Name: Rich Haffke ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 31, 2016, 11:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Sparks, NV
Message: Hi John, I noticed in a couple of postings that some alumni have had problems with the whole Windows 10 upgrade debacle. I myself do not wish to upgrade for the foreseeable future. I have been monitoring the progress of this issue via "Ask Leo". Today Leo issued his blog and it covers the current state of affairs with the upgrade. For those of you who do not wish to or cannot upgrade, Google his website and read the transcript (or watch the video). Towards the end he will provide information about a couple of small utilities that monitor your system (I am using GWX Control Panel). Cheers.
Thanks Rich, I think you can go into Windows Updates on your computer, click on advanced options, and change from automatic to notify to schedule restart.
Name: Dean Karels ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 30, 2016, 7:41 am - HHS Time
Class: 1965
City & State: Tustin,Ca.
Message: Just reviewed the VietNam page and as usual I came across a couple of names that I knew, of course after reminiscing and sayin a little prayer I had to grab the box of kleenex.
Good day for that, Dean, thanks man.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 29, 2016, 5:40 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: A very unique Cougar sighting today: Had lunch with my mom at her retirement home in P.V., stopped at a Ralphs at Crenshaw and Rolling Hills Road on the way home for some milk. Started chatting with a guy in the store and when I asked where he went to high school he said Saint Bernard's '68. He reversed the question and when I said Hawthorne he said he had taught metal shop at HHS from '74 to '08. His name is Mr. Ferron for those of you who might have had him. I told him that if he started in'74 then we had crossed paths. We had a big CIF playoff game with Loyola in 74 and I was the placekicker. I kicked straight ahead old school conventional style and had a square toed shoe with a chunk of metal in the toe, I took it to metal shop the day of the game and asked the instructor if he could grind it flat and square. He did it and I didn't miss a kick that night so Mr. Ferron contributed to a great Cougar victory.
Thanks Clark, we welcome Mr. Ferron to Ctown
Name: Mike Mecey ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 29, 2016, 3:05 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Roseville, CA
Message: My good friend Jimmy Peppers (61) moved to Greece many, many years ago. He & I have kept in touch over the years by phone & Skype... The last time I talked to him, he said he was not doing too well... He had a rib cracked while in physical therapy... I then did not hear from him for a week or two and I finally got hold of his wife via Skype... he has been hospitalized for about 3 weeks. For those of you who might remember Jimmy, he was a cheer leader; one of two with Larry Smith. It might be kind of fun if a bunch of us who knew him in that era would send him Get Well cards. I sent one a week ago & Francia said he teared up when he read it. Maybe a bunch of us remembering him will help get him out of the hospital. Here is his address: Jim Peppers Zoodohou Pigis 29 Melissia, Atiki 15127 Athens, Greece Note: This takes more than domestic postage, so I recommend you take it to the post office to get the correct postage... Thanks for helping one of the good guys get better...
Thanks Mike and get well Jimmie!!
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-May 29, 2016, 12:48 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Just wanted to give a shout out to all of our Cougartown veterans, especially my 2 brothers; Ray (Korea) and Dennis (Vietnam). Thank you guys and gals for your service and dedication. It will never be forgotten!
Thanks to all our Vets for a job well done.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 27, 2016, 10:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene, OR.
Message: Hey John , Bill and the rest of you Columbo's. There is no one happier than me to find out my buddy Tim is still kicking. When I was informed of his demise 15 yrs ago the source was solid and it was a gut punch. Bill if you haven't talked to Tim again, tell him I am sorry to have counted him out long before the fact. I have to also thank C-Town. and am glad we can talk about sporting goods stores to take out Chinese food that only matters to C-Towners. Thanks again everyone who cracked this case...
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2016, 5:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Truckee, CA
Message: Just a quick message, with more information later tonight, but just received a call from Tim Lyons and he is indeed alive and well. Thanks to everyone who helped to pitch in and find how to reach him. He's not an on-line internet guy, so won't be posting here, but wishes everyone well. Will update a bit more in a few hours.
Thank you Bill. Now we know for sure and Robin, I have removed your last post And while we are on the subject of Lyons in Cougartown, were Tim and Bill Lyons related? Please ask him when you talk to him, Bill and thanks to all our "Power of the Cougars" people, Janny, Glenn, Gary, Robin, and of course, you too Bill, for cracking this one. Glad to know Tim is still roaming the hills of Visalia.
Name: Gary Miller ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2016, 11:19 am - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Yountville, Ca
Message: Tim Lyons is alive, I just spoke with his Son
Thanks Gary, but we could use a little more info like how did you find his son
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2016, 10:51 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton
Message: JB, I notice some new Grade School Pics for Intermediate. I never found mine for the classes of Mrs. Wiley and Mr. Mizoguchi!
Yes, thanks to Bill Lebo for the new grade school pictures that have been added. He has more that are coming from Eucalyptus too. If anyone has grade school pictures they want added, please email them to me (my email at the bottom of this page). I can't retrieve them, full size, from facebook.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2016, 8:23 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
City & State: Ca
Message: Big birthday wishes to Bob Fraser! Have a great day. Janet
Happy Birthday Bobby Boy.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2016, 8:13 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to my long time pal, Bob Fraser. I too am proud to be able to call you my friend. Seems like a lightening flash since Birch Ave. doesn't it? Have a wonderful day buddy!
Happy Birthday Bob.
Name: John Guerra ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-May 26, 2016, 5:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Anaheim, Calif
Message: Wishing a very Happy Birthday to a good friend [ Mr Doo Wop ] Bob Fraser, Have a great day Bob
Hey Bob, Happy Birthday maaaann!!
Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 25, 2016, 9:26 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Robert!!! You have a day "YOU" want! One classy guy! Very proud to know you!! Have a "HAPPY"!
Hey Bob, Happy Birthday man, and have a great day.
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 25, 2016, 3:44 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Truckee, CA
Message: Chiming in again on Timmy Lyons. We did some research yesterday and today, and think Tim is still with us. His birth date actually is February 8, 1945. He married Jeannette Creedon, also from Hawthorne in 1967. I remember that they were still married when I last saw Tim in 1995, and when we googled his home address in Visalia, I can confirm that's the house I remember they lived in. Sadly, Jeannette passed away in September of 2006 and is buried in the Visalia Public Cemetery. Verified that today by phone and only she is buried there, not Tim, at least not yet. Have put out some other calls and messages. Will keep you posted.
Thanks for the info Bill, I will take Tim off the Tributes and put him back on the Missing list until confirmed.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-May 25, 2016, 10:07 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA
Message: If it's any help, and Intellius return a record for a Tim James Lyons, age 71, formerly of Visalia, Sacramento and Woodbrige, VA. Neither nor return any records for that name.
Thanks John, I'm sure the picture is Tim.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2016, 7:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: The HHS prom is this Friday night. I'm sure a lot of young ladies will take the day off to get make-up and hair done. In '76 I was in charge of the date and location of our prom. My classmates were very upset I booked it for Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was the only day the Riviera Country Club was available and I really liked the venue.
Have fun 2016ers!!
Name: Linda Huthmaker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2016, 6:34 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Huthmaker
Class: 1963
City & State: Torrance, California
Message: Just read the feedback about 'Windows 10' automatically installing. It happened to me, just the other day! However, when it was done, there was a piece saying "the legal stuff", to which I declined. THEN, it took forever, once again, to get back to Windows 8. But, it did go back, and, so far, everything is good. WOW! Shocking. All is well, at this point. Was interested to read that it happened to Mr. Green. Not to worry, if you do not want it installed. I let my PC Geek know about this, as well. Regards, Linda Huthmaker/1963
In my opinion, W10 is a pretty good OS.
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2016, 3:56 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Rhodes
Class: 1963
City & State: Truckee, California
Message: Re: Tim Lyons. As far as I know, Tim spent his adult life in Visalia, California. I believe he worked as a rep for a large sporting goods company. He also coached some type of youth sports. Last time I saw him was at John McFall's funeral back in 1995. I've never heard any more since then or that he died.
Thanks for the info, Bill.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-May 24, 2016, 9:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut
Message: Alan, that was not "the link between house and man" it was the link between horse and man i.e, reins/Raines. I too would like to find out what happened to Tim Lyons. We used to be close friends way back in the 4th grade.
Now I get it, thanks Jim.
Name: Alan Hauge ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 23, 2016, 10:58 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Message: Hey John and the rest on Cougartown thanks for the birthday wish...I still feel 25 inside but my body is not cooperating. Missed a decade of being here but I'm back thanks to Jim Raines we once called 'the link between house and man'...anyway missed a lot I'm sure.
Hey Alan, good to hear from you man, thanks for the shout and come on back anytime.
Name: Jim Schroeder ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 23, 2016, 4:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Oregon
Message: Somehow I had the SLA & Patti Hearst doing some evil stuff at Western Surplus?? I am confused on many things, and this could be one. Tim Lyons? A better option is locating his sister, Lola -- I asked her to go steady in 8th grade. Cue up the Beach Boys: "Shut Down." And a joyous birthday to one "Zelda" -- class of '66.
Hey Jimbo, it was the Mansion family at Western Surplus. We have, at the Hawthorne Historical Museum, a plastic Santa that caught a round right through the head in that shootout. May he rest in peace. Happy Birthday Zelda!
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-May 23, 2016, 8:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: A Big Happy Birthday today to good buddy Alan Hauge HHS61. Hope you have a fun day, Alan and please check in here once in a while.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2016, 5:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: What I remember most about those Sporting Goods Stores was the great smell of leather and horse hide from the balls, gloves and shoes. Having an older brother I remember he got the professional mitt and kangaroo shoes and I got the cardboard. I remember as a junior I wanted red track shoes. My dad said I'd better run faster!
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2016, 3:10 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, Ga.
Message: The Lyons store was a short distance north of El Segundo Blvd.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2016, 11:00 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene
Message: My bad JB. I guess I don't know my A from a K in the ground anymore. Here at Eugene Gardens they only let us out 1/2 hr . twice a day. I believe we lost Tim many years ago. And Lyons sporting goods store became a post office or vice versa so I meant a couple buildings north of El Segundo Bl. Thanks..
Hey Robin, NOW I know where it was. Thanks man and does anyone know what happened to Tim?
Name: Myron Ferdig ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2016, 9:57 am - HHS Time
Class: 1961
City & State: Tujunga, CA
Message: Hey John, to the Calment piece, my son tells me if we live to 100 we pretty much "got-er made".... because very few people die after 100 --my aunt will be 102 in June--still very active.. may we all get there with soundness of mind, body and spirit. There's a lady HHS grad who owns a music production studio...I misplaced the info. Anyone remember? btw-- Thanks for the website plug! Special offer to Cougs: $20. for both books... tax and freight included. (is this spam?)
Hey Myron, Thanks very much for the Calment piece. My Mother is much younger than your Aunt (96) but still fairly active for her age. Seems people are just living longer and better lives without Lard
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2016, 8:10 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno nv
Message: Mels sporting goods! I went in there once. Spent $2. They had a barrel full of those old style police nightsticks. So I bought one and threw it behind the seat of my 66 Ranchero where it sat for a few years among the other tools and debris kept there. Then early one morning got stopped for a violation. Sheriffs look in the car pull out the billy club and inform me that I was Under arrest for possesion of this thing. A felony under Ca. law. If you were a cop or a security guard then its legal. Thanks for watching out for your customers Mel. Luckily got the whole thing dismissed because they didn't impound my car. For the charge to stick they have to impound the vehicle the contraband was found in. Worst $2 I ever spent!! BC
Hey Bob, you should have bought a baseball bat Thanks man.
Name: Dennis Carden ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-May 21, 2016, 7:56 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Newnan, Ga.
Message: The original Lyons Sporting Goods store was on Inglewood Ave. The Lyons family lived behind the store. I remember my brother Pat hanging out with Tim.
Thanks Dennis, Do you remember where that store was on Inglewood Av? Robin said across from the HHS parking lot but the parking lot goes from the swimming pool to El Segundo Bl. Also Tim Lyons, I wonder what ever happened to him.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 20, 2016, 8:25 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene OR.
Message: Where was Lyon's Sporting Goods.....Across Inglewood Ave from the HHS parking lot. And wasn't AB&S before Bob Ketchum made it KB&S? Never knew what happened to "A"?
Actually it was KB&S first and when Bob Ketchum went out on his own, then it became AB&S. Ketchums was 10227 Hawthorne Bl. in 1961 El Molino. Lyons was 263 N. Hawthorne Bl in the 59 El Mo.
Name: Wade Greasby ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 20, 2016, 6:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Surf City, CA
Message: John, Bill, Clark, the Sporting Goods Store on Crenshaw was Mel's Sporting Goods. It wasn't shot up by the SLA. It was shot up by the Inglewood PD, LAPD and the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department going after the SLA, namely Bill and Emily Harris along with Patty Hearst. The three did fire their weapons, but away from the store towards the law enforcement. Bob Ketchum's was on Hawthorne Blvd. as was AB&S Sporting Goods further north at Hardy and Hawthorne Blvd. All three stores carried the best athletic equipment and shoes.
Hi Wade, I kind of remember that someone in the store was shoplifting and the security guard caught him/her. Patty Hearst was across Crenshaw in a van, I think, and started shooting up the store from the van. They all escaped and no cops on the scene. Maybe I'm not clear on this but just the way I remember it. Now... where was Lyon's Sporting Goods.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 20, 2016, 2:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Some great quotes to live by. Especially for those of us entering the second half, so to speak. One of the best quotes I've ever heard was from an Art Linkletter interview of a woman in her early hundreds. He asked her what the best thing was about being her age. She responded "Very little peer pressure!!"
Name: Bill Ferrier ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 20, 2016, 2:11 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Woodland, CA
Message: Clark Millman asked, "Anybody remember the name of the small sporting goods store on Crenshaw about 100 yards south of Imperial?" Was it Bob Ketchum Sporting Goods??
Hi Bill, The only place I remember Ketchums was on Hawthorne Bl. Did they move over to Crenshaw?
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-May 20, 2016, 12:02 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Just received an email from Myron Ferdig HHS61. Here is something very interesting if you think you're elderly.

And you think you're old?

Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human Lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days. It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madam Calment lived her life. Jeanne was born in Arles, France, on 21st February 1875. When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 years old. It was at this time that she met Vincent van Gogh. 'He was dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable' she recalled in an interview given in 1988. When she was 85, she took up fencing, and she was still riding on her bike when she reached 100. When Jeanne was 114, she starred in a film about her life; At 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at 117 she gave up smoking (having started at the age of 21 in 1896). Apparently, she didn't give up for health reasons, But because she didn't like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she'd becoming almost blind. In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs. She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called Andre-Francois Raffray. He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition that he would inherit her apartment after she died. However, Raffray not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but died before she did at the age of 77. His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment. Until the end of her days, Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties. When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have, she replied: 'a very short one.'

Quotes and rules of life from Jeanne Calment:

'Being young is a state of mind, it doesn't depend on one's body. I'm actually still a young girl, it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years.' 'I've only got one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it.' 'All babies are beautiful.' 'I've been forgotten by our good Lord.' 'I'm in love with wine.' 'Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life.' 'If you can't change something, don't worry about it.' 'I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets.' 'I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry too often.' 'I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine.' 'I think I will die of laughter.' 'I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit.' 'I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky.' (At the end of one interview, in response to a journalist who said he hoped they would meet again the following year): 'Why not? You're not that old, you'll still be here.'
Thanks Myron, and for more on our fellow Cougar, please visit his website at