Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 5:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
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Message: Good topic of conversation - where were you on July 20, 1969? Has there been any other adventure that was shared by more people that that one? I think I can safely say that for the majority of us who post here - the sixties were the age of youth. All of us baby boomers either became teenagers or young adults during those precious 10 years. The movement away from the conservative fifties began (probably explains most of our problems today) and eventually resulted in a huge change in the cultural fabric of American life. We were no longer content to walk in the footsteps of our parents generation - we wanted change. Hmm...where have I heard that one before? The change that we so badly thought we wanted affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and even entertainment. Events that come to mind from the sixties for me are: the Civil Rights movement, the 1965 Watts riots, Women's Lib, the birth control pill and the hippie movement - just to name a few.
Name: Madeline Pelland ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 11:03 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Ryan
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA

Message: Yes I too remember where I was that evening, I was at my future brother and sister in laws house in Compton, yes Compton and believe it or not it was really nice in that area back in the day and I remember we were trying to watch the black and white tv and the tv kept rolling and you would have to use the horizontal and vertical knobs to keep adjusting the picture and as soon as you sat down it would roll again!! Then they kept having to get up and adjust the rabbit ears on the tv and finally they had one of the kids stand there to hold it & keep the picture steady. Even back then being so young we all knew we were witnessing something very important in history. In ways it seems like just yesterday I can remember is so clearly yet it seems like so long long ago. When you think of it we've lived to see some very very momenteous & important times in history...Mostly great but some others I never thought I'd ever see in my lifetime. Take care all.....
Name: Jim Cherry ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 10:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: san juan capistrano, ca

Message: I just saw Gary Bicker's post about the loss to Inglewood High, in 1962, that cost them the Bay League championship. I played on the B team that year. We played on Friday afternoon and the varsity played that evening. We had a great team that was coached by Sid Semon. We beat them very easily and ended the season undefeated. Anyway at the awards assembly we were given Bay League championship trophies that had already been purchased for the varsity. I still have that trophy.
PS Before the game a couple of our players went into the Inglewood varsity locker room and made off with their quarterback's game jersey. I'm sure Bickers remembers him. His name was Winslow.
Everyone remembers Troy Winslow. Thanks Jim for the info.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 6:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA

Message: First, I would like to say to Matt Peterson, my 1974 classmate, how very sorry I am to hear of his mom's passing. This was unexpected and I know the deep sadness that comes with the loss of a parent. Matt, please know that your fellow classmates send you love, hugs and prayers. I'd also like to make mention that when the first man landed on the moon, the Bierman kids were all out playing in the neighborhood and Mom B rounded us all up, no matter how we protested and made us come inside and sit in front of the TV to bear witness to this history. It was an incredible event. I am grateful to her forever for the many ways and many important things that she exposed us to growing up. She truly shaped us - love you Mom!!
Name: Matt Peterson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 4:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: EDH< CA

Message: I am sad to report that my mom passed away suddenly on Monday. She touched the lives of many. A memorial service will be held for her on July 28, 2011 at 1 pm at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 1900 So. Prospect Ave, Redondo Beach
Very sorry for your loss, Matt. Our condolences to you and the rest of the Peterson family.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 2:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, Cindy; I thought "HAPPY MOON" day was when everyone went down to that bar by the train tracks in Salana Beach, had a few barley cokes and dropped trow when the train passed headed for Orange County & parts unknown north bound. Jorge
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 1:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: First, Happy Birthday to Wanda Cox Shippey. Where are you, Wanda? Second, we had a wonderful time at Good Neighbors Day. The concert was really groovy, far out, and bitchen. What more need I say. Third, is it, or is it thirdly? I didn't say secondly I said second, so which is correct? Anyway I digress. Third, today is lollipop day at Sees. You get a free See’s sucker because its lollipop month. Oh, fourth(ly), the VFW breakfast had the best food and lots of it. Jan is back at the helm and the food is again superior. Where can you buy a breakfast for $6.00 that is fabulous and visit with friends. Breakfast at the VFW is the deal of the century. If anyone notices my first sentence is fragmented or any other grammatical errors, you need a life.
Happy Birthday Wanda.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 1:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: I was stranded with a girlfriend up in Palos Verdes Estates. My mother was in the hospital, and all I wanted to do was get home to watch this with my dad. It meant so much to him, being an aerospace person. He watched it alone.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 12:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: The day of the first moon walk is one of those events that even when you forget the actual date, you remember what you were doing when it happened. I was at my parents house in Hawthorne with my ex and our 16 month old son watching everything that was on TV so that when he grew up, our son could say he watched it as it happened.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 20, 2011, 10:26 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: Hello everyone, a happier note, today is Happy Moon Day, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon this day 7-20-69. And Frank Sinatra sang Fly Me to the Moon. Sort of Speak. I just thought I through that in. So Happy Moon Day.
Name: Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 19, 2011, 6:38 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca

Message: Madeline, I loved what you were saying about Hawthorne, and I am one of those Woman that get upset when I hear someone put down Hawthorne when I know what good things that are going on with our Schools. DaVinci and HHS students are outstanding. They all are thinking POSITIVE! I too have a problem when I hear all the negative that is said and my Italian Blood starts to boil when I see how the newspapers love to pick the town apart, by looking for any wrong that our Town has, but yet they never write about the good things that are happening. I'm not saying our town is perfect, because it is not, BUT it really is not as bad as the newspapers like to print. Keeping that in mind, remember these students are keeping a POSITIVE attitude, and it is showing! More power to them!!! ALWAYS A COUG
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 19, 2011, 6:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, VA
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Message: Cindy Pablico - Someone likely found out they live in a house where Joseph Mailander once lived; that might drive them to commit suicide! Just kidding, I used to hang out in that area, Ocean Gate and 129th St., with Adrian Reynolds.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 19, 2011, 4:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Crime in Hawthorne! The biggest crime I can remember is losing to Inglewood on the last play of the Football game in 1962. Bad sideline decisions, man, bad sideline decisions. I had already ordered my league jacket.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 19, 2011, 1:38 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: Hey guys as far as crime goes just recently had one at the corner of Ocean Gate and 129th st. one block from me. There either a shooting or suicide can't get a straight answer from anyone from the block. I like Hawthorne, but this was too close for comfort. As far as the High School goes haven't heard anything about crime. And I hope not that was my school and yours. So lets keep praying for safety of our town. Thanks
Name: Madeline Pelland ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 19, 2011, 10:27 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Ryan
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA

Message: Hi Greg Jones, yes I agree with you 100%. I'm from Hawthorne, I used to live in that great city from 59' to 82 and I presently live in Redondo Beach by the Esplanade and I can tell you personally that even though everyone thinks its such a nice place and it is, WE have our share of burglaries, assaults etc. My blood boils when I hear past Hawthorne residents critize Hawthorne now that they no longer live there and yes it certainly has changed over the years but every city has its share of crime. There are parts of Hawthorne that remained untouched like Del Aire and other areas and then there are other parts that have problems just like parts of Lomita, Torrance, El Segundo and Redondo Beach and even Manhattan Beach!!! I work in Beverly Hills and there is crime here as well. I work on Wilshire Blvd and two people were stabbed to death on the streets in broad daylight, never mind the robberies, so to the snobs and people who used to live in Hawthorne and look down on the city now that they feel they have "moved up", maybe Hawthorne is better off without you in it. Sorry but over the years I listen to people slam Hawthorne and its not completely warranted. I have family that still live there and we have baseball games and soccer games and birthday parties in the park without fear of being in danger. Hawthorne will always be a great city. Oh and for those of you who may say well if its such a great city why aren't you still living there, I moved here to be closer to my mother and father and take care of them until they passed away otherwise I just may not have left!!!
Well said Madeline. Every city has its good and bad. Let's all dwell on the good in Hawthorne. Cities evolve over the years. My dad said, back in the 60s, that Hawthorne wasn't like it used to be. I'm sure the "Mayberry" is gone from our city but it still has its good side.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 18, 2011, 7:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
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Message: For those of you who may have missed the great night of music on HalCap Field, Saturday night (and you did miss it), there is another chance to see them Aug. 18, 2011 SURF CITY ALLSTARS - FREE SHOW!! Oak Brook Village, 24231 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Also, there are two chances to see Brian Wilson. The first is Thursday, August 25th at the Uptown Theater in Downtown Napa tickets $65-$75 (and we can turn this into a mini-Wine Country Weekend, if anyone cares to stay over until Sunday); the second is at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, August 27th, tickets in the $45 to $80 range. I plan to pick up tickets for the Napa show on Friday and would be happy do so for anyone who wants to attend. Let me know.
Sounds like fun Glenn, hope you fill the Uptown Theater.
Name: Greg Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 18, 2011, 5:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: So I guess Hawthorne PD shot a guy last night on Imperial Hwy and Van Ness. Story is in the Daily Breeze and of course snobs from other cities have to pitch their two cents in about how bad Hawthorne is. Let me tell you, Hawthorne has its share of crime just like any other city. One nitwit threw in about Redondo Beach. I told'em Redondo has its fair share of crime too. They replied (actually a she) about how Hawthorne High has "riots every other week". I set her straight on that. I'm tired of snobs bad-mouthing Hawthorne and our school. They can kiss my ***. Sorry, just had to vent a bit. John, you don't have to post if you don't want to.
Yes I'll post it and you're exactly right. Hawthorne has its crime like any other city but it's not like Redondo doesn't need a police force. Don't worry about her Greg, she's just a kool aid drinker who doesn't know what's going on outside her own narrow mind.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 17, 2011, 11:01 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente

Message: Welcome back John Crotty! So nice to see you posting again! on the flip side, i am bummed, dude- I think I missed the party of the year on Saturday. Well, I couldn't change it, my date with the Ocean Festival was carved in stone last November. But what a treat to have Jan Frantz come by the duck booth today! Sorry you didn't win the grand prize surfboard Jan, maybe next year! Meantime, if this Good Neighbors Day is an annual event, can you guys please nail down the date soon? I don't want to miss out on another chance to see JB doing the conga across the football field! Okay, next event, 9/24, Cougartown picnic, right?
Next event is our August 20th Cruise Night, THEN the Cougartown Picnic on September 24th.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 17, 2011, 2:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
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Message: It is almost 3 pm on Sunday afternoon and before we both crash we wanted to chime in on one heck of a fantastic weekend at Good Neighbors Day. Starting with Friday's meet and greets with David Marks and culminating with one of the best concerts we have been to right there on Halcap Field. Talk about a sense of community. It generated a 'high' you don't want to come down from. David is one genuine guy, so open and warm. He really gave his all this weekend. The Hawthorne Historical Society pulled off a fantastic event. The day had tons of vendors, cars, gourmet food trucks, live music (how about that Chuck Mathieu Blues Band ?!), incredible students really strutting their accomplishments, terrific cars and most of all terrific "neighbors" in our wonderful city of Hawthorne. It can only get better from here. Norb, Tom, Danny, Renee, you John, Sean, Chris, and the rest of the board did the impossible! Had a blast visiting with so many friends. (Glenn, sooo good to see you!) One of the best comments we heard was from a member of the band that David Marks played with, The Surf City All Stars who talked about how the Beatles put Liverpool on England's map and well, guess what- because of the Beach Boys, Hawthorne is the official "Liverpool of America." LOVED THAT LINE!! Did not want it to end.. but wait it didn't , a great bunch of us turned out for the VFW breakfast! Janny is back at the helm and the place was hoppin'! Ok, enough, time to get some rest... and recall "Good Neighbors Day."
Almost forgot one more very important thing-- To Mark Newell: WE LOVE YOU MAN!! Hawthorne is so lucky to have you. Thank you for everything you did to help with Good Neighbors Day and for all you do everyday for the kids.
Yes, that's the Hawthorne/Liverpool quote.
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 17, 2011, 12:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Torrance, Ca

Message: A group of us descended on Hawthorne High about 4 o’clock yesterday only to find most of the Heritage Day activities over and people packing up to go home. With a few hours to kill until the concert, we were “forced” to adjourn to Raul’s on Inglewood Ave for tacos, and then a couple of cold ones at a nearby watering hole. Finally we were off for the concert on Halcap Field. I can’t say enough about what a great time this turned out to be. David Marks and the Surf City Allstars put on an awesome show that had everyone in attendance movin and groovin. The throbbing surf beat was therapeutic and made everyone young again. Sign those guys up for next year for sure. During the conga line in front of the stage I couldn’t help but notice that the grass on the football field never looked better.
Hey Carl, My feelings too. Everyone had a great time and it really brought home what a band member said, and I can't quote him but something like, if the Beatles made Liverpool what it is, then the Beach Boys made Hawthorne OUR Liverpool. I would love to have these guys back next year for our 2nd annual Good Neighbors Day concert.
Also I would like to sincerely thank Hawthorne's Principal, Dr. Mark Newell for all his help, before and during the Good Neighbors Day event. Mark, I've known you for only a few years, but you've never disappointed. It seems you get the job done one way or another, no matter the circumstances. The measure of any Principal is how the students react when that Principal's name is mentioned. I've talked to many students and if Principal Newell is mentioned, there's a positive response. I felt the same way about Hawthorne's first Principal, Wally Nyman. Principal George Key surely had the same respect from his students. Keep doing what you're doing Mark, something is working for you in the same way.