Name: Roni Kobel ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 19, 2011, 8:56 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Treckman
Class: 1976
City & State: Huntington Beach

Message: Our dear, dear Cindy Whittaker (Class of '76), who has been a regular Cougartown contributor, loyal Cougar, courageous woman and all-around classy person, is fading today in hospice after a valiant fight against cancer. Her mom and sisters are with her and ask that you lift up Cindy in your prayers as she becomes the next angel in heaven.
Our prayers are with you Cindy.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 19, 2011, 6:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: My prayers are with you, Ernie.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 18, 2011, 9:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Great VFW B'fast this morning. A good turn out for the week before Christmas. So good to see so many of my friends. The food was great and I was really surprised that so many of you admitted to knowing me!!! And here's a tip...if you walk in behind John B. or Bob & Karen Fraser, you don't have to, really! But seriously folks... Thanks John and Bob and Karen. A great Sunday morning. Tom
Hey Tom, I owed you for a birthday dinner man. Thanks for coming all the way down from Beaumont.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 18, 2011, 8:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.

Message: Our prayers are with Ernie. Thank you for the Cougartown posting.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 18, 2011, 2:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: I remember the concert Tom Nadal is speaking of but I couldn’t go. I sure wish I would have made it now. It was a free one hosted by KHITS 97FM and KTLA in 1981. Here is the graphic of the announcement.

Thanks Jerry, amazing how these things are remembered by different Cougars.
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 18, 2011, 6:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, Ga.

Message: Get well Ernie Nixon.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 18, 2011, 4:30 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: I remember driving south a few miles and seeing the Beach Boys appear in a free outdoor concert by the Queen Mary with a couple of other acts that was part of a TV special. I forget if it was for a 4th of July special, but it was either in the late 70s or early 80s. If anyone remembers this concert can you fill in my memory gaps? I think Rick Springfield was on stage, too. Also, are there any good Beach Boys tribute bands doing the SoCal club scene worth seeing? Wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas!
The Beach Toys are a pretty good tribute band.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 17, 2011, 1:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: The Cougar stalker is on a holiday roll! Met Marianna Rivera (04) last night at the fragrance counter in Macys. Nice young lady (as I expect all female Cougars to be) and we chatted about HHS now and then. I'm hunting for a pre 1970 Cougar now! Maybe the Santa at the Santa photo stand is a Cougar! I'll find out....
Thanks Clark, and keep on sightin' them Cougs man.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 17, 2011, 1:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: I have been following the Beach Boys thread on Cougartown. And to my way of thinking, any 50th year celebration has to start where it began in Hawthorne. Possibly, even, at our honorable Alma Mater, HHS. What more fitting a place to kick off a grand and glorious celebration. After all, some of us remember the garage practices and assembly performances that happened in our beloved hometown. Who cares where it goes after that. Sacramento, can be next since it sounds as if that may have been where the first “public” performances occurred. After that the world. A venue in Hawtorne… hey, is the Mall available? I say tear it down, build a performance space (modeled after the Plaza Theater)… maybe even name it after the BB’s. Bottom line, every Hawhornite should tweet, friend, email, blog, or whatever to all of the parties involved in this party stating that the only appropriate place to begin is in Hawthorne.
I agree Glenn.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 17, 2011, 10:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Wow, great pic Neil. The latest model car I see in the lot is a "57 (station wagon). So I suppose It's about that year. What struck me while looking at that picture is that there is probably well over a million dollars worth of automobiles (todays dollars) in that lot that could have been purchased for maybe $75,000 or less at the time!! Thanks for the memory. Tom
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 17, 2011, 10:08 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: To all Cougs Have a MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS and a The HAPPIEST OF NEW YEAR EVER. Have a safe Holiday. Congrats to the Beach Boys on their Anniversary and many more yrs. to come.
Thanks Cindy and Merry Christmas.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 17, 2011, 6:48 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the HOODMAN aka Robin Hood!!! Is this the big one? You sly devil ... sneaking up on that without even looking much past a teenager!!! Hope this birthday turns out to be your very best one EVER and remember! It's not your age ... it's the date you were born we are celebrating! CLINK! Champagne for everyone!!! :-) :-)
Happy Birthday Robin and it really is your age man
Name: Neil Larson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 16, 2011, 7:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Crestview - Florida

Message: From a rather obscure website "HAMB" which has thousands of old scanned photos of Americana...I stumbled onto this old rare black & white photo of what was once Thriftimart next to the HHS. *Notice the building at far right could be a classroom building & the two spindly palm trees at the doorway were the giveaway for me that this is indeed the Big "T". Not a great find but simply another piece of the history of Hawthorne High.
Yep, that looks like our Thriftymart alright. Thanks Neil.
Name: Lee Ann Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 16, 2011, 4:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
Maiden: Nixon
City & State: Vancouver, WA

Message: To all who know my brother Ernie. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma last week. He has been feeling not so hot these days and had his first chemo on Monday. He's now at home and will, I'm sure, start to get his strength back as time goes on. The doctor says his prognosis looks good and we are all happy to hear that. He has been such a loyal HHS alumni and I'm sure many happy thoughts will go out for him. He deserves it. I am taking our 85 year old mom to Florida next month to see him.
Hey Ernie, I'm pulling and praying for a full recovery man. Take it easy, do what they say, and you'll be back in no time. Thanks Lee Ann for the update. Ernie has many friends right here.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 16, 2011, 11:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, CA

Message: Just a reminder to all Cougs that the Hawthorne VFW will be having their monthly breakfast this Sunday December 18 from 9am to 11:30am. I'm scratching the sausage's this month and replacing it with ham. There has also been a modest increase in our cost... a $7.00 donation. I'm giving you plenty of food for a small price. I don't think you will find that price at any restaurant for all that we serve you. Come join us on Sunday, meet with other Cougars, enjoy a Bloody Mary or Mimosa before, during or after breakfast, take in some NFL football in our canteen, eat a great breakfast and most of're supporting our veterans programs! Semper Fi. Chef Janny
I'll be there Janny, thanks man.
Name: Bob Faulkner ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 16, 2011, 7:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: PARKER, AZ

Name: Jjm Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 16, 2011, 7:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills / Hanalei Kauai HI,

Message: F L A S H!! I just read on the Brian Wilson Face Book Page that Beach Boys will reunite for their 50th, anniversary!!! .. Sounds like a new album will come out of it also! In regards to where i was for a Beach Boy concert..I Was at our 1969 prom with many other classmates! That's the only time i saw them live! Now that was cooool mannnn!
Thanks Jim and for more go here.
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 16, 2011, 6:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville. CA

Message: I have attended two Beach Boys concerts. One at Clear Lake and one in Aruba.
Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama, Key Lar........
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 15, 2011, 8:08 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: The only Beach Boys concert I attended was on December 31, 1980 at the Forum. Anyone else here go to that?
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 15, 2011, 12:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: I think there were several Beach Boys concerts in the HHS gym but the one I still have documentation for and am sure I attended was held on February 15, 1963, 8:00 P.M. until midnight. It was presented by the Hawthorne Youth Canteen and sponsored by Hawthorne Department of Parks and Recreation. Tickets cost fifty cents for non-members and twenty-five cents for members. School clothes only please. And in 1963 “school clothes only” actually meant something.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 15, 2011, 8:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Christmas stories; every year for about 7-8 years a group of us including ALL the Daquila clan and what would later become the Himi group did the same thing on Christmas day. We all had Christmas morning with our families, went surfing together at the Redondo Break Water then went to the opening of the new James Bond movie in Hollywood.
A Goldfinger Christmas? Interesting Gar'. Merry Christmas to you and the Himi group.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 13, 2011, 12:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: A legitimate holiday season Cougar sighting...I was at the Del Amo mall Christmas shopping and met Christian Tocsanno(2000) in Joanns where he works doing custom frame work. Gosh we Cougars are talented! Back to my holiday Cougar stalking! Merry Christmas to all!
You da man Clark, thanks for the holiday sighting and Merry Christmas.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 12, 2011, 8:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Long beach ca

Message: Jerry all I can remember is that they called an assembly in the gym and Peter, Paul, and Mary came on stage and started singing. Were you at our freshman breakfast when the Beach Boys came in and started playing? I'll never forget that day. We had moved from Redondo Beach. I grew up there and was very upset we had to leave the beach. I pouted all summer about the move. After that breakfast I went home and thanked my parents for moving. I made so many friends at HHS that are still friends to this day. Do any 1966'ers remember that breakfast?
You are right Jerry, it was Casey Kasem not Wink Martindale.
Name: Joyce Savisky ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 12, 2011, 5:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Savisky
Class: 1962
City & State: La Mirada,Ca.

Message: Thank you everyone for the Birthday wishes.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 12, 2011, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: Sharon, I’ll back you up on the Beach Boys. In fact, I think that was the night my hearing trouble started as I set right next to the speaker most of the night in the boy’s gym. I also remember Casey Kasem hosting the canteen dances. I don’t remember Wink Martindale doing that but he might have also. But for the life of me I have no memory of Peter, Paul, and Mary being there. Do you remember the when’s and whys of it? They were already pretty big in 1962.
I remember we had the 4 Preps at one of our assemblies.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 12, 2011, 12:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: When I was a freshman at HHS, I remember the Beach Boys playing at several of the Friday night after-game dances. I used to think how cool it was that they were famous, but still cared about HHS. I remember Peter, Paul, and Mary coming to play at an assembly. I thought that's how all high school's were. We used to have D.J.'s like Wink Martindale and several others come to the Hawthorne youth dances and HHS dances and D.J. them. Does anyone remember this?
Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 12, 2011, 11:20 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Clovis, CA

Message: Here's my two cents on Beach Boys concerts. Several "Beach Boys" dances sponsored by Hawthorne Youth Canteen right in the boys gym were held in 61 and/or 62. Please forgive my memory gets a bit spotty. I still have the first Live album recorded in Sacramento. Just a few scratchs but otherwise in very good condition for an album that was played endlessly on repeat on my parent's Magnavox stereo. Merry Christmas, Cougars.
Thanks Tom and Merry Christmas.