Name: Karen Le Maistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Apr 7, 2015, 1:57 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: So very sorry to hear about Bob Melendrez. I have great memories of listening to he and his cousin Danny and their bands playing their wonderful music in the garages in our neighborhood. Such a nice guy. My prayers go out to his friends and family.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 6, 2015, 6:20 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Belated Birthday wish to Mrs. Baker. As John may have told you, I was on a Princess Cruise this week-end with most of my family. My youngest daughter shares the b'day day with Mrs. B. so we had a gathering in my cabin to celebrate and as I had promised, I raised a glass of the bubbly in your honor. So not only were toasts made in your honor all over the United States, but you were honored on the "High Seas" as well. Many more happy years to you!
At least the High Seas around Ensenada Thanks Tom.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 6, 2015, 12:41 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: A big Happy Belated birthday to Mrs B! The female version of the Energizer good year bunny! And a hello to others of the Baker clan who posted and who I haven't seen in so long! Hope all Cougars had a very blessed Easter!
Happy Birthday Mom
Name: Tom Freeman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Apr 6, 2015, 8:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Melville, NY
Message: Does anyone recall what became of Bob Ketchem Sporting Goods?
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 4, 2015, 9:26 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: JB, you may be thinking of: The Herd, Emitt Rhodes (would have been '68, but pursued a GED and a career at A&M instead) and Redd Kross from the 70s. Happy Birthday to Mother Baker, and your daughter proves that children usually favor their fathers. I look and sound like mine, down to the London accent.
Hi John, Just kidding on not remembering those names. Does anyone know what years the McDonald bros. graduated? Seems like it should have been early to mid 80s. Also my daughter better not look like me She looks much more like Joyce.
Name: Denise Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Apr 4, 2015, 7:11 am - HHS Time
City & State: Edinboro PA
Message: I'm looking for Larry Butcher who attended Hawthorne High in the early 1960s. I just recently found out that he could be a possible relative. We are not sure of the correct spelling. Would love to find out. Thank you! Any infomation would be greatly appreciated. 814 520 4339 or email
Good luck with your search, Denise
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 5:44 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Lomita
Message: Sad news for Ctowners as my good friend from the class of 1971, Bob Melendrez has passed. I'm going to miss you Bob. You became a good friend to me right from the start of Cougartown. Rest in peace my friend.
Name: Bud And Gloria Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 3:33 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Montgomery TX
Message: EllaV, Happy Birthday from Texas. Gloria and I wish you all the very best, it goes without saying, but you are a remarkable women, loved by your entire family, and we are blessed to share your life. We hope and wish a wonderful day for you. Love, Bud and Gloria
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 12:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Message: Happy Birthday to Mrs. Baker and Bob Milazzo.
Name: Kelly Raguindin ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 9:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Baker
City & State: La Quinta, CA
Message: Hi Gramma, Happy 95th Birthday to my role model! Thank you for my inherent sense of independence, strength, tenacity and love of family. You are the best gramma ever. I treasure our trips of years past and the great fun we have had together. I love you so much and wish you all things wonderful. I hope you get many birthday wishes today from all over! You deserve all the attention!
Name: Bob Milazzo ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 9:12 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Bakersfield Ca
Message: Thank you for the birthday wishes. Once again got up this morning looking at the right side of the dirt. What else could you ask for!
Hey Bob, Happy Birthday maaaannn!!
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 8:06 am - HHS Time
City & State: Flagstaff AZ
Message: Hi Aunt EllaV, Wishing you the very best of birthdays and hope you and John will come to visit soon. Love Bill, Tina, & Justin
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Apr 3, 2015, 7:39 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: Happy Birthday to Mrs. Baker. What a great picture! Have a very special day. Also see it is Bob Milazzo's birthday. Haven't heard from him for a while. Happy birthday, Bob. Hope all is well.
Happy Birthday Bobby!!!
Name: Leo Valencia V2 ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Greenwood Village, CO
Message: John Baker, you deserve a BIG round of applause for initiating and maintaining this website. It keeps everyone informed, connected and an invaluable, historical account that continues to grow. I was thinking back to my early years living in Hawthorne during the 1950's & 1960's with much appreciation of how life was back then and how the world has evolved since. A lot of our landmarks have disappeared; the streetcar tracks cursing through the center of Hawthorne Blvd., Plaza Theatre and my first piano lessons were taught by Ms. Barton. She rented a back room from Mr. & Mrs. Thorn on Truro Ave amid fields of long grass and Eucalyptus trees. My kindergarten teachers; first, Ms. De Lune (who left us mid-year after she was betrothed, and Mrs. Knocky took over for the remainder of our term and First grade whilst they built our third grade edifice at Eucalyptus elementary school. In 2nd grade, it was Ms. Fonda, then, Mrs. Kiehler in Third. My fourth grade teacher, was Mrs. Johnston. She had served in the Army as a Sergeant. Then, Ms. Hurt (Fifth grade) was a crusty old maid whose disdainful wrath wreaked havoc on all of us. She drove a 1954 beige Buick. I guess it helped her keep us in line. Tom Buckingham and I initially had Mr. Hilton for 6th grade before being moved to Mr. Joseph's class. At Hawthorne Intermediate, Mr. Gibb was my home-room teacher. He had just finished his tour with the Marine Corps., and treated us as though we were his new recruits. In the 8th grade, Mrs. Mingay was my home- room teacher; Mrs. Bucher (music appreciation), Mr. Weeblow(P.E.) and although I don't remember the gentleman's name for woodshop, he really taught us the finer points of woodworking. I built a solid 4-ft. high mahogany bookshelf that Cynthia (V-3) displays in one of her Las Vegas residences. During my 4-yr term at HHS, I had a very colourful teacher for English. Mrs. Tardy shared many stories with us about travelling to Russia, Germany and other interesting places. Mr. Semon (Science), Mrs. Jensen (Gen. Math), Mr. Nivolo (Spanish), and Coach Plum (P.E.). In the 10th grade, it was Mrs. Marks (English), Mr. Semon (Biology), Mr. Allen (Piano), Mrs. Jensen (Geometry), and Coach Plum again for P.E. During my Junior yr., it was Mr. Elmore for the first semester (English) then Mrs. Ton (latter half). Mr. Allen (Piano), Ms. Inez (Spanish), Coach Sevier(P.E.). Senior yr. was a trying time for me. Never thought I'd actually graduate. LOL Coach Sevier (P.E.) was a great coach. Mr. Pizarro (Spanish), Mr. Allen (Piano), Mr. Tena (Government), and Mrs. Marks (English).
Hi Leo, You and I shared several teachers including our first pairing, Miss Mingay, 7th grade. Also Mrs. Bouchier, our music teacher. I do remember the woodshop teacher at Intermediate but can't remember his name either. Thanks for the childhood update.
Name: Laura Anderson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:48 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Twitchell
Class: 1979
City & State: Hemet, CA
Message: No disrespect to our ever popular "Boys"...but Greg Hetson, class of '79 has made quite a legacy for himself in the band Bad Religion. They are still packing houses!
Keep it going Greg!! Yes lots of musicians besides those 4 early HHS guys. How about Wayne Dickey and his band? Can't think of their name, and that guy from about HHS69? And wasn't there another guy from the mid 70s? Maaaann, my mind is going. It's 11:30 and I need some sack time....Later Cougs
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 4:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Ventura, ca
Message: This is about Gary Ritter who died March 10, as reported by Dani. In Little League, you did not want to be the pitcher facing Gary. Gary hit more home runs than anybody. I don't remember how many in the season of our 12-year-old year, but I'm guessing it was about one every game. I didn't raally meet Gary until our freshman year at HHS. Gary was a sprinter--a really good one --on the C track team and I was a run-of-the-mill middle distance runner. But, I remember this scene as clearly as if it was yesterday. Hawthorne National Little League, 1959. I was the catcher for the Tigers and Gary was the batter for the Giants. I remember the pitch--a fastball, slightly to the inside of the center of home plate, about waste high--and the swing. It was seemingly effortless. And the crack or the bat hitting the ball. You didn't even have to look. You knew it was gone; just a matter of how far. I'll remember that moment for the rest of my life. RIP Gary.
Thanks Ron for the remembrance, I remember Bob Gross HHS62 having one of the sweetest swings in Little League.
Name: Cheri Longanecker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 12:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Longanecker
Class: 1965
City & State: Yuma, AZ
Message: People still use cameras to take pictures?
Funny Cheri
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 10:40 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene OR.
Message: Gary...If I had a dollar for every local kid writing a term paper or music major writing his masters thesis who e-mails me and asks for "anything" I could tell them about the boys, I could have retired a year earlier. And most of them are from the midwest. My pat answer is that I am really sorry but I am saving all the 8mm movies and notes I have for my own book (ain't gonna happen) ....And Doris..Like JB I feel equally shunned as I remember well you whispering in my ear that I had the best butt and legs in 4 counties. Yes it was 15 years ago but what could change?
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 10:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: HA! Hey Doris, the nice thing about being 70 plus is that we guys don't need an excuse to leer at "women's endowments". Most women think it's "cute"! I mean, after all, we're harmless right? (Unfortunately,...right!!)'s so cool being old...!
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 9:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: I think it was J.C., whom we honor this weekend, who observed wryly that a prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. Brian Fest 2015 was apparently a great success on Monday, with glowing reviews of Wilson and his guests at and elsewhere online.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:48 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Old saying about a prophet being accepted in his own country last. I was at a business dinner with a guy from Ames Iowa and another from Tendon NJ. Both about my age. When they found out I went to HHS they spent the next two hours talking about the Beach Boys, asking questions and showing their knowledge of the group. I remember not being all that excited about the group 50 years ago but their influence was obviously world wide.
The Beach Boys? Who were those guys?
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 8:32 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Hey John! Will there be pictures from Cruise Night? Was Paco there? I ask about Paco because he is always sooo good about taking pictures. Besides, he has the GREATEST legs and I always hope for a picture of him! hehe Well, now wait a minute. Right up there with Paco's legs are Bobby Jensen's legs!!! Yup! 75 and I STILL look at the boys' legs! Now let me think ... what is that excuse for "observing women's endowments" that you boys use?? "Well, I'm still alive, aren't I!?"
No pics Doris. Paco was a no-show and Rich Sloan was there but didn't bring his camera. Yes Paco and Bobby have nice legs and you have very nice "endowments" too. Now that we have talked about them, you didn't mention my beautiful body at all. I feel very sad.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Apr 2, 2015, 5:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.
Message: Susan I was sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. I was friends with her. I spent quite a bit of time at your house. She will be missed.
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Apr 1, 2015, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay
Message: Thanks again, John, for hosting a good cruise night. It was great seeing everyone there.
Thanks for being there Don.
Name: Karen Sullivan ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 31, 2015, 8:25 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Harrison
Class: 1971
City & State: Manhattan Beach
Message: Sad to have missed Cruise Night. Eric Koch (c/o '71) and I were chaperoning a group of HS choir members from Mission Viejo. Our youngest daughter sang. They were in NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall. What a joy. Next Cruise night.
See you then Karen
Name: Dennis Kilroy ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 30, 2015, 8:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1977
City & State: OC CA
Message: Hey John, I agree with Harry just some nice people as always. Thanks for being a good host. Had a great time.
Thanks for being there Dennis.
Name: Susan Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 30, 2015, 8:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: nelson
Class: 1969
City & State: anderson
Message: John, I tried to email you, but it wouldn't let me. I would like to have my big sis put on the tributes page-her name was Sandra Lee Nelson, class of 1964..Thanks
Hi Susan, Sorry to hear the news about your sister. I will add her to our Tributes page.
Name: Harry Plotkin ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 29, 2015, 1:36 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Harbor City, Ca.
Message: Thanks John for another great Cruise Night. Kathy said something on the way out to which I agree. You know ALL the people here are NICE PEOPLE...amen to that.
Yes they are Harry, they're all Hawthorne people. Thanks again for being there.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 29, 2015, 12:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: Charles Osgood mentioned on "CBS Sunday Morning" that tomorrow is "Brian Fest 2015" which includes VIP events at Capitol Records Hollywood featuring the great man himself and a concert at the Henry Fonda Theater on Hollywood Blvd. at 8:30 p.m., featuring many of his friends and admirers.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 28, 2015, 9:55 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Hey, it was worth the drive out to Hawthorne to be able to visit with old friends. Great to see Mike & Barbara Shay, Dan & Ann Dye, Bob Fraser (missed Karen. I hope she feels better soon). Visited with Jim Dally and Don DiTomasso and others. Thanks John. It's so good to have these opportunities to maintain contact with friends that we have known for so many years. And thanks to Rich & Mary Sloan for the goodies.
Thanks Tom for coming out. These are special nights with very special friends.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 28, 2015, 8:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Another great turnout for Cruise Night. I want to thank all of our regulars for being there. Harry and Kathy, you two really surprised me. Thanks to Butch and Daisy for being there too. Thanks too to Tom Shelley for coming from Beaumont and Rick Salisbury for coming all the way down from Seattle. Also thanks to Linda McVeigh, class of 63's Valedictorian, for being there. Danny Petty, you are showing 17 stars, Jody, we missed you. We will do it again in August/September, see you then.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 28, 2015, 8:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Fe Ranch Az.
Message: Just stopping by to say howdy all! Finally building our dream home here in Az,! Been meeting folks from Hawthorne ... Hooking up with cousins from Hawthorne as well! The Pauliani sisters Patty Lee , Barbara Jean , and Kathy ... Take care!
Hi Jim, welcome back.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 28, 2015, 7:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Jim mentioned the Dennee family. In 1963 the son was part of that massive Inglewood basketball team. I remember they were all over 6'5"except for one guy. They got our spot for CIF even though we beat them.
That would be Dave
Name: Richard & Mary Sloan ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 10:55 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Prodin
Class: 1960
City & State: Laguna Hills, Ca
Message: We'll be there. :)
We'll see you two at 5pm
Name: Jim Dally ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 4:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Carson, CA
Message: From what I've read from the last couple of pages, no one has mentioned the huge store at the corner of 'the Blvd' and El Segundo: Lloyd Dennee's Furniture store. Maybe 'cause no one shopped there? I know my parents didn't go there for anything; Mom knew of some 'dirt' on the owner so, didn't think much of him and didn't want to buy anything from his store. I'll "Be There" Saturday.
See you there Jim
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 2:22 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W Covina
Message: John, I forgot to mention the Cougartown dues check is in the mail just in case I can't make cruise night.
Thanks Don
Name: Jody Weller ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 2:04 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
City & State: San Jose CA
Message: So So Sorry I can't make it to cruise Night(San Jose is a little far) I haven't missed very many but I do miss all my friends in our Cougar Family. Maybe some day I will get back down there for a function. John will have to find a new date for tomorrow. I told him it was to far for him to pick me up this time. Love Ya All!!!!
Yeah SJ is a little out of my pickup area there Jody. We'll see you down here when the Gov adds the bullet train
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 8:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: We're coming..:)
Good Deal, see you two tomorrow night.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 27, 2015, 8:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: I'm planning to make the trip tomorrow night. Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!
See you there buddy.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 26, 2015, 8:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: W. Covina
Message: Cougar sighting. Stopped in at American Tire to have my tires rotated and ran into, Newell Endicott HHS 63. John hope to see ya at cruise night if I am not too tired from yard work at the Hawthorne house.
Thanks Don, hope to see you there.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 26, 2015, 8:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Who IS coming to Cruise Night on Saturday?