Name: Angela Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 11:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Tempongko
Class: 1983
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA

Message: There is such an overwhelming response to attending Thomas' service they had to move the location to accomodate the expected 1500 attending.*****UPDATE***** services will now be held at 1011 East Avenue I Lancaster, California 93535 Desert Vineyard Christian fellowship 10:30am on Thursday October 6th
Thanks for the update Angela.
Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 5:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl.
No E-mail
Message: If You could get him, I think Ron Mix would be a great speaker for the homecoming get together. Loren
I agree Loren, Ron can speak and motivate. Thanks.
Name: Angela Tempongko Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 2:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Tempongko
Class: 1983
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA

Message: Thomas L. Hayes class of '78 passed away September 28th, 2011. After he had been reported missing. Evidence pointed to an accidental drowning when he went in to save his Doberman dog named Drakka from the currents of the California Aqueduct. Thomas had been weakened by a recent treatment of Chemotherapy he indured the weekend prior. Efforts took 3 days of extensive searching before they finally recovered his body out of the aqueduct. Services will be held on Thursday Oct 6th at Lancaster Baptist church in Lancaster, CA.
Sad news Angela.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 1:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Happy Happy Birthday Mary Sloan!!
Happy Birthday Mary. Have a great day!!
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 12:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: I, too, am sorry to hear about Tony Jacqua's passing. He was a happy, sweet guy. He and Scotty Davidson were, well, a team! My memory is that they were the ambassadors of comedy for the Class of '69.
Name: Barbara Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 7:50 am - HHS Time

Message: So sorry to hear about the loss of Tony Jaqua, I didn't know him well, what I remember most about him was, he always had a smile.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 3, 2011, 6:02 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: Bill Snyder's book is a fun read. Downloaded it to my new phone so I could try out the Kindle App. My younger brother and sisters were at St. Joseph's about that time and the stories that they told about school had different names but Bill is a better story teller.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 2, 2011, 6:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: SO, JOHN SAYS: ((((For Homecoming we are planning on having a get together in the Cafeteria before the game. We're trying to find a guest speaker and have some refreshments))) JB - HOW COME YOU'RE NOT THE GUEST SPEAKER???
I asked if I could speak but they said "We need someone good".
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 2, 2011, 11:29 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGRAZIA
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: On the subject of our HHS Football team. Let me remind you that between donations and fund raisers, Cougartown's alumni raised over $10,000 for uniforms and football items for this year's team so that they could get out there and have pride, whether they won or not...but they're really stepping up to the plate by showing everyone what a little "PAY FORWARD" can do. (if Dumbo could fly with a feather, then these kids certainly can win with new uniforms ) I know that they have more things they need and I'm hoping that JB will post the Boosters donation site again in the future. What we had "handed to us" in the 1960's has been taken away from them in the 2000's. (not fair ) Congrats to them for being the next generation of winning Cougs. YOU GO RICK BOURNE!
Hawthorne Football is making a big comeback. They have the coaches, players and equipment to compete now and that's all anyone can ask. For Homecoming we are planning on having a get together in the Cafeteria before the game. We're trying to find a guest speaker and have some refreshments too. I will let you all know in the next few days who will be there, and the time, so please make your plans to come out early for refreshments, a guest speaker, then we'll all go to the game and root on our Cougars.
Name: El Rojo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 2, 2011, 7:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna, ID

Message: Alright, our COUGs are on a roll. 35-ZIP. Thats great. Way to go kids. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude
We play Leuzinger next week then Homecoming against Beverly Hills. Please plan on being there on the 14th of October. Our team is doing great this year so let's all go to the Homecoming game and support them.
Name: Patt Deckard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 1, 2011, 9:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Prewitt
Class: 1965
City & State: kennewick,wa

Message: I am happy to spread the joy that our Classmate DiAnna Yates-Bennett HHS 65, wife of Dave Bennett HHS66, is now 100 percent in remission from cancer! Prayers are answered!
Thanks Patt
Name: Mary Jo Benson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 1, 2011, 7:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: peters
Class: 1966
City & State: Eagle, Id

Message: Cougar siting! While tailgating at a BSU VS. Nevada game today, a bunch of us were talking, It was mentioned that "Lisa" had to go to Torrance and visit her mother....within seconds we discovered we both graduated from Hawthorne High! Lisa" Olgesby" Peterson class of 75! Carolyn Fiello Bailey & Ron Bailey were their to witness it all! Had a great time and visit.
Now that's a Cougar Sighting. Thanks Mary Jo.
Name: Karen Lemaistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Oct 1, 2011, 10:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA 90250

Message: It is with great sadness that I post the loss of my very dear friend, “Brother-in-Law”, & the loving uncle to my son, Shane Jaqua. Tony Jaqua (Class of ’69) passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack. He will be deeply missed by all of us for his great sense of humor, his wonderful smile, and his compassion for family and friends. Please pray for his family… especially his mom who has lost 3 sons & a husband in the last few years. Services are pending…but will most likely be held in San Francisco…his home for many years. I will post the arrangements as soon as they are finalized. Rest in Peace, Tony...We love you!
Very sad to lose another Cougar, Karen. Our sincerest condolences to you and the Jaqua family.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 30, 2011, 11:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: Rowdy Miss Sharon. Last Aug was 12 years ago that I met you for the first time. ( La Fiesta for a birthday ) You and Suzie Q were always there for anything that was going on with your volunteering and just making things so much better. Some things are never forgotten and you never, never asked one thing in return. Soooooo... I will give you just one year to get your life in order and get that guest room ready and those Mint Juilips nice and cold and we'll be out there to take you to Paula's Kitchen. Let's see, what is that the Southerners always say... "I'd love ta kiss ya, but I just washed mah hayah." Ciao Bella... gonna miss you blind!! We'll always have Facebook!! ( Can I said the "F" word in CT )
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 30, 2011, 7:05 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: San Clemente, CA

Message: Tis the eve of the eve of my departure from CA. I so enjoyed seeing all my wonderful friends at the picnic. Thank you all for your friendship! I was a little disappointed that Clark wasn't there; we've only known each other for 48 years, so I guess it wasn't any big deal to him... (haha) I love you all so much. Thanks for your friendship and fellowship. John, Judy, Janny, Bobby, Billy, Momo, Marsha, Sharon, Cousin Mike, Karen, Bob, Eric! (how fun to meet you and reminisce re younger bro James.... Bloody! I will try to stalk him in Atlanta.) Carmen and Michael, my dear dear friends, and lovely (and hilarious!) Ashley; Sunday, whom I haven't seen for what, 44 years? What a lovely chance to see you again! Glenn, thank you for bringing my fave champagne - er, sodapop - Gloria Ferrer... I truly hope to be there for the crush next year! I am so excited to be discovering a new side of the continent but I will miss my CT friends deeply. Please come see me in ATL, we plan on having lots of visitors to bore to tears with our newfound history of the Civil War and GWTW... Southwest starts serving ATL in Feb 2012 and I happen to have a SW credit card/airline miles... so I expect to be able to come back at least annually if not more often. Please forgive me if I've omitted you; it's been a LONG day of packing and I'm on glass # 2 of Sterling Chardonnay now... and now I have to get to work and find a hotel that accepts pets as my sweet little Boo dog insists on spending the night in the room with me and not in the car... well, it's good to be loved. Thank you all. I have enjoyed every moment and only regret that I didn't do more. Let's stay in touch!!! xoxoxoxox
Well it looks like you and I have come full circle, Sharon. You were one of the first people I met after starting the Cougartown website. That night at Cozymels back in 1998 with sister Sue, Patty and Gloria, George Key, and a few others was a night to remember. Up until then I hadn't met (in person) a soul from the website. That was the night that I thought if I can have this much fun with a random group of Cougars, there must be lots "more funner" Cougs out there......well, I have had many fun times with random Cougar groups but that night at Cozymels stands out as the FIRST (Las Vegas is another story). It set the stage for what was coming at our little Hawthorne social network before we knew what social networks were.
Thanks Sharon for all the good times in the last decade. It seems like little Mikey was about 6 years old when I first met him and now he's looking at Colleges. Thanks too for being our Tshirt Shipper for the last decade. I owe you big time for that. But mostly thank you for being my friend. You may be moving away but friendship knows no distance. Be safe and come back home when you get tired of the humidity and those GIANT BUGS. I love you man, you know I do.
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 29, 2011, 8:03 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Prescott Valley, AZ

Message: Get your Kindle or PC turned on and get Billy Snyder's book. I am about 18 years older than he and I love it. It is a great picture of the Hawthorne that we all enjoy reliving on Cougartown and it could be a "Christmas Story" type movie. Kudos to you Billy.
You can get The Eight Fingered Criminal's Son here.
Name: Kathy Frankforter ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 28, 2011, 7:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: John: Hi! It's been awhile since I popped in but I was doing a search and came across a note from Shelly Tomlinson Class of 1978 (here at Cougartown) and she was actually addressing a note to me. She stated she knew Tom - George as well as their mom, Lee. I never responded to her and felt terrible about that. It was an oversight-this feedback was dated back in 2000 if you can believe that. Shelley if you are out are right! I do have some sad news however, Leonelle (Lee) Frankforter (Tom's mother and my fantastic mother-in-law) passed away back in January 2010. Tom and I purchased the family home and now reside here. I love it here. I got to finally meet Loretta & Larry Cuiper up close and personal. They are wonderful people and Loretta is beautiful. We reside in the 5100 block of W 137th Place and if any other Cougars live in this area...I hope to meet you one of these days. I'm an alumni of West High-Torrance but have ALWAYS had a soft spot in my heart for Cougartown because I think this is a great group of people. Tom, is a tug boat captain/crew chief for Foss Maritime. He hangs out with the Seals, Dolphins and Whales in the Pacific Ocean. How cool is that? John, I am so glad you are still at the helm of Cougartown! Regards, Kathy
Hey Kathy, Haven't heard from you in a year or two. Glad you and Tom are still out there. Sounds like you and Larry/Loretta are neighbors now. Tell them I said hey and come on back here anytime.
Name: Joseph Mailander ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 28, 2011, 1:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: los angeles, CA

Message: Hey John, a big hello to you now that an otherwise endless summer is gone and I LOOOOOVEEE YOUUU MAAANNNN! It is now autumn and as they used to say at Harry's Bar, that is a good, thing, for without autumn there would be no writing. And while on the subject I thought I would come directly to this well-worn forum of Hawthornian glitterati especially to congratulate Bill Snyder on successfully kindling The Eight-Fingered Criminal's Son for the entertainment of the many! I think Mr. Goodfellow taught me that writers are like bears, about one every square mile is all the species can stand, but I am always gladdened by the presence of one somewhere in the LA basin. If I can make a recommendation to the readers who have been entertained by the book--if you have kids, make it their required reading for the month. It is really among people in their twenties and even late teens that the reputations of books are steeled, and the younger set is sure to look back on a time before Internet and cellphones with just as much nostalgia as the parents have! For the rest of us, well, we'll always have Paris...and Cougartown--peace and boat drinks, Joseph
Hey Joseph, I know, I HAVE to read this thing. Been getting email from total strangers asking if I've read it or just recommending it. In fact it just went to number 1 on Cougartown's Best Sellers List. Honestly I hope Bill makes it big with this one. ILY2Maaaann
Name: Roni Kobel ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 28, 2011, 1:06 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1976
City & State: Huntington Beach, CA

Message: I finished Billy Snyder's book yesterday, and it was highly entertaining! Thanks, Billy!
I just have to get to that one.
Name: Patti Barry ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 27, 2011, 6:30 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1979
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: I sat on my rear allll day today at jury duty, and it was the perfect chance to read Bill's book. Very entertaining read. Did a lot of giggling myself, and all the familiar names and places were fun to read. Thanks for the entertainment, Bill!
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 27, 2011, 5:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA

Message: After reading Mandy's recommendation, I ordered a copy of Bill Snyder's book...started reading it immediately in bed (one of the benefits of having an e-reader) and woke up dear hubby laughing out loud! I remember Bill's wit and humor in school and this book does not disappoint. Great job!...and what a deal at $5!
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 26, 2011, 7:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: I had a good time at the picnic. It was great seeing everyone. To the Jensen boys, your a...s look spectacular. Also thanks for finding my keys. Lee Leonard thank you for the great t-shirt. Love it. Judy and Janny it was great seeing you again. Can't wait till the next VFW breakfast. Food is fab. Janny is a great cook. His sausage gravy is the best ever. Thank you John for making all of this possible. Sharon B, you cannot move. I fell in love with Boo. I don't groom anymore, but if you stay, I will groom Boo for free. That is one of the sweetest, smartest dogs I have seen in a while. My poor mutts could take lessons from Boo, although I love them all the same. Thanks again to all for the wonderful day.
Well Sharon, Thank YOU for being there. Now let's all get ready to show up at Halcap on the 14th of October for Homecoming against Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills.....sounds like a well endowed porn queen.
Name: Bill Snyder ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 26, 2011, 6:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1978
City & State: Chandler, Arizona

Message: I really appreciate the home town support for my new book, THE EIGHT-FINGERED CRIMINAL'S SON. Thanks Mandy, Ronni and Jerry. And thanks for the interest, Stephanie and Riki. The dead tree version is in the works. As a matter of fact, Pete Ledesma (class of '79) has agreed to carry THE EIGHT FINGERED CRIMINAL'S SON at his soon to open Palos Verdes book store, THE BOOK FROG.
Hey Bill, Sounds like a Haytown read to me. I haven't had the chance to get to it yet, it's next on the list.