Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 16, 2013, 11:15 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: San Clemente, CA

Message: Although I've donated blood since 1980 (O+, CMV-), I've never encountered a fellow Coug anywhere, even in Hawthorne yesterday. The new buildings near the intersection at HHS seem to be near completion at last. It's our Clark Millman who specializes in sightings.
Clark has taken a hiatus, it seems
Name: Susan Adams ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 16, 2013, 10:32 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson, Ca

Message: A "Cougar Siting"...just got back from the lab to have blood drawn, and the nurse who did it was from Hawthorne.."In your FACE" John Pritchard!, bet you never had a siting at the doctor's office before!
Good one Susan, thanks much.
Name: Paul Wieber ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 16, 2013, 8:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Meadview, Az

Message: Did anybody happen to watch the Beach Boy 50th Reunion Special with a follow up 1 1/2 hour concert from Phoenix, Az on AXES.TV last nite? Man, I thought they all sounded better than ever! The harmonies were excellent, and the group as a whole were just great. Mike, Brian, Al, Bruce and David....I salute you. Thanks so much for all the great music and memories over all these years. I'm heading out now to buy the new CD "Why God made the radio". Their new songs sound awesome! Merry Christmas to all!
The voices are still there, Paul, thanks man.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 15, 2013, 8:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, Ca

Message: I just received yet another email from someone asking if I had the recipe for BBQ Pete's Cole Slaw. I get these requests at least twice a year and wonder why people think I would have it. Well in November, Janet Amuchastegui HHS68 posted a recipe on Facebook saying this is THE BBQ Pete Cole Slaw Recipe. Here are her words:
OK Hawthorne peeps! I tried a recipe that was supposedly the dressing on BBQ Pete's coleslaw, seriously, if you try it, double the amount as it is so good you will eat a heaping serving before sharing any of it! For one head of finely shredded cabbage I used 1/2 c. oil, 1/2 c vinegar, 2 tbls sugar and 1 tbls salt. Shake it in a jar and mix about 1/2 the shredded cabbage and add until you like the flavor. I am so excited! Over the last 35 yrs every time my family got together the topic of this slaw dressing was brought up! Now, oh my gosh we have it. It really is the little things in life that are so freaking kewl!!!!!
Please give it a try Cougs and see what you think. Thanks so much Janet for the help. I can now answer all those emails.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 13, 2013, 5:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Jacksonville, Fla.

Message: Noticed on local news an attorney named Jay Plotkin. Just wondering if there's a connection to our very own Mr. Plotkin.
Mr. P, are you out there?
Name: J.B. Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 12, 2013, 9:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Bellbrook, OH

Message: Seasons Greetings to all. I am writing to inquire about Cougar sightings. I was invited to a Wounded Warriors Project event at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio. So of course I had to visit the Class of 1979 enshrinement with Dick Butkus, Johnny Unitas, Yale Lary and Cougar - Ron Mix. Very impressive. And I thought I would take the opportunity to remind folks of the troops who did serve and still are serving in the military and could use some holiday cheer. Do what you can to support them all.
Hi JB, Thanks for the shout.
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 12, 2013, 3:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan,Ga.

Message: Happy Birthday to Cody Soares.
Happy Birthday Cody Darlin!!!
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 12, 2013, 12:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Mashville AR

Message: Everyone please be merry! My area of Arkansas dodged the ice/sleet/snow thing, but it's still going to be a long, wet, nasty winter. And, I bounced down my icy back porch steps one morning this week - didn't have my glasses on. Nothing's broken, but have some painful bruises. Beautiful weather's my Christmas wish for each of you and hopes for a better year, too. Be merry!
Thanks Mary Ann, my wish for you is stop bouncing
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 6:06 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long Beach, CA

Message: Happy birthday to Diane Lay Smith class of '65. Have a happy, happy birthday. Give me a call or e-mail when you have some time. Stay warm out there it gets really cold in your area. Hugs!
Ron, that's a sad story. There is nothing like homemade banana bread. I still make my mom's recipe. However, nothing is ever as good as mom made. Luckily she taught me how to make it when I was 9 years old. I still don't have it written down. All by memory. With the way my memory is going, I think I'd better start writing down all those old favorites. Hawthorne moms were the best.
Happy Birthday Diane!!
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 3:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Harbor City, CA

Message: Regarding the monthly Sunday breakfast at the Hawthorne VFW: due to an untimely medical issue with the cook, there will be NO breakfast this coming Sunday, December 15. We will be back in January, though. See you next month.
OK Jan, see you in Jan.
Name: Dean Morris ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 2:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: NorCal

Message: Robin Hood: How's that Oregon trash talking working out for you this year? Last time we spoke you had a few choice words about the Tree being dead after SC cleaned our clock (something the Quackers cant seem to figure out) . When will you Oregonians learn to stop dissing the SU football team which has your number and also knows how to win the Pac 12 title the past few years. At lease SC showed some respect, but you and your bud DeAnthony Thomas, dont seem to have that. I hope you both enjoy the Alamo Bowl and I will think of you from the Rose Bowl for my second year in a row. Merry Lime and Yellow Xmas! Shane Skov and the Boys
Hey Dean, Happy Birthday to you too.
Name: Steve Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 1:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Laguna Woods

Message: Re: Tom's query "where can you get a 'good' fruit cake"? There's no such thing. It's a urban legend...
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 10:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Claremont, CA

Message: Unlike Sharon's mother, my mother was unaware of the delay in transit of items sent to sailors. When my ship, USS Camden AOE 2, was off the coast of Viet Nam, mail was fairly timely, what with aircraft carriers, helicopters and such. Not so for transit across the ocean; it took about 3 weeks to get from Long Beach to the Tonkin Gulf. My mother sent me a loaf of her banana bread, which she knew I loved. When the package came, I was fairly sure of what it was, so I eagerly opened it. I tore off the aluminum foil, almost tasting the banana bread as I did. Alas. It was green and hairy.
But REAL good
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 9:33 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Pittsburg, CA

Message: Make that "Made in California." Shouldn't rely on memory anymore. Somewhat related to Hawthorne: Dick Dodd of Hermosa Beach, founder of The Standells of "Dirty Water" fame, passed last week and had an obit in the NYT.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 8:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Happy birthday, Joyce. Have a terrific day!
Happy Birthday Joyce.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 11, 2013, 8:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne,Ca.
No E-mail
Message: To sweet friend, Joyce Savisky.. we wish you a very happy birthday! Hope you get some time off to celebrate!
Happy Birthday Joycey.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 10, 2013, 3:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: The Beach Boys' new, six-disc retrospective "Made in America" got a generally good review on "Fresh Air" on NPR today by Ed Ward. He played a track called "The Lonely Sea" from 1963 that sounded great.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 10, 2013, 2:14 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long Beach, CA

Message: May have told this story before. At the beginning of WWII my dad was a submariner. My mother sent him a fruitcake for Christmas. They didn't get regular mail calls during the war, so she wanted to send him something that would last till he got it. Well it never got to him until around two years later. When he finally got it, he said it was like a gift from heaven. He shared it with all his shipmates and they loved it. I guess when you don't get regular goodies whenever you want them, fruitcake tastes good. Are we all spoiled or what?
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 10, 2013, 12:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene ,OR

Message: Wudy is correct. One fruitcake, regifted for 100's of years. On the other hand Sharon picked the best ever. I have had a slice of Corsicana's best and it is superior to the other bricks people receive. The only problem is the obvious. Too many slices and your bath tub will show stretch marks And Tom, my clapper has provided many years of good service. Rumor is the lastest model is also an I-phone, so I am weighing my options. Merry "mission pack" Christmas Cougs!
Name: Sharon MacDonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 10, 2013, 8:21 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: Tom and anyone looking for fruitcake can try Collin Street Bakery from Corsicana, TX. They have a website ( They also have the greatest pecan cake and old timey ice box cookies. There was a comedian who did a routine about there being only one fruitcake in the world and people just kept regifting it. My family thought this was funny so we started adding small fruitcake slices to the Christmas dessert platter.
I always loved candied fruit at Christmas
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 10, 2013, 7:01 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: To Tom Nadel. Tom, Years ago I heard that there was only one fruit cake. It keeps getting given away as a gift and then given away again as a gift and works the circuit. If your family ate that fruit cake, then there is no more. (I always liked that story) Lights & the tree are up Sid--Drive by and looky and I might have a fruit cake with your name on it.
I need jammies with feet too.
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 11:14 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: I enjoyed all the fantastic pictures of the 63 class reunion. I do not know anyone in these pictures...but have to say they all look so great! Looks like it was a lot of fun, not to mention a lot of food!
It was fun Jean, one of the best reunions I've attended.
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 11:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Albuquerque NM
No E-mail
Message: My mom would order Mission Pak every year for my Grandmother in NM. I think we went to one on Hawthorne Blvd.....not sure. I can picture the inside of the store....and the Blvd keeps coming up. My dad got a fruit cake every year from his work at Wood son Tool Co. On Lennox Blvd. That was the best I have ever had.....bought Walmart fruit cake...yech!
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 6:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: My Dad got a fruitcake every Christmas, but I can't remember the last time I saw one. Who knows where I can find a good fruitcake??
Try this Tom. I hear this one is the best.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 3:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Say the magic word, Say Mission Pak, And it's on it's merry way, No gift so bright, so gay, so right, Give the Mission Pak magic way. To find your nearest Mission Pak store, call ADems 24184. Ahh! the magic of the computer! Thanks Jim for the memory jog. There must be a ton of old Christmas jingles and commercials that can transport us "old folks" back to the day.
Yes I know Who remembers Della Robia wreath ads on TV? Another one that seemed to come out at Christmas was the Clapper. Clap On, Clap Off, Clap On Clap Off, the Clapper.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 2:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: I think "Mission Pack" was kinda the "Harry and David" or "Pepperidge Farms" of it's day?? Happy Belated Janny....hope you had an awesome day!
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 2:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: A belated happy birthday to Jan Blomsterberg. Hope you had a great celebration. Also, happy birthday to class of 66's Susan Pekkala Blunt . Enjoy and stay warm.
Happy Birthday Susan and Jan.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 9, 2013, 2:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor City

Message: Say the magic word, say MISSION PACK, and it's on it's merry way. No gift so right so gay so bright, it's the MISSION PACK magic way. There was a removable store on Imperial and Crenshaw next to Mel's sporting goods in the mid to late 60's. Fruit, citron...candy fruit, figs...nuts..and shiny bows and wrapping. Funny, I hated all that stuff back then, but I eat all now and a few prunes to keep the senior digestive tract humming. I'm baking cookies this Christmas Sidney..I'll be in your neighborhood this week. I'm going to surprise you.
If you're coming over bring the whiskey too.