Name: Greg Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 28, 2011, 1:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: John, I too believe that the kids should have the same opportunities to participate in school athletics as we did. Living on a very fixed income makes it difficult to donate at this time but there is one thing over-looked here that needs stating - the total committment from the players. I'm not talking about getting out and banging on doors hustling candy or anything like that. I'm talking about grades and staying eligible for the entire season; hell, their entire high school years. All too often you have a truck-load of kids come out to play but come the first progress report the numbers drop off dramatically. I know this first hand, having coached JV baseball at HHS a few years ago and the football team is not immune. It might be just a tad bit easier to get funding and have a successful program if the kids would make a firm committment in the classroom and dedicate themselves to 1) getting their education and 2) being part of a successful athletic program. Just my 2 bits.
Great point Greg. I know in the past that grades have been an issue. I would be nice to have every athlete sign some sort of academic contract committing to keeping their grades up.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 28, 2011, 1:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: John, first off your check is in the mail. I owed you for four years of a lot of fun. Thanks. I contacted the coach directly and I will be sending checks for the next three months. What I objected to was filling out a form that gave the school district my address, home phone and email address. I do not want "other" invitations to contribute every other day. Maybe that has slowed things down. So just a short story. We were so lucky to get a young, good and motivated coach for my last two years of basketball. He changed everything and going into the biggest game of the year we walked into new uniforms. Look good, play good. I was lucky enough to have two great young coaches at HHS, Toby and Sid; they might have their match with this new guy.
Hey Gary, Thanks very much for the dues AND the donations. In talking with a few players, Coach Joe KNOWS FOOTBALL. Things are changing for the better, I'll guarantee it. The address/email on the form is so the school can send out a thank you to the donors. I donated last time and have never been dunned for more money.
Name: Roger Richmond ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 28, 2011, 11:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Bend, Oregon

Message: Hello John: I have proudly sent a donation to HHS for their football program. Even though I played more of the "left out" position than "left in", in football, I never felt I was not a part of the team. These kids deserve a break and a chance to experience what we had the opportunity to be a part of at HHS. Keep up the great work!
Hey Roger, My sentiments exactly. Thanks very much for helping out.
Name: Laura Wang ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 28, 2011, 10:26 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Geele
Class: 1976
City & State: PVE, CA

Message: Some of us donate directly to the school, and we get a really nice thank you letter, which I appreciate. But I must admit to donor fatigue (and I will send them something in a bit but needed to take a moment and let my better self comeout to play). My first thought was of the chairs we donated for the theater, which were trashed; the senior square that didn't get built, the donations for books, the donations for past athletic equipment. . . and then I took a deep breath and thought of the good things. The school looks really good now. My dad and I walk past it every week and the new fences, plus the nice paint job, have the campus looking fine -- better than that greeny-blue paint that coated the place when we went there in the 70s. And perhaps this principal will stay a bit longer than a year? So there is hope, and where there is hope, there is continued support for a place that has changed and needs a hand now and then. Thanks John for pushing us a bit to take that breath.
Thanks Laura for the donation and just to make it clear, using the form on the website to donate is the same as donating directly to the sports program. The only difference is your name will go on our donor list if you use the form on the website. Also, I agree about the greeny blue paint. Someone HAD to have gotten a deal on that stuff.
Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 28, 2011, 9:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH, CA
No E-mail
Message: John, I think the reason the donations are low is because the economy has been down for the last couple years. Also it is not good asking for donations around tax time. It seems that Hawthorne has a good coach who is trying to turn the football team around. It is a good cause. It just may take a while for the donations to roll in.
Hi Matt, The economy is down, but I could round up 25 dollars worth of aluminum in a couple of days I know people will donate. It could be that with Easter being last weekend, people aren't back to their computers yet.
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 27, 2011, 4:38 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
No E-mail
Message: JB - I read the coaches letter. I remember how I used to live for Friday night home football games at HHS. You have made donating to this cause so easy. Thank you. My donation will be in the mail to him tomorrow - literally.
Thank you Anita for donating to the cause.
Name: Bob Faulkner ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 27, 2011, 4:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963

Thanks for your response Bob. You obviously needed to vent
What I meant to say is, let's hear from the people who donated to the Sports Program in 2008:
Camille Gainey, John Baker, Sharon Leach, Bill Shultz, Harry Plotkin, Don Di Tomasso, Dean Morris, Richard Sloan, Mary Sloan, Jerry Miles, Henry Cooper, Sherry Wingo, Ingrid Larson, Diane Fiello, Sean Ramey, Glenn Crist, John Rout, Mike Effler, Patrick Burris, Rick & Debbie Salisbury, EllaV Baker, Larry and Loretta Cuiper, Merrill Wasserman, Wendy Brown, Steve Curtin, Howard Duran, Deborah Colbern, Laura Mapes, Mother of Roy Ryse, Gary Beaird, Sharon Branigan, Donald Burns, Mike Wilking, Mary Ann Martin, Russ and Judi Jacobsen, Jon Sloey, Britt Stonebraker, Dan Dye, Darla Wahl, Sue Walsh, Eric Cuiper, Rosaria Leland, Paul Raulerson, Steve Fraser, Bob Fraser, Lisa Dulin, Anne Karimalis, Matt Peterson, Diane Smith, Gary Poltash, Linda Souza, Ron Petch, Sharon Stowe, Bill Sloey, gail oliver, Larry Bach, Bruce Grey, Michelle Bierman, Stephanie Brito, Beverly Bierman, Kathy Downer, Bob Milazzo, Mary Kobus, Tom Whitener, Wade Greasby, Hazel Calvano, Dianne Bailey, Tom Buckingham, The Class of 1978, Tom Chadwick, Richard Witte, Linda Huthmaker, April Evans, ben tollison, april cederburg, Tammy (Levene) Nichols, Connie Perkins, Les Vlieger, Kim Begley, Jim Pasternak, Mike Huhn, Daniel Johnson, Beverly Smith, Melinda Farrow, Susan King, Cheryl Ryan, Shirley Roy, James Armour, Scott Maples, Susan Massey, Rick Domenick, and Pepek Kanina
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 27, 2011, 2:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach

Message: Big John: I'm second-guessing my fellow alumnae but it's a little hard to get excited about a team that has managed two wins in multiple years. The head coach didn't mention what the players are doing to raise funds. Heck, back in the 70s I remember having to sell candy bars door to door to raise funds for the track team! At many schools nowadays the players buy their own uniforms and then keep them after the season. I think God and my fellow alumnae will be more prone to help those who help themselves! The last game I went to was a homecoming game and the stands were about one third full. Principal Newall needs to get the student body involved too! The athletes certainly deserve adequate practice equipment! Just one guys thoughts.
Hi Clark, Please no cheap shots about the team's record the last few years. It has no bearing on today's kids. I agree with you that the students should be out helping raise funds, and they are doing just that. This is crisis mode for them. It's not at all like when we went to HHS and didn't have a single thought about where our uniforms, helmets, pads, balls, and the like came from, where games buses and drivers came from, or how coaches got paid. We just suited up and got on the bus. It is a completely different game now. We all know the state of CA is flat broke. We've all heard that story a million times and now reality hits home at good old HHS. No Money For Sports, period. In my opinion, these kids deserve sports just as much as we did. We can't just ignore this and it will go away. It's no one's fault, and these kids are just as important as we were as kids, only nowadays these kids have to raise their own funds. Thanks Clark for the Feedback. Being an old HHS polevaulter and a great one at that, I know you'll help out the program.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 27, 2011, 9:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: It seems our HHS Football donation campaign has ground to a halt. We've always given to HHS in the past and was just wondering why, now, there is virtually no response. There has been no talk of any kind, here or through email. Please let me know your feelings and concerns on the subject. I certainly don't want anyone to think they have to donate to anything through Cougartown but in the past we have, and now virtually no talk or action whatsoever. Please let us know what your thoughts are and thanks very much to our present donors for your support.
Name: Bob Poorman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 27, 2011, 5:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Wayzata, MN

Message: File this under "This would never happen today". The mention of Mr. Blake and his MG brought back a long suppressed memory. I attended York School from 2nd to 6th grade (well at least most of it) and made my share of trips down to Mr. Blakes office. Apparently York was trying to shift some of its students over to Washington Elementary. So after a few visits with him I was warned that I was a candidate and the next time I came down for a chat I would be transferred. Almost made it to the Easter break but pulled up a day short and found myself again sitting in his office. That was it my time was done. He handed me a stack of paper to take home get signed for the transfer. I went off on my vacation, never mentioned the issue at home and showed up for class at York thinking surely they would forget after a long week off and all would be good. Upon returning at about 9:30 the dreaded crackly voice came over the in class intercom speaker. "Robert Poorman please report to the principal's office!" It hadn't been forgotten. Mr. Blake loaded me up in his MG and drove me across town to my new school along with another copy of transfer paperwork to be signed and returned. Little Bobby had some 'splainin to do when he got home!
Great Story Bob, Now that took some cajones man Now the way I would've done it was to NOT go back to York and since the papers weren't filed yet, I wouldn't be expected at Washington. I would be FREE for at least a few days.
Name: Mike Flatten ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 26, 2011, 3:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: garden grove ca.

Message: Hi fellow Cougars. My first message on this site. Thanks John for having it. Looking forward to our reunion on the 6th and 7th.
Hi Mike, See that didn't hurt a bit. See you at the reunion.
Name: Karen Le Maistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 26, 2011, 9:24 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA

Message: Reminder…The Reunion for the Classes of ’70, ’71, ’72 & ’73 will be held on August 27 at the Hacienda in El Segundo. The DEADLINE for the discounted price of $70.00 is quickly approaching (June 1st). The location for the informal gathering to be held on Friday, August 26 has changed to Tony's on Aviation and 119th. For tickets & additional info…Please go to We would all love to see you there! Spread the word and GET THOSE $'s IN!
Thanks Karen. DO NOT miss your reunions, Cougars.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 26, 2011, 7:45 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: Put another candle on my birthday cake, I'm another year old today....HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LORETTA CUIPER C/O 62. LORETTA HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AND A NEIGHBOR (YEARS AGO) HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.
Happy Birthday Loretta! You are now officially older than me.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 25, 2011, 3:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca
No E-mail
Message: We are a day ahead of time but wanted to wish a very special Happy Birthday to Loretta Cuiper who celebrates tomorrow! Have a fantastic day.
Happy Birthday LORETTA!!
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 24, 2011, 11:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: What a blessed and glorious day this is. Please remember what Easter means to all of us and our salvation. Let us rejoice and be glad! We were also glad to see Coach Kanach's letter and hope lots of Cougars step up to help the team out. There are a lot of good parents out there who are actively getting the booster club going again and will be having other fund raisers. Now let's go out and give praise and thanks for all we have been given. Happy Easter everyone!
Thanks Bob and Karen, Happy Easter to you two.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 24, 2011, 9:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, Gear Heads & other interested folks; The city of Seal Beach is having their annual Rod & Custom Show in May, down on Main Street off of PCH, just south of the Long Beach bridge. I don't remember the exact date, but they always put on a good show with a lot of Hot Rods and other interesting things to look at if the weather is warm. Jorge
Always a fun car show George. It's next Saturday, Main St. in Seal Beach.
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Apr 24, 2011, 7:29 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
No E-mail
Message: He had the power to come down from the cross. He chose to stay - for you and me. Isn't it great to know how special we are to Jesus? Easter blessings to all~
Thanks Anita and Happy Easter to you too.
Name: Dick Dixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 23, 2011, 9:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: La Verne, CA

Message: Hey Ron, oh so cool running into you at the Cool Cruise / La Verne. And by the way JB, I really owe ya ... more than eggs any why ya like'em. Hoping all Cougs enjoy Easter and the meaning of it all. Ever-so-thankful for being a Coug + having Coug neighbors close by. Yo JB, eggs are on the way. Cheers 'n gears ...
Happy Easter Dick.
Name: Patty Valencia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 23, 2011, 9:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca

Message: Thanks to CT I had the privelege today to attend a reunion of '74 ladies- organized by Lisa Williams. What fun- sorry we missed out on some wonderful 1974 Cougars, but it is lovely to meet up with ladies of our era! Thank you Lisa.
Well there you go. Thanks Patty and glad you and the 74 ladies had a grest time.
Name: Pat Hydo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 23, 2011, 5:13 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Lee
Class: 1964
City & State: Redondo Beach, California

Message: Hey John and Cougartown!, Its been way too long since I have joined in the feedback here. I promise to stay closer to "home" now that I am back in the South Bay having moved back here from Lake Elsinore. I told my kids that if I EVER decide to move away again, PLEASE shoot me!. All kidding aside, I am thrilled to be back and catching up with all the happenings in my old home town. And lastly, a Happy Easter to all Cougars and their family's. And John? Thank you for keeping this GREAT site going, we appreciate it....I truly feel like I am home.
Well welcome home Pat, thanks for FINALLY checking back in and a Happy Easter to you and your family.
Name: Ester Cusac ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 23, 2011, 5:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Message: I'm the wife of Bill Cusac (Pie Boy), as of two weeks ago Bill was placed in hospice with end-stage-liver failure cause from agent orange. All of you know that he's been a very sick man since 1998, he's fighting for his life. Our family has been called and we were told to get things in order. He doesn't know that I have placed a comment here on cougartown. Everyday when he trys to come and sit down at the pc he goes to Cougartown to see and hear of old friends and schoolmates. Thank you for this website. Bill enjoys reading all of your comments and it keeps him in touch. Blessings to all and remember us in your prayers. Ester Cusac and family.
Hi Ester, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Bill. Thanks for letting all Bill's friends know and keep in touch.