Another late 50's classic. The Skyliners
Name: Jamie () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 18:59:58
Message: I'm in the progress of looking for paperwork for my 66 427 Corvette coupe that was sold new at Kenneth Chevrolet on Sept. l965. Does Kenneth Chevrolet still exists and if it doesn't do you know who would have all of the old records?
Any information on Kenneth Chevrolet would be appreciated.
Thank You. Jamie Strock, Chambersburg, PA
Kenneth Chevrolet has been gone since the early to mid 70's. This'll be a tough one, but you never know. Can anyone help here.
Name: Gary Nelson () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 15:14:10
City and State: Newport Beach, CA
Message: Steve and Robin: Maciel Brothers, What a great memory you guys have. Here's another one for you. Who had the first big block GTO and worked at Boys Market with myself, Ron Easton and a few others, initials JP. Larry Cuiper, you should know. He tried to race those guys but could never find them. And who drove the Cushman 3 wheeler and the Isetta (?) at HHS in about 59-61.
Name: Dewey () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 14:01:25
Message: haha boy I am glad there is no senior picture of me hahaha
Name: blodie () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 12:11:57
Maiden: Christine Penny
City and State: round rock, texas
Message: Dawn Moffet....I could be wrong, (I so often am), but I thought the crossing guards name was Mr. Gott. Oh well, does any one else know this answer, so we can clear up this little piece of trivia? Where's Kathy S. she would know, she always knows all the things I do not! ")
Name: pauline matthew () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 11:53:23
City and State: oakhills, ca.
Message: Welcome to cougartown Lee and Kathy Smith. Let us know what you have been up to. Hi to all of the class of 1969. And I like my sister's idea of a reunion for the classes of 66-69. Nice idea sis.
Name: Susan King () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 11:24:51
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: SO - You boys think you're hauling MY mom back to Sin City do you?? Last time sister Sharon was there for chaperone duty but this time I think I'll let you do it on your own and suffer the consequences. She is one party animal and if you guys get busted don't be calling California for bail. V6 is just outside the city limits or maybe the local "River Law" (aka Alan Nelson) would vouch for you. Someone needs to warn Las Vegas.....!!!!
....and a great chaperone she was too
Name: Janet Falkenstein () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 11:10:27
City and State: Orangevale, CA
Message: I can't believe you all are mentioning the Maciel brothers! I was very good friends with Leanna, one of their daughters, and have been trying to find her for years! Does anyone know how to find her? Anyone still in contact with her dad or uncles, I'd really appreciate you giving them this message for me! Thank you!!
Name: Lupi Perkins () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 03:10:51
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca
Message: Just want to welcome Lee and Kathy Smith from the class of 69. We really missed you guys at the reunion. Write into feedback and let us know what you've been doing. Thanks to who ever came up with adding the city and state. Great idea. The pictures are nice too.
Name: Diana Romero () on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 01:45:18
City and State: Bloomington, CA
Message: To those of you interested, I spoke to Sheree Klingenhagen yesterday, she of course is still in the hospital and definitely feeling the pain of two surgeries in one. Demerol seems to be taking the edge off but pain is pain!! She's one tough lady but hey enough is enough already!! She still has a long road ahead of her so your get well wishes would do her a world of good!!! Hang in there Sheree!! Hey the bionic woman is nothing compared to you!!
Hi Sheree, We love you girl. Hang in there and keep that PMA going. DEMEROL!!! Man I dislocated a shoulder once and they gave me that stuff. Took away ALL my inhibitions. Yes sir boy, thought about dislocating the other one just to get another demerol shot. Thanks Diana, for the update.
Name: Linda Dietrich () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 23:50:59
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Message: I like the idea of putting where everyone lives. My husband wanted me to say something long ago about doing just that, but I forgot to mention it. I feel guility that I didn't write and say THANKS to the Vets. and to the person that wrote that tear jerking tribute. Leonard and I sat in silence reading with tears in our eyes. Yes, my husband is a Vet. too. It's all so true. The second job I ever had I worked at the Los Angeles Air Force Station BX. Thats also where I met my X. Anyway I was a young 17/18 year old. Very naive and inexperenced to worldly issues. There was a man that came in there from time to time with a little girl and an older woman. Sometimes a friend. This man had very long hair but thats not what stuck out on him. He was in Viet Nam and most assuredly had been in an explosion of some sort. He had missing body parts, and was blind. His face was disfigured to the point he looked, well you can very well guess. To this day I can see him so clearly in my mind. So to all you VETS. out there in Cougarland I just want to say a big THANKS.
Name: Steve Fraser () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 22:22:29
Message: To Gary Nelson; The two guys you are looking for are the Maciel brothers. They went to Lawndale in about 62- 64 or so. Amado Maciel is now the Chief mechanic and department head of equipment for the City of Hawthorne.
Name: Ron Watson () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 15:42:29
Message: Anybody around from class of '59? Ron Watson
Name: Dawn Moffett () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 15:08:40
City and State: Simi Valley, CA.
Message: Responding to Christing Penny. I also attended York Elementary in the 70's and remember the sweet white-haired crossing guard well. His name was Martin, I don't know his last name. He was at 118th and Prairie Ave. from my first day of Kindergarten, 1965 well into my years at HHS. I even invited him ( as well as Mr. Gott our custodian) to my wedding in 1978. I think I received a card from him at that time. What a neat guy!
Name: Robin () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 14:30:41
Maiden: Work is scarce but the pay is lousy :o)
City and State: YouJean ,Organ
Message: Gary...I think your talking about the Maciel brothers Jesse and Amato...all the boys were bald but the girls had a ton of hair...And the only thing stock under that hood was the hood latch...Went to the same church since we were all kids...John , I personally talked to MOM V last night at Glos and made big headway (World of Outlaws..here we come!)...Sloey I have 1/2 acre of leaves you can rake...not much else at this time of year unless you want to guide my driftboat while I fish (your good with boats arent you?:o)Fraser Im not hosting any mid 60s gig , cousin or not...all the 60s or nothing...We made the school famous for you and now you just want the party for your group? Fat chance Bucko:o)Go Ducks! later Cougs..
THE MACIEL BROS!!! That's the one's I was thinking of too. They had some heavy machinery in the early 60's.
Robin, Good luck with Mom V and the world of outlaws. Is she gonna drive? She needs a nickname like "Slammin Sammy Valencia" or something like that. She won't talk to me anymore. I think Gloria must've put in a bad word. Guess I'll work on Mom B to get that AA fueler to the line. Be a Coug boy.
Name: Frank A. Romano () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 14:24:54
City: Las Vegas
Message: I really don't understand what takes you so long to do some things....It may be fun to see where everyone is these days. And by the way its everyone's picture but thee and me Okay!
Hey Frank, Sorry I took so long making that change. I've often wondered where lots of people were cyberspacing from too. Thanks for the idea.
Name: dreamin' of blonde roots () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 12:23:03
Maiden: Christine Penny
Message: Johhhnnnn.... Why'd ya go and put my pic up! Now everyone will know i'm not really blonde! Well, not is this life time anyways. ")
Name: Billine Flynn () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 11:12:48
Message: I like Steve Fraser's idea of a 60's reunion. Let me know if you need any help. I think even a 65-69 reunion would be a great idea.
Name: Gary Nelson () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 10:27:05
Message: Ed Greevy: Do you remember the two brothers from the Wichstand area, I think they may have been twins, they both wore baseball hats as they were bald which really stoodout at the time. They beat everything on Hawthorne Blvd. handsdown, It was not a production motor as they even beat the 409's at the time. May have been a little after your years. I was very impressed. I remember because I used to hang out with Danny Hurd and Ron Evers from your years who always got me in trouble, we took them on in a 53- 6 cyl. Chevy truck- you know the results ! I also remember sneaking into the Plaza Theater with Danny and Ron to see Rock Around the Clock. You have a great memory.
Gary, I remember those two guys. I will find out their names. I know someone that knows them. I think one of them still lives in Lawndale.
Name: Frank A. Romano () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 10:20:02
Message: Watching the feedback collect folks from the later years, and the fifties at the same time is really great. David Kinder '58, and the memories Ed Greevy '57 shared....I've not thought about some of those engines, vehicles and parts in 40 years. And JB, when you add the pictures... Heck I even recognized Sloey! I for one would like to know where everyone is currently residing. Would there be a problem with adding just a city or state box in the feedback header area? Or is there a privacy concern? O'well just thinking out loud. RCG.
Hey Frank, I think we could add a City and State box to the Feedback page. I like that idea.
Name: blondie () on Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 01:05:32
Maiden: Christine Penny
Message: SLOEY, how 'bout a reunion during the summer to help include those from out of town/state, who have children and school to tend with? It might make it easier for them to attend. I know it would make it easier for me to attend. Another fab picnic like the one y'al just had sounds great! Count me in for a race on the ice blocks! How 'bout a water balloon toss?
Name: Ed Greevy () on Friday, November 12, at 22:06:12
Message:The Lighthouse Drive In.......
That was a late 40's, early 50's place for Leuzinger types (Before HHS time). In mid 50's we always just drove by it. It did have a good look. Our drive-ins were Frosties, Wich Stand, and a place I can't remember the name of on the east side of Hawthorne Bl. near Hawth. Intermediate, (Skippys) so it must have been about 130 th. st. There was also a walk in place up in Morningside area on Manchester. There will never be another Hawthorne Bl. for Adventures of all sorts.
Frosties and Cars.......
In '56 and '57 there was Pudge Smith in an early 30's coupe of some sort with an early Chevy V-8 that was faster than most cars. In the early 50's there was a legendary racer named Gordon Potter who once created an 11 carb. manifold for an early 50's Chrysler Hemi. I never saw it run but did see it in Big Bill Clark's garage on 116 or 117 St. just West of Hawthorne Bl. The street was early and mid 50's mecca for hot cars. On one short block lived Potter who put his Chrysler Hemi in a 30's 4 dr. La Salle and shut down a lot of flat heads on Hawthorne Bl. Big Bill's older brother (Leuzinger) special ordered the first Buick Century(54?) with stick shift and some other undisclosed add-ons that made it quick. There was a girl about the same age as these guys who lived on the same block. She was not a racer but she had boy friends who regularly laid a patch in front of her house. There were multiple rubber marks the length of the block at any given time in '56 and '57. We used to take out of town racers there to see the rubber marks as though it was afirst rate tourist attraction. We were easily amused then. Best race I saw was matched at Wich Stand in '57 and racedat industrial area just south of Imperial near Supulveda. It pitted a very impressive '50 Olds with about 6 carbs poking thorough the hood (Jimmy blower?) and Halibrand quick change rear end against a brand new '57 Bel Air, driven by some cowboy with his girl friend and the radio playing. The whole Wich stand emptied to go see the back yard hot rod against the off-the- showroom-floor early Detroit muscle car. The Olds won by a fender. We all knew it was a new era coming. I worked in a gas station 6 nights, 9 hrs.a day, 3 to midnite in the summer of'56 (to support my '53 Chevy with '55 Corvette ) and raced most nights on Hawthorne Bl from midnite til dawn, mostly with Bob Moser (HHS '56) in his '54 corvette with '56 283 Chevy. Not much else to do at that time of night. Plenty of action.
The Plaza Theatre.......
The Plaza was really a place for Hawthorne Intermediate kids in mid '50's, Friday nights toward the front, right side of the theater. A place/time for the guys to "sit with" girls and make out. I don't recall ever going there once I was at HHS in 1952. Very sad that its gone.
Eddie Greevy (HHS '57, the quintessential year of the 1950's.)
Name: Janet Falkenstein () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 23:59:56
Message: Hey!!! How fun to see my dad's photo up on feedback! I'm still here, John, just have too many irons in the fire, as my grandma always says! I'm always silently checking in. Where are my classmates lately? Hi Dad!
Hi Janet, There's no denying, you ARE your daddy's daughter. Thanks for checking in.
Name: Steve Fraser () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 23:33:46
Message: Hey Sloey..what do you think about a 1966 Reunion? Are there still enough of us around? Or maybe a 66-67-68. Kick it around. If nothing else, we can get Hood to host it at Pink's. Or maybe your bait boat!!! Fraz
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 22:53:30
E-Mail: tugboatannieand titanicaremylatestcruiselines.com
Message: Sherrie Moyers I apologize for using you as someone we like to have fun with, ask V-6, once we start we are relentless, First in 30, be real dirty, Cougars Cougars. Anyway John is right it is a row boat and I pick up lobster traps once a week. Pay is lousy but we eat well! So John and I will volunteer to be on your committee, here is the deal, reunion will be homecoming Friday night, after game @ Coach's, Picnic Saturday at Rec Park in El Segundo, then everybody is invited to Degrazia's Sunday for Ice cream! Done Deal! Dean Karel's thanks for the email. Bryce write in here sometime! See ya be a coug!
Name: David Kinder () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 18:25:06
Message: Proud to say all three of my daughters, Janet, Denese, and Dianna Kinder graduated from Hawthorne High. Its been a family tradition.
Hey David, Glad to see you made an appearance. Yes Janet is a very good friend of mine and the website, although I haven't heard from her since her reunion.
David, now that you've made an appearance, please come back once in a while.
Name: Myrna () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 13:31:23
Message: My brothers both served in Korea (albeit, unwillingly since they were drafted, but they did serve) and my son is stationed in Germany. While in Germany his first go around, Kevin volunteered to be part of the UN Peace Keeping Force and was in Croatia for six months during that crisis. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those that serve (willingly, or not). I have a neighbor who is a vet, retired from the Army. He parachuted into Normandy, and has four purple hearts. He has had trouble walking for years. Every morning this gentleman raises his flag for display. Yesterday, fittingly he raised his new one, as the old was tattered and torn. Every evening when he lowers the flag he rings a large bell in respect. When his grandchildren are there, they are part of the ceremony and learn early to respect our flag. I wish all would have that kind of respect for the rights so many have fought to give us.
Name: Patti () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 09:45:17
Message: class of 75 at RHHS. I'm a friend of Suzy Sullivans
Welcome Patti, to our humble feedback forum.
Name: Debbie () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 01:06:02
Message: Your tribute to the vets brought tears to my eyes. How well said and I hope everyone takes the time to stop sometime and say "thank you" to someone who has been a part of keeping our country free. Not only thank yous are important, sometimes just a smile or a kind word will make a persons day, not just old people but young ones alike. Thank you for the inspiration.
Name: sherrie moyers () on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 00:09:40
Message: Sloey, I know you meant well by trying to volunteer me as reunion chair. I've done it and think someone else should be able to have the opportunity. If no one steps up, I probably would do it, but let's wait to see if there are any other takers first. If I ever come to Redondo will you give me a ride on the boat you work on?
Sherrie, I think Sloey's taking you for a ride right now.
Name: Ricki Farrell () on Thursday, November 11, 1999 at 22:46:41
Message: Sue King "wowed" me. All I can say is THANK YOU! Veterans day always gives me pause for thought. I couldn't have said anything more eloquently than what I have read on Cougartown tonight.
Does anyone know anything about Pat Contestable? He is Joe's younger brother. When we were children I had the biggest crush on him. He was real cute. They lived right around the corner from us on 116th street. I think that they moved when we went on to Hawthorne Intermediate.
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Thursday, November 11, 1999 at 22:00:17
Maiden: happy VETERAN'S DAY!
Message: To all the veterans out there who served your country, and especially to two of my favorites, MOM AND DAD, thank you! And to all you guys who went to Vietnam, you have all my respect and honor I can betsow on you. We seem to overlook you guys because it was such an unnecessary war or conflict or whatever it was; the risks to you far outweighed any benefit that would ever be achieved. So for this veteran's day I salute each of you, Tim Thomas and the others that appear on our Vietnam pages; Steve Mears, John MacKenzie, Rod Todd, and others that gave of themselves Chet Wojciehowski, Woddy McCain and others we should have a wall for you all to be displayed somewhere, thank you, God Bless! Go Cougars! Robin you got any work there in Eugene? Be a Coug!
Name: George Key () on Thursday, November 11, 1999 at 21:25:17
Message: Joe Contestabile- You were always one of my favorite freshman at Leuzinger before HHS opened. You have always been a winner and we know you will whip this one and be going strong again in a few weeks.
Sheree Klingenhagen- A new hip and a new knee all at once? Geeze-hope you got a pedicure at the same time with alternating scarlet and gold colors. Recovery is tough but my wife recently got a new hip and is doing great..Haang in there-better days ahead.
Kristie Perkins- So you are the wife of a leather neck and had a good MC Ball. Made me laugh to remember our birthday on Guam and the cooks wanted to give us a special meal. It turned out to be very tough New Zealand goat. Did better on birthday in China where we had Peiping duck. After those meals our K rations seemed pretty good. Congrats to tour husband. I always did say the Srgts are the heart of the Corps. I know mine saved my tail feathers on many occasions.-- SEMPER FI--JORGE
Name: deano () on Thursday, November 11, 1999 at 20:39:34
Message: wow stay off line for a couple a days and everything goes crazy lets see if i got this right, Blondies to good for the rowdies, Norma is trying to use some other requirements to get in the rowdies, Marsha copping out on peeing in the sinks and Judy D did you come up with some more requirements for the ROWDIES with BLUEFLAMERS/DINGLEBERRIES, after eating ten pinks that wouldn't be a problem and Judy girl please straighten out Cindy on the Lowrider window decor. And Robin for mayor, before you run talk to my cousin Jim Mitsch. hey MYTMO and everyone else who sent Vet messages THANKS it meant alot.
Judy does day old breakfast burritos of the choke and puke truck count as seven course meals?
Hey Deano. I think I played softball with Jim Mitsch back in the early 70's. Was he a catcher? Say hi for me and happy Vets day.