Name: LGW () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 15:51:59
City and State: Los Altos, CA
Message: Sigh, as Charlie Brown would say! Here I am slaving away on a story and I find Keith Jones has already lived a better story than I could write. Guess it's back to my chosen profession as a waitress. . .
Keith -- you've got to write some of that stuff down for posterity!
Meanwhile, here's another HHS memory I haven't seen yet: who remembers becoming a diaconian by being kidnapped in the middle of the night and taken to the airport to dance the can-can in the international terminal? (I think, because of insurance reasons or somesuch grown-up issues, that this practice was halted after 1974).
And, of course, if you wore glasses, they were left behind so the world at 2 am was a fuzzy blurr. . .but at the end we got to have hot chocolate and biscuits at the Denny's in Inglewood.
Name: JIM SLOEY () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 15:26:39
E-Mail: jonesknowseverybodyand everybodyknowsjones.com
City and State: rb, ca
Message: Keith I just loved your Ali story. I had tears in my eyes too. But Keith you are so modest I have to tell the one story about you that needs telling. 10 years ago Keith and many of the top athletes of the world, Joe Dimaggio, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana you name it they were there, were assembled at the Vatican, well Keith asked me to go with him well I guess Keith always regarded me as a father figure and so I went, compliments of ABC wide world of Sports. Apparently the Pope was going to address these guys and give them all a special blessing and dispensation or whatever, but it was really nice. So I stand outside with all these guys, Sandy Koufax showed me the grip on a changeup that I was able to use with my kids so it was great. Suddenly the curtain opens up and Keith and the Pope appear on the balcony. Well DiMaggio looks up and says who is that? Wilt Chamberlain says well that is Keith with the Pope. Oh says DiMaggio I knew it was Keith, so thats the Pope. True story. Really. No really it is.
The thing that awed me was a room at the Marriott that held 3000 people. I can see the sign now By order of the LAFD MAX OCCUPANCY 3000 PERSONS We love ya' Keith.....
Name: Bob Veach () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 14:00:58
City and State: Long Beach
Message: John, thanks for adding the pictures to the feedback page. Because of age, alot of names don't ring a bell until I see the pic.
And Rob Russell, you and Bud Rhodes were two of those people. You may not remember me, but because I grew up with George Hunter and Art Hernandez, I got to know and hang with a number of people from your class. Are you the same Robb Russell on Kallin Ave. here in LB? If so, we live about 1/2 mile from each other ( I'm at Studebaker & Wardlow). Is your 10th grade daughter attending Millikin High or did she sneak over to Los Al(or was she able to get into the only other good HS here in LB- a name I can't say in this forum for the sake of the JB's sanity- he goes nuts whenever he hears it.) Good to hear you are doing so well.
I will be at the big game tonite at Vet's Stadium. Sue Bierman, tell your friend Los Al is going down. We still don't know what a Griffin is.
Bob, I think a Griffin can kick the tail off a Jackrabbit. Darryl, if it doesn't happen, I'm holding you personally responsible. Be a COUG, Bob !!!
Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 13:16:02
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: Well John... good news here...the ROWDYS have decided to take that WINE COUNTRY TRIP. We're hoping it's a bus trip as we've been practicing our "99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL" which we've consented to sing all the way up and all the way back. We're even going to bring our own wine as our tastes tend to lean more towards something with a bite to it-such as Annie Boone's Farm Peach Creek and Thunderbird/Ripple (chilled with ice cubes) Oh ya... with a hair in it.. We can hardly wait. Pencil us all in--we're ready!!
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS
GREAT!! Sorry I can't join you on the bus. i'll walk before i ride with those rowdys I'll be taking the.......a......Amtrack, yeah Amtrack......that's the ticket yeah.
Name: Karen Kusumi () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 11:04:25
City and State: Anaheim, California
Message: Kelley there were quite a few of us who lived on the Del Aire side of Hawthonre growing up. Donna, Jennie, and Karen Hare, Bob and Dale Stelse, Ross Bradfield, Penny and Kathy Prouty, Dick and Dorothy (Johnson) Slauson, Jim, Jeff and Mike Trotter, Bob Basis, Marguerite Melchert, Sherry Volk, Lucille Hearn, Dave Shippy, Danny and Robin Petty, Lorraine and Kurt Satter, Claudia Black, Valerie Davis, Tom Cwynar, the Wilcoxin Boys, Chris Ritchie, Pam and Ron Baily, Sandra Hayes, Reanna Caustin, John and Tom Tommey, Ron Burt and let's not forget the Chauncey's. I know there were alot more, but maybe this will do for a start. Hope you recognize some of them.
Name: Betty Rodriguez () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 09:29:23
City and State: Lake Elsinore, CA
Message: Kelly-Thanks for the news about Susie St. Martin. Schroeder had let me know earlier in the week. I remember her parents insisting she go to confession at St. Josephs every Saturday morning. She always had her bikini on under a shirt then we'd hitch-hike to 26th. She also once told her parents she was spending the night at my house - but never told me! Her mom called my mom, etc, etc, etc. Can you spell 'RESTRICTION'?
Now, JoAnn Hawthorne - would like to hear from her too - we 'danced' at the Sports Arena. And we're still looking for Kathi Glenn! Aren't we, Larry Biller!
Name: Keith D.Jones () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 02:31:21
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Ok get comfortable this is a long one. Nothing to do with HHS but absolutely the most memorable thing that I have ever experienced. I just finished watching a show about the greatest athletes of the 20th century. To the people who know me out there and who know my physical stature and image can't imagine someone like me crying. But at least they are happy tears. Muhammed Ali had just won the greatest athlete of the 20th century. Everytime I see Ali I get chills and think about my connection with him. In 1986 after I became a world champion I was invited to be a guest of honor at the LA Marriott hotel during the Boxing Hall of Fame Induction dinner. I remember going with my daughters mom and wearing a tuxedo for the first time (it was a size 60) and having a shaved head from a Gillette commercial that I had just shot. So I looked very mean. -When I arrived in my limo it was like a Hollywood premiere. There was every living boxing great there was. Ken Norton, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carlos Ortiz, Beau Jack, and even Jimmy Lennon Sr. (who emceed). I was escorted to my table (for dinner). Then this older guy comes to our table and introduces himself and his date (his daughter) to me and my date. It was Jake LaMotta. WOW! I had just watched Raging Bull a couple nights before. This was awesome. He sits on my left side with his daughter next to my date across from me. All of a sudden a huge roar starts and the 3000 people begin chanting Ali, Ali, Ali. Everyone standing and cheering. I'm just trying to see him. Oh my god! I see him and he's heading towards our table. I watch him, and his wife sits on the other side of my date and he heads over hugs Jake and then looks at me shakes my hand and then sits on the other side of me. I'm sitting between Jake LaMotta and Muhammed Ali. Am I in heaven or what. During the night we all talked between us like we had been friends for a long time. It was great. I remember so many people coming up to Ali asking for autographs. I
Name: Mike Wilking () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 02:09:00
City and State: Germany
Message: Kathy (what a way to talk to your sister): I'll be in the states in May. I wonder how much arm twisting we'd have to do to get the "tour" date pushed back a month. Maybe we can sell Glenn the "April showers, May flowers" pitch. I hope Billine, Pauline, BJ, Cheryl (B) Keohen can make it also.
Name: Alan Hauge () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 01:53:38
City and State: Playa del Rey, CA
Message: Okay John, where did you hide Jim Clairmont? He was a regular visitor to by auto paint shop on Imperial Highway in the early 60's called, "House of Customs". He had a cool 1958 Chevy Bel Aire as I remember. I think he lived in the 5400 block of 120th street. Okay Jim come on out where ever you are!
Oh yeah, and John I lived on 115th street in LA. Went to HHS on a special permit. Does that make me a "Northerner"? Or what?
An ultra cool Northwestsider indeed. Yes, Jim Clairmont had a big block 348 with the 4 barrel Rochester for a factory rated 250 hp, but I think it was a little faster than stock. Course the older I get, the faster my cars were. Jim, anytime you're ready, come on in and tell a story or two.
Name: Janet () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 01:07:50
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Mo and all interested winos err parties! So far we have only gotten about six responses to our survey. That would make for a rather small bus load. However, we will be posting the survey again soon and will be able to better determine what transportation needs we have as a group.
This is going to be a great trip...what could be better than a bunch of cougars stompin grapes??
JB(The other one)
I mean this is going to bring a bunch of your Central and Nor Cal, Oregon, and Washington Cougars out of hiding, so please make your plans to join us if at all possible.
Name: chuck burke () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 00:52:32
City and State: portland,ore
Message: thank you.
you are welcome.
Name: Kelley () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 00:22:04
City and State: Coos Bay Or
Message: Just had to look on the map the see where Keno Or. is. Wow, what a beautiful place it must be, I must visit there on one of our travels. Note. to Betty Kean...Susie St. Martin died 3 or 4 years ago . she was living in Hawaii for many years, got sick, came home and stayed with JO-Ann Hawthore before she died. I was shocked to hear about it. I don't know about Janice. Looking at the bowling pictures I noticed my neighbor for many years. Sharon Estrada. She could do the best impression of Elvis Presley I've ever seen. I got turned on to late 50's early 60's music by her. She would have parties, and play all those great tunes. I Love you Sharon. I'll have to have my MOM tell her MOM to tell Sharon about the site. Do you remember her JOHN? Is Del Aire the East or West side. Did anyone live there? I believe Bob Anderson (65)? did.
Yes, I remember Sharon. Great record collection; lousy bowler. Del Aire is a Westsiders paradise.
Name: Lori Padelford () on Friday, December 3, 1999 at 00:13:22
Message: Hi Vickie, so glad to hear that Barbara is your sister. She was always so nice and funny too. Tell her hello for me and give her my e mail address also, I would love to talk to her. If anyone would like to get in touch with Carolyn (Fredricks), my parents are very close to her parents and can get you in touch with them.
Name: Ricki Farrell () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 23:48:29
City and State: Fullerton, CA
Message: Gosh, I should be in bed...but John, you mentioned Jim Clairmont. Our beloved senior problems teacher, Mr. Edwards, asked all of what we would be doing in 10 years. Jim Clairmont proudly announced that he would be a millionaire. Is he? What is he up to---I've always wondered. Louis Fredericks, God rest his soul. He was a great guy with a perpetual smile. I've never forgotten him.
Jim, Are you out there?
Name: Keith D.Jones () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 23:23:26
City and State: Las Vegas, NV
Message: Lori, I haven't heard or seen Michelle in years.
Name: JB () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 21:33:03
I don't know what calendar you're looking at but......mine says Easter is the 23rd which makes our wine trip the weekend of the 14th...the week before Easter. I checked Glenn's survey and that's what it does say on there too.
ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE NOT DRINKIN???
I'm sure, but I think now's a good time to start. This is the calendar that I got my info from. At first glance, what date would you say Easter fell on?? OK now what DID I do with that bottle of Tequila......
Name: Frank A. Romano () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 19:48:05
City and State: Las Vegas, NV.
Message: Just last night, when I was looking at the bowling club pictures I was telling Maria about Lou Fredricks...and wondering what had become of him. Mo, the news is really shocking to me. Louis was one heck of a nice human being. I got to telling Maria about Lou's home on 120th street. Lou's Dad decided to dig a basement. So a bunch of us got involved with digging. Several feet into the mole party they ran into a wall. As it turned out, the wall was a room under the old house. Above the area the house had been repaired for all three floors and roof. Lou's Dad figured that during prohibition there had been a still and it must have blown up at one point causing the damage all the up through the house. Lou also helped me put my first rear speaker in my 56 Mercury. I'll just never forget him. Lou, god speed too you.
Name: John Baker () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 19:44:42
City and State: Lomita, Ca
Message: Re Nyman Hall: I just want to thank all the Alumni who gave to support the Nyman Hall seat campaign. We listed 42 seats on the website and were directly responsible for at least another 25 plus seats that were sent directly to HHS. That means 20 to 25 percent of the seats were restored by, or because of, Cougartowners like yourself. If you think about it, that's remarkable. I'm very proud of that accomplishment, as each of you should be. It says that we still take pride in "our" Hawthorne High, no matter how far from home we live today. To all the Alumni who gave to this very worthy cause. You are the true spirit of HHS, and as our own El Rojo would say, "May the mighty Cougar be with you all."
Thanks Cougs for your generosity. . . . . .
Name: Richard Hanson () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 16:02:16
City and State: Simi Valley, Ca
Message: Hey King John, Why a Sunday night for the second cruise to Fosters. A lot of us out of towners need a days rest after a late night outing.
OK, I'll make it the 8th as I thought that was a Saturday. Sorry folks, It's the 8th of January and NOT the 9th for cruise night.
Name: Robb Russell () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 15:56:54
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: Your mom, Vickie Arestegui, is right. My friends and I were the best bunch of kids on the block. The fact that you or your sisters remember my room and my waterbed worries me though. What am I forgetting...? As for the beads you mentioned, would those be ones around my neck or did I have some separating the two parts of my room? I do not know. Anything is possible. It did not escape my attention, even back in high school, that you girls were almost always out when I mowed the lawn. (Now I have no lawn to mow at my house; I hated mowing the lawn back then and there is no way I plan on doing it now). You asked if I remember the little shrub in front of my porch and I do, but at this moment it stands out only as a shrub, something I looked over when gazing at Palos Verdes in the distance. I am not positive who CheckerBoy and Woody were. My friend and classmate, Bud Rhoades, did work at the Luckys at Rosecrans and Hawthorne Blvd. as a bagger, maybe he was CheckerBoy. Woody...I am not sure. We did have a neighbor, Tom Tate (class of '75) who played basketball with us but we never called him Woody. We did call him several names, none of which I care to repeat in this forum. Does your family still own the house next to where I used to live? Do you know the neighbors who live in my former house? Let me know if you do. My brother left a classic, early 1960s Jacobs surfboard in the rafters of the garage that I was too foolish to move. In the late 70s, when my dad sold the house, the board was a liability. Now it would be fun to have although it is improbable that it is still there. As for being a chiropractor, yes, I certainly see new patients. I work with one other chiropractor, two orthopedic surgeons, a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and two physical therapists. We have it covered!
Name: MYTMO () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 14:17:38
City and State: Hawthorne,CA
Message: First...HI EVERYONE! It sounds like everyone had a GOOD Thanksgiving. I had a really good time helping Jim & Debby at their church...there were several cougs there, mostly from 66 & 67. JB, looking forward to Cruise nite :0) How about a trip to PINK'S sometime before Christmas? To Ricki Farrell....RE: Louis Frederick....he passed away about 20 years ago. He died from a brain tumor. He started to get a bad headache (never had headaches), they went in to do a brain scan, and found the tumor. He only lived about 6 months after the surgery. He and Carolyn were my best friends! JB....do you know (since you see ALOT of Janet (hint, hint), if there is any info on the possibility of the bus trip to the wine country, ie. bus fare, hotel rooms/rate, etc.? ROWDY JUDY....how are the flyers coming for the cookies and instant coffee Christmas party? yum yum John, your favorite (I have a picture of you the last time you had instant coffee....remind me to send it to you).
Hi Mo, I just this minute put the Wine tasting weekend banner on the Feedback Page. I know that Glenn and Janet are working feverishly to get some info for you. As soon as it's here, I will add it. In the meantime you can email either one of them with questions.
Now about Louis Fredericks...... A nicer guy you'll never know in a lifetime. I was shocked to hear the news. Ironically Louis Fredricks is pictured in the bowling club picture right next to Roy Ryse who lost his life in Vietnam. Very sad.
Can't wait for the Rowdy's cookie dough and instant coffee party. Judy said if they have it outdoors, she can keep the water tepid enough by carrying the thermos around under her armpit. I can't wait for some of that Sanka boy.
Name: Harry Plotkin () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 13:14:35
City and State: Harbor City, CA
Message: Liz Castanon: The school by the park was named after the superintendent, Don M. Smith. It was a beautiful school. In order for Wiseburn to stay afloat as a school district this site was sold to a developer who tore down the school and built 55 homes. Several million dollars in revenue kept Wiseburn solvent. John: It seems a shame to have two partially funded seats whose total makes the needed $100.00. They are both relative to the class of '65. With your diplomatic finesse the parties might agree to: In memory of Tim Thomas and the class of 1965. Just a thought. HCH
HCH, Great Idea, and seeing as I am King and these seats have been here for the longest time, it seems appropriate to make a decision here. Sobeit. Harry, you are now Cougartown's "Prince of Tact and Sanity". Thank you very much.....
Name: Diana Calabro () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 12:31:08
City and State: Hawthorne,Ca
Message: DOO-WOP show last night watched it and it was great. What memories alot the groups sounded the same, duke, duke, duke, duke of earl, may-ay-be, only you ooooooooo, Whoops got carried away. See you on cruise night.
Name: BRIAN DION () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 12:21:16
City and State: HAWTHORNE,CA
Message: HEY WHOS TALKIN ABOUT ME? I WAS A NICE WELL BEHAVED CHILD!!
Name: Pam Betraun () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 11:10:59
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: For the class of "98" Luis Roman's viewing is tonight between 5 and 8pm at Inglewood cemetary and the funeral is at 1pm tomorrow at the same place.
Name: Elizabeth Castanon () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 06:56:58
City and State: Amarillo Tx
Message: Hello Cougars, Just checking in. Havent had time to catch up on feedback for a few days. Wish I could be out there for reunion at Foster's but I will just miss you all. My youngest boy graduates from the Marines at Pendleton on Dec. 29 and I will be there for that but then am coming right home. Just a note. When my kids were small my oldest boy went to that little school for kindergarten in HollyGlen by the park. Yes, we actually were "Westsiders" after I got married for about a year. Anyway, I thought they tore down that school. Yes or No? Liz
Name: Vickie Arestegui () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 01:22:46
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: OMG!! Robby Russell alive and online! You are the stuff of legends in this house of women!! I don't believe that you didn't know that every female here under the age of 16 (back then) didn't have a major crush on you! Yeah, I remember your room. I really remember the waterbed and the beads!! Really, my mom was very happy to hear that you remembered us. She often said you and your buddies were the best bunch of kids on the block. I do agree, you were just the sweetest guy around. As for the van, wasn't that the orange one? And for the girls driving by, that was usually on the weekends when you would help your dad mow the lawn..remember that little shrub in front of your porch? By the way, can you refresh my memory and tell me the names of CheckerBoy and Woody? I need a new chiropractor...are you accepting new patients?
Name: Vickie Arestegui () on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 01:09:26
City and State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Yes Lori, one of my four sisters is Barbara and we all attended Ramona Elementary. The Dions are indeed Beth and Brian....who can forget Brian!? All of the girls are doing great and can you believe that out of FIVE daughters my parents have only TWO grandkids!! I think we think we're still too young to be "adults" ourselves. The Coles have kids, but they are not from our generation. My three oldest sisters attended Leuzinger, THANK GOD I was sent to Hawthorne High after Lawndale closed!! Hawthorne has the BEST spirit, not to mention, alums around! I am very proud to call myself a cougar!! Any words for Bobbi??