Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2015, 2:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Ca
Message: Gary, take the escalator down to see the washing machine full of poker chips! I also remember those drives around Exposition Park for Christmas lights. Merry Christmas Cougs!!!
Merry Christmas Paaaco!!
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2015, 12:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: More....Christmas memories. During the season Sears in Inglewood had a guy on the roof to guide you to a parking space. Highest technology of the day. When you walked in the door there was a warm, buttery popcorn smell. That sent you to the basement to a popcorn machine; but because Sears was smart, the record department.
The guy on the roof WAS hi tech for the 50s-60s. Wondering why more stores didn't do that?
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2015, 12:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Season memories; my mom worked for doctors in Inglewood. A lot of HHS girls used those doctors. The point is it was Inglewood. I think it was Manning Circle that had all the houses decorated. We went 4-5 years in a row. It was Christmas and it was free.
Hi Gary, Regent Circle was where I remember the Inglewood Christmas decorations. Great displays back in the 60s. Thanks man and Merry Christmas.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2015, 9:37 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Have a Happy Birthday, Joyce. Wow, you haven't changed since the 4th grade. Have yourself a really fun day my friend!
Happy Birthday Joyce!!
Name: Charles McKemie ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 9, 2015, 5:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Frisco Texas
Message: I believe the coffee shop at 115th and Hawthorne Blvd. was Pik's coffee shop. Duffy's hideaway was hidden in back
Pik's is IT!! Thanks Charles, that has been bugging me all day.
Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 9, 2015, 1:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Clovis, CA
Message: John Rout, that is the first I have heard of the the Hawthorne Police bicycle auction in 1958. There is no way for me to know for sure where the bikes came from. My dad would have been 102 this year but he has been gone a lot of years. So I don't know whether the bikes came from the auction, Phil's Bike Shop or some place else. All I knew as a 12 year old who no longer believed in Santa Claus is that I couldn't figure out where my dad had been hiding those bikes before Christmas. As a sideline you should know that I kept the bike til I was sixteen when I sold it to a neighbor to help finance getting my HHS senior ring.
Name: Ron Reinholdson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 9, 2015, 12:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Ventura, CA
Message: As a youngster, I got pretty good on a Pogo Stick. But it was always somebody else's. I could go, it seemed, for hours. I could go backwards and sideways, spin around and even go up and down stairs. So, when I was about 9 or 10, my parents got me a Pogo Stick for Christmas. I guess it came as no surprise--after several trips around the block--that I wore it out on Christmas Day.
Loved the Pogo Stick maaann!! Thanks Ron.
Name: Mary Fairchild ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 9, 2015, 12:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: MARINA DEL REY, CA
Hi Mary, How about Duffy's Hideaway. I can't remember the name of the restaurant but it was on the corner of about 115th on the east side of Hawthorne Bl. Someone will remember.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 9, 2015, 11:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Calif
Message: What a Party!! Jannie and Judy, you are definitely the host and hostess of the year. From dinner, to dessert, to wine (lots), to breakfast and cookies to take home as well. Just shouldn't have had you put them on the front seat for my drive home....really gonna have to work that little trip off. Glenn, once again, thanks for the great wines to share. So nice to see so many good friends and, yes, next wine country trip to celebrate Glenn's big birthday soon! Can't wait!
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 9, 2015, 4:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
Message: John, I believe it was '57, my Uncle George gave me a Lionel electric train. Loved that train. It is now displayed on our wall. A lot of fun was had with that train.
Great kid's toy from the 50s Ernie, thanks man.
Name: John Rout ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 10:06 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Tom Buckingham, did your dad go to the same police auction my dad went to? It was the same Christmas and I woke up to a new black Schwinn. I was so excited to get out and show it to everyone in the neighborhood. Every guy on the street came out of their house with a brand new bike as well. Turns out the Hawthorne Police department held a bicycle auction and the fathers got together and bought a bunch of them up and my dad refurbished them for everyone. A lot of bikes ended up in Hawthorne houses that summer!
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 7:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
City & State: Harbor City
Message: Sid, you're the only one I know that burns rubber in the parking lot of Hof's Hut. Then, Glenn sat on my cat when we got home, and then you both tried to tell me that the black stuff settling on the bottom of a wine glass is the gunk that proves it's very good wine. Now it's true that I thought if the electricity went out you couldn't flush the toilet, but even I know that good wine doesn't leave a quarter of an inch of pond mud in the glass. The party really was to get together with Janet Burkett and Glenn Crist, as they were in town at the same time. And now I'm going to kick back with a glass of Annie Boone's Farm Apple Blast and know I don't have to throw the glass away when I'm done. Looking forward to the next Wine Tasting Weekend.
That will teach you to never drink the last glass of wine in the bottle. Rookie
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 5:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: oregon city, oregon
Message: Thank you Jan for the button-hook reminder and rattling my brain about a friend of years ago. The favorite call for sandlot and street footballers, where the plays were drawn in the dirt and erased before we broke huddle. Shirts were ripped at the collars and Levis torn at the knees. Just kids playing street or park ball. Reminded me of DAVID NICHOLSON, younger brother of Jerry and John HHS '55,'58. was a great ball player. He was a natural quarterback. Threw bullet balls, that would really sting the fingers. Button hook was his favorite call. I can still picture David with his longer blond hair, Levis jacket cuffs rolled back twice, walking with his best girl, the beautiful blond young lady with the page boy hair style. S I G H.
The late Eugene Fay and I had a play at Intermediate (we called it the FaKer play) and was your basic screen pass from Eugene (the QB) to me (the halfback). Let the lineman come and toss it over their heads. I would always make 5 to 7 yards. One day we tried it the other way around and Eugene went all the way. It was, of course, my talents at QB that made this work so well Thanks Carl, love the old street football stories.
Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 5:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Clovis, CA
Message: One of my favorite Christmas memories of growing up in Hawthorne was the year my parents surprised all three of their children with a special gift. Christmas morning dad woke all of us early. "Come into the living room and see what Santa has left for you"' he said. I was twelve so this was 1958, my sister, Sue, was nine years old, and our little brother, Ricky, was seven. We raced to the living room, there, lined up in front of our fireplace were three brand new Schwinn bicycles. A black, newsboy special for me, a red girls bike for my sis, and blue bike for little brother. We were stunned, amazed, overjoyed and smiling ear to ear. It was all our parents could do to get us dressed and ready to ride or we would have been riding up and down Burl Avenue in our pajamas and slippers. What a wonderful morning and a great memory.
Great Christmas story Tom, anyone else ever get a gift that stunned you? I personally loved and still love my Erector set. Thanks Mom for that gift some 60 years ago.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 4:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Zin City, CA
Message: I'll second Mike Mecey's comments. I had dinner with great friends last night. Included were Bob and Karen Fraser, Jan and Judy Blomsterberg, Janet Humphreys, Harry Plotkin and Ms. Kathy Brooks and John Baker. After a great meal and great wine, we went to Jan and Judy's for pie, ice cream and libations. I'm glad I made the trip but I'm happy to be back in Sonoma. Thank you all! And everyone in Cougartown, don't miss the opportunity to reconnect with those who are important in your lives this holiday season.
Had a great time with you and the rest of the group Glenn, thanks for the genealogy help too and for making the trek from Zin City.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Seems like just yesterday we were playing baseball or football on 132nd Street with the Brown, White, Arnold, Piccolo, Cross, Odell and Jeffrey kids. Where has seven decades gone? Go down to the blue car and then button-hook; a tight spiral coming your way!
Name: Sue Walsh ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 1:51 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Jolly
Class: 1961
City & State: Hesperia, Ca.
Message: Hello 1961 guys, great to see you. Merry Christmas to you all
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 8, 2015, 8:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA
Message: Each year Pat & Royal Lord have a family Christmas party/dinner (1st Saturday in December). Pat & Royal moved to Northern California about 10 years ago and continued their tradition with their NoCal family members. Ginny & I have been honored to be included in this family tradition and have watched their family grow. On occasion Larry & De Smith will come over from Reno and join the fun. Well last Saturday night three friends from the Ramona, Hawthorne Intermediate & HHS era met again. Old HHS lies were appropriately exaggerated... Seems like the older we get the better we were... It is great to get together with friends and relive memories but more importantly... Make new ones.
Great picture Mike as you 3 look exactly like your El Molino pictures Thanks for sharing and here's hoping you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 7, 2015, 11:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Jan! Nothing but the best always!!
Happy Birthday Jan.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 7, 2015, 1:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, Oregon
Message: Janny, it seems only proper that our Marine and former Chef in charge be born on Pearl Harbor Day. Thank you to all that have served, are serving and will serve in the future so the rest of us can live in peace in the greatest country in the world. Semper Fidelis, Semper Paratus, and my favorite on all "Don't run, you will just die tired" (JFK special warfare/sniper school)..Happy Birthday Buddy!
Happy Birthday Jan.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 7, 2015, 9:34 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to Chef Jan Blomsterberg! Have a great day my friend.
Hey Jannie, Happy Birthday man. See you tonight.
Name: Cheryl Nicocia ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 6, 2015, 9:34 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 1962
City & State: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Message: Hi John ... remember me? Lots has happened since I last logged in. We have relocated to the beautiful state of Colorado ... it has been quite a fast paced upheaval... but good one. My head is still spinning, and we are still unpacking, but I just wanted to say hello to you and all our fellow Cougars, and to say I will try to be better at staying in touch. Love you, your joined at the hip friend, Cheryl.
So Oregon isn't far enough away, now you're in CO? I know your little Lisa had something to do with this You and John stay warm and come see me sometime. I'm still right here where you two started. Love you too maaaann!!
Name: Kathy Corral ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 6, 2015, 1:15 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Ball
City & State: Boonville, Ca
Message: Jessie, His name is Jose "Joe", raised in Stockton and San Jose
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 5, 2015, 11:52 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: Dana Gioia, another Hawthorne artist and a USC professor, has become the California Poet Laureate for two years. Felipe Herrera, his predecessor, is now the national PL.
Congrats Dana!!
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 4, 2015, 11:37 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: Speaking of Car Talk, I just saw an announcement at Car and Driver's website that the Ford Motor Co. will have their own line of aluminum truck campers and trailers. Check here
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 6:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont,CA
Message: Richie Perez, I'm so sorry to hear of Angie's passing. She was such a nice person in high school. I'm sure she will be greatly missed by her family. My sincere condolences to you and her family!
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 4:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Just talked with Richie Perez on the phone and he said his sister, Angie Perez Hahlbeck HHS62 passed away in Grover City Ca on November 23rd after being in the hospital for a month with a respiratory problem. Angie was a fun, fun person in high school and will be missed by all who remember her. Our sincerest condolences to the Perez and Hahlbeck families.
Name: Jessie Koehn ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 3:27 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Corral
City & State: Los Angeles, CA
Message: Hey, Kathy Corral, my maiden name is Corral. Who are you married to?
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 3:05 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: d
Class: 1964
Message: Question for anyone that might have the answer. My Sainted husband is outside putting up the Christmas lights. I thought he was singing "Walking in a winter wonderland." Then I listened a little more and he put in his own wording: "Walking round in women's underwear.." Do you think I have anything to worry about. Sid, all this light stuff reminds me of the year that you shinnied up Janet Burkett's palm tree and slipped right back down. It was sort of like being born feet first for you. Back to the decor.
It's OK to sing that song as long as you don't really do it, Til, and I stay away from Palm trees now.
Name: Thomas Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 2:35 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Happy Birthday Denny Unfried and Avery Knapp (the craziest guy in the 8th grade at Haw. Intermediate). I hope you both have a great day!!
Happy Birthday Denny and Avery
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 1:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, OR
Message: December 1959...My trig teacher and varsity round ball coach Duff Means gave the class an equation that barely fit the blackboard for a little something to do for Christmas break. No one was going to figure this this out and he knew it. What he didn't know was that directly across the street of 133rd was the Tsu family. I didn't need to bribe them but a couple days later, I took Brian W. over to play the boogie woogie as Doris Tsu taught piano. I handed this beast of Pythagorean to Jack Tsu. Jack and Doris were (are) the parents of Theta, Tessa, and Elbert. Before the Wilson prodigy had finished his tune, Jack had finished the last sine and cosine of my equation. What I didn't realize was that son Theta could have done the same thing. He was a gifted end in the battles of 133rd FB but I never put him in a precarious position again. And yes Duff is still POed. Happy Birthday Theta!
Happy Birthday Theta.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 12:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: Happy Birthday Pete Manos, hope all is well and you are getting ever closer to joining me in retirement.
Happy Birthday Pete
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 3, 2015, 3:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
Message: Happy Birthday to Theta Tsu, one of the class geniuses.
Happy Birthday Theta.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 2, 2015, 10:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Happy Birthday to one of the funniest gals ever at HHS....Sandie Tully! Have a great day.
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 30, 2015, 10:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv.
Message: John B. In my humble opinion the Car Talk section of Cougartown has been underutilized over the years. A lot of Haytown car freaks are out there lurking some where!!! Gonna try to get some pictures together with stories to go with. Cars-trucks- vans-motorcycles were all part of life back in the day. Most everyone has a story or two. Put em out there. Would be fun to compare notes and exchange tall tales of youthful foolhardiness and general vehicular amusements. BC.73
I agree Bob, Bring it Car Guys and Girls. Let's catch up on this subject. I know of a 40 Ford with a long great Hawthorne history. The car was owned by this guy who sold it to that guy who traded it for another car.... Something like that; anyway, Danny or anyone involved with the yellow 40, send me a story to go with it. I have some pictures.
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 30, 2015, 9:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv.
Message: Attn. Leo I recall there were 2 or 3 spiral style up-down lanes in the parking structures. Goin up in first in my old 66 Ranchero with the tires howlin and smokin, early drifting perhaps?? BC 73
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 27, 2015, 2:50 pm - HHS Time
City & State: st. Helena, ca
Message: From Auto Week: Drift into Black Friday deals at the Hawthorne Mall! The best use yet for abandoned shopping malls Tis the season for yuletide consumer-driven insanity at your local shopping mall. While malls only tend to bring out the worst in people this time of year, we've finally found a good reason for them to exist - drift courses! As demonstrated by Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck, the mall is a perfect place to slide around in a pair of Nissan 370Z coupes. As you watch them race through the abandoned Hawthorne Mall in Hawthorne, CA, remember that going out on Black Friday isn't nearly as much fun on foot; if malls were used primarily for drifting, there would probably be fewer injuries this time of year.