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Name: Keith D. Jones () on Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 02:20:19
Maiden: always been Jones
Message: Hey Dennis Colbern how have you been. The last I saw you you were up in Santa Barbara. Where are you at now. Where is Greg. I saw Mike signed on. By the way John, Chet (Wojo) was a K-9 cop in Hawthorne. Faelin where have you been how was your event. Cindy Laird where are you. KJ
Ohhhhhh, THAT "Chet Wojciechowski" thanks Keith.
Name: Janet Humphreys () on Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 00:35:34
Message: OK....WINE COUNTRY 2000 DATES ARE SET. WE'RE HEADING NORTH, (OR SOUTH FOR SOME OF OUR RELOCATED COUGS) NEXT APRIL. WE ARE TENTATIVELY LOOKING AT THE LOOOONG WEEKEND OF THE 14TH-16TH. EASTER FALLS ON THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND NEXT YEAR, SO THIS WILL TIE INTO "SPRING BREAK". GLENN CRIST AND I WILL BE PLANNING EVENTS FOR THOSE 3 DAYS AND ALSO LOOKING FOR OPTIONS FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO WANT TO MAKE A LONGER VACATION OF IT. THIS WILL BE A TRIP FOR THOSE FINE WINE CONNOISSEURS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO THINK WINE IS EITHER DRY OR WET! LOOK FOR LOTS MORE DETAILS TO COME. WE'LL ALSO BE SOLICITING IDEAS AND FEEDBACK FROM YOU AS WE PROGRESS WITH THE PLANS. SO...START PREPARING YOUR PALATE, POLISHING UP YOUR CORK SCREWS AND GETTING READY TO PARTY (AGAIN) ! JB(THE OTHER ONE)
DRY !? I thought it was all wet. Anyway, check your vacation schedules and let's hit the road Cougs. This is going to be one for the B&Bers as well as the campers. Start making plans to see your favorite Nor/Central CA, as well as Oregon and Washington Cougar buds. I'm telling you, Glenn and Janet have got some fun stops and quirky surprises on the trip. Do NOT miss it.
Name: Kristi Pealo () on Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 00:30:06
Message: Hello All!! Thanks to John and Susan for the most unforgetable weekend. Stick and Stein was a blast!! So many friends were there it was great. It was really great to see Mr. Plotkin after all these years. Your still looking good Mr. P. It was also nice to meet you King John. It was a little wierd drinking beer with my Mom, my aunt, my uncle, and my friends parents, but I would do it all over again. The picnic was alot of fun too.
I wanted to thank Laura and Maryanne and Tricia for the perfect job they did on our c/o 89 reunion. Besides almost breaking my foot on the Marriott's escalator, I had a blast. Anybody know a good Lawyer, haha? Seeing everybody after ten years was amazing. I wish my brother John Milleson could have showed up. Where are you John I haven't talked to you in 3 years? Ronda Johnson and Darla Cuiper and Lisa Casey you all look great, Love ya lots take care. I haven't come down from this weekend yet. The foot still hurts, ohwell. When is the next function? Well thanks to everyone who made this entire weekend something I will never forget!!
Thanks Kristi, Nice meeting you too. The next function will be announced soon. I've actually got to place this one on the site first. Stay tuned as there will be pictures.
Name: Dennis Colbern () on Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 00:10:55
Message:Good evening fellow HHS Alumni, I have just spent my first evening enjoying this fantastic website. I had noticed my brothers name on the feedback list so I felt compelled to write something. I have to admit it is hard for me to get my memory rolling but when I do I cannot help but smile at the great life we had in HEYTOWN. I wish I could have made it to the game on friday and the picnic, but I will make it next time. I wish you all the best and thanks for the memories.
Hey Dennis, Glad you chimed in here. Come on back anytime.
Name: Jim Pasternak () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 23:18:15
Message: Hi John
A few weeks ago, a "computer whiz" came to my fire station on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. His office is at City Hall and my computer needed some repairs. As I was introduced to him I had to ask, "by chance, did you ever know a man named "Chet Wojciechowski?" His reply was, "Oh yeah! He's my dad." This kid is twenty-nine years old, has been working for Newport for five years and is one, great guy. Small world, huh? I spent two hours that day trying to get him to become a fireman. I think he's thinking about it. (Maybe I can give him MY badge in a couple of years)
Hi Jim, I must have missed something. Who's Chet Wojciechowski??
Name: Donna Joslin () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 23:16:00
Maiden: Donna Joslin
Message: Thank you to Melanie Chacon and all who organized and worked the Nyman Hall seat refurbishment program. I attended the ceremony Sunday, 10/17/99, at HHS (representing Diana Joslin and William Homberg as well) and had a wonderful time. The campus has sure changed and it felt great to visit it again and be part of the Alumni maintenance support effort of it's amenities.
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 21:51:42
Message: I'm watching all of you!!!! So..Thursday night at PINK'S will be the true test for me.. I'm not back in circulation yet..but I'm in a sports bra and upright...(don't go there John) ...so now THOSE NASTY BOYS want to drive me to PINK'S with the windows down...in wet T-shirt - on a cold night--just to see if the "new gals" can sit up and salute. (not sure myself) This should be very interesting..and what I want to know is, what do I win if they do???
Thank you all for the cards..well wishes..and thinking of me.. I'd give my t*ts to be with you...oh ya..I just did..
Miss you all blind... Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS.
You win a COUGARTOWN all expense paid up to $6.25 trip to Fredericks of Temple City, where Robin, Jim, and I will pick out something very exquisite in black studs and leather for $6.25 it'll be a dog collar for you to wear to our next picnic in the park.
Name: GLORIA HERLOSKY () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 19:59:52
Message: WELL, after catching up on feedback I have three comments to make. (Maybe more, my math has never been my strong point.) 1. Susan Ciampa my hats off to you. Sounds like you put together a GREAT weekend. So many people attended and had a fabulous time, I have always (ALWAYS) admired people like you, who have the passion and organizational skills to get events like this one from a vision to a reality. 2. John Baker you are the KING...I am so sorry we could not be a part of the weekend. I would have LOVED to catch up with my old friends. 3. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, SUE BIERMAN KING!!!! LOVE YOU, BABY!!
Thanks Glo, and we missed the heck outta you too. I know it's hard for you to make these things, but doggone it, you just gotta make one sooner or later. Yes, Susan is the new Queen of COUGARTOWNuntil she messes up...... Be a Coug Gloria.......
Name: Kathy Dorio () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 19:27:07
Message: John, Susan, and all that helped in organizing the Homecoming weekend -- "thank you" is just not enough. I had a wonderful time seeing old friends: Billine, Pauline, Robyn, Debbie, Jerry, Wendy . . . Thanks for the T-shirts, the special rates at the Hacienda, the picnic, etc. The game was great and WE WON! John, it was great meeting you finally! Can't wait for the next one!
Kathy, Glad you liked the party. Yes, we WILL do it again soon. Now it's on to the wine country where the OTHER Cougars roam. Great to meet you too Kathy, and we'll see you at the next one.
Name: Bob Veach () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 17:38:58
Message: John, please allow me to add my name to the list of 1000 who appreciate everything you, Susan, and the others did to bring about a great weekend. It was great to see people I haven't laid eyes on in 10, 15, 20 or more years. Barbara Duran, great to talk with you. Dang, you still look good.
A special thank you for Susan Bierman with whom I am guessing got Konnie Krislock there. You made many people very happy.
I wish I had made it to the picnic in time for the flag football game. This old cougar turned jackrabbit could have shown you 60's guys how the game should really be played. Sorry about the T-shirt though John, but those Bierman girls made me do it.
Well, next time we'll get the REAL stars of that game on the field. OH and BTW Bob, you'll be in the Jackrabbit shirt again won't you??Thanks.......
Name: Terri Perkins () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 13:12:53
Maiden: Still a Perkins
Message: Wow, thanks to everyone who put time into planning such a fun filled weekend. It was great to see all of my sisters old friends ( I was a bit of a tag-a-long so I felt like they were my friends too). I was also able to really catch up with one of my really great friends that I had not seen in about 4 years. Great to see you and your Family ShannyBam! When did Kristin grow up? Again I would just like to say how wonderful the Stick was. I loved hearing stories about my sister in high school from her friends :) Especially Jonny M.
Name: Danny Litton () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 12:27:24
Message: Great to see so many people - most of whom I haven't seen for over 30-years!
Spoke to the HHS head basketball coach - Joe House - said that he is looking for an HHS alum to coach the Frosh basketball team this year. Should have basketball experience and preferably played B-ball at HHS. I did this in 1972-73 and it was a terrific experience. Call him at: 310-263-4400. Nice to meet you, John Baker!
Name: Del Fox () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 11:32:52
Message: Class of 1940...Chino High School. Although I am not a graduate of HHS, I have a deep love , and close alignment with it in the past. My former wife (Mary Fox) was your nurse for 16 years, and I was active in the Dad's Club in the 60's. Our three children graduated from HHS, Jim, Class of '66, Carolyn (deceased 1993) class of '68, and Charlie, Class of '69. I married Myrtle Reeves Class of '63, nine years ago, and she is helping me keep alive with HHS. I was at the homecoming picnic, and was amazed and thrilled to meet so many of you, and to learn about your parents, many of whom were part of my life.. The picnic was a huge success, and was obviously enjoyed by all.
A tip of the hat to John Baker for what he is doing with the Cougartown News. In a biography of Howard Hughes, there is a simple statement, which States that "Every institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man", and I am certain that this applies to John, for through the simple beginnings of Cougartown, a wonderful organ has developed, which binds together all the wonderful memories of the past, which holds the love and friendship of the past, and exemplifies the motto, "Hawthorne, the city of good neighbors". Keep up the good work, John, and call on us if we can help
Del, Thank you so much. I never thought of Cougartown as going much past the Cruising the Boulevard, and Drive In restaurants of the 60's. Now it has developed a much deeper character. With every new alumni it IS becoming a living breathing organism, with ideas of its own. These get togethers are absolutely the best, but now we're talking about a scholarship fund and other similar projects. Yes Del, I do think the shadows are lengthening.
Thanks for adding to our forum and please come back any time. This place is for all the people who grew up and lived in Hawthorne and the surrounding area.
Name: Mom B () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 11:08:39
Message: Homecoming has come and gone but the weekend will live in our hearts forever. I saw and hugged so many old and new friends and I still feel all the love that flowed throughout the weekend. Thank you cake tasters for the title of Royal Cake Baker. Sorry you lost one of your titles Myrna but you are still the Royal Flogger! Will you still meet me at Harris Ranch next time I drive to Oregon? I truly missed Judy and hope to see her again soon, or at least what is left of her. More to the point, I want a hug now that it is possible. :) She has given us locals a spot at the Hawthorne VFW for a monthly mini reunion for the price of breakfast (four dollars...how am I doing Judy?) so get your group together and come some third Sunday of each month or just come and join the group already assembled. You will not be sorry. Before I forget, your best friend Marsha is one class act. Robin was exactly as we expected and I do believe the he did greet everybody who attended with a big smile on his face and love in his heart. Speaking of big hearts, I almost forgot John. :o) He was all over the place from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Without him, there would be nothing, just a void....but we would not know it. There are not words to describe Susan Walling and the time and effort that she put into the planning and execution of the weekend events.
I must not forget my best old friend and weekend roomie, Konnie Krislock for flying in and spending 15 hours with us. Thanks also to the Effler boys (men) for responding to all the requests for their presence. George Hunter, thanks for the beer and conversation and Barry I still love your beautiful smile. It was a mini within a biggie.
Thanks for all the fun, fun, fun and keep those cougar hugs coming!
Ahhhhh, We love you Mom B. Thank you for showing up all three days when your daughters had to leave Sunday out of their schedule. You're more fun than they are anywayThanks Beverly for being a part of all this. You are truly our Cougartown Mom.
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 09:56:09
Message: Hello Alumni,
John has asked me to take on some responsibility for the scholarship program. What we are looking for at this time is the criteria for the scholarship. Several people have asked for was something for the "average" student. Do we want to set up a minimum GPA? Do we want to set up a maximum GPA? Should they be from a family of a maximum income of $XXX? Should it be open to all students, just shop students or potential educators? Should the scholarship be a fixed amount? For books only? Based upon need? We need your input! I will compile your ideas and present them to a criteria selection committee. Also, would you like to help select the criteria? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas or would like to be in on the criteria selection. We will try to do 95% of the work via email so you cougs on the east coast or Europe or who knows where can also help. I will take suggestions up to Friday November 19, 1999. At that time all ideas will be compiled and sent to the selection committee. I am sure further refinement will be needed. We will present them to Cougartown hopefully just after the first of the year.
Thanks Chris, Yes, if anyone has any ideas on our Cougartown scholarship, please email Chris at the above address. Thank you........
Name: Dan Johnson () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 02:28:41
Message: Mike Colbern -- in the twilight of my memory, I believe that I watched you play against my former step brother whose name was Davy Whippo. It was the "Middle League" world series at Prairie Park and I was the batboy for Hawthorne American. This is a distant memory and it could be wrong but I think that Hawthorne National (your team? -- with Mike Scott to boot) needed to (and did?) win two against a Hawthorne American team that featured Rocky Thomas and Terry House? Then again, I was a very little kid at the time and maybe I just merged several memories into one? Let me know. I do remember that it was the first time I had ever heard of the towns of Orcutt and Victorville.
Name: Terrie Kostiszak () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 02:07:29
Message: I keep reading about the great t-shirts everyone is buying. Is there any place on the website where I can see the shirt and price and how to order if I like it? Thanks
Hi Terrie, Not yet, but the page will be up shortly. Please give me another day (checking on shipping and all). Thanks........
Name: Janet Burkett () on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 00:49:52
Message: Great pics Howard......thanks for getting my "best side"!! I guess that's one way to sell shirts! Love ya anyway!!
JB (the other one)
Yeah I was thinkin' that WAS a pretty nice view of the south end of town all right. Thanks Paco......
Name: ALAN HAUGE () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 23:01:29
Message: Just imagine...a week that included a trip to "Pinks", which we all survived. Followed by a homecoming game, that Hawthorne won, then the cool party at the Stein in El Segundo. So cool it caused an earthquake 150 miles away, and the picnic. All in one week. What a rush.
Now that I am the millionth person to say this, John Baker you did a fantasmagoric job....and we are all so thankful for the memories. Old and new that all the team helped put together.
For me, it was neat to once again feel part of the wonderful past by creating the T-Shirt design. Thanks John for trusting in me. And Mark, thanks for putting up with my late night visits to your silk screen shop. All fun.
More importantly, this last week made me appreciate how great it was to grow up in those simple times, when everything was black and white and nothing was grey. When truth and family was important and friendships were vital to our existence.
Off the soap box...John, I think you need a page to order the T-Shirts. Unless you did it and I missed the location or announcement. Like you need something extra to do?
A side note to the car buffs...on Sunday, the day after the picnic, I bought a well restored 1957 Chevy, two door hardtop Bel Air, Aqua and White to round off the week. A trip down memory lane.
Thanks again John.
Thanks Alan, for being a part of this whole scheme. I can't imagine ANYONE who would pop into my mind ahead of you, when looking for a 47 woody picture with a California Surf theme. I'm so glad this artwork was done by you. It means so much more now. Now, help ME down off the soap box.
Next order of business. PINKS II-----Thursday night. We'll be there between 7 and 8. If anyone wants to meet for a dog and talk HHS or cruisin', or anything, then get in "Daddy's Car" and meet us there at Melrose and La Brea. It'll be Judy's first test hop and we want to check out the equilibrium......you know, we don't want her falling on her back side now that her CG in all changed around.
Robin said he'll check her toe in and toe out. We don't want her developing a "push" in the corners. Once we get her all aligned, we'll settle in for dogs. I don't want you young HHS perverts doin' a lot of starin' either. Actually Judy does like that, so what the heck go ahead and stare. Hope you can make it.
Thanks again Alan
Name: Diane Fiello () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 21:56:08
Message: Cathy Rouse, I got your message. I'm going to see Melanie this weekend. I'm glad you found the website OK. Isn't it fun! Debbie Colbern told me about the game Friday night but I didn't get to go. Perhaps I'll see you in the wine country.
Name: art jackson () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 20:32:13
Message: its been a long time, sure is nice to find you guys.......
Hey Art, Glad you found us. I need your email address. Thanks
Name: Larry Cuiper () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 19:47:02
Message: Thank you John and Sharon, also all other's who worked so hard in making a wonderful week end work. We had a great time friday night, seeing old friends and Darla's friends. Just a great evening. Sorry we missed the picnic, we had other obligations, but we understand it was a great picnic too. Thank you John for stopping in for Loretta's Mom's 86th B-day. Darla is off back in Texas today and she said she had a great time meeting many of our friends, as well seeing so many of her old classmates too! Their Reunion was fun on Saturday, but she said Friday night will always be a great memory, she enjoyed partying with all of us.
Alan, the T-shirts are great. Makes a person have pride in our school and the town, great work. Again, I had a great time being the KING for the night, tryed to give orders around the house, just didn't work!!!!
Larry, Thank you and Loretta for being there. Larry and Loretta had already said there good byes and were heading for the door when his name was called as King of our first Homecoming party. It was nice to meet Darla and a few of her 89er friends too. Hopefully we'll do this one again. Thanks Larry
Name: Jack Hammer () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 19:02:49
Message:Way to go Lanny! A "NASCAR" Championship!
LTR Racing; a long way from good old "Hatchet Automotive".
Name: Colleen O'Ryan (Coco) () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 18:35:05
Message: WOW !!!!!!!!!! What a fun time on Sat. 10-6-99 I am sooooooooo glad that we decided to attend the picnic ( Thanks in part to my Wonderful Sis, Mo!!) I truly was "Friendships Begun****** True to the End ******* " I do believe that our CLASS of '64 had one of the best turnouts. We always could PARTY with the best of them !!! John, you are truly ONE AMAZING PERSON ........ To all the people who put together the entire weekend of FESTIVITIES......... " BRAVO " Terry and I really enjoyed ourselves and seeing OLD (well, not that OLD) friends was like a walk down memory lane. Thanks again for a memorable day !!!!
Thanks Co, I'm glad I got to meet you too. We'll see you at the next function.
Name: MYTMO () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 18:20:17
Message: IN MY HURRIEDNESS TO PUT MY COMMENTS IN FEEDBACK THIS MORNING, I NEGLECTED TO MENTION SOME KEY PEOPLE THAT ALSO WORKED ON/HELPED WITH THE WEEKEND MARATHON. STEVE & KATHY STONEBRAKER (STEVE, WHAT A JOY TO SEE YOUR SISTER & MOM... THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES); JOYCE CHANCE & JANET BURKETT (TWO TRULY NICE LADIES) AND ANY OTHERS I DIDN'T MENTION (YOU KNOW, THOSE SENIOR MOMENTS) OR TO THOSE I DIDN'T KNOW THEIR NAMES...I'M SORRY ...I'M A BAD GIRL :O( WITHOUT ANY OF YOU, THIS WEEKEND WOULD NOT HAVE RUN SO SMOOTHLY! JOHN, I KNOW YOU HAVE HEARD THIS SO MANY TIMES, BUT, THANK YOU FOR THE NEW FRIENDS AND FRIENDSHIPS! I AM BASICALLY A SHY PERSON (STOP LAUGHING JOHN), AND THIS SITE HAS MEANT SO VERY MUCH TO ME AND SO MANY OTHERS. :O) ALSO, PACO...THANKS FOR A SNEAK PEEK AT THE PICS FROM THE PICNIC. AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THANKS T & COCO FOR COMING...SEE I TOLD YOU, YOU WOULD HAVE A GOOD TIME. I DO BELIEVE THE CLASS OF 1964 HAD THE BEST TURNOUT FOR THEIR YEAR. GO 64!!! I COULD GO ON AND ON WITH NAMES, BUT I THINK I HAVE SAID ENOUGH (JOHN, I KNOW YOU'RE SHAKING YOUR HEAD YES!) SO I WILL SAY, BYE BYE! YOUR COUG, Mo Trott
Name: DELPHI Silly Kitty () on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 17:51:32
Message: I'm glad I was able to be at the picnic. Not only did I get to see some of my classmates, but I met a few of the "Upperclassmen (and women)". :)
The whole weekend was quite enjoyable.
[And, by the way, Susan, hosting the coloring contest was the purr-fect job for me!!!!]
Eddie, I'm glad I got to meet you too, and also glad that you had the chance to reconnect with your 88ers. Keep manning the chat room and we'll see you at the next function.