Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 14, 2013, 3:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Jacksonville ,Fla.

Message: I was reading an article about the Tesla Model S. The writer said that she picked up the test car in Hawthorne, on Rocket Road. Wondering if these cars are built there or is this a sales dealership?
Hi Ernie, The design studio is at Hawthorne Airport in one of the old Northrop hangars. The cars are built in Fremont. They brought one to Good Neighbors Day last year. Very nice electric car.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 13, 2013, 5:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Central Point, Oregon

Message: I wore red cleats on the gridiron also Paco. Mine were donated by Coach Bunyard. Still have'em. All the "cool guys" wore the Riddel brand with a white stripe (for lack of a better word) around the top. Who remembers Johnny "Red Shoes" Dugan? And Doctor Schwartz? Rags the Tiger? Crusader Rabbit? I can remember the 60's but not my pin number or where I left the TV remote. My first rite of passage was getting a drivers license. The last one might be getting my Medicare card. Time marches on.
Hey Jim, I remember Rags and Crusader. Man what a change from modern day Asian cartoons. Well maybe not too much really. Color is about it. I used to love Disney cartoon animation as it was so life like. Hanna Barbera did a great job on Huckleberry Hound but let them try Fantasia
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 11, 2013, 5:08 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest

Message: Gary, the kangaroo cleats I had were donated by Fred Ragatz , for football and were RED!
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 10, 2013, 10:57 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: TWIN FALLS, ID
No E-mail
Message: Yea, Marilyn and Jim ... my excuse for the fauxpas on the Cruise Night date is that I was just longing for some warmer weather and an escape from ... well, an escape!!! Palm trees, ocean waves, warmth and the friendly folks along The Strand. And Jim ... TWIN Falls is where I live; IDAHO Falls is a 2 hour drive on 2-lane highway. I should be over that way this summer to visit my ex-boss who built her new house over there - I will look up Forrest then. In the meantime, "OH FOR SOME WARMTH"!!! It was down in the single and low double digits all winter here in I-DEE-HOO, and I'm ready for W-A-R-M- T-H!!!
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 9, 2013, 9:14 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carsoon, CA

Message: Doris Donaldson: Summers Hardware in Idaho Falls is where Forrest works (or manages the store). I've known him and his wife since the early 1970's. You have plenty of time to get a good deal on a plane ride down here from your cool and cold Idaho for our April 6th Cruise Night. C'mon down! You'll be well received by the group I'm sure.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 9, 2013, 6:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: Double ooops, Marilyn! BOY! Is my face red! haha
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 9, 2013, 1:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wish
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: Oops! Looks like Doris just had a senior moment. :)
Well Marilyn, yes she did but you did too by just typing 2/3s of your last name
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 9, 2013, 12:08 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks. CA
No E-mail
Message: I did my share of racing down 120th (and many other streets) after I obtained my license but my first experience of driving over 100 in Daddy's car was at the age of ten. My Dad always loved cars and he had recently bought a 1957 Dodge Custom Royal. It had power everything as it had been shown in the Los Angeles car show. One day shortly after he purchased the car he decided to go for a ride. It was Sunday and he drove over to nearby Douglas Street which was virtually deserted on the weekends. He asked if I wanted to give it a try and of course I said yes and jumped in his lap. Because of my tender age my feet could not reach the pedals and I really doubt my father's hands ever left the wheel. But after a moment or two he decided to punch it. Now Douglas Street is about a mile long and I seem to remember the speedometer edging past the 100 mark. We didn't bend the needle but it sure was exciting for me. I then moved back to the shotgun seat and we sedately drove home. I think my dad advised me, "Don't tell Mom" and I didn't. I hope she doesn't read this.
Now that's a "Daddy's Car"
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 9, 2013, 7:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Taylorsville

Message: Reading the stories about racing on 120th reminds me of the time I rolled my grandparents new '58 Ford out of the garage and picked my friends up for a ride. We decided to go up to Venice and look around. On the way while heading North on Lincoln, you know, left off of Sepulveda on the North side of the airport, I got the Ford up to 95 before shutting it down. Since I was only 15 years old I was pushing my own limits. The year before, my grandparents had me drive them to eastern Arizona and back to visit family, so I had a lot of experience driving the highways before most kids my age.
Me too, Dad would let me drive at 15 on fishing trips and campouts. My friends and I would cruise campgrounds looking for girls.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 9, 2013, 7:25 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: Isn't tonight CRUISE NIGHT? It seems so strange that no one is excited about it any more ... what happened? Did we grow tired of seeing each other, or are there so many get-togethers where you see one another, that good ole' CRUISE NIGHT now takes a back seat to the other "do's"? SUP with this? OR!!! Quite possibly it's because our very own pep squad, Sharon Branigan, is no longer in Southern California? WHATEVER the reason, I sure miss the excitement of the past which was openly voiced on CT for CRUISE NIGHTS!!!
Hi Doris, Why would you think tonight is Cruise Night when it is posted just to the right of this feedback Cruise Night is April 6th and still going strong. We do miss you, Sharon and Sue though.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 7:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: Jim Peppers - I received an email from you today begging for money as you are stranded in Madrid. Sorry, bud, I'm broke! Good luck! I only opened it cause I recognized your name! Am I at risk now? Not that I care - like I said - I'm broke!
Me too Jim....
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 6:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina

Message: I drive down 120th several times a month to get on the 105 fwy. It brings back loads of memories like going to Pat Simpson's and Ted Griffin's houses. The back of Pat's house was on 120th and the back of Teds was on Imperial. In 1961 while driving Ted home from HHS, in my dads 59 Bonneville, there were no cars on 120th so I punched the Bonneville and took off like a bat out of hell. I looked at the speedometer twice during the run, one time it was at 90 the next time it was flipping back and forth so I shut it down. I dropped off Ted and went home. After dinner that night dad and mom went to the store and dad drove the Bonneville. When they got back dad asked me if I knew the speedometer didn't work, of course, I told him no, it was working just fine when I came home from school. Nothing more was said. Dad took the car to work the next morning and had it checked out. That evening when he got home he again asked me about the speedometer. He then told me the mechanic had said speedometer was twisted right off the end and that it had exceeded, been twisted, way past its tolerance lever, at that time, he gave me the ole fish eye and I just stared back like a deer caught in the headlights. The Silence was broken when he asked if the car was hard to stop at that speed and I was lucky it was just a cable that broke.
Thanks for the story Don. I guess we all had dad's car's up over 100 at one time or another. We (Jim Perry, Gordon Bell, and Bob Reagan) almost ended up in Lake Isabella with Dad's 58 Chevy.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 5:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods
No E-mail
Message: My glove smelled of "Neatsfoot oil". I was at Dick's Sport and they advertised that they would "steam" new gloves. Wassup with that?
New one on me Steve.
Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 1:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Fresno, CA

Message: First of all, it just cannot be that next year will be the 50th anniversay of '64s graduation. But, be that as it may, I will be there. It was so great to see so many 1964 Cougars in Palm Desert for the '64 at 64 reunion. It was a great experience and a bunch of fun.
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 12:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson, CA

Message: For Jim Frederick from below: Regarding 120th Street; I lived three houses North of 119th St. so, I was just a little more than a block from 120th. It's true that 120th was used as a 'major' East/West street between Aviation & Crenshaw but, with El Segundo Blvd just to the South and Imperial Hwy just North of it which were the major E/W thoroughfares for traffic it goes to show that people would take the most convenient route; just as we do today. However, for many years during my youth 120th Street was NOT paved from about a quarter mile East of Prairie Ave to Crenshaw. It did go through, but the trek was on dirt up until (I want to say) the early 1950's. AT some point before 120th was paved to Crenshaw, I rode my bicycle over there and looked through the fence by the airport at several of Northrop's famous Flying Wings taxiing around the field. (Man, I wish I had a camera for that! At the time, those aircraft were the 'norm'). After 120th was paved, there were audible car 'races' that roared along that almost mile long stretch of asphalt. The sound could be heard at my house. James Bush lived just a block or so North of 120th at Doty so, he must've heard it as well. (I wonder if he ever took his Dad's Packard Clipper for a 'run' out there?) It wasn't until sometime in the 1960's that 120th was then paved through to Van Ness Ave. And yes, when I get over there I still see 120th as a major route for the East/West traveler through Hawthorne. When I attended HHS, and rode my bike, I usually took Freeman South to Broadway and West to Inglewood Ave & then South to the RR tracks and the campus.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 12:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: Regarding the C/O '64 reunion, I spoke with April Hays and Greg Bowman about a 50th. They felt it might be a little too soon after the "Class of '64 turns 64" to get enough interest to hold another. Greg felt if there were enough interest one could be pulled together in a relatively short time. So the question is, is there enough interest? The easy way to answer that is to do a survey. The place to start might be for everyone in the c/o '64 to update their information on the CT Info System. In a couple of weeks, I'll send out a questionnaire to see if there is an interest and we go from there.
Thanks Glenn, when everyone has had a chance to update their info (about 2 weeks) we can do the survey.
Name: Jim Peppers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 5:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Athens, Greece

Message: My mail has been hacked and I am fine, not in Spain. When my mail was hacked all my contacts were deleted, so I can't send a general e- mail to everyone. Sorry. Jim Peppers
Thanks Jim
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 8, 2013, 2:47 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: I haven't been on Cougartown in quite awhile, but was just wondering if the class of 1964 is going to be doing a 50 year reunion next year? Has anyone started to think about this?
Good question. If you are, please let me know too so it can be posted.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 7, 2013, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: And more on the Sporting Good Store; when guys like me and Howard went in we got the cow hide baseball cleats because we had natural speed. The other guys had to get kangaroo skin shoes. The slow guys; right Howard.
Kangaroo for me boy.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 7, 2013, 11:48 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Lake Forest

Message: Reading Clark's feedback, I thought the same thing as Gary. Do they still use Glovolium?
All that saddle soap stuff smelled good. One of the sweet smells in life.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 7, 2013, 9:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Clark's comments about that Sporting Goods Store reminded me how good the new baseball glove section always smelled.
Like a Saddle shop.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 7, 2013, 7:46 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Not a Cougar sighting but a chance meeting related to Hawthorne...Yesterday my brother (Ray '71) and I went to the Long Beach boat show. As we toured the booths we stopped at Jimmys tackle of Costa Mesa. We introduced ourselves to the owner and it was Rick Ketcham, Bob Ketcham's grandson. You ladies may not recognize the name, Ketchams sporting goods was on Hawthorne Blvd. in Lennox just north of Imperial. We shot the breeze and Rick told us a little history we did not know...A-B & S sporting goods further north on the Blvd. near Arbor Vitae was originally K-B&S until Bob had a disagreement with his partners and broke off to open Ketchams! Hey Jim; Funny Vatican story! Tell about our trip to Tibet and meeting with the Dali Lama when I searched Tibet for Cougars!
Thanks Clark for the Ketcham story. Bob was a good guy and always sponsored a Little League team or two and gave discounts on high school gym stuff. Nice to know there's still a Ketcham in the business.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 7, 2013, 6:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Susanna /Hanalei Kauai

Message: Well Well, Our family goes way back on 120th. Our addresses used to be three numbers "527" for us . Then i guess the whole city went to four numbers "4623" And i remember when the street was widened and everyone got a nice big check! As most know, 120th St. was one of the main streets to get thru the city. Whether it was for the workers from the aerospace/ aviation plants or just getting thru east to west. Sundays were a trip, aunts and uncles with all my cousins would stop by our house and visit and eat (My mother could put on a spread) And yes the circus was something else to watch! When you think about it, that was a long walk for all those animals. Not to mention the clean up LOL! Or when someone would drive by and honk their horn for one of us. And yes on the "hot rods" racing. I thought most of the racing was near the airport or the west end as mentioned. I also remember riding my bike down to the 405 when it was under construction. And riding on the freeway before it was opened! Many memories from growing up on 120th. Today, sadly the house is gone and apartments have taken it's place. Too bad because that house was old and even had a cellar and second story.
Yes a main artery in Hawthorne since it's inception, 120th St, or Raymond Av in the early days probably had wagon races back 100 plus years ago. Thanks for the story Jim.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 6, 2013, 9:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: It is easy to figure out how Clark gets those Cougar sightings. He wears a sandwich board that says, "Clark Millman - HHS Class of '76."
That's it!!