Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 20, 2012, 7:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks
No E-mail
Message: Sometime after I graduated I was looking to buy a new (new to me) vehicle. I read in the Breeze that Helms Bakery was selling off some of their vehicles for under $200. I went to the storage yard, somewhere in Paramount I think, to discover about 200 of the familiar Helms trucks in various states of repair parked side by side. I didn't buy one that day as I was afraid I would not be able to find parts when needed. But the memory of almost actually owning a Helms truck still haunts me at times. What a surf wagon it would have been. Come on and safari with me! I ran into a video that features the same truck I almost purchased that day and most of us remember from our youth. I did not produce the short film but I did link it at the Cougartown Video Page, Helms Man Returns. If you ever remember having had a Helms donut or a cream puff it will be a joy to watch.
Thanks Jerry, great video man.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 20, 2012, 8:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santo Borracho AZ,
No E-mail
Message: Etta James passed away today. Boy! She had a beautiful voice!
RIP Etta James
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 20, 2012, 8:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: All this talk of older music; I remember going to the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa on Friday nights and then El Monte Legion Stadium on Saturday nights. Surf music and Doo-Wop. Same Penneys Towncraft Tee-shirt and cotton pants; just tucked the shirt in on Saturdays. There is a series of great websites on the Rendezvous. Just Google it.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 20, 2012, 8:01 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santo Borracho AZ,

Message: The world has become to PC!!! Soon they will have to change "HIGH SCHOOL"!!! I can see it now .. Grandpa ? Did you get "High" In High School ? Oh and George , You never offended me LOL! You were right. That's what we do. I didn't see other firefighters steping up to defend us firefighters. Because they know that's how we tease one another. Enjoy your doughnut Mannnnn! Let's all move on and stay tuned to COUGARTOWN! Dang I'm starting to sound like JB! LOL!
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 11:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: I went into Dal's a couple of times. I remember seeing a mummy in there (maybe Elmer McCurdy's (the Long Beach Mummy) relative?).
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 8:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Palm, Desert, Ca

Message: Well, JB, You through it out there so I will answer it simply. "UNFORTUNATELY", because they/we are all getting older, (no not getting older, we are older), everyone is younger than we are, anyway it seems that way, qualifying most of the ladies on this site as Cougar material. Jorge
Name: Tony Domenick ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 6:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Hello fellow Cougars (no offense to any ladies out there). Regarding the breakfast held every 3rd Sunday at the VFW, is it the one on Inglewood Ave?
Hi Tony, It's on 131st St at the top of the hill between Ramona and Hawthorne Bl. Hope to see you there on February 19th.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 5:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Palm desert, Ca

Message: Unfortunately, it seems that all or most of the females on this site would qualify as Cougars , Politically Correct or not LOL, and in some cases the correct answer would be "not" & I'm not refering to the H/S they went to. Sorry ladies, facts are facts, gravity will do what it will do & the sun will rise in the morning. Jorge
Why is that unfortunate, George?
Name: Jim Fox ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 2:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: Let's keep "Cougars". As the owner of a number of credit cards, I find the name "chargers" offensive.
There you go. Anyone can find SOMETHING not PC about pretty much anything. There must be a bunch of Catholics that find Stanford's Cardinal offensive.
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 1:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA

Message: Alert! Alert!... Taken from NBC sports website... A new high school in Draper, Utah has rejected the students' choice of 'Cougars' as the school's new mascot, based on complaints that older women may find it offensive. The Canyon High School District overturned a recent student vote at Corner Canyon High School, and has chosen the name 'Chargers' instead. Because, you no (I believe the writer meant "Know"), 'Cougars' could be taken as a slang term for women who like to date younger men. Ok... Should we become politically correct like the Draper High School and change our mascot? Comments from some of our Cougar Cougars?
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 11:29 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: I remember so well listening to Johnny Otis, Huggy Boy and Hunter Hancock everyday after school. I loved the black music. Now they are all gone but not the memories. So funny they were all white and everyone thought they were all black.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 10:35 am - HHS Time
Maiden: jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: hesperia ca

Message: RIP Johnny Otis......he can hand jive in heaven
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 9:48 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
No E-mail
Message: I just read that Johnny Otis died!! Good memories there!
Another one gone to Hand Jive Heaven.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 19, 2012, 7:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles
No E-mail
Message: I spent lots of time in Dals Swap Shop going through National Geographic Magazines for school projects and I also got some education on the anatomy of the female form. No wise cracks Judy. Dal was a crusty old guy and Mrs. Dal had BIG hair and wore cat glasses which was the style of the period. I guess it was sometime in the late 60s that they built their new building which was styled like a barn. Thank you Denny for the photos.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: If my memory serves me correctly my classmate Sal Gumina had his wedding reception on the Princess Louise. The best man, Bob Duel('77) toasted the newlyweds saying "May your marriage be as sturdy as this ship!". The ship went down a few months later but the happy couple are still afloat.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 18, 2012, 8:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: There were two Princess Louise ships. I remember one sinking somewhere (I think it was the one where we played backgammon). King Harbor also had a World War II submarine moored there.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 18, 2012, 5:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks
No E-mail
Message: The Princess Louise was one of my favorite restaurants and indeed berthed in San Pedro (1966) across from the Vincent Thomas Bridge. It went out of business in 1989. It was moored in the harbor for some time after it closed and sunk as it was being towed to create an artificial reef near Catalina in 1990 in 400 feet of water. I was never aboard the Lady Alexandra but it was also a floating restaurant moored in Kings Harbor, Redondo Beach, and open off and on for less than ten years. The ill lucked ship was finally storm damaged so badly that they considered it a total loss and it was towed fifty miles out to sea and sunk in 1980.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 18, 2012, 2:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: My father kept a boat nearby, close to the Henry Ford/Commodore Heim bridges. He called the ship the "Princess Lousie," because of the bad food at the restaraunt aboard it.
Name: Steve Eide ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 18, 2012, 11:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Alexandria, VA

Message: Maybe I missed something, but I believe the SS Princess Louise was in San Pedro not King Harbor. It did indeed sink.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 18, 2012, 9:45 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Hey, Denny Unfried, thanks for the pics. And thanks, John, for posting them. My memory is jogged every day with some store front that I had forgotten about. The old cars parked in front are great to see. I owned cars just like those and hardly ever paid over $100 for them. Oh if I only had them today. They'd be worth a fortune. And can you believe we actually dressed like that? Great stuff, Danny and John. Thanks for the stroll down "Memory Lane".
Thanks Tom, I'm enjoying them too.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 16, 2012, 6:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang
No E-mail
Message: Danny and the warehouse! They had great Wharf rats-a pina colada. Burt was a friend of a friend of mine that I met later and when the warehouse came up one day several people said they hated to go there because of the 45 minute to an hour and half wait as they took no reservations. I had my good buddy Danny working there so we would go in put our name on the list and tell the girl to tell Danny we were here. Within minutes we were being seated no wait. But as my friend stated to the group Burt knew what he was doing, 6 months after he opened the warehouse he bought his big yacht with the name, NO RESERVATIONS. Paid cash from bar profits.
Name: Susan Adams ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 16, 2012, 6:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson, Calif

Message: Oh, the memories of ocean fishing! sure beats lake fishing, much more action! My dad took me with him and his buddies fishin all the time. We'd pier fish at Redondo Pier, go out on his buddies fishin boats, and surf fish..still have his tackle box and his long fishin pole. I recall getting up early at dark to drive to the ocean. And all that wonderful fish. I remember my dad cleaning it in the kitchen sink, throwing pieces to our begging cats..They would get so full they couldn't move. Remember grunion hunting? They shimmered such beautiful, brilliant flourescent colors in the moonlight. We'd also get abalone and b.b.q. it, also clam diggin.,Ummmm! Sharon, I understand your dissappointment about great authentic Mexican food. When I moved up North, There was one Mexican resturant,"Taco Den"- even worse than Taco Bell! Also no good fresh seafood, What we do get comes inland to us from north coast beaches. And there are no sunsets, the mountains cover them, there's nothing like a wonderful ocean is pretty up here just in different ways. We also used to go night swimming at the beach, what a wonderful sensation as you couldn't see the water, just feel it and go with the flow...
Name: Danny Litton ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 16, 2012, 3:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: GA

Message: John, It was called the "Warehouse Restaurant" on Admiralty Way in Marina Del Rey. I worked there for 3+ years while commuting to UCLA and coaching at HHS. The owner was named Burt Hixson. When I started there, Pat Burris was a waiter. I knew him and he knew me even though there was a 4-year separation. The restaurant is still there today. It and the Charthouse are probably the two oldest restaurants at the Marina. Iconic restaurants at that time included Chuck's Steakhouse, Donkin's, Charlie Brown's and Fiasco. I could put $35 in my pocket every night and make my $115 rent in Hermosa Beach with no problem. The $115 apartment on 21st Court was furnished with utilities. Beachbum Burt's was Burt's first attempt to franchise the Warehouse brand. There existed another Warehouse in Newport Beach for many years as well. It never really took off the way the original Warehouse did. I think the Oarhouse was in Santa Monica.
Thanks Danny When I saw Wharehouse, spelled differently, I thought he was referring to the Oarhouse.
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 16, 2012, 10:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Palm desert, Ca

Message: Hey, JB LOL; I think I need to clear the air here a little bit, if I may, I have received an E-mail (just one, uno) from an unnamed nitwit who will remain unnamed, scolding me for picking on poor Firemen. I have also received numerous positive E-mails from other C-towners who have been in/or around the Police & Firemen profession saying keep it up with the funny quips, they understand the odd brotherhood that we share and the mutual respect and admiration that we have for one anothers chosen profession. Yeah, I know this is your site & some of the things said & done go against your grain at times because we stray from the forem. All I am doing is trying to have a little fun & banter with fellow professionals (there are many on this site) and try to liven things up a little. Jim Fredericks and others who have been there and seen and done some of the things we had to indure in our careers, understand my odd since of humor (most cops & firemen have it). So, without getting to serious, for those of you who may think or believe I'm picking on firemen, "I'm not picking on Firemen", it's just kind of a big brother little brother poking sticks at one another thing, and neither one of us know which one is the big brother. So, I hope this kinda explains that Police & firemen really do luv each other, but if you have not been there, you can't understand us. However, thank GOD for firemen or cops wouldn't have anyone to pick on LOL. Thanks JB, Jorge
George, I've received many emails from people tired of the cop talk and your "I saved a fireman" stories. We all know what you did for a living so please try to stay on the Hawthorne/South Bay stories. Thanks man.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 15, 2012, 7:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang
No E-mail
Message: the ship was called the Princess Louise
Yes it was
Name: Marlin Lockrem ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 15, 2012, 5:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Green Valley, AZ

Message: OR...1960 El Molino ...looking to buy....let me know...thanks...marlin (
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jan 15, 2012, 5:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Milton, GA

Message: All my wishes come true! Too bad I forgot to buy a lottery ticket today, my mojo will be adios by manana... Thank you JB, for that step by step of Little Deuce Coupe- nice to "sort of" put some understanding to the words. I've always loved that song. I'm a motorgirl at heart, even if I know darned little about motors. I'd much rather drive than ride, power than sail, and motorbike than bicycle! Just love the feeling of power. Well okay, maybe a little lazy, too... Gary, thank you for solving the mystery of the floating nightclub- the names do ring a very hazy and distant bell, and 1980 would be the right timing. I remember the young adults in my circle talking about going there. I'm pretty sure one young man tried to smuggle me past the gendarme at the door- I am seeing red velvet thru the haze... I don't think we were successful- well, not that time and place, anyway! BTW, we are loving Georgia, but one minor problem: no decent Mexican food! As we passed a Taco Bell yesterday, Mikey remarked, "There goes the best Mexican food in Georgia." LOL! May be right! I haven't eaten at Taco Bell here yet, but I've tried a few local joints and, bleh. And they don't carry my brands in the grocery. Things here are different, and yet very much the same. I sure do love the fact that you can move 2500 miles away and still be surrounded by Americans. God Bless America!
Glad to help there, Sharon. Nothing like not understanding a song but loving it just the same.