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Name: Royal Wm. Lord Jr. () on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 00:13:58
Maiden: Same as above!
Class: 1961
City and State: Cerritos, California
Message: Hello everyone out there in Cougartown. I wanted to announce to the world that my daughter and her husband just welcomed into this world a third son, named Jayden Kyle Nash born Monday, February 7, 2000 at 10:45 pm. He was 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 1/2 in. This was their third son--baby and grandparents are doing fine. Now Papa Lord (ME) has 3/5 of a basketball team. I hope we come down out of the clouds in time to see everyone at Pinks. Thank God I'm a Coug, R. Lord
Congratulations to you Royal and Pat, and the Nash family on the little Cougar cub. Well at 8lbs 1oz, not so little. Instead of 60% of a basketball team, I think you've got 3/11 of a football team Royal. Thanks for the good news.

Name: barbara gordon () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 22:55:44
Maiden: billswife
Class: 57
City and State: Wofford Heights,ca
Message: Hi Trina this is Barbara Gordon we also live in Wofford Heights, Your husband has been to our house, I didn't realize you were from HHS. Good to see another cougar is close by.
I'm tellin' ya', it's a small Cougar world.

Name: Kelley () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 22:29:52
Maiden: Currie
Class: 67
City and State: Coos Bay, Or
Message: I just had to chime in. I love the memories, we made kites out of old newspaper also John. We would usually make them when we were at my Grandma Currie's on Oxford and 120th. That was so fun. Oh and those warm summer nights, playing Hide and seek, scaring each other to death, jail tag, freeze tag. twirling in circles untill you were so dizzy you could hardly stand up. Man what fun days. We played lots of football in the street on 133rd, Estrada girls , Ray Gorospe, sorry I missed spelled your name Ray. Kick the can, three flys up, basketball ( horse). Never needed to lock your house, borrowed salt, sugar, onions about anything from your neighbors, had neighborhood BBQ's. One personal favorite of mine was the hula hoop, more than one at a time, around the neck was good, arms or legs could get an ah out of most anyone. Yo-Yo contests at Ramona School. Paul Clarks favorite, paper drives!! Man I love this stuff. Go JOHN Go.
I remember collecting money door to door in a jar for some telethon that was on TV, coming home, counting it all out and calling the station and telling them we wanted to donate $22.43 just so we could hear our names on TV. Also Donut drives for the Boy Scouts. A dollar a dozen. Anyone else??

Name: Michael Dragoo () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 22:27:51
Class: 1959
City and State: Colusa, CA
Message: JB, What was the the brand name on those 10 cent kites? My memory banks are leaning toward "Hi-Flier". Gary Winfrey and I once pulled a prank on two unsuspecting kite flying kids. They were in the street holding on to their kite strings that went directly over Gary's back yard on 130th street. We threw a rock with a string tied to it up and over each kite string and pulled them down, cut the strings and switched them with a small knot without anyone noticing. The memory joggers have been busy these past few days at CT. Does anybody remember the Boy Scout troops in the area? I was in Troop 786. We met in a small utility room at Dana and later-on at the log cabin community building on Aviation. There was another Troop, 796 I belive. They were our rivals and our adult leaders played that rivalry to the hilt. More later if I can dredge it out.
Michael, Hi Flier it was. I wonder if they still make those kites somewhere for the not so trendy? I think my Cub Scout Pack was 283 and Boy Scout Troop was 584. I will have to check that one.

Name: Linda Dietrich () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 20:10:01
Maiden: Dawson
Class: 69
City and State: Kansas City, MO
Message: Charlie, I remember Danny the barber. My dad and brothers would go to him. Wasn't he a short Italian? My mom would send me to take my little brother Raymond to get haircuts. Hey Ray, do you remember that? Charlie we were in Kindergarden, 1st and 3rd grade together and we went to the same church. Before I dropped out of the youth group at church to become a hoodlum we all had a tour of his dad's place of business. Boy, was that exciting. My dad use to work for Del. I guess you could call it moonlighting. Maybe you can guess what he did. Del has been a good family friend for more years than I can remember. He's been in my prayers. I want to thank everyone for all the memories and isn't this what it is all about anyway?? Hi to all my friends from 69.

Name: Trina Craddock () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 19:26:06
Maiden: Chancey
Class: 74
City and State: Wofford Heights, Ca
Message: Hello to everyone who ever went to HHS!
Hello back at you Trina.....

Name: Ingrid Larson () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 18:33:18
Class: 74
City and State: Long Beach, CA
Message: KITES! Oh yeah! I grew up just east of Aviation, in a house at the corner of 118th & Judah. For those who never got over to that side of town, Judah ran north/south and between 118th and 120th it was about 6 lanes wide. There was actually a double yellow line painted down the middle of the street. It was this big, fat, wide street that was only big fat and wide for a few blocks. Hardly anyone ever drove on it, so it was ideal as a playground. We'd buy our kites from the market on 119th and Aviation, take them home and launch them from the west side of the street (the prevailing wind ALWAYS blew east). The street was wide enough to allow the kite to get high enough to clear the power lines and trees on the east side - usually! That big wide street was also the site of many games of football, baseball and excellent water balloon fights as well. Yes, King John, there are others who remember playing street football!
Great stuff Ingrid. I used to love water balloon fights in the summer.

Name: Carl Rilling () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 17:50:24
Class: 1959
City and State: Orygun
Message: Hi Ron Drager. Well guess what, someone does remember you. Always the taller of the two drager boys. (Just had to get Larry 57' the brother with the dimples) So was his lovely bride Kathy Barnes. Taller.. Her dad was a real tall CHP. What about a black primer FORD. I remember it. Add one more name you should know. Kathy Mullens. Well at least Larry should. Add a name and it is certain someone at CT will say "Hi Ron, I do remember you and your brother...

Name: Betty East () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 11:01:46
Maiden: Wright
Class: 74
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I, too, remember flying kites, purchased at Offramp Liquor, winding multiple spools of string around a toilet paper roll, sliding it on a stick and letting the kite rip! What fun. Also used to play street ball with the Wilsons, Rocky, and, and, oooh, I can't remember the other bros. names. Was it Marty and Brian? I remember their little sister Tia. The boys used to call me Belly Bean.

Name: Cheryl () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 10:30:33
Maiden: Christensen
Class: 62
City and State: Keno,Oregon(on the river)
Message: To Janet Humphreys Burkett......

Name: Wayne Dickey () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 07:04:35
Class: 69
City and State: Salisbury, N.C.
Message: Charlie, Dale, Ken, and John B. and I'm sure many more. Slot cars were a big thing in Hawthorne during the 60's. I used to hang out at both tracks. I would tell my parents I was going over to a friends house and sneek over to Al's and run my car for a short while. I never ate lunch at school, because I would have more money to race. I was going through my stuff to move and I found my old slot car stuff. How many of you out there still have your cars? Mark Escalente (69) from the Hawthrone PD, you also raced. I never had the fastest car, but I loved to make them pretty. I guess that's why my love of cars today is so strong. My latest car has been featured (March 2000) in Lowrider Magazine page 78. My only claim to fame. I guess I never have grown up. Let's here from all the old slot car nuts. Wayne
Slot cars were a fun part of my life. I actually got into them after I was married and we really couldn't afford such things with my daughter Kelly on the way. Somehow Mike Shay and I would get a few hours in during the week. I remember there were two tracks in Hawthorne at the time. One was North of El Segundo and the other was North of that one on the West side of the Blvd. One of them even had a drag strip.

Name: Glenn Crist () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 01:23:19
Class: 1964
City and State: Sonoma, CA
Message: I checked on the status of the campground at Sugarloaf State Park above Kenwood (fifteen minutes north of Sonoma). The only site left open for the WC weekend was the group campsite. It has a capacity for 50 people (sorry, I don't know how many RV's and/or campers, but I'll call tomorrow and find out). An executive decision was made and it's now designated a "Walk in the (Cougartown) Clouds." We own it and if nothing else, it'll make one great picnic site. So, if anyone is looking for a place to park it, let me know and I'll slot you in and keep a tally of your campmates.
Friday, April 14th, we'll kick off the weekend with a reception at Homewood Winery. Good food, wine and most importantly, good friends. Keep tuned as more details will follow.

GREAT!!! Thanks Glenn. The class of 64 should be real proud of this one folks.
OK all you RVers. Your problems are solved, that is if we don't fill it up before you contact Glenn. It's time to make your plans people. This area will run out of reservations real fast. Please don't be left out. Thanks Glenn.....

Name: carole ferruccio () on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 00:20:12
E-Mail: caroleferr@aol
Maiden: anderson
Class: 60
Message: to tom burroughs: after reading about you being in joe lustro's car trunk I just have to ask if you remember Jim Roady, Jack McFarland, Sonny Morehead or my brother Dave Anderson? They along with Joe Lustro all hung out together. Since they spent so much time in our house I have such clear memories of them all, even if they were so much older (4 yrs seemed like really older back then) Jack McFarland passed away quite a few yrs back but Dave said he saw joe and jim at a reunion about 2 yrs ago.

Name: Janet Burkett () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 23:41:22
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 62
City and State: Mission Viejo, Ca
Message: Hey, I remember the slot car race track on Hawthorne Blvd, my brother and sister-in-law owned it...Carolyn Burkett Seitz (HHS 57...I think) and her husband Alan. Used to have lots of fun in there with all the Burkett clan which included about 10 little ones, my two included. And Betty, I see your email address is at Amgen. I have lots of friends over there, including one of my best, Sue Simon. I remember my Dad's cub scout troop at York school making kites all over our house, Mom loved the glue! Great memories! (Thanks JB and all you rowdys for Saturday night!! what a kick!) JB(the other one)
Hey Janet, You know me. Any excuse to get out of the house. Thanks for having a birthday. I know the Rowdys enjoyed it as they didn't have to open another can of peas for dinner, and I thoroughly enjoyed Marsha's rendition of the Rainbow girls song, which BTW, she'll be doing at Pinks on Saturday night. She's going to do it with some guy named Al Cappella I think. Anyway they don't have any background music.

Name: Dale Tobiason () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 23:21:51
Class: 1970
City and State: Yucaipa, California
Message: What is all this about LISTS??? The only one I can remember being on was the S*#T list!
Me too Dale.....

Name: Ken Green () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 23:17:35
Class: 69
City and State: San Clemente
Message: Hey Charlie, I remember the old hobby shop. We would buy the big suckers that sometimes had a winner tag inside that got another one free. I guess they were conditioning us for the lottery. There was a tall guy who worked there (at least tall to a 10 year old), who I think went to HHS, maybe had red hair, anyone remember him?
We raced slot cars at American Hobbies, until the big kids (i.e., engineers from Northrop) took over and spoiled it. There was another slot track across from Kenneth Chevy, but the owner's kid liked to reverse the voltage in the middle of a race, what a jerk! And I can remember a third just across the side street from Washington Elementry, on the same side of El Segundo Blvd., but I don't think it stayed open too long.
You mentioned a barber shop near Dunaway-Fox. It seems like there was a beauty shop there that Steven King's mom worked at. I don't have a clue about what ever happened to Steven, I can't recall anything after grade school.
And, does anyone remember the night in 68/69 when a young woman who's name will remain anonymous jumped into some guys car in the parking strip in the center of H Blvd in front of A&W, and "exhibited speed" in said parking lot, just as Hawthorne's finest were driving by? she then jumped from the car thinking her feet could put her past the long arm of the law, and was chased down in the parking lot.
How did we ever survive our youth?

We used to race slot cars at a place on the east side of La Brea at about Hardy I think. I can remember the custom winder guys running their fast machines in there. I had a red mabuchi that was pretty fast, but Mike Shay had a couple of real screamers. One was a Kemtron. It seems like it was a quarter for 20 minutes at that time (1963).

Name: Carol () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 23:09:28
Maiden: Singleton
Class: 64
City and State: Post Falls, Idaho
Message: More memories: Does anyone remember the band and drill team trips to San Diego for the National City parade, and for the San Diego Chargers' half-time show in the early 60s? We were on national TV! My grandfather (in Michigan at the time) was thrilled to see me march right by a TV camera that day! Only wish the networks would go back to broadcasting the half-time shows again. High school bands and drill teams work hard to perfect those performances. Currently, the TV viewer only gets to hear endless recaps of the first half of a game they just saw, or listen to speculation on who will be traded or retire. It would be much more pleasant to see young talented musicians and drill teams entertain. Sorry, but this is my soap box about sportscasters' talking non-stop or expounding on their knowledge of football. How does one go about influencing the networks to return to showing those half-time shows????? Can we start an e-mail campaign?

Name: Patty () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 22:23:08
Class: 1974
Message: oooh. The kite connection. Gloria and I would fly kites after buying them at Trayner's market. Exactly the same building instructions as Kathleen so well described. We used old sheets for tails and used to get so frustrated when either they caught on telephone lines, trees or entangled with each other. The other memory that rang the old bell were the skates that clamped onto your tennis shoes. Boy did we skate all summer long. Especially on Mr. Graves' smoothe driveway - great for artistic turns. Then, of course, there were the street baseball and football games. We also had a tether ball court in our backyard - very fun. Hard on the hands though. Badminton was great on non-windy days, at least when the big kids would let us play. Our father always had our backyard set up to play plenty of games during the summer months. When you got hungry you just picked a nectarine, peach, fig or apricot off of the trees. Brother, is there a time machine anywhere?
Man, I remember playing ball in the street. I haven't seen anyone do that in years.

Name: Mary Ann Wankel-Brown () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 21:55:39
Maiden: Salvati
Class: 66
City and State: Ontario, California
Message: Cherry-Lime Rikki's at the Wich Stand

Name: MoMo () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 21:00:05
Maiden: Trott,Fleshman,Trott
Class: 64
City and State: Cityofgoodneighbors
Hey thanks MOMO, She's right folks. You WILL have a good time. Make your plans to be there this Saturday around 8:30pm. We'll see you there.

Name: RON DRAGER () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 20:19:45
Class: 55
City and State: Kamiah Idaho
Message: I am sure you will not remember me, I am Larry Dragers older brother. When is the next reunion? thanks, Ron D
Hey Ron, Stick around as there'll be something happening before you know it. Thanks for checking in.

Name: Charlie Fox () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 18:16:37
Class: 69
City and State: Rancho P.V., CA
Message: A few more memories:
There was a string of shops on El Segundo Boulevard, across from the Washington Elementary Playground. I remember a Hobby shop there that sold everything you needed to build slot cars. I built a couple of them myself and raced them at the slot car tracks located on Hawthorne Boulevard, just past 126th Street. My cars were never a match for the "rewinds" some of the others had. Track time was a penny a minute.
Also across from the Washington playground was the old fire station. Every Christmas the fire crews would decorate the lawn outside the firehouse with elaborate decorations that included a place for Santa to hold court and take gift orders from the neighborhood kids.
I noticed Dunaway-Douglas mortuary is still standing, having missed the destruction that preceded the construction of the Hawthorne Mall. Of course, I remember it as Dunnaway-Fox mortuary, when my dad was a partner there. There was also a barber shop on the next block...Danny's, I think. Did Danny's escape destruction as well? That was the place I got my first "regular boy's" haircut instead of a buzz.

Hey Charlie, I remember that hobby shop. The guy that ran it had one deformed arm. He was a nice guy and would answer all my dumb questions and after an hour, I'd buy a 10 cent bottle of Testors paint. Does anyone remember that Pat and Lee the barbers, had a shop in that same little complex. There was also a Laundromat and a flower shop in there too.

Name: Chris Ward () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 17:07:09
Class: 68
City and State: Colorado Springs, CO
Message: Just wondering what happened to some of the guys I use to hang out with: Ronnie Treat, Darryl Ward, Joe Cruz, and my old flame Pam Anderson.

Name: Judy DeGrazia () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 16:10:36
Maiden: notabeautyschooldropout!
Class: 64
City and State: Torrance, CA
Message: This one's to Elizabeth Cary Castanon. Thanks for the 70's memories of the Crenshaw Imperial Shopping Plaza.. I'll add a couple of things about the same place from the 60's that may jolt some memories. There was a great Jewish Restaurant called "King Saul's" and how about the Mission Pack trailer on Crenshaw at Christmas time..oh's the jingle-- "Say the magic words, say Mission Pack, and it's on it's merry way-- No gift so right so gay so bright--send the Mission Pack magic way." Am I allowed to say the word "gay"???? or is my head on the chopping block again - (don't go there John) I'm off like a prom dress. FYI-I worked as a hairdresser at Arturo's South in that plaza. Good times!!!
Judy DeGrazia THE ROWDYS.

Here's one from the 60's. "You Can Tell It's Mattel, It's Swell" Thanks Judy and we all know you're pretty gay.......well anyway you do smile a lot.

Name: Betty East () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 15:57:47
Maiden: Wright
Class: 74
City and State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: John, I want to thank you again for this wonderful website. Because of you, I was able to connect with an old classmate, Noreen Crotty (now Culley). We had lunch Saturday and spent the entire afternoon together catching up (23 years worth). It was wonderful seeing her again. My condolences also to the Coug who lost his brother on Flight 261. I will be flying later this week to visit my son, James, daughter-in-law, Miranda, and granddaughter, Christine (10 months today) in Lubbock, TX, before they leave for a a 3-year tour in Germany (Army). I have to admit I'm scared to fly, but I know its what I have to do. We are all in God's hands. Thanks again John.
Hi Betty, Glad you've connected with another Cougar bud. That's what it's all about you know. Have a great time in Texas and don't worry about flying. The odds are infinitely greater of being involved in a fatal car crash on the way to the airport. After you get out of the car and on the plane, the rest is easy.
Be a Coug girl.......

Name: Kathleen () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 14:02:58
Maiden: Nix
Class: 74
City and State: Wilmington, CA
Message: I had a rather pleasant memory over the weekend. Wondering if anyone else used to take as much joy in kite flying as I did? I would walk from my house on 123rd Street to the Del Aire Market where a kite and string could be purchased for 10 cents. I remember taking as much as an hour to pick just the right design. Taking the kite home, I would spend another 30 minutes rigging it up. In those days, kite bodies were made of some type of coated paper and were glued onto a string frame. You would mount the string to a wooden cross, bow it from behind and tie a tail to the kite for stability (usually made of strips of old bed sheets). When everything was perfect, I would reverently walk across the street to Anza School (avoiding the kite eating eucalyptus trees) and savor the moment when the kite would be airborne. As the kite took wing so would my spirit. Oh the thrill of watching the kite soar so high it I could barely see it! All along knowing that if it went too high, the prevailing winds would put too much force on the string and it would break only to blow across the 405 Freeway. I knew if the kite string broke so would my heart since it would be another week before I could buy another kite (10 cents was most of my allowance back then). February is kite flying time?. I think I'm gonna go buy another one?.
Kathleen, I too loved kites. For mere pennies for a kite and string, you could have hours of fun. I can remember making one out of newspaper and glueing it to the string. I wonder what kite people of today, with their steerable contraptions would think if we moved in on them with these old fashioned gems. Thanks Kathleen.......

Name: Tom Burroughs () on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 12:33:42
Class: 1958
City and State: Prescott AZ
Message: Way to go Elizabeth Castanon (Cary) ! Keep up the great Feedback & keep those memory banks active !!

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