Name: Loren Rector ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 21, 2013, 6:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Okeechobee, Fl.

Message: Route 66 brings back a lot of memories. My parents, two sisters and myself left southern Illinois in 1953 for Hawthorne. Dad loaded everything we had including mom and us 3 kids and a dog in a 1948 Plymouth. The trip took almost a week, he never drove over 45 mph. We slept alongside Route 66 most every night, dad and I on the ground, mom and sisters in the car. All meals were along side of the road on a coleman stove. We rolled up in an army blanket less than 10 feet from the road, imagine doing that now. Never forget going through Needles in Sept. It was certainly a better life in Hawthorne once we got there. Loren
Sounds like a fun trip Loren.
Name: Dennis Devuyst ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 21, 2013, 1:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Escondido, CA north San Diego

Message: I missed the 10th and 25th year anniversary reunions because of sales calls throughout the country. I will be looking forward to seeing everyone.
The Class of 63 is planning a fun reunion. See you there Dennis.
Name: Jim Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 10:01 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: solvang

Message: happy birthday to our own Jerry Miles the guy behind all the wonderful videos, and just one of the good guys. Clark, Did I miss wishing you a happy birthday? If I did, hang in there until next year, we'll try again...
Happy Birthday Jerry and Clark ! !
Name: Jody Weller ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 8:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
City & State: Hawthorne CA

Message: Great day for our family. I became a Great Grandma and my son Bruce Bird c/o 84 a Grandpa. He has 4 Daughters and now a Grand Daughter. Hope to see a good turnout for Cruise Nite.
Congrats Jody on the grand daughter. Do you feel old yet? See you Saturday night.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 5:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: Peter Nelson, we have what you want. The memory of Route 66 is covered in Cougartown Videos if you want to travel down its byways once again. Lots of other memories there too. Check it out by clicking on "Happenings" above and choose "Jerry's Videos". Enjoy!
There you go Peter, have fun.
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 3:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA

Message: John looking forward to seeing everybody soon! I know we will have a great turn out. Can taste that double dip cone already!
Hi Dennis, see you Saturday night. Looking for lotsa Cougars.
Name: Peter Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 3:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Corona Calif.

Message: Message- In the 1950-s 1960-s I remember route 66, the old route 66, Starts in Chicago and goes through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California we always stopped for gas at the Phillips 66 gas stations. In Groom Texas there is a leaning water tower, and in Holbrook Arizona there is a wigwam 6 hotel. I liked the T.V. show Route 66. PETER NELSON CLASS OF 1957
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 11:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to Bob Gross and Jerry Miles. Was so nice to see you spend time with you at our reunion Bob. And Jerry, I WILL get to another No Cal reunion again before long I hope.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 20, 2013, 8:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Happy, Happy Birthday to my good buddies, Jerry Miles and Bob Gross. Have a great day.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 19, 2013, 8:31 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor City

Message: Jan and I would like to thank all our HHS alumni for always showing up for the Haw. VFW breakfast and supporting our post. Where else can you get all the food for $8.00 and all that fun while chowing down. Good to see a couple of new faces as well. Now we do it all again at Foster's on Sat. night. Point of interest. Had breakfast with Chef Martinez of the ROTC. Told him that the post will have another fund raiser for HHS. I don't think anyone donates from CT anymore, but it's on a banner in feedback, so maybe it's time to pay forward a little. If everyone gave a dollar, we'd go over the top. I'll hit our bingo crowd up again with a pass the hat to get it going. And now, I have to start preparing my body for cruise night. Use to take me 5 minutes to get ready for an event, now it takes me 5 days. (how many alumni 60 and over are understanding exactly what I mean).
Thanks Judy, you, Jan, and the rest of the VFW team do such a great job on the breakfast, how can we stay away. Yes the donations have really slacked off this year. Thanks for passing the hat.
Name: Steve Hutchins ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 19, 2013, 12:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: St, George, Utah

Message: The yellow-painted pastrami/hamburger stand on the SW corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Rosecrans was called Art's Dip; or, colloquially, just "the Pastrami." My low-life friends and I would go there late in the evening, buy a cup of ice for a nickel, then park in the back of the lot where we could pour our booze over the ice and drink it without anyone bothering us. This was when we were underage of course!
No wonder Art's went out of business
Name: Gary Miller ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 19, 2013, 12:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Concord, Ca

Message: For the last 55 yrs or so I always thought Laurie London was a girl
Me too.
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 18, 2013, 5:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay, CA

Message: Great breakfast at the VFW today!
Yes it was, thanks for being there Don.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 18, 2013, 2:00 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Is the VFW breakfast next weekend as well as Cruise Night?
Sharon, VFW was today. Cruise Night next Saturday. Look to the right on this page for details.
Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 17, 2013, 9:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey Ca

Message: Hey Cougs, the pastrami stand, painted yellow, was on the SW corner of Rosecrans & Hawthorne, the Vet we used was next door to the south. See all next Sat. Later Don
Thanks Don, see you on Cruise Night.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 17, 2013, 3:38 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: With regard to Tom's post about Skippys....I do remember one that was around Intermediate, on the Blvd I thought. My sister-in-law Freda Burkett had 6 little kids and I had 2, it was a great place for cheap burgers and fries as I recall. (However, I could have the name, city, and location wrong....but I do think it was Freda!)
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 17, 2013, 12:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Fe N.M.

Message: Happy B Day to Ken Mercurio! Ken and I go all the back to kindergarden " Miss Michin (not sure if that's the correct spelling)" Eucalyptus school. Wonder if she's still around ? Have a great day Ken!
Happy Birthday Ken ! !
Name: Jon Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 17, 2013, 12:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969

Message: Wherever you are, Happy Birthday to Ken Mercurio. One of the great long distance runners from Hawthorne High.
Happy Birthday Ken
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 9:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina

Message: Wasn't there another Hamburger/Pastrami on the NW corner of Hawthorne Blvd and Rosecrans? Don't remember its name. See ya Sunday John.
Hi Don, Don't remember that one but someone will. See you tomorrow at the VFW breakfast.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 8:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Taylorsville, Ut

Message: You'll remember Hawthorne's finest used to hang out there at Tommie's. One night, the story goes, someone crawled under one of the cop cars, which always backed in to park, and put a chain around the rear axle and to a post. The guy then got into his short (rod), pealed out down the Blvd. The cop, of course, left his rear-end scraping down on the black top. This was long before American Graffiti. True story. I know, I know, but I heard it from a friend of mine who heard it from a friend of the guy who did it.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 6:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Taylorsville, Ut

Message: Yes, My Mom worked at that little Hamburger stand in the early fifties. Never knew it as "ptomaine Tommy's" though. I would be interested in knowing the story behind that one. She also worked at the little stand across the street from Sears & Roebuck. Was the Tommie's Hamburger stand in the photo located next to the Chevron station on the NE corner of Hawthorne and Imperial?
Yes it was.
Name: Steve Hutchins ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 6:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: St, George, Utah

Message: The hamburger/pastrami joint on the SW corner of Imperial and Hawthorne Blvd. was called "Rod's Dip."
Sounds right to me, thanks Steve.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 3:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Temecula

Message: Wasn't there a hamburger stand right on the south/west corner of Imperial and Hawthorne Blvd? Kenny Blomsterberg would refer to as "Ptomaine Tommy's". Seems there were stools and a counter, and green in color.
I remember a Pastrami stand there in the mid 50s. Small place out on the corner.
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 1:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach, Ca.

Message: Hey John when did that Tommie's close anyway. The original is still open and I've seen two or three in other places, but not like the original.
Do not remember David, maybe someone can narrow it down.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 1:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: I'm making my annual Tummy's run on Sunday the 25th with a fellow South Bay coach so i'll report in as to the food still being greasy and fattening and great
Name: Carl Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 10:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Torrance, Ca

Message: Hey John, what's the deal? I happen to mention how much I enjoyed the colored photo of the beautiful white TR3 in front of the world famous Lighthouse jazz club.....and you immediately take it away and put up a B&W photo of the world's ugliest car in front of the world's ugliest hamburger stand???
Well....the hamburger stand was ugly alright, but the burgers were great
Name: Andy Archibeque ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 7:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963

Message: The original Tommys was on the northeast corner of Beverly Blvd and Rampart, about 8 block west of the Harbor Freeway. I thought it was the best of them. The original owner managed it until his death in the 1990s.
Thanks Andy
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 6:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, Ga.

Message: The original Tommy's Hamburgers was on Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Thanks Dennis
Name: Gary Miller ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 16, 2013, 12:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Concord, Ca

Message: I am not sure but I seem to recall the original Tommys was at 3rd and Rampart
Thanks Gary
Name: Tom Burroughs ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 15, 2013, 8:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Prescott AZ

Message: Are there any pictures around of Skippy's Burgers. Just west, outside Hawthorne Intermediate?
Skippys, I've never seen one but many of Biggies (same place, different name). One is on our hangouts page.
Name: Terri Studer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 15, 2013, 6:53 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kluxdal
Class: 1966
City & State: Hesperia, CA

Message: Hey John, regarding the picture of Tom's Burgers on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd and Imperial Hwy, I noticed that there isn't a # next to it. Does that mean it is/was the original? I loved (and still do) their burgers and patty melts! My significant other is from Ventura and he says the original was in his neck of the woods. Hope he is wrong 'cause he is always trying to "best" HHS (he always refers to us as Southers'). I just ask him where is Ventura again?
Hi Terri, Yeah where is Ventura anyway Actually our Tommie's (with an "ie") wasn't part of the change of Tommy's (with a "y") burger places. The original Tommy's....I really don't know where it was but I'll bet someone here does..