my best bud Mike Smith (HHS class of 68) at the Colorado River. We were reminiscing about old times and spoke of people from our childhood neighborhood (Del Aire) that we have lost track of. If anyone remembers Gary Primo (I think he was in the class of 1969) or Rick Rohten (not sure of the spelling and I think he was in the class of 1971 or 1972) send me an email. I'd like to re-connect with these friends from the past. May the Cougar be with you all.
Name: Dennis Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 3:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Costa Mesa, CA
Message: Hey Bill Baker, just saw your feedback re: Dennis Wilson. I lived at 3752 w. 119th street from 6th grade til junior year of high school. It was the 2nd house from the corner on south/west side. Which house was your grandmothers. I can't place any Farrells. Hope all is well with you and it was great seeing you at the semi-reunion in May. Maybe we'll do it again in a couple of years.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 3:25 pm - HHS Time
City & State: COLD STONE TAVERN
Message: Came home about noon today tired cold wet and Debby says let's go get some lunch. Sounded like a good idea. We had never been to Cold Stone Tavern below the bridge on the San Marcos [the one that people are jumping off while they decide the aethetics of the design for a barrier] Pass so we headed there, about 12 minutes away. We walked pasT the tavern part heading to the restaurant part and the door opens and I swear [are you ready Baker because I am getting 2 sightings for this one] the guy walks out looks exactly like Henry Cooper. Right, I say no way too, after all we couldn't even hook up when we knew where we were going in Sonoma. I discard the notion and then bam, I ask. Are you Henry Cooper? It was. He and his wife Kathy were visiting friends in Carpinteria. Is that a coincidence or what. We had a great lunch. Henry could still play linebacker for the Cougs and we both agreed I could carry his jock. Henry what a pleasure it was to see you again and to meet your beautiful wife. And for all who asked, Henry is doing great!
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 19, 2011, 10:57 am - HHS Time
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Happy Birthday to one of the nicest, kindest, sweetest and funniest men I've ever met ... Russ "Jake" Jacobsen. I am so grateful to CT and John Baker to have made it possible for me to meet you and your sweet Judi!