Name: Karen Lemaistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 24, 2011, 11:22 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA

Message: REMINDER...The Reunion for the Classes of '70, '71, '72 & '73 is fast approaching (August 27-Hacienda Hotel- El Segundo). There is currently a discounted price of $70.00 (through August 10th) & No tickets will be sold at the door. Note to the classes of '72 & '73...this is your "40 Year Reunion". No 40 Year Reunions are being planned for your classes. Location for the informal pre-reunion gathering on Friday, August 26 has changed to Tony's on Aviation & 119th (Stick 'n Stein has closed it's doors). For Tickets & info…please go to Looking forward to seeing you there! Spread the word & GET THOSE $'s IN! Tickets are limited. All Cougars are welcome!
Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 24, 2011, 11:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece

Message: Oh my God! Roth’s Market. I haven’t thought of that place in decades. I pronounced it Ross Market. We shopped there every weekend. I remember embarrassing my mother – she probably doesn’t remember it – by making a non politically correct remark while shopping there. It was shortly after the end of the war. I must have been around six and saw a Japanese man tending the vegetable section. I said, “Look, mom, how we treat OUR prisoners of war.” I must have seen a movie about American war prisoners. My mom made a big fuss about what I had said and I suppose that's why I remember the event so well. Getting a smack back then wasn’t child abuse, it was a lesson. I was an obnoxious and big-mouthed kid. I think you are saving many of us from Alzheimer’s by posting these things and hitting our memory buttons. Thank you John!
I wish I had better pictures of these Hawthorne scenes. They all came out of a pamphlet or two that I found at Hawthorne City Hall in about 1998.
Name: Judy Degrazia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 24, 2011, 8:10 am - HHS Time
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Message: Love the picture Sid... The pic must have been taken close to Christmas because one of the waitresses is wearing a xmas tree pin. Remember when the waitresses changed jewelry for the season and Dupar's gals wore huge name tags with what looked like a starched lace hankie that exploded. Lindberg's gals were all in pink and the motto was "In the pink." I love the fedoras (hats) the 2 men have on.. only a wise guy would wear a fedora to the back or the side.. or maybe it was just a Saturday night and for church they straightened it out. I have a feeling that all the malts there were served with a side car or a vanilla wafer-- and for those of you too young to recall, a side car was a scoop of ice cream attached to the side of the glass, the vanilla wafer is anybody's guess. ~~~~ Re: the picnic in Sept. every day I add a layer of water to the t-shirts in the 20 below freezers at work. By Sept, the only way to win the frozen t-shirt contest will be to swallow it whole and get a brain freeze. I still can't believe that little Joyce Savisky won it last time. Wayne Dickey was shocked when he ran in 15 minutes later with his on. go figure..
Joyce ripped that Tshirt open like a Polar Bear on a Harp Seal. Wayne said he's bringing his blow torch this year. How about a chili contest this year?
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 23, 2011, 12:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: JB, Now you peaked my curiosity again. ROTHS, was that a grocery store or what, that's what it looks like, I do not remember it at all. Jorge
Roths Market came after Forrest Market. Both on the corner of El Segundo and Hawthorne Bl.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 23, 2011, 10:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, JB;I remember around the early to mid 50's, a "Curry's" ice cream parler in Hawthorne, somewhere on the Blvd. but can't remember exactly where it was located. To my memory, back in the day, mosts establishments were kept spotless, back then, there was always, be it a family member, or a H/S kid hired for .25 cents an hour to keep the place spotless. Also, based on my observation of all the flowers lining the back counter, I'm guessing that maybe this picture was taken at the Grand Openning or shortly after the store openned. Jorge
Curries was right across the street from Alma's Malt Shop but probably later 40s.
Name: Jim Fox ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 23, 2011, 10:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: Hey John... The ice cream cones also caught my eye. I guess technically that would be a health violation; but in actuality, I suspect Alma ran a spotless store and there would be no problem eating off the top of the refrigerator. The shine on the hatches of the ice cream case by the door indicates that she probably ran a pretty tight ship. Thanks to your mom for providing this great photo. Hopefully she has more to share.
Also the shine on the front of the ice cream box. You can see the guys reflection in it.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 23, 2011, 8:03 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: Great picture depicting Hawthorne’s bygone days, John. The styles of dress and the building architecture have vastly changed over the years. Could you imagine someone walking into an ice cream store today for a cup of tutti frutti in a full suit and tie including a hat? It does surprise me a bit that there are so many young men there. But perhaps they were home on leave or more likely if it were early 1942, not called up yet. Thank you for sharing and post some more of your mother’s treasures from Hawthorne's past soon.
Hey Jerry, Yes I noticed the suit and tie thing too. I can't imagine us, in the 60s, going to Frostys or A&W in a suit and tie. That style must have changed after the war. Also notice the ice cream cones sitting upside down on the top of the refrigerater. Probably a health violation today.
Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 23, 2011, 2:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece

Message: July 20, 1969 and I had just returned from Maryland where I had been working at NSA for the US Air Force. I think I was in California, but I honestly don’t remember exactly where I was watching TV when Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon. Those were exciting and confusing times. We were monitoring US citizens, spying on ourselves and others, having been beating and being beaten up in Chicago, toting bumper stickers with “America – love it or leave it” written on them. Many in the country were reviling Vietnam vets and spitting on them as they returned – either literally or figuratively. The moon landing was a moment that brought us all together for a few days of joyous celebration for what the nation had achieved. It took a tragedy on September 11, 2001 to bring the nation together again albeit momentarily. More than anything I remember where I was on November 22, 1963, April 4, 1968, and June 6, 1968. Those are truly shameful dates in our history. Then again, I have met some Americans that thought those were grand moments in our history. Go figure. By the way John, I love the picture and can you believe how much the dollar has devalued since then? Where can you get a milk shake for ten cents? A milk shake in Athens can cost you ten dollars in a tourist spot.
And soon will be here too Jim, Thanks man.
Name: Doug Gant ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 7:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lincoln, CA

Message: Basic Training Fort Dix New Jersey. We got the next morning off because we were allowed to stay up and watch the landing
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 6:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, John; Chill out, you take things a little to seriously, I did not realize you had such thin skin. If she's in a wheel chair, I doubt if anybody viewing this picture can make it out, maybe that's why she has the look on her face, I wouldn't be happy in a wheelchair either. Oh Yeah, my bowls work perfectly fine, every morning after my second cup of coffee LOL. Jorge
Name: Geeorge Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 4:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, JB; Took another look at that picture, boy, Alma looks pissed at something. Probably the guy standing next to her R/side, he looks too happy, maybe he'd been hitting the hip flask a little to much for her liking.Jorge
George, That is my mom's good friend and school teacher, Eldon Steiger. Steiger as he was called was the "Coach Chauncey" of Ravenwood High School in Missouri and the brother in law of Alma. Alma is also Mom's good friend. No one is "hitting a flask". If you look closely, Alma is in a wheelchair, a victim of Polio. Before you completely cram your foot down to your lower bowel, there are other family members in the picture. The picture wasn't put up for ridicule, simply to show a different time in Hawthorne.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 3:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, JB; That guy sitting at the counter 3rd or 4th from the left W/his hat cocked to the left on his head toward the flowers, kinda looks like Will Rogers. Good memories, I remember that intricate floor tile that almost all the diners & fountains had back in the day. Jorge
Very nostalgic picture for sure.
Name: El & Ida ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 3:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: Moon landing 1969. I had been out of the service for about 4 years and we had purchased our first COLOR TV. Big deal back in them days. Got an HP 27" and it looked huge at that time. My Mom and Dad and a service buddy of mine and also my pregnant wife, our Son watched this vicariously, along withour 7 yr old daughter were there to watch this wonderful piece of history. It was surreal to see what had taken place that day. My buddy said that this was going to be a profound moment in the history of the world. He wasn't wrong. Go Star Trek, Star Wars and beyond. Wish I was going to be around to be able to strap a belt and suit on and say Get er On! Wish we could be there for the picnic. We miss all you folks down there.
By the way all you Vets out there that are showing up because of this subject of the moon landing, Thanks For Your Service! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude.
Name: Jim Suess ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 11:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: SOCAL

Message: July 20, 1969 HQ Btry 3/13 FMF Camp Pendleton
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 11:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles 64

Message: Hey John! It’s about time to start banging the proverbial drum about the Cougartown Picnic in September. I have had several emails asking about the facilities, who usually comes to the event etc…. Start freezing those tee shirts Judy! John, you better start your batch of salsa this weekend so it has enough time to ferment. And those Bierman girls, get the tent out and dust off those ice chests. Paco, is your camera ready? Sharon Leach, mark you calendar because I want to see you again. Anita Bell, it’s only a 6 hour drive down – I hope you can make it - get Glenn Crist to carpool with you. George Johnson we will need you for security to keep us safe from those “Rowdy Girls” that always show up and torment us. Wayne, I need some entertainment so please bring your Squeeze Box! And we will also need chaperons so I hope our favorite Kindergarten Teacher, Miss Brooks and our favorite 8th grade teacher, Mr. Plotkin can make it. This is always a fun event so if you are within walking distance (Denny), driving distance or even flying distance plan on coming out and enjoying the day.
Yes it's time to make plans for the Cougartown Picnic, September 24th at Rec Park in El Segundo. Hope to see lots of our Ctowners there.
Name: Paul Wieber ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 11:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Carmichael, Ca

Message: I know exactly where I was July 20th the beach! It was my mothers birthday and my dad told me to clean up the house, mow the yards and wash her car. So I did and jammed to 26th st in Manhattan and spent the rest of the day riding the big ones, soaking up rays and then headed to Bob's Big Boy! Oh, I did get her a card and wished her happy birthday and we all watched the television about the moon landing. Remember it well!
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 9:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey, Sharon; In all fairness, your first husband probably feel the same way, I know my first wife feels that way about me as I do of her. LOL, not sure about what the second one thinks & don't care, life goes on and is good, every day is Saturday. Jorge
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 9:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, GA.

Message: July 20, 1969? Vietnam
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2011, 7:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods
No E-mail
Message: Where were you? H&S Co, SupBn, 5thFSR, Camp Pendleton.
Name: Madeline Pelland ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 8:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ryan
Class: 1969
City & State: Redondo Beach

Message: Yes the topic of "Do you remember where you were when we landed on the Moon in 69" is a great topic and certainly brought back I'm sure wonderful & nostalgic memories to most of us young enough at the time to experience it but in my post I mentioned I lived to see some great moments and some that I never thought would happen in this country, the assassination of our leaders, the resignation in disgrace of a President, the greed of people who have so much money they possibly couldn't spend in their lifetimes and want just more and more. The its all about ME attitude of the many young and old. Many of us have not only followed the footsteps that our parents be them liberal and conservative. I know many of the baby boomers children are also following and holding on to those values we instilled in them. There are many ways the social fabric of this country can change for the better or worse but I have to say that in my humble opinion the Civil Rights Movement that afforded the rights to every American in this country only makes us a stronger and better country no matter what generation we may come from. I don't mean to stray from what this forum is meant to be and I certainly understand if you choose not to post my comment & I apologize John but I have to respond as I lost a few friends in the 60's who put their life on the line for people they never knew or would ever know in their short lives just so that person would have the same basic rights we all sometimes forget and take for granted. Isn't that the freedom our brave men and women in Iraq and Afganistan are putting their lives on the line for every minute of every day? Thanks for allowing me to vent even if you don't post my comments because it may rub some people the wrong way and I'm aware of that but in their memory I just had to comment. Thank you regardless
Name: Greg Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 7:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Anita, you're so right about all the things we were able to witness first hand during the sixties. I remember being let out of grade school early when Kennedy was assassinated. I watched on live TV when Ruby shot Oswald. I lived through the Watts riots, the civil rights movement, man landing on the moon, etc. But the saddest thing about those past experiences is the fact we are now out of the space business until God knows when. I also remember, growing up, when I got punished for doing some evil deed and had priviledges taken away how I wasn't going to raise my kids that way! I was gonna be a cool parent. Looking back, I am glad to say I was my father's son. LOL.
Name: Denny Unfried ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 6:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1955
City & State: Del Aire

Message: During the moon missions I was glued to the TV and for good reason. I was an experimental machinist and lucky enough to be part of the team that built the LEM-D or (lunar descent engines). I did the fuel injection manifolds and all the engines worked to perfection. Yup, a giant leap for mankind.
Good job buddy.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2011, 6:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Hi Anita, for me it was JFK, MLK, and Robert Kennedy's assassinations. In the 80's it was the Challenger. I was a freshman at HHS and I was standing in the snack bar line when someone ran by yelling that JFK had been shot. I went numb.
Almost forgot biggest disaster of all. On October 5, 1966 I got married to my first husband. Big mistake.