Name: Dan Johnson () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 17:45:38
Message: What great fun Friday night was! It was particularly fun seeing old friends Maria, Debbie (dont call me Bergen), Kelly, Brian, Peggy and Omar. It was very fun meeting Susan (how we didn't meet 22 years ago is beyond me). Konnie Krislock, you bundle of energy, what a treat! Your dedication to the principles of journalism and the education of your students continues to overwhelm me (and all of us). You are justifiably proud of what you accomplished with the "journalism junkies." Anyway, Mr. Baker, thank you for your vision in creating this site and the sense of community that it has rekindled -- I'm sorry I did not get a chance to meet you, but there was simply too much going on! Finally, the Griffins (first names escaping me) -- it was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for indulging my obsession with Pink Floyd -- hope to see you (and every other "Floydhead") at my birthday party on Saturday 10/23 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood!
Thank YOU Mr Johnson for showing up and having a great time with your peers. I would've liked to have met you too, but all in all you'd have been just another brick in the wall. Thanks Dan for being there and I'm sure we'll meet down the road.
Name: Frank A. Romano () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 17:36:19
Message: JUST great stories shared with old friends to create new memories...CT USA, Mr. Sloey... You're very correct. There are no barriers at CT. We are all tied with the same bonding, and we each have John Baker to thank for his idea, sense of humor and Hard Work keeping CT up in front. Howard Duran, you pictures are great. It was neat seeing them without my glasses on. I did get a very nice note from Bill Cusac. I don't know Bill, but I can certainly relate to his experiences... He's home and doing well. Robin.... Ye Ol' Prince... You back dealing with that cousin stuff. Well whatever works. I've seen no mention about the Inglewood team or the turnout at the game. I'm sure they were fairly well surprised with the body count. Did anyone get any feedback from the players? JB...How did the function ie Nyman HaLL GO?
Hi Frank, The Nyman Hall reception went great. We saw the plaques. Mrs. Marks was one of the missing and will be added. The seats that are restored so far are painted gray with a burgundy cloth. They look terrific.
Mr. Nyman himself showed up and we all got our pictures taken with him. He looks great and still has that Nyman wit and genteel smile.
Name: Sandy Cooper () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 16:11:52
Message: Huge recognition and gratitude with warm thank you's to all who made this more than perfect week-end possible. I didn't think I was going to be able to go, but things worked out so I was able to attend all. What great fun I had seeing so many friends. I am still smiling thinking of all the great conversations, and people I have missed so much that were happy to be hugging again. Richard Sloan, that was so kind of you to bring a copy of the pics you took and to include one for my brother. I can wait to see the one of Marsha Russell, Barbara Norris Westrope and I losing any chance of dignity we may have had for the future, when we ran the Chinese Fire Drill Race in inner tubes!! Thank you for the dance John Baker, not only at the Stick 'n Stein, but the past few months. I am having more and more fun these days, all because one mindful young man from Hawthorne High never forgot, never let go of what is truly important in life. John, you are so deservingly called King of Cougartown, but you are much more than that to most who know you, and appreciate what you have done. Fifty-four and "Sixty" will be heartfelt memories for me forever. You have brought us all back to the Sixties and our roots, when nothing was more important than our friendship for one another. I speak for many who love you and have more love in their hearts today because of you and your vision. God has given you this magical gift, thank you for sharing it with all of us.
Now doggone it Sandy......see, you're not supposed to be goin' on and make me tear up like that. Thank you, and all your Rowdy friends. I love you dearly.
Name: Cathy Rouse Henley () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 15:31:58
Message: Hi Diane Fiello I hope that we can geet together soon. We teachers need to stick together.
Name: Terry Trefz () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 15:16:12
Message: Just a note to all you Cougar Car Guys,
This past weekend, Kurt Bush, driving the Star Nurseries Chevrolet Monte Carlo won the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Championship. In doing so, the team established a new Division record with four consecutive wins, with one race remaining on this years schedule. This car is powered by engines built and maintained by LTR Racing Engines of Onyx, Calif. LTR Racing is own and operated by LANNY TREFZ(HHS'68) and his wife DIANA. Congratulations on the Championship, the new NASCAR records, and for a job well done. Way to go little Brother!
Thanks for the info Terry, and Way To Go Lanny and Diane. Yet another Cougar makes good out there in the big bad world.
Name: Loren Heath () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 15:00:36
Message: All I can say, what a "GREAT" weekend. Seeing all those who attended having such a ball seeing old friends. I know it was a real "kick" seeing those from my class who came in from out of state and it will probably be a long time till we see them again.
Thanks John for being such a great sport with that extra special order of "SOS" and the green mouth that might stay forever. Thanks to all who came out to the breakfast at the VFW, it is a great place to be able to set down (unfortunately not me) chat and help the VFW help the community and assist our countries disabled veterans. Thank you all for the support.
Maybe in the near future, I can get one off so I can sit down, relax, eat and be able to converse with the rest of you all.
Judy, you won't have to order the "SOS", I promise. It will just be grand to have you back. We really missed your smiling face. Now that it is all over, what are we going to talk about? You were the talk of "Cougartown" and now it is all over, unless, you decide to put them back. Wouldn't that be a kick?????
Yes Judy, Have you put in for the legal name change from DeGrazia to BeGrazia yet?? Thanks Loren.......
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 14:43:50
E-Mail: iwishihadbeenattherestof theparties.com
Message: John, you have given us all some great memories but I think what Cougartown.com has done more than even that was to connect all our classes together. We all attended Cougar Ville with 7 other classes but even then how many people in the "upper classes" did you know or associate or the younger classes when you were an upperclassman? Not many is my guess, uneducated as it may be, but at Cougartown.com we are one class, alumni, there is no age barrier, in fact there is no barrier. If you want to write someone you just email them and you have a new friend, instantly regardless if they were older or younger than you. I can't believe the people I have gotten to know and some to know better since you started this thing with a life of its own, and it is great. El Rojo and the Id Queen, Frank Romano, I have never met these guys in person, I get emails from them its like hearing from a dear old friend ( didn't mean the old like that Frank) Mom B and her daughters, who I have now met, and the many reunions, unbelievable. Danny Litton it was, as always, great to see you! And Bryce Barboza I can't wait to see you in January when the games start. And of course the Rowdy girls, a misnomer at best, these are kind sweet people who hide under that moniker; Robin Hood, and all your cousins, and that is about everybody, the royal flogger who I did not know that well in high school who is terrific regardless of her titles, and Angel Karen even if she denies she knew me from high school (actually Karen I have no memories of you from our sophomore year through our junior year), and everybody else. We are Family! Thank you JOHN BAKER you are truly Mr. Cougar!! And truly a friend to all!
Your friend to the end!
And Royal you get well for next year!
Thanks Jim, Here's a guy that I didn't know, and has become a very good friend along with his wife Debbie and brother Bill, and other bro John, who I met at the game on Friday night. You're correct Jim, it doesn't matter what class you're from, the friends are there. I've made so many great 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's era friends that I never would've known had it not been for Cougartown. I'm hoping to meet lots more too. Thanks Jim.........
Name: Sherry Wingo () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 14:40:07
Message: What a great 3 days we had. The class of 64 had quite a few alumni at the picnic. Thanks to the folks that did the games. They were so fun. Loren that green stuff was great. The seats look real nice in Nyman Hall. I'm glad you recognized me Howard! It was so nice seeing people I hadn't seen for so many years. Lets do it again.
I agree Sherry, Let's do it again, and thanks for being there this weekend. It's always fun when you're there.
Name: John Baker () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 15:05:51
Message: Re: Homecoming weekend,
For all you who can't wait for pictures to be added from this weekend's funfest, Howard Duran has added pictures on his server. Please click here to see them.
Thanks a million Howard for taking the time to set this up. Very nice......
Name: MYTMO () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 13:02:02
Message: WELL, WHAT CAN I SAY THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS WEEKEND? IT WAS AWESOME! :O) THE STICK N STEIN WAS A BLAST (IT'S A GOOD THING THE EARTHQUAKE HIT AFTER 2:00 P.M. OR THE UPSTAIRS WOULD HAVE BECOME THE DOWNSTAIRS DUE TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THERE). SUSAN, YOU ARE DEFINITELY THE "QUEEN" OF PICNICS. WE 60's COUGS SHOWED ALL THE YOUNGER COUGS WE ARE STILL YOUNG AT HEART....THE BODY, WELL THAT MAYBE ANOTHER SUBJECT (JOHN, ARE YOU UP FOR ANOTHER GAME OF FLAG FOOTBALL?). ALL THE OTHER GAMES WERE THE BEST (OF COURSE, I HAVE TO FAVOR THE "TROTT TRIPOD TROT"). THE "HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE CAKE BAKEOFF"....I'M SO SAD :O( .... I LOST....BUT THE BEST MOM WON....MOM B....CONGRATULATIONS MOM! BY THE END OF THE PICNIC, WE ALL WERE DRAGGIN'.... YOUNG AND OLD (MAKE THAT OLDER!). BREAKFAST AT THE VFW THE NEXT MORNING WAS GREAT. LOREN HAD A SPECIAL SERVING OF S.O.S. FOR OUR KING (PICS TO FOLLOW). AFTER THE BREAKFAST, IT WAS ON TO THE RECEPTION AT HHS FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE SEATS IN NYMAN HALL. WE ALL GOT TO FIGURE OUT WHERE OUR SEATS WERE. BUT, THE BEST PART OF THAT DAY WAS SEEING....MR. NYMAN HIMSELF! WE ALL (JOHN, JANET, ROBIN, MARSHA, CHRIS, MOM B AND MYSELF) HAD OUR PIC TAKEN WITH "THE" PRINCIPAL! JUDY, EVERYONE MISSED YOU....EVERYONE ASKED ABOUT YOU (AND THE GIRLS)! WE MISSED ALL THAT COULD NOT ATTEND (SLOEY, DEBBIE, FRANK, ETC.) WELL, I GUESS THAT ABOUT WRAPS UP THE WEEKEND....EXCEPT FOR ONE THING....TO JANNY WANNY....THAT WAS SOME FRUIT BASKET....IT WAS HALF GONE IN NO TIME (BY JUDY, MARSHA, ROBIN & ME). GOOD CHOICE!! :O) IT PUT A BIG SMILE ON JUDY'S FACE! UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND-UP (BETHEREORBESQUARE)....BE A COUG! MoMo
Mo, Thank YOU for all your help in the inner tube department and for providing the cones, so when we had to go do a chore, we wouldn't lose our spot. I don't know what we'd have done without you and the City Yard. BTW, there were NO LOSERS in the Cake Bakeoff. I, and the rest of the judges thought they were all great. Thanks to all the contestants for bringing those fabulous entries.
Thanks for everything Mo; another "Rowdy" comes through.....
Name: daily breeze(small case) () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 12:05:58
Message: ok we have checked our sources and the COUGARS have had no less than 10 players, starters injured for most of the season. They appear to be on the mend and will be tough the rest of the way when they finish the season with the top 2 teams in the area, Penninsula and Looseafinger. Upset time!
I'm glad to see our daily sleezer has seen the light and is actually talking some sense now. Our boys have had some injuries and will pick up the action the rest of the way. Another positive note is the JV Cougs are undefeated this season, so it looks good for next year too. 2000 Homecoming Weekend !!!! I CAN'T WAIT !!!
Oh, I sure hope we can get our Cougar band members some uniforms by then. Isn't this a CVUHSD school board election year or something?? Maybe we can all go to a meeting and suggest a little help.
Name: Keith D. Jones () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 11:39:28
Maiden: always been Jones
Message: I'm so sorry I couldn't be at the game or party. I had planned a trip to Puerto Vallarta that actually got cancelled the day before and rescheduled for Nov. Sometime I'll be able to get together with everyone. I noticed that Mike Colbern signed on here. I think alot of guys grew up in Holly Glen having Mike Colbern as an idol. I know I did. I loved being able to tell people that Mike was my friend. His brother Dennis was one of my best friends. I know there isn't anyone out there who went to baseball games at Wiseburn who doesn't remember his mom. She was great and so was his dad (my coach). Mike if you read this say Hi to Dennis, Greg and of course Debbie. I'm living in Vegas now after the past ten years in Hawaii. Drop me a email sometime. My bro (Les) is a Highway patrolman down near Temecula. Diane L. call me.
Yeah Keith, you missed a monster weekend. We'll see you down the road, I'm sure. Thanks.........
Name: Barbara Duran () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 10:10:36
Message: Friday night was a Blast. Thank you so much for taking the time to get this together. I had a terrific time talking to Bob Veach & Carl Harrison, Mr Plotkin and Mrs Brooks, she's so pretty!. The picnic was also a great time. Now we're waiting for the next event. Thanks again to all who worked so hard to give a lot of people a wonderful time. THANK YOU !!
Name: Melinda () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 10:01:00
Message: Message for Wendy Zitter Chaney. Hey Wendy not sure if you remember I lived right across the street from you, Steven and I were like best of friends. My parents are Elly and Bert. How's your mom and dad? write back. Linda
Name: Marsha Russell () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 10:00:34
Message: What a blast!!!!!! I know why I love you all so much, what a great group of people! One of the younger Cougs said to me, "I think the group from the sixties really knows how to have the most fun". I agree, however there were lots of younger Cougs right in there!! Mom B, it was so great spending time with you this weekend, and Robin and I want to know just how long you were in Panchos?
Thanks to everyone that helped make this weekend such a success and needless to say, Johnny boy, we love you madly!! We all missed Rowdy Judy but we kept her updated on all of the events. Let's go to Pinks. Marsha....Rowdy girl
Pinks it IS!!! Thursday night at 7pm. We'll get Judy out for her first REAL test and see if she can lift a chili dog above her chest. When she dribbles the chili......NOW, it'll hit her toes.
Great time this weekend Rowdys. You girls keep the 60's fun index up around 97 or 98. Sandy Peppers, thanks for the dance. One of my childhood fantasies has now been fulfilled.
Name: Susan Walling () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 04:15:10
Message: To all of the special Coug's who went above and beyond the call of duty and put their heart, soul and sweat into making this weekend successful... you have my heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude. Joyce Savisky Chance, Kathy (Lorig) & Steve Stonebraker, Eddie Hinojos & Patty (Hinojos to be!), our great DJ Neil, David & Laura (Geele) Wang, Chris Prewitt and his lovely wife Kathy, Mo Trott, Sharon (Bierman) Branigan, Sue (Bierman) King, Janet Humphreys Burkett, all of our wonderful Cougartown Heavenly Chocolate Cake Judges, and everyone who pitched in to help set-up, run the events, and clean-up, THANKS A MILLION! It never would have happened without all of you. Thanks to Alan Hauge and Mark Escalante for creating and producing our great t-shirts.
John, it was an awesome weekend! The Cougars won, friendships were rekindled, hearts warmed, and new friendships begun. The 60's women partied till Stick & Stein closed the doors, and then I'm certain that they didn't stop until dawn! Has anyone told them that it's 1999?! Thank you once again for providing the forum and the opportunity to spend time with old friends and reminisce about those crazy and wonderful bygone days.
From the Cougartown Coloring Contest and Chinese Fire Drill, to the Valencia Arctic Race and our 'very friendly' game of flag football, a wondrous day was had by all. Patt Prewitt... you are a GREAT sport with an adventurous spirit! What fun to watch you slide down the slope on a block of ice! To the V-girls and the T-girls... we missed your laughter and smiling faces!
Thanks again to everyone! And Brian... I DO remember...
See you all in wine country!
Thank YOU Susan......you are a Cougartown Hall of Famer. All the planning and the worry about this or that; it all came together and everyone had a wonderful weekend. From the 29-14 victory to the Stick and Stein party, to the picnic, to the VFW breakfast, to the Nyman Hall reception. It was awesome. This weekend would not have happened without Susan Ciampa Walling and her crew of Cougartown loyalists.
I also want to thank Susan's family; Thurman, Melissa, Elizabeth, Matthew, and my buddy Graham. They helped in many ways, from blowing up balloons to making signs to tracking down Mark Escalante, to fetching and toting. Susan, you have the greatest family and I know you're proud of all of them.
I'm going to miss you like you won't believe. You are the epitomy of Cougar spirit and I love you TONS!!!! Thanks from all of us for this beautiful gift weekend.
Name: Lupi Perkins () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 02:20:18
Message: John and Susan thanks for a great weekend, and all your hard work. I had so much fun at Stick and Steins and the picnic. It was like continuing my reunion from last weekend and more. I now have gotten my sister Nora involved, also my sister and brother in-law, Sherrie and Rusty interested in cougartown. They're all looking forward to the next event. It was really nice to see lots of my daughter's friends at the pre-89 class reunion. And especially weird sharing a beer with them. Also seeing lots of their parents that went to HHS. Congratulations Larry C. for becoming king Friday night. Who was the queen? Marna glad to see you've joined feedback, you too Debbie it was about time.
Hi Lupi, and glad you too had a great time. That's what it's all about. Larry Cuiper HHS 60 was our Homecoming King and Sandy Peppers HHS63 was our Homecoming Queen. There will be pictures.
Name: mike colbern () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 01:03:19
Message: my sister informed me of this web site & i really enjoyed my first visit.the flautist(sp)was exceptional and for being a jock with no ear for music i could tell that it wasn't the beach boys and was quite impressed that an hhs 62 alum still had enough brain cells to function. or am i just remembering what mike scott & i used to do when we ditched journalism class w/ our great teach connie k.who would call us on game days to get us out of bed and get to class.now i've let out the secret why the hhs baseball team did so well, because it's players were well rested thanks to a thoughtful teacher who was pretty cool and figured we probably partied the night before and we needed the extra zzzzz's. well this is the most typing i've done and the 4th e-mail that i've sent in my life. it's amazing how time flys by, your kids grow up and your trying to figure out how you can start your life all over again and won't make the same mistakes.all i can say is that we are who we are because of all the things around us, we couldn't change them if we wanted to.i think our lives would be really boring if we didn't take those chances and occassionally(sp) experience those failures to become better people and better parents. well i've got to go now i didn't plan this for this evening but i'm glad my sister still cares about hhs.and her brother.i've been in phoenix now for 26 years, my oldest is a sophmore at A.S.U.(jennifer) and kimberlee is a senior @ highland h.s. in gilbert A.z..i've been divorced since '83' and spent most of my time focusing on my kids and to make sure that they have everything they need to ensure them a comfortable life ,don't get me wrong i don't just hand them everything; they know they have to work hard and do their best but they know that they don't have to be perfect;in fact if you've ever had a child that has learning disabilities please don't ever give up on them or label them;they need to be challenged to and they will love you just the same .you would be suprised at what can happen i mike colbern
p.s. my e-mail is email@example.com and i'd enjoy hearing from any of the alums.
Thanks Mike, and come on back once in a while.
Name: Patt () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 00:17:57
Message: This weekend was a blast!! Too bad none of the OLD cougars were willing to try the ICE!! It was fun!! I will never grow up!!
Susan, again thank you for the Wonderful job. Thank you John. To my (baby) brother, THANK YOU for the CANDY!! I may need it Monday after work. I hate to admit the ICE froze me, and I am having a "catch in my back." I AM NOT OLD!!! I just like to have ADVENTURES.
Patt, I'm glad we finally got to meet face to face. Thanks to you and Gary for making the trek from the P.N.W. It was, and you are, a special 65 Coug. Sorry I missed you in the Patty Valencia Arctic race. I was filling up innertubes at the time. I hope someone got pictures.
Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 00:15:41
Message: What a party....what a weekend....what a special group of people!! Thank you especially to John, as always, for your enthusiasm, energy, and love that you pour into these things. And Susan, what can anyone say, you're awesome, (I even forgive you for all your blonde jabs!....they WERE pretty funny!) Joyce, once we got our act together, we were tshirt selling fanatics! John and Robin, remember, the peeking into the girls locker room was for the picture only. Don't get caught doing that on your own!! And, to everyone else I enjoyed every minute with all of you. JB (the other one)
Janet, What can "I" say. Thank "YOU" for selling Tshirts on Friday Night at the game when you could've been in the stands enjoying the game, and thanks for doing the same thing on Saturday. Also thanks for being my partner in the Trott tripod trot (3 legged race) which Mo blind folded me and we still came in second, thanks to my blinding speed. Hey thanks for everything this weekend. Us 62ers STILL know how to party.
Name: Myrna Bizzell () on Sunday, October 17, 1999 at 23:43:52
Message: I'm happy to read that the weekend was a rowsing (couldn't be Rowdy - us main ones weren't there, huh Jud?) one. As soon as I find an order form, I'll order my shirt. I don't think "Daily Breeze" needs to be flogged, I think the Cougars on the football field did a great job all by themselves!
Name: Wendy Chaney () on Sunday, October 17, 1999 at 23:30:08
Message: I'm so glad that I have found this web site. This way I can stay in touch with my school and what is going on with it. Wendy c/o 87
Thanks Wendy and stay tuned.
Name: Kathy Duran-Reese () on Sunday, October 17, 1999 at 22:47:38
Message: Well John, the Cougars did it again....We made time stop didn't we Dude? Stick N Stein was a Blast.. Saturday was a ball. You have given us class reunions ALL THE TIME!!!!!! Seeing so many friends was so great..but seeing Mr. (I mean, Harry) Plotkin was the best moment..He'll always be the "One"!!!! The one greatest "Teach"! Let's do it again!!!
Kathy, Now you've got it. See, there's no need to wait 10 years and spend 95 dollars a plate for a piece of dried chicken and rice; see your friends for 4 hours, and then wait another 10 years. We can do this every few months and not feel a bit guilty. I had the best time this weekend, and know that you all did too. Next time it's the Central/NorCal groups turn to get together. Be looking for this one, our wine tasting weekend.