Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 31, 2013, 3:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
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Message: It's Halloween and that means something special Yes, you got it , it' s Tom Shelley's birthday! Happy day to one of the best buddies we could ask for. We love you, man.
Happy Birthday Tomas.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 31, 2013, 2:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
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Message: I would also like to add a very Happy Birthday to my friend Steve Stein class of 1968. Have a great day, Steve!
Happy Birthday Steve.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 31, 2013, 9:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita

Message: Happy Happy Birthday to my good pal, Tom Shelley. Have a fun day, Tom. You owe me a birthday dinner.
Name: Milt Calkins ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 30, 2013, 3:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: oroville ca.

Message: One more Morgan story. One night we were sailing to Avalon, no moon, dark, so we had to navigate by the compass. I had to go below for something & gave Fred the helm. I wasn't gone one minute & somehow he turned the boat around 180 degrees & we were still on the same tack. If this was a class, he would have gotten an 'A' in seamanship & an 'F' in compass reading.
You wouldn't need a compass, I would have seen the lights on shore and knew I was going the wrong way Thanks Milt for some great stories.
Name: Cliff Hitchcock ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 30, 2013, 12:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Leona Valley

Message: My Fred Morgan story is a little different than the others. I was put into band in my freshman year by my counselor because I told her I could play drums. So I show up for the 1st band class and I'm standing there, sticks in hand and Mr Morgan says "I can see by the way you hold your sticks you're a ROCK N ROLL drummer", I want you to hold them like a real drummer...... A few days later I was having a cigarette across the street from campus and he spots me. He tells me 1. His band members can't smoke, 2. I'd better tuck in my shirt cause his band members don't walk around looking like bums and 3. Get my hair cut, I look like a hippie and his band members..... From there on I did everything I could do to make his life miserable when I was around. Even to the point of refusing to show him I could do a paradiddle during the final exam. We did not get along. He flunked me. However over the years, I've told the story of how I flunked band class at some of our gigs we've played. It makes for a hearty laugh and oddly enough I now think of Mr Morgan fondly.
Thanks Cliff, yet another satified Fred Morgan band member.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 30, 2013, 4:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Jacksonville, Fla.

Message: Was watching NCIS Los Angeles last night, and someone mentioned SAMOHI. I got out one of my El Molino's and found my SACK SAMOHI button hanger. Of course, I had to explain to Brenda what SAMOHI meant.
Ernie, It meant Hawthorne 14 SAMOHI 12 in 1959 Biggest win I ever witnessed while at HHS
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 9:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA

Message: Gee, I wonder if Brian Wilson had gotten straight A's from Dr. Morgan, would he be considered one of the musical geniuses of this century.
Name: Milt Calkins ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 6:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: oroville ca.

Message: Another Morgan story. We were going scuba diving off Palos Verdes. The trail down was about two feet wide & the cliff was just about straight up & down. Loaded down with tanks, inner tubes (for abalone) & backpacks, the trail got very narrow. Fred was leading the way with Dave Carter, Bill Malcolm (both HHS class of '60) & myself following. All of a sudden I saw arms & legs go flying by. In the middle of the path were 2 snakes wrapped around each other fighting. He said he saw a snake with two heads. What's amazing is that he didn't touch any of us going by, & he passed us on the down side of the cliff. That's how thin he was.
A two-headed snake must be baddd-juju for scuba divers.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 4:20 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
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Message: Hey Milt....looks like you're still producing that "YU WAT?" wine?? Good stuff. So nice to see the picture of Mr. Morgan and it brought back lots of fond memories for me as well. My story about him is remembering sitting in band class every afternoon with the rest of the Flag girls and majorettes and not a whole lot to do while the band was practicing if we weren't on the field marching. One day he announced we girls would now have to learn to play some kind of an instrument rather than just sit in class. My violin wouldn't work in a marching band, so thanks to Darrel Boesiger and Dennis Herbst, I got to play a trombone! What a riot that was and my "learning" was great entertainment for those two! Fun times.
I'll bet Tommy Dorsey was aflippin' in his grave Thanks Janet.
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 3:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: quintanilla
Class: 1970
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Message: i was always of afraid of Mr Morgan, he always looked upset and he was always yelling at the band. those are my memories of him, he still has that look.
Yes, a very serious man.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 2:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles
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Message: Picture this: October 24th 1969 afternoon band pratice, me with the flu, I tell Fred Morgan that I'm sick and am going home, Fred asked what was wrong, flu I said, he asked me if my parents drink, I said once in a while, he asked if there was bourbon in the house, I said yes, he said to go home, mix a shot of bourbon with hot water and honey and drink it down, then rest for a while and you'll feel better and then get back here for the football game. I did as he said but I didn't come back for the game. I couldn't find a shot glass so I poured what I thought was enough......
Good one Bob
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 12:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
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Message: Mr. Morgan Story: Mr. Morgan asked the HHS Production Band (aka: Pep Band, Dance Band, "Night Owls"), to play at a wedding reception for a CVUHSD superintendent. We agreed, as long as he played piano. On the appointed Saturday, the band arrives at the reception hall, and no piano. One of us has a pick up truck, and one of us knows how to slip the lock on the HHS band room door, so off we went to "borrow" the upright piano from the band room. I do not know who had the bigger surprise, us when a HPD motor officer stopped beside us at a red light while he looked at the HAWTHORNE HIGH stenciled on the back of the piano, or Mr. Morgan, when he arrived at the reception, and there was a piano there; wait a second, this piano looks awfully familiar. Oh the things we had to do to earn an "A" back-in-the-day.
Now see I knew there were Fred Morgan stories out there Thanks again
Name: Richard Of ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 12:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: LongBeach
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Message: Personally I think Milt Calkins deserves 1000 Cougar Sighting points for findiing someone we all have wondered how he is doing, and wished the best for. Now to only find out what kind of car Mr. Morgan has (Caddy, or T- Bird)? All the best to you!
Amen, thanks Richard.
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 29, 2013, 10:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 1963
City & State: Havasu Lake, CA

Message: I'm here John, lurking, Good morning everybody;-)
Hi Lil
Name: Milt Calkins ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 28, 2013, 9:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Oroville Ca.

Message: Cougar teacher sighting (more or less). On his way to Lake Tahoe, Fred Morgan took a side trip up to God's country, Oroville, the land of gold, zinfandel, syrah, & marijuana. We don't grow the latter. For those who didn't know Dr.- Reverend- Mr. Morgan, he started teaching music at H.H.S. in '56 at the age of 20. He was with the school district for 22 years. Brian Wilson was in his music writing class & received a poor grade on the composition he wrote (do to the standard methods of chord movements being taught then). Brian said I'm going to be a music writer & Fred said you'll never make it. When I took the class, Fred played the piece I wrote & said I copied it from somewhere. I told him I thought what I wrote sucked. He gave me a 'C' If it was so good that he thought I copied it, should have got an 'A', if I copied it, an 'F'. Why a 'C'?!!. He never told me. The final grade for the class was an A & I'm sure Brian got the same. Fred finally retired last year as the Chaplain for a hospital in Santa Maria. He's now a Captain in the civil air patrol, When we went sailing, he would get seasick walking out on the dock, I'd hate to to be in an airplane with him.
Hi Milt, Dr. Fred hasn't changed a bit. Thanks for the story, picture and nice to know you are both doing well. One question I would like him to answer: Was there a Baby Grand or Grand piano in the music room in the years when Brian was in music class, say around 1957-60?
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 28, 2013, 8:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Citrus Heights, CA

Message: For those who enjoy football, former HHS Cougar and Hall of Fame SD Charger Ron Mix, will be honored in pre game ceremonies for the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 San Diego Charger team. The event will be December 1 as the Chargers host the Bengals. Have a fine COUGAR day!
Hey Max, Thanks for that info and hope it's somewhere on TV.
Name: Linda Hall ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 28, 2013, 1:37 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Yorkey
Class: 1972
City & State: Lake Isabella, CA

Message: If anyone has the Vietnam Video PLEASE e-mail it to me. I went on the web site last week and looked at the video and my father was in it. how kool was that. I would love to send it to my family. Thank You.
Name: Debbie Beachler ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 28, 2013, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kilroy
Class: 1971
City & State: The OC

Message: As a testament to the far reaching effects of the Beach Boys some 40 odd years later, the Beach Boys played at USC this past Friday night and several student groups were allowed to perform their own "Beach Boy' influenced original music before the Beach Boys took the stage. Of course this is the Mike Love version of the BB but you can read some more about it here
Thanks Deb
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 27, 2013, 9:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: I want to put a "shout out" to all Cougars within a reasonable driving distance of HHS: This Friday is the homecoming football game against Beverly Hills at 7:00 p.m. Cougartown has thrown a lot of money at the football program in recent years, I don't think it is asking too much to show up physically at Halcap once a year for three hours to cheer on the team that represents our school. Our new head coach, Don Paysinger is trying to produce a program we can be proud of. We need to do our part and provide a little moral support for these young men once a year! We had a group of about fifteen or twenty two years ago and it was a good time had by all. I certainly hope we can at least match that figure on Friday! Be there or be square! See you Friday!
Also we need some convertibles from the 40s, 50s, or 60s to transport our Homecoming Queen and her Court. If you have any of these said vehicles or you know someone who does, please let me know. See you ALL Friday night at Halcap, 7pm and thanks very much for all you do, or did, to help out our Sports program.
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Oct 27, 2013, 8:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA

Message: Bill Snyder '78 has written 2 books about growing up in Hawthorne and his experiences. He will be reading selections from his books at The Book Frog, co-owned by Pete Ledesma '79 on November 30 in Rollings Hills Estates...let's all show up and support our's a great time to share stories! Go Here
Thanks Laura
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Oct 25, 2013, 12:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: Hey Judy, I keep on hearing how popular the VFW Breakfast is and now with record attendance! I've never gone, but I'm wondering if we'll have to make reservations for next month ... party of four, non- smoking with a view please. Ha Ha
Tom, No VFW breakfast next month. Too close to Thanksgiving so we'll see you in December.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Oct 24, 2013, 6:39 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor City CA

Message: VFW Breakfast -- big success. We broke our own record in attendance. Thanks always to the HHS crowd for topping the number off every month. See the Beach Boys night was also a big success... how much can we take... and now there's a Halloween Party and dinner coming up this Sunday at the Haw. VFW. Look to the right for the link to the flyer. Seems like as soon as fall set in everything started taking off again. If you plan to attend the Halloween dinner please call the bar and RSVP to help us plan the food. (info is on the flyer) My sainted husband will be in the back kitchen again baking Lasagna. Could it be that I'm not a good cook and this is the only way he gets to eat???? Maybe~~but there was nothing about food in the marriage vows! See you all there. Judy D B
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 23, 2013, 8:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, California

Message: Want to add my thanks for a great evening, on Sunday, with our boys- The Beach Boys. Brian, Al and David were stupendous! Thanks so much to Glenn Crist for obtaining great seats for us. It was a beautiful night. Also great to be with friends. The Beach Boys still ROCK!!! We are blessed to have them. Have a great week, all of you! Regards, Linda Huthmaker
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Oct 23, 2013, 11:10 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
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Message: What a great concert on Sunday night. Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys are such a classic and part of America's true musical history. I was so happy to be able to take my granddaughter to the Greek to see them and especially Brian as she had not seen him before. She has been singing Beach Boys tunes since she caught her first wave at Santa Cruz when she was 12. Just proves how multi-generational their music is! Also, so nice to see all the really special Cougars who were there. That Jeff guy wasn't too bad either...WOW!! Rock On....ok back to work now. Janet
Janet, Great to see you and Kirsten there too. Fun night for sure.
Name: Bob Jensen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Oct 22, 2013, 10:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Los Angeles
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Message: Homecoming dance is Saturday November 2nd so I assume the game (with Beverly Hills High) is Friday November 1st at 7:00 pm.
Thank you Bob, I'll add it to the calendar.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 21, 2013, 6:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: hey Johnny B.: Why isn't homecoming on the events calendar? It must be this week or next isn't it?
Clark, I just do not know. I thought that was your job to find out
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Oct 21, 2013, 1:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
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Message: Hi Ernie, I think you are referring to one of Brian's percussionists. His name is Nelson and he is always so animated and entertaining. Love the guy! Obviously, he was having (ah-hmm) "Fun ,Fun, Fun."