Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 11:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, California

Message: Mike Flatten and I played on the Redmen; I don't remember who was the sponsor. That name would not be PC today.
So now we have Cubs (Jess Bell Plastering), Redmen, Exchange (Exchange Club}, Cardinals (Lloyd Dennees), Indians (Paramount Sands), 7UPers (7up), Optimist (Optimist Club), McCulloch Motors, Dodgers (Richard Berry Plumbing). I think we have team names and sponsors all mixed up here Can someone add team names with sponsors? I think it will be the only place on the Internet to get this information.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 11:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon

Message: For three years of Middle League (The American League -- played at Prairie Park) I was on the Cubs sponsored by Jess Bell Plastering. I accidentally hit a H.R. off of Craig Farlow. He was never the same.
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 10:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan,Ga.

Message: I played on the Exchange Club when I was in Middle League.
YES The Exchange!! Thanks Dennis but who were the others teams? It seems there were at least 8 teams.
Name: Noreen Culley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 10:25 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Crotty
Class: 1972
City & State: Westchester

Message: It's tonight at Tony's. Be there!
Tony's, 5544 W 119th St. Del Aire, at 6pm. What a bash it's going to be.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 9:17 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor City

Message: As soon as Jim Fredrics mentioned the fire pits at Playa Del Rey, I got that taste of roasted weenies, hamburgers, mom home-made potato salad and burnt marshmallows in my mouth. (Pavlov's dog). Everything tasted better at the beach. I even remember my mom putting up a huge umbrella so that we could get shade before going back in the water. Everyone came home with 3rd degree burns, but that was what we wanted. We'd blister and peel for days. I even remember my brothers and I peeling the skin off each other. (bet most of you had forgotten that we never gave that a thought) but all these freckles we have now says it's so. REMINDER: this Sunday is the "End Of The Summer Party BBQ" at the Hawthorne VFW. There's a banner off to the right of this feedback page with the info. You can buy the tickets at the door, and if possible, please call the bar to reserve your ticket in advance. Oh, observation, if you ever want to get someone's attention, or lose a friend, just get a serious conversation going about your passion for your political party or religious views. In the end, here's the poop, Politics: The most votes win. Religion: You have to die to find which religion got it right. And now I'm in trouble again, so come beat me up at the party on Sunday. I've sacrificed myself once again. Free Margaritas at the HHS tables if I live through it.
That's a deal Judy, I will be there. Please have a weenie and marshmallow pit going at the HHS table. Hot Dogs always tasted better with a little sand kicked on them.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 8:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: Speaking of the El Segundo area and its charms, everyone should go to the Old Town Music Hall on Richmond, which JB mentioned, at least once before Bill Field the organist packs it in ( There is also an annual open house at the refinery each November (reservations required) which is actually interesting. We used to sneer at Elsie Gunndo and its Hyperion plant, but it's the second-richest city in the county because of all the business presence. Perhaps because of its relative isolation, the city looks good, and it seems like Club Med compared to the other end of ES Boulevard, the Athens area. LAX and the noise made Inglewood untenable and destroyed PDR, but the airport is a good neighbor to ES.
Love the Old Town Music Hall, John. We went a few years ago and it was very enjoyable. The price is right too. Hope some of you get to experience this theatre from the past.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 7:59 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Susana Ca,

Message: I remember riding our bikes down to LAX and being able to ride thru those long tunnels between the terminals and not worry about being considered a terrorist LOL! I also remember Marina Del Rey , before it was a marina. And all the homes in Playa Del Rey before they were torn down for the flight path. Back then they didn't care if you helped yourself to the plants and salvaged materials, like wrought iron and tiles (which were from the 1930s and 40s)! And which i will be using in my new home in AZ,! soon. (after all these years) Or how about the fire pits at Playa Del Rey! Are the fire pit's still there?
I think they are but you probably can't have fires in them unless you bring your own propane bottle
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 7:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Middle League was a big part of Hawthorne in the 50s and 60s. In trying to come up with the answer to Tom's question on those teams, can't seem to find anything. I'm sure someone else besides Tom played Middle League, and can lend a helping hand. Thanks for the help.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Sep 27, 2013, 7:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
No E-mail
Message: Glenn, Beck placed 5th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarist's of all time. In the Rock and Roll Museum twice. But I'm going to see the boys from Hawthorne!! Look for me in Sec A, Row A, Seats 26-28.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 26, 2013, 1:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Cougar sighting! A good way to start the week! Hey Sloey, I don't even have to do my own stalking! Seems everyone around me does it for me! I had a doctors appointment this morning and the nurse took me to the examination room. A second nurse came in and the first nurse said "Clark aren't you going to ask her where she went to high school?" The second nurse replied, "I went to Hawthorne High!" It was Nancy (Chadwick) Skitstrom '79. her brother John Chadwick graduated in '77 and ran with some of the same crowd I did, Craig Morris, Rick Hughes, & Barry Laferty. They were all Holly Glen kids but they let me hang with them even though I was from the poor side of town (York School territory). There are Cougars everywhere it seems!
Thanks Clark, don't listen to Sloey man, keep'em comin'.
Name: Tom Burroughs ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 26, 2013, 1:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Prescott AZ

Message: The mention of Middle League baseball, when I played these are the teams I remember, Lloyd Dennee's, Paramount Sands, 7 up, Optimist club, McCulloch Motors, help me I can't remember the others? 1953, geez it wasn't that long ago!
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 26, 2013, 12:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: Hey Steve, does Jeff Beck play lead guitar as well as Carl Wilson did?
Name: Randy Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 26, 2013, 10:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Oregon

Message: Talking and reminiscing from my early days at the Hawthorne house, reminds me of some photos prior to the sewer system being installed, that my Dad showed us kids showing him and a friend in a row boat rowing towards the 'Dairy'. He mentioned a cabbage farm was once where the football field was. Yes Betty, my Dad did have the largest roof antenna in the area. Prior to even color TV, He used it for his Ham radio hobby following his Navy career, and talking all over the world, most of which he couldn't understand, but he had friends throughout the states. I remember getting phone calls complaining because the interference it caused on neighbors TV's. I remember the beginning of the Big Dig for our area, the 405 Freeway. That gave us kids another play ground to keep us occupied, some good old fashioned war games with dirt clods. Good Times!
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Sep 26, 2013, 8:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods
No E-mail
Message: ENOUGH! As the late Rodney King once said "we can't we jus' get along". And who's Jeff Beck? Come on Glenn!
Glenn was in pharmacy school when Jeff was doing his early guitar riffs, Steve. I apologize for him
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 11:24 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: My, my, hasn't this been fun? I love it when our own Master of Ceremonys gets us all riled up, huh? Randy Hood, your post was wonderful. My mom and dad would be so proud. My parents were the older, wiser parents in the neighborhood. Now Harold Hood, who had the biggest antennae (sp) on his roof, had the coolest play room with a juke box, a shuffle board (with the sand) and always had peanut butter and honey sandwiches at the ready. Fondest memory of Sundale & Broadway - we built a two-story tree house (without a tree) and the City sent Code Enforcement and ordered it torn down. Same thing with the lemonade stand on the corner - we didn't have a permit to sell hotdogs. City of Hawthorne was such a drag! I remember it all. I remember Hawthorne in the 1960's.
My first entrepreneurial try was a lemonade stand. Sold it for 15 cents and would always have someone give me a quarter and say keep the change. Mom would tell me I had to save half of it to buy more supplies. What a drag man, I was 6 and didn't know what half was
Name: Ron Treat ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 9:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: State of Jones

Message: Speaking of Jones, I was one of Keith's Middle League Baseball coaches. At practices, Keith would eventually have to take a lap around the field for goofing off. He probably racked up a mile or two on most days. What he didn't know was that while he was running, we were cracking up about what he did or said. It is impossible to not get a smile on your face when you think of Keith.
Keith did march to his own drummer, thanks Ron.
Name: Tom Maddux ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 9:43 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Fullerton, CA

Message: This is a great site! We Generals, (George Washington High, Los Angeles) lived nearby and cruised all the same places. Good memories.
Hi Tom, yes we did cruise the same streets and hangouts. Thanks for dropping by as the Generals are always welcomed here.
Name: Don Burns ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 9:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1957
City & State: Downey CA

Message: Hey Cougs, back in 51 or 52, the city decided to put in curbs and gutters along 132nd st West of Haw. Blvd. Naturally it started to rain right when they had the whole street torn up, my buddy Dave Hill and I made money pushing cars out of the mud or waded through the mud to hook up chains so the tow truck could pull them out, My mom wasn't happy with all the mud and used the hose on us both. Later Don
Now there's a Hawthorne story, Thanks Don. I loved it when it rained hard and we could find some kind of tub to float around in. Before the storm drains, lots of places would flood pretty good.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 8:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia

Message: Jeanne Burk missed one thing to do: Eliminate all free radicals!
YES, use only expensive radicals.
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 7:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: abq NM
No E-mail
Message: Thumbs up to Randy! Thanks for sharing your Hawthorne news! I lived on 122nd between Sundale and Burl (?) Avenue.....lots of great memories and great friends like Nancy Martin and Laura Maxson....
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 7:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: albq nm
No E-mail
Message: You made me smile John...yes we could use a good Keith story about now.....time for a good Cougar siting...
We miss you around here, Keith.
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 6:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Hawthorne Ca
No E-mail
Message: I agree John.....everyone drop it. Its getting old....I wasn't offended at all. You were just trying to help us John... Everyone is starting to sound like a bunch of parrots! Time to start acting like Cougars!
YES, it seems no one can think of a Hawthorne story We all grew up there so there must be a few untold stories. God I miss Keith D. Jones.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 6:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: Gee, John, a couple more hot button issues and we'll be at 2000 pages of Feedback in no time. No more lounging around the house in your pajamas and bedroom slippers for you. I for one respect everyone's opinion except the ones who don't agree with me. Only kidding here. Some exciting things coming to Cougarville. The HHS c/o 1963 is having their 50th reunion on October 11 and 12; there's still time to join in. Then, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park on Sunday, the 20th. Who's that other guy though? I don't ever remember him as one of the Beach Boys. Must be the opening act. See everyone in the Southland in a little over three weeks.
Hey Glenn, Can't wait for the Reunion and Concert. Jeff Beck is the other guy. Great guitarist who I think started with the Yardbirds. Don't know if he's opening or playing with our Boys. We'll find out and see you in a couple of weeks.
Name: Randy Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Sep 25, 2013, 5:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Oregon

Message: John just wanted to thank you for letting me voice my opinion in regards to the article. Now that it has been vented, it's time to go back to the intent of your creation to connect people who came through the ranks in years past and those to come. Most of us from years gone by can be proud of the time spent at Hawthorne and attending the 'Scarlet and Gold'. I have many fond memories of living on the corner of Sundale and Broadway and being schooled from Eucalyptus, Hawthorne Intermediate and graduating in 71 from HHS. I remember The Campbell's (Jeff and Dennis) when they 1st moved in next door, the Arias (had a crush on Olivia), the Kean's, Matteson's, and many more families. Hal Cap field was our playground being across the street. The corner elevated house with the white picket fence gave us an advantage point in seeing the home football games over many years, and rarely paid except for dates. Also want to thank Petey Smith (My ex sister-in-Law) for turning me on to the site. I've signed on for years but stayed in the shadows, unless I had something meaningful that needed to be mentioned, as my Dads passing (The TV fix-it guy for the neighborhood) and my brother Rick's passing. All the years and friends I came to know through little league, watching the Watts Riot from the grandstand, and I think the breakdown of the city with the building of the Mall in my view! Watching Chevron's tank farm fire in the early days, but gained more friendships, as being an Operator there throughout the 80's. Finally moved from there after the 1st born due to police helicopters with spotlights in the A.M. Ended up in Northern Cal, and becoming a State employee, then Furloughs started and moved back up here in Oregon after leaving Fort Lewis in the early 70's, and went to school attending, OSU as a Beaver. Ended up further up north from Coos Bay and Corvallis, and love it up here. Just attended my 10th reunion, and now I hope to go to my 45th and get a true Vanilla Coke at Foster's. As for the recent post on the Inglewood hospital, I was born at the Inglewood Bassinet Hospital on Inglewood Ave; in 1952. Again, John thanks you for the Forum, and I'm glad people are searching for their own answers to some Big Questions. Sorry for the rambling, and hope to attend a VFW or Foster event. God Bless All ALUMNI
Hey Randy, well thanks for the Hawthorne post. Yes that neighborhood by the school was filled with HHSers from many different years. Sector 6 on our map page has almost 80 alumni listed. Great neighborhood to be part of, growing up in Hawthorne for sure.