Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2011, 4:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
Message: Speaking of "Dates"... JB, have you ever been to Shields Date Garden in Indio,Ca? Not only can you buy assorted dates and date treats (including date shakes - which by the way are delicious!) but you also can find out how dates are grown and harvested by viewing the time-honored documentary “Romance and Sex Life of the Date.” :)
Name: Catherine Robuck ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2011, 1:18 pm - HHS Time
City & State: San Pedro CA
Message: Me again. I wondered if someone would take off on that! Leave it up to you JOHN!?! Here's a good one. A date is the fruit of a tall palm and I do mean fruit as in apple, orange,so-o-o don't go bananas now. Of course date has another meaning too. Dear John, did you ever date while attending HHS? Anybody, does he have a witness? TA TA Cathie
Name: Catherine Robuck ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2011, 10:54 am - HHS Time
City & State: San pedro CA
Message: Good Monday morning Cougars! It's a small world after all!!! Judy, now I know where the moose crunch came from. Wonder if he got it in the park or bought it at Company D? you do know the great shopping at Co. D don't you? John Noyes, it was nice hearing from you. Hal was my buddy. I always went across the street to eat his dates and be his chaty Cathie while he did his gardening in front of your set in the back house. You had a brother Steve that passed away and a petitte brunette mom that was ill,right? Sally is my mom and Rosie my Hot Aunt lives up North. Send me your Phone # and we"ll chat. Beautiful but windy day.Wrap up and enjoy it. Tootles Cathie
Name: Judy Degrazia-blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2011, 10:32 am - HHS Time
Message: Wow - an open space in CT!!Happy Birthday to Phil "WOW" Christiana. When I use to baby-sit you boys, you always told me that you were going to marry me. I waited for you until I was 53 and then gave up. It doesn't matter - I saw all you boys naked at least once! Have a good day Flip. I love you and miss you!!( btw, why do the girls call you Phil WOW ? )
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 10:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, California
Message: Hi, Wanted to put out a Cougar Sighting, tonight. While ushering, at Armstrong Theatre, in Torrance, Angela Granucci Boles, came in, to see The South Bay Ballet Company. It was a lovely evening.
Name: Sherry Ward ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 3:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Somewhere in Tennessee
Message: Such great memories today, guys! I remember living close to the Hawthorne Airport on 118th Pl. when I was a little girl. We always had our windows open when the weather was nice. When I was still young enough to take a nap, I can remember laying in my bed watching the curtains blowing, and listening to the small aircraft flying overhead. Once again I live close to an airport, and to this day, every time I hear a small plane fly by I get sleepy and curl up in my favorite chair and see those curtains in my mind's eye. Funny how some things stick with you forever.
Name: Cal Kappen ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 3:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Oceanside CA
Message: I remember going up Manhattan Beach Blvd. to a field and catching poliwogs and frogs. They later made a park there and named it "Poliwog Park".
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 10:25 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ca
Message: The FROGS John, the FROGS!
Name: Catherine Robuck ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 9:59 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Pedro CA
Message: Happy Saturday Cougars! I remember the stars at night and the mountains to the north in the morning viewing from Gale ave and 118th street. Also grandma watering rose bushes and buckets of rain water on the patio with black tadpoles that turned to baby frogs and chasing butterflies. How sweet it was! I went to 6th grade summer camp from Eucalyptus. I wonder if Ricky was a conselor when we went. Those girl conselors loved the boy conselors and we were on the hush-up so they would take us out to scare other cabins at night. We also got to make things found on the campsite. I made a cute Coo-coo bird to take home. Clark, come see me sometime. I work the Haunted Mansion as a maid and Winnie the Pooh attraction at times. Then you can add another Cougar siteing to your list. Why I may even make you my VIP of the day, just ask for Cathie. I celebrated my anniversary of 10 years working for Disney yesterday Mar. 4th,2011. Hope all Cougars enjoy this Beautiful weather and weekend. Tootles Cathie
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 9:29 am - HHS Time
City & State: Ca
Message: Hey Judy...I remember looking for the Spot lights in the sky. Sometimes we would hop in the car and Dad would drive to where ever he thought it was coming from. Usually just a store sale of some kind. And Marsha, I thought I was the only one who played "hobos"...is that a politically incorrect word now? However, frogs and tadpoles I still have plenty of in my little creek. Often they are louder than the conversations on the patio.
Name: Marsha Russell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2011, 8:14 am - HHS Time
City & State: Redondo Beach
Message: Tadpoles bring back great memories. I lived on Ramona and went to Eucalyptus elementary. A million years ago, there were no houses between my backyard on Ramona and the school, just a huge field. We just walked thru the field to get to school, when it rained there was always standing water and tadpoles, I never could figure out how they just appeared with the rain. AHHHHHHH that field was a great playground, there were lots of bushes to build hiding places in and made a great hang out for Tag and Annie Oakley, or when we felt like playing runaway hobos. We would play outside from morning until we had to come in at dark. Our neighborhood was full of kids and we always had a place to play and use our imagination, ah the good old days.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 4, 2011, 7:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: West Covina
Message: Hey Cuz, The June bugs are alive and well here in W/C. Not only did we have frogs we had Owls. They nested in the row of poplar trees that lined the West side of the house and our vacant lot. The owls would hoot in the cool fall evenings, and in March the spring winds would blow and whistle among the tree tops. As a youngster it used to scare the dickens out of me till I got used to it. Remember after the rains all the pools of standing water? We would catch tadpoles and raise em till they became toads and/or frogs. We had many of those critters in our flowerbeds. The frogs and our ducks used to raise havoc with my dad's garden biting the heads off the little sprouts.
Name: Judy Degrazia-blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 4, 2011, 3:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance
Message: Jim, You quickly sparked a memory that Jan and I talk about at times. In Hawthorne in the 50's and 60's, on hot summer nights, you could hear the jets fire up their engines at the airport. At times it would be so loud that you'd have to drop a phone conversation to wait till they stopped. About that era, you could look towards Hollywood and see flood lights in the sky -- Oscar night - or a premier of a movie - anything to attract attentions. Also back then you could look up in the sky and see "stars," yes, stars!! June bugs were all over the place (wonder what happened to them) Crickets chirped..frogs came out at night (them too, what happened to them??) All these things sound like no big thing, but they bring back a very good feeling in me. Oh, we use to sleep in the yard with no problem on those hot nights.. no one was there to do harm. And with that, the King and I are off to Hawthorne to play bingo - see some smog - no lights in Hollywood - and the planes only make noise over Inglewood and Lennox now. All I have to look forward to is yelling "BINGO," & I'm a happy woman. (I'm easy these days)
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 4, 2011, 12:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: West Hills Ca,/ Hanalei HI,
Message: I remember the homes being torn down back in the 70s for the airport . And the contractor didn't care if you took plants or salvage for materials from the homes. It was all going in the dump! Back in a time when everyone didn't care to salvage all those Malibu and Catalina tiles! Wrought iron, Gates , doors light fixtures and so much more! Yes those homes were built in the 20s and 30s! Not to mention the plants! and patio furniture I still have 8 milk crates of the tile and wrought iron items. After all these years I,m finaly going to put them into our new home were building in Arizona ! And the house i was renting at the time really made out with all those beautiful tropical plants. I sadly think of all the other homes i "we" couldn't get too in time . And i remember Mom taking all of us to Playa Del Ray, straight down Imperial and spending the day on the beach watching the aircraft zoom over our heads! We stopped going when the "jets" took over and the noise and exhaust were too much to handle. Which is why the homes were torn down ...
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 3, 2011, 7:48 pm - HHS Time
Message: OK Jerry Miles, I stand corrected. I did not park there in the 60's or 70's. My husband remembers it being in that area too. I guess the houses were still there. Please excuse my memory, it is pretty old. I was reading about that tract and it was built in the 20's. I didn't know it was that old. It said a lot of Hollywood stars had homes there including Cecil B. DeMille.
Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 3, 2011, 5:31 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl..
Message: Dan, I think you have got the route right, like I said, it has been a long long time. Like 56 years since I made that trip. Anyway, I am glad the dunes are still there. Yes I am a Florida transplant, been here since 1990, love it. Loren
Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 3, 2011, 5:46 am - HHS Time
City & State: Miramar Beach, FL
Message: Hey Loren! Are you sure it wasn't Rosecrans you were thinking about? There was a Standard Oil refinery on the north side of the road. That was my way to the beach. Okeechobee? Another California transplant here?
Name: Dan Dye ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 3, 2011, 3:01 am - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: Loren, I was a police officer in El Segundo for 25 years. The west end of El Segundo Blvd does end at a sand dune. However to get to the beach you have to turn right from El Segundo Blvd. go north bound two blocks, then turn left west bound on Grand Ave. and go approximately 1/4 mile to Grand Beach. You can either turn left south bound or right north bound on Vista Del Mar. Vista Del Mar is the road that runs along the beach. If you go straight on Grand, you enter Grand Beach. Grand Beach has been greatly improved in the last 15 years. Back in the day, Grand Beach was just a little sandy beach with a lot of tar to walk on and try to get off of your feet before you get into someones car. The sand dune at the west end of El Segundo Blvd. is Chevron Oil property, Their property line runs north to Grand ave. then west to Vista Del Mar. I think this is the area you remember from back in the day. Dan.
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 2, 2011, 7:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tucson, AZ
Message: I was probably the camp counselor for some of you 6th grade kiddies. When I was a junior and senior at HHS I was a counselor with Tim Thomas and Leif Enockson among others. Later I worked for Parks and Recreation and landed at Hawthorne Youth Camp for one summer. It was so much fun. My 6th grade class at Eucalyptus was the first 6th grade class in California to have that experience. At that time we went to Camp Conrad. I think that the following year Hawthorne Youth Camp was used.---Duke Snider was my hero. He had a beautiful home in Lynwood which was later purchased by a fellow Lynwood High teacher. It was right across the street from the high school football field.
Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 2, 2011, 6:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl.
Message: Thanks for helping my memory Marlyn, still seems like we went somewhere out El Segundo Blvd. their was an oil refinery there before we got to the beach. Got an email from another Cougar with a u-tube attachment about all the hang gliding there. Loren
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 2, 2011, 4:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: long beach, ca
Message: Wudy girl, you crack me up. Hello mudda, hello fadda, here I am at camp granda.
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 2, 2011, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA
Message: How ironic, my Mom and I drove by the Hawthorne Mall on Friday and I had asked her when they were going to do something about it. Now I hear it caught fire? How bad was the damage? I've been trying to find a story on it online, but not even the Daily Error has anything on it. Of course the Daily Error doesn't acknowledge Hawthorne is part of the South Bay. George, too soon dude.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 2, 2011, 11:19 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Marilyn Ross I think you’re busted. Those homes didn’t come down until the late sixties, early seventies. What were you doing on that lonely hill fifteen years after high school…hmmmm? I am very familiar with the area because I was caught there myself (maybe by the same cop) watching the submarine races in 1969. The homes were still there then. The neighborhood was called Palisades Del Rey and is now the sanctuary of the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly.
Name: Jack Dicus ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 2, 2011, 9:33 am - HHS Time
City & State: Miramar Beach, FL
Message: Hey George! The water park is not out of the question. With the buildings gone, it could now be the Keith Jones Outdoor Waterpark! ;)
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 1, 2011, 6:17 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Had an outstanding Cougar connection last week that was made possble because I am a Cougar! I reported a Cougar sighting a few weeks ago when I bumped into Bill Featherston (Student activities director at HHS in the 70s) here in Manhattan. Bill told me where his office is and told me to stop by so last Tuesday I dropped in on him. In the course of our conversation he mentioned he was taking his grandsons to Disneyland two days later. I offered him my assistance with the only bad thing at Disneyland....lines! You see one of the only benefits of having had a stroke is that I get a disabled pass at Disneyland and circumvent the lines. So I joined Bill, his wife and two daughters and grandsons for a full day at Disneyland last Thursday. His two young grandsons had a great time and so did the adults! If anyone from Cougartown has grandchildren/relatives visiting during Spring break I would be glad to help out because I have an annual pass that gets me in for free. Just e-mail me and we'll make arrangements! Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho!