Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 1, 2012, 8:03 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Jacksonville Fla.

Message: I just want to wish everyone a great and happy New Year. Again, thanks John, for all you've done for all of us. Ernie
Hey Ernie, Glad to see you feedbackin' again, man. Hope you're feeling better and Happy New Year to you and your family. We miss you at the Cruise nights too. Is this YOUR email address? If so I'll change it on the website. If not, please email me the correct one.
Name: Jjm Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 1, 2012, 7:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West Hills / Hanalei Kauai HI,

Hey Jim, Happy New Year man and thanks for the Ctown loyalty.
Name: El Rojo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 1, 2012, 7:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kellen Town, ID

Message: Dean Morris, you said we need someone to beat the Ducks? Boise State played them heads up 08 & 09 and beat em both times with Blount and Lamichael etc. It's too bad that the nation didn't get to see Kellen Moore disect a defense like a frog in one of the good games this fall in the bcs. The senior class was 50-3. They lost 3 games by a total of 5 points. Don't play anybody? Georgia, V-tech, TCU, Oklahoma, Oregon and O-state. It's too bad that our Q-B didn't get a little more recognition just for the accomplishment of being the winningest QB ever, let alone maybe 1 vote for the Heisman like last year and he had a better year this year than last. John Rout, how bout them Bruins again? Gotta love em. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude
Thanks to the #1 Boise St. fan in Cougartown and Happy New Year to you and Judi......but mostly Judi.
Name: Cheryl Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 9:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 1962
City & State: Keno,Oregon

Message: Happy & Healthy New Year to everyone, from the Nicocia's in Oregon (ok I am going to bed now ) Love, John & Cheryl.
Hey Cheryl, you ARE still alive. I've been wondering about you two. Happy New Year to the Oregon Nicocias.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 8:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
No E-mail
Message: Something I have been wondering John, how do you remain so pleasant with all those "Dear John" letters? :>) Happy New Year to all the Cougars!
We Johns receive thousands of them in a lifetime Chris. We know they're coming and after awhile we start liking themHappy New Year to you and Cathie
Name: Larry And Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 5:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Morelli
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca

Message: Dear John and all Cougartown, May all have a Healthy, wonderful, Happy New Year......Love to all....Larry and Loretta
Thanks Larry and Loretta and Happy New Year to you two, and Eric and Darla too.
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 5:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 1963
City & State: Havasu Lake, CA

Message: Greetings from the Colorado River, Havasu Lake, CA HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY Lillian McDonald Parra
Happy New Year Lil.
Name: Pauline Matthew ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 4:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 1969
City & State: Oakhills, CA.

Message: Happy New Year to my Cougartown family. Hope you all have a safe and blessed New Year. And thank you John again for keeping this site up for all of us to find and keep in touch with our Cougar family.
You are welcome Pauline and you too have been here since the beginning. Happy New Year to you and your family.
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 2:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA

Message: Food Giant Memories- The best looking checkers worked at Food Giant, so there was always good eye candy to enjoy. Also, seemed like HHS had an inside connection for getting bubbly to students who wanted to party. We had some fun with Cold Duck in the parking lot on many a weekend night. I think Ray Millman was our connection, but with nearly 40 years of time passing, Officer Krupski, I really can't be sure. It might have been Mike Brodeur or someone else. Wishing a Happy New Year for all Cougars tonight and 2012! This is going to by a breakout year for Americans as the economy finally gets in gear, home foreclosures slow and the war winds down bringing home our young warriors after a decade long battle. Dean
PS Also have to wish my Stanford Cardinal a near perfect season with a win in the Fiesta Bowl Monday. Maybe the Tide and Tigers will play another 10-7 snorer and we can slip into a dispute tide. Congrats to USC on bringing back Matt Barkley and the best receiving corps in the country. All of football will be better for a few more teams who can beat the damn Ducks!
Hey Dean Thanks for the Food Giant memories and GO CARDINAL!! The Pac 12 hasn't done well in bowl games and it's time to step up. Also Go DUCKS and BRUINS .... we need wins, Pac 12 ! ! ! Happy New Year Dean and thank to you too for sticking around.
Name: Ricki Farrell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 2:43 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1961
City & State: Prescott Valley, AZ

Message: Wishing everyone a Happy New Year full of health and merriment. Thank you John for another year of wonderful memories and a chance to reconnect with good friends.
Happy new Year Ricki and thank you for being here for the last decade plus.
Name: Jean Macernie ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 12:06 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Caldwell
City & State: albq NM
No E-mail
Message: Happy New Year! Have fun be safe.....
Hi Jean, Happy New Year to you and your family.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 8:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Helena Montana

Message: John, have not been on for a long time, but want to wish every one a BIG HAPPY NEW YEAR!! & Drive easy! Al Murphy
Hey Murph, Happy New Year, man. Glad you're still checking in here. Stay warm and try to find some little half Playboy Bunny and half Danica Patrick to do your driving tonight.
Name: Peter Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 31, 2011, 8:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: corona california

Message: message. please don't drive and drink tonight, if you do ask a friend to drive you home tonight. happy new year
Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 30, 2011, 5:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey Ca

Message: Hey Cougs, lived up the st. from Food Giant, if my memory serves me (CRS) it was called Market Town. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Later Don
Yes it was and Happy New Year Don.
Name: Lisa Dulin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 30, 2011, 9:48 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1967
City & State: palm Desert, Ca

Happy New Year Lisa. Thanks to you too for being here so long.
Name: Gloria Achrem ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 30, 2011, 8:02 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1976
City & State: Las Vegas, NV

Message: Happy New Year (eve) to all of the peeps in Cougartown! Wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity! HNY, John! (that's Happy New Year or Honey!) Gloria :-)
Thank you honey and Happy New Year to you, John and all the rest of the Valencia-Achrem brood.
Name: Jim Fox ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 30, 2011, 4:45 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: Oh the memories that Susan Adams conjured. And yes Susan, the Ocean Gate hill indeed crests at 138th Street. I wonder how many of us recall having to park on that hill as part of our first driver test back in the sixties. Well Cougs, another year is in the books, and I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2012.
Thanks Jim and Happy New Year to you too. Thank you too for being here all these Cougartown years.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 29, 2011, 8:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Hey Susan, great memories. I sort of remember Art's Mkt. Though I don't remember where it was. I think the best unhealthy thing I ever ate was a deep fried burrito from Taco Tio on Hawthorne Bl. N. of El Segundo. Man, they were the best...and only 2,000 calories ea.! Janet you are right. My Mom winning Queen for a Day was a big deal for us. I think it made the local paper. The fact that my dad worked for the paper probably cinched that. Although, in those days, it would probably have been local news anyway. Kathy is doing fine. Thanks for asking. She is an RN working for Kaiser. She always spoke very highly of you as well.
Name: Susan Adams ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 29, 2011, 5:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson, Calif.

Message: Reading the feedback at Cougartown has made a flood of long forgotten memories of Hawthorne..The photo of Thriftymart made me think of other stores. It made me think of Food Giant, remember that market? There was a huge giant farmer with a basket of food tumbling out, kinda like the jolly green giant. A few stores down was Thriftys where my friends and I would go walking and purchase a two scoop ice cream cone for 5 cents a scoop. Melody Music where you could listen to music 45's in a booth. Olive Watson an underwear store where clerks actually fitted you for your bras..I got my first one there (actually it looked like a tee shirt with straps) Art's Market was another memory, they had the best Mexican food there, I would go there for school time lunch-they had these things called "bean cups", a taco shell deep fried in the shape of a cup filled with refried beans and piled high with melted cheese. They cost 25 cents, quite filling! Years later, I made them for my kids, and they were a favorite. Speaking of yummy food, BBQ Pete's was another good food memory. After serving in WWII, my dad got a job at Standard Oil Refinery where he worked until he retired. I remember Chevron came up with a special gas "with techron" we were outraged that it cost 35 cents a gallon! Also, back in the day, a lot of my friends' parents worked in big factories but no one seemed to know exactly what their dads actually did there... Another Beach Boy comment, I think they played at P.O.P. one time, I remember their red and white striped shirts they wore. Does anyone remember the big hill on Ocean Gate? I think it was by 138th St. I used to fly down that hill on my bike, lucky to have survived that, I guess. Also I wonder if anyone remembers the huge circus cannon in someone's backyard (135th St. I believe). I also have a funny story about the Venus Massage place. I was looking for a job in the newspaper and there was an ad that said "wanted, receptonist no experience necessary, will train" That's all it said, and an address. As I drove down Imperial, the area got seedier. I finally found the small building. You can imagine my surprise when the woman behind the desk was in a tasseled sequined outfit, I asked her if I was in the right place, she assured me I was, When the conversation turned to income, she said how much the hourly wage was, then said but if you "play your cards right, you can make from 200 to 300 dollars a week. I thanked her for her time then high-tailed out of there! Lesson learned ,"if it sounds to good to be true"...
Hey Susan, some great memories of Hawthorne there boy. Thanks very much for sharing.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 29, 2011, 10:18 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: CA
No E-mail
Message: Tom, that is such a great story about your Mom on Queen for a Day! I, too, still remember that show with much fondness. Your family must have been thrilled! Hope you had a great holiday and tell your daughter HI from me. She was such a sweety to work with and hope she is doing well too.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 28, 2011, 4:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Hey John, you're right. My mother won Queen For A Day in, I believe, 1956. That's a story in itself. She didn't tell anyone she was going. She just got on a bus and went to the program and got on...and WON! Someone from the furniture store next to where my dad worked came over and said "Frank, your wife is on television". That's the first he knew about it. It was quite a big deal for us at the time.
Yep, that was the first game show that I remember. And yes folks, Tom still has that washing machine.
Name: Paul Wieber ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 28, 2011, 11:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Carmichael, Ca

Message: Well, the holiday season is upon us and I wish everyone the very best. Sitting in my recliner with my afghan covering me, fire going in the fireplace, I was watching The Price Is Right this morning. Some lady named Stephanie from Hawthorne managed to make it to the Showdown and won over $40,000 in prices. Congratulations to her! Just thought I would share this with everyone. Many years ago, I was on the Newlywed game and one of the questions I was asked was "what was my favorite city" and I replied "HAWTHORNE". Wrong answer. My wife then thought it was Las Vegas. OH well, we didn't win and I took a brow beating of course for a long time after because of that answer. So, sitting here in my recliner by the fire, I still think and reminisce of ole Hawthorne alot these days.....
Me too Paul, Thanks for the memories. I think Tom and Ray Shelley's Mom was on Queen for a Day with Jack Bailey once back in the 50s.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 27, 2011, 11:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: Jerry Miles, thanks for bringing back some good memories of the Beach Boys concert in Long Beach with that promotional ad from 1981. Could you possibly send me a copy of the graphics? Can't believe 2012 is just days away. Hawthorne New Year's Eve memories include watching Dick Clark from Times Square on TV, playing table hockey with my bros to stay awake, having an eggnog toast at midnight with family and then looking outside to watch Mr. S. fire off his rifle to celebrate. Years later, I was up on my parent's roof and saw a bullet stuck in the shingles. Might have been from a New Year's long ago. For those Cougars living near or in Orange, come by and say hello at my club, Snap Fitness, just down the street from the Honda Center. Wishing all Cougars a safe and Happy 2012.
Hey Tom, great memories there. I can remember shooting our shotguns on New Years and not thinking a thing about it.
Name: Karen Bearns ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 26, 2011, 10:22 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Webster
Class: 1972

Thanks Karen, The same to you and Comet boy.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 26, 2011, 5:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Hi Cougartown! First I just want to say I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that they have a very prosperous New Year! Thank you John for what you have done keeping us all are the best! Now, for some sad news...I just received an email from Eileen and Dennis Campbell letting me know that Paula Johnson, class of 64, died this past week. Her funeral will be Wednesday in Boston. Paula was a lot of fun in high school. She will be missed!
Our condolences to the Johnson family.