Name: Ken Mercurio ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 25, 2013, 6:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Monroe, OH

Message: I saw Bob Fraser's post that Ron Arias was in town for his mom's 94th birthday. I got to visit with Lou Arias in 2007 when we had to sell the Merc home of 53 yrs, and we had a little get-together. We were close neighbors there at Sundale and 123rd Place, and her family was the original owner. Lou told interesting stories of what everything looked like when she moved there in about 1950. She indeed is a beautiful woman.
What I remember was Ronny's Packard. Would love a picture of that car. Thanks Ken
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 24, 2013, 2:34 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA

Message: I just read Jim Schroeder's comment about renting teardrops from the Kiddieland place and being a teardrop owner, it just stuck in my mind as I headed up to Lake Perris for the annual rally. There were over 100 trailers, both new builds and vintage, at the event this year. Imagine my surprise when I spotted the green and aluminum trailer with Hawthorne, CA on the back. The lady who owns it now bought it in 2008 from a guy in Simi Valley...she didn't know any history of it beyond that and was pleased to hear my Cougartown story. Maybe someone here can confirm if there is a link to the Boyce family.
It has been confirmed below, Laura, thanks again for the picture.
Name: Barney McArdle ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 24, 2013, 1:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: San Antonio,Texas

Message: More bad news---Just learned that our friend of 50 years, Kay (Tromley) Arnold (HHS Class of 1959) passed away on Saturday, March 23rd at her home. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made but for those of you who may want to know, I will post where and when her services will be held. As you may remember, Kay's husband Bill Arnold (also Class of 1959) died last July 30th. Bill and Kay leave a son John and daughter Tracey and four grandchildren.
Sad News Barney but thanks for the information.
Name: Larry Boyce ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 24, 2013, 12:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Cherry Valley CA

Message: It was one of the last ones, the very last one is in my back yard .
Thanks Larry
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 24, 2013, 9:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1986
No E-mail
Message: What IS being built in the photo at HHS? Enquiring minds need to know!
Hi Steve, I think it's part of the new engineering wing being built along the Inglewood Av. side of the school.
Name: Bob Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 23, 2013, 7:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca.
No E-mail
Message: I visited with Ron Arias (class of '60) yesterday. He is visiting from Arizona to help celebrate his mother's 94th birthday! She is one beautiful woman. Also wanted to let you all know that there is a concert coming up on April 19th at the Lawndale High School Performing Arts Center. The line up will be Dennis Tufano (former lead singer of the Buckinghams), Ron Dante (the Archies), Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods and a girl group called the Wonderelles. Let's make this show a real success so there can be more shows. Tickets are $30.00. Details at
Thanks Bob, Sounds like a fun night out for our local Ctowners.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 23, 2013, 5:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance CA
No E-mail
Message: Happy BD to my old bongo playing friend, John Fredrickson. One of the first boys I met when I got to HHS. (he was the mystery man back then, and very quiet). Still in touch with this old bud daily after all these years. Thanks for the song JB, I'm still doing the Calypso/Chacha around the bedroom floor when I hear it. See you Cruise Night. Play that song there and we'll form a Conga line.
Happy Birthday John!! Not exactly calypso music Judy, Miriam Makeba was African
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 23, 2013, 5:16 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy birthday to my old flag girl friend, Barbara (Zutti). So nice to see you are connected. Have a wonderful day!
Happy Birthday Barbara!!
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 21, 2013, 5:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to Helen Teague Sciurba. Hope to see you at the next Cruise Night!
Happy Happy Birthday Helen!!
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 21, 2013, 3:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peterson
Class: 1970
City & State: marietta ohio

Message: Wasn't it called Rockwell Kiddieland? And those teardrop trailers are collectors items now.
Hi Kathy, Yes it was.
Name: Cheri Longanecker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 21, 2013, 11:29 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Longanecker
Class: 1965
City & State: Yuma, AZ
No E-mail
Message: My first Cougar sighting! And she lives down my block! Sue (Young) LaLond C/O '64. Spent most of her high school years at Leuzinger, but graduated from HHS. Introduced her to Cougartown. We have seen one another for going on 6 years, but never talked about our lives before Yuma. Imagine our surprise!
Hi Cheri, A small world huh. Thanks for the sighting and nice to see someone else besides Clark having one.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 21, 2013, 11:14 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Happy birthday to Steve Fraser. Hope you have a great day.
Happy Birthday Steve!!
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 21, 2013, 8:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Larry, I remember that place. I think we called it 'Tinker Town". It was there before side walks on Haw. Blvd were in and my Dad would take my brother and me to the "little store" on 130st and Inglewood Ave. with $0.25 to spend at both places. Sugar rush and rides.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 21, 2013, 8:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Central Point, OR

Message: I was forced at (cap)gun point to ride that Octopus. Still having bad dreams. Didn't they rent teardrop trailers from that Kiddieland place?
The teardrop trailer rental was just south of Kiddieland and was owned by the Boyce family. I see Mrs. Boyce regularly at the Hawthorne VFW breakfast. Her son Larry was in your class.
Name: Larry Mattox ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 20, 2013, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Oakhurst,Ca

Message: Does anybody remember kiddie land on the corner of 116th and Hawthorne Blvd? My parents took me there when I was a kid and I took my kids there when they were young. They also had the best popcorn ever boy those were the good old days
Yes I do Lar'. The Octopus was the closest to a "get sick" ride they had and my cousin and I wore that thing out
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 20, 2013, 12:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson, CA

Message: Sharon Branigan: Aren't you the one who brought the excellent Flan for all of us to partake in at Cruise Night? If I'm mistaken on this, will the real 'cook' please stand up. I last recall you made a trip to Hawaii, loved it and now you're in the South...Georgia, where colors abound in both the flowers and those amazing birds as well. You need to know your sense of humor and great spirit are missed out here in the West.
Doris Donaldson: My friend Forrest Summers doesn't work in a hardware store; he runs 'Summers Plumbing' in Idaho Falls. (And here I thought I knew bad!) Good luck on finding that warmth!
Name: Sharon Branigan ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 20, 2013, 6:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1976
City & State: Milton, GA

Message: Thank you Doris and JB for remembering me! 2300 miles gone, but not forgotten.. I can't believe it's been 1 1/2 years since we moved to GA. Keeping very busy, and sneaking up on our second Southern Spring. It's so beautiful here all year; but especially in the spring, when all the flowering colors just EXPLODE. White, yellow, pink, purple, orange, everywhere! And I'm enjoying the beautiful red, orange and yellow birds in the tree outside my office. We miss our friends and family! But we love the South so much, we may never leave!
Hi Sharon, With all those colors sounds like you're remembering the '70s. Just kidding.....kinda.
Glad you and the 2 Mikes are happy back in GA and you forgot to mention how you just love the size of those Southern Bugs in the Summertime or the WONDERFUL humidity I honestly miss the hell out of you guys and since you left your "Shipper Sharon" position at Cougartown I haven't sold a single Cougartown Tshirt. Maybe you'll surprise us, like Doris did, and fly in for a Cruise Night sometime. That'll happen before I see your sister, now that her little Poppy is here. Ahhhh I tell ya' life was alot simpler back in the 90s. Stay well Branigans. WE LOVE YOU GUYS MAAAANN!!!!
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 19, 2013, 5:16 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: Going out to Portland this week to see my son's family. Will be seeing fellow Cougarette Lee Ann (Nixon)Roehm out there. Haven't seen each other in years. Lots to talk about.
Have fun Pat.
Name: Steve Bunch ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 19, 2013, 1:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Alta Loma, Ca

Message: Regarding the 4x440 relay record Don Isaac was the missing member of the team.
Thanks Steve for the help.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 19, 2013, 12:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Jacksonville, Fla.

Message: Want to thank John Pritchard for sending me pictures of the Tesla electric car. Very nice looking car. I enjoyed the other pictures of the Good Neighbors Day event. Some great looking cars and the water tower holds a lot of memories for me.
Good Neighbors Day this year will be on July 20. The Car Show will be even bigger and lots more planned for this one.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 18, 2013, 9:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: OK, so I've waited for what I've considered a fair amount of time, for CTer's to come forth and offer HHS track and field records. Pop quiz, no grade and no impact on your final GPA. I'm looking for first names for the following competitors:
1. 440 yard relay: (4 x 110) listed as __ Williams, Dennis Carden, Alan Arcese, Steve Smith, 44.2 seconds, 1963. Williams is scratched out. Might this be Don Winfrey c/o '64), I don't know.
2. 880 yard relay: (4 x 220) listed as Bill Gordon, John Eide, __ Kemp, Duane Pruett, 1:32.2, 1957
3. Mile relay (4 x 440 yards), Fred Farrell, __ Isaacs, Andy McCann, Dan Colwell, 3:27.5, 1970 next best, Stan Schott, __ Stewart, Mike Ritchie, Ken Mercurio, 3:30.0, year?
4. Two mile relay (4 x 880 yards), __ Wolf, Bob Sellers, Bob Severance, Bob Bickers, 8:23.6, 1960, 4 x High Jump Tim Tift, Ron Mix, __ Lyons, __ Robinson, 22' 8", 1956 4 x Shot Put Sam Davis, Dan Dye, __ Johnson, John Hagethorn, 187' 7- 5/8, 1960
These are the varsity records I have. Can you add to the record. Are there better times and distances?
Glenn, I have a couple for you. Two Mile Relay is Steve Wolf. Shotput is Bob Johnson.
Name: Kathy Downer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 18, 2013, 5:07 am - HHS Time
Maiden: peterson
Class: 1970
City & State: marietta ohio

Happy Birthday Enza.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 17, 2013, 12:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Happy Happy Birthday to my "joined at the hip" friend since the 8th grade, Cheryl Christensen Nicocia. Have a great day Cheryl.
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 17, 2013, 8:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Oregon City, Oregon

Message: It is time to put on the Orange, pour some Orange beer, sit back and watch "The Quiet Man". Favorite John Wayne movie. Happy St Patrick's Day. Happy Birthday to the every lovely Pat Smith. HHS 59'.
Happy Birthday Patty!!
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 16, 2013, 11:07 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca

Message: I wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day be safe
Happy SP day to you too Cindy.
Name: Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 16, 2013, 1:43 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca.
No E-mail
Message: Congratulations to Don ('63) and Sari ('64) Brann on having the new multipurpose room at Wiseburn's Peter Burnett School named and dedicated in their honor last Thursday night. It was so well deserved by two great people and fellow Cougars. Looking forward to seeing you all at breakfast tomorrow. I'll bring the Irish coffee creamer....
Congrats to the Branns. See you in the morning.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 16, 2013, 1:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: Our friend Ken Mercurio just added his 1967 El Molino to the collection at, and his brother Rick may add his 1971 yearbook to it. If our fellow Cougars from the late 50s and the early 70s could add their books, the collection would be complete, 1953-1988. Anyone can see the yearbooks online, without either joining or signing in to the website. However, Classmates would like to sell its expensive reprints of the books. I received a free, one-year membership and a $25 coupon for Amazon when I submitted my 1969 El Molino.
Thanks John
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 16, 2013, 8:31 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Torrance

Message: So, tomorrow is the Hawthorne VFW breakfast held from 9-11:30am & held on St. Paddy's day! So, you say you want to be in a place that has a St. Paddy's day green beer (ugh and ugh again) and so we'll have just that in our canteen and you can bring your drink into the tank while you eat breakfast. This is a very special day for me as I believed I was Irish until I was 12 anyway... Catholic school had me accepting that, as all the priests and nuns were Irish. All we did was talk about Ireland and the wearing of the green--and sing "My name is MacNamara." I just thought my family was dark Irish people that just happened to like pizza. I'm still Irish in my heart. See you there and I'll be serving tomorrow. I assure you that you can't eat all we serve for $8.00--(except for Clark Millman - but we use powdered eggs for his order to offset the 3 omelets he goes back for after the first dish). See you there JB. Happy BD Lee Leonard.
I'll be there Til and Happy Birthday Lee!!!