Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2016, 1:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: We too had a great time at Coach's luncheon . Thank you , Gary for setting it up and letting us be a part of it . It does not not matter if you played sports or not, it was truly evident what an impact coach had on so many lives and how loved and respected he is. What a treasure. Just a side note to Judy-Wudy Degrazia-Blomsterberg- Dan and Ann Dye were there and Ann was very gracious in allowing Dan to give out some friendly hugs and kisses! ( Just to the ladies of which I think I may have gotten more than one hug and kiss) Anyway, we loved seeing old and new Cougar friends.
Judy missed out.
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2016, 11:25 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Just a few things about the lunch yesterday. First as we all suspected coach spoke for about 15-20 minutes and while some of the names failed him, the detailed stories were remarkable. We had late '50 to mid '70 folks. I won't swear to it but I think the ladies had more fun than the guys. It takes a lot to get some of these guys up to speak but out of respect for coach they did. I asked Cathy how many times she had heard all these stories and she just rolled her eyes. There is a room available that seats 100; we told coach if he would come back we would fill it up. Fun.
Great job Gary, let's do this again next year.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 22, 2016, 10:16 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA
Message: It was an excellent luncheon yesterday with coach Chauncey and his wife Cathy. Kudos to Gary Bickers for managing the event which was fun for everyone. I was the youngest HHS grad in the room with the bulk being guys who played for the ol coach in the late fifties/early sixties. Gary had some great stories to tell about his conversations with the coach during high school and Dan Dye and others contributed good memories. I knew Hal when he ran parks and rec for the city. I wish I was a generation older and played with this great bunch of guys. My highlight was meeting Ron Petch who is the only other Cougar who won a CIF game with a field goal. Ron kicked his in 1959 at El Camino stadium versus Glendale whereas mine came 15 years later in '74 against Loyola on Halcap. A great luncheon a good time and a great bunch of Cougars!
I agree Clark, a fun afternoon with a bunch of fun people. Thanks to Gary for getting this group together. Thanks to the Ol' Coach and Cathy for being there and to Rich Sloan for taking pictures and chauffering our honored guests. This group of Cougars is very special.
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 21, 2016, 12:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv
Message: Best Wishes to Hal Chauncey. He was my favorite PE coach. I remember him giving me a ride to school a couple times in the black 67 Ford Custom "narc car" that he drove. Saved me from gettin soaked on those rainy mornings! Great guy-always firm but fair. BC-73.
Thanks Bob
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 18, 2016, 1:00 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: COACH'S lunch at San Franciscan on Thursday. I have two spots left. Let me know at
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 18, 2016, 2:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atlantic Beach, Fl.
Message: Sounds like a good time was had.
Good time and good pizza, Ernie
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 17, 2016, 1:50 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: What a great Hawthorne opportunity we had the other night. Friday night several of us old HHS alumni gathered at the Pizza Show, a hawthorne icon. What a wonderful time we had; reminiscing the old days and old times. The Pizza Show opened in about 1956 and has been going strong ever since. When the present owner, Gary, heard that some of us remembered "Frenchy" who worked there in the early 60's, he came over to the table and shared a few old stories of his own. Gary said that he had actually been trained be "Frenchie" and remembered him well. Standing outside afterwards, it was pointed out that another of our old haunts was right across the street. Frosties, (which is now another business) was THE place to be on a Friday or Saturday night in the 50's and 60's. I know we shouldn't spend our life living in the past. But it is nice to know that there are still places we can go to relive good memories. And BTW, the Pizza Show still makes the best pizza I have ever had.
Great time on Friday with you all. Thanks to all who were there including Ray's son, Kevin, behind the camera.
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 15, 2016, 4:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Truckee, CA
Message: Happy Birthday Mike, who also was a great surfer and had a wonderful Woodie. Yes, Janet, Fred was down at the beach with us a lot, except when he was working - and unlike us, he actually had a job and worked! I remember Fred's 57 Chevy Bel Air convertible, which he traded for a '56 Nomad. Then, when he tired of that, he found his original Chevy Bel Air on a car lot and bought it back, if I recall correctly.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 15, 2016, 9:35 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Cali
Message: Bill Baker, Oh yes, the 26th Street beach scene was the place to be in the 60s. I believe you and Norm both caught a few waves with my husband Fred Burkett. What a place to be growing up, warm sand, great waves, classic cars, and little stress compared to today! Happy birthday Norm. Janet
Name: Bill Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Jul 14, 2016, 9:24 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Truckee
Message: Happy Birthday to Norm Steiner, my best friend since 2nd grade, arguably the best surfer to come out of Hawthorne HS and the 26th Street beach scene. While his goofy-footed surfing style may not have been the most graceful, he sure knew how to drive. And just watching him drop into a wave was pure pleasure! We've stayed close friends all these years and had many great times and adventures, memories we now treasure. Love ya man!
Happy Birthday Norm ! !
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 13, 2016, 8:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: We have the lunch coming up next Thursday the 21st at noon at San Franciscan in Torrance. Coach and his wife have committed. The room will comfortably hold another 6 Cougars. Let me know by next Monday.
Name: Billie J Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 13, 2016, 12:24 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Hanson
Class: 1962
City & State: Kent
Message: Thank you, "J.P." for the happy bday wish my long distance, email buddy, good friend forever. We certainly did share great, fun times running back and forth across 119th Place. Remember your chickens? Remember our Bantum roosters? Not sure what "shade tag" is all about but what the heck sign me up, (too old now not to give just about anything a try). Love You! B.J.
Happy Birthday BJ, Shade tag is when you can't be tagged if you're in the shade. Of course now I'd just put a stool in the shade and stay there
A big Happy Birthday today to good friends Jerry Rigney and Cindy Maxson. Hope you both have a fun day.
Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 12, 2016, 10:33 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Hawthorne
Message: Paul Mackie, hope your day was great!! Fight On!!!!
Name: Jerry Simpson ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 12, 2016, 7:21 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Santa Clarita Ca,
Message: Happy Birthday to Billie Hanson, the girl across the street. Friends since we were able to cross the street without mom holding our hand, Have a great day. Think we're too old to play shade tag?
Happy Birthday Billie Jean!!
Name: Ernie Nixon ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 12, 2016, 2:11 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Atantic Beach, Fl.
Message: Happy Birthday, Paul Mackie. A fellow teammate and a former Bakersfield neighbor.
Happy Birthday Paul.
Name: Stephanie Brito ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 11, 2016, 11:17 am - HHS Time
Maiden: hall
Class: 1961
City & State: Rancho P.V., CA
Message: Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl with Brian Wilson doing Pet Sounds Album....not an empty seat...the warm up group left stage at 7:40 and the wondrous time began...Brian was there singing and introducing every song., some with a little background...yes he looked 74 and did not sing in high notes, but sing he did and moved us to laughter, joy and ten we brought them back for 6 encores..."Love and Mercy tonight is what we need" Brian said--- "people are getting shot we need love and mercy tonight especially" he said and his message was not lost on his audience...Francisco said all the way home what a fantastic time, fantastic performance the young men behind us yelled out "We love you Brian" We all loved Brian this night.
Thanks Steph, sounds like you and Francisco had a great time.
Name: Karen Le Maistre ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 10, 2016, 10:08 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, California
Message: Just a reminder...The Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973 will be holding their "45th ish" Class Reunion on September 24, 2016 at the Westchester Elks in Playa del Rey. All Cougars are be sure to reserve your spot NOW! You don't want to miss this one! It's such a great event to reunite with old friends and to make new ones! Go to "Happenings | Class Reunions" here on Cougartown and scroll down to this event for more information!!!!
Name: Alan Ibarra ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 10, 2016, 6:50 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Coos Bay, OR
Message: Just want to wish Marla Crane a very, very Happy Birthday!!!
Happy Birthday Marla
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Jul 9, 2016, 12:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: West L.A.
Message: Speaking of Beach Boys, there is a long article in the L.A. Times today about Brian Wilson. He is still his inimitable self after lately turning 74. He will perform the "Pet Sounds" album in its entirety and other material tomorrow night at the Hollywood Bowl.
Name: Bob Clobucker ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 8, 2016, 9:23 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: Reno Nv
Message: Just got back from a trip to old Haytown for the 4rth o July. Great time hangin out with some old friends. Wild fireworks show. Good old LA county--did some touring around WOW All the changes since weve moved 1997. Anybody check out Jefferson Blvd. in the area where the Hughes Helicopter aircraft facility used to be. Huge condo complexes on both sides of the street--like driving through a tunnel. Kinda reminds me of the movie Blade Runner. No more open space. Had a good time in Socal. Good to see that the Beach Boys Memorial is alive and well. In tribute to all of the Beach Boys I fried up my Bridgestones on my 2005 Dodge Hemi Magnum wagon. Lots of smoke and two ribbons of rubber down the road- let freedom ring!! BC.
Party On Bob
Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 8, 2016, 7:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: It's 7:45 pm and I flipped the TV to PBS and there is Huell Howser (RIP) in front of Foster's in Hawthorne talking with the CEO about the store and it's beginnings...trying to figure out who is the guy next to him - oh, it's Don Biederwell, the franchisee. Sure looks like someone I went to school with. Right now, I could use a soft serve cone...the whole thing made me smile. Cruise Night is around the corner?
Looks like Cruise Night will be 9-10
Name: Bill Shultz ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Jul 8, 2016, 11:46 am - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: hawthorne
Message: Happy Birthday Janet Frantz, a truly wonderful lady!!
Happy Birthday Janet.
Name: Lee Leonard ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 7:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: Hawthorne Ca
Message: Mike Shay Happy Birthday Have A Good One
Name: Gary Bickers ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 3:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: pve cal
Message: Two weeks from tomorrow; July 21 2016 we will get to have lunch with coach Chauncey and his wife at San Franciscan in Torrance on Sepulvada just west of Crenshaw. We have some room. Please let me know if you plan to come. $20.00 gets you some kind of burger and you pay for your drinks. Coach will talk and his wife will talk about him.
Thanks Gary, see you there.
Name: Richard Hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 12:51 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1956
City & State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: Happy birthday to my best friend and brother in law, Mike Shay Hope to see you soon
Name: Judy Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 9:37 am - HHS Time
Maiden: DeGrazia
Class: 1964
Message: Here's the answers to all your questions Sid. Jan is starting to write words in Arabic. This concerns me too, but he hasn't asked me to veil myself, so I look the other way. Re: Mr. Harry Plotkin. He's told me that I was his favorite student many many times and I never even had him for a teacher, so I think he says that to everyone. And how come no one is posting pictures of Miss Kathy Brooks from Monday's birthday party. Cameras were flashing as she was crowned Queen for the day. Last, I know that you parked down the block from the Rout's and stopped in every neighbor's house for a drink and food. You were only 1 house away from making it and then I saw you peer over the fence and write "Kilroy was here." very funny. BTW, I'll donate that cursed bottle of Patron tequila to Good Neighbors Day again and hope to raffle it off for good. I'll actually pay someone to take it home. The bow on top has changed about 4 times to reflect the times of year (Xmas, Summer, etc.) and I'm running out of bows. We've had it back here so long that we've named it. See you at GND .. LYM Sid.
Not sure there will be raffles at GND this year. Call Norb and ask or call the Historical Society as I will be out of town for that event
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 8:04 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Happy birthday ol' buddy, Mike Shay!
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 7:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA
Message: Happy Birthday to my long time friend Mike Shay! We've shared lots of great memories over the past, nearly, six decades. Have a terrific day pal. I'll see you soon.
Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Jul 6, 2016, 6:06 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: A BIG Happy Birthday today to a "joined at the hip" friend since the 50s, Mike Shay. Mike and I have so many stories together over the years; school stories, car stories, fishing and hunting stories, family stories, business partner stories, and some stories we'll take to the grave. So Happy Birthday buddy, I hope your day is filled with fun and merriment. I LOVE U MAAAANN!!!
Name: Jan Blomsterberg ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Jul 5, 2016, 7:41 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1963
City & State: Harbor City, CA
Message: A Dana moment at yesterday's BBQ at John and Annie Rout's home. Mr. Harry Plotkin, our favorite Dana teacher; yours truly seventh grade class of 57-58; Barbara Norris, eighth grade class of 58-59; Dennis Campbell, seventh grade class of 55-56; With a little arm twisting Harry said I was his favorite seventh grade student. Sorry Dennis!
I thought I was his favorite. Jan, as to the weird characters in your feedback, trying to figure out if it's me or you. Leo has the same thing in his too. Are you typing your feedback into the add feedback page or pasting it in there. I know copy and pastes do this but you didn't copy anything off another page. Just wondering. Email or call me if you have the answer.
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 4, 2016, 9:42 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
Message: I was just looking at the Hawthorne High campus on Google Earth. I don't even recognize the school that I went to. Very few buildings left from the early days. Many new buildings. It is a really good looking school now. It's hard to believe that brand new school I went to is so old it's outdated and being torn down. It really makes me realize how old I am.
Gone but not really, Marilyn. Still have the gym and Nyman Hall, the science building with that end pretty much intact.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 4, 2016, 2:34 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena
Message: It is great to have a local, graduate of Long Beach State at the helm: Cougar Pride and Beach Pride. Hawthorne High School welcomed new Principal, Dr. Vanessa Landesfeind to the campus. Dr. Landesfeind left her position as the Principal of Instruction at Dominguez High School in Compton to join the Hawthorne High School team. “I am honored to have been selected as the new principal for Hawthorne High School. I look forward to working with our students, parents, staff and community.”, said Dr. Landesfeind. During her tenure at Dominguez she focused on funding and supporting programs to increase college access and preparation. During the last three years in her position, Dominguez was recognized by the University of California, Irvine for having the highest increase in being AVID certified to being eligible to become a demonstration site, produced a national champion MESA team and had an almost 50% increase in its AP Equity and Excellence rating. Dr. Landesfeind completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at California State University, Long Beach and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. Since 2008, Dr. Landesfeind has also had the privilege of teaching Educational Leadership and the Advanced Studies in the Education and Counseling Departments at CSULB.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Jul 4, 2016, 8:08 am - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca
Message: Happy 4th of July birthday to Rich Sloan! Have a great day , Rich!
Happy Birthday Richard, have a great day man.
Name: Myron Ferdig ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Jul 3, 2016, 9:18 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1961
Message: Hi John, Couple of thoughts come to mind: Lots of good memories I shared with Jim Parisi, Wally Ristow, Russ Omey and others -- many of which revolved around the Lakers. Those were the days of Elgin Baylor, Jimmy Krebs, Hot Rod Hundtley, Rudy LaRusso, Tommy Hawkins and of course, Jerry West. We had gone to a few Laker games, and Jim and I decided to buy season tickets for the 1960-61 and the 61-62 seasons ( at, I believe $ $135.00/season ) I remember a couple of games - playing against Philadelphia.. Both games became "One 0n One"-- Wilt Chamberlain against Elgin Baylor--both coaches just let them go at it against one a another, and the crowds loved it. Both men scored well over 50 points each I recall. I remember Hot Rod Hundtley shooting hook shots for free throws-- games were fun to watch...not that they aren't today, but a different era, where non-contact sorta meant non-contact ... etc. etc. etc. Couple of occasions come to mind: some evenings coming home..fog home..fog so thick you couldn't see much of anything...Jim in front passenger seat, guiding as lookout, and Russ in back telling me if I was over or within the lane lines. Another time, five or six of us...15-16-17 yrs old..Mike Hollingsworth driving, ---Hey! It might have been Mike Shay--I can't remember....(sorry Mike...s. Getting old,,,) anyway, socked in with fog.... came to a "could just barely see hazy, red" stop light. Stopped. Car pulls alongside, three young men in their twenties jump out with baseball bats and come roaring at us. Mike floors it and goes through light...never mind you can't see a blessed thing!. Never saw them again. Mike says, " I didn't know what else to do!" You did just fine, Mike! Some old-timer 'Jocks' from Leuzinger get together every 2-3 months for a lunch/bull session ... I usually go, as I attended there my freshman and sophomore years---and Betty Fellows, if your out there, Tommy Skinner says Hi.
Some great memories there, Myron. Thanks for the Laker team too. Most of them had slipped my mind. Seems like you could get a very good seat at a Laker game, back then for about $4.50. Times have certainly changed. I heard someone say Jack Nicholson pays $1700 a seat.