Name: Roni Kobel ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 26, 2011, 4:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1976
City & State: Huntington Beach, CA

Message: If you ever see a beautiful, joyful Goldendoodle prancing around Holly Glen, it's probably Zach, my sister Patti's (T4) dog. He's in a photo contest about joyful pets, and I have never seen a photo that looks more joyful! The contest ends Thursday, and it's based on voting. You can only vote once, but every vote counts! It's in the #2 spot right now, but keeps switching back and forth with the one in the #1 spot. Please help a COUGAR goldendoodle win this! (Sort by Most Popular to find "Doggie Joy." He's running on the beach with a big stick in his mouth. Thank you so much, Cougs!!
I, and I'm sure many Ctowners, will do that Roni, thanks.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 26, 2011, 3:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles
No E-mail
Message: “The best motto is that if you don't want to sag or get wrinkles, gain weight. It's a natural butt/facelift. BTW, how do my butt pictures look?” Judy, your butt looks FANTASTIC! If you noticed, Brother Bill, Pam Fees and I were the only ones participating in “Keep it UP” with our Hula Hoops. Bill Pam and I are at just about the same weight as we were in high school. For Bill and I that is our excuse for all of the wrinkles on our face (Pam looks great) I’m afraid to look at my butt in the mirror because it probably looks like an accordion, speaking of which, where was Wayne Dickey? Congratulations Eric for tearing the most holes in an old tee shirt. You have a lovely wife and I enjoyed meeting and talking to both of you. Lee Ann, I’m so glad you didn’t get lost. I knew my directions were perfect. I’m sorry I didn’t give you instructions from the parking lot to the picnic table. Sunday B, you have GREAT cookies! And to my VBGF, Marsha, it was fun hanging out with you. Sharon B. I’ll see you in Atlanta once you get my bedroom decorated. And Glenn, thanks for the cham-pers!
Yes thanks to all for bringing our picnic snackys.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 26, 2011, 8:26 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: Re: BUTT PICTURES. Siiddneey.. I have a picture of you taking those butt pictures. If only we had 1960's butt pictures we could compare the 2011 butt pictures. The best motto is that if you don't want to sag or get wrinkles, gain weight. It's a natural butt/facelift. BTW, how do my butt pictures look?
I know nothing of what you speak.
Name: Lee Ann Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 25, 2011, 9:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Nixon
City & State: Vancouver, WA

Message: Just got back home a few hours ago. All I can say is that even though it wasn't a bright sun-shiny day, our group at the park lit up the whole place. It was so much fun-even if I did have to freeze my fingers off (as did Karen) trying to melt that 20 pound block of ice. But, Judy, you win the prize for frozen fingers when you made them. I met some new people and got to know you other guys better. I know that Sharon and her family will do great in Atlanta. And, John, you do, too, know what butt pictures we are talking about.
Thanks Lee Ann for coming all the way down from Vancouver WA. It kinda says something to the people in Orange Co who say they would show up but it's too far to drive Butt pictures? I know nothing.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 25, 2011, 3:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: For those of you who missed the picnic, you missed a really fun day. Lots of good food and drink (thank you Glenn) and congratulations to Eric for winning the frozen t-shirt contest. Lee Ann and I were still trying to defrost ours in the bathroom sink when Judy came to announce the contest had already ended. What a riot. Had some expert Hula Hoopers too. Great conversations and always tons of laughs. Sharon, loved meeting your dog, Boo, and will just say boo hoo to your leaving but you definitely seem very happy and we wish you nothing but Happy Trails! Love to all!
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 25, 2011, 3:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: Stephanie, I am reading the book and you do not need a Kindle. I downloaded a free Kindle app for my PC that allows me to read anything in the Kindle format. In fact it is offered on Amazon here. I hope you enjoy the book as I am.
I just downloaded the free app. Very EZ and it works too. Thanks Jer'
Name: Stephanie Brito ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 25, 2011, 1:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hall
Class: 1961
City & State: RPV, CA

Message: The reviews for Bill's book were interesting and I decided to buy two at that price but amazon politely informed me that I do not have a kindle...rats. If there are any hard copies available, let me know because this week I do not feel like adapting to a new tech.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Sep 25, 2011, 11:41 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964

Message: RE: THE PICNIC So, where was KISSIN' DAN DYE yesterday?! Lot of fun and got to catch up on all the info on everyone. I'm going to miss you blind Sharon Branigan. There's only one thing to do, I'll give you a year to settle in and get the guest room ready and I'll be out to see you when the Dogwood is in bloom. Please have my Mint Juilip ready for me on the varanda. As for the T-shirt contest, I was surprised Eric Putnam could find the arm holes..the whole t-shirt was filled with holes. You'd think someone yelled "diseased rat" when he started beating that shirt to death. It's a good thing that the t-shirt wasn't the prize. Amazing that some people had more fun with the dry ice in the ice chest than anything else yesterday. ( Larry Reese - don't take that personally ) And lastly, where are all those butt pictures..
Yes it was a fun day all the way around. Thanks again to all who came out. Butt pictures?
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 24, 2011, 10:32 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Prescott Valley, AZ

Message: Mandy, what's the title of Bill's book?
The Eight Fingered Criminal's Son
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 24, 2011, 6:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Thanks so much to all who came to our Cougartown Picnic today. It is always so much fun to get together with Cougars and just reminisce about our good times in Hawthorne. Thanks very much to our own Barbara Duran for getting the space at Rec park for us.
Eric Putman and wife Janice won Judy Wudy's frozen Tshirt contest. Eric, you DID have the winning strategy, just beat that sucker until it gave up the ice.
Thanks to Rich and Mary Sloan for bringing all the snacks and to Glenn Crist for that great pork roast. All in all I counted about 37 Cougars and their wives/hubbys. Just wanted to thank you all for coming out.
Sharon Bierman Branigan, I know this will be your last Ctown event for a LOOOONNG time, girl. I'm going to miss you SOOOOO much. Have a great life in GA and please come back every once in a while or at least chime in here so we won't know you're gone. There will be pictures on Pacos Pics when Paco gets back from AZ. All in all Cougs, it was a gas. Hope you had fun too and let's do this again next year.
Name: Mandy Martes ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 24, 2011, 7:47 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1981
City & State: Durango, Colorado

Message: Hey Cougars! I just finished reading Bill (Billy!) Snyder's awesome book about growing up in Hawthorne. It is heart-warming, and chuckle-out-loud entertaining! You can (and should) go to and download it for a five measly bucks. If you are an HHS grad circa mid 70s or thereabouts, you will recognize names. Everyone will recognize places. If you download it, you don't have to have a kindle. You can download apps on any device, including your computer, to read it without a kindle. After you read it, you will want to promote it, just like I am. I sure do love our current environment of technology where talented writers can publish without the politics of begging some publisher. I PROMISE you will enjoy it. OH! You probably want the title. It is called The Eight Fingered Criminal's Son. Enjoy! I did.
Thanks Mandy for the heads up. Sounds like a must read for any Cougar.
Name: El Rojo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Sep 24, 2011, 7:23 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: ALRIGHT COUGARS. YOU RULE. Way to go kids. Keep turning over that sled. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude
Name: Jim Rose ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 23, 2011, 7:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Federal Way, WA

Message: Wow! it is great to connect with Hawthorne High and remember the 60's in Hawthorne and Inglewood. I have already found one old friend this way.
Hi Jim, Welcome to Cougartown and glad you've already connected.
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 23, 2011, 4:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente, CA

Message: Yup, I am definitely coming to the picnic tomorrow! We're gonna play a little "Five Card Cougar No Peekie" game starting at about 11 am, so if you wanna play you better get there around 11, cuz it's first come first served and once they're gone, they're gone! This is probably my last CT picnic for a few years as yes, we are moving to the other side of the continent next weekend, just hope it doesn't cause the country to tip over... I'm looking forward to seeing ALL of you crazy Cougars!
See you and the rest of the Branigan clan tomorrow, Sharon.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 23, 2011, 2:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles
No E-mail
Message: Hooray Sharon and Mike are going to be at the PICNIC!!! I hope we are surprised by many mystery guests. Perhaps Arlene Francis will show up.
Yes I just got off the phone with Sharon and they will be there. Hope lots of others will be there too. See you all tomorrow.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 22, 2011, 9:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: I've been Hawaii. This is the first I have read of a RSVP. I've put my name in. Going solo this year. I'll be exhausted, but I'll be there to brag about my wonderful vacation and show off my tan/sunburn. Mostly on my feet. Go figure?
See you Saturday Wahine
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 22, 2011, 6:23 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance CA

Message: So, like I'm freezing 10 t-shirts & "my ass off" and only count 19 names coming to the picnic. If there's a team of 2 people per t-shirt, I'm short 1 person. Are you all sure that you're signing up on your RSVP? Are you making me take my life in my hands slipping and sliding in that walk in freezer...and if I get stuck in there and freeze for nothing, will anyone have the courtesy to say a few kind words about my frozen body?? I'd feel a lot better if there were about 10 more people sign up and show up to warrant all this work. You may be getting a message from my I-phone next if I fall and can't get up in there. Love, Venus Nipples
Judy the trick is to put the Tshirts in the freezer then LEAVE. You don't have to stay in there and watch them. See you all on Saturday at the park.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 22, 2011, 3:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach,CA

Message: Heard a rumor last night at my gym that some goliath 6'7" kid just joined the HHS football team this week. Maybe that will shore up their offensive or defensive line! Go Cougs!
Come on out to the game tomorrow night Clark and everyone else for that matter. It's Hawthorne and Torrance at Halcap at 7pm.
Name: Neil Andersen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 22, 2011, 12:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Dallas, OREGON

Message: Seem to be four days out of brain service and moving toward Cougar as fast as possible, in a half way residence, my life is just a couple steps ahead, slowly getting help. LOVE to HAWTHORNE, what a 50 years life.
Thanks Neil, glad you're on the mend man.
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 21, 2011, 7:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca
No E-mail
Message: This month is barely half over and we have already lost 4 Cougars...I HATE this! To Joe, Bill, Rick and Gary and I pray to God no more: "But now the days grow short, I'm in the autumn of the year And now I think of my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs. From the brim to the dregs, and it poured sweet and clear. It was a mess of good years."
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 21, 2011, 10:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Hey John Pritchard..Be careful in the land of OZ!! If the sky turns gray/green a twister is coming! The Cougar stalker is on a roll! Found another Cougar last night at 24 hour fitness on Rosecrans! Juan Ceja(2000) ran track at Hawthorne and went on to compete in college for Chico State. It made me sad to think that Hawthorne doesn't really field a track team anymore!
Thanks Clark
Name: Larry Mattox ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 21, 2011, 8:17 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Anderson
Class: 1962
City & State: Oakhurst, Calif.

Message: Say does anyone know were Fred Rand and Bill Rand are? I've been looking for there e-mail adresses.
Hey Larry, long time no hear from, man. I know Fred and Bill have shown up at our past reunions, but never added themselves to the Alumni List. Maybe someone knows their whereabouts. Anyone?
Name: Gail Beaird Oliver ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 21, 2011, 8:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Beaird
Class: 1969
City & State: Woodland Hills,CA

Message: It's with a Heavy Heart that I post the passing of my brother Gary Beaird Class of 1969. He passed away Sept. 19th from complications related to his diabetes. He will be cremated and his ashes will be put in the Ocean off his son Gary Jrs. boat in Marina Del Rey. At some point there will be a Memorial..Gary will be sorely missed..The Beaird and Carden family.
Hi Gail, so very sorry for the loss of Gary. I know Gary had many friends right here and will be very much missed. Our sincerest condolences to you and the rest of the Beaird family.
Name: Kris Wakefield ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 21, 2011, 1:38 am - HHS Time
Maiden: RICE
Class: 1969
City & State: Sacramento, CA

Message: Dear HHS friends of Gary Beaird, Class of 1969 Debbie Reid Elliott informed me, a few hours ago, that Gary had passed away last night. His sister Gail emailed her the news, but did not include any other information. So far, there are no comments about services on I know that our prayers all served to help Gary move quietly through his last day, and onto a new life full of freedom from earth's weights, and on to new heights of spiritual enlightenment. Now, would you please put your love and enthusiasm for having shared some part of your life with Gary, into supporting his family in their time of sorrow and grief. I am convinced from the loss of my own husband and son, a few years ago, and my subsequent "moments of grace," that they are doing very well with our Father in Heaven, and that it is we, those left behind, who suffer so deeply their departures, until we understand that "Life is eternal, we should find this out and begin the demonstration thereof." M.B. Eddy For myself, I remember so clearly, at our 40th Reunion, seeing a guy who was sitting on a short brick wall, surrounded by lots of people, and thinking to myself "who is that guy who is so much the center of attention?" As I walked over to the group I knew I did not recognize him. Then, this wonderful human thing happened- as I moved closer to hear his voice and I knew instantly, the voice of my dear friend, flag football teammate of 7th & 8th. grade, and HHS football star- Gary Beaird! Quite shocked I yelled: "Gary!" He looked over and yelled: "Kristy!" And then, after about 30 years, we did the hugs and kisses, and I joined the happy throng of Gary Beaird admirers'. So, Gary left us early, in my estimation, but he left with a legacy of great admiration and esteem from lots of people, in lots of places. And HHS was graced by Gary's life, and talent, and boyhood pranks turned into life lessons worth living for. God Bless you, dear friend, Kristy Rice Wakefield