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I just emailed Mom "B" and she's got the "bug". I know you're bored too Beverly, so here's another song for you to dissect. Sharon, be kind to your mother. Bonnie Raitt

Name: Jan Blomsterberg () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 22:43:59
Class: 63
Message: MARSHA RUSSELL...thanks for the warning about the local townsfolk here in Arka-do nothin'...except for the fact that the police cars are always in their parking lot I think I will be safe playing my drums on the steering wheel! On the other hand there are many pick-up trucks with gun racks and for whatever reason, many rifles in them...and hunting season is over...makes me think of the movie "Deliverance"! Why me?
HARRY PLOTKIN...I would assume that since you are a Rowdy you are welcome to "kiss the boo-boo" but ya better check with Kathy first...and to be on the safe side ya better check with Judy Wudy as well! She may have something to say about that.
EL have picked a great group to "pound it out with" when you mentioned BTO...great driving music! And the Doobie Brothers had some great tunes...on a par with Fleetwood Mac...Mick Fleetwood's drums' were some of the was Ginger Baker's...great drumming on "Crossroads". Crank it up and head on out to long as it's loud!
JB...if the SOS is anything like it was back in the marine corps I would have second thoughts as to "going for it"...been there, done that and not sure if I would want to go there again. Hopefully, after thirty years, some cooks have given it a better "taste". I can still see that grey meat mixed in with that cream sauce that was glopped on your many memories that one tries to forget! I do hope you enjoy the folks at the VFW...some good people can be found here...many a hero to be found as well.
KRISTI PEALO...reading your feedback was like being home with my daughters...I knew all the groups you mentioned as well as the movies...listened to KISS FM and Rick Dees in the morning driving the girls to school. Why was it at the time that some of those groups I could not stand but when I hear the grunge sound of today I long for the likes of Poison and Warrant and Motley Crue! Hey, I think I am now able to handle Boy George and Culture Club as well. Great feedback, Kristi...any more memories you want to share with us old folks?
JUDY WUDY you remember the song that Rick Dees had out in the 80's..."EAT MY SHORTS"? I suppose I could add to that but I'll leave before my computer is hexed and blows up...those Italian' touchy! Later, Cougs! Janny Wanny (I'll get you Howard Duran!)

Hey Jan, Great stuff!!!! Thanks for closing out the "Billy" seat too. We'll get them all closed one way or other. I know what you mean about the SOS. Sometimes the grey meat gets to me if I think about it too long. I think it might be more healthy to scrape the SOS into the trash and eat the plate.I think I'll have pancakes tomorrow....... and as far as the "noise" of today is concerned......bring back Tiny Tim!!

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 21:14:03
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: To Frank Romano-
Wow, Ranchers Corner in Torrance! Do you remember the name of the family who ran that place? Did they have a son named Mike, would be a graduate of 65 or 66? He gave me my first gold St. Christopher Medal and took me to Lyons Drag Strip for the first time. I'm having a brain cramp here!

Name: Kathy Stonebraker () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 20:39:20
Maiden: Lorig
Class: 76
Message: John - I saw my name on your list!! It's good to know I'm missed :) The only defense I have is that Steve has finally completed his M.C.S.E. course and is now a full fledged network engineer :) :). This means he's taken over the computer looking for that perfect job!!! I spent the last couple hours going through've been busy. What's the deal at the VFW Hall tomorrow?? I have fond memories of that place. It's where we had our wedding reception. There were quite a few inebriated HPD that night :) In response to the question of what song makes you go CRAZY, especially while driving, it has to be "Born To Be Wild" for me. The speedometer always goes up when that song is playing!! Christine - What's your song? With all the lists of TV shows lately, there's one show that I haven't seen mentioned. My mom and brother used to watch COMBAT regularly. Trivia - what star of Combat died while filming "Twilight Zone?" Susan - I am truly sorry that I haven't sent my check for Mr. DeLaO's seat yet, but honest, it will be in the mail soon. Speaking of Mr. D.'s party, I'm sending John a picture of Mr. D that was taken that night. He hasn't changed much. I'm going to try and get a hold of him and see if he can make it to homecoming. I'm not sure I have the correct e-mail for him. Anyone out there that has it, please let me know!! It would be great to get him and John Biller there. Speaking of John Biller, are you out there???? Also, "Killer" wants to know if we can get into Stick and Stein before the game to set up or should we just wait till afterwards. What would work better?
Hi Kathy, Yes we've missed you and the whole Stonebraker gang.
The Deal at the VFW in the morning is the monthly breakfast. It goes from 9-12. I'll be there about 10 so I can eat and leave before the Rowdy girls make me wash dishes..
"Born to be Wild".....Great song. I can see Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda "headin' down the highway" now.
If Mr D is going to make Homecoming, it would be nice to have his seat sold out by then wouldn't it, 70's band members?
RE "Killer" setting up the sound: I think Susan is going over before the game to decorate. That might be a good time to set the music up too. Whattayathink Sus'?
Thanks Kathy and if we don't see you all at breakfast, we'll see you at the HC game.

Name: Cindy Matthies () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 16:12:24
Maiden: Whittaker
Class: 1976
Message: Hey Chris Penny! I remember you too! I've been hanging out here for awhile but you just must not be reading ALL the posts! (I bet you still move at the speed of lightning, eh?) I've been kinda busy lately and have that whatever-the-heck-it-is bug too so haven't been feeling quite up to cougar par to be writing or checking in (sorry bestest-ever King John .. xxoo). And it's too beautiful a day to be sitting here (at work) so I'm going for a run then coming back to work a bit and maybe check in again so I can finally get caught up! Hey Risa Manriquez, remember little league with my dad, the coach, Jim Whittaker?
Cindy, me too....

Name: Chris Prewitt () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 14:57:14
Class: 1967
Message: Hi all, I just received my letter from Hawthorne High School Parents Committee For Academic Excellence asking for donations for the seat fund. As we have said the seats are $100. John has made it so much easier for us to contribute to the fund in smaller amounts. The one thing that has not been stressed is that your donation to the H.H.S. PARENTS COMMITTEE is tax deductible. Their NON-PROFIT TAX ID NUMBER is 95-6009539-91. We are nearing the end of the year and having another tax deduction would always be nice to stick on your tax forms.

Name: Harry Plotkin () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 12:53:19
Maiden: Old Codger
Class: 52/97
Message: On behalf of Marshall Noyes HHS '69: I'm glad that several Cougars responded to Marshall's revelation that the teasing he received in school was devastating and long lasting. Few things are more important in life than the feelings of our fellow man and how we impact them. Marshall asked me if I knew the whereabouts of print shop teacher Paul Anderson. I don't, but maybe someone out there does. If so please post or email to Marshall @ Thanks.
Love to all,

Name: Myrn.......... () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 11:26:39
Maiden: Bell
Class: 66
Message: Joyce - I was thinking that we received certificates for the little cedar chests and picked them up at a furniture store (doesn't seem like it was Lloyd Dennee's). I still have mine, and I also have my mother's. She graduated from Inglewood High in 1938 or 39.

Name: Frank A. Romano () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 11:21:54
Class: 1961
Message: When you're right JB, your right. The 4 bangers just don't have that wonderful sound. It must be because they're missing the other half? Not to mention the power off the line. But I would guess that's not all bad considering the number of folks that are on our streets and highways that are graduates of the "Helen Keller Driving School." About the Watermelon question.... for sure absolute results... slice it! That's said having spent several years in the produce departments of several markets, including old Ranchers Corner at Hawthorne Blvd and Artesia in Torrance. Royal, you be careful with those nice "Cut Em Ups." Don't be trusting anyone in scrubs and tennis shoes. And remember, everyone at Cougartown will be rooting and praying for you. EL! Happy to see you're back, and feeling well.

Name: Betsy Wright () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 06:59:03
Maiden: WATTS
Class: 76
Message: Memories?? I STILL watch Felix the Cat, he's my fave, next to Hello Kitty, Quick Draw McGraw and Auggie Doggie. I refuse to grow up.
B&V gals:
one of my deaf students made cheerleader, I've been interpreting for her practices, and cracking up at young girls arguing over skirts, and shoes. These routines are hard! Were we ever that coordinated? Its a wonder I can work with my hands!!

Name: Dan Johnson () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 04:36:27
Class: 1977
Message: Risa, all those feedback posts and you dont remember Dan Johnson? (It's OK, I forgot him too)

Name: DAILY BREEZE () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 01:35:47
Maiden: scores
Message: Hawthorne 42, Handsworth (Canada) 7
ALL RIGHT COUGS!!!! Now we've got it going. We'll be ready for the Sentinels in October.

Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 01:12:23
Class: 1961
Message: El Rojo/ID Queen: Great to hear from you again! I met Jim West for lunch the other day and he said he was going to give you a call. He gave me your phone number and I'll be giving you a shout one of these days. It was great to see Jim and it gave us a chance to catch up on old times and find out what's happening now. Sorry to hear about your knees, But I'm with you I wouldn't have changed a thing. The things that I learned from playing football, baseball, and basketball helped me push on in my career and in life. The teamwork, the perseverance, the desire to improve, the feeling of accomplishment especially when you know that you have given it your best shot, are all lessons we learned without having to study. well I'll talk to you again. R Lord

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 01:09:00
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
Message: I always pick out the watermelon with the most bee sting Pricks on it. I figure if they keep going back for more it must be good.

Name: Stan Bosler () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 23:36:37
Message: I taught at Hawhtorne 1956-57 and 1973-88 I was a business teacher in the first years and Mr Key asked me to come back from Lennox HS to start a career center at Hawthorne. I also did work experience, and SCROC. We started in a trailer, and then moved to 7-1. I retired in 88, and live part time in Palm Springs where I have been substituting, and in Torrance where I am today. I have fond memories of some great students at Hawthorne. One of the beach boys spent a year in my business class in 1956-7. That's a wrap. Stan Bosler
Hi Stan, If Mr Key wanted you, you've got to be one of the "Good Guys". Please add yourself to the alumni list. Thanks Stan for making an appearance and you are now a Cougartowner for keeps.

Name: EL/ID QUEEN () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 22:14:47
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60(BITCHIN)61?OK
Message: Royal, had a great conversation with big Jim West the other night and it was great as usual. Hey bud I hope that your knees are going to be OK. I'm looking at the same thing down the road. But I wouldn't have traded my athletics for anything in the world. Basically it was the only thing that kept my interest in school. Case in point, 58/59 school yr, a bunch of us decided to ditch school and "football practice" to go to the Pomona Fair. Great idea, wrong result. We thought we were cool and wouldn't get caught. But Mr C. knew better. I mean, there were only about 15 of us gone from practice that day. How could he have known? Duh! Punishment for being "stupid", we ran laps at the halftime of the JV game, on thurs afternoon, in full uniform, with Mr Sevier kind of counting "cadence". But it was a great learning experience. Next time we got our Moms to write us an excuse. Only kidding, there was no next time. It's just that all the trials and tribulations of being young, with the guidance of some truly great mentors, made us better people for all the really stupid stuff that we thought we could get away with and never did. But, they could have kicked my butt from Broadway (is there a politically correct name for that street) to "EL" Segundo Blvd and I would have come back for more. Hey we'll be back. JakeJude! MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!

Name: EL/ID QUEEN () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 21:32:30
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Maiden: YOU KNOW
Class: 60/61
Message: Ok all you flatlanders out there. A small question? How do you tell if a "watermellon" is ready to be picked? Do you thump it, do you roll it? Or do you smell it? No John you don't inject it with that Russian stuff. OK who's brave? JAKEJUDE. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!
I'll tell you how my father taught me. He said to get a striped watermelon, if available, and to pick a big one. He always had great luck.

Name: Alan Nelson () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 21:18:44
Class: '73
Message: OK, Folks. You asked. I delivered. I have created, with the help of Delphi, an area where we can leave messages, ask questions, give our opinions, and best of all....CHAT. The Delphi Service is free, and although you must jump through a couple of hoops to get started, it will allow us to have real time CHAT, anytime we want. We can schedule certain days and times for chat sessions or just go in anytime and see who shows up. I'm going to leave it as a public forum unless too many wackos (besides us) come in to disrupt things. Remember that anyone can go in, so use caution, and keep it clean. It is located at . This is in no way designed to compete with CT, and hopefully will compliment King John's wonderful work here. Log into the site, follow the directions and we'll all be chatting in no time.
Maybe it is a good idea. We'll find out if we actually need a Chat room here. Thanks a bunch Alan. Try it out folks and see if you like it.

Name: EL/&ID QUEEN () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 21:13:29
E-Mail: I-DY-HO
Class: 60/61
Message: Gosh, nice to be back here. Had a little problem with a bug (flying) knocked me on my kiester (Jude won't read this anyway) for quite awhile! Lots of wonderful feedback in the last month. Judy DeGrazia you guys were talking about those little cigs that had charcoal in them, they were "Tareytons". Fred Ewing, class of 59 got me and Bruce Johnson started on them. Jan Blomseterberg, now you're into my territory. A really bitchin song to drive to is "Takin Care of Business" by BTO. Or one of JB's and my favorite groups, The Doobies, Listen To The Music, Rockin Down The Highway. But being the "guru of doo wop" the Dell Vikings, Come Go With Me. It's one of the great sing along songs of all time. In the last page you guys have mentioned "stellinos market". What a place. Thats where us young studs would send miss goody two shoes, Judi, to buy our libations. As Mike must have been kind of sweet on her, she was never turned down. Enough for now, more later. JAKEJUDE. MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU!
EL....Glad you're back man. YES!! The Doobie Bros; hated that breakup.

Name: John Baker () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 20:16:47
Class: 62
Message: Homecoming Update:
I met Susan Walling at HHS this morning. We talked with Bob Wyler about roping off about 200 seats for the Cougartowners. We'll be on the south end of the east (home) side of the field.
The game starts at 7pm and the tickets will be sold at game time, and will be $5.00 a seat. You can park on the street or in the HHS Parking lot and walk across campus to Halcap field. That's about it. If you have questions, you can ask them here or email Susan at I will add this info to the Homecoming info on this page.
Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you all at gametime.

Name: Judy Toten () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 19:59:05
E-Mail: judeewa@yahoo.comwi
Maiden: will always be
Class: 74
Message: Hey Sue the picture from George Hunter, I remember all the names, but....those pictures, those faces, those..bodies???? I couldn't pick one of them out to save my life!!! LOL!!! So, if any of you '74 hunks...want to come forward and reveal your identity...please do! Hi to Rene St George, good to hear from another 74...and, in the paper the other day I read an article about David Barboza (hope its not really our David) it was very upsetting, anybody see it?

Name: Risa Kubly () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 19:46:04
Maiden: Manriquez
Class: 77
Message: Hi Linda. Gil did tell me about the page..Its to cool. Reading about the past is funny but does bring back bad memories too. But thanks so much for asking about me and my family, We are outstanding. +++JOHN+++ I saw the info you left, Cant wait to reach my dad. I tryed and hes not home yet. I saw the info on Homecoming, I will see if we can all make it, (Marla, Gil and Richard). Gil and I are the only ones with computers so if anyone wants to leave a message for Marla C/O 79 and Richard C/O 83..P.S JOHN. Bob Logan is my uncle...Take care
Risa, Tell uncle Bob, John says hey.

Name: Sherry Wingo () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 19:21:20
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
Message: Coletta, that's the right song. Thanks for the compliment. Glad you liked it. I have lost too many brain cells. I don't remember getting a cedar chest. I remember grads before us getting them, but don't remember class of 64. Obviously we did!

Name: Royal Flogger () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 18:17:03
Maiden: Myrna Bell
Class: 66
Message: Hey John - pretty cool to see a map with my house marked on it. Had a lot of fun in the diamond park behind us - a lot of football and baseball hours were spent there. (I never was a girly-girl!) Regarding Don and Sam's meat markets. I remember as a kid my parents lifting my sister and I to stand on the front case and lean over to get a free weiner from either Don or Sam. I remember my son doing the same thing in Stellino's. I'm still looking for someone going South on I-5 to homecoming!
Even cooler to think that I actually own a 1958 Thomas Guide. One of these days I'm going to have to spring for a new one.

Name: Jim West () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 17:13:28
Class: 61
Message: Howard.......Help me out. Irving who?
Royal Lord and I had a great lunch at the Olive Garden, in Manhatten Beach Thursday afternoon. Royal good luck with your knee surgery.
Look forward to the picnic.

Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 16:55:03
Maiden: kissdabooboo
Class: 64
Message: Regarding Stellino's Markets on 138th & Inglewood Ave.. Sam Angichado(of Don & Sam ) the butcher was very close friends of my family and unfortunately, he passed away about 2 years ago. Everyone just loved him. Such a sweet guy and always smiling. He loved kids. Only Italian family I knew from Texas.. Italians with a Texan accent. We loved him.
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS

Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 16:01:34
Maiden: Kean
Class: 69
Message: Mo Trott-
I was just thinkin how I'd love to go to Vegas! I think that sounds like a great trip. You probably just signed up to organize another Alumni Fest. Now when is the Wine Tour? I must mark my calendar - even tho I won't GET my calendar until December!

Name: Tobby Taylor () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 12:27:17
Message: This is nice idea for a Web Page. I found this site while looking up a song from the past. HHS has a lot to be proud of. Maybe we can start a page like this at my High School.
Thanks for the Memories...
Tobby Taylor
Morton, MS
Morton High School Class of 73

Name: Diana Calabro () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 11:49:29
Maiden: Thompson
Class: 1961
Message: Hi Lupi, it is nice to see you on the web site. You will really like it, John has done such a great job. Joe said he saw you, I haven't see you in quite awhile but will definitely see you at the picnic with grand kids behind me.

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 11:40:47
Class: 74
Message: It's a Small World After All.
So your buddy is Tom Shelley? Tell him Hey from me. That name takes me way back. Probably about 1971 or so. There was a small group that would meet once a week for Bible study and prayer meetings in the church library at St. Joseph's. Dominic Beradino was the leader of the group. Boy, I hadn't thought of them in years. I was one of those odd-balls that was raised Catholic, and went to Sunday school every week after mass. But I didn't go to school at "Holy Joe's". I didn't go to public school either. I didn't attend Hawthorne Christian school either. My brothers and I attended a little school over on 104th near Prairie called Lockhaven Christian school. OK, all you Cougars out there. How many of you went to Mr. Mac's school from Kindergarten to 8th grade? There was no one else in my class that went on to HHS. A couple went to Lennox or Leuzinger. Anyway, that's my East-Side connection.

Thanks Ingrid, I'll pass it on.

Name: Ed Chesson () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 11:08:05
Class: '63
Message: To Mike Mecey (HHS, '61): If you worked at Stellino's Market in the meat department then you must remember Sam and Don who ran it. Bob Dunlap (HHS, '63) worked for Sam and Don also; did you know him? My parents always bought their meat from Sam and Don as they were one of the few full service butchers in the Hawthorne area (nothing pre-wrapped here!). I went to work for Don after he and Sam dissolved their partnership. Don's Premium Meats was located at 141st. & Hawthorne Blvd. next to the Hawthorne Bowling Alley. I worked for Don for about four years during high school and while going to El Camino College. Speaking of Hawthorne Bowling Alley, does anyone remember Beulah, the rather large lady who worked at the alley in the coffee shop? She made the best burgers!!
Also, all you Cougs from class of 1963, we need to finish restoring our Nyman Hall seat!! Get with it! :)

Name: Coletta Pool () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 10:51:03
Maiden: Jacobson
Class: 64
Message: Sherry Peppers I remember 'I Was the One', the flip side of 'Heartbreak Hotel'. I liked it better. It was pretty romantic...."I was the one that taught her to love..da, da, da, da....da, da" Right??

Name: Frank A. Romano () on Friday, September 17, 1999 at 10:38:39
Class: 1961
Message: Yo! Mike Mecey... You're welcome for the memory jolt. Boy do I understand the way it is to jump start some of those thoughts these days.... It seems to me that I recall Wayne Clements too. Did he go to Hawthorne Intermediate? If not, then I'm not sure how his name ties into my memory. JB.... What's with Kissing Boo Boo's. And why isn't Prince Robin getting some good assignments like that? Every once in a while a fellow should be given fun stuff to do. Mike Shay... I found that defending myself with my bride became easier once I accepted the fact that she's always right. I also purchased a pair of earrings for her. One says In and the other Out. JB! About the T-Shirts... Are you going to arrange for them to be purchased via CT??? Oh yeah, I'm sure Roland Manriquez is thrilled that you're sharing his street racing days with his kids.... Talk about opening Pandora's Box. Seeing more young cougars in the feedback page is really great. Keep the stuff rolling in.... its what makes CT so great.
Frank, These kids with the 4 bangin' Honda Accords and the snotty exhaust don't know what street racing is. When you've got a 426 cubic inch 400+hp mid 60's MONSTER Mopar Muscle Car strapped to your butt at a stop light and that light turns GREEN....... Now THAT'S an Adrenaline Rush!!!
Re the Boo Boo Kissin': It's a tough Cougartown job, but someone has to step up to the plate.
T-shirts will go on sale through Cougartown as soon as we get them printed.

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