Name: Vicky Aliabadi ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2012, 6:51 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Monica
Message: To answer Jake and Judi's question: Angel Flight is a Wooden Cable-car Trolley. It was built to take people on incline rides from the top of the hill to the bottom. Facts about Angel Flight: Opened to Public: 1901 Length of Track: 315 feet, Grade: 33 degrees, To me it looks like an exact replica of The Duguesne Incline in Pittsburgh, PA which was originally designed as a coal hoist but was then used as a freight and passenger Cable-car Trolley after it opened for use on May 20, 1877. Samuel Diesher an engineer originally designed and built most of the incline trolleys through-out the USA. Some Facts about the The Duguesne Incline: Opened to Public: May 20, 1877, Length of Track: 794 feet, Elevation: 400 feet, Grade: 30.5 degrees, Speed: 6 miles per hour, Passenger: Capacity 18 per car I have never been on Angel Flight but I have been on The Duguesne Incline which is a cool ride and once your at the top they have an observation deck which looks over the whole city.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2012, 4:54 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Susanna /Hanalei Kauai
Message: I missed saying Merry Christmas to all ya all! Been away working on a cool documentary with my son in Yucatan Mexico (more to come). Hope everyone has a great New Year! Many great memories from Hawthorne during the holiday season. Off to Hanalei Kauai for some surfing and much needed rest! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2012, 3:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Helena MONTANA
Message: JOHN, WANT TO WISH YOU & ALL THE COUGARS OUT THERE A GREAT HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I HAVE TO SAY, I BELONG TOO FACEBOOK AS THATS THE ONLY WAY I CAN KEEP IN CONTACT WITH MY KIDS, GRANDKIDS, AND GREAT-GRANDKIDS, WHICH ARE LOCATED ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY! (AS YOU CAN SEE, I KEPT BUSY AS A YOUNG MAN) LOL! I STILL CAN SAY, WITHOUT A DOUBT, YOU DO ONE HE- - OF A JOB WITH THIS SITE!!! JAN, SOUNDS LIKE FUN, COMING ON THE 20TH!! NO KIDDING THOUGH, WE ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO CALIF. THIS SPRING. WANT TO VISIT MY OLD PARDNER, JIM CRAWFORD & A FELLOW MARINE THAT I WAS IN KOREA WITH. I AM SURE WE WILL VISIT ON A SUNDAY & CATCH THAT GREAT BREAKFAST I READ SO MUCH ABOUT!! GODS BLESSINGS TO ALL, AL MURPHY
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 27, 2012, 6:30 am - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach
Message: It is the Angels Flight Railway. In May of 1901, Colonel J.W. Eddy received permission for L.A. City Council to build a 'Funicular' (Latin for Incline Railway). Personal note; Prior to the 1996 reopening, one of the archways was missing, which I located in a MTA (old RTD) storage yard.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2012, 9:05 pm - HHS Time
City & State: L. A.
Message: Angels flight claims to be one of the shortest railroads in America. I use it often. Happy new year to all.
Name: Russ Jacobsen ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2012, 2:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kuna, ID
Message: Hope all you Cougs had a wonderful Christmas as we did. But, my wife and I, are in a disagreement here over a book called Angels Flight by Michael Connelly. She says that Angels flight was a train. I say it was more of a trolley up the hill. Can anyone give me the good news? Or the bad! I know some of you smart Cougars know. It's a trolley...right? MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU! Jake N Jude
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2012, 12:48 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Oregon City, Oregun
Message: As usual JB is right, That padiddle thing was a V.W. and that turned into a slug bug in the 80's. I am glad I didn't win that padiddle prize. The last time I was even close to Alta Loma was the Red Hill Country Club Golf course. I had hit into the rough. When I found my ball it lay about 5' from a 20" long coiled Southern Pacific rattlesnake out for the morning sun.. I thought the signs "beware of Rattle snakes" were a joke. I took the penalty and played on. The Club marshall rangled the snake and moved it to a unpopulated area.
Name: Diane Hollinger ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2012, 9:56 am - HHS Time
City & State: Paso Robles, CA
Message: Merry Christmas Fellow Hawthornians... Look me up on facebook. I have been trying to find Rick McKelvey, class of 72 & Steve Welsh. Hi you guys, find me, cause I cant find you. Love you all! Diane Johnson
Name: Steve Bunch ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2012, 7:37 am - HHS Time
City & State: Alta Loma, Ca
Message: I remember someone shouting "padiddile" when they saw a car with only one functioning headlight because the other one was burned out. Do I win JB?
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 26, 2012, 6:48 am - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance
Message: Paddiddle: I was known as the paddiddle queen! AAAAHHH WHAT A GREAT MEMORY THAT WAS. Picture it-the early 60's-driving down the road with your best sweety at night, and coming towards ya is a car with only one headlight working. (this is known as a paddiddle) and it allows you to kiss the boy/girl your with, with no questions asked...and please don't ask me what happens if both headlights are broken. I'd like to remember it as either getting two kisses from my boyfriend or at least a chance to hang your head out the window and yell "turn on your lights!" Merry Christmas (or what ever you may celebrate ) /Happy New year to all and thank you always John for this incredible reconnection to just "everyone." You make life magic & fun. 14 years ago I use to schlep to the Wiseburn library to check out your website, and laugh out loud while sitting under the "silence please" sign. BTW-I can't watch 2013 roll in with the SPORTS PROGRAM DONATION NEEDLE stuck under $5,000--so email me the amount that will take us to that number and I'll send a check. It's really not about the winning or losing, (that would be money donated with strings attached) but about the giving and the lesson because these kids will be our age down the road and they will do the right thing for the right reason for the next set of kids if they see us do it now. They are incredible young people with a lot of hopes and dreams for the future, just as we were once. Al Murphy, I'll do 'anything' for a new VFW attendee, so shoot me your address and I'll come get you on January 20 for the next breakfast--maybe we'll see some paddiddles on the way home. Happy New Year from the Noodlemans!! Jan & Judy Blomsterberg
Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 9:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Athens, Greece
Message: Happy Boxing Day everyone. I hope all of you Cougars are enjoying Christmas leftovers. Have a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2013. Happiness to all, Jim Peppers
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 5:42 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Newnan, Ga.
Message: Surfridge was by Playa del Rey.
Name: Janet(Jan) Hyatt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 2:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sparta, Mo.
Message: Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Our Christmas day is very cold and dreary, expecting snow, hope it misses us. Thanks John for keeping us all in touch, with the good old days. Jan
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 2:43 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Oregon City, Oregun
Message: Merry Christmas to all of Cougartown. Thanks to John Baker for everything he puts into Cougartown. Thank You "Paco", great Christmas photos, and Jerry Miles for all the pictures and history you share. I also thank all the Cougars that take time to share their knowledge and their feelings on all that is Cougartown. May God bless this group. It has been another great year.
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 1:59 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Vallejo, CA
Message: Merry Christmas to all today! JB, thanks for another great year and I have to say, the red neck christmas carol made me laugh as I count off the inches of rain pelleted us here in NorCal. Here's hoping for a 2013 with no fiscal cliff to fall over, an end to destructive weather, no more senseless mass murders by crazy young boys and a new beginning of working together for the betterment of all.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 8:34 am - HHS Time
City & State: Helena Montana
Message: JOHN, WISHING YOU & YOURS AND ALL IN COUGARTOWN A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! I CHECK YOUR SITE EVERY MORNING!! SURE WISH I COULD MAKE THE V.F.W. BREAKFAST, KNOWING A FELLOW MARINE & HIS WIFE ARE COOKING IT!!!! BEST WISHES TOO ALL, AL
Name: Bob Faulkner ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 8:16 am - HHS Time
City & State: LONG BEACH, CALIF
Message: FIRST AND FOREMOST MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. AND TO YOU WHO'S BIRTHDAY'S ARE TODAY, I'M SO SORRY FOR THE CONFLICTING DAY. OMG! SURFRIDGE, YES, YES, AND YES I REMEMBER IT WELL. WENT BY THERE MANY TIMES IN MY YOUTH, NEVER KNEW WHAT IT WAS THOUGH. NOW NO CHEATING, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHAT A "PADIDDLE" IS???. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK WITH THIS SIGHT JB, AND DOWN WITH FACEBOOK!!.
Name: Debbie Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 8:16 am - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: Michael, my mom's favored beach. We just referred to this area as the part of Playa del Rey, had to be destroyed! Thanks for sharing the real name! We also called Dockweiler Imperial Beach, too!
Name: Debbie Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 25, 2012, 8:05 am - HHS Time
City & State: Del Aire, CA
Message: Merry Christmas to John and all of Cougartown! I just googled La Cienega and found out that wikipedia is slightly off, no big surprise. They completely ignored the section from 129th to 142nd that most locals know about! Hope for a happy, healthy 2013 for all!
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Merry Christmas to ALL the Cougars and friends reading Cougartown.
Name: Michael Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 5:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Roseville CA
Message: Does anyone remember where Surfridge is? Great beach city that is now a ghost town almost in our own back yard.
Name: Jody Weller ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 4:47 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne CA
Message: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL IN OUR COUGAR WORLD. Thank you John for all your hard work.
Name: Larry And Loretta Cuiper ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 3:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: A Very Merry Christmas to all of our Cougartown Folk. Also may we all have a Happy New Year. God Bless to all. Love ya John and Thank you for all you do. Always a COUGAR
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 2:52 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Albq NM
Message: Merry Christmas to everyone. Thank you John for giving us another year of CT. Can't imagine a day without it!
Name: Gloria Achrem ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 2:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Las Vegas, nv
Message: Merry Christmas! Happy birthday Jesus! Just cleaning off our nativity display and preparing for a beautiful celebration of our savior's birth! God bless everyone of us! Oops, I hope we didn't offend anyone! ; )
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 1:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Chicago
Message: Merry Christmas to all in Cougartown. And thank you John for allowing us to re-live our Hawthnorne memories on this wonderful web site.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 10:42 am - HHS Time
City & State: Fair Oaks CA
Message: HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas to all my Cougartown friends and my best wishes for a happy healthy New Year. And Thank You JB for working so hard year after year to provide this wonderful place to share the memories of growing up in Hawthorne.
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 24, 2012, 9:57 am - HHS Time
City & State: marietta ohio
Message: Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Be safe.