Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 14, 2013, 9:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: pve cal
Message: John, Mr. Kyllonan; I think taught Natural Science to us when we were Jr. I think he was part of the famous Corliss Moylan line. He was teaching mutations and was showing the class a chicken with four legs; two regular and two small legs right behind. He asked Corliss what was wrong with the bird and she answered it's back legs were too short. Corliss would never admit she said it until about 5 years ago and finally she admitted it. It would not have been so funny except I think Corliss was one of the top three students in our graduation class and went on to become a rocket scientist at Aerospace corp.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 12, 2013, 5:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: La Quinta, CA
Message: Hi John, I know, it's been a long time. I'm down in La Quinta for a little while. As I recall there is a teacher who is a docent at the Living Desert. My old brain cannot recall his name. I'm planning on visiting there while I'm here. Could someone please remind me of his name.
Name: Cheryl Lundquist ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 12, 2013, 9:41 am - HHS Time
City & State: Valley Center, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to one of my best friends from High School, Suzan Fernandes. Hope you have a great birthday weekend! Cheryl
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 11, 2013, 12:56 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Kingman, AZ
Message: Ken-boy, would I love to see some of those Cougar newspapers from those years. Think of everything going on during the late 60's! Vietnam, Civil Rights, and the music! We had a wonderful teacher and put out some awesome papers. I remember how hard she fought for us so the Administration would not censor our writings. These were my happiest memories at HHS. Betty
Name: Ken Mercurio ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 11, 2013, 4:51 am - HHS Time
City & State: Monroe, Ohio
Message: I've enjoyed reminiscing with old Cougar newspapers lately, from 66 to 69. My parents, it turned out, saved a lot of them (and everything else imaginable) and we found them when they died and we had to sell the house (on 123rd Place). Only now, 5 yrs later, am I rummaging through things we found, altho sister Janet has most of the stuff (btw, her birthday was yesterday). I also came across a Top 10 list for HHS Track and Field, dated 1970. JB, from the class of 62 there were Jim Reale, Steve Smith, Mike Kelly, John Mitchell, Gary Bickers (School Record 22-3 in Long Jump), Day Dye (school record in Shot Put), and Ernie Franzen.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 10, 2013, 5:00 pm - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: Carl, thanks for the info on Huell in Hawthorne. I just watched it and it's not his most exciting segment, but it's classic Huell being amazed at how the worker dipped the cone into the chocolate without the vanilla ice cream falling from the cone. It would have made a better story if he had shot this show during a Cougar Cruise Night. All California flags should fly half-staff for Howser this weekend. I heard on KFI 640 this morning Howser's going to be cremated and he had given to his sister and her husband a list of his 20 favorite California places for them to spread a little bit of him. He had given them instructions and $$ to stay at the finest hotels and eat at the finest restaurants as they give Huell one last trip throughout the state. My only question is where will they stay and eat in Hawthorne? :) Any guesses? :)
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 9, 2013, 9:56 am - HHS Time
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: As many of you know, I am a NCAA football fan. This has been a strange season, but enjoyable. For those of you who are sick of the BCS system, the proposed playoffs is something I have suggested and even written letters about. If they can have March Madness, what is so hard about doing it in football? I know ... it is all about money. Too many schools are jumping conferences. Too many players are not completing their educations and going pro. For me, the final straw has been too many SEC national championships, particularly the past three. Raised on the USC Trojans, but converted to the Arkansas Razorbacks (unless playing USC), I am sick of Nick Saban and his attitude. I never thought I would see the game where I would actually root for Notre Dame. But, I did. To the bitter end. So, JB. I will get off my soap box and catch up on NCAA basketball and get ready for the Final Four ... but, I still say "we" have got to Fight On!!!
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 9, 2013, 7:52 am - HHS Time
City & State: HELENA MONTANA
Message: JOHN, REALLY DONT KNOW WHY DELABERTO LEFT THE DEPT. NEVER DID HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH HIM OUTSIDE OF THE P.D.!!! JIM, CAN'T SAY IT WAS ME ON YOUR SHAKEDOWN! DID NOT JOIN THE DEPT. TILL 62 LOL. YOUR NAME & BRASHERES SOUND REAL FAMILIAR, MAYBE YOU GUYS WERE ON MY "GOOD KIDS LIST" LOL, LOL,!! HAVE A GOOD ONE, AL
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 8, 2013, 9:20 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Torrance, Ca
Message: I, too, have been a big Huell Howser fan for many years and will miss him and his documentaries of California. He did, indeed, do a feature that should be of interest to Cougartowners. Back in July of 2011 he visited the famous Fosters Freeze at 11969 Hawthorne Boulevard for a new series he was starting called California Restaurants. In that program he interviewed customers, and the CEO who talked about Fosters' history. It was a windy day on Hawthorne Blvd and Fosters looked very good as Huell did his usual good job of describing the place. If you google "Huell Howser Fosters" you will see several links which will allow you to view much of the program. Another fine example of California's Gold!!!
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 8, 2013, 5:15 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Taylorsville
Message: Hey Murph, back in the day a couple of Hawthorne's finest pulled me over. Just wondering if one them was you? This was one of my favorite Hawthorne stories. Below is a excerpt from an early Feedback. "Back in '60 Wayne Brasheres and I talked someone into buying us a half pint of Bacardi dark rum from a liquor store down in Lawndale. We were heading North on Hawthorne when the Hawthorne Heat pulled us over, made us get out and spread-eagle, went through that car with a fine tooth comb. I mean they pulled my back seat out, took my spare tire out, checked everything but found nothing. They put the car back together, brushed us off and apologized for getting us mixed up with some other blue '51 Chevy. After we were well on our way we opened the glove compartment and saw the Rum still there untouched. We threw it out at the nearest trash can. I got religion that night!"
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 8, 2013, 12:42 pm - HHS Time
City & State: CA
Message: I was also so saddened to hear about Huell Howser, my favorite personality on PBS. Have visited many places in Calif after I had seen shows he had aired about them. He took such joy in the simple things much as we did in the past. He had been up in this Yosemite/mountain area many times to visit Mariposa. In fact, they just did a newspaper article on him and his many visits. He was all over this state and I have to believe he found parts of Hawthorne that he may have done a show on as well. RIP Huell, and "give us a wave" from up there.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 8, 2013, 9:09 am - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: Sad news with the passing of "California's Gold" Huell Howser. Does anyone know if he did any memorable episodes in Hawthorne or the South Bay? Huell gave Chapman University his entire collection. I've always enjoyed his show and have planned several day trips to include spots he visited. For those of you who like this type of stuff, I recommend getting the book "Secret Stairs" a walking guide to the historic staircases of LA. It's got really cool walks through forgotten staircases that were built in the 1920's-1940's to connect neighborhoods to trolley lines. You get to see unique homes and it's filled with local trivia. Last Sunday, a group of us (including 6 HHS alums) hiked to a secret abandoned Nazi camp in Pacific Palisades, which included the longest known staircase in LA, 512 steps.
Name: Al Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 8, 2013, 7:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: HELENA MONTANA
Message: JOHN, YOU ASKED ABOUT FRED MOORE & JOHN DELBERTO! AS WE ALL KNOW, MOORE THOUGHT HE WAS THE BEST THING THAT EVER WENT DOWN HAWTHORNE BLVD. LOL!!!! HE THOUGHT HE WAS A FAST DRAW ARTIST, UNTIL HE SHOT HIMSELF IN THS FOOT TRYING TO PROVE IT! LOL HAVE A FEW MORE STORIES ABOUT HIM & WILL SEND LATER IF YOU WANT LOL. DELBERTO WAS ONE OF THE TRAINING OFFICERS I HAD WHEN I FIRST JOINED THE DEPT. HE TAUGHT ME ALOT OF GREAT PATROL TECH'S. HE WAS NOT MUCH OF A PERSONALTY THOUGH. LOL LOVED TO CUSS ALOT AT ME WHEN I FIRST STARTED, AFTER ABOUT A WEEK HE CALLED ME A DUMB S.O.B.!!!! I STOPPED THE PATROL CAR, GOT OUT & WALKED AROUND TO THE PASSENGER SIDE & GENTLY PULLED HIM OUT & SAT HIM ON THE HOOD OF THE CAR. TOLD HIM IF HE EVER CALLED ME THAT AGAIN WE WOULD HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM!! (WHEN I WAS HIRED I HAD BEEN HITTING THE GYM FOR ABOUT 4 YRS) ANYWAY, NEVER HAD ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH HIM! HE LEFT THE DEPT. & I THINK HE BECAME AN AIR MARSHALL. WELL, ENOUGH FOR NOW, ANYONE ELSE HAVE SOME GOOD STORIES ABOUT FAT FRED ??
Name: Bob Faulkner ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jan 8, 2013, 7:12 am - HHS Time
City & State: LONG BEACH,CA.
Message: AWH YES, DID MY HEART GOOD TO WATCH THE "BEATDOWN" PROVIDED BY ALABAMA ON THE "LITTLE SISTERS OF MERCY" AKA: NOTRE DAME (S). MANTI TEO LOOKED LIKE A POP WARNER PLAYER WITH MISSED TACKLES AND OUT OF POSITION ALL NIGHT. THE "DAMES" COULD OF AND SHOULD OF LOST 3-4 GAMES THIS YEAR. WELL THE LUCK OF THE IRISH FINALLY RAN OUT. WORST TEAM TO EVER BE RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE BCS SERIES. IN CLOSING, FIGHT ON USC!!
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jan 7, 2013, 1:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: pve cal
Message: I will miss Barbara Omey at the next reunion. Here is what I remember. Barbara was a 26th Street girl. I remember the red and white Hawaii print two piece. I remember the white lip gloss. I mostly remember the " bushy, bushy blond haircut" and the surfing, USA attitude A really good girl..
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 5, 2013, 6:55 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Havasu Lake, CA
Message: I am so sorry to hear that my old friend Barbara Omey has passed away - she has always been someone who has been in the forefront of my high school memories; she was definetly one of the good people - I am so thankful that we were able to talk at our 40th reunion, we had not seen or heard from each other in all those years, we shared our hearts, a lifetime of "stuff" in a very short time at the reunion, I so wanted to see her again but she is a beautiful memory and I know we will see each other again in God's good time, God Bless Barbara's memory!
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jan 5, 2013, 9:51 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Hello Everyone I hope everyone had a wonderful, wonderful Holiday and a safe one and hope is well I also would like to wish all January Birthdays a great one for the new year I had a nice quiet Holiday myself too much eating but it was the season now cutting back oh yeah Have a nice day
Name: Walline Watson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 4, 2013, 7:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Salem,Oregon
Message: I want to wish my Cougartown alumni a very Happy New Year annd thank you John, for bringing back wonderful memories
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 4, 2013, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: O.K,When you're hot you're hot, I admit it! Another Cougar sighting today. on the way home from work I stopped at World Market to buy a birthday present and met Melinda Johnson(HHS '04). We chatted about all the construction at HHS and she said the whole time she was in school the cafeteria was being rebuilt. At this pace we should get alot of young people involved in Cougartown this year!
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jan 4, 2013, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, ca
Message: The "Cougar Stalker" is starting the year out quick with two sightings in the first four days of the year! On New Years Day while having breakfast at a restaurant in El Segundo I met(ambushed) Claudia Morales(HHS '98). We were both amazed that some of my teachers from the mid 70s were still at HHS in the mid 90s! Then yesterday while having lunch at El Pollo Inka Peruvian in Torrance I met Marvin Duenas (HHS '13')! This kid won't even graduate until June! From all the recent students I meet it seems principal Mark Newell is well liked and doing a good job. Nobody seems to care if the football team wins or loses! Well I've started out 2013 with a sighting every other day so if I can keep up the pace this will be quite a year for sightings! I liked the sighting of a real Cougar on a golf course, that is a special cougar sighting!
Name: Gloria Valencia ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 3, 2013, 9:23 pm - HHS Time
City & State: LV, NV
Message: So sorry for your loss, John. Tough few days for many Cougars.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita
Message: Was asked to pass this one on. Barbara Omey, Class of 63 has passed away.
From her sister, below.To friends of Barbara:
My dear sister Barbara passed away last weekend. Trying my best to notify people that had email addresses in her computer. This is a very sad time for our family, Barbara was such a trooper and inspiration to us. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and she is missed so much I can't express to you in words. I know she is finally at rest and in a better place, no more Doctors or treatments to deal with.
Joy Buerge (Omey)
Name: Curt Corder ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jan 3, 2013, 3:41 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Gresham, OR
Message: So saddened to hear of Randy Leonard's passing. He, along with his brother Chris and sister Michele, grew up three doors away. We all moved through K-12 together. My sincere condolences to the Leonard family.