Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 30, 2015, 11:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Remember Ivory soap FLAKES? Mom used to mix them with a little water, whip them up and it was instant snow that she put on windows or the Christmas tree branches. Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone! Hope to see you all many times next year.
Think that was called Ivory Snow. Do they still make that? Happy New Year Janet!
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 30, 2015, 11:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Temecula
Message: Happy New Years to all! I remember going to the Rose Parade every year in high school, but never saw one!! Sharon and I will be banging on pots and pans with hockey sticks this year!! Talk to ya tonight JB! Fight On!
Hey Paco, Fight On and Happy New Year!!
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 30, 2015, 10:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Sonoma, CA
Message: Judy, I believe that it was un-faced glass wool insulation instead of cotton. I don't know if you can find it these days in anything but pink (panthers vs. cougars). A Christmas memory of mine were the stencils and Glass Wax to use to decorate the windows during the Season. Alas, they no longer make Glass Wax but I found a video clip. Happy New Year to all of my Cougartown friends.
Great clip Glenn, brings back some good old Christmas memories. Have a super New Year.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 30, 2015, 9:50 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
Message: Paul, I remember that house on Ramona because everyone knew that it was the best in the city at Christmas. One year he had rolls of white cotton (or something like it) on every inch of his green lawn. I want to say he had big candy canes as well. If anyone knows where you can get those rolls of cotton, let me know, as I'm willing to give it a try next year. See you Thurs. Sidney, I will be in a drinking mood so there's your warning now. I'm going to drink a glass of heavy cream before we leave so that I don't get too drunk or too sick. (I wonder why that was the thing to do in the 60's - It only made a cream drink out of any booze you put down there.) Beware, when Italians drink we dance!!!!!! (or might be stomping grapes) but I will be upright doing something.
If you take a tbsp of Oxydol and dilute it in a glass of vinegar, then add a little ipecac, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and chicken fat, it will make you so sick you won't want to drink, but you'll be dancing to the bathroom about every 20 minutes. Have fun out there folks, and have a Happy New Year.
Name: Paul Wieber ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 27, 2015, 6:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Meadview, Az
Message: The people that always decorated the entire home & yard for Christmas was Kelly Newell & family on Ramona Ave. just north of 120th st. He was the owner of the Shell Gas station on 118th & Hawthorne Bl. He just about always won an award of some kind every year for the Best Christmas Home Decoration. The outside of his house & yard was entirely covered with lights, yard decorations and music. Definitely was a sight to behold and very memorable!
Thanks Paul and you and yours have a Happy New Year.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 26, 2015, 10:30 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Waco, TX
Message: SpaceX in McGregor, TX is just down the road from Waco. We often get notification on the local news when they're testing engines. So glad to see their success as I have connections to both locations.
Hi Sharon, Happy New Year to you and thanks for the SpaceX update.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 26, 2015, 12:06 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, California
Message: Good Evening Cougars I hoped everyone had a great Christmas it was hard for my son and me since my mom's passing in August this year however we got through it now we'll be celebrating the New Year's hope is a great one for all of us Peace and Love Cindy
Hi Cindy, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
Name: Tom Buckingham ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 25, 2015, 12:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Clovis, Ca
Message: Merry Christmas Cougars
Hey Tom, Merry Christmas to you and have a great holiday season.
Name: Howard Paco Duran ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2015, 2:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Temecula
Message: Hello, Sharon and I have been waiting for the streetcar on Broadway and Hawthorne for about an hour, anyone know if it still goes "Downtown"? We want to go shopping and see the window displays at the Broadway and May Co stores.. Thanks, Merry Christmas to all and to all..
Hey you two, Merry Christmas and a HNY!! Keep waiting, it sometimes runs a little late.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2015, 10:48 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
Message: Re: Janny's post. He walked the mall, I schlepped around the end of the mall where the old stores are, Sears and Penney's. (that's all anyone really needs.) And I want to send a Happy Birthday and love to Maureen Manning Desmore, better known as Lola to me. (I'm Virgie) I am calling you today to remind you how stuuuuuoooopid we were when we were 17. I know you're cringing but being that naive' seems to make funny conversation now, I wonder why that is. Merry Christmas Sid. If Ma Baker comes down, come join us for Mex food. Food that's not spicy and a nice quiet restaurant so we can talk.. close to a rest room and never under the A/C. We can pocket a few pink sugars and as always, keep your eye on the ground as there's always loose change somewhere. See how things change when you're on the sunny side of 70's. Merry Christmas, Happy New year and stop "walking round in women's underwear."
Thanks Til for all your sage advice through the years. Merry Christmas and a Happy to you and Howie. AND Happy Birthday Maureen!!
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 24, 2015, 7:43 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, Ga.
Message: Merry Christmas to all.
Hey Dennis, Merry Christmas to you man.
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2015, 6:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Judy and I ventured out to the Del Amo Fashion Center mall this morning, a little shopping for Judy, and I wanted to see the renovated mall with the new stores. The updated mall is something everyone should see - awesome; big improvement! However, as I walked every level - inside and outside the mall - end to end I noticed that about 10-15 percent of the stores had Christmas decorations in their shops; pretty disappointing to say the least. I'm just happy that I am able to mostly recall the decorated stores of the 50's and 60's with all their Christmas decorations, which made for wonderful memories. Loved the stories about Sears and Inglewood that some of you shared recently. Market Street: decorated sidewalk to sidewalk. I remember the Broadway store in Baldwin Hills had great decorations in their windows as well. Maybe in years to come the Del Amo mall may up their game. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL YOU COUGARS AND BEST WISHES FOR 2016!
I agree Jan, the stores just aren't done up like days of old. I personally loved the train theme decorations in Sears in the 50s or the motorized Santas and Elves. You and Judy have a very Merry and a Happy and thanks very much for being my friend.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2015, 3:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
Message: Jim, that would be Kelly Newill who decorated his home so beautifully at Christmas time on Ramona. He had the Shell station on 118th and Hawthorne Blvd. His son, David, went to Hawthorne High. Also, they are our cousins.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2015, 11:00 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Happy Birthday to my old bandmate, Darrel Boesiger. Hope you have a wonderful day. I remember my Dad rolling out "snow", putting up those Christmas decorations made of plywood and lots of lights all over the front yard! I have had the opportunity to "party" (do we still do that?) with so many old HHS friends this year and looking forward to more of the same next year. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year! Janet
Happy Birthday Darrel and Janet, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2015, 9:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Hang with me because I've got two things: Congrats to Space X of Hawthorne and the amazing step forward we all took yesterday. I hope Hawthorne doesn't end up running them out of town and to Texas. Need some help, I can't remember if HHS did any Xmas decorating. Seems like there was a tree in Nyman Hall?
I don't really remember any Christmas decorations at HHS but I'm sure someone will know, Gary. Merry Christmas to you.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 23, 2015, 8:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Arizona
Message: Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Remembering how exciting it was to see the Christmas decorations going up! We had a neighbor around the corner from us a little north of 120th,st. on Ramona. ( I can't remember their name , think he owned a gas station ) He went all out! Laid out artificial snow , had cut outs and a lot of lights. As a kid i was always excited to watch him decorate his home. The city of Inglewood always had nice decorations on Market st. ! And i think there was somewhere in Inglewood where you drove thru a neighborhood that was all decorated. Anyone remember that hood or any others , or homes that went over the top with decorations ?... And thanks JB for "Cougartown" Life is very good ! Jim
Thanks Jim for the story and you too have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Name: Carole Ferruccio ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 22, 2015, 5:21 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Anderson
Class: 1960
City & State: Lake Isabella, CA
Message: Wishing for all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!!!!!!!!
Hi Carole, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 22, 2015, 5:05 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: We always got our tree at Imperial Farms on Prairie and Imperial. I think we paid $1.50 to $2.00. It was always a douglas fir and not full like the ones you get today. Very spindly but we thought it was beautiful. We had very little room for a tree so it wasn't real big. It didn't matter how little we had, Christmas was always magical and so much fun. Never disappointed. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Hi Marilyn, Merry Christmas and thanks for your story.
Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 22, 2015, 10:16 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Sierra Vista Az
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Yes, Sears and Regent Circle added to the memories. There was also a decorated street in Lawndale that was delightful. Prayers for peace and our men and women of the military. Fight On and Go Hogs!
Thanks Mary Ann for your thoughts over the years and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 22, 2015, 3:32 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
Message: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Hey Ern, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you man. Thanks for being here for the last decade and a half.
Name: Jerry Simpson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 21, 2015, 7:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Sabta Clarita Ca,
Message: Hello John, Wish you and all the Cougars A Merry Christmas and A Happy Year, You know I can remember the year I got my first bike, Soooo long a go, I love my memory's, Love to all
Hey Jerry Pat, Merry Christmas to you and and Happy New Year too. I can remember my first 2 wheeler too. It had no brakes Thanks for checking in.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 20, 2015, 1:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Christmastime Cougar sighting! Had dinner with my mom last night and bumped into Mary Patton(HHS'66). Told her about Cougartown and Cruise night. I usually find the recent grads so it was a pleasure to meet someone from the 60s!The Cougar Stalker still lives.
Thanks Clark
Name: Jody Weller ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Dec 20, 2015, 10:07 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Halberg
Class: 1959
City & State: Inver Grove Heights MN
Message: Time to wish all my friends and family "A MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY & SAFE NEW YEAR". All is good in Minnesota, except for yesterday 9 degrees but got up to 27. The weather reports are probably NO WHITE CHRISTMAS. John keep up the good work. Luv & Miss you all.
Love you too Jody, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and stay warm
Name: Bob Milazzo ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 19, 2015, 12:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Bakersfield,Ca
Message: Merry Christmas from our home to all of yours and wishing you a Happy New Year!
Hey Bobby, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, man.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 18, 2015, 11:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: I went to Disneyland yesterday with friends from out of the area. I was very pleased to hear our own Beach Boys on the loud speakers at the front gate singing "The little Saint Nick". The joy of Christmas that was created in Hawthorne spreads everywhere! A merry Christmas to all!
Hey Clark, Merry Christmas man and thanks for being here.
Name: James Armour ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 18, 2015, 7:32 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1970
City & State: Bandon, Oregon
Message: Its been a while since I connected with my extended family here at Cougartown. I am doing so now to wish upon you all a very Merry Christmas. I am glad there are people out there that can still relate to my ever fading memories of some of the most excellent times in my life. Thank you for sharing yours with me. Merry Christmas
You are welcome James, thanks for checking in and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Name: Chris Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2015, 11:36 am - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Coos Bay, Or
Message: Susan, Thank you sweetheart for the Birthday wishes. As you can attest to (also being #3), it just took a couple tries before they got it right. Hood, while I'm sure you'll never receive a gift as special as the one brought home on your 10th birthday, do your best to have a great day. John, thanks, and with regard to Stanford, shouldn't you be asking Mark Helfrich.
I called Mark and he told me to talk to Robin.
Name: Susan Abraham ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2015, 10:40 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Abraham
Class: 1974
City & State: Hamden, CT
Message: It's another Hood birthday, and the best one yet! (sorry Tim & Chris) Happy Birthday Butch!
Happy Birthday Robin
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Dec 17, 2015, 2:27 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Oregon City, Ore
Message: Today is the birthday of the #1 hood, Robin L. Hood. May this day be special to you. Thank you for all your posts on Ctown.
Hey, Happy Birthday Robin, if you can figure out how to beat Stanford please pass the info along so I can relay it to Clay. Thanks dude.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2015, 3:07 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ahwahnee, Ca
Message: Glenn, I know what you mean....I tried telling my daughter she couldn't turn 50 but she did it anyway! Hope all is well with you...big changes at Agn! Judy, you were such a cute kid! Looks like you were giving Santa the full story on something! Janet
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2015, 12:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, Oregon
Message: Hoody, I am sure Susan meant nothing by her reference to you as the #3 Hood. It just slipped out. Congrats on your recent grandparent status and have a good one brother...Butch
Happy Birthday Chris
Name: Susan Abraham ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Dec 16, 2015, 8:30 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Abraham
Class: 1974
City & State: Hamden, CT
Message: Birthday wishes to the #3 Hood and next door neighbor from 133rd. Where have the years gone? Waxing your surfboard on the front lawn, good memories. Have a great day Chris!
Happy Birthday Hoody!!
Name: Glenn Oclassen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Dec 15, 2015, 10:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Tiburon CA
Message: To Janet Burkett Just noticed your kind birthday wish. Many thanks. I have told my son that he is not allowed to turn 50 next year. What ever happened to the time??
Better late than never Glenn, Happy Birthday
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2015, 10:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: Christmas memories, eh? We didn't shop at Sears much, but I do remember Ruby's (or was it Rudy's?) Toyland on La Brea in Inglewood.
There's a fun memory, thanks Armand and Merry Christmas.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Dec 14, 2015, 12:09 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: Sears was a magical place when I was a child. I remember when it opened, now it's gone. My mother bought our first electric refrigerator there. That was very exciting. When I worked at the Bank of America I would sometimes go to the hotdog window on the lower level for lunch. I still remember going to see Santa. I was so excited to get a stocking with candy. No one taking pictures, just Santa. Amazing I can remember that far back. I also remember Regent Circle. The houses were so big and the decorations so elaborate. Great memories.
It seemed everyone shopped at Sears in Inglewood. Merry Christmas Marilyn and thanks for the Sears memories.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 12, 2015, 11:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: Christmas Memory. All Christmas' at our house meant lots of family and friends and food. We always spent Christmas Eve at my Grandparents in Inglewood and when we got home, it was off to bed so Santa could come. Presents from my parents were already wrapped and under the tree, but Santa didn't wrap his gifts. The year that I figured out who Santa was, I wanted this new doll that Mattel had released called Barbie. I wasn't much for doll playing, but Barbie was so cool. I also wanted a Sorry game. Since none of the wrapped presents under the tree were shaped like those two things, I decided to check under my parents bed when no one was around. Sure enough they were under the bed. Yay! Christmas morning when my sisters were so excited to see their gifts, I had to pretend I was surprised too, but the joy of past years was missing. I still have that Barbie. She represents a very valuable lesson I learned that morning and I have not tried to cheat Santa since.
Great Story Linda, you sneaky little devil Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the Sutton/Dill family.
Name: Karen Bearns ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Dec 12, 2015, 5:37 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Webster
Class: 1972
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: We wanted to wish all the Cougars and their families a very very merry Christmas and a fantastic new 2016. thank you John for all you do for Cougartown. It's so appreciated. Our love, Karen and comet boy Bearns .
Well thank you Karen and Comet Boy, Merry Christmas to you two too and thanks again for the Cougartown dues, it is much appreciated.
Name: Jerry Miles ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Dec 11, 2015, 3:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Fair Oaks, CA
Message: Paco, you forgot right at the bottom of the escalator was the vacuum cleaners that balanced the ping pong balls in the air. I always waited for one to drop but they never did. Of course the candy counter was a "must visit" even if you were broke. And Sears always went above and beyond when it came to decorating the toy department. It was a little kids wonderland. Then a quick trip to the shoe department so I could count the bones in my feet. And JB, I have the same memory... A trip around Regent Circle before going home was a must. Of course always keeping an eye out for Lee Aaker of Rin Tin Tin. I never did spot him though.
JC Penney had none of that