Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 2, 2014, 8:19 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Got this email from Courtney Lamonica yesterday, she writes:
My name is Courtney LaMonica and I'm the daughter of Joe and Brigitte LaMonica, both Hawthorne High Alumni. My father, Joe LaMonica, was Class of '71. My mother, Brigitte LaMonica (Armbrust) was Class of ’72. My uncle, Robert Armbrust, is also Hawthorne High Alumni, Class of ‘75.
My parents were high school sweethearts and have now been married 41 years. The reason I'm contacting you is to inform you that my father recently passed away this last Wednesday, August 27, one day before his 61st birthday. He absolutely loved browsing the Cougartown website and reminsicing about the good old days. He would tell me all his amazing memories of high school including meeting my mother and all the fun times at 26th street, The reason I'm telling you all this is because it would mean the world to my mother and I if you could please post something about his passing. I know you don't have to do this and you don't know me but I would appreciate it more than you know. He truly loved this website and Hawthorne High. His memorial service is this Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 717 N. Bradford Ave., Placentia, CA 92870 at 1:00pm. Again, if you could please post a little something about him, I would be forever grateful. Thank you again.
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 2, 2014, 5:37 pm - HHS Time
City & State: NY, NY
Message: Wow, thank you, John Pritchard, for the free publicity, LOL. Actually I appear again in a close-up about 15 minutes before the end of the movie, in the concert scene. It was all so much fun to do. And I agree about Marissa and the amazing leads too, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. As an extra added kick, they are going to interview me for the title of Outstanding Astorian for my tiny tiny part in the film. LOL, talk about my 15 seconds of fame. Abd yes, the city is pretty amazing. I just had company from CA and it was fun to see it through their eyes. But pretty soon, I will get to see my lovely LA and enjoy that too. I do miss it.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 2, 2014, 4:49 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hey John, Been trying to send you happy birthday messages for a few days but kept getting kicked off the site. So, we're trying one more time, and while it is quite belated, the good wishes for you are still the same. You are a great friend and we love you lots. Hope this one makes it through!
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Sep 2, 2014, 2:52 pm - HHS Time
City & State: NY, NY
Message: My Feedback Select hasn't been working in a week or so. So I started from scratch and googled Feedback Select. It finally got me here, but I am guessing that is not the real solution. Good luck with fixing it, John, and hope you had a very happy birthday, even though you had to be working on the CT site!
Name: Alan Ibarra ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 1, 2014, 3:52 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Denver, CO
Message: Happy Belated Birthday John!! Thanks for doing all you do!
Name: Barney McArdle ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 1, 2014, 9:45 am - HHS Time
City & State: San Antonio, Texas
Message: Hey John, computer's been down, hope you had a great Birthday. Will try and make Cruise Night----if not, will shoot for April. Hey Ray Shelley, thought you were going to come and see me in San Antonio.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Sep 1, 2014, 6:26 am - HHS Time
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: I saw the movie "Love is Strange" the other day. Our friend Patricia K. Bagby appears around the 30-minute mark from the start, where she is twice seen sitting in the waiting-area of an apartment-rental office. Everyone acts well, especially Marisa Tomei, who can do no wrong. "I luv huh" as New Yorkers say. Like some other current films ("Magic in the Moonlight" and "The Trip to Italy"), the best part may be the scenery of the locations where it was made. New York City is great, the city so nice they named it twice, even if you're from L.A.
Name: Patty Saville ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 31, 2014, 6:06 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Laguna Beach, Ca
Message: Pfffftt>>>>>>>>Finally made it though the tech barrier! Happy Birthday John!
Name: Cindy Wernicke ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 31, 2014, 1:22 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Stagecoach, NV
Message: Hey John, Happy belated birthday, sorry I wasn't paying attention.
Name: Debbie Beachler ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 30, 2014, 6:11 am - HHS Time
City & State: The OC
Message: Hey John, a big (belated) Happy Birthday to you!! Hope you had a great day! Glad the site is back in action, missed you for a few days! Thanks for keeping CT going and keeping us connected. I've met some great folks because of you and the time and effort you put into keeping all these bits and bytes going. Fight On!! Ps. Little Tommy has always been a downer, contributing negativity--just my 2 cents!!
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 6:08 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
Message: Hey, John, the bugs out here aren't all that big. Gotta go, looks like another mosquito is trying to carry off the dog again.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 5:53 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Eugene OR.
Message: HAPPY B-DAY John Baker! Through the thick and thin of changing servers, "techie stuff" and all the rest you somehow kept feedback open. Hope you had a good one because you are a good man despite your questionable reunion dates
Kidding Gloria and Patty!!..Susan Ciampa Walling..I still have bruises from the football game at the 1st picnic 15 years ago. Again, JB thanks for all you have done and will do. C-Town rocks!
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 4:35 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Saint Helena, California
Message: Happy Birthday to 1964's Dick Augustus. Another great baseball player!
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 12:13 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Santa Fe Ranch ,Az,
Message: Hey amigo JB! Hope ya had a good birthday! I figured the real reason you created this site was so ya can catch all the chicks LOL! You're a good man (Mother Hen) for keeping us all together here in "Cougartown" ! I received my T shirt looks great , thanks! .. Now , Tom and Clark , Clark , life still continued after you graduated from school . 40 plus years later you're still acting like your a senior , Grow up dude ... And Tom , I hear ya amigo! Stop wasting your time on him (not worth it) .. Although you do manage to create a flurry of activity here at JB.s "HEN HOUSE" It seems all the hens get ruffled up when your "fox attitude" shows up here LOL! Speak your mind kid , but use better words.
Name: David Barboza ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 11:10 am - HHS Time
City & State: Long Beach, Ca.
Message: Big John B! A very Happy Birthday to you man! I can't think of anyone who deserved a more special day. This labor of love you've created has done so much for so many of us and I personally cannot thank you enough. Hope your day is truly happy, special, and blessed. As a side note, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria! It was fantastic seeing you and Patty at the reunion and thanks for your help... But you're still a little instigator. But then, that's what makes you special!
Name: Eugene Obillo ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 9:18 am - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City Ca.
Message: Happy Belated birthday John seems as if I am always late about everything anymore. I really appreciate you and all that you do to keep us in touch with our roots. See you soon for our next meeting for the next reunion.
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 2:16 am - HHS Time
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAKER MAN!! So are going to do that birthday lunch or what? Love you like crazy - hope the day was good and you should ride this all the way into the looooooong weekend. XOXOXO
Name: Susan Walling ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 1:55 am - HHS Time
City & State: Sonoma County, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to the King of Cougartown. Hope you're having a great day, John!
Name: Karen Le Maistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 29, 2014, 1:39 am - HHS Time
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: Happy, Happy Birthday, John! Thank you so much for all you do to keep us connected!
Name: Gloria Valencia ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 11:03 pm - HHS Time
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, John! So good to see you this last weekend. Thanks for being my date. You and Glenn were very sweet. Patty is the worst date I have ever had! You were a nice distraction from her! :) hope to visit with you again soon. If you put this message in blue, I'm gonna have Clark "sight" you!
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 10:59 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Sonoma, CA
Message: Happy Birthday Johnny B. Goode. If I had known your birthday was coming up, I'd have bought you a glass of wine. Rest up, there's a big month ahead of us. Cruise Night on the 20th, the Class of 1964's 50 year reunion on the 26th & 27th and the Cougartown Picnic on the 28th. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. And, just as you told me the checks are starting to roll in from reunion celebrants. I'm also getting requests for the reunion schedule, so here it is in a nutshell: Friday's Reception from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Saturday's Reunion from 6:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. We have the Hospitality Suite after 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
Name: Lillian Parra ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 10:10 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Havasu Lake, Ca
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN;-)
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 9:42 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mena, AR
Message: Mr. John Baker, Happy Birthday to you. You have been a true friend to the Shelley family for years, and I appreciate your friendship.. I wish you a long and happy life, with many Birthdays in your future. Also, Happy Birthday Richard Dunn, class of '58'.
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 6:58 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: The posts on the Long Beach Pike reminded me of a video I recently watched. To see the Long Beach Pike and Pacific Ocean Park (among other long-gone things, go see "Things That Aren't Here Anymore" (1995). It is hosted by the late Ralph Story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta9Mcjrq2Jw
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 6:14 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: "John Baker, John Baker" name sounds familiar. Must be somebody I know LIKE FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS!! Hey Bud, Happy Birthday! I'll let you give the number if you want, but there were times when I didn't think we'd make it to this age! And here we are. Have a great day and a fun week-end. Dinner it is.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 3:30 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Cali
Message: Did you think you we're going to just skid past your birthday????? I think not! Now you ARE the same age. Have a good day.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 28, 2014, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: I've read all the comments on feedback and the ongoing argumentative banter is over..PERIOD! I do want to clarify for everyone who is on Cougartown: This fight started four years ago when a cowardly individual hiding behind a computer issued disparaging and rude insults directed at coach Alex Bravo and various other teachers and coaches from HHS, all of whom are either deceased or long since retired and quite old. These folks ere not all perfect but they did dedicate their professional careers to teaching us in the classrooms and coaching us on the athletic fields of HHS. I will never tolerate cowardly insults like these directed at the folks who helped us grow into young adults. If John allows anyone else to do this in the future, I will personally track the person down, take them to the woodshed and thrash then until they bleed scarlet and gold and beg forgiveness for their cowardly actions. The fight is OVER, PERIOD, THE END!!