Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 14, 2015, 4:04 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: Shopped Thrifty Drug Store, both grocery stores on Haw Blvd, Mom worked at Boston Store, I worked at Revere's on Crenshaw Blvd, shopped at Chaney's, took accordion lessons at the music store on Haw Blvd. Does anyone remember the old library on Grevillea? Ramona, Haw Intermediate and HHS were all within walking distance, even in the rain. Really, the Blvd was a big part of lives that lived right off of it, as I did on 130th Street. All good memories.
Yes I remember the library on 126th St between the Bl and Acacia. Thanks Mary Ann
Name: Carol O'Banion Cooper ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 10:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: O'Banion
Class: 1968
City & State: Menifee Ca
Message: The 60s were the good old days. Wouldn't change my teenage years for anything. Cruising Hawthorne Blvd & spending the summer's at the beach. Thanks to facebook, still in touch with some friends from school.
Hi Carol, This must be your first time here Welcome Facebooker Carol
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 6:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: We did a lot of shopping in Inglewood at Penney's and Sears. I went to the Boston Store for a few high quality things that were on sale. But when it came time to buy a suit for me and the same for my brother, we headed for the Broadway in Westchester.
Hi class for me was Sears.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 1:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Stores; my family shopped at Sears in Inglewood or Penney's in Inglewood. But one day my mom and grandmother got my brother and me all dressed up. They took us to The Boston Store to get Easter suits. The store was dark and cool and we knew we had hit the big time.
Another Boston Store fan.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 11:37 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Stores on the Blvd.: Leonard's (not to be confused with the dept. store in El Segundo). Mr Leonard was something else. My favorite was the Boston Store. I remember going Christmas shopping there with my dad to buy gifts for my mom. My first job - wrapping Christmas presents at Revere's. It was located in the old Chaney's. Chaney's was the spot to buy Girl Scout/Brownie uniforms.
My Grandmother worked for Chaneys for 20 years. Great store. Thanks Linda.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 9:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: Ken Mercurio did a great ten minutes on "Insight" this morning (available at and his interview with Cougar Bruce Gallaudet is visible at, with pictures of both of them. Ken will be at Avid Reader Davis tonight, Avid Reader Sacramento tomorrow afternoon and at the Bicycling Hall of Fame Davis on Sunday afternoon. What a guy!
What a guy, indeed, Thanks John
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 8:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena, AR
Message: Speaking of stores on Hawthorne Blvd. How about Dexter's. I use to buy my mandarin collar sport shirts there, $.99 cents a shirt.. Three washings later your back at Dexter's buying more shirts...
Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 13, 2015, 4:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR
Message: 1. Thanks, John, for the new email security!
2. My dad and I went to the North American Saturday sales. Once, he bought me a couple of wood packing crates. They went on our patio "playhouse". Later on, Mom used them as plant stands for her orchid collection. Dad was always looking for tools.
3. Happy Birthday to 2 great '61 guys - Jim and Tom. And many more!
Thanks Mary Ann, North American Salvage was a great place to buy nuts and bolts too. 25 to 50 cents a pound for most and they were usually lock nuts. My Dad's 31 Chevy coupe was put back together with them. And Happy Birthday Jim and Tom.
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 8:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv
Message: Back then mid 60s no one would sell us BBs for our slingshots and airguns. Had to be 18. Heard from someone that Independent Lumber had plenty and would sell to anyone. Didn't believe it. Went in and sure enough guy sez Ya, how many do ya need? 11 cents for a tube of 250. Later on I remember all the real auto parts stores around. You could get almost anything it seemed. One of the best was Rosecrans Auto parts near Leuzinger High. Shorty over there was the best parts man around. Really knew what he was talking about. Need 2nd gear for a 57 Dodge half ton pu? No problemo-in stock!!! There were and still are many fine businesses in town. BC
Thanks Bob, Who remembers Wynns Bros on Hawthorne Bl almost to Imperial?
Name: Esther Ostermann ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 8:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
Message: Smarties my favorite~
Come to Cruise Night Esther, I have plenty...if they last that long
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 7:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
Message: I can't tell you how many weekend days I spent at the North American Aviation Salvage yard as a kid. It was one of my Dad's favorite spots. We took a whole lot home and stored it in his haven, our garage. A few weeks later Mom would drag a bunch of it out to the curb for the trash man and somehow magically all found it's way back into the garage. I also remember raiding the dumpsters in the same neighborhood for Bakelite circuit boards with resistors, capacitors and transistors soldered to them. Where did those ever go? I don't think I ever made anything with them. Could I have been another Bill Gates; I doubt it. But they fascinated me always. Favorite old time candy store in Northern California (and it's probably in other places) is Powell's Sweet Shoppe. There is one in Petaluma and in Windsor up here They have many of the old-time candies.
Hi Glenn, There is a Powells in Long Beach too.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 7:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: I walked out the front door and almost killed myself tripping over a box. OK who's the Smartie Pants who sent me a 1 pound bag of Smarties? Whomever you are, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! There will be Smarties at Cruise Night for all that show up. Too bad I didn't mention how much I like Caddy convertibles.

Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 6:14 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, Cali
Message: My favorite stores were the Blvd Paint Mart with the giant paint can on the roof, The war surplus store on Hawthorne Blvd at the corner of 134th street, and the corner store on Ramona and 134th street.
Good picks Leo, Thanks
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 11:33 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Favorite stores in Hawthorne were Joel's (all Cougarettes loved this place), the record store on one side of the blvd and Winchell's (?) Donuts on the other side. None of these places smelled funny! Donuts fresh out of the fryer just about the time we were walking home from that was a good smell to remember.
Winchell's Glazed Donuts were 60 cents a dozen. I know
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 12, 2015, 8:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Speaking of great stores, although not technically in Hawthorne, we were so lucky that all those Surf Shops opened on PCH in the '60s. Talk about great looking and smelling stores. Seems like every week some new innovation was marketed by one or all the shops. It's much the same with computers today. Most of us were getting two to three new boards each year looking for the answer to surfing like Donald Takiama. Never happened but we keep buying.Like most surfers those guys made millions and lost even more.
Surf shops were thicker than gas stations in the 60s. Thanks Gary
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 11, 2015, 2:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Gary, I didn't look at the naked ladies on the "Brody Knobs" at Western Auto! (Although I was a pretty avid "reader" of National Geographic.) Speaking of fun stores, there was one on Hawthorne Blvd, I think in Lawndale on the east side of the street that had spare parts and machinery and old equipment. Talk about a 'tinkerers' toy store. I used to wander through there and think about all the fun stuff I could build with this frame and those parts and these gauges. It was really just a fun junk store. And, of course, all you 60's guys and perhaps 70's guys remember the "Army Surplus" store on Haw. Bl. about 133rd...Army back packs for .50...
I Loved those junk stores. My favorite was North American Salvage over by LAX.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 11, 2015, 1:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, Ca
Message: Gary mentioned Bob Ketchums was one of his favorite stores. My brother Ray('71) and I were at the Fred Hall fishing and boat show last Wednesday in Lomg Beach and there was a "Ketchum " booth! Ray and I got to chat with Bob's son and grandson. I still recognized his son from all my trips to Ketchums back in the '70s. Remember AB&S and Mels over on Crenshaw?
AB&S was first KB&S....The K stood for Ketchum.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 11, 2015, 9:42 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: My three most favorite stores back in the day were; 1) Western Auto, it had just enough stuff other than fan belts to make it fun. The steering wheel knobs were where I saw my first naked lady. 2) Bob Ketchum Sporting goods, just because it smelled so good with all those mitts and baseball shoes. 3) Lawndale Feed and Grain, because it smelled so bad. We raised rabbits so every Saturday we bought rabbit food.
Western Auto was one of my favorites too.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 11, 2015, 7:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: Our Ken Mercurio can be heard Friday morning between 9 and 10 a.m. on Capital Public Radio (KXJZ or 90.9 MHz) and maybe online also. He will appear at the Avid Reader bookstore in Davis on Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 p.m. and at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis on Sunday at 1 p.m. I hope to visit SACTOWN and Davis with my copy of his book. That area is pleasant in this fine weather. Summers can be another matter....
Thanks for the info, John
Name: Ken Mercurio ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 4:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Monroe, Ohio
Message: We've mentioned here my book, Head Over Wheels, about my broken-neck accident and inspirational recovery. Well, this week is quite exciting in Davis, where sister Janet lives (Class of 68). She's been my "agent" and gotten me three book signings, three radio interviews, and one public TV interview. My Class of 69 friend John Pritchard plans to drive up for one of the appearances. Today, Janet and I walked around town and saw my flyers up in so many stores - what a kick! On Friday, the Davis Enterprise will publish a feature on me written by their sports editor, HHS Class of 65's Bruce Gallaudet. At the interview/lunch, we had lots more fun talking about good ole Hawthorne and our high school memories than we did my book!
Hi Ken, Good luck with the signings and interviews. With all the help from our Cougars, your book can't help but be a gigantic success.
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 3:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY
Message: There is a whole section of retro candies at Michael's Crafts stores. It looks like the candy counter at the Plaza and then some.
Thanks Pat, I'm there
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 12:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Ventura, CA
Message: About the white cotton long sleeved cotton pullovers mentioned by Gary Bickers; there was a guy, I think in the class of '63 or '64, who would paint a surf scene on your white pullover. I can't remember the guy's name--it might have been Chet-- but he lived in the 4800 block of 137th Place or 138th Street. Oh, and you couldn't ever wash the garment, because the ink would run.
We had some talented Cougars, Ron.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 11:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene , OR.
Message: Did anyone (else) ever get so engrossed in a Bob Steele, Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson tale of the west that when it was over you had lock jaw because you forgot about the Sugar Daddy you stuck in there during the previews? ....And what was the name of the nutty chocolate ,half a tennis ball size mound with a cherry in the middle? Belle Adams was my fave at the lunch counter and Happy B-Day to Barbara Paliani my K-12 classmate.
Sounds like a Cherry-a-let to me Robin, one of my favorites maaann.
Name: Rick Salisbury ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 10:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: North Bend, Washington
Message: Man, all that talk of candy was a bad thing for me to read when I'm leaving in the morning for a three week long or more road trip by myself. But hey, it was good to see that there is a cruse night coming up on the 28th. And I'll try to find out if Norms still has the late night steak and eggs special. Hope to see everyone at Fosters if I make it. Sorry to everyone that I haven't stayed in touch. I was just contacted about the 40th reunion and making those plans also. Now that I early retired, I need RV. John, did you tell anyone about that bear I got in my yard last summer? See you at Fosters and show you all the pics. I'm looking forward to catching up in person. Something I'm looking forward too, the old way, like back in the day.
Hi Rick, No I haven;t told anyone about that bear you bagged. Feel free to add it and we'll see you on Cruise Night.
Name: Dani Lassetter ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 10:12 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Griffiths
Class: 1965
City & State: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Message: It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Gary Lee Ritter this morning of an apparent heart attack. For those of us who were blessed enough to know Gary, we will miss his humor, his intelligence, his loyality and his friendship. Funeral plans are pending.
Hi Dani, Very sad to lose our classmates and longtime friends. My condolences to you, your class, and the Ritter family.
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 8:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena, AR
Message: John, do you remember Norms restaurant, located on Century Blvd.. just west of Hawthorne Blvd . Well. in '57' and '58' on Saturday night after spending four dollars on a date, including gas. I would take my dates home, then a group of my buddies would meet at Norm's, for a late night/early morning breakfast. Menu include a breakfast of steak. two eggs, and hash browns, for $.99 cents.. Correct me if I am wrong on the price, it's been a long time.. I know it wasn't more then a $1.99. Norm's is still operating at the same location, I think?? Wish I would have thought of Norm's when I visited. Do think a twenty would buy the same breakfast today? Ray
I also hung out for a 2am breakfast at Norms in the 70s. Don't remember what the price was for steak and eggs either but the thought of eating steak and eggs at 2am, now. I would be up for about 2 days
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 7:26 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: All this talk about penny candies; there was a "little store" on Inglewood ave at about 130th street across from Trinity Lutheran. This was a wood framed building with a wooden porch. Something out of the 30's. In the very front of the store there was a domed glass display case with every penny candy you could imagine. With the quarter my dad gave my brother and I we could keep the store clerk busy for an hour. My favorite was the spun sugar fake ice cream cones that were 2 for five cents. Additionally a correction to my last entry; I meant to say the ladies working food service at HHS would NEVER let you go hungry.
So I'm on a roll:
1) I remember going to "Pat and Mike's" barber shop on El Segundo east of Haw blvd on Saturday mornings. Always 20 guys waiting but most were classmates. The popular cut was a " butch" with the center cut out with a straight razor.I think $1.25.
2) Walked on campus and there sat Dean Stafford (Mr HHS) in a white cotton long sleeve hooded pull over from the Army/Navy Store. Two days later every guy at HHS was wearing the same shirt. Lemmings.
I went to Pat's when it was Pat and Lee's. Pat and Lee had a fight and Lee went out on his own and I went with him. They were both funny guys and it was a "GUY'S Barber shop, for sure.
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 7:23 am - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Every time someone mentions candies from the past I think of the online store. If people want to introduce their grand-kids to what we ate when growing up here's the place. Sorry John they're out of Blackjack gum. They also have a small selection of toys. Wouldn't you like to replace your Mood Ring, Tiddledy Winks or Slinky? I need to put a time limit on myself or I could be there for over an hour!
I loved Beemans!!
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 6:05 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: SMARTIES!
Smarties it is, Sue. Thanks girl.
Name: Jerry Rigney ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 4:29 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Palmdale, CA
Message: John, I believe it's Smarties your thinking of.
Yes it is Jerry. Thanks buddy.
Name: Dan Shulstad ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 10, 2015, 3:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
Message: Hey John, I think those lil candies may be smarties.
YES!! Thanks Dan
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2015, 5:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: I loved Flicks! Had to have a tube of the pasty chocolates and a box of Bon Bons every time we went to the show.
Flicks were cheaper than other candy at the show. I bought them too.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2015, 2:54 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: Funny how Tom Shelley mentioned the little wax bottles with a tiny amount of colored liquid. I was just thinking of those bottles a couple of days ago while trying to remember all the penny candies we used to buy. My memory is fading. Could only come up with those bottles and red lips. Also paper with dots of candy. Not a very good idea. Neccos were addicting. I couldn't stop until the package was gone, especially the chocolate ones. Milk Dud's my all time favorite movie candy. Haven't had them in years. My sister always got JuJu Bees. Hated them, too tough and tasteless.
How about those black wax mustaches or Dots?
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2015, 1:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Message: Could you be thinking of Ju Ju B's, John?
Hi Ernie, no, they looked like this, a little less than half inch in diameter, wrapped in cellophane and twisted together on each end.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 9, 2015, 1:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Sorry to hear about Elsie. I think I remember her, hair net, white uniform, cuddly shape, always smiling.....wait I think they were all like that. Didn't you just want to hug em? RIP Elsie.