Name: Tonia Vanden ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 1, 2014, 6:00 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Williams
Class: 1964
City & State: Redondo Beach Ca

Message: Even though I did not attend Hawthorne, I love your site. I graduated from Aviation High in 1964. Just discovered your site, love the 60's slang section. I was looking for a former student, Joann ???, at one point last name was George. Class of about 1968! Here's to growing up in the South Bay area in th sixties!
Hi Tonia, Glad you found us and the only George from that era, that I know of, would be Marlene George HHS67. You can look her email address up on the alumni list. may be a relative. Hope this helps and good luck.
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jan 1, 2014, 11:57 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: Donald - your mom sounds like my kind of gal! And your dad - was he barefoot in the kitchen when the can of coffee spilled? Cause that would cause the black between the toes. . . . .
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 31, 2013, 5:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963

Message: Happy New Year to all! Getting ready to celebrate with family in Waikiki. Hope 2014 is a good year for you, John, and all the Cougartown family.
Thanks Sharon, Happy New Year to you and your family. With that, I am outta here until 2014. Just want to wish our Ctown Family and very Happy New Year. Be safe out there Cougars
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 31, 2013, 4:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina

Message: Thanks John. I wish You and all Cougars a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. Our old school looks great, all up to date, but I have a hard time identifying with the new look. See ya at the next VFW breakfast.
See you there.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 31, 2013, 3:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina

Message: Back in the days when I was very young and wanted to drink some coffee, my dad would say no, it will make it black between your toes....Don't know where that came from.....My mom let loose with the "F" bomb when she dropped a full 5lb tin of coffee of the top cupboard shelf and the top came off, coffee grounds went everywhere. Dad let loose with it when he and mom were arguing and she cracked a large duck egg on top of his bald head...I had never seen him so shocked and speechless as the egg was running down his face, argument over!
Hey Donald, Thanks for the stories and you and Vicki have a Happy New Year MAAAANN!!
Name: Michael M Kratz ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 31, 2013, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas

Message: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 2014 Will be a GROOVY year for us all....
Hi Michael, You too have a Happy New Year.
Name: Jan Hyatt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 31, 2013, 1:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Brown
Class: 1963
City & State: Sparta ,Mo

Message: Wishing all a Happy and Healthy New Year. It has been cold and snow, here in the mid west, 10" inches before Christmas looking forward to Spring. Stay safe and healthy. Jan
Hi Jan, Happy New Year
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 31, 2013, 8:46 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: My Dad was from depression era Arkansas. He told my brother and I to eat everything. He said when he was a kid some nights they only had poke and grits for dinner. That is when you poke your feet under the table and grit your teeth.
Sounds like your dad all right, Gary Thanks man.
Name: Christopher Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 30, 2013, 9:11 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Coos

Message: My Bro Robin and Janet in the back of Bill Browns 46 Woody conjuring five coherent thoughts using the word "Bitchen" on a ride between Hawthorne and Manhattan Beach. Precious! Annette (rest her lovely sole) and Frankie would be proud. Wuddy, even the Scapula wouldn't get you into Heaven, let alone the prom, in that lovely getup. Sometimes I just can't help myself. Peace in the new year to one and all...Hoody
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 30, 2013, 9:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 1963
City & State: Havasu Lake, CA

Message: I get such a chuckle reading all of your comments, I'm glad I grew up with all of you, this is truly my Happy Place Love to you all HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy New Year Lillian and thanks for being here all these years.
Name: Jean Caldwell ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 29, 2013, 9:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1968
City & State: Albq NM
No E-mail
Message: My Dad also said what Marilyn's Dad said.....about eating your vegetables so you will grow hair on your chest.....I am still trying to figure out why that made me eat my vegetables.....My Dad used to tell us to keep it down to a roar when we got too loud. He would call us squirrels instead of girls....
Thanks Jean
Name: EllaV Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 29, 2013, 12:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Seal Beach
No E-mail
Message: Here's one I heard someone say that I thought was a good one. "You give me a pain where a pill won't reach"
Good one Mom.
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 29, 2013, 10:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena, AR

Message: John, my Dad would tell me the same thing Marilyn's Dad told her.. It did work, that's why I was a Fox in kindergarten! Oh, and thank you Sharon for the compliment, but pictures are deceiving. Barney, Happy New Year to you also, and to all of my CTown friends...
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 10:49 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: I was always a very picky eater. My Dad would say you need to eat that, it's good for you, it will grow hair on your chest. It always got a giggle out of me and my sister.
Marilyn, Did it work?
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 2:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: oregon city, oregon

Message: That was really "Boss" to read that really bitchin word "Bitchin". I want to thank all the "posters" here on Ctown, to all that have posted pictures. What a great year of funny stories, and the memories of the "Cougartown faithful", that we have lost. I am true to my school as I have never posted or been on that "your face" or something like that. Eddie Williams HHS, had a Italian mother. 4'6" woman that was the house boss. Wonderful Chef. Never heard her swear ever. She had a wooden ladle. We could always out run or dodge her. Just about the time we thought we had got away with something and relaxed, "WHAM" she would get in a smack. Thank You John Baker for creating a home for us to gather. I will be "True to the end" Respectfully, Carl Rilling.
Hi Carl, so glad we're gathering too. Thanks man for your and everyone's contributions over the years, It's been a fun ride so far so let's keep it going.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 12:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, OR.
No E-mail
Message: Janet I will bet you a buck three eighty you learned Bitchen' from Fred. As I remember it ,if you didn't use the adj. at least 5 times a hour, your board was compounded in Bill Browns 46' Ford woody for a 1 day was impossible to communicate without it. And a belated thankyou for your B-day wishes, they were "Bitchen"...
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 12:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach

Message: Hey big Jonny b.: With the New year upon us the demolition of Nyman hall is less than a year and a half away! I think Cougartown and all the alumni should have some say in the naming of the new hall! The two most obvious names that come to my mind are "Wilson hall" to honor Brian, Dennis and Carl or "Key hall" to honor George Key who was the next great HHS principal after Wally Nyman. We probably need to approach principal Newall in the near future to make sure we have some say in the matter.
Clark, the last I heard Principal Newell was going to save Nyman Hall.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 10:53 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA

Message: When we were rowdy my mother would say something like, "quiet down, you'll raise the dead!".
Good one
Name: Barney McArdle ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 10:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: San Antonio, Texas

Message: Hey Ray Shelley, just read your post of Dec. 23rd. and I agree that without this great website I could have never been able to reminisce with you about our Lunchtime Intramural Football game (I think 1955), when we were Freshmen----that was fun. Have a wonderful 2014 Ray and John thanks again for this website and you too have a great 2014. Hope to see you at the next cruise night---if we are out there.
Barney, I'll see you there in April. Happy New Year and thank you for sticking around all these years.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 10:11 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: My first curse word I think was "bitchen"....ha, I still remember thinking I couldn't say that around the house. My grandmother used to always say "for crying out loud" when something suprised her. My mother said plenty to my Step-Dad when she was mad, but mostly in Italian that she had picked up from his family!
Bitchen, is that a curse word? I say that all the time.
Name: Dan Dye ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 3:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Torrance, Ca

Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all Cougars. Hollywood Park Race Track is gone, they are still training horses in the morning and will until Jan. 31st. 2014. However the Forum has been bought by Madison Square Garden and I understand the name will be Madison Square Gardens Forum. The Forum has been completely re-modeled and is suppose to re-open early Jan 2014 for concerts. It should be a good location for Cougar sightings. Don't tell Clark.
Hi Dan, Thanks for the info and for all who don't know, Dan worked security at Hollywood Park for many years after retiring from El Segundo police. Now I guess, Dan, you might get a job as a jockey until Jan 31
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 28, 2013, 12:47 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: One of my grandfathers would say "son of a buck" when something he was doing wasn't working the way he wanted. And Italian grandmothers apparently have a lot in common with Irish grandmothers. In second grade I was given the nick-name "Miss Onion" because of all the layers I had on over my dress. In fourth grade there was a story told by the nuns about a girl who sneaked off to school without putting on her snowpants because she didn't want to wrinkle her dress but when she got to school, her legs cracked open because they had frozen.
I have the feeling these weren't Hawthorne schools, Sharon
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 27, 2013, 8:17 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Chicago

Message: Well, my mom would say: "Wait till your dad get's home" or it is time for "Cod Liver Oil".
I kind of acquired a taste for that stuff.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 27, 2013, 6:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Speaking of cursing grandparents reminded me of driving through a parking lot with my, then, 6 y.o. grandson when suddenly appearing out of nowhere, came a car that cut me off. As I "panic jammed" the break, I yelled my favorite epithet (and it wasn't the opening of the Our Father). Instantly remembering my grandson, I said "oh Jason, I'm so sorry! Grampy should never talk like that." Without really looking at me he very calmly said, "it's OK Grampy. My Mom says that all the time! I've been meaning to talk to her about that!
I wonder where Jason's mother picked up that kinda talk
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 27, 2013, 5:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Kingman, AZ

Message: I'm pretty sure I learned my first curse word from my Granny. And pretty sure my grandchildren will learn theirs from me!! Happy New Year, everyone!
Betty, Speaking of that, and now that you mentioned it, I can never remember hearing one bad word from either of my grandmothers. It would've never occurred to me without your post. Now the rest of the family, another story
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 27, 2013, 4:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
No E-mail
Message: Ah Oh... now we're bringing up visuals of the things our parents put on us to save us from the elements. Here's a good visual for you, and I never lie! Picture it..Catholic school in the 50s, if I had a cold, sore throat, here's how mom would dress me on a cold day. Uniform (of course) long pants under the skirt to keep my legs warm, long sleeved undershirt under the blouse, heavy sweater and a coat over all that followed by a babushka (head scarf) and a wad of cotton ball in each ear soaked in olive oil.. and the topper was one of my brother's cotton diapers (clean of course) loaded with Vics Vapor Rub and wrapped around my neck and pinned on the side with brother's diaper pin. For some reason there was no garlic involved, but I was just lucky. I looked goofy and smelled goofier and I hardly had room for my Scapular. And if you have to ask what a Scapular is JB, then you're just one of those that will not make heaven the easy way.
Judy, I know what a scapular is, it's that thing a doctor cuts you open with.
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 27, 2013, 4:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: I just read that the film in which I was an extra is predicted to be one of THE biggest romance films of 2014. I hope that they did not cut my 15 seconds on camera, and, if they didn't, I hope I do not look too much like a bag lady (I am in a housing office, presumably seeking housing). LOL, it was so much fun to do this.
Good Luck Pat!!
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 27, 2013, 2:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: Long Beach, CA

Message: Judy, I think that's what all Italiano Moms said. I too have carried on the tradition. My dad would just give orders until we got tired of doing them and left the house of our own free will.
Bob and Bill you were lucky your mother just said you were full of prunes. Italian moms would fill you full of prunes to keep you regular. Also, if you sneeze in the sun outside, they throw a sweater and overcoat on you till you die of heat exhaustion. Am I right Judy, or am I right?
I just noticed Ray Shelley's profile picture for the first time. He was a fox in high school am I right?
Actually Ray was a fox in kindergarten