Name: Jerry Simpson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 15, 2016, 6:38 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Santa Clarita Ca,
Message: Happy Birthday to Geraldine Chemes (Jeri) If I Remember right we had a bowl date. One of those one date type puppy romances. A member of the Felton St. area gang. What a great group of kids.
Happy Birthday Jeri ! !
Name: Max Roelen ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Mar 15, 2016, 1:37 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1974
City & State: Citrus Heights, CA
Message: Just checking in to say hello to all Cougars. Also, I have my ticket to see Brian Wilson at Harrah's So Lake Tahoe, Oct 14, 2016. Would like to know if anybody else from HHS will be there. Take care Cougars!
Hi Max, Not me but have a great time and thanks for checking in.
Name: Billie J. Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 14, 2016, 6:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hanson
Class: 1962
City & State: Kent WA
Message: Wishing a very "Happy Birthday" to my good friend since third grade, Cheryl Christensen-Nicocia, and a happy Saint Patrick's Day too! Remember going to see Gone With The Wind for 25 cents? Roller skating in the rink (was that Redondo Beach)? Hope you have a wonderful day.
A little early there Billie Jean Happy Birthday on Thursday Cheryl. Have a great Colorado day and stay away from the pot smokers.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 14, 2016, 5:27 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: Just heard some sad news from a longtime member of Hawthorne Kiwanis. Looks like the Hawthorne Fair has already been held for the last time. It seems the police presence that is required has become so expensive that it would take every penny of Kiwanis profits to hire them. Another piece of Hawthorne passes into history! Great memories of that fair in the 60s!!
Not so fast there Clark, just talked to a long time member of the Kiwanis, Dick Huhn, who said it's not for sure that the fair is being cancelled. They are still negotiating with the city. I agree, the fair has been an institution in Hawthorne going back to at least the 50s when I was a kid. It would be a shame to have to cancel it.
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 13, 2016, 1:35 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
Message: Just checked in and found out that Karen Kuehl died on the 11th. I had talked to her last on the 4th and she didn't sound good then. Said her lips were really chafed. I told her I used a lip moisturizer that just did not fail and said I would send one to her. The following Monday, I sent one to her with a little note. That was the 7th. So I'm just a little devastated to say the least. Death is not easy, nor for those left behind to mourn their loved one. I will miss Karen so very much. She was a great friend and my confidante these last several years. It's not an easy thing to find a friend who you not only confide in, but KNOW they will be there for you anytime, every time. Karen was that friend. I hate to be cliche` but without any doubt in my mind, she is in a better place. I love you Karen!! But my heart aches.
Name: Carl Rilling ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 13, 2016, 1:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: Oregon City, Oregon
Message: Karen Graham was so cool. It was very sad on 02-07-16 when she e-mailed us that she was very sick and they had given her 6 months to live. Karen knew my wife, Barb, has beat the "beast" twice. Then on the 11th she told me her cancer was in a lot of places and very aggressive and she was settled in with Hospice. She said that she was anxious to see the face of "Jesus" and had no fear. I added he will love those dimples. She got the last laugh in when she said "he will have to sort through all these wrinkles but they're still there", then it was "Good-by friend". Karen I will miss your wit and comments on Ctown. You and KSH will always be my favorite Cougars.
Name: Billie J Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 12, 2016, 12:45 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hanson
Class: 1962
City & State: Kent WA
Message: John, so very sorry for the loss of your friend, my condolences to you and all who knew Karen. And, Linda, very sorry to learn of the passing of your father. I gratefully remember him as a kind and quiet man who helped me when I was desperately trying to open my locker because of a stubborn padlock. I remember the panic setting in as I realized I might not be able to retrieve the book for my next class, which was of course across the entire campus (Freshmen always ended up with the lockers furthest from their classroom). Our brother, Robert "Bob" Hanson (RIP 11/22/2013 - best bro in the entire world that had two younger sisters that teased and followed him everywhere and asked his opinion about everything) remembered your dad as well while attending Leuzinger (Class of '53). I've learned that with the passing of a family member they remain within us as they are a part of us and that our friends take a piece of our hearts. We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time (George Strait).
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 11, 2016, 9:29 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: Although I never knew Mr. Sutton personally I do remember him from the very early years of Hawthorne High. He was a really nice man and as John said, I never knew anyone that didn't like him. Even though he didn't graduate from Hawthorne I think he could still be considered a Cougar. He earned that title. I am sorry about his passing but what a wonderful long life he must have had.
Name: Linda Dill ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 11, 2016, 6:44 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sutton
Class: 1967
City & State: Redondo Beach, CA
Message: John, My dad, Bill Sutton, passed away last Monday evening. He was 94 years old. While not officially a Cougar, he was there the day the doors of HHS opened and remained there until he retired in 1983. He started on the maintenance crew at Leuzinger HS while he was on layoff from Douglas Aircraft. He transferred to Hawthorne and we moved not far away. As the Audio Visual Tech, he worked with Mr. Elmore and Mr. Fix and their stage crews to build sets for all the plays. He set up the mics and speakers for the pep squad at games and assemblies, he ran the noon movies in Nyman Hall and in 1963 he took over from John Hill to become head of maintenance. Over the years he worked with many students on student/worker programs. He even was the voice of Ed Sullivan in the production of Bye Bye Birdie. I grew up on the HHS campus - It was our home-away-from-home. I was there sitting on the field with my dad for the great HHS/SamoHi game. The noon movies came home to our house every week and we showed them on the wall of our living room and the neighbors and family packed in to see them with popcorn and snacks. This last week he told us, "I am a simple man. I never made a lot of money, but I was rich in family, friends and love."
Aw Linda, I am so sorry to hear that news. Your dad was a great guy, even to the kids at HHS. I knew no one who disliked your father. He was real good buddies with the coaches too, being in on many of Coach Chauncey's pranks. He will be missed Linda, and so sorry for your loss.
Name: Donald Scheliga ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 11, 2016, 6:19 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: RIP KK you will always be in my heart. Karen lived just up the street from me and in our later years took care of my mom while they were both living in the Vista area. I too will miss her emails and missing her even more.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 11, 2016, 5:12 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Karen Graham Kuehl HHS59 passed today around noon. Karen was someone I hadn't known at HHS but we became good friends back in the 90s, emailing back and forth about HHS, Hawthorne, and all the common friends we'd had. Karen, I will miss your emails and YOU a lot. Rest in peace my friend.

Name: Mary Ann Walton-Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 10, 2016, 10:15 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Sierra Vista AZ
Message: Bike riding, soap box cars and roller skating along Ramona Ave ... lived on 130th and those were great times. Skates with the keys that were hard on shoe toes if you needed brakes. I remember a couple of wrecks with the box cars - daring boys. More blood than broken bones. Ouch.
Brakes..what were those?
Name: Billie Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2016, 10:30 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hanson
Class: 1962
City & State: Kent,WA
Message: Hi Kris, Are you related to Hans and/or Lance Bertelson who were two brothers that lived down the block from my sister (Bonnie) and I on West 119th Place? I believe Hans became an airline pilot. My sister and I used to spend hours playing monopoly and Lincoln logs with them on their living room floor and baseball in their front yard when we weren't riding our bikes.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2016, 8:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: While scanning the NY Times for Monday this evening, I was startled to find an article by Jim Farber, "A Singer, Once Headed for Big Things, Emerges From His Slumber," about our own Emitt Rhodes. The story is visible to all at
Name: Armand Vaquer ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Mar 7, 2016, 8:47 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Tarzana, Karloffornia
Message: Say what you want about Mike Love, but he posted this very fine tribute to Nancy Reagan (I took the accompanying photo at LAX in 1980): From Hollywood to Washington, D.C. with a stop in Sacramento, Ronald and Nancy Reagan were an inspiration not because of politics, but for their love of one another. Ronald Reagan once said that his life didn't really begin until he met Nancy. He loved her with all his heart. The Beach Boys had the honor of performing for the Reagans at their two inaugural galas in Washington, D.C.. When James Watt made his pronouncement that Rock Music was inappropriate for the Fourth of July concerts on the Mall, Nancy wasted no time in calling me to assure us that "Ronnie and I are fans of The Beach Boys." I remember reading President Reagan's handwritten letter that was published in November of 1994 wherein he lamented the burden his illness would be on Nancy. To me it was very moving that his greatest concern was for his beloved Nancy. Years later, we were honored to perform during Reagan's Centennial celebration at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Although Nancy was a bit frail, she still gracefully exuded the devotion and love she always had for her Ronnie. When I was honored with an Ella Award in Beverly Hills, Mrs. Reagan was kind enough to write some words of congratulations, which were shared that evening. Tonight, we are performing in Abilene Texas and as we do on many nights, we will sing “Their Hearts Were Full of Spring”. Tonight's performance is dedicated to Nancy and Ronald Reagan and I hope they will be listening and dancing together once again. Their love has always been and will always be an inspiration. The world lost a beautiful, loving, kind, graceful and fierce soul and I will treasure our memories of friendship forever. Rest in Peace Nancy, Mike Love
Name: Betty Rodriguez ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 6, 2016, 8:12 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Kean
Class: 1969
City & State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: It's been a long time since my last post. This is a Cougar sighting, twice removed. My son lives and works in salem, OR. Today a customer came in his store. Ken Johnston from class of 1958. Beach boys music started the conversation. Such a small world.
Hey Betty, glad you too are back. Thanks for the sighting.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 6, 2016, 2:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: I was down the hill at 134th and Ramona in the 50s and 60s, but all this talk about 132nd Street reminds me of someone who is still at that intersection: Emitt Rhodes the recording artist. JB mentioned him recently on the Facebook Community Page, asking for memories of him. I knew him slightly and followed his career and have most of his albums. His recent release, "Rainbow Ends", got a glowing review in the Daily Breeze two weeks ago. I sometimes communicate with Emitt's old friend and man of many talents Harry Shearer, and told him about the album, but he didn't play any of it today on "Le Show." I'll have to get the new one too.
Hi John, It was Jerry Miles who mentioned him on the Cougartown Community Facebook page. Jerry is the one who actually runs that page. Yes, Emmitt is still around and Hawthorne Historical wants Emmitt to do the music for this years Good Neighbors Day event. Wish us luck.
Name: Walter Holt ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 6, 2016, 5:31 am - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Havre de Grace, MD
Message: Jan, I remember that hill. A few us used to ride down that on some turned upside down tricycles we made. We reversed the seats, handle bars and put bolts through the wheels for our feet. We would steer from under our knees and pray there wouldn't be any cars coming. I wore out more than a few Converse braking that dang thing. Kris, I lived at 5001 132nd St.
Well, Walter Holt, glad to have you back. Thanks too for your 132nd St memories. I never tried that upside down tricycle thing but it would surely have been something tried if I'd have thought of it. Thanks man and don't be a stranger.
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2016, 5:58 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
Message: Well, Jan finally put the nail in the wall and I can't believe that I had to send him a memo via CT. He's having a ball reading all the feedback about his old neighborhood in Hawthorne. Oh, BTW -- I've decided that I'll bring the bottle of Patron with me for Cruise Night and offer a free trip to the Bahamas with the winning bottle. (that should work) If not then I'm going to give that bottle a name (Randy sounds good) and put a place mat down for it at dinner time.
Don't drink it Judy. Jesus is trying to keep it away from other people for some reason.
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2016, 3:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.we
Message: We called those grass bombs. Had many of those fights? Lots of fun.
Loved them Ernie. Probably still do Like a SoCal snow ball fight.
Name: Billie Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2016, 2:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Hanson
Class: 1962
City & State: Kent, WA
Message: John, thank you for the Patron Tequila funny, I'm still laughing. Judy, wonder if Tequila gets better the longer you keep it like some wines do?? I recall a summer day with nothing to do on 119th Place when several of us kids decided it would be doing a good deed to clean up the vacant yard with the abandoned house (we called the spooky "witch house") that our parents forbid us to go near. After pulling up and creating a mountain of rye grass dirt intact clumps, someone threw one at someone and the war was on. We aimed for the legs while the victim was running so they would fall to the ground and become an easier target. We ended up covered in grass, dirt and mud with a few skinned knees when the war moved to the middle of the street. Within minutes a perfectly good street was also covered in grass and clumps of dirt. Looked like a dump truck exploded. When our dad returned home from work and driving through the mess, he asked, "What the heck happened down the street, did a dump truck spill its load??"
Loved those grass clump wars we had Billie, thanks for the story.
Name: Kris Bertelson-williams ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 5, 2016, 1:02 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bertelson
Class: 1967
City & State: Oceanside CA
Message: Confession: I've never checked out the Feedback feature on before today. Imagine how blown away I was to stumble onto it just now and see a familiar name from the long-distant past of my 132nd St childhood home, Jan Blomsterberg! I about fell out of my chair. Talking about the Arnold Family's big lot, no less. I remember that out near the street, they had a peach tree with the most incredibly delicious fruit ever--the way peaches should still taste, to my way of thinking. Then to see Jan mention Johnny Arnold and Billy Brown, oh my gosh! You guys (and Victor Piccolo) were all the "big boys" to us littler kids, but it seems like we had plenty of activities that included most of the neighborhood kids of all ages. Ballgames in the street and hide and seek come to mind. I also remember a bunch of the big boys made a really tall kite, and they were teasing us little kids that they were going to tie one of us to it and fly us up into the sky. I lived at 4911; I remember other members of the Brown family-- Eleanor, Nancy and maybe Janice (or was she one of the Whites, next door?) Weren't there Wilsons right along there, too? I'm picturing a kid we called "Speedy" because he ran everywhere. Pam and Vincent Piccolo were closer to my age. The Evansons (Linda, Barbara, & Janelle, I think), the Jimenez's (Ernesto, Silvino 'Sonny', and little Laura) and the Piccolos lived across the street from us; next door to the west were the Oclassens (Glenn), and then the Westphalens (Kenny). Further down were the Longtins (sp?); their daughter Sharon was about my age. Mrs. Minor and her adult son Jerry lived along there, too, then later moved closer to Inglewood Ave, but still on 132nd. I remember the Odells, but can't quite conjure up which house they lived in. Nor can I remember how far east I lived from you, Jan Blomsterberg, but it was pretty close. Didn't your family fix all kinds of awesome food for some holiday celebration and the neighbors were invited to partake--am I imagining that? And then to see that you lived on Gale Ave as well--holy moley, that's where we lived for the year I was in 8th grade! And I was allowed to continue at Dana also. Thanks for your posts that brought back some really, really fun memories. Best wishes to you, "neighbor"!
Hey Kris, Glad you found the Feedback page after all this time and thanks for the 132nd St memories.
Name: Glenn Crist ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 4, 2016, 9:16 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Wine Country, CA
Message: I vote that the Patron be awarded to the King, John Baker, for the longest response in Cougartown history. By the way, I'm taking book on how long it takes to get us to page 2000 on Feedback.
It will be tomorrow Glenn I've already owned the Patron. Judy, maybe we could take it to Sonoma. It couldn't find its way back from there, could it?
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 4, 2016, 5:28 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
Message: Funny that Jan Blomsterberg can remember where and when he stepped on a nail back in the 50's, but he can't remember that he has to put a nail on the living room wall to hang a picture. Happy Birthday to Karen Kuehl and Lee Leonard. Looking forward to the next Cruise Night.. this is the one where we dress up in long underwear and sit there with a nice cold malt and a hamburger like we're 16 again and cold doesn't bother us. We'll be there and I may donate that cursed bottle of Patron for a's like that one fruit cake that no one wants to eat but they're happy to make a gift of it.
Happy Birthday Karen and Lee.
For all who don't know about the magic bottle of Patron Tequila. Initially, a member of the VFW won it at an American Legion event. Since she didn't drink, she gave it to Judy to use for a raffle. Then, Judy had a raffle on a VFW casino bus trip and it was won by someone that donated it back to Judy again. Then Judy donated it last year to the Hawthorne Historical Society Pancake Breakfast where Bill Shultz HHS63 won it. Bill doesn't drink so he gave it back to the Society who gave it back to Judy. Now it has become "a thing" to get rid of this bottle of magnetic Tequila, so Judy gave it to me for my birthday last August. Well it sat here for a few months and with this year's Hawthorne Historical Society Pancake Breakfast coming up, I donated it AGAIN as a raffle prize. Well... time to raffle off the Patron at the breakfast and who held the winning ticket you ask.....Judy. This bottle will not go away and has probably made many times its worth in raffle tickets sold by Hawthorne Historical, the VFW, and the American Legion.
Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 3, 2016, 9:46 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Lee!! You're a special person, it's been great getting to know you even more as we've gotten older! A great guy who I respect a lot, and truly enjoy your company, "Let's Go Racing"
Happy Birthday Lee
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 3, 2016, 10:41 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
Message: Happy Birthday to fellow '62er, Linda Jones. Hope you have a great day Linda! Janet
Happy Birthday Linda ! !