Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 18, 2012, 4:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: I too remember the trampoline fad and went many times. My favorite places were by the mini-golf place on Manchester and the one next to the liquor store on La Cienega and Arbor Vitae by the liquor store. After they all closed, for insurance reasons I heard that last one stood vacant with all the holes from the trampoline just left there. But what I remember even better was learning how at HHS. I can't remember now if it was Coach Bunyard or Coach Jones that taught us all to be acrobats on the trampoline. But I think it occurred in my sophomore year. After we became proficient, at least as much as we were going to be, I remember we all lined up for the skills test. We did the usual knee flips and front flips but the one I really remember was a combination skill. First you had to drop down on your knees, then bouncing high so that during the next bounce you could swing your legs forward and land in a sitting position, then on the next bounce you had to swing your legs to the rear and land on your stomach. This was repeated for a total of ten times. What I remember most and I found humorous then and still do, was twenty to thirty teenage boys encouraging their peers though the assessment by chanting, over and over and over again. It still makes me chuckle a bit when I recall the episode.
What I remember was trampolining right out there with nothing but some goof off guys making a lousy attempt at catching you as you were flying butt first toward the concrete.
Name: Lois Odatey ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 18, 2012, 1:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Victoria, BC, Canada
No E-mail
Message: Hi John, Check out todays Los Angeles Groupon Featured Deal. Sky High Sports - Woodland Hills. 2 Hours of Trampoline Jump Time $10.00 instead of $20.00. If you get todays deal you have until Nov. 21, 2012 to use it. I have no idea if this is the only one around but wouldn't it be great to install a fun sports business like this in part of the old Hawthorne Mall? There used to be a Trampoline Place in Lawndale, (maybe Hawthorne Blvd. and 154th?) where you could rent an outdoor trampoline by the hour and have fun jumping to your hearts content. I used to ride my brother Tom's bike there to go "Trampolining". His bike had big tires and big tall handle bars. Once my sister Laura and our next door neighbor on 132nd St. Joyce McCarroll and I rode our bikes to the beach. What fun to ride down the hills, then up the hills on Rosecrans with the beautiful, tall, sweet smelling Eucalyptus trees lining the way. It was our only trip because on our way home (by that time, in traffic) my sisters "girlie" bike with thin tires, found a crack in the pavement that made her suddenly stop, fall down and almost got her run over. Fun day, otherwise. Then Joyce got a car, and we learned how to cruise and well, have lots more fun and there are a lot more stories...
Good stories Lois, I too remember the trampoline fad back in the 60s.....used to love that but never was very good. Thanks for the memory flogger.
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 18, 2012, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Citrus Heights, CA

Message: Soooooo, what exactly were in those A Bombs that ended WWII? The only thing I can think of was five parts smartass to one part whoopass!
Name: Gaylen Lundquist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 18, 2012, 12:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Valley Center, Ca.

Message: My friend since Kindergarten Bill Gomen class of 1970 passed away at his Fallbrook, Calif. home 4-22-2012. R.I.P. Bill.
Sorry to hear about your friend, Gaylen. My condolences to you and Bill's family.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 18, 2012, 10:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: I bought a brand-new, arctic-silver, '82 Honda Civic 1500 DX and drove off the dealer's lot with six miles on the odometer. Fifteen years later, after 395,000 miles (TWO igniters failed), the mechanic who had maintained it bought it from me, and I drove to his shop on two smoky cylinders. Simply the best car ever made!
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 18, 2012, 7:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: Just passed the 200,000 mile mark on my 2001 Honda Odyssey. This being the last of the three mini vans we've owned. With the kids out of the house and no need to haul 5-6 passengers between practices, games, and school events anymore, I'm not sure how many more miles we'll put on it. Nevertheless, it's paid for and still runs great and so I celebrated by giving it four new shoes, a new air filter and changed the oil. It got me thinking, who out there in Cougarland has gotten to the 200,000 mile mark and what were you driving?
Wow, those Hondas never seem to wear out. Never made it to 200,000 miles on any of mine but my 14 year old Durango 5.9L has about 140,000 and still runs like the day I bought it.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 9:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: Well, this seem to be bad news day...Just learned that Don McIntire (class in the 50's) had triple bypass and a valve aneurysm today. All I know is that he is in Little Company of Mary in ICU.
Get well Don.
Name: Pauline Matthew ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 9:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Spencer
Class: 1969
City & State: Oak Hills, CA.

Message: I had to laugh when I read Susie's story about becoming a teacher. I too remember that I would rather go to the beach or work then be in school. I did not get great grades either. But we all do grow up sometime I Now I have a BS in Paralegal Studies, a Masters in Leadership & Management and a Masters in Business Admin. Who knew we would grow up and go to college. I did mine when I was in my late 40's early 50's. It is never to late I guess. Congrats to all the teachers out there teaching our youth. My daughter in law is a Special Education teacher and my niece is a 6th grade teacher.
Lots of Cougars went on to be educators. Who woulda' thunk it.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 8:30 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: Spent a couple of weeks in Waikiki visiting family. We had dinner with my niece Erica Henderson Rhea (HHS 89) and family. As my son set up the get-together, it was a Cougar Meeting.
Not a bad place for a Cougar meeting, Sharon. I was wondering where you've been.
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 8:23 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca

Message: As I sit here this evening enjoying a glass of Pinot Grigio I am also getting caught up with the last 2 weeks worth of Cougartown feedbacks. Going back to May 5th and reading Tom Buckingham's and Betty Kean's post about Clara McGinty jogged many memories. I was on Cougar staff my Junior and Senior year. First semester of my Senior year I was the Feature Editor and second semester Betty Kean became Feature Editor and I became the Opinion (aka editorial) editor. Gosh those were fun days. I never minded staying late on Wednesdays after school to go to the print shop to proof read the type for my page. Talk about "old school"...tiny little metal letters placed on this block that would be inked up and - well, I can't remember how it was all done but every Friday morning, I believe by 2nd period, the paper was delivered. Betty, do you remember the Quill & Scroll banquet we all attended at the end of our Senior year? We all submitted what we felt was our best work. We were competing with other journalism students from Santa Monica, West, Redondo, North, South, Inglewood, and Mira Costa High Schools. I remember winning an award for the feature story I had done my first semester on our foreign exchange students Albert and Claudio Okumbe who were from Africa. Quill and Scroll is an international high school journalism honor society that recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in scholastic journalism. Wow...that was a L-O-N-G time ago. Anyway, then I read Anthony Hughes post about the performing arts concert in the cafeteria coming up soon. Gosh, I wish I could attend that. I was in choir my Sophomore, Junior, & Senior years. I still have the program from our concert that we performed in the HHS cafeteria my Senior year. March 18, 1969 at 7:30pm and the "donation" was .75 cents - we performed all the songs from 'Fiddler on the Roof' - damn that was so much fun! The band also performed that evening. Mr. Harold Wetzler was our Principal at the time. Mr. Russell Wing was our Choral Director, Mr. Frederick T. Morgan was the Band Director and sweet Mrs. Lajla Clayton was our Accompanist. So Anthony...if there is any way we Alumni can donate - please post it here on Feedback. Thanks for letting me ramble JB - alot of memories just came to the surface tonight.
Great high school memories indeed, Anita. Thanks very much for sharing.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 7:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: I have a very vague memory of someone carrying a Volkswagon into Senior Square - Pam Cleeton's name comes to mind ('70) - anyone remember that?
Hi Betty, That's an interesting prank
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 6:37 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA

Message: Just saw on Facebook that our own Bill Snyder has a book signing scheduled...if you haven't read his stories about growing up in Hawthorne, you missed out...but it's not too late to pick up a copy!
Thanks Laura and good luck with the book, Bill.
Name: Maureen Trott ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 9:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: I just read of the passing of Sandra Mark class of 64 and daughter of Mrs Mark HHS English Teacher. Do not know any details.
Thanks for the information on Sandra, Maureen.
Name: Susan Adams ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 17, 2012, 6:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson Cal.

Message: With Teacher Appreciation and all, thought I'd add my "teacher" story..I am a teacher for Shasta County office of ed., I teach preschoolers age East Cottonwood School..but back in my high school days, education was not in my mind..I was focused on my friends, the beach, and parties! I goofed off in school and lived to pull pranks. One year the wrestling team had a CIF balloon with all the boys' signatures written on it..of course I had an idea..I took my umbrella, put a safety pin on the tip of it, and..I was hoping for a loud POP! Instead, it slowly "fizzled" out slowly (my prank was foiled) I was sent to Mr. Barton's office (my second home at school)- he was so fed up with me, he shouted,"Susan, you will never amount to anything!" Wouldn't he be suprised now at my profession! I got my "pay backs" now! What comes around goes around-Kharma and all..Oh, I also had to pay for the balloon-(cost-$2.00) Happy Teacher Appreciation, my fellow teachers!
Great story Susan. I imagine there are hundreds of pranker stories in Cougartown. Anyone else do any pranking at HHS?
Name: George Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 16, 2012, 1:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Spinnaker Cove, Ca

Message: Hey Judi, In Korea, they have K-9 dinners every night, no special occasion, they just have a taste for dog. Jorge
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 16, 2012, 10:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay

Message: In French Polynesia, John. No Cougar sightings here although I met several women from France on vacation. Have chance to practice seventh grade French. Sorry - will miss VFW breakfast.
Have fun Don.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 16, 2012, 8:36 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: FYI... There's a K-9 dinner/fund raiser tomorrow night - Thursday, May 17th, at the Hawthorne Memorial Center, located on El Segundo and Prairie. Tickets for dinner can be purchased at the door. There's dinner, raffles and prizes and a lot of friends meet for this one. We always see Bob and Karen Fraser there and last year I won a huge picture donated by Danny Juarez. So big, I couldn't carry it to the car. Again, you can purchase tickets at the door and it starts at 5 pm and goes till 7. The Haw. Police will introduce us to the new K-9 units. See you there, I'll be the one still carrying the huge picture around. J & J Blomsterberg
Thanks Judy, always a fun time at the K9 dinner.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 15, 2012, 6:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA

Message: How great to hear that Hawthorne Spirit is alive and well!! So Anthony Hughes, what is an old Cougar Alumnus to do if she can't get there on Friday but would like to mail a check? To your attention at HHS? Details Anthony - details!! BTW, please tell the kids that this old cheerleader / Cougar Staff reporter wishes them great success, perfect pitch, straight arms and most of all, FUN!!
Good question there Sue, how do we donate if we can't be there?
Name: Anthony Hughes ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 15, 2012, 2:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, CA

Message: Hello Cougartown! I am charged with bringing the tradition and memories back to the School. This Friday we are having a Performing Arts Concert in the Cafeteria showcasing the new Visual and Performing Arts Academy. The Jazz Band, Colorguard, Dance Team, Choir, Improv Band, and Drumline will perform. Drama will also be there to be part of the show. A Highlight of the show will be the first performance by a school group of the ALMA MATER in over 10 years!!! The event starts at 5:30 p.m. (May 18, 2012) and will be over around 7:30p.m. The admission is free, but we are currently running a fundraiser and we ask you to consider supporting the current students at the school by buying one of these great discount books. The Marching Band is back and here to stay. Anthony Hughes Hawthorne High School Marching Band Director Tradition, Success, and Excellence
Hi Anthony, I WILL be there and I know other Cougartowners will too. Thanks very much for your invitation and we'll see you Friday. Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
Name: Lisa Dulin ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 15, 2012, 6:09 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Graham
Class: 1967
City & State: Palm Desert, Ca

Message: Happy Birthday Lyle Davidson!
Happy Birthday Lyle!!
Name: Dean Karels ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 14, 2012, 8:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: tustin, ca

Message: so i'm coming back from the cabin in big bear and i'm on the 10frw. west bound near lomalinda and i see this lic. plate (cougs83) so i speedup to the car and the frame reads alum wsu what a bummer i thought i had my first Cougar sighting
You did, just the wrong Cougar Thanks Dean, I thought this thing was broken.
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 13, 2012, 6:19 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: Happy Birthday to one of my very best friends Kathy Happy Mothers Day-----hope your day is wonderful.
Happy Birthday Kathy and Happy Mothers day to all our dual chromosome Cougars.
Name: Robert Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 13, 2012, 1:20 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv.

Message: Carroll Shelby RIP. My God what a man! My Bro Marty C. HHS 62 was the proud owner of a 1966 Shelby GT-350 Mustang. And I was a lucky HHS Sophomore that got to drive it on a regular basis. A street legal race car more than not. Never driven anything like it ever since. Back when ol Bro bought it in 69 it cost him $2200. Of course back then it was just another used car. These days look at the auctions-Yikes! Unfortunatly in early 72 it got ripped off and found stripped in Venice not too far from the site of Shelbys original shop. Marty collected insurance money and got a nice 69 Boss 302 Stang. Used to drive it to school from time to time if I got lucky. Had some times in that car too. Some might remember when Shelbys factory was in a big old hangar at LAX-nw corner of Imperial and Sepulveda. The stock Mustangs were on one side of the building-the finished product on the other side. Once upon a time--WHAT A TRIP. Cool to have been a little part of it. Best Wishes to all, BC
Hi Robert, Yep, gone are the days when you'd see the Shelby crew broad sliding those Cobras across the tarmack at the airport. Fun days for sure.