Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 12, 2012, 8:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: West Covina
Message: There is much to be said about the legend Carroll Shelby and his contribution to the muscle car era. Some years ago I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Carroll. While at the "Fabulous Fords Forever" car show at Knott's. I was sitting with my friend, Mr. Mustang himself, Don Chambers. Don owned "Mustang Country" in Paramount and had known Carroll for many years. He said come on, there is someone I want you to meet. We went over to the tent area where the vendors were set up and a long line of fans waiting to get signed autographs from Carroll Shelby. Don and I went to the back side of the booth and there was Carroll sitting there waiting for the curtain to open and begin meeting the people. Well Don introduced me to Carroll and we chatted a bit. The workers reminded Carroll that there was a long line forming. Don and Carroll started reminiscing about the old days. I was mesmerized listening to them especially when Carroll spoke of his dislike of Ferrari. Those two talked for about forty-five minutes the Carroll excused himself and went out to sign autographs. It was quite an experience and I wished I had taken pictures. May Carroll and Don both RIP.
Name: Peter Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 12, 2012, 1:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: corona calif.
Message: Happy mothers day to all the mothers out there whether you are a past, present soon to be moms. may your day be filled with love and laughter. peter nelson class of 1957
Name: Alan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 12, 2012, 10:42 am - HHS Time
City & State: Parker, AZ
Message: Sad news. A motorcar legend has passed away. Carroll Shelby, of Shelby GT 500 Mustang fame has died in Dallas at 89. His vision pushed the envelope of hot-rodding and influenced many innovations and owners in advancing the sport, including many of our own HHS Cougar street racers. RIP, Mr. Shelby.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 12, 2012, 9:51 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Hello Cougs to all female Cougs I'm wishing you Great Big Happy Mother's Day and many more to come Have a great day. Hopefully will be a nice day too. Take care.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 11, 2012, 8:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: solvang ca
Message: Clark you are simply amazing, I have nothing but attaboys for you! And take note, a classy guy like Harry gives you props that is a real tribute. Happy mothers' day all!
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 11, 2012, 2:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Ca
Message: Thanks for the reminder John. Check's in the mail. So sorry to hear about Carroll Shelby, not from HHS, but admired by so many car guys I know.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 11, 2012, 2:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lake Forest
Message: To all you mothers, Happy Mothers Day! Sharon and I are off to Cabo, see ya in a couple.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 11, 2012, 12:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita
Message: Just a friendly reminder to those in the Class of 1962, you have until the 15th of May to get the 75 dollar price on Reunion tickets. They will go to 85 dollars on the 16th so please get your checks in the mail today. Thanks all and we'll see you in September
Name: Harry Plotkin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 11, 2012, 12:15 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Clark, WELL DONE. YOU ARE A REAL GENTLEMAN AND A CREDIT TO HHS AND SOCIETY. HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY TO THE UNSUNG HEROES OF OUR COUNTRY. Love to all, Harry
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 9, 2012, 9:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: An HHS Mothers Day story...I had dinner tonight in El Segundo on Sepulveda. During dinner I was trying to think of someone who deserved flowers for Mothers Day but might be all alone. Suddenly I thought of a '76 classmate's mother who is in her late 80s and lives alone in Hawthorne with no children within sixty miles. So I finished dinner grabbed a dozen roses and whipped over to Hawthorne. I went to her front door, knocked and called out her name. She asked who it was and I said..."Clark Millman". No, no she said, the mailman already came today. "Not the mailman" I said.."Clark Millman!" She realized who I was and let me in quite pleased with her dozen pink roses. We chatted for a half hour and I headed for home feeling all the good Karma falling on my head as I left. Leaving Hawthorne I passed HHS and seeing an open gate decided to see what was new on campus. No visible construction underway, the girls locker room was replaced with six modular classrooms! Four more modules on the south end of the boys gym. Nyman hall is still Nyman hall. The science building(16) is unchanged except for an ADA compliant elevator. Girls gym was unchanged and being used by a basketball league. I love the locker room that replaced the boys locker-room. The new one houses the boys in the west end and the girls in the east end. You gotta know some pranksters have tried to drill "peep holes" from one section into the other. No Cougar sightings because Kahuna John has made it clear I can't "stalk" on campus! I did quiz all the janitors I ran into but alas no HHS grads! Happy Mothers Day to all, reach out and touch anyone who might need a flower on Sunday!
Name: Peter Tremblay ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 9, 2012, 6:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: New York, NY
Message: Watching The Beach Boys, tonight in NYC. Intro included a shout out to Hawthorne, CA (and Hawthorne Blvd...?!); HHS got its due on 'Be True to Your School.'
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 9, 2012, 2:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Central Point, OR
Message: I too teach. It's cool to be appreciated (when it happens). I really didn't appreciate my teachers as much as I should of while in school. T'was later in life when I felt the call of teacherhood. The source of inspiration was Miss Clark -- who stimulated a germ of intellect using unconventional means and Coach Bunyard who showed me that everyday has a potential for fun.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 9, 2012, 12:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Ca
Message: Happy Anniversary Jan and Judy! What a fun wedding it was and proof that spontaneity works!
Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 8, 2012, 10:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fresno, CA
Message: Today was Day of the Teacher. This is also Teacher Appreciation Week. Many of our HHS graduates have gone on to become teachers and I salute you for your dedication to helping to enrich young peoples lives. In my previous email I noted my appreciation for Ms McGinty and Mr. Bob Klein as mentors. I would also like to mention some other HHS teachers and administrators that had a big influence on me educationally and socially: Mr Repashy, Senior Government; Mrs. Jensen, Senior English; Mr. Silcox, Chemistry; Coach Plum and Coach Chauncey; Mr. Hamilton, Counselor; and of course Mr. Wallace Nyman. I am sure each one of you who reads this will have your favorite teachers and the also the one's we would just as soon done without. Let's remember the teachers that gave us that little extra nudge that pushed us out of the nest to fly into the future.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 8, 2012, 8:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Well, thank God Judy never got the Rydell proposal - else we'd never have had Jan and Judy. Or maybe we would have as some things are just meant to be. I may have missed the wedding in Y2K but watching the sweetest love story from the sidelines has been a joy. Love you both J and J and I wish you ever so many, happy, MORE! XOXO
Name: Judy Degrazia ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 8, 2012, 7:54 pm - HHS Time
Message: On May 8th, I married one of the sweetest men I've ever known.. He's been my best friend, my lover, my rock, and my fox hole buddy..the funniest man I've ever met and he adores me. How did I get so lucky!!!! Happy Anniversary Babe, I love the snot outta you. (even though I didn't get my Hoover vacuum cleaner with the swiveling ball joint and disposable bag - on sale at Sears till Sunday-May 13th..Bags are extra). Your Tilly
Name: Karen Bearns ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 8, 2012, 12:15 pm - HHS Time
City & State: REDONDO BEACH
Message: We want to wish Judy and Jan Happy Anniversary. Randy and I will be married 30 years next month. Time flies by. Love to all, Karen and cometboy Bearns
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 8, 2012, 10:34 am - HHS Time
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Judy and Jan, congratulations!! I wish you many, many more. You're half way to the silver! I say we all go to Hawaii for that one. Best wishes. Tom
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 8, 2012, 10:18 am - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita
Message: Well HAPPY 12th ANNIVERSARY to Jan and Judy DeGrazia Blomsterberg. 12 years ago today we were in beautiful Maui for the blessed event. What a great time we had. Seems like only a couple of years ago to me. Have a great day.
Name: George Vreeland Hill ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 7, 2012, 10:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Beverly Hills, California
Message: Hawthorne has always been an amazing and fun place. I visit often. Back in the 1960's and 70's, it was GREAT. I never went to HHS, but I had friends who did. I passed a lot of footballs there. George Vreeland Hill
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 7, 2012, 2:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Los Angeles 64
Message: I looked this morning at Ctown and saw that Jan never got a proposal from Bobby Rydell and was a bit perplexed. Now I see that it was actually Judy that had posted. Now I understand! Judy, I never got one from Linda Carter either but I did get the opportunity to spend some time with her.
Name: Cliff Rickson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 7, 2012, 1:38 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tampa, Florida
Message: This past Saturday my wife and I celebrated our anniversary by going to see the Beach Boys at the Tampa Performing Arts Center. I'm happy to report that the "Boys" and the band were in excellent form. The house was sold out. They played nearly two and a half hours. Prior to the show starting I turned to my wife and said "sure a lot of old people here". The look I got from her was priceless! Take care everyone.
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 7, 2012, 1:16 pm - HHS Time
City & State: oregon city, Oregon
Message: Happy Birthday HHS class of 1958 President, Coach Mike Gillespie, of U of Cal Irvine, his baseball team has won seven in a row, including a 3 game sweep this week-end of U of Cal Santa Barbara, on ESPN. He was a leader at HHS, then won a National Championship while a player and a coach at USC. Several more wins and his "Eaters" could go back to Omaha for the college world series.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 6, 2012, 7:43 pm - HHS Time
Message: Cougar sighting. Picture it.. Hawthorne VFW - Cinco de Mayo party..and in walk Gloria Velez with Toni Harris, both from the class of 1964. Good to see you again Toni, and I'm sorry that Ringo Starr never did call you and beg for your hand in marriage. Bobby Rydell never called me either. Life goes on.
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 6, 2012, 7:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, Ca.
Message: While taking a refreshment break at the Edelbrock car show today we joined a group of strangers at one of the tables. This was a good group and the conversation was pleasant. When the subject turned to Edelbrock one of the guys said that he had worked for them in El Segundo after graduation from high school. I hesitated for a minute,,,should I pull a Clark and ask? Of course I should. So I said "What high school"? BAM! On my first cast I had a Cougar on the line. Our new friend turned out to be Pat Jenkins HHS class of '75. As we continued to chat I spotted a familiar face in the crowd. I recognized Lee Leonard (66) from various pictures I've seen on this site. I introduced myself to Lee and found him to be a very nice guy. He graciously took time to walk me over and show me his Cobra and his Sprint car. Nice. I introduced Lee to Pat and the last I saw them they were comparing notes about their experiences while working for Edelbrock. All in all it was a very pleasant visit and I think I should get credit for 2 sightings.
Name: Sharon Stein ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 6, 2012, 5:46 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Wiseburn
Message: If Cougartown had a 'LIKE' button, I would have used it on the recent Miss McGinty comments. She was my favorite teacher. What she taught me about the REAL guidelines and ethics of a true journalist also help teach me to listen and form my own opinions on the world around me. Those lessons have served me well. Too bad most of the today's reporters did not have the privilege of having Miss McGinty.