Name: Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 27, 2015, 5:03 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
Message: I also heard that Judy "shot a man in Reno".... rumor has it he was from Downieville. :) (just kidding, Gordon..)We love you,you are just too much fun so we have to pick on you.
Probably "Just To Watch Him Die"
Name: Chris Prewitt ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 27, 2015, 3:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1967
City & State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Cougars do NOT pay the ransom for Jan Blomsterberg the rowdies will only use it for gambling!
I just got word that Judy Wudy has just gambled away their bank account and their car. They are now hitching it back home as we speak.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 27, 2015, 12:31 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: It is with a heavy heart I tell you the 90 year old owners of Ercoles Bar in Manhattan Beach died today. Maybe the most famous bar in the south bay.
Sorry for your loss, Gary.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 26, 2015, 4:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
Message: HELP! I'm being held for ransom in Reno. A big "thank you" to Glenn Crist for all his hard work and how good to know that he cooks, BBQ's and knows his wines. The trick now is to live long enough to have a special occasion to open up a bottle of shee shee ala poo poo.
You'll make it, Janny
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 26, 2015, 1:39 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Nobody has posted anything about last Saturdays 40 year reunion for the class of 75 at the Ayres. First and foremost kudos to Lisa Marazi and her reunion committee for a well run event. I'm a year younger than the class of 75 but these were the guys I looked up to and the women we admired. I walked in the front door with three cheerleaders, Cathy Dion, Mindy Mc Intyre and Laurie Brisco and legendary journalism teacher Connie Krislock. A good evening from the word go. All in all everyone looked good, didn't see any bald heads in the room and the cheerleaders were all beautiful led by Teresa Duel. As I took a photo with my football teammates I realized the photo probably cannot be redone in ten years because odds are we will lose somebody. I find that at reunions it is often somebody I had not expected to see who makes the evening great. Although not personal friends with either, I had dinner with Steve Thomas'75 and Joan Kratz Thomas'77 and had a good time. The highlight of the night was seeing Mary Marsalas'75 who lived four doors away from me on Cedar Ave. Every street had gangs like we had, about ten kids on the block in the 60s who attended each others birthday parties, played ball in the streets (trying to touch passing cars) and enjoying our youth. Finally i was impressed by folks like Ted Hastings who came from Boise Idaho for the reunion. It's folks like that who really want to come who make the evening special!
Right you are, Clark, there's nothing like getting together with folks from your era. Thanks for the update on the very special Class of 75 reunion.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 25, 2015, 3:18 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Karen...I completely agree! These guys, even Gordon, were gems in the kitchen, on the grill, and all around wine country! They didn't even mind all the shopping or seeing us in curlers and PJs! We all had such a great, and funny, time that it was hard to head home. Thank you Glenn for the months of planning and for being the perfect host. Let's do it again! Janet And I did learn how to pronounce Gun Bun!
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 25, 2015, 1:57 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: The question of whether 7 Cougars (1 honorary)can coexist peacefully and happily in the same house for 4 days without killing each other has been answered and the answer is yes. A fabulous wine country weekend with everything coordinated by the best host in the world, Glenn Crist. Sonoma was like being in paradise. Glenn made sure all our needs were taken care of and man, can he cook! Along with our other master chef, Jan Blomsterberg, we ate like kings and queens, got to stay in a gorgeous house, tour Sonoma and 3 wineries, and just had the best time laughing and visiting with good friends. Leo Ainsworth came to visit and got to meet Dave Homewood and 3 of the sweetest Labradors ever. And no one killed Gordon Bell. Seriously, ladies... The men on this trip were incredible. Real keepers. Can't thank Glenn enough for a perfect time. Can't wait to go back. John, so sorry you couldn't make it.
Next time Bob, and a big thank you to Glenn Crist who did all the Sonoma leg work. You are the best, Glenn, and thanks again for a fun weekend.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 25, 2015, 11:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
Message: Had the best Wine Country Weekend ever. Gordon Bell, Jan and Judy Blomsterberg Janet Burkett, Bob and Karen Fraser and I visited Homewood, Larson Family, Hanzell, Gloria Ferrer and Gundlach-Bundschu Wineries. We laughed and talked and enjoyed outstanding food and wine for three days. Everyone is safely back home except for Jan and Judy who are gambling in Reno. I think everyone agreed that it was too much fun.
Hi Glenn, Great time by all but me. Water pump problems will keep you at home. Glad all had a fun weekend in beautiful Wine Country.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Aug 24, 2015, 3:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Hello Cougars I have sad news my mom passed away Sunday 8-23-15 at 10:26 pm kidney cancer been fighting since this past March she went peacefully by her side n a hospice nurse my son was out but didn't make it in time she was 89 years old lead a good life
So sorry for the loss of your Mother, Cindy. Our condolences to you and your family.
Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 23, 2015, 8:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: hawthorne
Message: Howard, you and Chuck W Wigley both have great days!!
Name: Don D. ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Aug 23, 2015, 7:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: South Bay, CA
Message: Happy Birthday, Clark Milman. It was good seeing you at the wonderful Class of 75 reunion last night.
Happyu Birthday Clark!! AND Happy Birthday to "Big Daddy DooDoo", Howard Duran. Hope you both have great Bdays.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Aug 22, 2015, 12:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, calif
Message: A big Happy Birthday to Chuck Wigley. The big 69! Boy could he throw a curve ball!
Happy Birthday Chuck.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 21, 2015, 10:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: St. Helena, Calif
Message: John, With your data base; would it be possible to create a feature that would allow someone like Mike Flatten who lives in Arizona to select the state of Arizona and up would pop all the alumni who live in Arizona? Might be a great feature for networking HHS alumni.
Hi Leo, Yes that is possible and I've thought about it but some people don't want their location revealed. Alumni population living in Arizona or any other state can be found on the Cougartown statistics page, if that helps.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 21, 2015, 9:59 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, Cali
Message: Drove an hour to see John Baker at the Wine Weekend Grape Stomp and no John Baker. Great to see Glenn, Judy, Janny, Karen, Dave Homewood, Bob, and Janet. Great food and wines.
Leo, sorry I'm not there but had a water pump die on the way up and had to turn back. Glenn and I have been planning this little adventure for awhile now and am very disappointed at not being able to join in the festivities. Sending regrets to all who made the trek. Hope you all have a fun weekend in Sonoma. Judy, do NOT drink all of my BD wine.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Aug 21, 2015, 4:52 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: All this talk about football; I just got back from downtown San Bernardino and UCLA practice. That is a very crisp event even in all that heat. There were about 40 each 40 gallon ice water tanks these guys got to jump in at the end of the two hour practice. Not liked he old days with no water, salt and no breaks.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 9:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Just heard through the grapevine that Steve Fisher '71 is extremely ill. No disrespect to you early 60 guys but Steve is the toughest guy who ever graduated from HHS. He is like a 9th degree black belt and has trained many of the actors in martial arts films of the last 30 years. North Torrance may brag on Chuck Norris but I'd rather have Steve from my alma mater! I think Steve deserves alot of prayers from Cougartown.
Prayers coming Clark. Thanks for the info.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 9:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Happy Birthday Jerry Miles, I hope all is well in Nor Cal, no fires around you. Go over to the Marie Calendars on Sunrise, and get a Birthday Cake!!! JB had lunch with Mo Trott today. We have been friends for over 40 years, I wouldn't call it a Cougar sighting, we planned it!!! Good food, good time, good friend!!
Hey Wade, Nice to see our Cougars reconnecting Wade. Maureen is one of the great Haytowners.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 5:46 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor City
Message: Re: The Wine Country Weekend. We're ready to roll and even have a blow up bed in the back seat. Sid, this is America, the land of freedom and opportunity, you can do almost anything you want...However, as a favor to us could you please stop asking the wine steward which selection goes best as a backup for a Tequila shooter! Pit stop in Gorman if you want to meet for breakfast.
If you're there by about 5:15am I'll be there. What's the blow up bed for, Janny need a recreation stop? See you there.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 5:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes. You made me feel very special. Due to recent events I did take today very easy but you, my family and friends, made it a magnificent day.
Thanks Jerry, That's what we were going for
Name: Maria Delgado ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 12:33 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: delgado
Class: 1968
City & State: hawthorne, ca.
Message: Just to say Hi
Hi Maria, and welcome to Cougartown.
Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 12:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Sierra Vista, A
Message: Happy, happy B-Day to one of the really good guys ... Jerry Miles!!!
Happy Birthday Jerry!
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 9:45 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Happy Birthday Bob and Jerry! Have a great day. Looking forward to seeing some of you this weekend!
Sonoma bound tomorrow. See you all there.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Aug 20, 2015, 8:09 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, Ca
Message: Happy Birthday today to good buddy's Jerry Miles HHS66 and Bob Gross HHS62. Hope you both have a great birthday!!
Name: Jerry Rigney ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 19, 2015, 7:09 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: palmdale, CA
Message: Hey Robin, you couldn't have picked a better person. John Tillis was one of the best.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 19, 2015, 6:42 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: JB, for those people in the Verizon area, they may be having a problem due to Verizon being sold to Frontier Communications!! The emails are slow and some are not reaching their destination, maybe lost in the cloud? Gary, The football program at UCSB was put to rest in the the early 70's. I know Jack Curtis was the coach there with his son Jim as QB in 69. Bob Moore, a wide receiver, was the last All- American from the Gauchos. The program came back to life in the 80's for a short period with Pat Barnes as the QB who later transfered to UCLA for his final season and beat USC in '92. I think I still have the football questionaire from UCSB in November 1970. I was only a sophomore at HHS. UCSB was my second choice of schools behind CAL...
Thanks Wade, Yes, USC did lose to UCLA by one that year but did beat the Sooners by about 10 Just sayin'
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 19, 2015, 11:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: John, regards coach Chauncey in the parks; he ran the parks beside being AD at HHS. I've told the story that Unv of California SB tried to hire him to save their football program but he would have had to take a cut in pay.
Thanks Gary, While you're here just want to say I don't think you or any of the aol, yahoo, or verizon emailers are getting my email from the address. I send emails to these email domains and rarely get responses. I am answering your emails folks, but you're apparently not receiving them. Something else to work on.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Aug 19, 2015, 7:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Cougar sighting. While at the Auto Club in Manhattan Beach yesterday getting an old fashion Trip Tik to figure out how to get to Glenn Crist's in Sonoma , we were helped by Chaz Welker, HHS class of '97. He initially asked how long we had lived in Hawthorne and told us he grew up in Holly Glen and found out he was a product of the Wiseburn Schools and HHS. Karen is also acquainted with his mother who also works in Wiseburn. It is always a small world in Cougartown. Hopefully the maps he gave us won't get us lost:]
Good one Bob, thanks man and I'll see you Friday.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 8:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: First day at HHS as a Freshman was as easy as the last day as a Senior. I didn't worry about being trash canned, beat up, or embarassed by the upper classmen and in turn didn't harass any of the new incoming freshmen my senior year. I knew the seniors as a freshman because of football and baseball. Jeff Bottoms and Dennis Miller were my older brothers and made my life easy. Of course the occasional 6-pack helped out a great deal!!! Two a days were hot and long, without the water breaks. Tempers were short between sophomores and freshmen who competed for the same position on the C Team. If you had any experience in football from Pop Warner you won. My sophomore year I started on the varsity with three other sophomores. Scott Laidlaw, a senior, was the BEST football player and teammate I knew. Henry Cooper and Bill and John Sloey told me how to act way before I entered HHS, so I had some help. Both were solid football players and friends. Their influence carried me through my junior and senior years. The freshman class I entered with had many top athletes in all sports. We set team records in football, produced many college bound players in all sports and consumed many cases of COORS along the way!!! To have played with and known a great deal of the players at HHS before and during my time was essential and I carry these fond memories with me to this day. It was always a interesting moment when Coach Chauncey talked to me about football and disposing of the chewing tobacco in my mouth during walks to class my freshman and sophomore years!!! He worked with me at Prairie Park in the summer before my freshmen year to know and understand the system and play calling for football. This also helped me with getting to know the upper classmen. All Hail to you hail Hawthorne High!!!
Thanks Wade, very insightful. Wondering if the HHS teams of today have the mentors/coaches we had back in the day. It seems I remember seeing Coach Chauncey and Coach Sevier as much at Prairie park as at HHS.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 6:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, O
Message: I am down with Paco. Intermediate was a much bigger deal to all of us who had spent 7 years at Ramona and we were told we might have 3 of our K-6 classmates in 7th grade. So Harold Lanksbury, Bob Canipe(LHS) Curtis Alurede and I met at Ramona and 133rd and marched in as a group. Useless because we were all split up when we got there. So I figured if I looked like an 8th grader, no one would bother me until they heard my name which took all of 3 days. So I saw a guy who looked too kewl for school with his black high tops, shoe strings tied together and hung over one shoulder..John Tillis..within a week I was his clone without the blonde hair. Never had any problems because all the fights were after school in Biggie's parking lot and yes the girls did put razor blades in their hair. And Gary you did win the lotto...
School fights at Intermediate between guys were very rare. Oh yeah, they would show up and stand face to face talking the talk but rarely was there a punch thrown. I saw more girl fights at Intermediate and they were more fun to watch
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 5:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: Our friend and recent birthday-boy Ken Mercurio continues to bicycle around the country. His travels can be followed at: Triple Crown Bike Tours. What a guy!
What a GUY indeed, thanks John for the heads up.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 12:01 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Temecula
Message: I was more afraid of going into 7th grade, at Dana.. My father told me to put wire around my waist with my belt over it. Never got pantsed pantsed! JB, wasn't Tom Battoe in your class?
Yes he was, for about 3 weeks He just disappeared from the HHS campus.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 10:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Was by PVHS today and on a 81 degree day with high humitity. Two a days have started for their football team. As a freshman and again the following year we did the same. Remember it was practise,A&W then back to practise. As juniors we went to 3 a days. 7am then back at 1pm and again at 7pm under the lights at HalCap field. I remember some things never changed. Tommy Long alway got sick to his stomach every practise for the first week. Dennis Lord never washed his tee shirt all year and I had the locker below his. Dennis and I always had ants. Bill Daquila's never got hit and whomever was closest to Henry Cooper always got hit. Most of us dropped 15-20lbs that first week.You know those coaches that got there before us and stayed after were paid pennies on the dollar for those long hours. Thanks coach.
Wondering if HHS has 2 a days or 3 a days anymore.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 10:35 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Because we started B football two weeks before school started the chances of getting hazied when school started was reduced. That said, the first day of school as a freshman I was told I had to go into senior square and kiss Sandy Peppers. They didn't have to tell me twice.
I dig that!!
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Aug 18, 2015, 8:54 am - HHS Time
Class: 1958
City & State: Mena, AR
Message: 1958 I was sitting in Senior Square, when this freshman came walking by. When asked his name, he told me Mike Shay. Well Mike Shay I said, I need you to polish my shoes. He wasn't very happy, but he took on the task. Now, Mike was a friend of JB and my brother Tom. If I would have seen JB, I would have invited him to do the same thing. Tom, now that was a different story, he would have told my Mom I was picking on him, and there would have been heck to pay.. He was such a whiner. Just kidding Tom.. Fast forward to three or four years ago, I met Mike at Chips Restaurant and presented him with an old can of black shoe polish, would like to say it was the original, but don't think so.. Anyway, Mike opened that can of shoe polish and started to shine my shoes again. I said "Mike I'm wearing white tennis shoes". Just kidding Mike. For the rest of Mike's freshman year, I think he disliked me.. Let me tell you this, JB, Mike, and Tom, are the salt of the earth. Could not ask for better friends..
Thanks Ray, great story and I would've shined'em too man. I was a wuss my freshman year and so were Mike and Tom.