Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 5:40 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: Hey Loren, If you have Google Earth, you can see the sand dunes there. It's a free download on Google if you don't have it. It looks like a very small patch of dunes at the end of Imperial. Nothing at the end of El Segundo Bl. I am so amazed at the empty roads at the end of the runways at LAX. That was a really nice housing tract at one time. I remember parking on one of those lonely roads late at night and being visited by a friendly cop. That was after the houses were torn down and I was in high school or maybe just out. They couldn't leave houses under the traffic lanes when they expanded the airport. Those roads have been deserted for over 50 years.
Name: Judy Degrazia-blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 5:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance CA

Message: Ahh..Wrightwood. In Catholic school, our girl scout troup went there for 2 weeks from hell, (just my opinion) We lived in chalets and tents and didn't sleep all night listening to the animal calls and bugs crawl. I dropped my flash light in the hole in the ground latreen. (yes, you have that visual correct and all kids do it.) Forced to go on an overnight hike and fell off a horse. Broiling hot in the day - freezing cold at night. Got home-sick but mom wouldn't come get me.. (I'm sure she was enjoying my absence ) I tuffed it out but never forgave her. In defense of the place I will say that at night we'd all sing around the campfire and roast marshmallows and tell spooky stories which was a blast and I'll never forget the sky being unbelievably gorgeous every night... orange and pink.. and the saying that Johnny Appleseed's orchard was on fire. But that wasn't enough to make me ever sign up again. Just too brutal for me. I never go where the buffalo roam and there isn't a sound of a toilet flushing.
And you're a Marine's wife
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 4:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Oh!! MAAAN!!, J.B.; There goes Kieth Jones in door water park, up in smoke.Jorge
Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 3:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Miramar Beach, FL

Message: Big Pines! I am sure I went there. I don't remember what year, maybe 1962 or so. I was attending RH Dana. Many years later, around 1980, I was surprised one day as I rode my motorcycle through Angeles National Forest, and there it was! I couldn't resist pulling in. The security guard there believed my story and showed me around. As I recall, the cabins had animal names, and mine was "Blue Jay". We had it so good! Thanks, John Baker, for the great memories!
You're welcome Jack and Thanks again to Mr. Fred Newton for the article
Name: Laura Wang ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 2:13 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Geele
Class: 1976
City & State: PV, CA

Message: My dad and I took our walk today during the mall fire --very impressive turnout of fire trucks; policemen shutting off 120th, Birch, and a bit of Haw Bl; paramedic trucks; and guys on the roof running around. Smelled like an electric fire. The copters overhead were thunderous and my dad kept looking up to watch them while walking instead of the fire trucks hauling about. The building is still standing, and only a few walls appear to have been pulled down -- but they were walls on the bottom level of the garage, so let's hope for a nice shaker to take the rest of it down.
Amen to that. Thanks Laura for the update.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 12:34 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long beach, ca

Message: Well, is the mall still there. I went on YouTube to see if there was any video. These days the minute something happens it ends up on YouTube. Nothing there however, they do have video footage of the 1966 tornado that we had. Here is the link. Was working as an information operator at the Pac Bell next to Foster's then. I got a call from a woman in Hawthorne who said we had just had a tornado. I asked where she lived. When she told me I was shocked because it was just a few blocks from our office. As usual, I missed it. I miss everything WHAAA, WHAA, WHAA.
Name: Lee Ann Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 11:11 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Nixon
Class: 1964
City & State: Vancouver, WA

Message: Is this the same camp that we, as 6th graders, got to go to? At least I think it's the one that those of us who went to Eucalyptus Elementary, anyway, were able to have a week of fun at. I wonder how many Hawthorne "any schoolers" had to privelege of attending. It was my first time in the mountains (to stay overnight) in.
I went to Hawthorne Youth Camp in the summer of 56. Fun week for sure.
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 9:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Maxson
Class: 1963
City & State: Stagecoach, NV

Message: News alert on Fox News, The Hawthorne mall is on fire. Cindy
That's one way to get rid of it
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 9:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA

Message: Cougar sighting: Met Claudia Garcia(class of 2000) at the Walmart on 190th. I always bump into the young ones!
Clark, you are amazing. Get yourself a Cougartown Tshirt, you'll get many more sightings.
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 8:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena AR

Message: I want to thank Tom, Dennis ,John, and Bob, for your birthday greetings. Bob, it was especially nice to hear from you, I hope you're well? Ray
Name: Ed Henn ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 7:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Crestline, Calif

Message: I read Jim Sloey's tribute to the "DUKE" and couldn't help but remember back in OCT.4th 1955 my Dad took my brother John & myself to our very first Major League Baseball Game at EBBETS Field N.Y.. It just happened to be the 4th game of the World Series between The N.Y. Yankees & the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Duke hit two Homers in that game, & tied the series @ 2 games each. I will never forget that game. The DUKE was my childhood hero. I never knew until now that he was a Three Sport Star at COMPTON HIGH. The Dodgers WON that year in GAME 7. RIP "DUKE"
Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 5:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl.

Message: Have not been to Hawthorne in many years, just wondering if the sand dunes still exist at the end of El Segundo Blvd. think it was near the beach at Playa Del Ray. Probably been developed many years ago. My ole basketball coach Mr. Pfeiffer prescribed us guys to play there and much volleyball at the beach, fond memories, Loren
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 5:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday Ray Shelley from your old next door neighbor.
Name: Eric Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 11:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Redlands, CA

Message: I received the following email from Richard Greedus’(class of 1969) cousin. I am posting this as requested by her.
Eric Larson, I saw your posting on the HHS website. I am Rich's cousin Sharyn Yeoman. Some of the cousins are having an informal memorial service for Rich at Tony's Restaurant on Friday March 4 at 2:00. I hope you can come. I have requested that the memorial be posted on the website, but I have no response yet. Will you let other friends of Rich's know about the memorial. We just want to remember him and say good-bye. Sharyn Yeoman
Thanks Eric.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Feb 28, 2011, 10:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: A big Happy Birthday hey to my Big Brother Ray. Can't believe your (somethin') years old today. You always have been and always will be my "Big Brother". Thanks for everything. Have a great day! Tom
Hey Ray, Happy Birthday.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 27, 2011, 10:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA

Message: Sorry big John! It seems I am the one with a faulty memory about the A&W at Freeman & Imperial. All the input places it on the northwest corner which was not Hawthorne but Lennox! That explains my faulty memory because at 8 I wasn't allowed to cross Imperial.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 27, 2011, 3:35 pm - HHS Time
No E-mail
Message: We lost a hero today Edwin Donald Snider amazing numbers and yet always thought to be the 3rd best in New York, Willie, Mickey and the Duke except for us Dodger fans he was #1. Thanks for the memories Duke.
RIP Duke.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 27, 2011, 8:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: HEY! A VERY Happy Birthday to Cougartown's own KELLEY CURRIE! I think she's related to half of CT!!! ha! Kelley, you are a very special surfer babe! May it be your best BD yet! I would sing the Happy Birthday song to you, but John might not ever let me back on here! haha. CELEBRATE the day you were born!!! Love ya little girlfriend!
Hapy Birthday 2 u, Hapy Burthday 2 u, hapy birthday dear Kel, Happy Burthday 2 u.
Name: Dennis Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Feb 27, 2011, 5:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Santa Teresa, N.M.

Message: John,I would like to wish my big brother Ray a very happy birthday coming up this Monday. he's the guy who got me interested in law enforcement. I'm on my 41st year. Thanks bro. By the way John, I had to polish his shoes as well, or was it Mike Shay? Thanks, Dennis
Thanks Dennis and HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAY
Name: Camille Hawkes-gainey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Feb 26, 2011, 8:15 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Hill
Class: 1959
City & State: Manhattan Beach

Message: I finally had an "official" sighting. As I was leaving an Estate Sale in M.Bch, a car was jockeying for a parking space next to me. It was Shirley Roy c/o '62. I was best friends w/her older sister Doris in the 8th grade. We lost Doris a few yrs. back but I still think of her often. It was good to see Shirley.
Good Sighting Camille, Shirley was my classmate and still a good friend. Thanks very much.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Feb 25, 2011, 8:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: Connie Reed!!! OMG - someone needs to find her! She was a blast to hang out with in high school. She had a cute brother too - Ted?
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 24, 2011, 4:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Central Point, Oregon

Message: Freeman & Imperial is the old hood. (118th & Freeman) Burger Place on one corner (was it a Tastee Freeze?) Where the afternoon paperboys used to fold and band their papers. OK Barber Shop with the large windows was on one corner. Was that in exotic Lennox? Snappy Market was built where once there was a home, and when the family first opened the market, they would sell booze to anybody. Being a soph in high school made me anybody, so I worked that place. The owners could barely communicate in English, and didn't seem to have any idea of liquor laws. Connie Reed, was a frosh who looked about 12, and bought wine (Red Mountain) there one evening. I also remember an A&W on the north side of Imperial between the Blvd. and Prairie somewhere. Memories fade like old Levis.
Great memories Jim. I remember going into Snappy market for something and reached across the cash register to pay, and accidentally touching it. I lit up like a 100 watt light bulb. I told them there was an electrical problem and they told me to get out.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 24, 2011, 12:52 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Jerry, you are correct. It was on Sepulveda. I was raised in North Redondo until we moved to Hawthorne the summer before my freshman year at HHS. My sister Sheila went to Aviation High. I'm sure glad we moved. I wouldn't have a high school around if I had graduated from Aviation. I still tease my sister about that. She is five years older than I am, and she started Aviation as a freshman the first year it opened.
Name: Stacy Lopez ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 24, 2011, 11:59 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Greasby
Class: 1977
City & State: Whittier, CA

Message: There was an A&W on the SW corner of Hawthorne Blvd. & 136th Street. As kids, we used to walk up there in the summer time for rootbeer floats. Yum!
Thanks Stacy, that was the BIG one.
Name: Jerry Rigney ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 24, 2011, 11:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Palmdale, Ca

Message: Hey Clark, Johnny B's memory hasn't failed him, not yet anyway. A&W was there from sometime in the late '50's til mid to late '60's like he said. For whatever reason it never was the hang out that other places were. In 1960 I worked at the Shell station diagonally across Imperial from it.
Thanks Jer'....
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 24, 2011, 9:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Johnny B. your memory is failing you. You said there was a small A&W at Freeman & Imperial. I grew up around the corner from there on Cedar Ave. four houses in from Imperial. There was a burger joint on the Southwest corner there but it was "Tastee-Freez". It is still there but is a taco joint now I think Snappys is right across the street.
Hi Clark, The A&W was there, on the NW corner of Freeman and Imperial, but probably gone around 67. You would have been about 8 years old. Paco remembers it and I'm sure others do too. I grew up on Cedar too, by the way, between 122nd and Broadway.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Feb 24, 2011, 6:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: According to my eye in the sky Aviation High spy, Dave Griffin, the closest A&W to Aviation High was on Sepulveda near 3rd Street in Manhattan Beach. It was located where Goat Hill shopping center is now. And Paco, that’s about one and one half miles, walkable but a long walk.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Feb 23, 2011, 9:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: I was never really impressed with A & W's burgers. The place that had great burgers (and donuts, too) was Yum Burger on Manchester Ave. in Inglewood. The only other A & W I frequented, besides Hawthorne's, was the one in 29 Palms.