The answer to the trivia question: What was the last song played in the movie "American Graffiti"? Hawthorne's own "Boys"
Name: Bonnie Lou Cozby () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 14:33:32
City and State: Ocean Park, Washington
Message: I have a confession...I grew up in Holly Glen and I can't remember if it is one or two words. It's that age thing, I'm sure, plus the fact that I haven't lived there for over 28 years. As a "Westsider" (I guess), I roamed all over the Hawthorne area and can place just about all the spots brought up here...Holly Glen didn't seem isolated to me. Does anyone remember the old house/barn between Peter Burnett and Dana? We were positive that it was haunted or at least VERY spooky. How about "Suicides" at the baseball field snack bar. It was a mixture of all the soda flavors in one cup. A Charm sucker was great to dip in it. I remember the Dana dances and the all night Drop-Ins at Hawthorne Memorial. "Tighten Up" was a big hit around '68 and everytime I hear it I think of the Drop-In. Oh, and John...you may be the You Don't Know Jack Champion in your neck of the woods, but up here in Washington I own the title! Want to try for West Coast Champ? Charlie & I will be "home" (Hawthorne), for Christmas. Hope to see some old friends and places when we're there. Happy holidays to all!
Ah yes, Archie Bell and the Drells. I think I'll pass on the Championship until I get a few more games under my belt. Thanks Bonnie just the same. Maybe we'll see you on Cruise night 2.
Name: Susan King () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 14:02:02
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Hi Vickie Arestegui - I'm sure the guy you are referring to is Robb Russell, class of 1974. We all loved him too! I made reference to him and his best sidekick Bud Rhoades some 100 or more feedback pages ago when I was recalling how us girls would drive by the homes of our favorite boys and honk the horn wildly and speed off. Perhaps you recall the neighborhood disturbances we caused?! I always wondered what their poor mommas thought?! I believe that you will find both Bud and Robb listed on the alumni list - check class of 74.....
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 13:03:27
Message: oops! Garberville, California. He was in Cambria/Harmony he owned the Harmony Pasta Factory formerly in Harmony then it moved to Cambria then Henry moved to Garberville. The Pasta Factory is still in Cambria but Henry is not. I am in the process of contacting him. Sloey
Thanks Prince Jim.........
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 10:33:23
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Mom B. When I read about things that people used to do that today could be considered child abuse, I think about my childhood. I once was walking in my neighborhood when for some reason I made an impolite gesture to one of my neighbors. She whacked me with a wooden hanger then grabbed me by the ear and dragged me to my house. My mom then washed my mouth with soap and sent me to my room " ?till your father gets home". He then turned me over his knee and spanked me. Needless to say I didn?t do that again for a long time! There was no telephone call to the police and no law suits for pulling the ear etc.
GREAT STORY CHRIS !!!!! Man, That's the way I remember it. You talk about being "responsible for your own actions". Honestly, I can't consider that harsh punishment (well maybe the soap thing but). If a Teacher or a Coach wanted to punish me for something. "I took my medicine". It was lots better than them calling my parents. Mom had her instrument of torture.......the dreaded "wooden spoon".
Name: Kristi () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 10:29:06
City and State: NAS Lemoore, CA
Message: John you had asked if anyone had a picture of Mr. Plotkin from the head up. I have my 83-84 yearbook from Dana. There is a nice head shot of him in there. I don't have a scanner. Would you like me to mail you my yearbook? But you have to promise to only scan Mr. Plotkin and only Mr. Plotkin. 8th grade pictures aren't the best, if you know what I mean!!! Let me know okay. Kristi
Kristi, Sorry, I can't promise that. I'm not ashamed of MY 8th grade picture, although everyone says I should be. I hate for you to have to send it though, when I KNOW a Westsider with a scanner and a yearbook has it. Let me put out one more plea for a yearbook picture of Mr Plotkin. Is there a Westsider out there, that can help? Thank you Kristi........
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 10:06:02
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: To Jim Schroeder-
You mentioned Bart Graves - that made me think of a couple of sisters - Susie and Janice St. Martin. They lived on Ramona and were very popular! St. Josephs girls and their parents owned Ye Old Shack on Aviation. Anyone know their whereabouts?
Betty (Marys little sister)
Name: Don () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 08:15:17
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Marshall Noyes, I am responding to your post regarding Holly Glen. I grew up on Wiseburn Ave north of Dana School. I agree. To this day the area has not changed much. It reminds me of one giant Cul-de-sac. I also have no memories of the place people are remembering. I am impressed that Keith Jones knew every detail about events and people in the area. Part of my problem was that I did not attend Cabrillo nor Dana but went to Trinity Lutheran. Although I had childhood friends that attended the local public schools, most of my contact was with students who were from a diverse area. Additionally, I had a strong religious upbringing which meant most of my social contact was at (Trinity Lutheran or other places of religious influence) which wasn't in walking distance. So I missed out a lot on what was going on around me (Perhaps I avoided a lot of "trouble" too). I did the best I could to make up for it in high school but there are always regrets. I wish I knew how important it was to be more involved - to get to know people and events in the area. I am grateful for Cougartown for providing missing pieces to my past. To this day, I really like the Holly Glen area. I think it is a very calm place to be. I still visit my parents who live in the same house I grew up in. I think that not only it's isolation but that part of it rests south of the Los Angeles Air Base is a big factor regarding its quality. I understand that there are many active duty and former Air Force personnel that live in Holly Glen. Holly Glen is really a nice area and I hope it stays that way. I am grateful I grew up there.
Name: blondie () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 00:40:57
Maiden: christine penny
City and State: round rock tx
Message: John....I find it very interesting that you got kicked out of a bowling club. "o ") Oh I'm sure you didn't, uhmmmm, deserve it, but if you'd care to share any details...I'm sure there are those of us who would care to listen. I wonder if it was anything like what I experienced when I was kicked out of golf in P.E.? ") And we all know I could 'never' do anything that could possibly cause a teacher to get so mad as to actually kick me (and a friend, Laura Stewart) off the field and out of her class. It just isn't possible, is it? ")
Name: tina () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 22:50:35
City and State: hawthorne ca
Message: i just want to know about the polynesian dance that held on the stage last semester 1999. what kind of style dance was performance, the way they dress, the way they move, the history, how they learn the dance, is it a social dance, how the background set up and etc...
Name: Vickie Arestegui () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 22:38:52
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: This is an inquiry...does anybody have an update on an alum from the class of '72 or '73? His name is "Robert Russel" also known as just Robby. Robby (was and probably still is) a handsome true-to-life surfer and nature boy! I (along with my four sisters) lived next door to him and were all madly in love with him! He use to hangout with "Checkerboy" and played a mean game of hoops! Just curious!! What a hunk!
Name: Keith D.Jones () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 22:08:00
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: I remember my uncle (who graduated from the Naval Academy way back in the 50's) always told me that a ship can carry a boat but a boat can't carry a ship. I can see that some of you got real technical which I figure to be the real truth but always liked how my uncle said it. Also, I saw someone asking about the Duels. I think Bob Duel the last time I heard was the Marketing Director at Disneyland. Also anyone knowing Glenn McCarroll who in high school was king surfer (in fact went to Punahou High (his girlfriend was Jamie Lee Curtis) his sophmore year so he could surf more) I heard from yesterday. He is a nationally ranked Tri-athlete. If you remember he was a very very successful model. In fact probably one of the first male super models. He was the Coppertone guy, Levi guy, 7-Up guy, and whatever other guy you can name. By the way he grew up in Holly Glen. Sorry couldn't hold that one back.
What's a Holly Glen?
Name: karen kuehl () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 21:23:37
City and State: the desert!!
Message: J.B. How in the world does one get kicked out of Bowling Club? Or maybe I shouldn't ask!!
Name: Ed Chesson () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 20:39:09
City and State: Norco, Ca.
Message: Myrna, great memories bring up your story about Mr. Repashy! He had been in the Marines and ran his history classes like he was a drill sergeant. If you got the "stare" from him, you felt like you wanted to disappear into a crack somewhere. He was famous for sneaking around the room and scaring the heck out of a student he had spotted falling asleep during his lecture. And that smile on his face with all his teeth showing could intimidate anyone; without saying a word! JB, what did you do to get kicked out of the bowling club? Must have been something good!! Mr. Repashy was a great teacher and deep down inside I think he was really a gentle person. I enjoyed his class.
Hey Ed, Ahhh Nothing much. I was just goofin' around and got my mug in both pictures, as bowling club was too big to get everyone in one group picture. He was livid. He told me that I was OUT and to NEVER EVER come back as I was barred from ever participating again.......The following year he let me back in. BTW, If you look through these picures, you'll see some Cougartowners.
Name: Valerie Wilson () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 20:26:20
Message: To anyone in the Class of 1976... I'm looking for some old friends although I moved after 8th grade graduation. Anyone heard from Julie Myers, Janet Alaniva, PeeWee, or Lorena Rivas??
Please E-mail if you have! Thanks
Name: Doris Stewart () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 19:59:32
Message: Suburban Electric always supported Hawthorne High. My four kids graduated from HHS. They are Carl, Clydeene, Carol Boenish and Greg Stewart.
Hi Doris, I remember Clydeene.
Name: Marshall Noyes () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 18:33:32
Message: I can sympathise with those who grew up in the Holly Glen subdivision. We were very isolated there. I grew up near the corner of 138th Place and Aviation Blvd, just off Judah Ave. For the most part I have no memories of the places people are remembering, most of my hangouts were west of Aviation Blvd. Guess I missed a lot.
Name: Schroeder, Jim () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 18:30:53
City and State: Central Point, Or
Message: The flashbacks keep coming. I too was aboard that ill-fated vessel -- bound for Catalina in 1966. How did Steven Clifford Fraser weasel his way into the photo with da lovely ladies? Yes, and not contrary to popular belief - there was some consumption going on prior to embarkation and a few of the randy lads were expelled, and I think they went directly to hell. (Mr. Barton Lee Graves and Ron Baumgartner and was it Bill Lee ? -- if one was into spilling the beans) Also on the island - Tom DeMary claims to have made-out with the French exchange student, Isabelle Wateze(?) -- but as we know, Tom's life is border-line reality. 'Tis good to see all the familiar names and faces popping up in 'feedback'. One more Hood/Currie/Fraser and we'll have a quorum. Hope we all have a festive holiday season.--- I remain; a heartbeat away from ,,,,,,,,,, sanity. Schroeder
Hey Jim, Thanks for popping your 2 cents into the Feedback Machine. We were just about to send out a search party. Nice hearing from you.
Name: Cindy (Maxson) Colby () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 17:17:01
City and State: Laguna Hills, CA
Message: This is so funny, My son talked to someone who went to Hawthorne, Class of 64, he told him about this website.
Welcome aboard Cindy
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 14:18:49
City and State: redondo beach, the home of the homeless, california
Message: To the question as to whether I know where Henry Cooper is, the answer is YES! Sloey
Name: Pam Betraun () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 13:43:04
City and State: Hawthorne,CA
Message: For anyone that graduated in 1998. Luis Roman graduated from Hawthorne in 1998. Right after graduation he joined the Army, he was going into Army Airborne. Luis has been stationed in South Carolina. On Friday the 26th, he was driving to Charlotte South Carolina to visit someone, it was very bad weather heavy rain, he was 10 miles from the Army base when he lost control of his truck and flipped over. He did not survive the car crash. His family flew there Saturday. The Army is having a service for him today. My son and Luis are the same age, they were in many classes together. It is hard to believe he is gone.
Thanks Pam for the update; very sad indeed.
Name: Sharon Nelson () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 13:27:21
City and State: Sunnyvale,CA
Message: While reading the "feedback" section my brain recalled a fun memory of senior ditch day at Catalina Island back in '75. A bunch of us took the boat over and a few of us lost our cookies 'cause the water was rough. We stayed too late goofing around and missed the boat we were going to take back. There was still one more boat leaving later. We found an old abandoned shack that had a working phone and I called my folks back in Hawthorne and told them to call all the other parents and tell them we'd all be late. No cell phones in those days what a bummer. I don't recall who all was there with me (Alzheimer's). I remember my date was Steve Thomas. Perry Zaokopny, Jim Hilgerman, Mary Marsella and Daryl Keaneman. Anybody remember who else went there too? Hope everyone had a happy turkey day. BYE
Name: Debra Lee McGregor () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 13:19:45
City and State: Lancaster, CA
Message: Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. My brother wanted me to ask if anyone knows the whereabouts of Gary Fleming. He used to hang around with him and would love to get in touch with him. Class of 66. Would appreciate any help. Oh, one more thing - Gary had a sister Debbie that graduated mid 70's. That might help. Til next time ... God bless ...
Name: Mom B () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 12:49:57
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I have just recently checked out Michael Mc Grorty's page and I want to publicly acknowledge how enjoyable the experience has been. I have just scratched the surface but intend to read the entire offering as the stories are wonderful. The address is http://www.michaelmcgrorty.com
Also, since Tom DeMary HHS mid 60's who lived across the street from us apparently is never going to check in I thought that I would tell the story of how he used to occasionaly hook a chain or rope around the neck of Johnny Harrison and have him all hunched over like an ape with big bulky clothing, take him down two houses to Doty and 115th and proceed on down toward 120th with a big club pretending to hit John and yelling at the top of his lungs "Down, Igor". Stopped traffic at times. It was funny! I suppose it would be considered child abuse nowadays.
Now about this cool business. The only thing that makes me cool is trying to keep up with my kids, the Rowdys,(there but for a generation, go I! Love them and their headmistress, Miss Judy), Sweet Robin, Mr. Cougar himself (John) and the Valencia clan all of who are the coolest of cool. They are all very funny people and know how to have innocent fun. You will never catch any of them calling a spade a club.
Thanks Beverly, I think you're pretty cool yourself........
Name: Myrna () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 11:55:29
Message: Hmmm.. Mr. Hamilton's government class. Reminds me of Mr. Repashy's history class. He sure knew how to scare us. I remember the weekly tests that were a four page magazine type paper. Every week he would fold it on the crease line and snap it apart. He challenged us to try it. If it worked, we would automatically get an A, if it wasn't perfect, a F! Only remember one person trying, he failed. He seemed sooo tough, but I remember the day a bird hit one of the windows, he made us shut-up, he went outside, picked up the bird, brought it back in and coddled it for awhile. It seems to me that when he took it back outside it flew away. The softer side of the man.
He kicked me out of bowling club. I'm sure I didn't deserve it.
Name: Ingrid Larson () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 11:26:39
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Hey King John, there were probably lots of us who didn't go to either Dana or Intermediate that ended up at HHS. I was one of those people that lived on the west side (118th near Aviation) and went to school on the east side (104th near Prairie). I got the dual perspective. And speaking of dual/Duel .... Where the heck are the Duels? Tom? Steve? Anyone know where they ended up?
I get more email from women wondering where Tom Deuel is. He must've been one heckuva hunk.
Name: Alan Nelson () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 10:53:38
City and State: Parker, Az
Message: As one who has been on some type of ship or boat for the past 24 years, I think I can answer Keith's Ship vs. Boat question. Generally less than 100 feet is a "boat", but the easiest way to determine it, is that a boat can be carried on a ship, but a ship cannot be carried on another ship or boat.
Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 08:38:48
City and State: Cerritos, CA
Message: Keith Jones,
Huell(sp) Houser (California's Gold or Visiting) had a special on that steamship on PBS (KCET 28). It was mentioned on the show that the Mexican government refuses to release the ship. It is sad that the ship can't be returned.
Name: Mike Wilking () on Monday, November 29, 1999 at 02:12:14
City and State: Germany
I don't know how "common" this is but the common Navy distinction is that anything less than 600 feet is a boat and over is a ship. If there's anything like the Army's "this is my rifle, this is my gun..." I missed it.
Name: deano () on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 23:42:02
City and State: Tustin,Ca
Message: hey j.b. whats all this cool talk about i lived on the westside 134pl.and oceangate but went to school on the eastside 119th and acacia (St. Josephs) now were dose cool stop and start?
With you Deano, with you........
Name: Kelley () on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 22:56:48
City and State: Coos Bay Oregon
Message: Sorry John, I will follow the script. Don't mean to wise off. When I read the name Danny Trepanier it brought back a story. On hot sunny days or evenings , the gang on 133rd st. between Haw. Blvd and Ramona would get together and toss water balloons. This gang included The Estrada girls ,Mike and Kay Spensko, Linda Spivy , Diane Considine ,My brother chuck ,of course me. Well one night Danny was unfortunately driving down the street. Splash goes a balloon, on Danny (he was driving a convertible sports car). He skreeches to a stop, jumps out of the car and chases us. Well he caught me. (I was of small stature) he grabs my arm behind my back and yelling $#$%&^*, where do you live . He took me to my house yelling all the way, My Mom settled him down ,put his shirt in the dryer, told him Robin was her nephew etc. it all came out ok. But man he scared the pants of me. I'll never forget that evening, it didn't stop me from tossing those water balloons. Kids are kids. Hey did anyone ever skateboard down Ramona Hill? I never did but I saw the results OUCH.
Great story Kelley. I remember Danny Trepanier AKA Hooker. Great guy. Sat right behind me in Mr. Hamilton's Government class.
Name: Glenn Crist () on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 22:28:05
City and State: Wine Country, USA
Message: Speaking of Carol Buxton (pictured in the Catalina Steamship shot)... does any one out there know how to get in touch with either, she, or Henry Cooper.
Coop was a close friend and one I lost touch with a long time ago. I'd certainly like to touch base with them again. Hank is a main character in my all time favorite "it's a small world" story.
Thanks, in advance, if anyone has a hint
Sloey, Do you know where Henry is??
Name: Myrna () on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 22:22:33
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Message: As I recall, some of the Class of '66 really did suffer that day on Catalina. It seems that some of them had bottles taped on their arms, under their jackets, and they proceeded to imbibe a bit too much. Some got caught... I wasn't one of either of those groups - I was not one of any crowd. (But, I did help tape bottles on someone's arm). Am I correct in remembering that some of the class officers were ones that got caught. I also seem to remember threats that some of them wouldn't be able to go to graduation, but that didn't come to be.
Name: bruce a. bellare () on Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 22:11:58
City and State: kingman, arizona
Message: i am interested in getting on the list for the class of 1970 reunion. any information that can help me do this would be greatly appreciated.
Bruce, Go up to the top of this page where it says "Become a Member". Click on that graphic and it will take you to the membership page. At the bottom of that page is the "Alumni Registration" graphic. Click on that and fill out that form. You do not have to become a member to have your name and address added to your classes roster. Really folks, if you don't want to become a member, that's fine, but please add yourself to the roster so your class can find you when reunion time rolls around. It costs you NOTHING. Thanks Bruce