Name: Jerry Rigney ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 5:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Palmdale, CA

Message: In 1955 a nice lady and her young son moved next door to me and they've never been forgotten. Happy Birthday Mike Shay, the best neighbor I ever had. Coupe's & Louver's forever my friend.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 5:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
No E-mail
Message: When I sailed off the coast of Redondo Beach and took dive boat trips to Catalina we would often see dozens of sharks, many Great Whites. They have always been there. The warm water from the effect of the El Nino is just bringing them closer to shore.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 3:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Fe Ranch Az,

Message: WOW! I saw that a swimmer was attacked by a great white shark just off Manhattan Beach pier. Anyone remember reading or hearing about great whites attacking in South Bay ? I remember seeing a pod of Orcas near P.V. .... But never great whites.
Name: Mike Shay ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 12:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Cerritos CA

Message: For some amazing reason I've been lucky enough to find a group of frends like Richard Hanson and John Baker and Tom Shelley and Jerry Rigney ahd Bob Fraser as well as a few others. Many thanks for the birthday wishes and please hang around so we can talk about the good old days for many more years. I Love you guys: Mike
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 11:44 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Cali
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday Rich Sloan and Mike Shay!! Hope you both have/had a wonderful day. And, hope all of you had a fabulous 4th. Now I gotta go find one last hot dog for lunch. Janet
Name: Richard Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 9:18 am - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Simi Valley, Ca

Message: In 1960 when I got home from the Air Force, I stopped by the Tanger Shell station on El Segundo and met a young man that changed my life forever. He became the best friend and best brother-in-law anyone could ask for, and after 54 years still is the best. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIKE SHAY HHS61. JoAnn and I love ya.
Another great hangout for the car guys, Sonny Tanger's Shell station. Worked there on Tuesday and Thursday nights with Mike. We have stories we still can't tell about that place Happy Birthday Mike.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 8:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
No E-mail
Message: A big happy birthday to another good buddy, Mike Shay. Have a great day friend.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 7:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Wow, doesn't seem like that long ago that we were hanging out after school on the steps of the old St. Joseph's church. Late 50's I guess. And who was I hanging out with? My good and long time friend, Mike Shay! My best to you on your b'day. Have a good one, amigo!
Happy Happy Birthday Mikey, seems like just a few years ago we were cruising the streets of Hawthorne and Inglewood together with the likes of Charlie Hunter and Harold Lanksbury. Remember the night when we were heading north on the Bl about 120th, you were driving your 57 Chevy and Harold reached over, turned the ignition off and tossed your keys out the window? Fun guy huh Have a great day, buddy.
Name: Mike Rees ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 6, 2014, 1:19 am - HHS Time
City & State: Wales UK

Message: Hi, This is a long shot I am trying to find out who lived in 5148 West 131 Street, Hawthorne in September 1957. I have found an old letter with this address in Europe ...but no name on it. I have tried the city and the library but they don't know. Is there anyone who might know? I would very much appreciate your help Regards Mike
Good Luck Mike.
Name: Jimmie Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 5, 2014, 2:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson

Message: Am I mistaken, or has Joey Chestnut fallen short of his last years hot dog eating record by eight (8?). Hmmm, I actually ate three Ball Park Franks on the 3rd with ketchup on them; not bad.
Name: Tom Nadal ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2014, 10:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: The OC

Message: Happy Birthday USA and Congratulations to the greatest American since Abraham Lincoln. Joey Chestnut won his 8th straight Nathan's Hotdog eating contest. 61 hotdogs in 10 minutes!!! There will be about 30 of us enjoying a BBQ at my brother Mike's (HHS '74) house today. Cougar count will be about 9 or 10. I don't think all of us combined will eat 61 hotdogs.
Hey Tom, Have a great 4th maaann!
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2014, 10:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma. CA
No E-mail
Message: I just got a phone call from Gordon Bell. He said the big 4th of July event in Downieville is to roll out a three foot wide strip of bubble wrap down Main Street and have everyone do the happy dance. So much for small town celebrations when no one wants to burn down the town. My happiest Fourth remembrance is my dad launching tin cans in the street with some explosive device under them.
Sounds like a fun day in Hooterville for Gordon
Name: Bob & Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2014, 8:44 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: Happy birthday to one of the greatest guys we know..Rich Sloan. Have a spectacular day, Rich! Hope to see you soon.
HB Rich
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2014, 6:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Happy Birthday Rich Sloan. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Birthday Richard T. Sloan ! !
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2014, 6:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Anaheim , Calif

Message: Hi Rich, Enjoy your Birthday, and the 4th of July Fireworks
Happy Birthday Rich ! !
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 4, 2014, 5:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Long Beach, Ca.

Message: 17 years! Thanks for your labor of love and dedication John. The checks in the mail...
Thanks David, and it has been fun.
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2014, 6:51 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: McDonald
Class: 1963
City & State: Havasu Lake, CA

Happy 4th of July to you Gary AND Lil. Everyone have a fun weekend.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 3, 2014, 7:36 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Valencia
Class: 1974
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca

Message: Good morning Cougartown! I am so looking forward to this holiday weekend and wish all you CTers a safe and sane Independence Day celebration. I also want to thank King John for hosting our CT gathering for - what John- 16 years? I sent my membership dues in the mail - thank you! V5
Yes you did V5 and thank you very much. Cougartown (previously Early 60s Hawthorne Homepage) has been going now for 17 years this month. Thank you all for your continued participation support. When we started I was the same age as a Class of 79er is now
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2014, 4:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Havre de Grace, MD

Message: Thought it was about time I dropped in an said howdy. Paco moved to Temecula?...Man that's a long way from the water Bro but some good golf courses. Whatcha taking photos of Paco.. reptilians n horses? Drop me a line Paco n we can share some pics. You still using the Canon? Anywho, life is still good here in MD. Working PT at Home Depot, Fishing an shooting lots of photos. Miss all you old Cougers and the gatherings though.
Hey Walter, we were worrying about you. Get emails all the time asking where you are. Thanks man, for checking in.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 2, 2014, 9:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon

Message: John, John, John. It's all about location, location, location. 120th and Freeman, though a lovely intersection, wouldn't be acceptable for a thriving lemonade stand. Fair amount of traffic, but a 4-way stop intersection would be preferable. Plus, that's fairly close to Frankie & Louis Dominick's house and they would likely want some "protection" money to make sure that your stand didn't burn down. And 49 cents would be a more attractive price than 50 cents. It's the psychology of selling. It (49) seems like a lot less, hence more sales. And a lot of people would be inclined to let you "keep the change" rather than dealing with a pesky penny. Better if you think this through John -- don't be too hasty with a start-up business. My consulting fee is 49 cents.
Sorry I lost the previous feedbacks in a hard drive crash on Tuesday morning. We were talking about Cougartown Tshirts and how we could get them for all who wanted them. Funny schtick there Jimbo and I do think I will drop the price of Ctown Tshirts from 21.50 to 21.49... It does sound and, in fact, is cheaper
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jun 28, 2014, 3:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: I keep hearing there will be an all-class picnic the day after the 50th 1964 class reunion, but there doesn't seem to be any mention of it on the reunions page. It would really make it nice, because that turns it into a 3-day affair, with the Friday night get-together, the Saturday night reunion, and the Sunday picnic. There was even talk of going out dancing, maybe on the Thursday night, but I have heard no more on that. People like me who will be traveling should try to include as many of those days as possible, if they really are going to be having the "extra reunions".
Hi Pat, The all class picnic you are talking about will be the Cougartown picnic on the Sunday following your reunion. It will be at Recreation Park in El Segundo. The time is not yet set. Hope to see you there.
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2014, 5:39 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Coach Erlinger was a class act and brought a new focus to HHS basketball. I got to know him as a scorekeeper. He also had a great sense of humor. His passing is a big loss to many. RIP.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2014, 2:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal

Message: Gosh, I'm not sure how to start this off. I was at lunch today at my golf club with a bunch of south bay guys. They were talking about a funeral they went to last week for a guy they all surfed with; named Toby. I understand coach Toby Erlinger passed away last week of a very aggressive stomach cancer. Coach was only at HHS for 3 years but he was brought in by coach Chauncey to change the culture at HHS along with coach Semon and some others. Because he was only there for a few years a lot of you might not know him. He was THE south bay guy, surfer, volleyball and basketball player, and mentor to us guys. Turns out we were only about 4-5 years younger than these new guys. We were so lucky to spend all those hours together with him. I am more proud than ever he spoke at Mykkanen's funeral. Bless your very larger, scarlet and gold heart.
Rest in Peace Coach Erlinger, you were one of the best of my generation.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2014, 1:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964

Message: The Hawthorne VFW firework booth will be open for biz as of tomorrow. (Saturday). If you mention that you're from HHS, you'll get your choice of 2 prizes. 1: 10% off your total price. 2: I'll kiss you in the back of the booth. Let's see, money...Judy... money..Judy. I'm good either way. See you there. Hawthorne Blvd. & El Segundo in the front of Albertson's market - northeast corner. (and JB, don't say, "what part of the body is the back of the booth?"
I just never heard it called that before.
Name: R Jacobsen ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jun 27, 2014, 12:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Kuna Id
No E-mail
Message: JB a quick question, why weren't The Boys put in that tribute at the top of the page? I think I have a good idea, but whats your opinion? MAY THE COUGAR BE WITH YOU. Jake N Jude
Everyone is wondering why the Beach Boys weren't picked over Chris. I can't speak for everyone who voted but my opinion is Chris came before the Beach Boys by a couple of years and the Boys weren't all "Hawthorne Grown Entertainers", as the category specifies. I could actually see Brian Wilson or another individual Beach Boy who came from Hawthorne, but not the group because of the "Hawthorne Grown Entertainer" category. All or most of the categories will change from year to year. I'm sure they'll be in there sooner or later. Maybe next year a category will be "Best red headed wide receiver from Hawthorne High who graduated in 1960".
Name: Susan Adams ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2014, 9:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: Anderson calif

Message: To Robert Ruggeri- Hey, it's Susan Nelson (Adams), Great to hear from you!! Thought your message was's GOOD to see some 69ers showing up on here! Our 45th reunion is going to be on Saturday, October 11th, at Tony's Pizza,it is either in El Segundo or Inglewood, (depending on who you talk to) from 6-11..You can look here on CT for more details,(address of place etc.) just look up "reunions"-it is a casual event...I really hope you can make it!! P.S., your ol surfin pal, Jerry Miles says "Hi!" See YA!!!
Name: Robert Ruggeri ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2014, 2:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: San Diego Ca

Message: What's up? Hey Susan Nelson saw your post! How are you? I posted first post 1999. When is this next reunion? Happy July 4th!. I'm going to Portland for 4th anyone living in Portland?
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2014, 10:35 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Cali
No E-mail
Message: Happy Birthday to one of the best Cougars ever....Royal Lord! Have a wonderful day. Janet
Happy Birthday Royal Lord!!
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jun 26, 2014, 7:54 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia Ca

Happy Birthday Royal and Steve