The answer to the trivia question: What was the last song played in the movie "American Graffiti"? Hawthorne's own "Boys"
Name: Norma Jean () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 01:00:02
Class: He's 66
City and State: Hawthorne
Message: Did anyone catch the DOO WOP 50 special on KCET? (thanks for the reminder Mr. Plotkin) What a great show! Really puts you in the mood for a reunion....come on guys.. I have this bad urge to dance all night long...how 'bout you??
Norma Jean, Yeah I saw about half of it. Very interesting. Lotsa good groups and compilation groups.
Name: Lori Padelford () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 00:01:05
City and State: West Garden Grove, CA
Message: Hi Vickie Arestegui. I am curious if you have a sister named Barbara? I remember going to Ramona with a Barbara Arestegui. The Dions and Coles that you referred to earlier, was that Beth Dion? I think she had a brother maybe Brian? Was the other Ted Cole that went to Lawndale?
Hey Keith speaking of Michelle Brockman do you still hear from her? I haven't talked to her since the 10 year reunion.
Name: Ricki Farrell () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 23:10:36
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Hi everybody. Glad to see you're on the payroll again Penny. Being out of work is a real drag. Today ladies, rowdies and gentlemen, I did my duty and served one full day of jury duty. It's the 4th time for me. If you've never done it and get called take plenty to do. I cannot believe how boring it is to sit in a quiet room for about 7 hours. I had my computer and plenty of work and I was still wavering between being awake and semi-consciousness. If you get on a case, though, it's very interesting. I didn't. I'm very excited about Cruise night. I hope that we get a good turnout as before. I read the posts but have little time to write...John, it's so heartwarming to hear from people with whom we knew in school. Mike Mecey, Ginger Lombardoz(still owe you an email), Clydeene Boenish. I even remember "kids" that my sibblings knew like Steve Fraser. It's good to see the old photos too. Does anyone know what ever became of Louis Fredericks, Kenny Becker, or Wally and Sandy Lindstruth?
Ricki, Another 61er car guy checked in tonight; Jim Clairmont. He had a fast black 58 Chevy in school. I don't think I ever raced him, but Mike Shay has a story to tell on that subject.
In the last week there've been lots of early 60's people checking in. I think it runs in cycles. See you on Cruise night Ricki. Bring your ear muffs.
Name: Glenn Crist () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 21:42:04
City and State: Sonoma, in the Valley of the Lunatics
Message: I talked with Henry Cooper tonight for the first time in 30 years. Thanks John, thanks Jim Sloey. I'm hoping he can make it down for the Wine Country Weekend. Someone set up a computer center in the town he lives in and he says he'll check out Cougartown.
Glad you found him Glenn. When you have a database as broad as Cougartown, it would be hard NOT to find someone. Thanks Jim S for the info on Henry. You're a Prince.
Name: Kathy Dorio () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 18:31:49
City and State: San Francisco, CA
Message: Sloey, just got a chance to read through feedback and saw that your church sponsored a Thanksgiving day dinner. I think that is wonderful. My church in N.CA sponsored three this year: One in Brentwood (600 served); one in Antioch (600+ served) and one on Bethel Island (250 served). What a blessing for us! Mike, Billine, Steve, Myrna: I would also like to help with a multi-year reunion. Let me know what I can do to help. Mike (what a way to talk to your brother) are you going to be in the states for Wine Country gathering in April? Maybe we could talk them into early May instead???? Enjoyed reading all the entries. Took me four hours to catch up!
Redondo Beach (1 served) nice goin' Jim, but I bet that one guy thought he'd died and gone to heaven.
Name: Penny Prouty () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 17:48:22
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Hi, out there,
It's been a while since I've touched base with anyone.....but I 've just recently joined the "employed" once again and now have a new email address. It's good to be back! I've missed keeping in touch!
Hi Penny, It HAS been a few pages since you've checked in. Welcome back to Cougartown and please try to make THIS Cruise night.
Name: Robb Russell () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 16:20:39
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Yes, Vickie. I am from the class of '74. Bud and Susan quickly identified me. Of course I remember the Arestegui sisters. I recall that our fathers, at least for a short time, used to swim together at Leuzinger High in an adult exercise class... We did play basketball often and I am suprised none of the neighbors complained. Seriously though, me, a hunk? Skinny nature boy perhaps. I do still surf two or three times per week but I remain a hack. Puka shells? I just unearthed some and gave them to my daughter, a 10th grader. As for the speeding cars with honking horns that Susan refered to, my bedroom was not attached to the house. It was far enough removed from the street that I heard nothing. My parents never said a thing except to comment, after Barry Smith drove up and down the street with different people strapped onto his van's roof by way of surf racks, that it sounded like we were having fun. We were. Nice to hear from you all. Drop me an e-line.
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 16:02:46
Maiden: Old Codger
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: FYI: I've read of a couple of alums writing about Doo Wop. Tonight 12/1/99 @ 8:00 PM on channels KCET and KVCR there will be Doo Wop 50. Oldies dominate this three-hour nostalgia fest. Enjoy!!!!
Love to all,
Thanks Mr. P......
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 15:56:50
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: King John-- Our ROWDY HOLIDAY COOKIE DOUGH BRUNCH (made with real raw eggs) AND WARM TAP WATER INSTANT COFFEE!!!! How did you hear about that before we had the flyer printed... ESP I think John.. but how could you forget the VFW BREAKFAST in Dec. Should be Dec 19, but I'll check with Loren Heath. And another thing John B..smile when you call Marsha Russell a Tramp.. She's been very good..she hit all the sinks from here to Eugene..& that was a lot of cold porcelain to hop up to...she's a true ROWDY. We are proud of her. Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS
All you people planning on going to the Rowdy's Holiday Cookie Dough and Instant Coffee Brunch, if you want instant coffee, don't forget to bring your own dixie cup.
Name: Mike Retzlaff () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 15:14:59
Maiden: Mike Retzlaff
City and State: Elk Grove, Calif
Message: Great seeing some of the "old" Seniors. Remember the old days quite well. I was very active in the band (Fred Morgan), and ran every year to be a Cougar Mascot and Mr Spirit. Even got elected once. Happy Holidays to all.
Name: Don Di Tomasso () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 13:32:17
City and State: Cerritos/South Bay,CA
Message: Keith Jones: Yeah...Ok...Keith...I remember your uncle...last name started with a P? Was he into real estate at the time. I think the Castros used to live in that house (Ernie, Mike....)then your Uncle came along and added a Polynesian touch to the house. The Brockman house is across the street from where I lived.
Trinity Lutheran...yeah...I remember you mentioned about the paint before. You were probably a grade behind me. You might have had Mrs. Sternberg for a teacher. Her husband was the principal. I am impressed with your memory, Keith. If ever there is a book written about Cougartown, I'm sure you'd be a good resource.
Ever thinking about coming back to the South Bay again to live?
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 11:56:40
Message: For all you 66 folks Henry Cooper is alive and well, living in Garberville where the redwoods begin. If you would like his phone number, email me. sloey
Name: Marsha Russell () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 07:47:57
Maiden: ILEFTMYHEARTINEUGENE Who is Eugene?
City and State: Redondo Beach
Message: Hey Johnny Boy, just following your orders and checking in. It's back to work and reality today after ten days of enjoying life....WAAAAAAA So what is going on in December????? Is there a Pinks run or VFW breakfast??????? Or do we just have to wait for January 9th??
So you're out "Trampin" around in OR, we don't hear from you for WEEKS, and now you're back and want to PLAY?? Sorry Marsha, it doesn't work that way girl. Actually nothing is going on in December as many people have lots of things to do. I figured the Rowdys would have their "Annual Cookie Dough (BYOCD) and Instant Coffee (made with genuine tap water) Breakfast" at someones house. What's the deal???
Name: Keith D.Jones () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 02:55:09
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Don I see you mentioned Trinity Luthern. I went there. In fact the pre-school next to it I went there too. As far as I know that pre-school is still there. I got expelled from Trinty Luthern in 2nd grade. Besides leading the school in paddlings the thing that really got everyone pissed off at me was when after they just painted the bathrooms I went in there and put my name all over the place in the wet paint. Then I went to Cabrillo, Don Smith, Peter Burnett then Dana. Boy I have grown up since then. And if you grew up on Wisburn my uncle lived in the house with all the black lava rock in the front next to Michelle Brockman. Then he moved to Rolling Hills. I had several friends on that street.
Name: Patt () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 01:47:43
City and State: Kennewick, Wa./
I do not remember your getting into trouble. I was always the one !! Who was that woman?
I do remember that I KNEW the squeeky hallway boards to avoid and I could sneak in without awakening the cats!! Poor Bonney got caught every time!! I DID GET CAUGHT ONCE, DADDY MET ME AT THE DOOR AND SLAPPED MY FACE, HE SAID "even the bars close at 2 am!" I had been to the Tropicana Lanes that was open all night!!
Our curfew was 10:00!
Name: Janet () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 21:57:30
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Chris, Will a freshman beanie do?? I think I still have one of those cute little caps tucked away with my flag girl outfit in a cedar chest! (Oh the humility of it!!)
JB (the other one)
Wear that Flag Girl Outfit and I'LL buy you a hot chocolate.
Name: Frank A. Romano () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 20:49:57
City and State: Las Vegas, Nv.
Message: I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said... if you can fool part of the people some of the time and some of the people part of the time... you should take that. Its good odds. Now about getting the 86 from the bowling club because you had your mug in two pictures. I mean when did Mr. Repashy find out about the double header? There's more of a story in there some place JB... Just what was is it that you were caught doing besides bowling? Blonde...driven from the golf team. Just what did you have to do with that JB? You can tell us, your loyal CT citizens. Mom "B". You're once again referring to Robin as 'Sweet' Is he still selling that cousin stuff? He's a standup good fellow, but I just can't buy into 'Sweet'.
Hey Frank, That was it, period...... and it wasn't but a week or so after those pictures were taken that he was all over me like a Jim Clinton suit.
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 20:25:58
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Jim Sloey-
Henry Cooper lived in Harmony? We passed thru there in August - don't they have a population of, I think, 12? Are they the Cooper clan? Betty
Name: Susan King () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 19:54:27
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: Bud Rhoades speaks!! So glad to see you here - YOU need to show up at the next George Hunter event!! Bring Robb and laugh like crazy with us! Mom has teased and said that she secretly loved the Class of 74 best and "our boys" are what made the group so fun!! What a wild lot! So please, please tell me, just what DID your mommas think about all that honkin' goin' on??!!
Just a buncha' "Horny" Highschoolers.........
Name: Chris Prewitt () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 19:50:01
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: OK, Here goes at the "Cruise Night 2" I will purchase a cup of hot chocolate for the first person who comes in with a Cougar rooter hat (Leeroy that's not roto-rooter) yes it can be a cap, hat or any headgear that depicts Cougar spirit. John you're not eligible but if you want a hot chocolate I will buy you one.
I want a chocolare malt.
Name: Myrna () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 18:45:02
City and State: Coalinga, CA
Message: Kristi - I'm in Coalinga and I have a scanner. Maybe we can get together and scan that picture of Mr. Plotkin. Let me know...
Here's a picture of one of my high school buds, Gordon Bell HHS62 and our own Royal Flogger. Nice shirts too. Thanks for the picture Myrna.......
Name: Bud Rhoades () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 14:51:27
City and State: Newport Beach Ca.
Message: Vickie Arestegui,I believe the "hunk" you are refering to was my neighbor and dear friend still. Robb Russell class of 74. I lived a couple doors down on 142 st. and Robb and I played hoops every night in his backyard. Our families are still very close and I see Robb and his on a regular basis, and yes we still surf. Robb is a Chiropractor in Long Beach. Susie Bierman, how the heck are you?
Name: Glenn Crist () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 00:57:02
City and State: Sonoma, CA
Message: John Baker asked me to share my favorite "it's a small world" story with C-town readers.
I knew Henry Cooper a couple of years before I started attending HHS. I first met him when he played on a Babe Ruth baseball team with Mike Barraclough and Craig Ritchie, two of my close buddies. Henry was two years younger than me and I didn't really get to know him well until my junior year.
Henry started his football career as a B his freshman year and the next year he went on to play varsity football his sophomore year. We became pretty close friends. He led the Bay League with the most tackles for three years as a linebacker. He wasn't big but he really loved to get in there and hit. He made the All South Bay (Daily Breeze) and the LA Times All-CIF teams his senior year.
I asked him if he thought he'd make High School All-American. He said he doubted it since there were so many good HS players out there. He said his grandfather was an All-American at U of Colorado. I said my grandfather played at CU, and ask him if he thought they might have known each other. He said probably not as his grandfather had passed away twenty years before. He told me that his grandfather had gone deer hunting on the west side of the Rockies, shot a deer, thrown it over his shoulders and packed it out. He put it down at his car and dropped dead from a cerebral aneurysm. I didn't pursue it any further. The next day we were at Dwight Fritz's house and Dwight asked him if he had thought about joining a fraternity at El Camino, when he started in the Fall. Henry said we might join Sigma Nu. I asked Henry if his grandfather was a Sigmanuer; he said yes, so I reposed my original question. He said he still didn't think they knew each other.
After dinner that night I asked my mother if her dad knew a Henry Cooper and she said she didn't think so. I repeated all the common connections and she still said she didn't think so. I told her that he had been a physician and the fact that he died after a hunting trip. She said, "you don't mean Hank Cooper." Henry was Henry the III and his dad called him Hank. She got really excited, and told me that Doc Cooper delivered she and her younger sister and that in fact my grandad and Hank (the 1st) were good friends. She told me that Doc Cooper had false teeth but hated to wear them and carried them around in his pocket.
I called Henry but he was out. I asked his stepmother if I could talk to Henry's dad (Henry II). He came to the phone and I asked: did your dad go to CU?; did he play football?: was he in Sigma Nu?; all answered in the affirmative. I asked, "Did he carry his false teeth in his pocket?" There was stunned silence on the other end. "How did you know that", he asked, "Henry doesn't even know about that." At that point, my mother took over the phone. They talked about old days, and how Henry's grandfather has chased her around the house with this horrid medicine that she hated when she was ill.
My mother called her dad got him to send photos of the football team, the frat parties (complete with the lampshade and waste basket head gear), etc. Henry's family's possessions had burned in a warehouse fire when they moved from La Jolla to Hawthorne. He almost cried when he saw what my grandfather had sent. Henry could only shake his head in semi disbelief.
So here we were thousands of miles from Boulder, years later, and what are the chances that two people would have a common history... doesn't figure.
We drifted apart after El Camino. I talked with him a couple of times on the phone but eventually lost contact with him. Now thanks to Cougartown and a tip from Jim Sloey, I may again connect with him. Thanks Jim, thanks John. It's what makes this such an amazing place.
And an amazing story too Glenn. Thanks and good luck finding Henry. I don't see how you can miss.
Name: STEVE FRASER () on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 00:34:54
Message: James Howard Schroeder!!!How nice to here from you again. In answer to your question about the boat picture on ditch day, I can only say I guess I was lucky that day. Speaking of ill-fated cruises, that same ship now sits (listing at about 30 degrees, on the bottom) in the harbor at Ensenada. If memory serves me right (hopefully no senior moments!) the foreign exchange student retreated to the hills with a blanket, bottle of wine, and the "Captain" of the tennis team. AKA 1st Semester Student Body President. Talk about somebody who got lucky that day!! Say hi to all the Oregonians for me and keep in touch. Cliffie
Name: Blondie () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 23:33:51
Maiden: christine penny
City and State: round rock tx
Message: Frank R., ....I'm sure if not for the grace of God and the fact that JB graduated well before I did, JB would have been the direct cause of my exclusion from golf that fateful year. But as it stands I managed it all my little self. ") I never have taken up the sport since, but I do play a mean puttputt game of miniature golf. JB....Yes, I would have to agree ....mothers do have a way of laying down their own kind of law...mine managed it with a brush from the Fuller Brush man, which she eventually broke on my behind! For some small minor infraction, I am sure. ")
I was doing a little bit of remembering myself, and I use to live next door to a boy who would have graduated in 79. He was one of the youngest to get his pilots license at age 15(?). I think his name was Chuck. Does anyone know who I am remembering? I could use some help here. ")
Name: Kristi Pealo () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 23:33:22
City and State: NAS Lemoore, CA
Message: Myrna thanks for the offer. My schedule this week is hectic. Maybe some other time we can meet! This weekend I will be back in Hawthorne for a family reunion. I will try to give the yearbook to John myself or leave them with my mom (Lupi Perkins c/o69). John Would you like my other yearbooks 85-89 HHS? Let me know what would be best! -Kristi
Yes I would like the yearbooks, however I really don't want them until I get set up in the new place. I've got enough to do right now, and don't want them misplaced. I will get them after the first of the year. Thanks for the offer Kristi
Name: Cheryl Nicocia () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 23:10:18
City and State: Keno, Oregon
Message: Well, we are home again, and IT'S SNOWING!!!! I love it. Great big wet flakes the size of quarters. Great for snowmen! Just had to share that with all of you...... Myrna, terrific picture of you and Gordon. Miss that guy!.... We will be back in Redondo for Christmas, but are going home for New Years Eve. Another cruise night we will miss. I swear we are always just leaving town when all the fun begins. Missed the first cruise night by about one week, the Homecoming by two weeks.....we must be doing something wrong. Oh well! We will try to make the "Wine Country" thing, whenever that will be. John, have you been to "our place" since I left? I took a pint of "our" dressing home with me. (and I don't share)
Cheryl, Well I guess we'll just have a "Cheryl and John Night" some time, and you'll HAVE to be there. No, I haven't been back to "Our Place" (El Torito) since you and daughter Lisa stood me up, It's somehow lost its glitter. I'll wait until Christmas. Tell John to bring me a little Christmas sampler. Glad you made it home safely and I'll see you in about a month.
Name: Vickie Arestegui () on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 22:33:51
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Thank you so much BUD and SUSAN!!! Yes, I do remember Robby and his budds...especially "Woody" the one who lived next door to Mr. Butterball, Mr Crockett, the Dions, the Coles and the Reynolds! Boy, that takes me back quite a few years!!! I was kinda young then, but you guys always invited us over to root each other on or to help us onto the roof to pick YOU GUYS some apricots!! Yes, I do remember cars zooming up our street only to slow down and honk for a response. When you guys were playing hoops, you'd pick one of the younger ones to sneak down the driveway to tell you WHICH car was outside! I didn't know it, but you had us wrapped around your fingers! I don't think you'd remember me personally, but I am sure you'd remember my older sisters...especially Sharon! C'est la vie!!! Give Robby a "Hang 10" for us but I do have one question...does he still wear his puka shells?