Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 30, 2012, 8:18 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Message: I am with you guys on Nyman Hall. We all need to occupy
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 29, 2012, 4:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: JB, It may be the difference between early sixties and late sixties, between surf-music and hippie-music. I haven't heard much good popular music since the second British Invasion of the early '80's, such as Roxy Music, Robert Palmer and many others. Now it's insipid Canadian stuff like Bieber, and "Call Me, Maybe?" I mean, really....
John, When Chuck Berry left the scene, the music died for me
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 29, 2012, 4:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods
No E-mail
Message: If Nyman Hall is slated for the wrecking ball, count me in for "OCCUPY NYMAN HALL"....
I'll be right beside you, Steve.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 28, 2012, 8:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach

Message: Regarding the school renovation: I remember driving by Juan De Anza when it was being rebuilt a few years ago and feeling nostalgic and sad for my first school which seemed old in the 50's. But now when I visit friends in the neighborhood, I can't believe how it has revived the whole neighborhood. There are lots of young families that want to live in the South Bay with little kids running around. It makes me sad to see some of my HHS haunts being torn down but I really pray that it does the same thing for Hawthorne that the new Anza did for Del Aire. Instead of people saying "Hawthorne was a great place to be be from", they will be saying, "Hawthorne is a great place to live". Families won't be looking at private and charter schools and permits to go out of district and the glory that we all like to reminisce about here on CT will return to our old alma mater.
That's a very positive way to look at the whole situation. Thanks Linda.
Name: Polly Martens ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 28, 2012, 5:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Beach
Class: 1974
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: Hi, I just checked the CVUSD website, and yes they have the plans for the revamped HHS, and the only original building that will be left will be the North Gym, and some of the new buildings. Nyman Hall is scheduled to be bulldozed. They are replacing it along with the old Band room with a "Media Center." I did some other searches and nothing is in the media about this plan. I also did see the plans for the changes on the Lawndale High campus as well. I am really sad about this. I have some good memories of both the band room and Nyman Hall. I guess nothing is forever.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 28, 2012, 12:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: I just saw Mike Mecey's reference two weeks ago to Mike Love and to Dorsey High, up there on Rodeo Road after the name changes from MLK (ex-Santa Barbara Avenue) in West L.A., and was reminded of two other considerable musicians who went to Dorsey: Arthur Lee and Johnny Echols of "Love". They may have invented heavy-metal ("7 and 7 is", "A House is not a Motel") and were responsible for "Forever Changes". The late and lamented Arthur would sometimes WALK after school up La Brea to Hollywood to try to sell his songs at Capitol Records and elsewhere. He is sometimes described as a musical genius. There is a fine British documentary about the band, "Love Story," I think, that describes its history. At the end of July, "Bummer in the Summer" and "The Daily Planet" still sound good.
John, after you mentioned Mike Love all the rest of the post is Greek to me. Must be a gender gap or something
Name: Polly Martens ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 28, 2012, 11:37 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Beach
Class: 1974
City & State: HAWTHORNE

Message: Hi All, I haven't checked in a very long time. At any rate, I was driving by Hawthorne High yesterday, and very shocked to see that they have torn down half the school! Yes the Admin building, the breeze way, the Band room/building, and most of the parking lot is gone. What in the world happened? I live locally, but hadn't heard anything about this. Hopefully they won't bulldoze Nyman Hall. I hope this reaches everyone in good health and spirits. I don't get on this much, I mostly hang out on Facebook. I do remember when John started this, and thought it was a really great idea.
Hi Polly, Yes HHS is being renovated and I have asked that Nyman Hall be spared. Not that I have any say but it never husts to ask. If you think HHS is bad, drive by Lawndale High. It's a big open field where the school used to be. Thanks for sharing.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 27, 2012, 9:38 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: Hello Cougs I'm watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics wow it was great a lot of amazing shows had everything in it rock n roll some oldies but goodies just the History of it amazing
Pretty darn clever alright
Name: Chuck Marchese ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 26, 2012, 8:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Aurora, CO

Message: On page 1065, in response to Cal Kappen class of 1959. There are pictures of some of the old car club plaques and I just thought I'd clear up the mystery about the Inglewood club, The VC's. The surfers and the low riders at Ing. High got together and formed a peaceful coalition. The low riders used to call the surfers "Camel herders" (not camel riders) because they wore huarache sandals to school. So the vatos and camel herders got together and formed the VC's. peace, chuck
Hey Chuck, Thanks for the clarification. Got that info from an old VCer, Randy Burns IHS61. Probably was lost in translation from Sentinel to Cougar
Name: Anita Bell ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 26, 2012, 8:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harmon
Class: 1969
City & State: Fair Oaks, Ca

Message: I don't know how many of you have had the chance to view the DVD titled "Dennis Wilson Forever" but if you do, I believe you will find it to be worthwhile. The one I viewed was ordered thru Netflix and I thought it was a great collection of interviews and memories with those who knew Dennis best. Two of them being high school friends Jon Parks c/o '63 and Ron Swallow c/o ??? There are vintage photos and archival footage. Family members, friends and colleagues recalled some unbelievable stories yet you knew they were true. Anyway, I thought it was a great documentary that incidentally was produced and directed by Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy), Carl Wilson's brother in-law.
Thanks Anita for the heads up. I will Amazon that one for sure.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 26, 2012, 11:45 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach

Message: Jill, even though we've never met, I feel like you are reading my mind on your reunion posts. I simply can't say it better than you have. Okay, 66/67 alumni, while I wish Jill would be willing to pick up the bill for crashers at our reunion, her name is not on the contract we have with the Marriott. We plan to have someone at the door the entire evening to prevent crasher's. We would love to see you, so get your money/reservations in now. Our final count is due the 15th of August. Recent checks received were from Rick and Vicky (Essner) Zapf and Stu Penner and his lovely wife, Gloria. Time is running out!
Classes of 66 and 67......Git-R-Done!!
Name: Jill Jaynes ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 25, 2012, 8:13 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McFarlane
Class: 1977
City & State: Mission Viejo, CA

Message: Class of 1977-Just over two weeks away from our wonderful 35th reunion! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone who is coming. For those on the fence, get off it and join us! I understand that I have outdated information on how to reach me, well, I've updated my email address, and if you don't feel like going to the alumni list, here it is So far, we have about 60 people attending, we would like to get at least 90. But time is running out, because I need to give a head count next Tuesday. Sure, we could squeeze a few last minute attendee's in. To the other classes, if you want to attend, you are more than welcome! One thing I want to make very clear, please don't come with the intention of crashing, and think that if you come after we eat, that it's no big deal. It is, because the venue does take a head count, and guess who gets charged for the difference? Yep, me! Okay, I'm done now. Please come out and see your old classmates, and I do mean old, as none of us are getting any younger!
Have a fun one, class of 77.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 25, 2012, 6:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Schroeder's house

Message: Henry played at ECC for 2 years then went to San Jose State. Weber State was in the running out of ECC but unlike several of his ECC teammates he did not go there. I too had thought he had gone to Weber State until about 10 years ago. Kathy, his wife, is having a memeorial service for Henry in Cambria on the 15th of September. I do not have a time as yet but will post as soon as I receive along with other details. Henry was the unofficial mayor and he and Kathy owned an Italian restaurant in Cambria before retiring to Humbolt area.
Name: Jim Pasternak ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 24, 2012, 9:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Maui

Message: Jimmy Schoeder! Cool note. You've always written so well! says San Jose St. Hey, no one knew so I Googled it. Think maybe I'll Google you...see what I can dig up! :) Jim
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 24, 2012, 12:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks
No E-mail
Message: I concur completely with Mister Schroeder's recollections of the tackling drills. I had occasion to mention this fear we all shared to Henry not too long ago. I jokingly asked if at the time he remembered we were on the same team and needed all our bones intact to play the next Friday night's game. Henry actually apologized if he was too rough back then. He made me laugh thinking it might have bothered him after all these years. I had forgotten about that trickle of blood but as soon as Jim mentioned the subject it brought back a vivid recollection. Henry was one mean competitor and I was always glad he was on our side. RIP, my friend.
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 24, 2012, 8:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Claremont, CA

Message: I KNOW that Henry Cooper went to El Camino College right after high school. I worked with Henry and 3 other ECC football players at Hawthorne Memorial Center. Henry played at ECC in the Fall '66 season and I'm pretty sure in the Fall '67 season. Just as tough and formidable in college football as in high school.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 24, 2012, 7:45 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Central Point, Oregon

Message: Don't want to start a Beach Boys type of who went to what school discussion, but, I thought the late Henry Cooper was scholarshipped to Weber State right out of high school? I recall jockeying for position in tackling drill lines -- so that I wouldn't have to match up in a one on one with Henry. He was scary and potentialy harmful to one's health. He always managed to have a trickle of blood running down his nose where his scarred helmet dug into the bridge of his nose adding to his frightening mystique. I doubt that he weighed more than 160 (no matter what the program said), but he was like the Tasmanian Devil on the gridiron. He gave 100% in everything he did.
Thanks Jim, so Weber St, ECC, SJS....where did Henry go to school? Anyone know?
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 23, 2012, 7:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: So, Dean, that wasn't so much a bio, but a short sport history. After HHS, Henry attended El Camino for a year. His wife, Cathy asked in a recent e-mail: This is what I think I know: Went to San Jose State on a football Scholarship [snip] NFL Kansas City approached him to play on their team. I was at El Camino with Henry for one year and went off to pharmacy school, so I can't answer past that. Bill Sloey, can you help us out here? I do remember the classic Porsche C (the little one), that Henry's stepmother gave him in his sophomore year of high school. He had his learners permit and I was his designated (although, still unlicensed myself) supervising ride along (and I hope the legal statute of limitations has expired here). We used to drive to Matilija Reservoir near Ventura, where Henry would row a row boat for the entire day and then we'd head home. He taught me to brake into a corner and accelerate out. It was such a sweet ride. I wanted one (a Porsche) for a long time after, but eventually gave up that fantasy. Henry got stopped on Hawthorne Boulevard for speeding. The "Oh, gee I forgot my license" excuse worked for the officer, with the warning, "O.K., bring it to court with you." The court date was two days after his sixteenth birthday, took his driving test, showed up in court, and the judge dismissed the charges (the officer was in attendance). Probably a story I shouldn't have told, but I can't help myself. My it's a small world story is on Cougartown, if you Cougle, Henry from the Search on the Cougartown menu bar.
Thanks Glenn
Name: Steve Gant ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 23, 2012, 5:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Orem, Utah

Message: Interesting discussions regarding the Beach Boys and HHS attendance. I recently was backstage before the Beach Boy concert here and one of the topics we discussed was who attended what high school. The Wilson's and Al attended HHS. Dave Marks attended Morningside but left to attend a professional high school in Hollywood. Mike went to Dorsey and Bruce to University High in SoCal. It was fun to catch up on 43 years and rekindle friendships from those formative years. The show was great and they stayed for the fireworks.
Hi Steve, Thanks very much for the info. I know the David Marks high school thing was up in the air.
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 23, 2012, 2:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Vallejo, CA

Message: Glenn Crist: Thank you for the bio on Henry Cooper, Class of 65. Although I was seven classes behind him, I remember going over to basketball and wrestling matches to see him and other stars like Frank Lucio in wrestling. Given his amazing record, playing both ways in football for three years, he seems like an old time throwback to some of the legendary college football talents. It would seem like Henry would be a shoe-in for a full ride to USC, Colorado or any number of major college programs. Yet I never heard anything about Henry after high school. So, who knows the rest of the story? Dean Morris
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 22, 2012, 5:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
No E-mail
Message: The 2nd Annual Good Neighbors Day-- I want to thank my friend JB for the hours of work he put into the museum and car show. He and Tom Quintana, Norb Huber, Dick Huhn and so many other museum members made this event a great success. There were many Cougars roaming around the cars, food, concessions and exhibits. Not to mention, the non-stop concerts by The Beach Bums, Surfin' Safari, and the Three Balls of Fire. A couple of Cougars even entered their cars like Rich Sloan and Don Burns. Wayne Dickey- where were you? It was a great day. Hawthorne is truly a city of good neighbors.
I agree Bob, and thank you and Karen too for helping out with the car entries, delivering fliers, etc. All in all it was a fun day for everyone. Thanks also to good buddy Howard "Paco" Duran for bringing his big ol' camera out and taking pictures and videos.
Name: Randy Moore ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 22, 2012, 12:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: North Fork, Ca.

Message: Yes, Green Farms BBQ is long gone. I worked there around 1965/66 for $1.50 an hour. The owners were Sid and Sally Schwartz, and the main man working the counter, and later part owner was Gino. As an employee, and teenager I consumed large amounts of the Green Farms food at 1/2 price.
Great BBQ at Green farms, boy. Just driving by made my mouth water.